Overview: The Valley of Flowers Trek known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora, Valley of flowers is precise as its name defines. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and the Great Himalaya.
Around 300 species of wild-flowers bloom during this season. The prominent species are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. Apart from a wide range of flora, the valley of flowers national park is also home to rare and endangered animals such as Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Foxes, Himalayan Tahrs, Musk deer and Monals. Also, the valley has to offer much more than flowers.
Another important destination that will be covered in this trip is Hemkund Sahib, which is a renowned pilgrimage site for Sikhs and also the highest gurudwara in the world, situated at an altitude of 4632 meters or 15200 feet above the sea level.
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. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake.
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat (290 KM, 12 hours drive)
Day 2: Drive from Govindghat to Pulna and Trek to Ghangaria (4 KM drive and 9 KM trek)
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back (8 KM trek)
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back (16 KM Trek)
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat (9 KM Trek)
Day 6: Drive from Govindghat to Haridwar
|Price||₹ 9,500/- person|
- Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at guest house and camps on all days of trekking.
- Meals: All Meals from Day 1 Lunch to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.
- Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high-quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags that can stand temperatures as low as – 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, microspikes, gaiters, etc. As required.
- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
- Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
- Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry, etc
- Any Entry Fees
- Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
- Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
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For Valley of Flowers Trek we gather at Haridwar ISBT in the morning, after that, we start our journey from there. Govindghat is 290 km far from Haridwar and it takes around 12 hours to reach there. We drive through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and Joshimath.
We reach Govindghat by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel at Govindghat.
Wake up, freshen up and get ready. We will take a taxi from Govindghat to Pulna village and then began our trek towards Ghangaria village. The trek is 9 km long and is completely paved.
The gradient of the trek is easy and is steep at a few stretches. More than half of your trek goes parallel to the river. The whole trek is scenic and is full of scenic views of valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. Ghangaria is a kind of settlement situated at an altitude of 3010 meters and offers some great views.
The village houses some shops where one can buy daily need stuff. After arriving at the village, relax and enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by conifers covered mountains.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.
Wake up and get ready for the most important day of the trip. This day you will be trekking to Valley of Flowers. The trek to the valley is around 4 km long from Ghangaria.
We take the upwards route from the village and after walking for barely 500 meters we will reach a dividing point. The route will be divided into two routes, the straight one going towards Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and the left going towards the Valley of Flowers. We take the left turn and continue our trek and reach the forest check post.
We resume our trek through that narrow route, after getting the entry permit. The trail is covered by dense bushes on both sides and soon we start seeing flowers on the way. We cross a bridge over the Bhyundar river and continue our trek on the trail. The waterfall near the bridge looks massive and beautiful. We will reach the main valley after getting out of the forest route.
The valley of flowers looks amazing. Enjoy the heavenly beauty of the place. We will explore the valley to its fullest and try not to miss any flower. We start getting back to the village by late afternoon and reach there by evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house in Ghangaria.
We start a bit early today as we have to trek up to Hemkund Sahib, which is the highest gurudwara in the world, situated at an altitude of 4632 meters and 15,200 feet above the sea level.
The trek is 8 KM long on each side and is quite steep throughout the way. We take the same upwards route from Ghangaria and continue it on the Hemkund Sahib route. After crossing the waterfall, the steep ascent starts and the route continues in a zig-zag way. We could see the village Ghangaria from the route while trekking. After 3 hours of continuous trek, we reach a point from where the tree line ends. It will take us around 4-5 hours to reach our destination.
The gurudwara is beautiful and offers magnificent views. One can also spot the mighty Nilkanth peak if the weather is clear. We will have Langar there and then start descending back to the village. The downhill trek will take less time and we will reach back by evening.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.
Wake up and we start our downhill trek to Govindghat in the morning after having breakfast. We take the same route that we took on the Day 2 while trekking up. It will take us around 3-4 hours to reach Govindghat. After reaching the village, one can visit the famous Badrinath temple and Mana village (Last Indian village at the Indo-China border) if time and weather allow. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel/Guesthouse at Govindghat.
*The taxi for Badrinath and Mana village is not included in the cost.
We start our drive from Govindghat by morning and take the same route. We will drop you at Haridwar by late afternoon or evening and you can continue your onward journey.
*It is recommended that you keep the buffer time and book your return bus/train tickets scheduled in the night.
End of Valley of Flowers Trek