Situated at a height of 12,960 ft, Gaumukh is the source of the river Ganga. The Gangotri Glacier, which lies at a height of 13,662 ft beyond Chaukhamba extends as far as Gaumukh. The Ganga gushes out of the glacier, here. Enroute accommodation is available only at Chirbasa (11,830 ft), 10 kms before Gaumukh.
Nandanvan is 6 kms of difficult trekking along the glacier on the same side as Gaumukh. Base camp for the Bhagirathi peaks, it affords a stunning view of the Shivling peak. Tapovan is across the snout of the Gangotri Glacier and requires trekking experience to reach. It is known for its exquisite meadows which encircle the base of the Shivling peak.
It is situated at a distance of 9 kms from Gangotri towards Uttarkashi. The temple of Bhairav Nath in thick forests is an added attraction.
This pilgrimage center is at a distance of 97 kms from Gangotri. Its main attraction is the Vishwanath and Kuteti Devi temples. It is accessible by road.
This enchanting lake lies 18 kms from Gangotri, and is about 15,000 feet above sea level. It is a base camp for trekking to surrounding peaks.
Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks, 2620 mts high is the quite resort of Harsil. Sightseeing here includes the Wilson cottage built in 1864 and sat tal or Seven lakes, one also has a choice to set off on various treks that introduce one to meadows, waterfalls and valleys.