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GANGOTRI GLACIER

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
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::Gangotri - Gaumukh - NandanBan -Tapovan-Glacier ::

 
 

General Information

Altitude:  4500 mts.
Base: 44 Kms.
Duration : 8 Days
Best Season : July - September
 
The picturesque   pilgrimage in the  hinterlands of the Himalayas is the most   sacred   spot where Ganga,  the stream of life, touched earth fro the first  time. According to mythology,  Goddess  Ganga, the daughter of heaven,  manifested herself in the form a river  to  absolve the sins of king Bhagirath's  predecessors, following his   severe  penance of 5500years. Lord  Shiva  received  into  his   matted  locks  to  minimize the impact of  her fall. The river itself  begins  at   Gangotri  which   literally means  Ganga  Uttari or  Ganga  descending   She  came to  be called Bhagirathi  at  her   legendary source. The Shrine of  Gangotri   situated at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level amidst captivating surroundings along the right bank of Bhagirathi is 100  km from Uttarkashi. The Shrine of Gangotri opens during the last week of April  or  the first week of May,
 
Gangotri glacier is located in the district of Uttarkashi in the hill state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most important glaciers in Garhwal region as it is responsible for feeding the head stream of the holy river Ganga.

Gangotri glacier originates at the northern slope of Chaukhamba range. It extends to about 28 Km before terminating at Gaumukh which is 4, 000 meters above the sea level. It is here at Gaumukh that the head stream of Ganga begins to flow.

 

Gangotri glacier is not a single valley glacier. A number of other glaciers combine with it to for a huge mass of ice. Some of the important peaks that surround the Gangotri glacier are Bhrigupanth (6, 772m), Kirti stambh (6, 285), Sumeru Parvat (6, 380), Ratavana Bamak, Chaturangi Bamak and Swachand Bamak. The glacier follows a gentle slope. Only at few places in the upper reaches, there are some ice walls and crevices.

 
Trek To Gangotri Glacier (17 Km)
Reaching Gangotri glacier is not very difficult. The glacier is approachable from the holy place of Gangotri from where it is a 17 Km trek to Gaumukh, the origin of the river Ganga. The beautiful trek to Gaumukh alongside the right bank of Bhagirathi is sure to prove an unforgettable experience.
 
How to Reach:
The Gangotri glacier can be approached from Gangotri (17 Km), which is well connected with major destinations of the region like Uttarkashi (99 Km), Tehri (173 Km) and Rishikesh (258 Km). Nearest railhead is Rishikesh and nearest airport is Jolly Grant of Dehradun.
 

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