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Maximum altitude  :  4390 M

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Hardwar/Rishikesh - Govind Ghat


Arrive at Hardwar the previous night or by 6:00 AM. Our vehicle will be waiting here and start at 6:30 AM. The pickup time from Rishikesh is 7:30 AM. Travel time from Hardwar to Govindghat is 10-12 Hours. Stay in Guest House/Hotel in Govindghat/Joshimath on sharing basis.


Day 2: Govind Ghat to Ghangria (13Kms)


The trek traditionally starts from Govindghat but these days there is a possibility to reach Pulna and save a 3 Km hike from Govindaghat. However, the movement of taxis till Pulna is restricted and permits are given to only limited number of vehicles. In case we get a permit, we start from Pulna else we can also start from Goindghat. The route from Govindghat to Pulna is on tarmac and the gradient is easy. From here, take the well-marked cemented trail after crossing the bridge on river Alakhnanda. Govindghat has a Gurudwara & few hotels where one can stay. The trail to Ghangaria is usually crowded with the pilgrims who are headed for Hemkund Sahib. There are trees of Apricot alongside the trail. The entire trail to Ghangaria winds along the river with cascading waterfalls & natural water springs which present a very refreshing sight. It takes about 6 hours to reach Ghangaria which is small village lined with food joints & a Gurudwara. Stay overnight in Guest house/hotel on sharing basis.


Day 3: Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back (10 Kms)


After breakfast trek to Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria. Start early to have more time at hand when you are in the Valley. After walking on relatively flat trail till the bridge where we cross Pushpawati, the climb to the valley is steep. Fortunately the climb is only around 1.5 Kms long before the valley dawns upon you. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers. Some of the technical names of flowers found here are : Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Str- awberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. We will walk for about 10 Kms in the Valley. The valley is normally carpeted with flowers of an array of colours: Green,Blue,Yellow,Red. In the far distance you can see snow clad peaks. One of the attractions of the valley is a refreshing stream named Pushpawati, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. Since the trek is fairly easy we will have sufficient time to relax & absorb the beauty of this wonderful place. Soak your feet in the stream & enjoy the sight. Camping in the Valley is not permitted so we will trek back to Ghangaria retracing the same route. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Ghangaria.


Day 4: Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back (10 kms )


Todays trek is beautiful but the same time steep & arduous. The altitude is on the higher side & weather can be pretty unpredictable. The months when this trek is done are peak monsoon months and rains can get us stranded if we do not descend in time. We will start at 5 AM to have the advantage of time. It takes approx. 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib Lake. This lake remains frozen for 6 months. Perched at an elevation of 4,329 mts above sea level, Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurudwara of Sikh community. Warm yourself inside Gurudwara and start descend before 2 PM.


Day 5: Ghangria to Govind Ghat (13 Kms)


Start your trek by 6 am. It is an easy 13 km mostly downhill walk from Ghangria to Govind Ghat. At a consistent pace we will reach Govind Ghat by 11 am. You may choose to leave to Haridwar immediately or stay overnight at Govind Ghat and depart to Haridwar the following morning.


Day 6: Departure day


Depart from Govind Ghat to Rishikesh/Haridwar in the morning.

 

 

 

 

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