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VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

What you see here in photographs is merely an attempt to capture the astounding beauty and the overwhelming feelings of serenity which one is overcome with while on the Valley Of Flowers Trek. Take our word, the photographs do not do justice to the real wonder of this place. It can only be felt. Valley of Flowers lies in Uttarakhand with the highest altitude of the trek going upto approximately 15,000 feet. Simply told, the best time to visit this haven is during the months of July and August. The trail is open for a mere 4 months, so you can expect to make many acquaintances along your way. The temperature during these months ranges from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius during daytime and 2 to 10 degrees Celsius during nighttime. The weather can bring a bit of rains here and there but nothing that won’t compensate for the beauty that your soul will relish here.

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OVERVIEW

The majestic nature shining royally in all its glory. It is truly a sight to behold! However, you must do your ample part in reaching such a place! Reaching Joshimath is the next thing of consequence. With such spiritually and religiously significant pilgrim locations on the way, the lively bustle and the positive vibes is sure to cheer anyone up. The overnight stay here gives you the much-needed rest to recover from long travelling hours and prepare you for the physical exercise of the next few days!

Joshimath
Joshimath

The drive from Joshimath to Govind Ghat alongside river Alaknanda and the lofty mountains in the background do their job well in preparing one for what’s to be seen and felt in the coming days. Hereon, your plans start coming into fruition. Your dreams realized. The trek to Ganghria begins. The volunteered maintenance of the Ganghria trail opens your faith in humanity and make you want to do your part in contributing to the cleanliness, even if it the sole decision of not littering along the way – your part will be acknowledged by the nature.

Ghangria Village
Ghangria Village

The gradual ascent leading to the view of a lovely waterfall will be the charms of the trek this day. Walking for long hours will be rewarded with tea and food on reaching Ganghria. This is the base for reaching Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. And the Gurudwara here will bring you peace and comfort in all hours. Next day’s adventures will be remembered with fond memories of lush green grass, moving clouds amidst the stationary mountain and narrow bridges over gushing streams.

Valley of flowers trail
Valley of flowers trail

Many have admitted to have been dazzled by the astounding beauty of the nature, which they thought could only be seen on desktop wallpapers- and yet here it was, right in front of them! The entry into the Valley welcomes you with exactly what it promises – a Valley of Flowers. Flora so heart-touching and rare, it melts your heart right away. (Unlike some of the glaciers you’ll see the next day which do not even melt in the grandest of summers!) The Valley is stretched 10 kms long, and you may choose any spot to have your packed lunch but we highly recommend that you decide upon a place just besides the Pushpawati river beds which can be seen throughout the valley. Be diligent in your cleanliness.

Pushpawati River
Pushpawati River

Descending back, Ganghria welcomes you again with the utmost warmth and tenderness of a home. The next day’s destination has a steeper climb and a higher altitude. Reaching Hemkund Sahib is something to check off from one’s travel bucket list. After all, the grandiosity of climbing up to the highest Gurudwara in the world is unmatched to anything else. It is devoted to Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. Everyday numerous Sikh pilgrims can be seen traversing the route to reach their humble abode. Pay your respects at the Laxman Mandir, which stands within visible distance of the Gurudwara.

Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib

Picture a modest Gurudwara amongst green carpeted valleys. The flower beds surround a pristine and clear lake which lies just besides the Gurudwara. What makes this view truly regal are the lofty mountains in the background and the clear blue skies above. What could be better?! The route back to Ganghria will give a fresh perspective and the scenery descending will cherish you as much as it did while ascending. All in all, the well-marked and convenient trek gave you so much to feel, remember and love. The way back to your hometown will be in remembrance of the sights you were blessed enough to see from your own eyes.

Beautiful flowers of the valley
Beautiful flowers of the valley

We love a good trek and we love it even better when our travelers can experience the same awe and wonder that we feel! Book your Valley Of Flowers Trek days with us or enquire about the Valley Of Flowers Trek. You will want to stay updated with us for our best offers and discounts! Do share your pictures with us as we regularly feature exclusive content on our Instagram feed Tripffee. Rare alpine flowers blossoming to their best – we recommend you to take on the Valley Of Flowers Trek as soon as possible!

FAQ
Are trekking shoes mandatory for the trek?

Trekking shoes are usually more comfortable and make your trek easier but are not mandatory. Shoes which provide good grip and high ankle support are important.

What all documents do I need to carry during the trek?

You just need to carry and original ID card and a photograph.

Do we get mobile signals during the trek ?

Usually there are no networks during the trek. You may get intermittent signals at some points.

Are smoking and drinking permitted during the trek?

Smoking and drinking is strictly prohibited at high altitudes for your own good.

Do we require a trekking pole during the trek?

Trekking pole provides you extra support during the treks , it helps you share the weight of the backpack you are carrying. You can carry a trekking pole otherwise you can use a sturdy fallen branch on the trail and use it for support.

