Gaumukh is the origin of the River Ganga, 19 km from Gangotri. It is situated in Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand at a elevation of 13200 ft above the sea level. Gaumukh glacier is about 30 kilometres (19 miles) long and 2 to 4 km (1 to 2 mi) wide. Gaumukh has a breathtaking view of the ice covered mountains. One has to trek the mountain to reach Gaumukh.
It is located nearer to Shivling Peak and in a spot where the source of River Bhagirathi presents. It is one of the main tributaries of River Ganga. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India after the Siachen glacier.
Shivling Peak is well-known for its challenging climbing trails. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva sat when Ganga ascended in his matted locks. It is situated near the Tapovan meadow.
The popular trekking route starts in the Gangotri and passes through Gila Pahar and Chirbasa. The snow-capped peaks are the inviting feature which grabs many trekkers from far and wide. It is a challenging route full of landslides and stiff slopes. Trekking to Tapovan and Nandanvan also starts in Gomukh.
Best Time to Visit Gomukh
Gaumukh can be visited throughout the year. Best time to visit during summers