Valley of Flowers Trek

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Overview

Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers trek is famous for an adventure trip to Valley of Flowers National Park and the holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib in the laps of Garhwal Himalayas. The park showcasing rich biodiversity in the form of high-altitude plants, sub-alpine forests, vibrant flowers, endangered Himalayan mammals and multiple species of birds, bees and butterflies is a celebrated destination among nature-lovers, botanists and adventurers.

Highlights

Visit Valley of Flowers with expert guides.
Visit Hemkund Sahib.
Porters shall be provided for carrying the luggage.
Freshly cooked organic meals shall be provided.
An expert on the flora shall be accompanying most of the groups.

Detailed overview

Valley of Flowers trek is a privilege to explore the ethereal splendour of nature pampered like a well-preserved secret away from the messed-up human settlements. The authoritarian snow-shroudedHimalayan Peaks allow only the rolling clouds to peep into this treasure of alpine wonders dotted with meadows, moraines, river beds and of course the affluent flora. The access for a permanent dwelling is granted only to the undisruptive species of fauna, and most probably to the fairies and divinity.   

Even the humans came to know that a paradise-imitating place like this exists only in the 1930s. The subsequent bestowing of titles like National Park, Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO WorldHeritage Site took its fame across the globe. Today, the enthusiastic explorers choose Valley of Flowers trek and become the privileged guests of the Valley ofFlowers National Park India hosted by nature itself. The bonus trek to the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara on the banks of a glacial lake makes the entire expedition a captivating experience. WaytoIndia welcomes the groups of adventurous spirits, nature and wildlife lovers, nature photographers and others to embark on this exceptional travel mission.     


Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Govindghat

    Valley of Flowers trek starts as you arrive at Govindghat, the start point of our journey.

    Our representative shall meet you and assist you in check in at the pre-booked hotel at Govindghat. Relax for the rest of the day.Overnight stay at hotel in Govindghat.


    Note: Travel arrangements can be done for trekkers from Delhi/Dehradun/Haridwar to Govindghat at an extra cost.Please note that the accommodation at Govindghat  and or Ghangaria is basic as these are high altitude areas. Accommodation includes attached bath/toilets with hot water facility at Govindghat.

  • Day 02: Govindghat – Ghangaria (4 km. by road and 10 km. by trek)

    Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

    Leave Govindghat to reach Ghangaria,the base camp for Valley of Flowers trek and Hemkund Sahib trek. We drive you up to 4 km. after which you must trek for 10 km. to access the place. It is located at an altitude of about 3,050 m. on the confluence of River Bhyundar Ganga and River Pushpawati that meet to form River Lakshman Ganga. 

    The Valley of Flowers trek difficulty level for this stretch is easy for the first 7 km.and tends to get steeper during the last 3 km. with the final 1 km. being moderately difficult. You would be greeted by the astounding beauty of Hathi Parvat which wears the crown of snow as well as many captivating waterfalls, striking meadows and occasional glimpses of exquisite flowers hinting at what the final reward of this trek would be.

    There are options like ponies(mules), porters (pitthus) and dolis (palanquins) as well as helicopter rides (availability subject to weather conditions) till Ghangaria if you find it difficult to trek.(Please let us know if you need to prebook these services which would be at an extra cost).

    On arrival, check in at the booked accommodation and take rest while you acclimatise with the weather. You may spend time admiring the visual treat of nature’s spotless panorama all around. Stay overnight at Ghangaria.


  • Day 03: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers National Park (3.5 km. till the entry point and about 5-6 km. inside the park) - Ghangaria

    Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

    Get ready for the final leg of Valley of Flowers trek as we begin the journey towards the national park. About a km.from Ghangaria, you would find a check post where you are required to pay the required costs to enter Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand:

    ·        Entry Fee: INR 150 per Indian and INR 600 per foreigner for 3 days. Note that the fee for Indians is already included in the package cost.

    ·        Camera Fee: Nil for still and non-professional video cameras and INR 500/1500 for professional video cameras per Indian/foreigner

    The park opens from 07:00 a.m. till0 5:00 p.m. and the tickets are issued till 02:00 p.m. It is important to note that no ponies are allowed beyond Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. However, porters and palanquins (you must buy an entry ticket for each porter) can be hired at an extra cost for which you need to call us and prebook.

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    Reach the entry point of the national park admiring the picturesque beauty of melting glaciers, waterfalls, river beds and diverse vegetation. The Valley of Flowers height ranges between 3,350m and 3,660 m. and one can feel like entering the heavens painted in multiple hues. You would be awe-struck discovering some of the never-seen-before flowers popping out of the lush green carpets and painting rainbows on the earth. Blue poppies, Himalayan balsam, Himalayan Whorl flower, geraniums, primulas, orchids, daisies, marigolds, Himalayan hogweed, edelweiss, bellflowers and many other flowers help the valley flaunt ethereal beauty.

    The park is also home to bhoj patra trees. known for their white barks, and rhododendron and birch expanses. As far as the wildlife is concerned, it shelters the likes of red giant flying squirrels, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, goral, red fox, musk deer, yellow-throated marten and more. The birds spotted here include Himalayan monal, spotted dove, snow pigeons, Himalayan vulture and many types of choughs, woodpeckers and barbets. Many species of colourful butterflies add to the glory of the park which is also adorned with chirpy streams. 

