Valley of Flowers Trek
What's This About?
Valley of Flowers is a vibrant and splendid national park in the Himalayas. Nestled in Uttarakhand, this alluring place is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear, and blue sheep. High in the lofty Himalayas of the Garhwal region sprawls this enchanting valley. Legends believe it to be the place from where Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani Booti for curing Lakshmana. This place has floral pastures, running streams and a beautiful backdrop of the mountains.
Trek Altitude: 14,400 ft
Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
Trek Grade: Moderate
Trek Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
Trek Distance: 40 -45 km ( split over 6 days )
Trek Start Point: Rishikesh
Trek Pickup and Drop: Rishikesh
Experienced trek leader to lead the batch & ensure smooth conduct of the expedition.
Transport: Non AC coach from Haridwar to Govindghat which is the trek start point.
Accommodation: Homestay / Camp on arrival at the base camp and during the entire trek on 3 sharing. Camping in the valley of flowers is not permitted by law.
Meals: Meals during Trek and Stay (from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 6)
Professional and experienced local trekking guides.
Mules/Porters: For carrying camping equipment like tents, carry mat, kitchen equipment, rations, etc. and vegetables
Kitchen staff would accompany the group
Entry and camping fee for the park
Environment levy fees
Air fare/Train tickets
Accommodation at Haridwar
Enroute meal (Haridwar to Govindghat and Govindghat to Haridwar)
Backpack offloading during the trek
Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
Soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Trekking equipment like trekking bag, shoe, trekking pole etc.
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, health condition etc.
We expect our trekkers to carry their own bag, however if someone wishes to load their trek bag on a mule or take assistance of a porter and carry only the day backpack, an additional charge of Rs 1500 for the entire duration of the trek is applicable. Part offloading of backpack is not allowed. One bag per trekker is accepted for offloading and the bag can not weigh more than 10 Kgs. IWasThere does not accept trolleys, suitcases, duffle bags or travel bags for offloading and only trek bags are accepted.
Rishikesh to Joshimath (253 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)
Govindghat is the base camp for Valley Of Flowers Trek, for which we pick you from Dehradun railway station at 6 AM. Dehradun is well connected with Delhi via trains, buses, and taxis. It will be a 10 hours drive through Devprayag – the holy confluence of river Bhagirathi and Alaknanda to form the mighty River Ganga. The drive takes you through some of the remote Himalayan regions along the river. Be mesmerized and thrilled at the same time throughout your drive. Arrival at Govindghat by evening, check into the homestay/guesthouse. Briefing in the evening along with hot dinner.
Govindghat to Ghangaria
After an early breakfast at Govindghat, we gradually start ascending along the well-maintained pilgrim trail towards Pulna which is 4 KMs from Govindghat. The trek can be a little strenuous today as the climb is almost sudden. The trek from Pulna is along the river-Laxman Ganga, the green rocky mountains and occasional snow-clad mountain peaks from across of the valley keep the trekkers engaged. Upon arrival at Ghangaria check into the campsite / Homestay. Explore the surroundings in the evening and retire yourself.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria
Wake up, freshen up and get ready. We will take a taxi from Govindghat to Pulna village and then began our trek towards Ghangaria village. The trek is 9 km long and is completely paved. The gradient of the trek is easy and is steep at a few stretches. More than half of your trek goes parallel to the river. The whole trek is scenic and is full of scenic views of valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. Ghangaria is a kind of settlement situated at an altitude of 3010 meters and offers some great views. The village houses some shops where one can buy daily need stuff. After arriving at the village, relax and enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by conifers-covered mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib to Ghangaria
After breakfast at Ghangaria, trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m). Hemkund Sahib is one of the holy pilgrimages of the Sikhs. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. The climb to the Gurudwara is quite steep but the settings make up for the hard climb. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at camp.
Ghangaria to Govindghat
After breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat. This marks the return journey of the trek and we arrive at our basecamp today in the evening. Spend the evening recounting the days spent in the mountains and by making new friends with a promise to meet and trek again to make memories of a lifetime. Overnight stay in camp with dinner in the hotel/guesthouse.
Drive Back from Joshimath to Rishikesh (253 Kilometers, 08 Hours Drive)
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