Trek to Valley of Flowers
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- 6 Days 5 Nights
- Difficulty - Easy Moderate
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Somewhere away from pollution but full of adventure this virtual paradise on earth has been unknown to the outside world until the great Mountaineer Frank S Smith discovered it in the year 1931. It is famous for its charming and embarking flowers which resembles a kind of fairyland. During ancient times, locals used to call this place ‘Pushpawati Valley’ because the river originates somewhere near it and was considered a place inhabited by fairies. So, people time for another fantastic floral trek-Best of Uttrakhand treks- The Valley of Flowers.
Bestowed with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttrakhand. The valley of flowers is a much-sought destination for trekkers, flower lovers, botanists, photographers, and wildlife photographers. How can HikerWolf miss this and also for Smith-Frank Smith who discovered this place?
Let’s be a part of the enchanting valley of flowers trek this rainy season!
Drive: 280km /9-10 hrs
Meet at Haridwar Railway Station at 06:00 Hrs and get transferred to Govind Ghat/Joshimath by vehicle. Making its way along Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers, the drive is an engaging one. Cross holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag, and Rudra Prayag. Reach the destination and relax in a beautiful lodge. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.
Drive: 1hr | Trek 4-5hrs
Today, wake up early morning for a trek to Ghangaria. Trail the valley of flowers trek through forest area and villages and the sights of the waterfall and verdant landscapes. After covering 11km in 4-5 hours, reach Ghangaria. If you wish, you can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangaria.
This balmy day, look forward to a short climb to the valley, moderate gradient and fetching landscapes. It will take you around 2 hours to reach the famous Valley of Flowers National Park. Feast your eyes on vast meadows dotted with vibrant alpine flowers, many streams, and lofty mountains.
The Valley of Flowers National Park, with its rich biodiversity, flora and fauna, will leave you spellbound by the beauty of nature. You can spot various endangered yet majestic animals at the park such as red fox, snow leopard, and musk deer.
Right at the entrance famous Valley of Flowers National Park, stands the snowy Ratban Parvat Peak, on the left is Nar Parvat and on the right is the dense Birch Forest. Unravel the charms of the region over a good 3-4 hours. Head back to the camp/Lodge at Ghangaria.
Ascend to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh Shrine built next to the mesmerizing lake (ringed by wildflowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular) over 3-4 hours. Expect steep climbs at some places. Once there, soak in the beauty of the place as sip on the piping hot tea served at the Gurudwara (shrine). Visit Laxman Mandir next to the Gurudwara. By noon, retreat to Ghangaria.
Overnight will be spent at the campsite/Lodge.
On this day, we will trace the valley of flowers trek back to Govindghat. Plonked on the banks of holy Alaknanda and with Neelkanth Peak as the backdrop, this place of worship makes for a riveting destination, especially for those into spirituality. Here are sulfur water pools and fresh air.
Later in the evening, you head to the lodge in Govind Ghat. Take a shower and dig into a delectable meal. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.
Dig into breakfast and drive down Haridwar. The trip ends here…
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- Veg meals while on the trek
- First aid medical kits,
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff.
- All NECESSARY forest Permits.
- Transportation from Govind ghat to Govind ghat
- Personal expenses like portages, tips, laundry, mineral water, etc
- Any activity not mentioned in the inclusions
- 5% GST
- Travel Insurance
- Additional costs due to flight cancellation/ roadblocks, Political unrest, etc
- Transportation from Haridwar to Govind ghat and back. If needed, transportation will be provided (Rs 2500) and will be charged additionally.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of food during transit.
- Unscheduled or extended stay due to roadblock
THINGS TO CARRY
- Trekking shoes
- Backpack (40-60 litres): Rain cover for the backpack is essential.
- Daypack (20 litres): You will need a smaller backpack to carry water, a medical kit and some light snacks for your trek to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib.
- The Valley of Flowers trek happens during monsoons so make sure you take a poncho for this trek.
- Three Warm Layers
- Two Trek Pants
- Three Collared T-Shirt
- Sunglasses (Compulsory)
- Sun caps
- Synthetic Hand Gloves
- Socks (2 pairs)
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a ziplock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose of wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug, and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit:
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhoea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band-aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to a knee injury
- Anti-fungal powder
- Original and Copy of Identity Proof
NOTE: Do not carry any valuables. Please take care of it in case you are carrying the same. We will not be responsible if you lose them by any chance.
Haridwar Railway Station