Valley of flowers Trek


Haridwar

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Duration
6 Days
Max Altitude
14,400 ft
Difficulty
Easy - Moderate
Low Temp
4 to 10 ° C
High Temp
12 to 20 ° C

Overview

Valley of flowers Trek is a botanist bounty! So, if you are a flora and fauna enthusiast this trek is your paradise. But mind you this is a comparatively compelling terrain so adventure lovers you get the whole package! The snow-covered Himalayas add majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flowers add to its beauty. This was a chance discovery made in the 1930s by a British traveler whose contribution has left us with this beautiful site to rest our eyes on. At an altitude of 12,700 ft, the valley with rich diverse fauna is home to numerous species of insects and butterflies. So, pack your bags and enjoy the colorfully luxurious scenes of this special trek in Uttarakhand!

All accommodation/lodging in Ghangaria will be in guest houses as camping is banned
in the area.
Transportation from Haridwar to Joshimath/Auli and back will be additional. The shared
cab will be provided at request. You can choose the option on the website under transportation
or request the same via mail.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar - Joshimath /Auli (245 kms/8-9 hrs)

Day 2: Joshimath/Auli - Govindghat (22 kms/1 hrs) - Ghangaria (17 kms/3-4 hrs)

Day 3: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs)

Day 4: Ghanghria-Hemkund-Ghanghria

Day 5: Ghangaria - Govindghat – Joshimath

Day 6: Joshimath/Auli -Haridwar

Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar - Joshimath /Auli (245 kms/8-9 hrs)

The first day starts with an early morning tour to Joshimath, crossing Devprayag. It is simply great to witness the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. This is the location from where River Ganga flows. You will be arriving at Joshimath by evening, if you leave Haridwar or Rishikesh early in the morning, and drive along the Badrinath highway. The journey - encompassing steep roads and gorges takes about 9 hours. For relaxing, you can check into guest houses/camps in Auli, where you can have your dinner and retire for the day.



Day 2: Joshimath/Auli - Govindghat (22 kms/1 hr) - Ghangaria (17 kms/3-4 hrs)

The second-day trail starts from early in the morning once you have your breakfast. The first destination is Govindghat which is a zigzag route of acceding valleys, blanketed with terraced fields and apricot forests. This is the actual point or base camp from where the trek starts. It takes around 60 minutes to reach Govindghat from Joshimath, via a shared taxi.

Some pointers: if you wish to hire a porter or mule for your journey, this is the place. No need to carry food as there are plenty of eateries en-route and you can deposit your extra luggage at the gurudwara here.

From Govindghat, you will find a well-maintained pilgrim journey to Ghangaria.  The trek starts just beyond the Alakananda river bridge. In this 17 km hiking trail, that takes around 4 hours, you will be able to get a glimpse of the Bhutundar Valley and the Laxman-Ganga River bank. Once you reach Ghangaria, it is the best location for camp setup, with a helipad and tabular space. Undoubtedly nature has its own beauty that cannot be compared to any other things in the world; so while you spend the evening, do not miss checking the splendor of the twilight sky.



Day 3: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria (5 km one side/4-5 hrs)

The third day starts after having breakfast and the destination is the Valley of Flowers which is situated 3858 m from Ghangaria. Leave early at around 6 am to make the best of your time. After hiking for a km, you shall come to a split lane which will be the entrance of the gate.

Almost 2 km from the entrance, you will come across a bridge with a tiny stream, which is the commencement of the valley. Well, if you are looking for something that is worth capturing in the reels and you are interested in the floral collection, then this is a paradise for you. Here you can see huge varieties of rare wildflowers springing up on either side. Well, most of the species have medical benefits. The entire valley is not too huge but is distinguished with the Pushpawati stream. Several waterfalls and tiny streams merge here. Once you have roamed the entire valley, which is around 7 km, it’s time to set back for Ghangaria.

We will be carrying ready-made lunch from Ghangaria and commence your return along the same path by early afternoon.



Day 4: Ghanghria to Hemkund and back to Ghanghria (10 hrs/12 km)

Your final day destination is Hemkund Sahib which is located at a distance 4329 m from Ghangaria. Your visit to this location might be hard because it is steep than others.We will start your trek early, at around 5 am. Do remember to carry a raincoat and a trekking pole. Hike past the Valley of Flowers deviation, where you shall reach a spectacular waterfall on your right.

