Valley of flowers 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.
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.
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By Air: -
Daily flights from Delhi to Dehradun (Jolly Grand Airport) which is around 50kms from Haridwar.
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
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
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
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.
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