VALLEY OF FLOWERS
6 Days - 5 Night
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VALLEY OF FLOWERS
In recent years, the Valley of Flowers trek has grown in popularity. For any nature lover, the sight of a valley flooded with flowers of all kinds and colors can be enticing. The local folklore adds to the ambiance of this valley. They also go so far as to make the smell of flowers so powerful that tourists become oblivious. We haven’t had any similar encounters, but we believe it to be real. The valley is studded with some of the most vivid, stunning, and pristine flowers there is, making it one of the most beautiful Valley treks in the Himalayas. Read More The flowers show a unique variety of colors and patterns depending on the season, leaving you spellbound. In 1982, it was designated as a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. The religiously significant Hemkund Sahib, a gurudwara nestled at a staggering height of 14,000 FT, is also accessible through the Valley of Flowers trek. It’s a dream come true to be able to mix spirituality and scenic beauty in one trek. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July and August, when the wildflower blooms are at their peak, unlike any other time of year in India.
The flowers show a unique variety of colors and patterns depending on the season, leaving you spellbound. In 1982, it was designated as a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. The religiously significant Hemkund Sahib, a gurudwara nestled at a staggering height of 14,000 FT, is also accessible through the Valley of Flowers trek. It’s a dream come true to be able to mix spirituality and scenic beauty in one trek. The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July and August, when the wildflower blooms are at their peak, unlike any other time of year in India.
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Day 1: Car drive from Haridwar to Govind Ghat (260Km)
At 7 a.m., meet us at the Haridwar Railway Station. To prevent any delays, please arrive a day early in Haridwar. We begin our ascent to Govind Ghat. It could take up to 11 hours to complete the journey. You’ll note the sharp bends in the road and the valley getting deeper and deeper as you drive up the Bhagirath highway, which runs alongside the Alaknanda River.
Late in the evening, you’ll arrive at the base camp, which is situated at a height of 1920 meters. Rest for a while after the long drive to acclimate to the altitude. Before returning to your guesthouse/lodge or hotel for the night, grab a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangariya ( 9Km)
Start your day off right with a beautiful sunrise and a filling breakfast! After that, we begin the ascent to Ghangharia, which is at a height of 2926 meters.
It could take up to 7 hours to complete the trek. The first part of the journey to the holy Hem Kund is motorable and generally crowded with Sikh pilgrims. Throughout the day, the trek’s landscape is a gentle incline. Until you cross the river, you’ll be walking alongside it for the majority of the way. After that, the river would be concealed from view.
There are plenty of restaurants and dhabas along the way, so no need to bring food for the day. You can rest and check-in at the hotel/guesthouse once you arrive. You can also go exploring in the neighborhood.
Day 3: Trek from Ghangariya to Valley of flower and back to Ghangariya (8km)
Start your day early in the morning and take in the breathtaking sunrise from your hotel room. After breakfast, we will begin our trek to the Valley of Flowers, which is located at a height of 3505 meters. The trek can take up to 7 hours to complete, and the terrain in the Valley of Flowers is relatively simple and level. After a short walk, you can arrive at the Valley of Flowers National Park’s gates. After getting our tickets, we reach the park and instantly note slight changes in the landscape, eventually leading to a lovely old bridge constructed over a bubbling creek.
Following the bridge, the landscape suddenly shifts as the valley opens up on one side, exposing a breathtaking vista of a seemingly endless expanse of flowers of all colors and types! Geraniums, Himalayan Roses, Blue Poppy, Dog Flower, and a number of other flower species can be found in a variety of bright colors such as blue, red, yellow, and pink. Start your trek back to Ghanghariya after lunch for an overnight stay!
Day 4: Trek from Ghangariya to Hemkund Sahib & back to Ghangariya (13km)
Rise before the sun on this day for an early breakfast! Begin by preparing for a potentially challenging day ahead! On this day, you can trek to Hemkund Sahib, which is located at an elevation of 4300 meters! The trek will take up to 10 hours to complete, and the terrain will remain steep the entire time. Begin your climb up the steep path, and as the vista improves, you’ll come across a small waterfall. As you climb higher, you’ll find that the amount of oxygen in the air is decreasing. To stop altitude sickness, take plenty of breaks along the way. However, the breathtaking views will be more than enough to take your mind off the struggle.
Take in the serenity and tranquility that pervades the place, as well as the picturesque sight of the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara alongside the lake, when you finally arrive at the Hemkund Sahib. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, particularly when the rare Brahma Kamal appears every now and then! Start your descent to Ghanghariya after relaxing here for a while and having lunch alongside the lake. The descent will be steep and taxing on the knees, but it will be an exhilarating and energizing experience! You’ll be spending the night in Ghanghariya!
