Gangotri Glacier is a well-known glacier in Garhwal
Himalayas, situated in Uttarkashi district. The glacier
originates at the northern slope of Chaukhamba range
of peaks. This is not a single valley glacier, but
a combination of several other glaciers are fed to
it and form a huge mass of ice. The glacier lies within
a span of 28 km and terminates at Gaumukh (4000 m).
The glacier flows at a gentle slope except for a few
ice walls and crevices developed in the upper regions
of the glacier where, as in the lower part (above
the snout), the glacier is covered by debris, which
imparts a muddy appearance to its surface. The glacier
is easily approachable. It is well connected by motor
able road up to Gangotri temple and from there a 17
km, long bridle path follows along the right bank
of the Bhagirathi river to Gaumukh, the snout of the
Base Camp Gangotri Glacier
Gangotri temple to Gangotri Glacier 17 km.
Gangotri to Uttarkashi 99 km.
Gangotri to Tehri 173 km,
Tehri to Rishikesh 85 km.