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Valley of Flowers Trek

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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.

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Trek Details

  • 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

Valley of Flowers - An Overview

Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath (253 Kilometers, 8 Hours Drive)

Day 2: Joshimath to Pulna Drive (22 Kilometers) | Ghangaria Trek (09 Kilometers)

Day 3:  Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers  and back (08 Kilometers)

Day 4:   Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek and back (16 Kilometers)

Day 5: Trek from  Ghangaria to Pulna (09 Kilometers) | Drive Joshimath (22 Kilometers)

Day 6: Drive Back from Joshimath to Rishikesh (253 Kilometers, 08 Hours Drive)

Price Inclusions

  • 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

Price Exclusions

  • 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.
  • Travel insurance
  • 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.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )

Medical Declaration

  • All participants are required to submit a medical certificate approved by a registered medical practitioner prior to the trek.
  • Apart from this we highly recommend you having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.

Valley of Flower Trek - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar to Govindghat via Joshimath

Distance: 290 KM (approx )
Time: 9 to 10 Hrs
Altitude: 6,000 ft

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.

Day 02: Govindghat to Ghangaria

Distance: 4km drive and 9 km trek
Time: 4 Hrs
Altitude: 10,000 ft
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.

Day 03: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria

Distance: 8- 10 km trek
Time: 8 to 9 Hrs
Altitude: 12,700 ft

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.

Day 04: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib to Ghangaria

Distance: 16 km trek
Time: 6 to 7 Hrs
Altitude: 14,500ft

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.

Day 05: Ghangaria to Govindghat

Distance: 9 km trek
Time: 3 to 4 Hrs

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.

Day 06: Govindghat to Haridwar

Distance: 310 KMs
Time: 9 to 10 Hrs
Cab will be arranged in the early morning by around 6.00 AM. the cab will drop near the Haridwar Station. Please make plans for the onward journey post 8.00 PM.
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