Valley of Flowers Trek



About The Trip

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.

Brief Itinerary

Trek Type: High Altitude Trekkin
Trek Grade: Moderate
Trek Duration: 5 Nights/6 Day
Trek Distance: 40 -45 km ( split over 6 days
Trek Start Point: Rishikes
Trek Pickup and Drop: Rishikesh

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

Experienced trek leader to lead the batch & ensure smooth conduct of the expedition
Transport: Non AC coach from Rishikesh to Govindghat which is the trek start point
Accommodation: Homestay 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 vegetable
Kitchen staff would accompany the grou
Entry and camping fee for the par
Environment levy fees

Exclusions

Air fare/Train ticket
Accommodation at Rishikes
Enroute meal (Rishikesh - Govindghat - Rishikesh
Backpack offloading during the tre
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 abov
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, health condition etc
Travel insuranc
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.

Detail Itinerary



Details

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.




Details

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.




Details

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.




Details

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.




Details

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.




Details


Policy and Terms

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period*Cancellation Fee**
30 days or more10% of the total invoice value
Between 15-29days50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-14 days90% of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.

NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
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  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

 In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

FAQ's

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.

The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers 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/

Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is 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 accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.

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

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

The Valley of Flowers trek ranges in difficulty from simple to strenuous (except Hemkund).

The valley is at its most beautiful in July and August. These are also the monsoon months, though.

We'll respond by saying "it depends." We observed several elderly hiking more expertly than we did. It does wear down the legs, thus it can be taken based on fitness.

There are 520 species of high altitude plants, including angiosperms, gymnosperms, and pteridophytes, in the Valley of Flowers, 498 of which are blooming plants.

The Valley of Flowers trek is not connected to any networks; the only cell coverage is available up to Govind Ghat Base Camp. Internet access and network connectivity are available in Auli. In Ghangariya, the Valley of Flowers, or even Hemkund Sahib, there is no connectivity. 3G service is available in Auli, although BSNL phone service is spotty at Govind Ghat and Ghanghariya.

Rishikesh serves as the meeting location for our walk to the Valley of Flowers, thus getting there by plane is the most practical option. By Air: Direct flights are available to Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport, which is around 21 kilometres from Rishikesh. From Jolly Grant Airport, you may take one of the hourly airport shuttles that run between Dehradun and Rishikesh, or you can choose to drive yourself (takes roughly 2 hours to reach without traffic). The alternative is to hire a private, pre-paid taxi to take you to Rishikesh. As you leave the airport, several cabs are waiting for you. Taking a cab has the advantage of allowing you to get to our hotel quickly. To save money, you might split the cost of the cab fare with fellow trekkers. By Train: Train travel is an option if you are leaving from Delhi. There isn't a functioning train station in Rishikesh. Haridwar is the closest station. You may go to Haridwar by Nanda Devi Express chair car in the morning and arrive there before midday. Getting to Rishikesh from the Haridwar Railway Station: From Haridwar, it will take you around 21 kilometres to go to Rishikesh. From the train station, you may either take a bus or a private cab. It will save you time and effort to arrange and use several modes of transportation to go to Rishikesh if you book a direct flight there. By Bus: Taking a direct bus from Delhi is another way to get to Rishikesh, particularly for trekkers coming from Delhi. From Kashmere Gate ISBT, you can easily find a Volvo or even a non-AC bus for about INR 500–INR 800.

Additional Information

How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India)

Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

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INR 10499/-

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