Meru Base Camp, Gaumukh, Tapovan and Mt. Baby Shivling Trek
Obsession is a good thing sometimes. William Wordsworth in the Prelude talks about mountains as an obsession- they move through our thoughts during the day and haunt us at night- haunt us to come back. Meru Parvat- referred to as the centre of the universe in our old scriptures has been one such obsessession for mountaineers for decades- doesn’t leave their thought and dreams and haunts them to return and Conrad Anker- one of the best known mountaineers in the world had been obsessed with it for decades and attempted to climb it thrice until he finally did in 2012. At Rustik explorations, our idea is to look for such routes and trails that have never been done before and create an experience that has never been replicated and the trek to the Meru Base camp is one such experience where we aim to recreate a bit of what these dare devil climbers would have experienced- going into the unknown with only old maps for reference. Described as the Anti-Everest of climbs because while Everest has been climbed and documented numerous times, there is very little such documentation available for this and while there is all sorts of support available to those attempting to climb Everest, very little such support is available at Meru Parvat. It really feels a bit like going into the absolute unknown and of being all by yourself.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do..Mark Twain
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour.
Explore, Dream, Discover
- Destination: Uttarakhand
- Location: Garhwal region, trek beyond the source of the Ganga
- Google Map Co-ordinates: 26°06’54.7″N 83°13’53.7″E
- Nearest City (Airport): Dehradun
- Nearest City (Railway Station): Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
- Duration: 8 Days
- Dates: On request
- Level: Moderate To Difficult
- Guide: Available
- Price: On request
During this exploratory trek we will also give you a taste of ice climbing by having a session in ice craft training and will attempt the summit of Mt. Baby Shivling. This is a technical peak so we will attempt to go as far as possible to around 16000-17000 ft.
Since this is an exploratory trek with lack of documented information, the itinerary will be open ended and modified according to conditions and terrain on the ground.
Important points to note for this:
1) This trek can be done by first time trekkers but you need to be fit, physically as well as mentally and should be willing to exert yourself
2) This will be an expedition style trek that gives you a taste of what mountaineering feels like- use of mountaineering equipment, techniques. Members will be required to assist in work at the camp as everyone including staff and members are part of one team
3) All members will be given some role during the trek such as mapping, documentation etc.
4) Since the trek hasn’t been readily explored, we have to keep our flexible based on the terrain and situation on the ground so please be willing to adapt and ready to face the challenge on being in unknown terrain
5) Maximum height: In the range of 17,000-18,000 ft.
6) Prominent Himalayan peaks in the region: Mt Shivling (21, 467 ft) Mt Bhagirathi 1,2, 3 (22,493 ft, 21,365 ft, 21,175 ft respectively), Mt Kedar Dome (22,800 ft).
- Day 1: Drive to Gangotri (3,100 m/10,200 ft): 250 km/8-9 hour drive
- For a large part of this trek, we will be following the river Bhagirathi up to its source. For the first day, a large part of the drive will be along the banks of this sacred river. The road is twisty and windy but very beautiful. Spend the night in the holy town of Gangotri in a hotel along the banks of this river.
- Day 2: Trek from Gangotri to Bhojbasa (3,775 m/12,385 ft): 14 km/5-6 hour trek
- Follow the river Bhagirathi further up to its source and camp for the night 5 km before the source at Bhojbasa. The trek is fairly gradual along a well-made path frequented by trekkers and pilgrims alike looking at reaching the source of the Ganges and beyond. Night camping in Bhojbasa. The trek offers beautiful views of some of the most beautiful and prominent peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas including the Bhagirathi range, Sudarshan Parvat, Thelu to name a few.
- Day 3: Trek from Bhojwasa to Tapovan (4,463 m/14,640 ft): 10 km/5-6 hour trek
- Trek 5 km till Gaumukh (4,023 m/13,200 ft) along a well-made path. After Gaumukh we begin a steep and relatively tougher ascent along glaciers and moraines to reach Tapovan. Tapovan is the base camp of Mt Shivling- considered to be one of the most beautiful peaks in the world and referred to by foreign climbers as the Matterhorn of the east. Tapovan itself is a very beautiful green grassy area overlooking the prominent glaciers that eventually lead to the Bhagirathi river. On the other side we can see the majestic Shivling stand tall and behind it the shark’s fin- Meru Parvat.
- Day 4: Trek to Meru base camp, back to Tapovan: Acclimatisation day
- As per our calculations, Meru base camp should be a one day trek from Tapovan through glacial terrain. We will go by that estimate and attempt to reach the base camp and return to Tapovan the same day. If on the ground we find that we need an extra day then we will modify the itinerary accordingly and look at possibly establishing one extra camp ahead of Tapovan as well. We will try not to exert ourselves and use the day for acclimatisation. If required, do not trek up all the way to Meru Base Camp, but try to come back to the camp early. During this day we will also train you in snow craft and ice craft- techniques such as front point climbing in snow using snow boots and in ice using crampons and an ice axe. This will be your first day feeling like a pro climber using all the mountaineering equipment.
- Day 5: Attempt summit of Mt. Baby Shivling (5,606 m/18,390 ft) on the right shoulder of Mt. Shivling (6,543 m/21,467 ft)
- Since the final bit of this climb is quite technical, we will attempt to go as far as possible. The team if fit should reach at least 16000-17000 ft. If we end up spending an extra day trying to reach Meru Base camp then we will return to Bhojwasa the same day.
- Day 6: Back to Bhojbasa
- Day 7: Back to Gangotri, drive back to Uttarkashi
- Day 8: Back to Dehradun
- All camping, trekking and mountaineering equipment including tents, sleeping bag, carry mat, a dining tent for all all the members. This also includes all the technical mountaineering equipment including Snow Boots, climbing ropes, Gaiters, Crampons and ice-axe for ice climbing, pitons etc
- Porters to carry the camping equipment and rations. Since this is an expedition style trek, members are expected to carry their luggage themselves including sleeping bags. As part of getting better acclimatized we also have load ferry days.
- Services of personally trained professional guides, cooks and helpers in numbers appropriate to the group size
- Forest entry and camping charges
- Food (Veg/Non-Veg) based on your preferences starting with Dinner on Day 1 to Lunch on Day 8.
- Camping on the trek nights
- Ground support from one of the most experienced team of adventurers in the country
- Personal expenses/items not mentioned above
- Goods & Services Tax.
- Transport ex Dehradun: Optional, we arrange transport Dehradun-Gangotri-Dehradun at an additional pass on cost to members
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