Only 150 tourists are allowed on the Gaumukh Glacier trek each day; permits must be obtained in advance from either the District Forest Office in Uttarkashi, 3km north of the bus stand near Monal Tourist Home, or, more conveniently, from the Gangotri office, just above the jeep stand to the west of town. Come prepared with photocopies of the ID and visa pages of your passport so as not to let Gangotri’s frequent power outages delay your trek.

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