|DURATION||6 Days / 5Nights|
Valley of flowers is national park and world heritage site and is famous for its wild flowers. It was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their mountaineering expeditions.
This happened in 1931 and to this very day this valley continues to attract trekkers, naturalists, botanists, nature lovers and mountaineers.
The Pushpawati River flows through the valley and is the major source of moisture. The soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains. The valley is a riot of colors by mid-August with balsam, anemones, blue poppy, brahma kamals, primulas, asters etc occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their source of nutrition from the insects, but these can only be identified by a keen observer. For a nature lover, this valley opens brilliant vistas and panoramic views. It is an enthralling site to walk among a path laid out between flowers.
Leave early at 6am and drive to Govindghat via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Joshimath/Auli. Overnight at rest-house in Joshimath/Auli.
Early morning we drive to Govindghat and start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walk towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 11 kms trek to reach Ghangharia takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule to reach Ghangharia. Overnight in rest houses at Ghangharia.
There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. The prominent species are Brahma Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Primula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia. One can spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon retrace steps to Ghangharia.
Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to a lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake. Hot tea will be served in the Gurudwara (Shrine) before retracing steps to Ghangharia. Overnight we stay in rest-house at Ghangharia.
Trek back to Govindghat.
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Dehradun.
When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Food as per menu on the trek ,
- Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
- Forest Camping charges
- Safety Equipment ,Trek equipments : Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required) All necessary permits and entry fees
- Trek guide, cook, helpers, and mules for carrying common luggage
- Transportation if Specified in Itinerary,
- Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Meals during road Journeys
- Any king of Insurance
- Any expense of personal Nature
- Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
- Carriage of personal laggage during the trek
Back Pack & Rain Cover (50-60 liter)
Day Pack & Rain Cover (20-30 liter, If you hire mule or porter) Couple of water bottles (Avoid Bisleri Bottles)
Hiking Shoes (Should be water proof and ankle support) Torch (With extra batteries)
Glucose, Chocolates, biscuits and nuts
Personal Medical kit (If you required)
Trek Pants – 2 Nos. (Avoid Jeans, Shorts, Capri, Fitting Denims)
T-shirts – 3 Nos. (2 Full Sleeves, 2 Half Sleeves)
Sweater – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Woolen)
Jacket – 2 Nos. (1 Fleece, 1 Down feather)
Thermal Wear – 1 Nos.
Gloves – 2 Nos. (1 Woolen, 1 Waterproof)
Socks – 5 Nos. (3 Cotton, 2 Woolen)
Warm Inner wears
Rain Coat / Poncho – 1 Nos.
Handkerchief/towels – 1 Nos.
Slippers – 1 Nos.
PROTECT YOUR HEAD
UV sunglasses – 1 Nos.
Caps – 2 Nos. (1 Sun Cap, 1 Woolen Cap)
Balaclava – 1 Nos
Frequently asked Questions
Valley of flowers is a place which is deep into nature and people from all over the world come here to enjoy nature. There are lot of frequently asked questions about Valley of flowers which are common for all. So friends the Good News is that the flowering area of the Valley of Flowers is totally intact after floods and only a bit of the trek is damaged from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. It will be rebuilt by the next season in 2014. If someone wants to visit Valley of Flowers then surely they can, as you all know our departures for 2014 have already been announced so friends Hurry Up! Book Your Seats now with as the service will be on first come first serve basis. This post has video of the valley after the floods.
There are other options from Govindghat to Ghangaria like porters, ponies or helicopter. Porters can carry a person in a Doli or Palki (Palanquin). (Pic Palki). If a single porter carries as seen in the picture it cost approximately Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000. But if four porters are carraying the cost may be Rs. 6000 to Rs. 8000 for a day. A single pony costs Rs. 600 to Rs. 800 per day.
Trek in Himalayas you will need to obtain one or more permits, depending on the area that you plan to visit. Special Trekking Permit for restricted/controlled areas (Forest Department).
1. Take the right clothes.
Clothes for trekking are designed to be waterproof, light, and wind-resistant.
2. Don’t pack extra stuff.
Make sure you only take what is needed and not pack extra stuff.
Half the things you will pack will probably be available where you are going.
Do your research well, don’t spend money on expensive trekking gear, tents, and everything.
3. Here’s what to take essentially.
A small backpack, warm clothes, a jacket, trek pants, hiking shoes, torch, socks, towel, reusable water bottle, snacks, soaps, hand sanitizer, basic medicines, and a power bank. Make sure your bag is sturdy.