This list of frequently asked questions is to benefit all trekkers, from first time trekkers to solo trekkers to trekking groups who trek on their own.
Question: What is the trek distances?
Gangotri to Gaumukh is 18kms, the break up is given below.
Gangotri — (2kms) — RamMandir — (7kms) — Chidwasa/Chirvasa — (5kms) — Bhojwasa (night stay) — (4kms) — Gaumukh — (5kms) — Tapovan ”
Question: Do we need a permit to trek till Gaumukh?
Permit or guide is not required to trek till Gaumukh. If you want to go beyond Gaumukh, government permit and guide is required.
Question: Do we need a permit to trek to Tapovan?
Yes as per government rules you need to take a permit from Uttar Kashi Forest Office at Kotbangla, It is situated on the Uttar Kashi – Gangotri highway near by the taxi stand. To get a permit a local guide or agency is mandatory. You can also try for permits at the Gangotri Forest Office at Gangotri.
- The Permit costs is Rs 150/- for Indians and Rs 600/- for non Indians. This is a 2 day permit cost. If the stay duration increases to more than two days there is a fees of Rs 50/- for Indian citizens & Rs 250/- for Non Indians for every additional day.
- The local guide rates vary from 1000/- to 1600/- per day. You also have to provide for the permit, food and night shelter for the guide.
Question: Would the Quechua Arpenaz 100 hiking shoes be suitable for Gaumukh Tapovan trek?
If you like the Gaumukh Tapovan trek and plan to do more treks in the future, it may be worthwhile to purchase the Quechua Forclaz 100 shoes. The 2016 - Forclaz 100 is the remodelled version of the Forclaz 500. Investing in the Quechua Forclaz 100 is worthwhile and if your budget is slightly extensible you could go for the Quechua Forclaz 500.