6 Days 5 Nights
Standing at 3250m, the valley of flowers is one of the most beautiful and well-known treks in India. Snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, its trek goes through dense forests, along with the Pushpawati river, and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls on the way.
This glaring piece of nature is an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere which exhibits plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and diverse fauna in this valley.
The national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) itself spread over 87.5 sq. Km.
Other than having Blue Primula(Bhramkamal) in abundance, Valley also showcases flora like Meadow Geranium, Snake Foil, Hooked Stick Seed, Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, River Anemone, White Leaf Hog Foot, Dog Flower and also plays home to many rare & endangered species of animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep, which serves to its exoticness and makes it a paradise for, botanists, photographers, and nature-lovers
That’s why thousands of people trek to this beautiful valley every year to witness this colorful drama of Nature as Valley changes colors throughout the season as per the blooming of various flowers.
To reach the valley one has to trek from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib which is at 4300m/14,100ft and serves as the highest point for the trek. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow-clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters.
Although it’s a short trek the steep at Hemkund Sahib can get a little lethargic at times, to make no one has left behind I, Philip Singh as your trek leader will make sure we all walk at a similar pace and enjoy the Mesmerizing beauty of Nature in its full Glory.
Along with the trek, 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.
This makes it all more special.
You will begin your journey with us from Haridwar. Starting the drive from Haridwar from the appointed pickup point (Haridwar railway station), we will take the fabled Badrinath Road. We will be crossing Rishikesh and conveniently arrange pickup from there too. Alternatively, you can arrange your stay at these awesome places on your way back after the trek as well. The nine-hour drive to Joshimath will surely be long and arduous, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. The great river running with us on parallel will get wilder and more fascinating as we trudge uphill. We will be passing by the 4 of the Panchprayag or the five holy confluence of Ganga—Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag. So, keep your cameras ready and remain awake for most of the journey!
From Joshimath to Govindghat the distance is 22km. En route, you can spot the final Vishnuprayag. We will start on the drive in the morning after breakfast and reach Govindghat by 8 am and then a 4 km drive to Pulna which is the starting point. It will be a 9 km uphill route along the river, Pushpawati. The entire trail will be crowded most of the time. Many snack shops selling beverages, hot noodles, omelets with bread, paratha, and the like can be found on this trail. So, you will never go hungry. The trek will be on a clearly defined stone-paved path, conveniently built with stairs. After a 5 km walk, you will arrive at Bhyundar village. This village marks an amazing viewpoint for clear Hathi Parvat sights. Enjoy the wonderful sights as much as you can, because the strainful steep ascent will commence henceforth. You will reach Gangharia before nightfall, attaining an altitude of 10, 000 feet. The stay will be at a guest house.
The journey to Valley of Flowers is a distance of 4 km. The valley is 6-7 km long; the distance traveled in the valley depends on how the trekkers want to explore the valley. Another, factor to be considered is the stamina of the trekkers. Right, when you start from Ghangaria in 30 minutes forest check post arrives. The check post might not be an attraction but right before the check post, there is a gushing waterfall called Laxman waterfall. Another 20 minutes into the greenery and the next furious attraction comes. At this point, the Pushpavati river flows furiously below a wooden bridge. It is quite a common yet unique and mesmerizing capture. The trail is steep and stone-paved like the previous day. You can find many bridges and landslide areas when you enter the valley. The valley is thousand times stupendous than you might have imagined. It truly makes the Himalayan peaks lively and cherishing. Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, and Hooked Stick Seed are the native flowers. These astounding colorful blossoms end after a 5 km stretch at a glacier. If the weather is clear the mighty Himalayan peaks of Nilgiri Parvat, Bhyundar Khal, Rattaban, Gauri Parvat, etc. are in the background. Today’s journey will conclude with your coming back to Ghangaria before nightfall.
Get ready early in the morning to start trekking (6 Km) for “HEMKUND SAHIB”. One of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, The Hemkund Sahib, the World’s Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters. There will be porters and mules if you wish to offload your load. The trail today will be similar to previous days stone-paved and continuous ascending. There will be shops on the way where you can energize yourself. Watch out for the rare flower Brahmakamal that will be spotted beside pathways. The Gurudwara is placed magically beside the mirror-like glacial lake Hemkund. During clear skies, one can witness the flawless reflections of the adjoining Saptrishi peaks. The lake is fed by the melting glaciers of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. Religious Laxman temple is also found near the lake. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for an overnight stay. The evening is free for rest & relaxation.
After your breakfast in the morning, we descend to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. From this place, Badrinath is 25 km away and takes 1 hrs to reach. You can visit Badrinath only if road and weather condition permits us. Note: Govindghat to Badrinath is a landslide-prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is at risk due to weather conditions/landslide or road blockage we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly. On arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight: Hotel
The ride will commence at 6 am and you will reach Haridwar around 6 – 7 pm. Your Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges, after having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to book further travel after 8 pm.