The trail, otherwise popularly known as the Gaumukh trek starts from the town of Gangotri itself. A permit is required for the trek, which can be purchased from the permit office located within the town. It is recommended to start this trek as early as possible (preferably before 7am), so one has plenty of time to take in the views and capture photos.
The high-altitude national park located in the Uttarkashi, is a massive 2,390 square kilometre in area and protects an array of wild Himalayan flora and rare endangered fauna. The coniferous forest and a high number of glaciers are unique to the Gangotri National Park.In the massive Gangotri National Park, 15 species of rare and endangered mammal species have been documented. The list includes the mighty Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Himalayan Snowcock. But the most exciting characteristic of the national park is Gawmukh Glacier, the source of the holy river Ganga.
Gangotri national park, Gomukh PermitAfter reaching Uttarkashi go to Kotbangala and get permit for 2 km from Uttarkashi bus stand. If you done with permission before 2 PM you can get bus to Gangotri same day else wait for next day.
Gangotri is situated in the Uttarkashi distrct of Uttarakhand in the Garhwal Himalayas. Gangotri is abode of maa Ganga one of the Chota Char dham temple. Gangotri is nearest road head to reach Gomukh glacier and Gangotri national park. To reduce the burden of human footprints every day only 150 people are allowed to visit Gangotri national park and Gomukh and one should take advance permit from District Forest Officer Uttarkashi around 2 km from in Uttarkashi bus stand.
There is a flight of very steep stairs behind the Gangotri Temple from where most trekkers choose to start their trekking.We didn’t take this route …instead we took an alternate route or trail (guided by a local shop keeper) which is less steeper and after we walked for 40min we reached the gate of Gangotri National park...which opens at 6:00am…. This is where you need to show the permit. We completed the formality and were let inside.After walking for 2-3km along the narrow trail which clings to the ever-changing mountain slopes on the way to the Bhagirathi we reached Devvan. After Devvan climbs become little steeper and began to feel the rarefied atmosphere. But the sights of Bhrigupanthi series of peaks were breathtaking.