January 23, 2022

Day 7: Trek from Gangnani to Harsil & Visit to Gangotri Dham


Trek date during Lamkhaga Pass Expedition: 26th May 2017 (Friday)

Trek distance: Around 12 to 14 Kms.

Time taken: Around 4 to 5 hours.

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Beautiful Gangnani Camp-site.
  2. Group photo before leaving to Expedition end point Harsil Village.
  3. Snow-caped Mountains of Jalandhari Gad Valley.
  4. Jaw-dropping view of Waterfalls at Gangnani.
  5. Glacier, Stream & Moraine crossings.
  6. Classic Himalayan Landscapes.
  7. Famous Pine-tree forest of Indian Himalayas.
  8. Breathtaking view of Gangotri range of Peaks.
  9. Famous Lal Devta.
  10. Breathtaking view of Harsil Valley.
  11. A walk on flat terrain with more of Boulders & Streams.
  12. Horse, Shepard’s with Goats, Cows, Monkeys through out the stretch.
  13. Beautiful Bridges while closing in Harsil.
  14. Famous Harsil Village.
  15. Visit to Gangotri Dham.
  16. Witnessing Ganga Aarati at Gangotri Dham and having Darshana of Ganga Mayya.

Challenges: Easy to Moderate day of the trek since it is last day of the Expedition and around 12 Kms. of trek to finishing point Harshil village.

Altitude Meter: Please find altitude details for the day below:

  • Gangnani camp-site comes around 3215 Mtr.
  • Harsil Village comes around 2480 Mtr.

Day in brief:

I can divide Day 7 into 2 parts:

  1. Trek from Gangnani camp-site to Harsil
  2. Visit to Gangotri Dham

Part 1: Trek from Gangnani to Harsil 

Final day of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017 with 12 to 14 Kms. of trek is pending till Harsil Village.  Everyone have different plans and few of them want to reach Harsil Village by noon. My plan is to leave for Gangotri Dham once reaching Harsil Village. All of us woke-up around 7:00 AM. Morning tea served by Happy & Rajeev ji to everyone. Everyone got freshen-up and had breakfast at camp-site. All of us shared our feedback with everyone and took group photos at camp-site.

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Beautiful Gangnani Camp-site
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Breathtakingly Beautiful Gangnani
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Morning Breakfast getting ready at Kitchen Tent on Final Day
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Dining Tent of Raacho Trekkers
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Final Group Photo at Gangnani Camp-site

Started our final walk around 9:00 AM from Gangnani Camp-site to Harsil. It was easy walk on meadows of Jalandhari Gad Valley followed by dense Pine-tree forest. Breathtaking view of Gangotri range of peaks & Harsil Valley giving heavenly feeling to everyone.

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Final few Kms. of trek to Harsil Village began at 9:00 AM
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Beautiful Gangnani!!!
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Life is Beautiful when you are in Mountains! Isn’t it?
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Breathtaking Journey indeed!


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A look back at Beautiful Gangnani!



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Heading towards dense forest of Pine-trees
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Almost in dense forest stretch of Gangnani to Harsil!

As we continued our journey, continuous steep ascent began which took us to Famous Lal Devta around 10:15 AM.

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Closing in Lal Devta!
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Famous Lal Devta of Valley




Took 15 minutes break at La Devta and started towards Harsil. It was down hill walk all the way towards Harsil Village.

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Breathtaking view of Harsil Valley while getting down from Lal Devta
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Downhill stretches while closing in Harsil Village
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Heavenly Harsil Valley – Pic#1
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Heavenly Harsil Valley – Pic#2
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Few meters away form getting down!
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Nice frames! Isn’t it ???
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Closing in Harsil Village – 1 or 2 Kms. Away
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More closer to Harsil Village via Valley!!!
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Wow is the only one word enough to describe serenity of the valley…
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Final break before getting into comfort zone…
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Yippy! Harsil Village is just few minutes away 🙂
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Pit-stop at Bagori
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At Bagori


Reached Harsil Village around 1:00 PM. With that around 90 Kms. of Epic Himalayan Journey from Chitkul to Harsil comes to end. Felt Great and over the Moon cos joy of Successful Expedition is never expressed in words!!! 🙂 : ) 🙂

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At Harsil Village – Expedition End point!
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Strrets of Harsil Village


All of us g=had Lunch at SKYLARK Restaurant at Harsil Village. Post lunch each of us told Good Bye to most Beautiful people of entire journey with lots of unforgettable memories & stories!!! Each of us had different plans for our journey before heading to where we belongs post Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017.












Part 2: Visit to Gangotri Dham

After having lunch at SKYLARK Restaurant at Harsil Village on last day of Lamkhaga Pass Expedition – 2017, 5 of us – Myself, Aashish, Aditya, Anand & Sandhya booked Tata Sumo and left for Gangotri Dham around 3:00 PM from Harsil Village. Reached Gangotri around 4:30 PM and booked 2 separate rooms for accommodation in the night.

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Holy place of Hindus – Gangotri Dham

Had Bath & freshen-up, started to roam Gangotri around 6:00 PM in the evening. Had snacks on the streets of Gangotri & moved to Gangotri Temple to witness Ganga Aarati around 7:45 PM. Witnessed Ganaga Aarati of Gannga Mayya around 7:45 PM in the evening.

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Post Ganga Aarati scenes at Gangotri Dham!

Meanwhile Myself, Aditya &  Anand booked Private Bus to Haridwar on 27th May 2017 Mornings which will leave Gangotri around 7:30 AM.

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Final pics of Gangotri Dham

Had dinner at one of the Hotels. Returned to room and told Bye Bye for the day with Return journey to Namma Bengaluru is in store for me!!!

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