    After this exhilarating day of Valley of Flowers package, we get back to Ghangaria for a night stay.


  • Day 04: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib (6 km. by trek) – Ghangaria

    Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

    Another day of Hemkund Sahib Valley of Flowers tour begins as we head towards the holy Sikh shrine located at the height of about 4,630 m. Occupying the bank of the pristine glacier lake called Hemkund (‘hem’ means snow and ‘kund’ means pond in Sanskrit), this Gurudwara is dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji who is believed to have meditated on the Hemkund Parvat near the lake and bathed in the lake water. The trek route unveils the nature’s magnificence in the form of waterfalls, cold water springs and many varieties of rhododendrons and shrubs lending exoticness to the region.

    You may also include mules, porters as well as palanquins in the Valley of Flowers trekking packages to reach Hemkund Sahib as the trek can be steeper at places as compared to the trek toValley of Flowers. (This would entail extra cost. Please call us to pre-book these extra services, if required).

    On arrival, you may choose to take a holy dip in the lake’s freezing cold water. Later, pray at the shrine which is built in the shape of a star and is surrounded by seven snow-covered peaks that collectively form the Hemkunt Parvat. Each peak has a Nishan Sahib – the holy Sikh flag hoisted from a flagpole. There is a small Hindu Temple dedicated to Lakshmana, the brother of Lord Rama, who is believed to have meditated here.The sights of streams from Hathi Parvat and Saptarishi Peaks feeding the lake and River Himganga originating from the lake are simply hypnotic. 

    Finally, get back to Ghangaria for night stay as this day of Valley of Flowers trek comes to an end.


  • Day 05: Ghangaria - Govindghat

    Descend back to Govindghat and check in at the booked accommodation (we may arrange accommodation for the day in Joshimath) to take rest. 

    If time allows and on your willingness, we may include a visit to Badrinath in the Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand trek package(at extra transport cost). Located at the distance of about 25 km. from Govindghat and at the height of about 3,300m., the town is home to the holy Hindu shrine of Lord Badrinath (a form of LordVishnu). On the bank of River Alaknanda and surrounded by the towering peaks ofNar, Narayan and Neelkantha, the temple features a black shaligram idol of the lord which is believed to have been discovered from the holy water of Alaknanda.

    Apart from praying at the temple, you may explore other attractions like Tapt Kund hot water springs. 


    Finally,drive back to Govindghat/Joshimath for night stay.


  • Day 06: Govindghat/Joshimath – Haridwar (290 km. by road)

    On the sixth day of Valley of Flowers trek, drive back to Haridwar by your own mode of transport.



    Note: Drop facilities can be arranged from Govindghat/Joshimath to Haridwar at an extra cost.

Hotel Information

LocationNightsHotel Name
Govindghat2Ganga Resorts or Similar
Ghangaria3Hotel Nanda Lokpal or Similar

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Payment Terms

  • INR 2000 per person needs to be paid in advance.
  • Balance amount needs to be paid at least 30 days in advance to travel date.

Cancellation

  • A minimum cancellation fee of INR 2000 shall apply for all cancellations made up to 30 days before travel date.
  • 50% of the total cost of tour shall be charged as cancellation amount for cancellations requested between 30 days and 15 days before travel date.
  • 100% of the total cost of tour shall be charged as cancellation amount for cancellations requested less than 15 days before travel date.No refunds shall be possible in such cases.

Inclusions

  • Services of expert trek leader
  • Mule to carry Rucksack on Day 1 & Day 4
  • Helper on Day 2 & 3 to carry packed lunch and water bottles
  • All meals (Lunch shall be packed lunch each day)
  • 02 Night accommodation in Govind Ghat
  • 03 Nights Accommodation in Ghangaria

Exclusions

  • Transport service from Delhi/Dehradun/Haridwar to Govindghat and back is not included in the package cost. However, the same can be arranged at an extra cost.
  • No meals except those mentioned in inclusions shall be provided.
  • Porters are shared and would only be able to carry the common goods, kitchen items, food items, tents and sleeping bags wherever applicable. In case personal porters are required, the same can be arranged at an extra cost for which strictly prior bookings need to be done.

Important information


  • This is a trek in High altitude mountains, hence we suggest that you consult your doctor before undertaking this trip.
  • By undertaking this trip, you undertake to own all the risks and perils associated with this trip and Comfort Connections Pvt Ltd or its employees, owners, associates shall not be responsible for any injury or death resulting from this trip.

Reporting Point/Meet-up Information


The tour starts from Govindghat in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India.Guest would have to reach Govindghat one day in advance to start date of the tour.

Note that special arrangements can be made for transport from Delhi 
Airport or Railway Station/Dehradun Airport or Railway Station/ Haridwar Airport or Railway Station to Govindghat at an extra cost. Please write to us on info@waytoindia.com for the supplementary cost of the same.

Tour Departure Dates

  • Saturday, 18 Jul 2020
  • Saturday, 25 Jul 2020
  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020
  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020
  • Saturday, 15 Aug 2020
  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2020

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