Shivling, called "Indian Matterhorn Peak"

Source of Ganges and Trek to Shivling

Shivling, called „Indian Matterhorn Peak“ by early European visitors, is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, a dramatic rock peak in the western Garhwal Himalaya. It lies in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand just south of the Hindu holy site of Gaumukh, near the snout of the Gangotri Glacier. Its name refers to its status as a sacred symbol – Shiva Linga – of the Hindu God Shiva.

Trek to Shivling

One of the most beautiful and enticing peaks of the Garhwal Himalaya Region in the state of Uttarakhand, the trek to Mount Shivling, a twin-summit mountain, passes through the precincts of Gangotri, one of the biggest glaciers in the Himalayas and Tapovan, a beautiful lush meadows, both being also popular pilgrimage sites in Hinduism.

Tour Highlights

  1. Holy City of Rishikesh.
  2. Source of Ganges.
  3. Sublime landscapes.
  4. Traversing through Glacier.
  5. Base camp of “Indian Matterhorn Peak.


Delhi – Haridwar – Rishkesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Bhojwassa – Gomukh – Tapovan – Nandanvan

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Upon arrival, welcome with flower necklace. Meeting with our local English-speaking representative and driver. Private transfer to your hotel, installation for one night.
Day 02 : Delhi - Haridwar (Train) - Rishikesh (25 kms / 45 minutes approximately)
Early departure this morning to Haridwar by train. Upon arrival in Haridwar meet with our local guide and transfer to Rishikesh by road. Check in at the hotel and free afternoon and evening to explore the place. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (170 km / 06h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Uttarkashi via a winding and panoramic route. Approaching Uttarkachi, at an elevation of 1150 m, the lines of the city are outlined against the backdrop of Garhwal Hills. Upon arrival in Uttarkashi, check in at the hotel. Free evening to explore the surroundings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Uttarkashi - Gangotri (100 km / 3h)
In the morning, drive to Gangotri (3042 m) via a beautiful Harsil valley. En route, dive into the hot sulfur springs of Gangnani. Upon arrival in Gangotri, check in at the hotel. Free evening to explore the beautiful surroundings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Harsil - This unexplored valley is a preserved and hidden gem of the state of Uttarakhand offering many possibilities to people looking for peace and serenity at the foot of the Himalayas. In this flows the Bhagirathi river at an altitude of 2620 meters above sea level. This picturesque hamlet has become popular in recent years among travel and nature lovers. There are several adventurous hiking routes you can do in the vicinity of Harsil. A vacation in Harsil is a rejuvenating experience where you can do meditation and yoga. Gangotri: Closely related to the goddess Ganga, the river that we know under the name of Ganges. The temple is one of the main pilgrimage sites among the four pilgrimage zones of Char Dham, it is at an altitude of 3042 m, surrounded by deodars (type of endemic conical cedars) and pines. The history of Gangotri dates to centuries when the goddess Ganga was transformed into a river to dissolve the sins of the ancestors of King Bhagirath, after his penance. Gangotri is a popular pilgrimage site in India. The Ganga River originates from the Gangotri Glacier and is known as the Bhagirathi. The striking presence of the snow-capped mountains in the vicinity and the pure crystal-clear water of the Ganges flowing around add to the sanctity of the place. Vegan food dominates the culture and is available at local food counters or dhabas. Non-vegetarian foods and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
Day 05 : Gangotri
This day will be dedicated to relaxation, allowing the acclimatization of the altitude and the discovery of this new environment. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Gangotri - Bhojwassa (3792 mts / 14 km trek / 5-6 hrs)
In the morning, meet our trekking team and start the hike to Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). Leaving Gangotri, awe stop at the Gangotri Conservation Project control post, to pay the entrance fees, which benefit for socio-economic projects with an ecotourism perspective. Back on the path, we move along the well-formed track towards Chirbasa, following in parallel the roaring Bhagirathi river, gradually gaining altitude with each step. Beyond Chirbasa, the ground becomes desolate and sterile, the ground is transformed into sand and crumbs (commonly called "silent zone"). Free afternoon to explore the region and enjoy an excellent sunset over the Bhagirathi group of peaks. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 07 : Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts) - Tapovan (4463 mts)
After breakfast, trek to Gomukh, which means "cow mouth" due to its shape, is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges). After reaching Gomukh, we cross the waters of the glacier to reach the other side to climb to Tapovan. Tapovan comes from 2 words - Tapas meaning ‘penance’ and Van meaning ‘forest’ - so it translates to ‘forest of penance’ or ‘spiritual practices’. The Gomukh - Tapovan climb is steep but the effort will be rewarded once it reaches the goal, satisfaction and inner peace invades us. Tapovan is at the foot of Mount Shivling and is full of meadows and streams. At this altitude, it is the residence of several rishi and saints, a rich dialogue gives you a different angle of life! Arrival at Tapovan and camp. Supper and overnight at camp.
Day 08 : Tapovan - Kirti Bamak - Tapovan (7 kms / 6 hours)
An early morning departure after breakfast for a total trek of 07 km (in both directions) around the base of Mount Shivling, takes you to the Kirti Bamak glacier. From here you can see the peak of the Kedar dome (6850 meters), Kirti Bamak (6500 meters) and a magnificent view of Shivling from the east. After exploring the area, return to Tapovan for late lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 09 : Tapovan - Meru Glacier - Tapovan (5 h / 6 km)
After breakfast, we leave for the visit of the Meru glacier, crossing the Tapovan meadows, having the side of the Shivling to the left and climbing a steep climb for 1 km, the path goes up in a valley often blown by the winds , until you reach the Meru Glacier. It is pure pleasure to see a close-up view of Mt. Pic de Meru (6400 m) Its mythical name is "The Golden Mountain". After exploring the area, return to Tapovan for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 : Tapovan - Nandanvan (4570 mts / Trek 4-5 hours)
Departure for Nandanvan by taking the Tapovan road through the Gomukh glacier to the nearest side of the Chaturangi glacier. The route descends parallel to the Nandanvan glacier, keeping it to the right. The glacier stretches between two chains and the landslides form a scattered rocky layer on the ice which facilitates walking. After walking for about a kilometer on the glacier, you start the ascent, which is facilitated by large rocks which offer stable grips. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 11 : Nandanvan – Vasuki Tal (4800 mts) – Nandanvan (7 kms / 6 hours)
Trek along the Chaturangi glacier to reach Vasuki Tal following a continuous slope along a mountain stream. The 2-hour hike ends at a place called the Vasuki Peak, followed by a further descent into another glacial valley with Vasuki Tal Lake visible. The magnificent lake is flanked by Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki Parbat and the Gangotri valley opening to the west of the lake giving a breathtaking view of the valley below and various peaks all around! After exploring the region, return to Nandanvan for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 : Nandanvan – Bhojwassa (Trek 4-5 hours)
It is the return down, enjoy this superb landscape and its sunrise over the peaks. After breakfast, descent to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight at camp.
Day 13 : Bhojwassa – Gangotri (Trek 4-5 hours) – Uttarkashi
After breakfast, we resume the trek towards Gangotri, where a transport will take you to Uttarkashi. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Uttarkashi – Haridwar – Delhi (275 km / 8-9 hours)
Back on the road after breakfast, to get to Haridwar. A few hours of rest in Haridwar in the afternoon before being transferred early in the evening to the station to take the train to Delhi at 6:05 p.m. Arrival in Delhi at 10:45 p.m. Night at the hotel
Day 15 : Departure from Delhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport
  • Best Season: May, June, September and October

