VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK
What you see here in photographs is merely an attempt to capture the astounding beauty and the overwhelming feelings of serenity which one is overcome with while on the Valley Of Flowers Trek. Take our word, the photographs do not do justice to the real wonder of this place. It can only be felt. The Valley of flower altitude is up to approximately 15,000 feet. Simply told, the best time to visit this haven is during the months of July and August. Valley of flowers trek distance is approximately 46 KM. The trail is open for a mere 4 months, so you can expect to make many acquaintances along your way. The temperature during these months ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime and 2 to 10 degrees Celsius during night-time. The weather can bring a bit of rain here and there but nothing that won’t compensate for the beauty that your soul will relish here.
Day1 : Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat/Pandukeshwar (5,998 ft.) via Joshimath (6,150 ft.) and Devprayag
We pick you up early in the morning at Haridwar Railway station. There are many ways to reach Haridwar by train, bus and by air (Reaching Haridwar). We drive to Govindghat from Haridwar via Joshimath and Devprayag. Devprayag is a holy city which is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers after this the rivers become the holy Ganges.
We Arrive at Joshimath by the evening and check into a hotel and Dinner & overnight stay. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow our Valley of Flowers trek starts. We will also try and reach Govindghat and stay in Hotel.
Day2 : Drive from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar to Pulna (Approx 5 kms drive) Trek from Pulna – Ghangaria (9 kms)
At Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well-maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into a hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 3 : Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back (5km one side, 11500ft.)
After having breakfast, we start a bit early so that we can have an ample amount of time for ourselves to spend at the valley of flowers. The first half of the trek is relatively flatter and easier compared to the latter half. After the 3 km trek, the valley dawns upon us. The valley is an enchanting sight with an array of rare wildflowers. The valley is usually carpeted with flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes sizes and colors. You can take off your shoes and soak your feet in the Pushpawati stream which is also one of the various attractions of the valley. The valley stretches up to 8 km until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance. We reach Ghangria late in the evening and rest for the night in the same hotel.
Day 4 : Ghangira to Hemkunt Sahib and back. (6km one side, 14107ft.)
We begin our today’s trek around 5 is in the morning. Today’s trek will be beautiful but comparatively difficult to the previous day's trek. Since the trek is steeper, we will take approximately 4-5hrs to reach Hemkunt Gurudwara. Warm yourselves at Hemkunt Gurudwara, walk beside the crystal clear Hemkund lake reflecting the mountains surrounding it. The lake remains frozen for almost half of the year. As the weather can be highly unpredictable during monsoon, we need to start descending by afternoon in order to reach on time. Trek back to Ghangria and rest for the night.
Day 5 : Ghangria to Govindghat trek and Joshimath by cabs
On the fifth day we bid a final goodbye to Ghangria and trek back towards Govind ghat post breakfast. Our cabs will be waiting to take us to Joshimath where we stayed on the first day. You can even choose to visit the Pandukeshwar temple in Badrinath on the same day and return to Joshimath for an overnight stay.
Day 6 : Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar (290 kms)
On the sixth day we check out from our hotel in Joshimath and we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar, Lunch en route. Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening.
• Forest Permit and entrance fee.
• Accommodation in the hotel – 2 nights in Joshimath and 3 nights in Gahngria
• All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, packed lunch, dinner, snacks, tea)
• Certified trek guide
• Wines and non-veg meals
• Personal expenses
• Porter/mules for carrying your luggage
• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions