Sudarshan Parbat (6507m) is a mountain hard to miss on the trek from Gangotri towards Gaumukh. Sudarshan Parbat is the first ‘big’ mountain on the right side of the valley and is approached through the Raktavarn glacier, which in turn is part of the much larger Gangotri glacier. We would be climbing the peak through the West Ridge. A cluster of major peaks such as Mt. Saifee, Mt. Thelu, Mt. Koteshwar, Mt. Swetwarn, Chaturbhuj etc. surround Sudarshan Parbat. Setting the base camp at the Raktavarn glacier, we would be putting up three more camps before the final assault on the summit. The major glaciers that describe the Gangotri region are the Gangotri, Chaturangi and Raktavarn, which lie adjacent to each other. At Gaumukh (Cow`s Mouth), the source of the holy Ganges can be observed that is emerging from the depths of the glacier, and the shape of the ice formation is indeed like a cow`s mouth. Immediately opposite of the Gaumukh is Shivling (6543 metres), a towering pinnacle of rare beauty and of equally severe technical difficulty.
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Day 01: Overnight train from Delhi
Arrive early morning in Delhi. Visit IMF office for the final formalities and meet the Liaison Officer. Board the overnight NZM Dehradun AC Special leaving Delhi at 11:55pm to be in Haridwar by 4:00am.
Day 02: Haridwar -Uttarkashi (1110m)
Board the waiting vehicles to be driven straight to Uttarkashi (7hrs). Breakfast enroute. Check out personal climbing kit at the guest house. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03: Uttarkashi-Gangotri (3048m)
After having a relaxed breakfast set off for an interesting drive to Gangotri. Overnight guest house at Gangotri.
Day 04: Acclimatisation day in Gangotri (3048m)
After an early morning breakfast we start walking on the steep trail leading to the lake of Kedartal. The trail goes through birch forests and is steep all the way to the small campsite at Bhoj Kharak (3780m). We will carry packed food with us and after having gained some altitude would come back to Gangotri and drive to Bhaironghati. Overnight guest house at Gangotri.
Day 05: Trek Gangotri-Chirbasa (3548m)
Visit the temple and start the 4 hour walk up towards Gaumukh, the source of the river Ganges. The trail keeps following the river and and just short of Chirbasa one gets the first views of the Bhagirathi Peaks. Chirbasa, literally meaning the 'home of pine' is now a cluster of shops and some pine trees. Walk down from the main trail and set up camp close to the river. Overnight Camp.
Day 06: Trek Chirbasa-Bhojbasa (3784m)
Have a relaxed day with only about 3 hrs of walk. Reach the campsite of Bhojbasa (3800m), home of birch (now only a few left in the much denuded area) and set up camp. Evening walk to one of the high points close by is recommended for better acclimatisation. Don’t forget to carry your cameras along, you might chance upon a group of ibexes or a beautiful sunset. Overnight Camp.
Day 07: Trek Bhojbasa-Base Camp (4510m)
Walk along the river till we get to Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri glacier. From here we walk up on the glacial moraine to the meadow of Raktvaran at the base of the Bhagirathi group of peaks. The camp offers majestic views of Shivling - the Matterhorn of the Himalayas. Overnight Camp.
Day 08: Acclimatize day at Base Camp (4510m)
We sort out our equipment for the high camps while the high altitude porters ferry loads up to the Advance Base Camp. Overnight Camp.
Day 09: Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (4880m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at ABC
Day 11: Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 (5550m)
Day 12: Acclimatize at Camp 1
Day 13: Camp 1 to Camp 2 (5975m)
Day 14: Acclimatize at Camp 2
Day 15: Camp 2 to Summit & back
Day 16: Camp 2 to ABC
Day 17: ABC to BC
Day 18 & 19: Contingency days for bad weather
Day 20: BC to Chirbasa
Day 21: Chirbasa to Uttarkashi
Day 22: Uttarkashi to Delhi. Overnight hotel
Day 23: IMF Debriefing. Trip Ends
DELHI TO DELHI
- - All transport from Delhi back to Delhi by road / rail as applicable (non AC car & AC train).
- - All Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / rest houses / hotels.
- - All meals on the trip
- - Group tents & Cooking Gear
- - Climbing Permits
- - Gangotri National Park Entry Fee
- - Group climbing gear (Ropes, Anchors, Shovels, Slings etc)
- - Porterage of all the equip / supplies/ & personal baggage of max 15 kgs per member to & from ABC.
- - Services of experienced guide, cook, climbing sherpas & camp staff
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - Railway Station / Airport transfers in Delhi
- - Any stay & meals in Delhi
- - Individual Climbing Gear Rental
- - Climbing Boots, Gaiters, Crampons – 1 pair each
- - Ice Axe, Ascender-Jumar, Descender-Fig of 8, Harness & Helmet – 1 each
- - Carabiners – 2 screw & 2 plain
- - Sleeping Bag & items of personal clothing
- - Any costs arising from early departure from the expedition.
- - Expenses of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, beverages, insurance & tips.
- - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic