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!
Day 1: Delhi Arrival
Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
Day 3: Delhi – Rishikesh by road. (250 Kms,6-7 hours)
Day 4: Rishikesh – Uttarkashi (1018 meters) by road (184 kms/6 ½ hours)
Day 5: Uttarkashi (1018m) – Gangotri (3048m) by road
Day 6: Gangotri - Begin trek to Chirbasa (3606m) 7Kms / 3-4 hrs
Day 7: Chirbasa (3606m) – Bhujbasa (3792m) by trek 7Km / 4- 5 hours
Day 8: Bhujbasa (3792m) – Tapovan (4463m) via Gaumukh (3892m) by trek 9 km 4 - 6 hours
Day 9: Tapovan (4463m)
Day 10: Tapovan (4463m)
Day 11: Tapovan - Bhujbasa (3792m) by trek 6 hours
Day 12: Bhujbasa (3792 m) - Gangotri (3048m) by trek 14 kms - 6 hours – Dharali by road
Day 13: Dharali – Rishikesh (6 hour road journey)
Day 14: Rishikesh – Delhi by road (260 Kms, 6-7 hours)
Day 15: Delhi Departure
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
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
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, 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.
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.
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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.
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