The snow on the Himalayas adds majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flower patches of vivid colors add to its beauty. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smythe first discovered this place. In 1931, Smythe wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Kamet. While returning after successfully completing his mission, he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties. Thus, was born the Valley Of Flowers Trek.
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DETAILED ITINERARY FOR VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK
Day 01: Drive from Haridwar – Govindghat (5,998 ft.) via Joshimath (6,150 ft.) and Devprayag (8-9 hrs).
We pick you up early in the morning at Haridwar Railway station. There are many ways to reach Haridwar by train,bus and by air (Reaching Haridwar). We drive to Govindghat from Haridwar via Joshimath and Devprayag. Devprayag is a holy city which is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, after this the rivers become the holy Ganges. We Arrive at Joshimath by the evening and check into a hotel and Dinner & overnight stay. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow our Valley Of Flowers trek starts. We will also try and reach Govindghat and stay in Hotel.
Day 02: Trek from Govindghat (5,998 ft.) – Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) (14 km) (5-6 hrs.)
At Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into a hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Valley Of Flowers (10,998ft.–12,001 ft.) and back (5 km one side) (3-4 hrs.).
Today after an early breakfast we start our trek towards the Valley Of Flowers (3,858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh etc. The valley is 10 km long, 2 km wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After absorbing the beauty of the Valley Of Flowers we trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) to Hemkund (14203 ft.) and back to Ghangaria( 6 km and back) (4 hrs.)
In the morning we trek to Hemkund Sahib (4,329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Guru 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 as Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria and Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel
Day 05: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Govindghat (5,998 ft.) (14 km) (3-4 hrs.)
We trek back to Govindghat and from here we drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Govindghat / Joshimath check into a hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore this picturesque area.
Day 06: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat
Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute.Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colourful memories.
Things to Carry for Valley Of Flowers Trek
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely.
- Trekking Shoes
- 3 Pair of Quick Dry Tees
- 2 Trekking Pants
- Poncho/Rain Jacket
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket
- 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- 1 Heavy Jacket (Down Jacket preferable)
- 1 Trekking Pole
- 2 Pair of good Thermals
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks
- 2 Pair Woolen Socks
- Woolen Gloves
- Sun Cap
- 1 Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries
All Veg Meals from Dinner at Govindghat on Day 1st Dinner to Breakfast at Govindghat on Day 6th.
02 Nights basic Hotel accommodation on triple/quad sharing basis at Govinghat / Joshimath.
03 Nights basic Hotel accommodation on triple/quad sharing basis at Ghangaria
Basic First Aid Medical kits, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi meter
Morning evening Tea served with light snacks
Valley Permit Fees For Indians
Badrinath Visit will be subject to weather condition
Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff
Surface Transfer from Haridwar – Govindghat / Joshimath – Haridwar by Qualis / Sumo / Bolero/ Max / Tempo Traveller depends on the number of trekkers.
Any meal during transit.
Valley permit fees for Foreigner
Porter / Mule for carrying personal luggage
Packaged water bottles or any other beverages.
Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
Anything not mentioned in above above inclusions.
Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
Up to 24 Days : 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Days : 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days : 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days : No refund
Please Note: Service Tax, Payment Gateway Charges etc will not be refunded in any case.