Gangotri trek

Gangotri Trek

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About Gangotri Trek

Embark upon the Gangotri trek which is counted among the most rewarding mountain expeditions with some of the best views and experiences. One of the main sources of the sacred River Ganges, the Gangotri glacier is about 28 km long and 4 km wide, located in the extreme terrains of the Uttarkashi region of Uttarakhand. It is a challenging trek right in the heart of the majestic Himalayas and spans from Gangotri all the way to Gaumukh. It comprises a range of trails and the tour takes you through various points of interest alongside the holy river Bhagirathi.

Set out on the 7-day long Gangotri Glacier trek to admire the best views of one of the most enchanting mountains in India, Mount Shivling all the way from the base to the summit. You can also catch breathtaking glimpses of the Bhagirathi Sisters which, along with the Shivling reign over the entire landscape from an awe-inspiring altitude of 14,600 feet above sea level. Explore your adventurous side as you traverse the glacier from one end to another, catch spectacular views of sunrise and sunset on the mountains, and admire the beautiful sights of rivulets channeling through the rocky ridges by opting for this mind boggling Gangotri trek guide.

Highlights of Gangotri Trek

Gangotri Trek

Maximum altitude: 14,600 feet

Grade: Moderate to difficult

Duration: 7 Days

Trekking distance: 46 km

Trail type: It is a round trail and the trek begins and ends at Gangotri

Rail head: Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh are closest to the base camp

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Snow Season: Mid December to Mid June

Service from: Dehradun to Dehradun, transport included

Base camp: Gangotri

Best season: Summer treks from April through June Autumn treks from September through November

Region: Uttarakhand

Who can participate: Participants should be at least 15 years of age with experience of any high altitude trek of at least 4,000 meters. Climbers should be fit and able to cover a distance of 5 km in 30 minutes without stress as well as have sufficient stamina to carry a 12-16 kg backpack.

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Gangotri Trek Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7

Drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi

Altitude: 1,150 m

Distance: 195 km

Duration: 7-8 hours by road

  • Early morning start with a drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi, also known as the footstep to trekking towards Gangotri.

  • Sightseeing program arranged at Uttarkashi where with visits to popular locations like the 'Nehru Mountaineering Institute' which is a premier mountaineering institute of the country.

  • Spend the night in a hotel.

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What to Pack for you trek

Gangotri trek
  • Documents : Original and photocopy of identity card which could be either your driver’s license, Aadhar Card, or passport; 1 passport size photograph is required to get trekking permits; a Disclaimer certificate carefully downloaded and signed by you; medical certificate duly filled by your medical practitioner and you.

  • Shoes: trekking shoes with ankle support.

  • Backpack: Should be with a rain cover.

  • Clothes: Warm layers: 3-5 layers of woolen sweater, fleece, and padded jackets depending on which time of the year you are trekking.

  • Collared T-shirts: wear 1 and carry 2.

  • Quick dry trek pants: wear 1 and carry 1


  • Sunglasses

  • Sun cap with flaps

  • Waterproof gloves

  • Rain jacket, pants / poncho

  • Balaclava

  • Woollen socks (3 pairs)

  • Headlamp

  • Trekking pole

  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen

  • Moisturizer

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Light towel

  • Lip balm

  • Toilet paper

  • Reusable plastic covers for soiled clothes

  • Cutlery: Steel lunch box, spoon, mug, 2 water bottles


  • Diamox (1 Strip) to reduce chances of Acute Mountain Sickness

  • Dolo 650 (5 tablets) for mild pain.

  • Avomine (4 tablets) if you are susceptible to motion sickness.

  • Combiflam (5 tablets) for sudden twist of the leg or a muscle strain.

  • Digene (4 tablets) if you feel the food that you’ve taken is undigested.

  • ORS (6 packs) to be consumed at least once a day.

  • Knee Brace (optional) if you are prone to knee injury.

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Know Before You Go

How to Reach
Important Tips for trekkers

You can reach the starting point of your tour, Haridwar by a number of means By air: the nearest airport to Haridwar is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. You can take a direct flight from Mumbai or Delhi or connecting flights from various other parts in India. Once at the airport, there are numerous vehicles available that can take you to Haridwar.

By Road: You can easily reach Haridwar by road from Delhi, Haryana, UP, Punjab and other parts of Uttarakhand by a huge network of state transport and private buses.

By rail: There are several express trains that connect Haridwar directly with several cities across the country. You can also go to Dehradun by train and cover the remaining distance by road

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What is the best time to do Gangotri Trek?

The best time of the year to do Gangotri Trek is either from mid -April to June or from September to November. This is when the weather is not too cold here nor is there too much rainfall making it less treacherous. During the summer months, the weather is quite pleasant with clear skies and great views.

How difficult is Gangotri Trek?

The Gangotri trek is classified as a moderate-difficult trek that takes you to an awe-inspiring height of 14,203 feet. The starting altitude is also quite high at 10,050 feet which itself poses a challenge when it comes to acclimatization. Besides this, the trek also comprises several difficult sections with screen and boulder and requires you to be extremely alert and nimble.

What is the starting point of Gangotri trek?

The trek starts at the Gangotri town itself and you are usually driven to the base camp here all the way from Haridwar via Uttarkashi. The altitude here is more than 10,000 feet and the entire route is well marked for the convenience of trekkers.

How long is the Gangotri trek from Kasol?

The distance from Kasol to the Gangotri trek is about 190 km and the road distance between the two points is about 550 km. This can be covered in approximately 19 hours if you drive from Kasol to Gangotri.

What is the highest altitude of Gangotri Trek?

The highest altitude of Gangotri Trek is 14,600 feet. This awe-inspiring height is also fraught with several difficult sections which gives the trek a moderate to difficult status.