Gangotri - Gaumukh

#1 Apr 9th, 2002, 17:56
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Hi,

can please somebody tell me how easy (or hard) is it to get from Gangotri to Gaumukh (source of Ganga). I was in Gangotri last year, but it was in November, so it was just too cold to go higher, i didn't have any additinal equipment for mountains.
And i also had a terrible hight sickness.

When is it the best time to go there? Will i need any special equipment also at that time of year? Do I need trek shoes or is it enough to have only some kind of sport one (ie nike or stg similar)? Do i need to carry backpack with me all the way or can it be possible to leave that in Gangotri and go only with day pack, stay there for one night and then return next day?
I am not in best phisical condition (well i sit at work almost all the day), could that be a big problem or the route is not so hard?
I read on net that a part of the route is quite dangerous. Is that true?

Is it possible to go there with 12 years old kid (I am a woman)?

If anybody did this route, pls share experiances with me. I'd be very grateful.

Zala
#2 Apr 10th, 2002, 03:44
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Straight from the Cow's Mouth....

Gaumukh is a lovely place. I'm surprised you had problems in November as there is usually no snow problem then. Or does "too cold" mean you didn't like the idea of going higher in the cold weather?

The best time to visit is, as with all southern Himalayan destinations, in October. It will still be nearly freezing at night at Gaumukh, but pleasant, shirtsleeves weather lower down. Spend a couple of days in Gangotri walking around, then have a rest day at Bhujbasa. You will probably have no altitude problem.

However, on the subject of fitness, why wait until you get to India to get into shape? It is a well-graded path (no need for any equipment - ordinary running shoes are fine in October), but you will enjoy the walk more if you can rest at the viewpoints without gasping for breath. You could try walking up stairs instead of taking the lift while you are living in your home town. Walk or cycle to the local shops, go swimming with your child...

There is one place to stay at Bhujbasa (when I was there you offered a donation for food and simple room) and from there you can day-trip to the glacier. Take a dip in the icy water like the sadhus do!
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Thanks, Midnight Toker.

Well, when i was i Gangotri, I was told that in Bhujbasa was -15 degrees in the night, and i already felt very cold in Gangotri (I was wearing everything I had with me - well maybe altitude sickness had contributed to that feeling), so I decided to make this trip some other time, with more informations and more prepared.

Do you know what are temperatures there, in Gangotri and higher, now in say April, May (before monsoon)?

Zala
#4 Apr 11th, 2002, 17:19
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Cool, going on cold...

Zala,

I'm glad to hear that one difficult trip didn't put you off trying to reach Gaumukh a second time.

I'm an incurable solo camper when i'm in the mountains, and I camped in my own tent for nearly a week up there near the glacier, doing day walks on the glacier and just generally taking in this spectacular part of the world. This was in August. It felt cool, at night, but not really cold. In May I would expect about the same - except you will most likely have it clear than when I was there. If you take a down jacket with you (or rent one at the GMVN in Rishikesh - ask at tourist info) you will feel more comfortable in the evenings.

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