Located within the Greater Himalayan Range in the state of Uttarakhand, is the holy town of Gangotri, a popular place of pilgrimage forming part of the Char Dham Yatra. Gangotri is known as the abode of the goddess Ganga, who manifests as the sacred river Ganges which nurtures the entire Northern India. According to Hindu legend, it was here that Goddess Ganga descended to the Earth when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. The river flowing from the glacial source (Gomukh) is called Bhagirathi and is an important tributary of Ganga. Bhagirathi river acquires the name Ganga once it passes Devprayag at its confluence with the Alaknanda river.
Goumukh (source of the river Ganga) 18 km trek
Gomukh, also known as “Gaumukh” is the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and the source of the river Ganges. Situated at a height of 13,200 ft (4,023 m) 18 km from Gangotri town is a two day trekking destination. The trek offers a beautiful 360 degree panorama.
Bhojbasa is the only base camp on this trek, situated approximately 4-5 km before the Gomukh glacier. Trekkers usually stay there for two nights on the way up and on the way back down from the glacier.