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaiya to Govindghat
For the descent back to base camp, get up early. We begin our descent after another beautiful sunrise and filling breakfast. The goal is to arrive early so that you have enough time to explore the surrounding areas, such as Auli, at your leisure. This is the place where you can spend the night!
Day 6: Govindghat to Haridwar
We begin with a hearty breakfast before departing for the long drive back to Haridwar. As your journey with us comes to an end, you will arrive in Haridwar late in the afternoon.
Frequently asked question
- Footwear: The trekking boots which must be waterproof and snow proof, normal boots, floaters, and woolen socks.
- Backpack: (50 ltr), Daypack (20-30 ltr), Duffel bag.
- Clothes: Jacket and trousers that are both waterproof and breathable. Jacket (synthetic or down feather fleece), synthetic insulated trousers, poncho, sweatshirt, inner thermal (upper & lower), fleece, t-shirts, cotton trekking pants, shorts
- Season wise Clothes:
- Hand and head protection includes liner gloves, bandannas, sun hats, woollen caps, and face masks, among other things.
- Accessories: Sunglasses/goggles, anti-glare lenses, water bottle, hydra bag, and headlamp with spare bulb and extra batteries are all recommended.
- Trekking Gears: Toolkit for an emergency. Sunscreen, a toiletry pack, water purification pills, Ziploc packs, ear plugs, first-aid kit, and the necessary medications are all recommended.
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping bags of lining (extreme -5 to +5 Celsius if you have one), trekking sticks, and so on.
- Warm top/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt – 2/3
- Water resistant/repellent trekking pants with an inner lining for added warmth- 2 High-quality windproof/water-resistant outer shell (jacket) with a proper hood
- Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen Jumper, Down Jacket with at least 600 fill capacity Innerwear with a thermal component (upper and lower)
- Woolen hat, inner fleece gloves, and outer water-resistant gloves
- 4–5 pairs of thick woollen socks and standard socks, scarf/muffler (optional)
- Waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick heel and high ankles that are comfortable to wear. Sneakers/sport shoes are ideal for camp.
- Poncho or raincoat. A small, light-weight towel
- A hydration pack and an insulated water bottle (optional)
- Sunglasses with UV cover and the potential to cut light, as well as a cap or floppy hat to shield the strong sun off your skin (important when traversing through snow)
- Trekking pole or sturdy walking stick Lip Balm, Sunscreen Lotion
- Flashlight / torch (with extra batteries) Medications, if any special prescription is needed Toiletries for personal use
- Carry a rain cover over your luggage • Day pack/small bag that you can carry on your back all day to keep your essentials in
- Keep a few poly bags or plastic containers in your bag to place your things in if you need to in case of heavy weather.
Personal Medical Kit (MANDATORY FOR ALL)
- 10 Diamox tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Nifedipine – 5 pills Dexamethasone – one strip
- 6 tablets of Crocin (fever)
- 4 tablets of avomine (motion sickness) 4 capsules of Avil 25mg (allergies)
- 4 tablets of Combiflam (Pain killer)
- 6 tablets each of Norflox TZ and Lomofen (diarrhea) 10 tablets of Digene (acidity)
- 10 Omez/Rantadine capsules (antacids) 3 to 5 metres of crepe bandage
- 1 tiny roll of gauze 10 strips of bandage 1 small roll of cotton 10 packets of ORS
- Moov spray Betadine or other antiseptic cream (aches, & sprains)
- If you're vulnerable to knee injuries, you should wear a knee cap. Powder with antifungal properties
- Cancellation: If a trek is cancelled at the last minute due to a natural disaster or unforeseeable circumstances (such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, attack, or bandh), Discoveryhike will have a trek voucher for the full number. The voucher can be used for the same or a different trek over the next year.
- In case you wish to cancel the trek, then please be aware of these things:
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the trek's launch date will include a complete refund.
- If you cancel within 30 and 20 days before the hike, you will get a 50% refund.
- There will be no refund if you cancel less than 20 days before the trek begins.
- Please keep in mind that if you get a refund, there will be a reduction of 4% (Cancellation charges) from the overall amount you pay. In addition, if you purchased trek insurance, you would not get a refund.
- Discoveryhike assumes no responsibility for any malfunction or injury to your clothes, supplies, or other belongings while on the trek. The trek fee covers all expenses associated with the trek from start to finish.