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.
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat (290 KM, 12 hours drive)
Day 2: Drive from Govindghat to Pulna and Trek to Ghangaria (4 KM drive and 9 KM trek)
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back (8 KM trek)
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back (16 KM Trek)
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat (9 KM Trek)
Day 6: Drive from Govindghat to Haridwar
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.
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.
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 till 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.
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.
Who can Go – Climbing a mountain is physically demanding and for treks graded as ‘Moderate’, prior high altitude trekking will be beneficial. The trek can also be attempted by beginners with adequate physical and mental preparation. For all Moderate graded treks, the participants must be fit and have the stamina to cover a distance of 6-7 KMs within 45 minutes while carrying a backpack weighing not less than 10 Kgs. The trek is safe for children above the age of 12.
Best time – The trek is accessible only in monsoon seasons, July and August. It is best experienced when the flowers blossom in all its glory.
Established Market – Joshimath is the last established market which is 21 KMs before Govindghat. Some last minute shopping can be done here. Govindghat also has few well established shops for your ration, a small medical shop having all the emergency medicines and even a trekking shop selling gears that you may require during your trek.
Phone Network – All major networks are available at Govindghat. It is advisable to make all the phone calls here before starting the trek as the network would not be available during the trek. Weak connectivity is observed at some sections of the trek however, we would not recommend relying on it while planning your travel.
Internet Connectivity – Internet is available at Govindghat however, it may not be fast and might not be available at all the time. When it is available, one would also be able to make online transactions albeit, with a little patience (to give you an idea of the speed).
ATM Facility – Joshimath, which is 21 kilometers before Govindghat is the last point where ATM is available.
Medical Facility – Joshimath has a primary health center and has a hospital.
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