Trek to Valley of Flowers

A travelogue which can tell you how to go there on a limited budget

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Name of the Trip : Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

Valley of Flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttaranchal, at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains. Unknown to humans, for centuries this enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the snow melted with the advent of summer. Every year, the valley was splashed with color as it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades of colors as months progressed. Finally one day, nature condescended to bless humans with this heavenly sight, when Frank Smith - mountaineer, explorer, botanist - chanced upon it in the monsoon of 1931. He authored a book called "The Valley of Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and made the world sit up and watch. It was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. The locals, of course, always knew of the existence of the valley, and believed that it was inhabited by fairies.

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Approximate prices

  Rs.
Delhi-Rishikesh by Car:  
Delhi-Dehradoon by Car:  
Delhi-Haridwar by Jan Shatabdi:  
Rishikesh-Joshimath by Car  
Rishikesh: Accommodation  
Joshimath: Accommodation  
Ghangria: Accommodation  
Joshimath/Ghangria: Camps  
Porter from Govindghat to Ghangria  
At Ghangria, all packaged items are double the marked price: A Rs 20 Pepsi costs Rs 40.  

Places, altitudes and distances:

  Place Altitude (meters) Distance
1 Joshimath 1,890 252 km, 8-9 hours drive from Rishikesh
2 Govindghat 1,828 21 km, 1 hour drive from Joshimath
3 Ghangria 3,048 14 Km, trek from Govindghat.
4 Valley Of Flower 3,352 - 3,658 3 km from Ghangria
5 Hemkund 4,329 5 km steep climb from Ghangria.

Suggested trip plan:

Day 01: Delhi-Rishikesh (230 Kms)
Drive 6 hours to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at Rishikesh.

Day 02: Rishikesh-Joshimath (250 Kms)
After breakfast leave for Joshimath. The earlier you leave, the better it is. Lunch enroute in Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Joshimath is the winter home of Sri Badrinathji. It is situated on the slopes above the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga. It is one of the 'maths' established by Adi guru Shankaracharya.

Places to stay

Rishikesh
1. Narayana Palace  2. Great Ganga   3.Vashundhara
Joshimath
1. High Bank Himalayan View Joshimath - 
www.hotelmountview.in  2. Many other places very close-by. Cheaper ones also available.
Ghangria
1. Hotel Kuber Ghangaria Best place to stay. Will be fully booked in the peak season. Book online
2. Lots of other places with varying prices.

Day 03 : Joshimath-Govindghat-Ghangria (25 Kms drive + 14 kms trek)
After an early breakfast, leave for Govindghat - eat well before leaving - you will need all the energy you can muster. Thereafter 14 km trek to Ghangria. Overnight stay at Ghangria.
Govindghat is the confluence of Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga Rivers. It has an imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Govind Singh.
Ghangria is the base camp for treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund, where lodging and boarding facilities are available. Rivers Pushpawati and Hem Ganga meet here to form Lakshman Ganga.

Day 04: Ghangria - Valley of flowers - Ghangria (7+ km trek)
After breakfast, leave for Valley of flowers with packed lunch. Return back to Ghangria. Overnight stay at Ghangria
High in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal hills of Uttaranchal lies an enchanted valley. Here flowerful pastures with clear running streams are set against silver birches and shining snow peaks - a must see for all nature lovers.

Day 05 : Ghangria-Hemkund (5 Kms steep climb)
After breakfast, leave for Hemkund with packed lunch. Return back to Ghangria. Overnight stay at Ghangria
Hemkund is a beautiful lake at a breathtaking altitude of 4,300 m, and has a gurdwara, Hemkund Sahib, which a holy place for the sikhs.

Day 06 : Ghangria-Govindghat-Joshimath (14 km downhill trek + 1 hr drive)
Start after breakfast and trek to Govindghat. Lunch on the way. From Govindghat, take a shared Sumo to Joshimath. Overnight stay at Joshimath.

Day 07: Joshimath - Rishikesh (250 kms)
Early morning leave for Rishikesh. Overnight stay at Rishikesh.

Day 08: Rishikesh - Delhi (230 kms)
Early morning leave for Delhi.

 Tour Packages for The Valley of Flowers National Park

 

The Valley of Flowers in “The Land of Gods”

 

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Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib


(5 nights 6 days round the trip)

 

Best of the Season – Trekking

Day 01 : Rishikesh - Joshimath
On arrival transfer to Joshimath by car. On the way visit Rudra prayag where Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers meet. On arrival at Joshimath, check in hotel. Dinner & Night Halt.

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Day 02 : Joshimath - Ghangaria
Early morning we leave from Joshimath for Govindghat, which is the starting point for the trek. From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well - maintained pilgrim trail to the camp at Ghangaria - the base from where day walks can be made into the valley of flowers. Arrange porters and prepare for the trek. After a light breakfast, 14 km trek up to Ghangaria. Dinner & Night halt at Hotel / Camp.

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Day 03 : Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangria
After breakfast 4 km trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m ) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like brahma kamal, fane Kamal with range of small multicolored flowers make it a delight for travelers. The snowclad peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley we come back to Ghangaria. Dinner & Night halt at Hotel / camp.

 

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DAY 04. GHANGARIA - HEMKUND LAKE           TREK: 6-7  HRS.   OVERNIGHT CAMP
Morning after breakfast we trek to Hemkund, one of the finest high latitude  lakes in the area, and pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindus as well. The entire trek today is uphill till we reach Hemkund. Explore the area and trace your steps back to the base camp. One can encounter some of the flowers on this stretch as well. Dinner and overnight hotel / camp.

 

 

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Day 05 : Ghangaria – Joshimath - Auli
After breakfast leave for Govindghat on the trek of 14 kms and reach govindghat further drive back to Joshimath. check in hotel on arrival and relax. One can also visit Auli in the evening. overnight at hotel.

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Day 06: Joshimath – Rishikesh

Early morning after breakfast we leave from Joshimath for Rishikesh. On the way visit Devprayag and Rishikesh. check in hotel on arrival.

 

Hotel Self Arrangement.

 

 


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Standard packages  :  For group of four person.

Cost for  per person : Rs.17,989/- per person. We use hotel in Ghangaria.

Deluxe packages :  Rs.24,989 per head.  While using deluxe hotels or Camping at Ghangaria, using best large car for the trip.  (using best deluxe hotels in joshimath)



COST INCLUDES:

1.    Accommodation in Joshimath / Ghangaria on all three meals in a day.
2.    Dinner Breakfast & Lunch on tour and neat and clean accommodation in Joshimath and Ghangaria.
3.    Service of Guide. Entry fees

 Cost does not include:
1.
Any meals / services not mentioned above.
2. Porters or ponies for personal stuff.
3. Mineral water and bottled drinks.
4. Items of personal Nature.
5. anything that is not include in cost
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, mineral water, sleeping bags etc..
6.