This is the day we all were waiting for almost 3 4 months, from the very beginning of the plan of this trek. This was the day we are going to visit the origin of the lifeline of India , the Gangotri glacier and the Majestic Mount Shivling. We started our trek at around 8am, and at first there was the trolley crossing. The trolley crossing was a totally self helped process cause there were no dedicated men to do this. We had to pull our members all by ourselves and with the help of other groups. We helped others to do the same also. It was a very long process and just to cross a 100metre long river we wasted almost 1 hour and some of our group members became tired. But the roaring ganges and the mesmerizing view of Bhagirathi sisters kept us going. There were gradually ascent for almost 2 hours after that we got a better view of the gangotri glacier. After that we reached a miles long flat plane, looked like a deserted ground with no inclination. But as we were crossing this we understood that there is a good amount of ascent and at 13000 feet we found difficulty to cross this flat land. After the flat land amlost near the Gaumukh, or the origin of the Ganges or the origin of the Gangotri glacier the road divided into two. The right one went towards the Tapovan and the left one was to the touching point of Gaumukh glacier. We took the right path as we would go to tapovan and would visit the Gaumukh while descending from Tapovan.
Now the tricky part began from here. As there were no dedicated routes to Tapovan , every group had to find its own road towards the Tapovan. From the division of the road to Tapovan the whole 3-4km road was steep ascent and almost 70 degree climb for almost 1km. We started slowly and gradually as we mist be very careful of our every step as the whole road was full with dust, loose boulders and rocks. A single wrong step would end at 1000feet down at gangotri glacier. We started climbing very carefully and take rest when we get a chance. The climbing towards Tapovan is very much tiresome bit we kept on moving as the Majestic, our dreamy Mount Shivling was becoming more clearer as we climb higher and higher. After climbing for 2 hours we saw a huge rock at 100 feet high, someone said that's the end, behind the rock is the Tapovan. So we couldn't stop there we just want to enter the Devine tapovan. Yes, just after we reached the rock and looked around, this was it, we reached Tapovan. We all were mesmerized by the view of this huge alpine medow, the birth place of many mythological stories, the birth place of river Ganga. From Tapovan you can get the views of the gorgeous Bhagirathi Sisters, The Kedar dome, the Majestic Mount Shivling and the mighty Mount Meru(or the centre of the Universe). We all were so happy and cried and enjoy the beauty of this alpine meadow. We quickly setup our camp as just after 1 hour the sun got down and the shivering cold grabbed us. Now from the evening we all want to show our astrophotography skill and we know we won't get a chance to do that again. We clicked several pictures of milky way galaxy behind the mount shivling and mount meru. As the moon was so bright we couldn't capture the milkyway properly. We enjoyed the photo session a lot in that -2 degree C cold as we were all so involved in astrophotography. After that we had our dinner and went into our sleeping bag.