Treks and Trails India Trek to Valley of Flowers 2015 / Hemkund Sahib

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. Valley of Flowers is at an altitude of 3250 m and above. Over the years many nature lovers from across the globe have been visiting the Valley of Flowers 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 Trek to Valley of Flowers 2014 will have you walking large parts of the valley of flowers 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 of flowers 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 of flowers the 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 of flowers 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.

 

Nature of Trip: TREK to Valley of Flowers 2015

Valley of Flowers Location: GARHWAL HIMALAYAS UTTARAKHAND

DURATION OF THE PROGRAM: 6 Days (HARIDWAR - HARIDWAR)

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: VALLEY OF FLOWER (3600m)

GRADE: MODERATE

GROUP SIZE: 10 – 12 PERSONS ONLY

REPORTING PLACE: HARIDWAR

PROGRAM FEE: 21000.00

START DATE: Valley of Flowers trek 2015 Batches Commences as below:

 

Batch No.

Date

Day

Batch 1

4-Jul-15

Sat

Batch 2

25-Jul-15

Sat

Batch 3

15-Aug-15

Sat

 

HOW TO REACH HARIDWAR

For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spicejet.

Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs. to cover the distance.

The same is also applicable on the return journey.

 

CANCELLATION RULES

 

Up to 30 Days :- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 21 - 30 Days :- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 20 - 11 Days :- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days :- No refund.
 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

This expedition is open to people who are 15 years above and physically fit. This condition will be strictly adhered to. Under age will not be considered in any case.

 

FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES: Simple and nutritious meals will be provided.

 

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG

Woolen Thermals or inners, Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Woolen sweaters or Jackets, Gloves, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enameled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold Cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, medicines which you normally use at home, Camera and Sunscreen SPF 40 or above as recommended by your doctor.

 Medical Tips:

• Carry regular medicines for headaches, travel sickness, vomiting, stomach upset, etc.

• Please ensure that you carry specific medication that you are currently consuming (if any).

• Consult your physician for general tips on high altitude travel.

• Consumption of water should be minimum 3 to 3.5 liters per day.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Extensive and pain taking preparations have gone into the planning the route for your safety. Our field staff and experienced guides have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Treks and Trails, India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.

WEATHER DETAILS

The season for this trek is June to September. In the initial days of the season there will be snow on the higher reaches which generally melts by mid-June. Post mid-June it could rain anytime and for any duration. In the higher mountains it normally drizzles and doesn’t pour the way it does in the plains. You will have lot of mist. Day temperatures could fall to 10-15 °C. There is possibility of sunny days also and in this case your day temperatures could go up to 20-23 °C. Evenings and nights are going to be moderately cold with temperatures around 6-14 °C.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions will be, you can be rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

OUR PLEDGE & PLEA

We conduct all our treks following the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ policy and try to keep our impact minimal. We will request you to participate in this initiative by first knowing more about it and finally contributing by adhering to the tenets of this policy. You are sure to enjoy this kind of mountain travel where you don’t compromise on any personal comforts and yet help nurture & preserve a habitat which is beautiful and a source of joy, happiness & life to many.

 WHY US

Unique trekking style: We absolutely love the mountains and care for them and have pledged to do our bit to take care of them. We know you love them too; else you wouldn’t be reading this right? To further our pledge, we have adopted the ‘Leave No Trace’ philosophy in all our trips. You are sure to love our style of trekking where you don’t compromise on anything and yet help nurture and preserve nature. We believe in an inclusive style of running our programs where the guests are encouraged to contribute with their bit to run the trek whether it is in camp set up, wrap up kitchen and so on. This builds camaraderie within the trekking group and adds to the overall experience of the trip.

Great pricing: We offer high quality trips at a great value. Our all-inclusive prices (on our fixed departures) include cost of good quality transport also. We are not the cheapest but if one were to do a fair comparison one will see that the little extra that we charge is for the extra services which we believe will surely enhance the whole experience. We urge you to get more informed by asking questions and knowing fully what you’re getting for the price charged.

High quality Camping equipment: Absolutely clean & washed sleeping bags (something you never get easily), inflatable trekking mattresses (not sure if anyone else offering these!) & high end high quality 3-season imported tents (cost 3-4 times the normal tents).

Our Team & Pedigree: They are a strong team with 90% people represented from different parts of the Himalayas. They were born & raised in the mountains and they understand & appreciate wilderness and travel very well. Our entire team is trained and certified from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and basic first aid. Apart from this, there is enormous emphasis on internal training and constant enhancement of skills and each guide is hand-picked for attitude & love for the mountains as much as sheer trekking excellence.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Haridwar - Joshimath (287 kms/8-9 hrs):
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way, visit Devprayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by the evening and check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 2
Joshimath - Govindghat (26 kms/1 hrs) - Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs):
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat, which is the starting point of the trek. From Govindghat, there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into Camp. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
 
Day 3:
Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs):
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the camp.
 
Day 4
Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria (6 kms one side/3-4 hrs):
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. 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. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at camp.
 
Day 5
Ghangaria - Govind Ghat – Joshimath (26 kms. / 1 hrs):
After breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
 
Day 6
Joshimath - Haridwar (287 km/ 7-8 hrs): Return back to Haridwar by evening.
Cost: 21,000/- per person (50% advance and 50% 30 days before the event start date)
 
Inclusions:
- Haridwar to Haridwar Return Transportation.
- Accommodation for the group during the trek in Tourist Lodge / Hotels / Camps as per itinerary.
- Services of experienced trek leaders, guide and support staff during trek.
- Camping equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattress etc.)
- Meals on trek (Veg.) cooked in hygienic environment.
- First Aid Medical Kits and Oxygen Cylinder.
-Portter to carry Personal Luggage.
- Permit / Forest Permits.
 
Exclusions:
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Tips to the trekking staff.
- Insurance.
- Meals while transit (transportation)
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
 
Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.
Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.
 
 

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