It is our constant endeavor to bring to our guests a new experience in the Himalayas. With this in mind, the team of Experience The Himalayas, ETH, came up with an idea to carve out a trail/route around Mt Shivling. The expedition begins from Gangotri and the actual Mt Shivling Parikrama from Tapovan.
Mt Shivling is a beautiful peak in the Gangotri Valley of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. That the peak rises above Gaumukh, the source of the holiest river in India, the Ganga, makes this region spiritually charged and is most revered among its patrons. Tapovan is an alpine meadow and the base camp of Mt Shivling. It is also home to many sages who have been meditating here since long braving the harsh winters of the region. We, thus, felt that this trek is not just a trek but a parikrama and hence we decided to name it The Shivling Parikrama.
The recce was done in September, 2019 under the leadership of Deepak Rana and was flagged off by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat. The 7 member team comprised of the staff of Experience The Himalayas, SDRF, Forest Dept and 1 guest volunteer.
During the recce, an encounter with an ice wall that must be negotiated in order to complete the circuit led us to tag this expedition as difficult. Novices wishing to perform the parikrama can do so by touching the ice wall and then going back the other way to reach the other side.
After the successful recce, we decided that it can be opened to our guests. So here’s an opportunity to be part of the first ever batch for Shivling Parikrama!
The expedition will be covered in 12 days. The itinerary provided here is from Gangotri to Gangotri. However, it can be customized from Rishikesh, Dehradun and Delhi as well at appropriate additional costs. Please ask us for customizations.