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THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

A dreamland straight out of your childhood fairy tales & novels.

Part of the west Himalayan region, Valley of Flowers covers a vast expanse of 87.50 sq kms with myriad alpine flowers, and it is about 8 kms long and 2 kms wide. 

The region remains completely covered with thick blankets of snow during winters and with blooming flowers from July to October.

The VOF was declared as the National Park of India in 1982, and it is now a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Nestled gracefully under the watchful eyes of the towering Himalayan peaks, it is home to over 650 species of wild flowers of a mind-boggling design and colours, such as saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia.

You will encounter numerous cascading waterfalls, glaciers, jungles en-route Valley of Flowers. The pristine waters of Pushpawati River divide this enchanting valley into two parts.

Get lost in the thick dew drops on the vivid flowers, lend a year to the chirping of birds and enjoy the egoless air of the Himalayas.


THE TREK IN DETAIL

Nestled in the west Himalayan region, Valley of Flowers lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

It is situated in Bhyundar Valley at an elevation of 3,858 mts 
above sea level. The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.

The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park 
complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya.
Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.

The region remains completely covered with thick blankets of snow during winters and with blooming flowers from June to October.

The valley of flowers was declared as the National Park of India in the year 1982 and it is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

A chanced discovery on a lost path made by British 
traveller Frank Smith in 1931 resulted in the world welcoming the enchanting Valley Of Flowers. His book by the same name created a stir among nature lovers, making the Valley Of Flowers trekking one of the most sought after since then.

The locals always knew about the existence of the valley and believed that it was inhabited by fairies!

This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black-bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. 

Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal pheasant and other high altitude birds.

 

Opening and Closing Dates:
The Valley of Flowers National park remains open for visitors 
from 1st June to 31st October.

Season and Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is during July, August 
and September.

Places You Could Choose To Visit:

Hemkund Sahib
The tenth Guru of the sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji meditated at 
Hemkund Sahib for years. 

The word Hemkund literally suggests 'Lake of snow' and the pristine water of this lake is as cold as snow. It is located at an 

elevation of 4,329 mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. 

A star shaped Gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. 

A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here.

One needs to complete a trek, a steep ascent, of 8 kms from Ghangharia to 
reach Hemkund Sahib.

The best time to visit this place is from July to November.

 

Badrinath
Badrinath needs no introduction; it is the most sacred Dham of India. 

Located at an elevation of 3,133 mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state, and 21 kms from 

Govindghat, it was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century.

The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu.

The temple is situated on the right bank of the holy Alaknanda River. Every year millions of tourists and devotees visit this sacred place from May to October.

The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.


Mana
Mana is very close to Tibet border and is one of the last villages of India.

Most of the tourists who visit Badrinath also come to see the end of the road at Mana. It is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribes, often called as Bhotias. 

Mana is situated 3 kms from Badrinath and 24 kms from Govindghat.

Bheem Pul, Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa are interesting places to look for at Mana.

 


Joshimath
Joshimath is one of the four 'maths' created by Adi Shankaracharya. 

It is the home of Shri Badrinath during winters. Joshimath, connected with Auli by highest cable car of Asia, is situated at an elevation of 1,890 mts above sea level, and 26 kms before Govindghat. 

You might want to visit Kalpavriksha and Narsingh temple while on a visit to Joshimath.


Auli
Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050 mts above sea level.

Auli affords astounding views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia's highest and longest cable car is situated here, connecting it with Joshimath.

Auli is well connected by motorable roads and is situated 40 kms from Govindghat, the commencement point of the trek to Valley of Flowers.


THE ITINERARY

Day 1: 

Delhi – Hardwar. 

(Drive down, 250 kms/6-7 hrs. Or take a night train.):

If you are driving down, after arrival at Hardwar/Rishikesh, check into a hotel. 

Explore the surroundings at your own pace and leisure in the evening. Visit Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula & the legendary evening Ganga Arti. 

Dinner and overnight stay at Rishikesh.

 

Day 2: 

Haridwar-Govindghat via Joshimath and Devaprayag.

Drive 260 kms/10hrs.

Begin a long distance, uphill drive from Haridwar to Govindghat. Along the way, pass Devaprayag to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers to form the river Ganges. 

Arrive at Joshimath, a midpoint for other religious pilgrimage locations. 

Day 3: 

Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

Trail: 9 kms

Time taken:  5-6 hours

Valley Of Flowers trekking begins with a 14 kms gradual ascent from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

Ghangaria is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.

Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050 mts above sea level at 
a distance of 13 kms from Govind Ghat, and 4 kms before Valley of flowers.

The trek becomes moderate-difficult from this point if you are to travel towards Hemkund Sahib.

The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region 
remains open from May to October.

A gurudwara, GMVN rest house and a few more hotels provide 
accommodation facility at Ghangharia.


Arrive at Ghangaria.
Hotel check-in.
Explore the surroundings.

Day 4: 

Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back.

Trail: 5 kms one way

Time taken: 4-5 hours

Enjoy breakfast.
And proceed for what is the raison d'être for your entire high altitude Valley Of Flowers trek.
Scale a height of 3,858 metres to arrive at the Valley Of Flowers. This sight is a feast to the eyes and treat for the soul.

Admire one of nature’s finest creations as you are left speechless witnessing an array of thousands of flowers in full bloom. The myriad palette with a multitude of colour shades rests against the watchful eyes of the mighty Himalayas. Creating an alluring canvas, the valley has several streams casually meandering through it. The wild flora creates a rich eco-system for many species of birds, butterflies, and insects too.

Several soulful moments later, begin your return trek to Ghangaria. 

Dinner and pack up for the day at the hotel.

Day 5: 

Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib 


Trail: 8-9 kms

Time taken: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, follow a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib to visit the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh is said to have meditated in a previous life. 

At an altitude of 4329 metres and surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains, this place is a gateway-to-heaven.

Spend time here, and after lunch, start a late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria.

Dinner and stay at the hotel.

Day 6: 

Trek back from Ghangaria to Govindghat.

(Option 1: Visit Badrinath/Auli. And return to Govindghat/Joshimath.

Option 2: Drive back to Haridwar.


Day 7: 

In the event that you choose option 1, drive back to Haridwar from Joshimath. 

 

Day 8: 

Drive back to Delhi from Haridwar.

Get lost in the memories forever!