The highlights of this trip


People often say that it was the Beatles who put Rishikesh on the map when they visited in 1968. This is not quite true. Even at its height, Beatlemania had nothing on Hinduism. Rishikesh’s location near the source of the Ganges has made it a pilgrimage destination for millennia. Countless billions of worshippers have travelled from all over India to its startlingly white sandy shores to sprinkle themselves with holy water and perform Ganga aarti, a beautiful ritual involving prayers sung to a harmonium accompaniment and the launching of a flotilla of tea light candles on the river.


In a remote setting at an altitude of 3042m, Gangotri is one of the holiest places in India. Not only is it home to one of the four char dham temples, but it is the gateway town for the trek to the source of the Ganges.

For a site of such significance, Gangotri Temple is surprisingly underwhelming. Unless you are a devout Hindu, to get a real sense of awe you will probably have to trek from Gangotri to the true source of the river, at Gaumukh, 18km upstream.



Gomukh or Gaumukh is the end point (or if you view from another angle, the starting point of the Gangotri Glacier, from where the Bhagirathi river has its birth. The Bhagirathi is one of the main streams that later merge into the Alaknanda river at Devprayag in Uttarakhand It gives rise to the river we all call by the name Ganga or Ganges. Gaumukh literally means “cow’s face”, essentially depicting the shape of the snout. However, the snout is no longer in that shape now.


The name of the place says it all, “Tapovan”. It means a sacred and serene place, where the sages meditate for spiritual bliss. Take the Tapovan Trek to see the combination of nature and spirituality.  Tapovan is a high-altitude Alpine meadow, situated at the base of Mount Shivling, on the west bank of the Gangotri glacier. Tapovan is base camp for Shivlinga peak in Uttarakhand hills. The Tapovan trek takes one to the Gomukh at the Gangotri glacier, which is the source of River Ganga, the most sacred river in the Hindu religion.

  • Cultural 88% 88%
  • Landscape 95% 95%
  • Adventure 80% 80%
  • Spiritualité 75% 75%

Sublime !

“It was an amazing trip. I wanted my family to experience a soft adventure holiday – that is totally different from the kind of lives they lead. I have travelled extensively in remote lands and would want my family to experience this too! My family had a memorable time… Our [homestays] hosts, India Travel Pundits, our local ground handling team were one of the most wonderful people we have met. Their simplicity and warmth bowled us over. “

Familly DUPONT, Montpellier, France

Breathtaking !!

“The trek to Shivling was fabulous, I enjoyed every bit of it. It had perfect amount of trekking for a beginner. Abhishek and Motup from India Travel Pundits were very attentive towards our needs and made us feel very welcomed. “

Emilie & Candice, Grenoble, France.

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