India Trekking Tour – Garhwal
Duration of Tour -15 Days, Grade: Strenuous
Destination covered - Garhwal region, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Sri Nagar, Aagar, Gultir, Ishala, Gimtoli, Rudraprayag, Gaumukh, Uttarkashi
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The Garhwal region contains some of the finest mountains in the Himalaya and is highly accessible. This spectactular trek takes you deep into the Central Himalaya. It is a “Sadhu” Trail which the devotees use to cross over from Gangotri to Kedarnath. This is one of the very few Sadhu trails left in the Himalaya. Dramatic canyons, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, pine and birch trees, together with the holy waters of India’s most sacred river make the Source of the Ganges trek a feast for the soul and senses. The views of Mount Shivling and the Bhagirathi range in the Garhwal Himalaya are unforgettable.
You start with an acclimatisation trek before arriving at Gangotri to embark on the Source of the Ganges trek which ascends to 14,294ft/4463m at Tapovan. This acclimatisation walk is a unique, short Himalayan trek with the interesting objective of passing through the foothills and actual hill villages where the world-famous ‘Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag’ spread terror among the local people. The route was ‘recced’ in 2000 by our Managing Director, Steve Berry. The scenery is lovely, giving commanding views of the main peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya and taking you through lush terraced hills, pristine forests and many villages. The weather at this time of year is typically warm and sunny, clear blue skies being the norm.
We have designed this tour to give you a comprehensive Indian experience – you will stay in one of Delhi’s top hotels, take an Indian train journey across the plains, drive on twisting mountains roads through the Garhwal foothills, visit holy ghats, ashrams and temples in Rishikesh and Haridwar, trek to a height of 14,294ft/4463m, and watch the sunrise on the dramatic Garhwal Himalayan giants such as Shivling (20,956ft/6543m) and Bhagirathi I, II and III (21,958ft/6856m, 20,857ft/6512m, and 20,671ft/6454m respectively).