Gangotri Glacier is located in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand, India in a region bordering China. This glacier, one of the primary sources of the Ganges, is one of the largest in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 cubic kilometers. The glacier is about 30 kilometres long and 2 to 4 km wide. Around the glacier are the peaks of the Gangotri Group, including several peaks notable for extremely challenging climbing routes, such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi III. It flows roughly northwest, originating in a cirque below Chaukhamba, the highest peak of the group.Make Gangotri Glacier a centerpiece of your Uttarkashi vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Uttarkashi trip planner .
The terminus of the Gangotri Glacier is said to resemble a cow's mouth, and the place is called Gomukh or Gaumukh . Gomukh, which is about 19km from the town of Gangotri, is the precise source of the Bhagirathi river, an important tributary of the Ganges. Gomukh is situated near the base of Shivling; in between lies the Tapovan meadow.
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The beautiful snow clad himalayas with their enchanting yet mystic beauty makes anyone stand and stare in awe. The Gangotri Glacier is not easy to reach hence it makes you feel very blessed to be ther... more »
The trek to Gomukh begins from Gangotri. A 9 Kms trek leads to the first stop called Chirbasa which is a camp site surrounded by pine trees. This is a beautiful place. However, there are no facilities... more »
"One of the most popular and rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, Gaumukh - Tapovan - Nandanvan Circuit not only gives you the opportunity to camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peak but it also involves crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River."
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