Our trek starts from Gangotri and it is a two day march to the Gangotri Base Camp. At Gangotri we cross the Bhagirathi River and start walking down away from the town and towards the Rudu Valley. The Base Camp is a staging area for many peaks in the area. The three peaks in the Gangotri Massiff, Gangotri I (6672m), Gangotri II (6590m) and Gangotri III (6577m) are all approached from this Base Camp. The technical trekking expedition to the Auden’s Col also has this as their Base Camp.
|Day 1||Dehradun||Harsil||2620m||200km (by car)|
|Day 2||Harsil||Gangotri||3140m||15km (by car)|
|Day 3||Nala Camp||Gangotri Base Camp||4500m||7km/5hrs|
|Day 4||Gangotri Base Camp|
|Day 5||Gangotri Base Camp||Nala Camp||3658m||7km/4hrs|
|Day 6||Nala Camp||Harsil||2620m||8km/4hrs (15km by car)|
|Day 7||Harsil||Dehradun||200km (by car)|
Trek Grade: Easy to Moderate
Best Season: Early April – Mid June; Early September to Early November
Gangotri – Nala Camp
The walk for the day starts from the holy town of Gangotri. Ganotri is one of the “Char Dhams” of Uttarakhand. After offering your prayers at the Gangotri Temple you will walk past the magnificent fall called Surya Kund on the Bhagirathi river towards the Rudugaira Valley. A gradual decent takes you past the Pandav Gufa, where the Pandavas are supposed to have stayed at a point in their lives.
Here there are deep gorges in the mountainside and a pleasant shaded forest walks. After walking for a couple of hours you will reach the Rudugaira Gard. This small mountain stream has a log bridge on it. After crossing the Gard there is a gentle uphill climb to the Nala Camp. The Nala Camp as the name suggests is on the banks of a stream.
Nala Camp – Gangotri Base Camp
Starting early in the morning from Nala Camp you will start walking towards the Gangotri Base Camp. Soon after the walk starts you will leave the tree line behind and lush green meadows of the Rudugaira Valley greet you. This up and down meadow walk continues till about a hour before Base Camp. The last hour of the walk is in rocky moraine type terrain and on the remnants of a glacier. This is the Rudugaira Glacier.