What is the source of drinking water during the treks?

Usually you are suggested to carry adequate amount of water with you, but even if your run out of water then natural streams , rivers or water springs are also safe to drink water from.

What kind of food is provided during the trek ?

An all around arranged menu appropriate for high altitude treks. Breakfast fluctuates from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch essentially contains roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is finished with Dal, rice, roti. You may carry nuts , biscuits or energy bars  if you wish to.

Can we expect rains during treks ?

Sudden showers are possible as weather can change unexpectedly at high altitudes, always carry a light rain coat or water proof windcheater/poncho.

THINGS TO CARRY
TREKKING GEAR

1. Backpack with rain cover. Qty -1
2. Headtorch/Torch with spare Batteries. Qty -1
3. U V protection sunglasses. Qty -1
4. 1 Litre water bottle. Qty -2

FOOTWEAR

1. Non-skid deep treaded hiking shoes Qty -1
2. Pair of light weight Slipper/Sandals Qty -1

CLOTHING

1. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. Qty – 2
2. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 1 for every 2 days of trekking
3. Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking
4. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. Qty-1
5. Undergarments. Qty – 1 for every day of trekking
6. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck .Qty-1
7. Full sleeves sweater. Qty -1
8. Rain wear ( Jacket & Pants ) . Qty-1
9. Pair of Warm Gloves. Qty-1
10. Woolen cap. Qty-1
11. Sun shielding Cap/Hat. Qty -1

TOILETRIES

1. Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush,
toothpaste, cold cream etc.).
2. Sun screen lotion small pack . Qty -1
3. Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Camera (Optional)
2. Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor
before joining the trek.
3. Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars, Energy bars (Optional)

Mandatory Documents To Carry

1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (adhar card, driving license,
voters ID, etc.)

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS
INCLUSIONS
  • Forest Permit and entrance fee.
  • Accomodation in hotel – 2 nights in Joshimath and 3 nights in Gahngria
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast , lunch, packed lunch , dinner, snacks, tea)
  • Certified trek guide
EXCLUSIONS
  • Wines and non-veg meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Porter/mules for carrying your luggage
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

ITINERARY

Day1 : Reach Joshimath (6300 ft., 290 Km from Haridwar railway station)
You can reach Joshimath by taking a taxi from Rishikesh or Haridwar railway station. It’s a beautiful but a 9-10 hr drive from drive towards Joshimath. We will be staying at Joshimath for the night.
Day2 : Joshimath to Govind Ghat by cabs (18km) then to Ghangria trek (13 km , 9600 ft.)
The trek for the Valley of flowers starts from the place known as Govind Ghat. We take the same cab from Joshimath hotel after the morning breakfast and reach Govind Ghat from where we begin our trek. A well-defined trail towards Ghangria goes all the way along a river. The path is alternately sunny and shaded. The place is usually full of Sikh pilgrims. After a trek of 6-7 hrs we will be able to see a tabular land which tells us that we are about to reach Ghangria. You can also visit the Gurudwara during our stay at Ghangria.
Day 3 : Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back (3km one side, 11500ft.)
After having breakfast we start for the a bit early so that we can have ample amount of time for ourselves to spend at the valley of flowers. The first half of the trek is relatively flatter and easier compared to the later half. After the 3 km trek the valley dawns upon us. The valley is an enchanting sight with and array of rare windflowers. The valley is usually carpeted with flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes sizes and colours. You can take off your shoes and soak your feet in the Pushpawati stream which is also one of the various attractions of the valley. The valley stretches upto 8km , until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance. We reach Ghangria late in the evening and rest for the night in the same hotel.
Day 4 : Ghangira to Hemkunt Sahib and back. (6km one side , 14107ft.)
We begin our today’s trek around 5am in the morning. Today’s trek will be beautiful but comparatively difficult to the previous days trek. Since the trek is steeper we will take approximately 4-5hrs to reach Hemkunt Gurudwara. Warm yourselves at Hemkunt Gurudwara, walk beside the crystal clear Hemkund lake reflecting the mountains surrounding it. The lake remains frozen for almost half of the year. As the weather can be highly unpredictable during monsoon, we need to start descending by afternoon in order to reach on time. Trek back to Ghangria and rest for the night.
Day 5 : Ghangria to Govindghat trek and Joshimath by cabs
On the fifth day we bid a final goodbye to Ghangria and trek back towards Govind ghat post breakfast. Our cabs will be waiting to take us to Joshimath where we stayed on the first day. You can even choose to visit Pandukeshwar temple in Badrinath on the same day and return to Joshimath for an over night stay.
Day 6 : Joshimath to Haridwar railway station
On the sixth day we check out from our hotel in Joshimath and take the same cabs to Haridwar Railway station/Rishikesh and reach there by evening.