Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers

price from Rs.16500

Trip Highlight
Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
Best Season: Jun-Sep
Level: Mediam
Total Distance: 45 km
Maximum Elevation: Hem kund Sahib 4329m
Weather:
 Evening/Night temperature in Govindghat & Ghangharia will be around 08 – 14 deg. Daytime temperature expected range would be 14 – 22 deg
Restrictions: None
Getting from/To: Govindghat is connected by road from Haridwar and is about 8 hours drive.
Equipment: None for walking

The valley of flowers is a national park and world heritage site in India and is famous for the wild flowers. It was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their trekking expeditions. This happened in 1931 and to this very day this valley continues to attract trekkers, naturalists, botanists, nature lovers and mountaineers. The Pushpawati River flows through the valley and is the major source of moisture. The soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains. The valley is a riot of colours by mid august with balsam, anemones, blue poppy, brahma kamals, primulas, asters etc occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their source of nutrition from the insects, but these can only be identified by a keen eye. For the nature lover this valley opens brilliant vistas and panoramic views. It is an enthralling site to walk amongst a path laid out between flowers.

Day 01 : Dehradun – Joshimath
Leave early at 6am and drive to Govindghat via devprayag, rudraprayag, karnaprayag, nandaprayag and Joshimath/Auli. Overnight at rest-house in Joshimath/Auli.

Day 02 : Joshimath – Ghangaria 
Early morning we drive to Govindghat and start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walk towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 14 kms trek to reach Ghangharia takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule to reach Ghangharia. Overnight in rest houses at Ghangharia.

Day 03 : Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria 
We start the days trek with a short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. The prominent species are Braham Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Primula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia. One can spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon retrace steps to Ghangharia. Total trekking time would be about 04 hrs. Overnight we stay in rest-house at Ghangharia.

Day 04 : Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria 
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 a lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake. Hot tea will be served in the Gurudwara (Shrine) before retracing steps to Ghangharia. Overnight we stay in rest-house at Ghangharia.

Day 05 : Ghangaria – Govindghat
Trek back to Govindghat.
If road and weather conditions are favourable, from there drive for about an hour to reach the temple town of Badrinath. Situated on the banks of Alaknanda and with the backdrop of Neelkanth peak, an ancient temple with hot Sulphur water pools around, Badrinath is a beautiful destination to visit besides its pilgrimage significance (being one of the Char Dhaams). Overnight we stay in resthouses at Govindghat/Badrinath/Joshimath.

Day 06 : Badrinath – Dehradun
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Dehradun. Take overnight train to Delhi

Inclusion

  • Transport support from Dehradun – starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6
  • Guide and cook fees
  • Rent for camping equipment
  • forest entry charges
  • porter and mule support to carry camping equiptment. Please note that personal luggage will not be carried by mules and porters.
  • all veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. We provide hot breakfast and hot dinner. On trekking days packed lunch will be provided.
  • Guesthouse accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Visit to Badrinath temple on day 5.

Exclusions

  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
  • Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  • Personal porter support will be chargeable at 200 Rs per bag per day.Weight of 1 bag should not increase 12 kgs.
  • Any meals during the travel journey to Govindghat and back from Badrinath to Dehradoon.
  • Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective if the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.
  • Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective if the stick is used or not.
  • Accommodation in Dehradoon.
  • No sightseeing in Badrinath except Temple visit.

Essentials

  • Waterproof Rucksack
  • Comfortable Trekking Boots
  • One Raincoat
  • Windproof Jacket
  • 2-3 T-shirt/Shirt
  • 2 Trouser/Jeans
  • Tourch
  • Woollen Gloves
  • Thermal Inner-wears
  • Warm Fleece
  • Woolen Cap
  • Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel
  • Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
  • Identity Cards
  • Slippers
  • Specific Medication Medicine
  • Personal Toiletries

Weather
The nights can be cold (5-0°C). Day temperatures are pleasant during the season.

Fix Dep. Cost
Rs. 13900/- Per Person
Transport: Rs. 2600/-
per person
(Dehradun – Dehradun)

Dep. Date from Dehradun 

Jul:26
Aug:10, 31
Sep:3

Personal Luggage Bag200/- per 12kg. Bag Per Day

Maximum 12 Trekker