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Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

About The Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

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Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek


Peaks: Gauri Parbat ( 6708m ), Hathi Parbat ( 6727m ), Mandir Parbat ( 6559m ), Nilgiri Parbat ( 6474m )
Lakes: Hemkund ( 4150m )
Rivers: Alakananda, Bhyunder Ganga, Pushpawati River, Laxman Ganga
Villages: Bhyunder
National Parks / Forest Reserves: Valley of Flowers National Park
  • Duration: 6 Days, Rishikesh to Rishikesh
  • Highest Altitude: 4161m
  • Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • Best Time: Aug Sep
  • Terrain: forest, meadow
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts From: Joshimath
  • Ends In: Joshimath
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
  • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Joshimath
  • Mobile Network: BSNL, sparsely
  • Internet Option: No
  • Temperatures:
  • Is Cloak Room Available: No
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali

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... At first I could see nothing but rocks, then suddenly my wandering gaze was arrested by a little splash of blue, and beyond it were other splashes of blue, a blue so intense it seemed to light the hillside. As Holdsworth wrote: “All of a sudden I realised that I was simply surrounded by primulas. At once the day seemed to brighten perceptibly. Forgotten were all pains and cold and lost porters. And what a primula it was! Its leek-like habit proclaimed it a member of the nivalis section. All over the little shelves and terraces it grew, often with its roots in running water. At the most it stood six inches high, but its flowers were enormous for its stature, and ample in number—sometimes as many as thirty to the beautifully proportioned umbel, and in colour of the most heavenly French blue, sweetly scented.”

In all my mountain wanderings I had not seen a more beautiful flower than this primula; the fine rain-drops clung to its soft petals like galaxies of seed-pearls and frosted its leaves with silver.

Lower, where we camped near a moraine, were androsaces, saxifrages, sedums, yellow and red potentillas, geums, geraniums, asters, gentians, to mention but a few plants, and it was impossible to rake a step without crushing a flower.

Next day we descended to lush meadows. Here our camp was embowered amidst flowers: snow-white drifts of anemones, golden, lily-like nomockaris, mari-golds, globe flowers, delphiniums, violets, eritrwhiums, blue corydafa, wild roses, flowering shrubs and rhododen-drons, many of them flowers with homely sounding English names. The Bhyundar Valley was the most beautiful valley that any of us had seen. We camped in it for two days and we remembered it afterwards as the Valley of Flowers.

..  an extract from the book Valley Of Flowers, by Frank S. Smythe who had accidentally landed there on his return from Mt. Kamet Expedition via the Bhyunder Khal 

Right from then it has attracted nature lovers and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This valley is easily accessible to trekkers in just couple of day's trek from the road head of Govind Ghat near Joshimath. The best time to visit the park is July till August end. This route is also common to the pilgrim route to Hemkund Sahib for the Sikhs. Owing to the altitude, its better to trek to Hemkund after visiting the Valley Of Flowers.

 

 

Valley Of Flowers - Best Time To Visit:

The Valley of Flowers National Park opens from Jun till Octtober. The trek to the valley can be enjoyed anytime within this range. However, the best time to visit the valley is from Mid July to Mid August as the flowers bloom to the full potential during this time. Before that, its less flowers and more snow. After that, its less snow and less flowers too !! 

During the best time, its aso official monsoon in that region.l So be well prepared for that. Pack well. Rain also makes it colder.   

 

 

Valley Of Flowers Permits:

Indians: Rs. 150/- for three days. Rs. 50/- thereafter.

Foreigners: Rs. 600/- for three days. Rs. 250/- thereafter.

Still Camera: Free ( professional or non-professional ).

Video camera ( non-professional ): Free.

Video camera ( professional ): Indians - Rs. 500/- ; Foreigners - Rs.1500/-

 

Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Joshimath ( 260 Kms,8 hours )

Drive Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

Journey from Haridwar to Joshimath is a long one, but definitely not a boring one. As you swirl up, yopu come accross the Prayags ( confluence of rivers) of Uttrakhand, coming down from the Himalayan Glaciers on the higher reaches of the Himalayan state. These rivers unite to form the mighty Ganga which flows down Haridwar to rest for India. Ganga is known as the lifeline of India, and Uttrakhand - The Dev Bhoomi ( God's Land)

The streets are colorful too !! 

Travelling in mountain roads for 280 KMS can be really tiring. So take a good sleep in your hotel tonight. 

Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel

Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

Day 2From Joshimath To Ghangaria, Via - Govind Ghat, Bhyunder ( 10 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning post breakfast, we board our vehicles to drive to Ghangaria from where our trek starts. Its a straight walk into the valley after crossing the bridge on the Alakananda river and following the Laxman Ganga..

The trek is beautiful through the greens passing by the vilages of Pulna and Bhyunder. Being a pilgrimage route, the trail is well maintained and it takes about 5 -6 hours to reach Ghangaria. Soon after crossing the village of Bhyunder, as we apporach Ghangaria, we come to the meeting point of the Bhyunder Ganga which originates from Hathi Taal at the base of Kankul Pass and Hathi Parvat, and Pushpawati river. Both of them are tributaries of the Laxman Ganga which further is the tributary of Alakananda.

