Valley of Flowers is a vast valley settled in the vicinity of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The entire valley is rich in biodiversity and lies in the transition zone between the Greater Himalayas and Zanskar Range. The valley was discovered by a legendary mountaineer, Frank Smythe in 1931 while he was returing back after his successful summit of Mt. Kamet.
The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is in the months of July and August when the blooming of flowers is at peak. Around 300 species of wild flowers bloom during this season. The prominent species are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. Apart from wide range of flora, the park is also home to animals such as Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Foxes, Himalayan Tahrs, Musk deer and Monals. Also the valley has to offer much more than flowers. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, gushing rivers and quaint villages.
The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from a small village Govindghat located 22 km from Joshimath. The added advantage of doing Valley of Flowers trek is that one can also trek upto a highly revered Sikh gurudwara called Hemkund Sahib. The gurudwara is situated at an altitude of 15200 feet and can be reached by a moderate trek of 7 km.
Haridwar to Joshimath
Gather at Haridwar / Rishikesh in the morning, after that we start our journey from Haridwar/ Rishikesh till Joshimath
Joshimath to Ghangaria (Trek 13km)
Wake up, freshen up and get ready. Our vehicle will pick you up from Joshimath , drop you at Govindghat (20 Kms) which is an hour drive, and start your first day trek to Ghangaria village. The trek is 13 km long and it starts after you cross the bridge over Alaknanda river. The gradient of trek is easy and is gradual steep. Half of your trek goes parallel to the river. The village is situated at an altitude of 3050 meters and offers some great views. After arriving at the village, relax and enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by conifer covered mountains.
Overnight stay in hotel/guest house.
Trek to Valley of Flowers and return to Ghangaria (9 km)
Wake up and get ready for the most important day of our trip. This day you will be visiting Valley of Flowers. Trek to valley is 9 km from Ghangaria village. Just after a kilometre, you will reach the entry gate of the Valley of Flowers National Park, where tickets can be bought. After this gate, you get to see the colorful trail full of flowers and after walking for half an hour on this trail, you will enter a magnificent valley. The valley is situated at an altitude of 3600 meters above the sea level. After entering into the valley, you will see a long patch of land full of flowers. Enjoy the heavenly beauty of the place. On your way back, retrace the same route and reach Ghangaria village.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house in Ghangaria.
Trek to Hemkund Sahib and return (14 km)
Wake up early in the morning and start your trekking expedition to Hemkund Sahib gurudwara. The trek is 7 km long and is gradual ascent throughout. After 2 hours of continuous trek, you reach a point from where the tree line ends. The gurudwara is situated at an altitude of 15,200 feet and is considered the highest gurudwara in the world. After reaching at the gurudwara, spend some time in exploring the place and the nearby lake and then start descending towards the Ghangaria village.
Overnight stay in hotel/guest house.
Trek to Govindghat (13 km)
Wake up and start your downhill trek to Govindghat at 5 AM, which is the terminating point of your trek. You will reach Joshimath by 12 noon and you can continue the onward journey to Haridwar /Rishikesh on our vehicle . We will reach Rishikesh /Haridwar by 8 or 9 in the evening.
3 Night Stay at Gangaria
1 Night Stay at Joshimath
Travel to Joshimath and return
Meals during Trek
Trip Lead during entire trip
Meals apart from mentioned in the Itinerary
Stay apart from mentioned in the Itinerary
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.