The region’s natural bounty is rich and diverse: Snow-bond peaks, crystal glacier, jagged rock faces, scenic valleys, meandering rivers, and cascading waterfalls and dense forests. Add to this a friendly and hospitable people, with a rich culture. No wonder, walking along India’s ancient pilgrim routes is where we have some of the most magnificent Himalayan experiences.
We begin with a 1,500m ascent from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, a major pilgrimage centre with an ancient temple. Returning to Gaurikund, we set off for Maggu (3,250m), walking through Bugyals, refreshing alpine meadows typical of this region. The ascent to Panwali pass is exceptionally picturesque with fabulous views of the mountains, including Nanda Devi (7,817m). From Gangotri, our trek passes through lush rhododendron forests and verdant alpine pastures to reach Gaumukh, where the Ganges emerges from the glacier, set against Shivling peak (6,543m). We cross the glacier slopes to reach the expensive meadows of Tapovan (4,450m), the highest point of the trek, and visit Kedar Dome and Meru glacier before ending our trek at Gangotri. After a night’s rest in Uttarkashi, we drive back to Delhi, stopping at Haridwar where Hindu pilgrims take a holy di in the Ganges and perform other sacred rituals