Post 3 hours of steady walking and numerous breaks, you reach Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara - with the lake located just behind it. Around Hemkund, the Himalayan flower, Brahma Kamal - that grows only at heights of 10000 ft to 15000 ft- is found abundantly. Plan your departure from Hemkund by early afternoon. The downward trek is strenuous, taking approximately 5 hours to hike through the 6 kms. Trek to this location includes challenges of weather and terrain. Undoubtedly, the place itself defines it serenity. It would no wrong to compare this place to heaven. It’s spectacular and heavenly!



Day 5: Ghangaria - Govindghat ( 17 kms/ 3-4 hrs) – Joshimath (22kms/1 hr)

Start your fifth and plan your homeward journey by 6 am, post breakfast. You shall reach Govindghat by 11 am from where you can drive back to Auli/Joshimath. You can also choose to stay here at Govindghat for the day in order to explore the entire area.



Day 6: Joshimath/Auli - Haridwar (245 km/ 8-9 hours)

Auli will give you a feeling of resting on nature’s lap. Whether it’s climatic condition or the picturesque beauty, Auli is a place with panoramic scenic beauty. On the sixth day of the journey, its journey starts from Auli and ends to Haridwar via driving. On your way, you can visit Rudraprayag – a place where River Alakananda and Mandakini meets. You will reach Haridwar/Rishikesh by evening and this is again another location that has many adventures stored in the bucket for you. It is always better to keep additional 2 to 3 days in hand to visit and enjoy the adventures in Rishikesh.

Things to carry


Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes **: Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support is compulsory for the trek. Please ensure that the trekking shoes are not new and used by the trekker prior to the trek. The trail is slippery and requires you to walk through rocks and boulders so good grip and water resistance shoe is necessary.  Do keep an extra floater in case of rain and for use in camps.
  2. Backpack (50-70 litres) **: A backpack with comfortable straps and a supporting frame is very important as you have to carry it on your own during the trek. Invest in a good backpack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry on long treks. 
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Keep a daypack incase you off load your backpack during the trek for your essential day items.
  4. Torch or Headlamp **: Please bring a torch or headlamp for all treks.
  5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons and for packed lunch.
  6. Sunglasses **: Invest in a good pair of sunglasses as you are going to be out in the sun for most of day. If you are trekking in snow it will be a mandatory as it protects you from snow blindness.
  7. Two water bottles **: 1 litre each for water during the trek. 


**    MANDATORY  DO NOT FORGET


Clothes and Other accessories


  1. Warm jacket and Sweater (couple of them if you feel more susceptible to cold) 
  2. Thermals: Carry thermals to keep yourself warm in the camp.Trek pants (2)  for daily use during the trek which are light and comfortable.
  3. Collared Shirts (3-4) Full sleeves and quick dry so that it prevents sunburn on the arms and neck area. 
  4. Poncho: Poncho is very important when you are trekking in monsoon season to protect you from the rain. You can rent one from us @ INR 50 per day.
  5. Cap: To protect your hair and face from the scorching sun carry a cap.
  6.  Synthetic gloves for your hands as it will protect your hands from water, snow and keep you dry and warm.
  7. Socks (2 pair) + Wollen socks(2 pair)  for keep you warm in the camps.
  8. Trekking pole: You should carry your own trekking poles for the steep uphills and downhills. You can carry them or rent one from us @ INR 50 per day
  9. Toiletries: Sunscreen **, moisturiser, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues. 
  10. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes and to bring back your non biodegradable material back. Mountains are the source of water and life on this planet. Please try and keep it clean and healthy.




Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 


  1. Diamox – 5 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Hyoscine (3 tablets)
  3. Amlodipine 5mg (5 tablet) With doctors prescription only
  4. Avomine – 2 tablets (motion sickness)
  5. Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
  6. Avil 25mg – 2 tablets (allergies)
  7. Disprin – 3 tablets (headache)
  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 3 tablets each (diarrhea)
  9. Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band-aid – 5 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 105packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains) 


How to prepare

How to prepare for an easy trek?


