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The mystical and blissful land that India has been known to be is due to the fact that it is a home to some of the most unheard of and remarkable places of the world. Each of these places, however reachable or remote they may be, has a story connected to them and this is what has enticed adventurers and explorers to head off in their search for centuries. The Himalayan region which lies to the north of the country is a home to many such beautiful gorges, valleys and natural landscapes, which are just awe inspiring. One such drop dead gorgeous place in the Himalayas is the ‘valley of flowers’, which is a blooming zone of Mother Nature itself.

 

The valley is best known for meadows and vast expanses of endemic alpine flowers, which makes it a nature lover and photographer’s delight. The animal lovers would also not return disappointed from here, as there is a lot of fauna varieties to catch a glimpse of. The major animal species found here include snow leopards, the Asian black bear, the blue sheep and brown bear. The surroundings to the valley and also the trails of the trek form a part of the Nanda Devi National Park, and are a great complement to the gentle and pleasing landscape which the valley itself boasts off. Not very far from here is the holy Sikh shrine of Hemkunt Sahib, which is a revered place of worship and is thronged by thousands of pilgrims each year.           

 

The Valley of flowers is known to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalayan region, as it is home to a variety of flora and plant varieties. This is what has made it earn the position of a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a national park.


Brief itinerary

 

Day 1- Haridwar to Joshimath

 

  • Distance- 275 km, Altitude 1,900m/6,200ft.
  • Driving Time-10-11 hrs.
  • Last ATM point available in Joshimath.
  • Market available in Joshimath.
  • Networks available all along the way.
  • Guest house stay (Shared Accommodation).
  • Route
  • Haridwar to Rishikesh (best place for white water rafting, trekking gear available on rent and purchase)
  • Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
  • Devprayag to Srinagar
  • Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
  • Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)

 

Day 2 - Drive Joshimath to Govindghat -Pulna and Trek to Ghangharia

 

  • 40 km 20 minutes, Govindghat to Pulna (2,000m/6,800ft).
  • 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (2,290m/9,800ft).
  • Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river.
  • Water is available along the route.
  • Packed lunch will be given.
  • Mule and porter facility is available from Pulna.
  • BSNL network available at Ghangaria.
  • Helicopter service available from Govind ghat to Ghangaria and fro only if weather allow (Not included).
  • Stay in guest house (Shared Accommodation).

 

Note worthy Site: Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; Ghangharia 

Day 3 - Ghangaria to Valley of Flower and back to Ghangaria

 

  • Altitude- 3,500m/11,500ft.
  • Distance- 4 km, each way.
  • Trek Time- 7 hours.
  • The Valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier.
  • Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland.
  • Can refill water bottles from streams on the way.
  • Packed lunch will be given, no food available in the valley.
  • Camping inside the valley is not allowed, can’t stay after sunset.
  • Night stay in Guest house (Shared Accommodation).
  • Prominent flowers:- Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed, and River Anemone.

 

Day 4 - Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria

 

  • Altitude- 4,300m/14,100 ft.
  • Distance- 5.5 km, each way.
  • Trek Time- 7 hours.
  • Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path.
  • Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib.
  • Can refill water from road side dhabas.
  • Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar.
  • Brahma Kamal, Himalayan blue poppy can be seen on the way to Hemkund Sahib.
  • Night stay in Guest house.

 

Day 5 - Ghangaria to Govindghat and Drive to Joshimath (Badrinath optional)

 

  • Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
  • Trek Time-5 hours
  • Driving Time- 20 mins
  • Packed lunch
  • Guest house stay

 

Note - GovindGhat to Badrinath is landslide prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is in risk due to weather condition/ landslide or road blockage then we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly. 

Day 6 :- Joshimath to Haridwar​

 

  • After Morning Tea/Coffee, Depart to home.
  • you’ll reach Haridwar between 6 -7:00 pm. You can book further travel any time after 8:00 pm.

 

Who Can Go

 

  • The first timer can apply, should have some interest in trekking and mountaineering
  • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress
  • The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack
  • Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 01 : Haridwar to Joshimath

 

You will begin your journey with us from Haridwar. Starting the drive from Haridwar from the appointed pickup point (Haridwar railway station), we will take the fabled Badrinath Road. We will be crossing Rishikesh and conveniently arrange pickup from there too. Alternatively, you can arrange your stay at these awesome places on your way back after the trek as well.

