Completed Gaumukh Trek - May 2015

#16 Aug 19th, 2015, 14:28
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I wish to be there again.
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Hi, thanks for this very informative post and the lovely pictures. I am planning this trek later this month and had some questions for you.

1. I am planning to travel with some my parents who are of ages 60 and 68. Do you think that this is a doable trek for them? They are physically fit for their age and can walk long distances without any problems.
2. Are ponies available for hire, if required?
3. Do you know the estimate for hiring a porter from Gangotri?
4. Can I take the permit for myself and my family from Uttarkashi and the permit for the guide and porter from Gangotri? I am planning to hire the guide and porter from Gangotri based on your recommendation.
5. Are hiking shoes absolutely essential? If yes, can I hire them from either Uttarkashi or Gangotri?
6. Are things like hiking pole, jackets etc available for hire?
7. What did you do about drinking water? Is it safe to drink from the streams? (Slightly worried that people might be using the streams as a mobile toilet during the trek!)
8. How did you manage transportation till Gangotri? Can you please share the cost of hiring an SUV? Also do we need to pay for the car to wait for us while we go on the trek so that they are available and waiting for us at Gangotri when we are ready to start our journey back? Or is it OK to assume that we will always get a car whenever we need it?
9. Do I need to carry gloves and warm inner clothing for a trek in the last week of September?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi friend, on which date u have started from haridwar
#19 Sep 7th, 2015, 01:37
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Hi himalayan exp, is it doable in 3rd week of april? Pl share ur view
#20 Sep 9th, 2015, 02:59
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1. I am planning to travel with some my parents who are of ages 60 and 68. Do you think that this is a doable trek for them? They are physically fit for their age and can walk long distances without any problems.
During my trek, I was accompanied by some people in late 40s who were facing breathing problems at Bhojwasa. So altitude poses more of a problem than the walking. Also, the trek is not easy. At later stages of the trek, there is no real path to walk on and you have to walk on thin trails. The last kilometer is a landslide zone and small stones are continuously sliding down along the slope you are walking on. So you really have to reconsider taking your parents.
2. Are ponies available for hire, if required?
No. There is no path they can walk on.
3. Do you know the estimate for hiring a porter from Gangotri?
Max. 600-800 per day
4. Can I take the permit for myself and my family from Uttarkashi and the permit for the guide and porter from Gangotri? I am planning to hire the guide and porter from Gangotri based on your recommendation.
Permission is easy. Your guide can help you with that.
5. Are hiking shoes absolutely essential? If yes, can I hire them from either Uttarkashi or Gangotri?
Hiking shoes take away half your effort and add stability while walking on difficult terrain. I would not go on a trek without them. You can hire them from NIM Uttarkashi.
6. Are things like hiking pole, jackets etc available for hire?
Everything is available at NIM. However, it is good to buy your own hiking pole. Buy online or from a shop near Gangotri Temple.
7. What did you do about drinking water? Is it safe to drink from the streams? (Slightly worried that people might be using the streams as a mobile toilet during the trek!)
Waterfalls are quite safe to drink as they come from the mountain top where nobody can go
8. How did you manage transportation till Gangotri? Can you please share the cost of hiring an SUV? Also do we need to pay for the car to wait for us while we go on the trek so that they are available and waiting for us at Gangotri when we are ready to start our journey back? Or is it OK to assume that we will always get a car whenever we need it?
I dont know much about hiring cars as I use my own car. But there are many buses available. People mostly hire cars from Haridwar/Rishikesh
9. Do I need to carry gloves and warm inner clothing for a trek in the last week of September?
Not much inner clothing is required as your body heat goes up while you walk. But you can take two layers - a warmer and a t-shirt to wear under your sweat shirt while you stop at Bhojwasa. Gloves are up to you. I took gloves but could not wear them as it was not that cold.
#21 Sep 9th, 2015, 03:02
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Hi himalayan exp, is it doable in 3rd week of april? Pl share ur view

The Char Dham Yatra will start in May next year. And the forest department normally starts issuing permission for Gaumukh 10-15 days after the yatra start.
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Beautiful photos @himalayanexp.

But what is most worrisome is the last photo of your post#2 in this thread. There is so much difference in the Gomukh glacier from when we had gone there in May 2009 and now. Here are a few photos of the same place in May 2009 and the last photo with green arrow on the rock marks where the glacier had existed few decades ago. The middle photo shows how huge chunks of ice were falling off from the main body of the glacier exposing the blue ice within. Immediately the ice blocks were swept away by the tremendous current of the Ganges at its source.
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and not just the glacierís length .. the height is collapsing with a harder hike up steeper crumbling sides to Tapovan.
#24 May 3rd, 2016, 00:15
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Hi,
Got a lot of good info frm ur post 😊
We r planning to go by this way in coming june.
Now, i want to know :
1. is there any refreshment shop upto Bhojwasa?
2. Is there any accomodation in Cheerbasa?
3. Is pony available upto Bhojwasa in 2nd week of june?
4. We have two ladies in our team .... 42 & 51 yrs respectively with no trek experience. Will they do the journey?

Plz guide.
#25 May 12th, 2017, 22:25
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I think since then guides have now become mandatory. There is online facility for taking permission and it mandatorily asks for the local agency detail.
http://swsuttarkashi.com/Permission/...riNationalPark
#26 Aug 20th, 2017, 15:58
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The number for guide Bhim is now 81266 60833. He has requested me to post his number so that anyone willing to trek to Gaumukh/Tapovan/Dayara Bugyal can contact him for his services.
#27 Aug 21st, 2017, 16:59
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Wow HimalayanExp! you are Just In Time

I had a talk with him and negotiated a deal Rs.34.5k (5 days package for 4 persons all inclusive i.e they will arrange tent, sleeping bag, mattress, carry our rucksacks, cooking utensils, foods). Our plan is from 2nd Oct to 6th Oct.

Please pray for our good luck and weather.

I believe long back Apurba also talked about Bhim but the previous no is not working 09810377193. It'll really help others.

Once I'll be back, I'll share my exp about Bhim and entire trek. Thanks to entire IndiaMike team for helping me to finalise the plan.

Regards, Samir

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