  • There is nothing more fulfilling than enjoying the nature's untouched beauty in the mountains. We are gifted with abilities to achieve any daunting tasks such as swimming and running. Just like these, trekking is an amazing experience for all. Challenging yourself to enjoy nature's gifts has always been a traveller's dream. Though trekking is an enthralling journey, it must be well prepared to enjoy it to the fullest.
    A common question is 'how challenging is a trek'? It depends on various factors like weather, challenges faced during the trek, and most importantly, your endurance level. It is possible to have a beautiful hiking as long as you are physically and mentally prepared for it. Whether you are planning for an easy, moderate, or a difficult trek, a pre-training is the must.
    If you are a beginner, you will be thrilled with the surprises that trekking offers throughout your journey. Besides mental endurance, an easy trek requires strength training and should be taken seriously.


    Cardiovascular exercises

  • Week

    Exercise

    Distance

    Duration

    Frequency

    1

    Running

    3 kilometres

    Within 30 minutes

    Run at least 3 days in a week

    2

    Running

    3 kilometres

    Within 30 minutes

    Run at least 3 days in a week

    3

    Running

    4 kilometres

    Within 30 minutes

    Run at least 3 days in a week

    4

    Running

    4 kilometres

    Within 30 minutes

    Run at least 3 days in a week







    Flexibility exercises


    Week

    Exercise

    Sets

    Duration

    Frequency

    1

    Squats, Sit Ups & Crunches

    2 sets of 10 counts each

    Less than 15 seconds for each set

    Each exercise once  in a week

    2

    Squats, Sit Ups & Crunches

    2 sets of 10 counts each

    Less than 15 seconds for each set

    Each exercise twice  in a week

    3

    Squats, Sit Ups & Crunches

    2 sets of 20 counts each

    Less than 30 seconds for each set

    Each exercise twice  in a week

    4

    Squats, Sit Ups & Crunches

    2 sets of 20 counts each

    Less than 30 seconds for each set

    Each exercise twice  in a week


    Breathing exercises


    Week

    Exercise

    Counts

    Duration

    Frequency

    1

    Abdominal Breathing

    10 counts

    Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

    At least once in a week

    2

    Abdominal Breathing

    20 counts

    Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

    At least once in a week

    3

    Abdominal Breathing

    30 counts

    Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

    At least once in a week

    4

    Abdominal Breathing

    40 counts

    Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

    At least once in a week


    Easy treks require a certain amount of preparation and cannot be taken lightly. Follow these exercise schedules to make sure you are fit for the trek. The easiest way to know your fitness level is to check whether you can run 4 kilometres within 30 minutes at the end of fourth week. By following the flexibility and breathing exercises, you can walk through different terrains and while maintaining your stamina level. The more you are fit, the more you will enjoy your trek.


    Check your BMI to know your overall level of body  fitness.  

How to reach

By Air: -

Daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grand Airport) which is around 50kms from Haridwar.



ByTrain: -

An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi,

Chennai, and Kolkata.


FROM DELHI -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (12205) ARRIVAL AT 4 AM HARIDWAR JN

FROM DELHI- MUSSOORIE EXPRESS (14041) ARRIVAL AT 6AM HARIDWAR JN

FROM MUMBAI- DEHRADUN EXPRESS (19019) ARRIVAL AT 3.20 PM HARIDWAR JN

FROM CHENNAI- DEHRADUN EXPRESS (12687) ARRIVAL AT 3.15 AM HARIDWAR JN



ByRoad:

By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country.Haridwar is located at 235

km from Delhi. While NH 58 connects Haridwar with the country's capital - Delhi, NH 72 connects it

with Uttarakhand state's capital - Dehradun.There is also good road connectivity between Haridwar

and Rishikesh (25 km).There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere

Gate.


FAQ

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek

You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher for the

same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90%

(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)



Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek

You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek depending on

availability Or Get a refund of 75%



Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season Or Get a refund
of 50%



Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek

You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.

Trek Fee Per Person

₹7500

GST 5% is applicable on the fee.

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Addons
  • Transportation Charge - ₹2000
  • Porter Charge - ₹1400
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and back will cost you INR 2000 in a shared cab. This is optional and if you wish to avail this please select this option while booking.
    Get a discount of 10% and more if you come in a group. Group size should be 5 and more.
    You can book this trek by paying INR 3500 advance now. Click BOOK NOW and proceed to payment.Then select the option to pay the advance amount on the booking page. You will receive a conformation mail therafter. Rest of the payment to be made 2 days prior to the trek.
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