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:
Valley of Flowers trek
Valley of Flowers Location: GARHWAL UTTARAKHAND
DURATION OF THE PROGRAM: 6 Days (HARIDWAR - HARIDWAR)
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE: VALLEY OF FLOWER (3600m)
GROUP SIZE: 10 – 12 PERSONS ONLY
REPORTING PLACE: HARIDWAR
PROGRAM FEE: 21000.00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
What is included in the tour
- 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.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Tips to the trekking staff.
- 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.
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.