14 Nights / 15 Days
Duration
India
Location
moderate
Physicality
Ibex Expeditions
Operator
$4,043
base price per person

Journey in Oneness to the source of the Ganges

Tapovan in Gangotri is the source of the holy Ganges River. The place can be traced for its sanctity for the Yogis who would travel here & meditate. Through this trek, we live the yogic philosophy of ‘Jap’, meditativeness & ‘Tap’, discipline. We walk the steps that many yogis have walked before in time, undertaking this journey outside, as we explore the stillness & oneness on our inside.

Through the filters of the philosophy of yoga and every step with awareness, we will have the opportunity to reflect about the places we visit, where we stand in time, what our larger purpose is and where do we aim to reach after all.

By understanding the story of the Ganga and its relations to the Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva we take a holy dip in the deep-rooted philosophy of Yoga. We bring in our practice of asanas (physical exercises) and pranayama (breathing regulation) in both its forms of physiological benefits as well as its spiritual meaning.

Each one of us in our lives has the desire to feel complete, a sort of wholeness. Come, explore with us!

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Day 1: Delhi Arrival

On arrival at IGI airport in Delhi, you will be met by an Ibex representative and driver who will transfer you to your hotel. As you will arrive late at night there is nothing planned for this evening. Built in 1952, The Claridges New Delhi is an iconic hotel superbly located in the heart of New Delhi’s eminent address – Lutyen’s Delhi – and is a perfect blend of old-world elegance and contemporary luxury, with the Capital’s bustling commercial and cultural centres just a few steps away.
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Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

We begin the day with Breakfast and Introduction of all the participants. A full day sightseeing exploration of Delhi. Drive by Lutyen’s spacious city and get a glimpse of the Parliament and President’s house. Stop by India Gate, an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. Witness a UNESCO world heritage site, The Humayun’s Tomb and later have your first introductory class with your Yogi. Back at the sprawling lawns of the Claridges we get our first chance to practice Yoga in the evening before dinner. Breakfast at Claridges
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Day 3: Delhi – Rishikesh by road. (250 Kms,6-7 hours)

After breakfast, begin your road journey to Haridwar. After check in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Amidst the scenic beauty of Rishikesh and alongside the Holy Ganga, Aloha Rishikesh Resort is the perfect venue to live those moments of your life that you always want to cherish. Here we experience the Ganges for the first time and we sit by the holy river to practice pranayama and meditation. Aloha by the Ganges | Breakfast at Claridges
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Day 4: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (1018 meters) by road (184 kms/6 ½ hours)

After breakfast check out of your hotel and begin your road journey to Uttarkashi. Uttarkashi, as the name denotes is the Northern City of Kashi. Kashi or Benares was founded by the Hindu God, Shiva. In his honor, there are numerous temples and ashrams. The Vishwanath Temple is a historical temple and is one of the most revered in Uttarkashi. Set amidst the serenity of lush flora, a stay at the commodious hotel in Char Dham feels like a ‘home away from home.’ Dotted with the sacred shrines, the Char Dham yatra gives an insight into the glorious Hindu mythology that carries the most amazing tales of miracles and marvel. Here we travel in the philosophy of holy naad (primal sound) and the importance of the creator (Brahma), preserver (Vishnu) and destroyer (Shiva) in the context of our own lives. We practice Yoga asanas and pranayama in the evening before dinner. Chardham Camp, Uttarkashi (Maneri) | All Meals
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Day 5: Uttarkashi (1018m) – Gangotri (3048m) by road

After breakfast, proceed to Gangotri by road accompanied by the Ibex representative. The road to Gangotri runs west along the River Bhagirathi and is joined in Tehri by the Bhilangana flowing from the peak of Thalay Sagar. In our evening Yoga session, we practice asanas for relaxation and discuss the evolution of Hatha Yoga of Guru Gorakhnath and the relationship of martial and saint traditions, including what we can take from this philosophy for our daily lives. Char Dham camp, Gangotri (Harsil) | All Meals
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Day 6: Gangotri - Begin trek to Chirbasa (3606m) 7Kms / 3-4 hrs

After breakfast, with the Ibex team of the representatives – cook, assistants and porters – proceed in your bus to Gangotri for an hour long journey to where your trek begins to Chirbasa. The trail will pass a few waterfalls. Animals in the area that are often sighted are bharal, musk deer, black bear and leopard. Overnight camp on full board basis
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Day 7: Chirbasa (3606m) – Bhujbasa (3792m) by trek 7Km / 4- 5 hours