 

The nine-hour drive to Joshimath will surely be long and arduous, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. The great river running with us on parallel will get wilder and more fascinating as we trudge uphill. We will be passing by the 4 of the Panchprayag or the five holy confluence of Ganga-Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag. So, keep your cameras ready and remain awake for most of the journey!

 

Day 02 : Joshimath - Ghangaria Trek

 

From Joshimath to Govindghat the distance is 22km. En route, you can spot the final Vishnuprayag. We will start off on the drive in the morning after breakfast and reach Govindghat by 8 am and then 4 km drive to Pulna which is the starting point. It will be a 9 km uphill route along the river, Pushpawati. The entire trail will be crowded most of the time. Many snack shops selling the beverage, hot noodles, omelets with bread, paratha, and the like can be found on this trail. So, you will never go hungry. The trek will be on a clearly defined stone-paved path, conveniently built with stairs. After 5 km walk, you will arrive at Bhyundar village. This village marks an amazing viewpoint for clear Hathi Parvat sights. Enjoy the wonderful sights as much as you can, because the strainful steep ascent will commence henceforth. You will reach Gangharia before nightfall, attaining an altitude of 10, 000 feet. The stay will be at a guest-house.

 

Day 03 : Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria.

 

The journey to Valley of Flowers is a distance of 4 km. The valley is 6-7 km long; the distance travelled in the valley depends on how the trekkers want to explore the valley. Another, factor to be considered is the stamina of the trekkers.

 

Right, when you start from Ghangaria in 30 minutes forest check post arrives. The check post might not be an attraction but right before check post, there is a gushing waterfall called Laxman waterfall. Another 20 minutes into the greenery and next furious attraction comes. At this point, the Pushpavati river flows furiously below a wooden bridge. It is quite a common yet a unique and mesmerizing capture. The trail is steep and stone paved like the previous day. You can find many bridges and landslide areas when you enter the valley.

 

The valley is thousand times stupendous than you might have imagined. It truly makes the Himalayan peaks lively and cherishing. Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed are the native flowers. These astounding colorful blossoms end after 5 km stretch at a glacier. If the weather is clear the mighty Himalayan peaks of Nilgiri Parvat, Bhyundar Khal, Rattaban, Gauri Parvat etc. in the background. Today’s journey will conclude with your coming back to Ghangaria before nightfall.

 

Day 04 : Ghangaria - Hemkund - Ghangaria

 

Get readyearly in the morning to start trekking (6 Km) for "HEMKUND SAHIB". One of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, The Hemkund Sahib, the World’s Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters. There will be porters and mules if you wish to offload your load. The trail today will be similar to previous days stone paved and continuous ascend. There will be shops on the way where you can energize yourself. Watch out for the rare flower Brahmakamal that will be spotted beside pathways.

 

The Gurudwara is placed magically beside the mirror like glacial lake Hemkund. During clear skies, one can witness the flawless reflections of the adjoining Saptrishi peaks. The lake is fed by melting glaciers of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. Religious Laxman temple is also found near the lake. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for an overnight stay. The evening is free for rest & relaxation.

 

Day 5 : Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath

 

After your breakfast in the morning we descend to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. From this place Badrinath is 25 km away and take 1 hrs to reach. You can visit Badrinath only if road and weather condition permits us.

 

Note : Govindghat to Badrinath is landslide prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is in risk due to weather condition/landslide or road blockage we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly. On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight: Hotel

 

Day 06 : Joshimath to Haridwar

 

The ride will commence at 6 am and you will reach Haridwar around 6 - 7 pm. Your Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges, after having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to book further travel after 8 pm.

 

How to Reach

 

By Air  :- 


Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.

 

By Train :- 


An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.


From Delhi - DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata - Doon Express (13009) 
From Mumbai - Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai - Dehradun express (12687)

 

By Bus :- 


There are many regular bus services from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. We would suggest taking only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station 

 

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