Trek to Gaumukh

#1 Aug 20th, 2018, 21:55
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Hello,

I am planning on visiting North India on October.
I was thinking about trekking to Gaumukh.
Is this even viable at this time?

How do I contact a mountain guide who could guide me, I don't want to go with a travel agency.

If it is not can anyone suggest another interesting place I can trek to.

I have to visit Haridwar so will be travelling from there

Thank you in advance
#2 Aug 20th, 2018, 23:03
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Welcome back! I still remember the meetup at Twickenham where you told us about Private James Daly.
Now for your question - Gaumukh should be easily doable in October. Uttarkashi is the place to look for a guide. Of course, my information is a little (half-a-century) out of date. Other IMers sold have more recent information. I am thinking of

https://www.indiamike.com/india/chai...2/#post2098562

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At Uttarkashi, my nearest town the complete garbage of the town is simply chucked down a hillside, from there it leaches toxins and falls into the stream at the valley floor.
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Hello. I went to Gangotri in May, although I didn't trek up to Gaumukh this time. (I trekkked up in 2002).

You need to register that you're trekking at Gangotri and there are plenty of local guides around there who are willing to trek up with you. No need or point looking for one further down in the mountains... the guides in the area are very familiar with the terrain and make plenty of trips. Good luck.
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Thank you both for your advise.

I will travel by bus from Haridwar to Gangotri.

Where do the guides in Gangotri advertise their services?

I assume the weather will be getting colder, do I need to take a sleeping bag?

Who do I need to register with that I am trekking?
#5 Aug 21st, 2018, 16:34
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I have just found this:

Dodital Eco Vikas Samiti

http://doditalcommunity.com/guides.html
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You don't need a guide. It's a straight path all the way and there will be others on it anyway.Depending on what your carrying you may need a porter. You can stay about 5k before Gaumuk.Might reconsider trying to get to Gangotri in one day from Haridwar it is possible if there are no delays but there are normally delays. Also stay at Gangotri for 2 nights to acclimatise.Have fun.
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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post Thank you both for your advise.

I will travel by bus from Haridwar to Gangotri.

Where do the guides in Gangotri advertise their services?

I assume the weather will be getting colder, do I need to take a sleeping bag?

Who do I need to register with that I am trekking?
We took two porters who doubled up as guides in 2008. You can do the same as a specialist guide isn't needed unless you plan to go further . A permit is required from the District Forest office at dehradun or uttarkashi.Please use Google for the full procedure.
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Ok,

Thank you for the advise.

I normally just take my large expedition sack, food, water proofs, camera gear etc.

Do you think I need to take a sleeping bag/mat?
or would there be a place to stay, I have seen documentaries where some enterprising persons have set up tent hotels/food shacks along the way.
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Originally Posted by Old_Boots View Post Ok,

Thank you for the advise.

I normally just take my large expedition sack, food, water proofs, camera gear etc.

Do you think I need to take a sleeping bag/mat?
or would there be a place to stay, I have seen documentaries where some enterprising persons have set up tent hotels/food shacks along the way.
There used to be a GMVN guest house at bhojwasa. Check if online booking is available. That's the best option, else the ashram at bhojwasa. If you stay there you won't need to carry food.
Request other members who have visited recently to add to this
#10 Aug 27th, 2018, 01:58
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Many thanks everyone,

I have so many questions.

My next one relates to money.
I am wary of walking around with large amounts of cash in either pounds or Rupees.

However for this trip, how much cash should I carry around?
I will be opening an account in the UK with an Indian bank, will this allow me to access cash in rupees in India?

How much would a bus fare be from Haridwar to Gangotri?
Do I need to go to Uttarkashi, get my Permissions from the Forestry Office & then catch another bus to Gangotri or will the bus stop in Uttarkashi allow me enough time to get the permission from the Forest Office?

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