Before breakfast we practice Yoga asanas and pranayama. After breakfast, continue trekking to Bhujbasa. This is home to the Lal Baba Ashram and the Government rest houses. However, we make our own private camp switching from the deluxe tented camp style to the rugged two-man tent camping style with sleeping mats and sleeping bags. Overnight camp on full board basis
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Day 8: Bhujbasa (3792m) – Tapovan (4463m) via Gaumukh (3892m) by trek 9 km 4 - 6 hours

After breakfast, continue trekking to Tapovan accompanied by the Ibex team. We will stop and see the glacial snout at the Source of the River Ganges and the brave hearted may take a dip in the glacial water amongst ice flows. Continue trekking and cross the glacier/moraine to reach the beautiful grassy meadow of Tapovan. Gomukh, is the terminus or snout of the Gangotri Glacier, from where Bhagirathi River originates. The word “Gomukh” (go + mukh) literally means “Mouth of a Cow”. According to some sayings, earlier the snout exactly looked like “Mouth of a Cow”. Continue trekking and cross the glacier/moraine to reach the beautiful grassy meadow of Tapovan. Here we explore more about Pranayama as we slowly trek into even higher altitude. Overnight camp on full board basis
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Day 9: Tapovan (4463m)

Free day to relax in the bowl of the mountains and take in the views of the surrounding area and peaks like Shivling, Meru and Bhagirathi II, III and I. The day is free for yoga and meditation and gentle walks. Overnight camp on full board basis
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Day 10: Tapovan (4463m)

Another day at this beautiful meadow either continuing with gentle walks or exploring the Meru glacier and possibly, the Gangotri and Kirti glaciers. We take time off for yoga and meditation, gentle walks and sharing experiences. Overnight camp on full board basis
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Day 11: Tapovan - Bhujbasa (3792m) by trek 6 hours

Yoga practice in the morning. After breakfast trek back to Bhujbasa. Overnight camp on full board basis | Breakfast at Tapovan, packed lunch and dinner at Bhujbasa.
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Day 12: Bhujbasa (3792 m) - Gangotri (3048m) by trek 14 kms - 6 hours – Dharali by road

After breakfast, trek back to Gangotri and then you will be driven 20 kms to Dharali village. Explore the village of Dharali and interact with some of the village community. The Chardham Camp, Dharali | All Meals
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Day 13: Dharali – Rishikesh (6 hour road journey)

After an early breakfast, depart for the Aloha on the Ganges. Check-in to the charming retreat. Indulge in their spa facilities and massage those muscles for deep relaxation. Aloha by the Ganges | All Meals
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Day 14: Rishikesh – Delhi by road (260 Kms, 6-7 hours)

After breakfast, depart for Delhi. You will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the evening free to relax and unwind. Hotel Claridges | Breakfast
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Day 15: Delhi Departure

Morning is at leisure. Check out of the hotel by 12 PM. Today you have a day free for shopping, picking up souvenirs and exploring the markets of Delhi. This evening / night Ibex car will transfer you from the hotel to the international airport for your flight homeward. Breakfast

Overview

Delhi – Rishikesh – Uttarkashi – Gangotri – Rishikesh – Delhi

PRICE : 4,042.50 USD (Includes 5% Government Tax per person)

Trip Dates 29 September – 13 October 2019
Arrival/Departure Location  IGI Airport, Delhi
Included One group Arrival transfer from International airport
One group Departure transfer to International airport
Ground transport by air conditioned mini coach
Services of Yoga guru
Three hotel nights in Delhi on bed and breakfast basis
Two hotel nights in Rishikesh on full board basis.One night in Uttarkashi on full board basis
One night in Gangotri on full board basis
Six trekking night in camps on full board basis.
All permits in Gangotri etc.
All sightseeing as per the program with English speaking local guide in Delhi
Cycle rickshaw ride in Delhi
All applicable entrance fees
All trekking services including trek guide, porters, camping equipment etc.
The meals, stay, transport and daily wages of the accompanying trek guide, cook and assistant.
Not Included Indian Visa
 International Airfare
 Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc
 Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering trip and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization; and most of all Emergency Helicopter Evacuation.
Personal kit like sleeping bag
 Excess baggage
 Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances
 Any items and services not mentioned on cost inclusions

