Where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Hotel B&B).
We will go on a sightseeing tour of Haridwar, which is an important pilgrimage place.
Haridwar – Gaurikund (2000m) by bus (9h).
This is a steep climb where we will walk with hundreds of pilgrims from all over India. The forest slowly gives way to splendid views of Mount Kedarnath (6940m).
Kedarnath is one of the most important Indian pilgrimage places. The temple, built in the 8th century and dedicated to the goddess Shiva, is magnificently surrounded with snow-capped peaks.
Kedarnath – Gaurikund in 4h.
After a 4-km drive to Sonprayag, we trek upwards through dense forest.
After a short climb, we follow a pleasant trail over a flat area, and descend towards the meadows of Panwali Kantha.
We climb up to Khinko La (3500m), then descend through a magnificent tropical forest and rice-fields.
We continue our way through forest and rice-fields to a ridge trail. From the top, the view towards Mount Garhwal is quite impressive.
An easy day, all-downward, through fields and forests.
The trail passes through a succession of tiny villages: Agund, Jhala and Pangrana. Magnificent high-alpine panorama.
We descend towards Bhagirathi, one of the Gange’s tributaries. Afterwards, we drive the 80 km to Gangotri, a famous place of pilgrimage.
We progress along a picturesque trail, congested with porters, mules, pilgrims and mobile traders. From Raj Ghat, the glacial valley-of-flowers-trek.html gets wider, and soon we can see the Bhagirathi massif, which rises above 6500m.
From Gaumukh, source of the Ganges, the scenery is fascinating, with praying pilgrims and half-naked sadhus meditating along the banks of the tumultuous stream that pours out of the glacier. The trail crosses Gangotri moraines before reaching Tapovan and its gorgeous meadows, furrowed with streams and scattered with flowers. From here the panoramic view over Shivling (6540m), Meru (6660m) and the Bhagirathi massifs (above 6500m) is stunning. It is not surprising that sadhus chose this area to meditate in summer time.
In the morning, we lazily enjoy the charms of this magic spot. In the afternoon we descend towards Bhojbasa.
We visit temples of Gangotri in the afternoon.
Gangotri – Uttarkashi (bus) in 6h.
Uttarkashi – Delhi (bus) in 12h. (Hotel B&B)
At leisure in Delhi. Safety day for your international flight. (Hotel B&B)
Transfer to airport and fly back home.
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