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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: 12000 ft
  • Trek Type: High Altitude Trekking
  • Trek Grade: Easy ( Recommended for Beginners )
  • Trek Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days
  • Trek Distance: 40 -45 km ( split over 6 days )
  • Trek Start Point: Govindghat
  • Trek Pickup and Drop: Haridwar

Price

  • Triple Sharing - ₹
  • Twin Sharing - ₹

Valley of Flowers - An Overview

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

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.

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.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking Shoes ( Do not carry sneakers/ sports shoes. Carry shoes that has good grip and ankle support)
  • Backpack (40 -60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for a backpack is essential.
  • Daypack 20 litres: On the day of the summit, you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack.
  • Layers/Warm Clothes/Thermals
  • Trek Pants/T-shirts/Undergarments as per your convenience. Carry the actual number required and stay light
  • Sunglasses, Suncap, sunscreen.
  • Hand gloves, socks 2 pairs and woollen socks
  • Headlamp/LED Torch is mandatory
  • Trekking Pole
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. ( Mandatory )
  • Personal Medikit
  • Toiletries: moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes.
  • One 1 litre water bottle.
  • Plastic covers: carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Make sure you take them back and not litter the mountains.

Valley of Flowers Trek - A 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.

Advisory

  • Please be informed that trekking is an adventure activity and a lot depends on the weather conditions in the mountains. In case of bad weather or health issues of any trekker at any point during the trek, the trek itinerary will be changed by the Trek Leader after evaluating all the available options.
  • We make sure that our trekkers are informed at all the times and a common consensus be arrived after discussing with the participants, however, the decision of the Trek Leader will remain final.
  • Also, in case of any unforeseen circumstances like landslides or bad weather, we promise to provide services only for 7 days. It will remain the responsibility of the Trek Leader to get the trekkers back to safety irrespective of the number of days, however, the cost will be borne by the trekker themselves.
  • Please be clearly informed that we are committed to providing a safe, secure and a magical experience in raw nature and hence, smoking, drinking and littering is completely prohibited during the trek and on the campsites. People found to be indulging in any of the above activities will be abandoned from the group.

Safety

  • We take a lot of pride in providing the best safety standards to its trekkers while trekking along with supporting sustainable tourism.
  • Experienced Trek Leaders will be leading the group with a full-fledged first aid kit along with an oxygen cylinder. The Trek Leaders will also be carrying medication pertaining to high altitudes.
  • Our Trek Leaders are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the trek, the Trek Leader advises you against continuing on the trek, we request you to respect his judgment and follow his instructions.

How to Reach

More Information

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.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).

Notes

  • Min number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5. Plan The Unplanned would be not responsible for any flight cancellation charges/any other cost.
  • As most destinations in the itinerary are remote and isolated, the food options available to you (especially veg options) will be limited to the very basics. We expect your understanding regarding the same.
  • The itinerary is subject to change during the course of the trip owing to severe weather conditions keeping in mind your safety and accessibility to locations.
  • Personal expenses are to be borne by you.
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