GURDEEPAK SINGH 

Gurdeepak Singh, Indian, is a qualified Yoga Teacher and a hobbyist mountaineer and climber. A lot of his growing-up years were spent in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, from where his love for outdoors comes. He believes outdoor settings are a catalyst for self-reflection. Connections established with oneself in nature have deep impressions that one can carry into the daily lives. Gurdeepak has a Post-Graduation in Human Resources and an advanced Masters in Sports Management from the AISTS – International Academy of Sports Science and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne.

He worked for around five years as a Manager at the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation in Bern, Switzerland. With his roots in Indian lifestyle and his practice of yoga asanas from his school days in India, was born the idea of a Yoga School in Switzerland where he gives Yoga courses and talks on Meditation. He collaborates with people with a similar philosophy to offer many of these courses in outdoor settings. Nature allows us to connect with the ‘here and now’ more easily and hence bringing our awareness with all of our senses together – a meditative state, a yogic state.

YOGA

During the Yogic-Trek, we learn about the philosophy of Yoga intertwined in our journey. These will include the topics including the origins of Yoga, Mantras, Mythological stories and their meanings in our daily lives. Other topics will include the Yugas (eras) and stages of human development, a message of eastern spiritual scriptures, eastern and western perspectives on Yoga etc. Reading materials shall be provided to each participant including articles to reflect on during the journey.

Besides Philosophy, we will practice asanas and pranayama in keeping with the traditional Hatha Yoga practice.

Awarded ‘Citation of Merit’ by the Explorers Club, USA

Ibex Founder Mandip Singh Soin received this honour for his outstanding work in mountaineering, notably for an unmatched spirit of adventure and exploration spanning six continents.

Awarded 'Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award’

By the President of India, making founder Mandip Singh Soin the first person in the Indian Tourism industry to receive India’s highest civilian honour in the field of adventure

Selected as 'Most Innovative Tour Operator' in India

The Ministry of Tourism chose Ibex as the country’s most innovative tour operator of 2012.

Named among ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies On Earth’

By National Geographic Adventure magazine in 2009 with a 93.80% rating score for Education, Sustainability, Quality of Service, Spirit of Adventure and Client Satisfaction

Ibex Expeditions is:

Recognised as an inbound adventure tour operator by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism
A member of The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO)
A member of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI)

Outdoor Journal Feature Articles on Ibex:

First Indian ascent of Meru North — a personal account
In 1986, mountaineer Mandip Singh Soin and a small group of friends made the first Indian ascent of Meru North, alpine style — fulfilling one climber’s determination to defeat the crux that had been his undoing before.

Thinking Beyond – Profile on Ibex founder Mandip Singh Soin (PDF)
Mandip Singh Soin runs the most innovative, dynamic adventure travel company. He’s also an established Earth warrior, environmental pundit, and a modest badass.

Journey to the Copper Star | Rafting the River Zanskar
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Following the Ganges – Source to Sea
A group of explorers follow the holy waters of the Ganga from source to sea – documenting the river and the world around it by climbing to the top of the Ganges watershed, following it through the Himalaya, across the Gangetic plain and through the delta to where it kisses the ocean.

Adventures in the Land of Neruda – Top Things to Do in Chile
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Why TOV loves Ibex Expeditions:

Ibex Expeditions promotes responsible travel, eco-sensitive consciousness and various volunteerism efforts. Ibex is engaged in world-wide committees for conservation, preservation, education, empowerment and emancipation, both nationally and internationally.

The people at Ibex make a real effort to immerse themselves in meaningful humanitarian efforts, interactions with local communities, purchasing from Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), in order to make a positive difference to their destinations and the local people who live there. For example, their sustained efforts have benefited several hill communities with education, healthcare, environment, plantation of trees, and support during natural disasters.

An example: in a tour in Tamil Nadu, Ibex has donated eye glasses to silk weavers or supported Tsunami affected families by providing skills and raw materials for their livelihood. Ibex also provides well matched and prepared volunteers to work on-site to preserve and facilitate a quality of life for indigenous peoples in conjunction with local staff.

For more on Ibex’s environmentally conscious initiatives, visit here.

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