We follow the Pushpavati river which flows through the Valley Of Flowers and soon arrive at a level ground marked by few commercial settlements. This is Ghangaria and we rest for the day here, either in a hotel or in a tent.

Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents

Meals: All Meals

Day 3From Ghangria To Ghangria, Via - Valley of flowers

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

We start the day early after breakfast to have some good time on hand for the Valley of Flowers - A Unesco World Heritage Site. Remember to carry pack lunch as the day will be long and with no foods to buy on the way.

Soon after we start, within some 30 minutes we reach the entry gate to buy tickets to the National Park.  The trek is a easy one with on a well laiden trek path. Once you enter the valley, have your own time in it. Here its all of vivid colours of varied species of flowers, river Puspawati flowing through it and green walls of mountain rising on both the side. 

Its better we head back by 2 - 3 PM for Ghangaria.

Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents

Meals: All Meals

Day 4From Ghangria To Ghangria, Via - Hemkund Sahib

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we are destined for Sri Hemkund Sahib and the pious lake of Hemkund. Its a pilgrim route but a tough one as compared to the previous day. Its steep and climbs up higher above 4000 meter to take us to the one of the most pious place for the Hindus and specially the Sikhs. 

The trail climbs up steep once you leave Ghangaria but views around keeps you motivated. The positive environment of the Gurudwara make you feel good. Have lunch at the Gurudwara. Remember to leave back for Ghangaria soon post 2 PM. 

Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents

Meals: All Meals

Day 5From Ghangria To Joshimath, Via - Bhyunder, Govindghat

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Ghangria: 3094 meters / 10149 feet
  • Bhyunder: 2458 meters / 8063 feet
  • Govindghat: 1815 meters / 5954 feet
  • Joshimath: 1850 meters / 6068 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we finish out trek as we head back to Joshimath retracing our track. We trek back on the same route following the Laxman Ganga, crossing by Bhyunder village to reach Govind Ghat. From Govind Ghat, we then further drive back to Joshimath.

If we are not constrained, we may chose to visit the heritage shrine of Badrinath as well. 

Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel

Meals: All Meals

Day 6From Joshimath To Rishikesh, Via - Chamoli, Karn Prayag ( 260 Kms,8 hours )

Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Joshimath: 1850 meters / 6068 feet
  • Chamoli: 1400 meters / 4592 feet
  • Karn Prayag: 1450 meters / 4756 feet
  • Rishikesh: 372 meters / 1221 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

We return to Rishikesh to day. We have to leave early morning today in order to reach Rishikesh or Dehradoon on time to make our journet to onward destination or back home

Accommodation: None

Meals: None

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Joshimath (1850m ), Via - Karn Prayag (1450m ), Chamoli (1400m ). 8 Hrs. 260 Kms
    Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
    Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Drive, Trek

    From Joshimath (1850m ) To Ghangaria (3094m ), Via - Govind Ghat (1815m ), Bhyunder (2458m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Ghangaria (3094m )
    Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Ghangria (3094m ) To Ghangria (3094m ), Via - Valley of flowers (3531m ) . 8 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Ghangria (3094m )
    Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Ghangria (3094m ) To Ghangria (3094m ), Via - Hemkund Sahib (4161m ) . 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Ghangria (3094m )
    Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Drive, Trek

    From Ghangria (3094m ) To Joshimath (1850m ), Via - Bhyunder (2458m ), Govindghat (1815m ). 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
    Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Drive

    From Joshimath (1850m ) To Rishikesh (372m ), Via - Chamoli (1400m ), Karn Prayag (1450m ). 8 Hrs. 260 Kms
    Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: None
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+ Mandatory Packing List
  • 3 sets of DryFit Tshirts
  • 2 set of track pants (no jeans)
  • 4 sets of socks ( 2 cottons, 2 woollen)
  • 1 or 2 set of thermal inner ( upper & lower)
  • Fleece Jacket or Pullovers
  • Down Jacket (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof High Ankle Trekking Shoes (can be rented from us )
  • Waterproof/Windproof Trekking Trouser (can be rented from us  )
  • Waterproof/Windproof Trekking Jacket (can be rented from us  )
  • Headlamp (can be rented from us  )
  • Trek Pole, Waterproof Gloves, Poncho, Rucksack, Fleece Inner Gloves, Waterproof Gloves, Gaiters, Spikes, Sleeping Bag Inners ( provided by us as complimentary use )
  • Polaroid UV Protected Sunglasses or Snow/Glacier Goggles
  • 2 Water Bottles & Tiffin Box with Spoon, 1 cup
  • Skull Cap Wollen or Fleece
  • Toilet Paper Roll, Wet Tissue
  • Personal Care Kit ( lip balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc )
  • Personal Medical Kit (basic or regular medicines )
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We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

  1. Up to 7 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 7 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  3. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  4. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks below 6000 meters and not graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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