Trip Highlights

Well, the real question should be, Why not The Valley of Flowers trek? The trek to the Valley of flowers is popular as one of the oldest treks of India. In the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the Valley of flowers trek lies surrounded by the colossal Himalayan ranges. At an altitude of 14,400 ft; the Valley of flowers trek is paradise on Earth. The difficulty level of trekking of the Valley of flowers trek which ranges amidst moderate to difficult is traversed by people from all over the world. The charm of the Valley of flowers trek is such that its tales and beauty, beckon people from all over the world. The mystical valley is rich in flora and fauna. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2002. The valley has multiple books written on it and it is a resource for extensive research and study in areas of botany and wildlife.

Trek Overview

In 1939, Joan Margaret Legge, a botanist deputed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, came to the valley to study flowers. While traversing through some dangerous rocky slopes to collect samples, she slipped off and lost her life. Her sister later visited the Valley of Flowers and erected a memorial near the spot.

Prof. Chandra Prakash Kala, a botanist deputed by the Wildlife Institute of India, carried out a research study on the floristics and conservation of the valley for a decade, commencing in 1993. He discovered a variety of 520 alpine plants exclusively growing in this national park and authored two important books - "The Valley of Flowers - Myth, and Reality" and "Ecology and Conservation of the Valley of Flowers National Park, Garhwal Himalaya.” Based upon his decade-long studies. 

In 1980, the Valley of Flowers was declared a National Park by the Indian Government. In 2002, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Haridwar - Govindghat 

Altitude: 6,300ft

Everyone is set for the Trek for Valley of flowers trek. All the enthusiastic trekkers shall gather at Haridwar Railway Station. From the station, it shall be an uphill drive which will be carried out in the vehicles we have arranged for everyone. We will all set forth on our journey to Govindghat which shall embark on the route via Joshimath and Devaprayag. Therefore, the drive shall be full of scenic pleasures and popular sights that you shall be able to witness.


On the way, passing Devaprayag we shall witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. It is truly a natural magnificence to see these two very starkly different and magical rivers come together and give rise to the magnificent holy Ganges. After this, we shall arrive at our destination Joshimath, which is home to quite a few important religious pilgrimage locations. We can set ourselves up here, for the night. We shall help you with fun activities, to acclimatize yourself with the weather and climate of the place. After some fun interaction and activities, we shall have a healthy dinner and rest for the day.

DAY 2: Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria

Altitude: 6,300 ft to 9,600 ft 

Today is the day, our Trek for Valley of flowers trek commences. You shall wake up to an enchanting Himalayan sunrise and after a sumptuous breakfast, prepare yourselves for the trek. Fill your bottles and pack your energy bars as well as any other important article you feel you might require. We start trekking towards Ghangaria. The Valley of flowers trek till Ghangaria is a short 14km gradual ascent. Once we reach Ghangaria, we call it a day. We shall settle here for the night and you are free to explore the tiny hamlet of Ghangaria. We will do some fun activities for you like games and exercises which should be fun at the same time, keep you fit and energized. Also, the excitement level shall run high amongst all as tomorrow, we shall finally visit the much-awaited magnificent Valley of flowers trek. 

DAY 3: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of flowers trek and back.

Altitude: 9,600 ft to 11,500 ft and back

We shall wake up to the pleasant morning of Ghangaria, full of excitement and vigor as today we shall finally witness the much-awaited pinnacle of this trek. After a healthy and filling breakfast, we shall resume our trek ascending to 3,858m, to arrive at the Valley of flowers trek. This soul-relishing sight shall take your breath away! Ahead of you lies nature's masterpiece spread out in form of a blanket of blooming flowers. The plethora of colors stands out amidst the blue sky and cascading Himalayas. Colorful butterflies you had never seen before, shall be fluttering in multiples amidst the meadows. You shall be left speechless at this magical sight.  You are free to spend quality time at this fairytale land persuading activities of your heart's delight may it be Yoga, Meditation, photography, nature walk, etc. At the rightful hour, we shall start trekking back to Ghangaria where we are staying. You shall come back with an experience worth remembering a lifetime and we shall all have dinner together. We will play games, have fun discussions or you may rest early as per your wish. The experience of the trek isn't yet over and tomorrow another adventure awaits.

DAY 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib

Altitude: 9,600 ft to 14,107 ft and back

Today we shall trek to the famous Sikh shrine, Hemkund Sahib. The Gurudwara is believed to be the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru had meditated for many years.  Encircled by seven snow-capped mountains this place has the essence of peace that is common to places of spiritual value. Therefore, after breakfast, we shall trek on a moderately difficult steep climb for about 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib. We shall spend some peaceful and soul calming moments here. We will have our lunch here as well and post-lunch, we shall descend back to Ghangaria. Once back, we shall have our dinner together here and rest for the night.

DAY 5: Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat.

Altitude: 9,600 ft to 6,300 ft 

Today we finally leave Ghangaria village. After a delicious breakfast, we shall retrace the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. It is an easy trail to descent to Poolna village. If you wish, you can tour Auli in the evening along with fellow trekkers.

DAY 6: Drive from Govindghat to Haridwar

On our 6th day, our enriching experience comes to an end. We shall leave Govindghat early so that everyone can leave from Haridwar to their respective destinations, in timely. Thus, our wonderful trek to the Valley of flowers comes to an end!

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