Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek Introduction And Details

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek

4 Popular Peaks:
Gauri Parbat ( 6708m ), Hathi Parbat ( 6727m ), Mandir Parbat ( 6559m ), Nilgiri Parbat ( 6474m )
1 Serene Lakes:
Hemkund ( 4150m )
4 Tranquil Rivers:
Alakananda, Bhyunder Ganga, Pushpawati River, Laxman Ganga
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Bhyunder
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Valley of Flowers National Park
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Day 1
D1Rishikesh
Day 1
Karn Prayag
Day 1
Chamoli
Day 2
D2Joshimath
Day 2
Govind Ghat
Day 2
Bhyundar
Day 3
D3Ghangaria
Day 3
Valley of flowers
Day 4
D4Ghangria
Day 4
Hemkund Sahib
Day 5
D5Ghangria
Day 5
Bhyunder
Day 5
Govindghat
Day 6
D6Joshimath
Day 6
Chamoli
Day 6
Karn Prayag
Day 7
Rishikesh

Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Joshimath

Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel
Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Drive 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. 

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

Day 2
1850 - Joshimath
Day 2
1815 - Govind Ghat
Day 2
2460 - Bhyundar
Day 2
3095 - Ghangaria


10Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Ghangaria (3094m )
Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Early morning post breakfast, we board our vehicles to drive to Ghangaria from where our trek starts. It's 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 villages of Pulna and Bhyundar. 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 approach 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 arrives 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.

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

Day 3
3095 - Ghangria
Day 3
3535 - Valley of flowers
Day 3
3095 - Ghangria


8hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Ghangria (3094m )
Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 food 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 an easy one with a well laiden trek path. Once you enter the valley, have your own time in it. Here it's all of the vivid colours of varied species of flowers, river Puspawati flowing through it and green walls of a mountain rising on both side. 

It's better we head back by 2 - 3 PM for Ghangaria.

Day 4From Ghangria To Ghangria, Via - Hemkund Sahib

Day 4
3095 - Ghangria
Day 4
4165 - Hemkund Sahib
Day 4
3095 - Ghangria


6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Ghangria (3094m )
Accommodation: Ghangaria, hotel/ tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today we are destined for Sri Hemkund Sahib and the pious lake of Hemkund. It's a pilgrim route but a tough one as compared to the previous day. It's steep and climbs up higher above 4000 meters to take us to one of the most pious places for the Hindus and especially the Sikhs. 

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

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

Day 5
3095 - Ghangria
Day 5
2460 - Bhyunder
Day 5
1815 - Govindghat
Day 5
1850 - Joshimath


5hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Joshimath (1850m )
Accommodation: Joshimath/ Hotel
Meals Included: All Meals

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. 

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

Day 6
1850 - Joshimath
Day 6
1400 - Chamoli
Day 6
1450 - Karn Prayag
Day 6
375 - Rishikesh


260Km, 8hrs.

Activity: Drive Day
Overnight In: Rishikesh (372m )
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: None

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


Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek - Elaborate Description

... 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 Cost Details

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Joshimath (1850m )
    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 ), Bhyundar (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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Valley of Flowers Hemkund Trek Quick Informations

  • 📅 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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