• VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Base Camp - Ghangaria
  • Duration 6 Days
  • Altitute 4329M
  • Stay Rooms/Tents
  • Difficulty Moderate+
Detail itinenary

You will start your drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh and be driven up to Auli/Joshimath. This is a long but interesting drive. You will for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga & Alaknanda rivers. En route you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag & Rudra Prayag. Evening relax at the beautiful lodge set up in an apple orchard. Overnight in Auli/Joshimath

Early morning drive for about an hour or so to reach Govindghat, our starting point for the trek. We start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walking towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and absolutely lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 14 kms trek to reach Ghangria takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangria. Overnight in hotel/camp at Ghangharia.

It's a delightful and short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape extremely soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. The beauty of this world renowned valley totally lives up to its reputation. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. At the entrance of the Valley stands the snow-clad peak of Ratban Parvat, towards the left is Nar Parvat, which separates the Badrinath valley from this valley, and to the right is dense Birch forest on the hillsides. We will spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon head back to the hotel/camp at Ghangria.

Option 1: Ghangaria (3050m) – Hemkund Sahib (4329m) – Ghangaria (3050m) Trek/6-7 hrs

Today's climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 - 4 hrs. Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake, not an easy task. The hot tea served in the Gurudwara (shrine) is divine to say the least. We will also visit the Laxman mandir next to the Gurudwara. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangria. Overnight in the hotel/camp at Ghangharia.

Option 2: Ghangaria (3050m) – Valley of Flowers (3600m) – Ghangaria (3050 m) Trek/4-5 hrs

You can do a leisurely hike today and spend more time taking pictures and documenting the flower species. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangria. Overnight in the camp at Ghangharia.

Today we trek back to Govindghat and from there drive to Jayalgarh (Near Devprayag). Overnight in tents at Jayalgarh

After breakfast drive down to Haridwar/Rishikesh. Trip ends here

ABOUT THE TREK

The valley of flowers is a world heritage site and is part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere. This national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) is spread over 87.5 sq. Kms. This hidden jewel is a truly unique habitat, home to many endemic varieties of alpine flowers and plants. This valley is at an altitude of 3250 m and above. Over the years many nature lovers from across the globe have been visiting the valley only to be left spell bound by its beauty. This region also plays home to many rare & endangered species of animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more We offer a very special & flexible itinerary not seen before where people are going to get the option of spending many more extra hours inside and around the valley instead of just a couple of hours, if they were to take the regular itinerary. Our trip will have you walking large parts of the valley and climb up to a beautiful vantage point to observe the colossal beauty of this natural wonder. We will also explore higher reaches around the valley and retrace the steps of Frank Smythe, the legendary mountaineer who discovered this valley by chance while coming down after a successful summit of Mt. Kamet IN 1931. Not many people have walked this route.

A great feature of this itinerary is the flexibility to do your own thing in spite of being in a small group. You will get to decide how much you want to explore the valley and also if you want to trek to Hemkund Sahib, which from a trekkers point of view is not an ideal trail because of the number of people on it. We will give you other very exciting options. Also as part of the itinerary you get to stay in a spectacularly located lodge at Auli and also visit the revered Badrinath temple. To make this trek comfortable for a wider audience we have set up a beautiful & very comfortable campsite at Ghangria, away from the crammed Ghangria market. This will be your base for explorations into the valley he trek is undertaken during June to September months as this is the time when the valley is accessible. The bloom starts immediately after the melting of snow. Different flowers bloom in different months but the peak blooming period is from mid July to mid August. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here unhindered by mankind. The prominent species are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. Also the valley has to offer much more than flowers. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages. These myriad shades of the valley will ensure that you have a most memorable trip in the mountains.

SKETCH ITINERARY

Day 01: Haridwar/Rishikesh - Auli (2450m) / Joshimath (2100m) Drive/280 Kms/8-9 Hrs
Day 02: Auli (2450m) /joshimath (2100m) - Govindghat (1800m) - Ghangaria (3050m) Drive/1 Hr & Trek/4-5 Hrs
Day 03: Ghangaria (3050m) - Valley of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria (3050m) Trek/4-5 Hrs
Day 04: Ghangaria(3050m) - Hemkund Shahib/valley of Flowers - Ghangaria(3050m)
             *Option 1: Ghangaria (3050m) - Hemkund Sahib (4329m) - Ghangaria (3050m) Trek/6-7 Hrs
             *Option 2: Ghangaria (3050m) - Valley of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria (3050 M) Trek/4-5 Hrs
Day 05: Ghangaria(3050m) - Govindghat (1800m) - Auli (2450m) /Joshimath (2100m) Trek/3-4 Hrs & Drive/ 1 Hr
Day 06: Auli (2450m) / Joshimath (2100m) - Haridwar/Rishikesh Drive/280 Kms/8-9 Hrs

Detail itinenary

You will start your drive from Haridwar/Rishikesh and be driven up to Auli/Joshimath. This is a long but interesting drive. You will for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga & Alaknanda rivers. En route you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag & Rudra Prayag. Evening relax at the beautiful lodge set up in an apple orchard. Overnight in Auli/Joshimath

Early morning drive for about an hour or so to reach Govindghat, our starting point for the trek. We start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walking towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and absolutely lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 14 kms trek to reach Ghangria takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangria. Overnight in hotel/camp at Ghangharia.

It's a delightful and short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape extremely soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. The beauty of this world renowned valley totally lives up to its reputation. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. At the entrance of the Valley stands the snow-clad peak of Ratban Parvat, towards the left is Nar Parvat, which separates the Badrinath valley from this valley, and to the right is dense Birch forest on the hillsides. We will spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon head back to the hotel/camp at Ghangria.

Option 1: Ghangaria (3050m) – Hemkund Sahib (4329m) – Ghangaria (3050m) Trek/6-7 hrs

Today's climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 - 4 hrs. Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake, not an easy task. The hot tea served in the Gurudwara (shrine) is divine to say the least. We will also visit the Laxman mandir next to the Gurudwara. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangria. Overnight in the hotel/camp at Ghangharia.

Option 2: Ghangaria (3050m) – Valley of Flowers (3600m) – Ghangaria (3050 m) Trek/4-5 hrs

You can do a leisurely hike today and spend more time taking pictures and documenting the flower species. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangria. Overnight in the camp at Ghangharia.

Today we trek back to Govindghat and from there drive to Jayalgarh (Near Devprayag). Overnight in tents at Jayalgarh

After breakfast drive down to Haridwar/Rishikesh. Trip ends here

PRICE INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation: On double sharing. In the case of an odd numbers, that person will share the room on triple sharing.
  • Day 01: Overnight in Hotel (Auli / Joshimath)
  • Day 02: Overnight in Hotel (Ghangria)
  • Day 03: Overnight in Hotel (Ghangria)
  • Day 04: Overnight in Hotel (Ghangria)
  • Day 05: Overnight in Hotel (Auli / Joshimath)
  • Meals: We provide simple, hygienic veg meals on all days of the trek
  • Day 1: Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast
  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Evening snacks with Tea
  • Basic first aid for the group
PRICE EXCLUSIONS
  • Transport of any nature
  • Forest entry charges will be paid by the guest directly
  • Mule charges to carry your personal bag (can be arranged on extra cost of Rs. 1250 per person per bag of not more than 10 kgs)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST 5%
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