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#16 Aug 13th, 2006, 06:16
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Mia,
As others have said the rout to Gaumukh is easy enought to follow without a guide; however you'll need a guide to get to Tabovan. The trek from Gaumukh to Tabovan is only 2-3 hours, but it is exhausting and not easy to measure it in terms of kms as it picks it way over the glacier (a guide is VERY helpful here) and it follows some switch backs up a scree slope out of the glacial valley. This route is also subject to change due to slides.

Its very exahusting unless you are in very prcticed trekking condition and fairly accimatized to the effects of the altitude.

Tapovan is a beautful place and you would likely see the blue sheep (mountain goats), I went in September and the weather was starting to get VERY wet and cool. October may be pusing it if you want a rewarding trip.

Cheers.
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thnx, BM. will keep that in mind.
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Gaumukh Trek

To all experienced trekkers,

I am planning trek to Gangotri - Gaumukh - Gangotri on 22nd.Sept 2009. I hope that the weather will be clear that time..

Can anyone help me to know whether I will be able to get the required permit from DFO's office in a single day? What is the permit fee? I read that I have to take permit for my guide and porter, but as I am planning to take guide and/or porter from Gangotri, then how it is possible to make permit for them beforehand without knowing their details?

Also, if I plan to venture Tapovan from Gaumukh then shall I have to make any separate/extended permit for the same?

Thanks in advance
#19 Sep 1st, 2009, 19:56
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Gaumukh-Tapovan permit

Dear himangshu

Although i am not an experienced trekker (i walk as a pilgrim as and when possible), i found this link which should give you the formal information you seek.

http://uttarkashi.nic.in/Dept/tourism/goumukh.PDF

Yes, you need an extended permit for any place beyond Gaumukh.
Do not try to get the permit after you reach Uttarkashi as the day's quota is likely to have been filled up by then.

It is possible to get the permits in advance by applying for it via post - i have done that last year. Then all you have to do is to collect it. Reach Uttarkashi before 1600 hrs so that you and they have atleast one hour to seacrh for your permit..their office closes at 1700 hrs. According to the number of persons you have with you and your individual needs, you can consider the number of porters you need. Personal details are not required...all you need to mention is the number and the rest can be done at Gaumukh itself, after you have done your hiring.

I found the entire personnel at the office of DFO, Uttarkashi to be extremely helpful and courteous: they do all they can to help us and more. The Sub-DFO is a avid trekker himself and can provide first-hand knowledge.

All the best,

Mia
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Thanks Mia for the information, specially regarding the permit!!

Now if anyone can provide me a convinient and detailed trek map of Gaumukh-Tapovan?
After reading the threads here at IM, I am thinking of hiring only porter for us but not guide. But not sure.. Any help in this?

My probable itenary:
22/09:Gangotri-Bhojbasha (overnight)
23/09: Bhojbasha- Gaumukh- Tapovan (overnight)
24/09: Stay at Tapovan
25/09 Tapovan-Bhojbasha (overnight)
26/09:Bhojbasha-Gangotri

Thanks in advance..
#21 Sep 3rd, 2009, 18:10
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Gaumukh-Tapovan

You are welcome, Himangshu.
Am just returning what i got from this site 3 years ago: info.

Reliable maps do not exist even for the lower mountain regions of Uttaranchal. Read the book: Sacred Waters by Stephen Alter to know more about maps of Uttaranchal..he was born and brought there, apart from writing the book. so far, i find the best maps to be available at uttaranchal.org.uk

Choose your guide/porter and stick to him. I found them to be completely reliable, without any issues. Or pair up with fellow travellers and stick with them. These journeys are also about activating and being aware of one's internal compass and relying less on external aids.

All the best.
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Guide/porters are the best companion for any trek, but if you need a good source of maps, use the US Army maps, they have contour maps having almost every details, distance, gradient, terrain details, snow line, vegetation lines etc, but you need to learn the contour maps reading techniques. for Uttaranchal part see the index nh-44-05(derhadun region), nh-44-06(nanda devi region), nh-44-09(haridwar region), nh-44-10(almora region).
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#23 Dec 19th, 2011, 09:42
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can be done but it is quite a walk
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hi supratim can u give me some advise about kedartal ? i'm planning to do this arnd july /aug 2012
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Me and my friends are going kedertal and jogin CI on late October-2012 . We are book everything even we advance the guide also.Our cost near about 12000/person including everything form haridwar to haridwar. I think less then that Kedertal and jogin CI not possible for 4 person group. If group size is big then it reduce the cost also.If any one interested to join us please contact.

Our Plan :
18/10/2012 Howrah : Upashana Express (Night Stay in Train)
19/10/2012 Reach Haridwar in evening and stay at hotel
20/10/2012 Early morning drive to Uttarkashi and stay overnight at Uttarkashi
21/10/2012 Drive to Gangotri and overnight stay at Gangotri
22/10/2012 Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak
23/10/2012 Bhoj Kharak to Kedartal
24/10/2012 Kedartal to Jogin CI and back to Kedertal overnight camp
25/10/2012 Kedartal to Bhoj Kharak
26/10/2012 Bhoj Kharak to Gangotri or Uttarkashi
27/10/2012 Gangotri or Uttarkashi to Haridwar : Catch Upashna Express

If any one interested to join with us please let me know.
Thank & Regard
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Dear Abhijit
I think attempting Jogin I from Kedartal is quite tough..you may be have one ABC before Wall or one summit camp above the wall . .just a suggestion...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rakesh Jain View Post Dear Abhijit
I think attempting Jogin I from Kedartal is quite tough..you may be have one ABC before Wall or one summit camp above the wall . .just a suggestion...
Yes, I know . I have talk with our guide regarding the same.
It is tough but manageable and thanks for your information.

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