Sunday, September 30, 2007

Acclimatizing in Gangotri

25th August

Gangotri is at an altitude of about 3048 meters (10150 feet). The plan was to utilize this day for acclimatization. We had breakfast, roamed about in town, which was surprisingly empty in spite of the pilgrim season and then started for the acclimatization walk. We crossed the Bhagirathi at Surajkund, and started on the trail towards Kedar Taal. The intention was to climb up the route for about 2 to 3 hours and then turn back.

We started around 11AM along the trail, did quite some climbing for 3 hours and then decided to descend down to Gangotri. By the time we came to Gangotri, it was around 3 PM. Our guides and porters had also reached Gangotri by then.

After lunch it was time to get some rest. We attended the evening “Aarti” at the Gangotri temple and prayed to Mother Ganga for a successful trip ahead.


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