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Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers


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(Haridwar to Haridwar)
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Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy
Max Altitude :- 15,190 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 47 Kms.

Hidden away in the Garhwal Himalayas at a height of 11,483 ft. lies a Valley recognized as the Nandankanan or Garden of Indra of the myths. With the coming of summer every year, flowers of a thousand kinds overcome the green expanses in a riot of colors. It is the Valley of Flowers, a trek that for many serves as an introduction to high-altitude Himalayan journeys.

The journey to the Valley will take you through the temple towns of Haridwar-Rishikesh, Devaprayag, and Joshimath to Govindghat from where the trek shall begin, and then on to Badrinath of the revered char dham. Surrounded by high cliffs and mesmerizing view of snowlines drawn across the sky, the path to the valley is all about beauty and sheer thrill. On day 2, the journey continues to Hemkund Sahib- a renowned Sikh pilgrim site situated by a breathtaking alpine lake. To be treated with a hot bowl of delicious khichdi and tea at the end of the road at the Gurduwara is something to go all the way for.

In most parts, the trek follows a clear cut path. From the pilgrim trail of Govindghat to Ghangharia to Hemkund, it is solidly stone paved while the Valley trail will define the essence of rough trekking on rocky tracks, thus offering the perfectly balanced experience of endurance and enjoyment. Smooth inclines, frequent food shacks, and many scenic rest points along the way qualify this trek for first-timers and those looking for a relaxed experience.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Haridwar - Joshimath
Distance- 235 km
Driving Time-10 hours; 7 am- 5 pm
Altitude- 6,150 ft.
Noteworthy Site: The confluence of Bhagirathi and Alakananda at Devaprayag
Breakfast and Lunch excluded
Last ATM point available in Joshimath.
Guest house stay

Day 2 :- Joshimath - GovindGhat - Ghangaria Trek
Distance to Govindghat 6,233 ft.
22 km 50 minutes (Driving)
Govindghat to Ghangharia 9,843 ft - 13 km 5 hours
Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path
Packed lunch
Guest house stay
Noteworthy Site: Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; Ghangharia

Day 3 :- Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria
Altitude- 11,482 ft.
Distance- 10 km
Trek Time- 6 hours
Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland
Packed lunch

Day 4 :- Ghangaria - Hemkund - Ghangaria 7km
Altitude- 15,190 ft.
Distance- 11 km
Trek Time- 7 hours
Gradual incline on a stairwelled stone-paved path
Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar

Day 5 :- Ghangaria - GovindGhat – Badrinath- Joshimath
Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
Trek Time-5 hours
Distance to Badrinath 10,170 ft.- 25 km
Driving Time- 40 mins
Distance to Joshimath- 44 km
Driving Time- 2.5 hours
Packed lunch
Guest house stay

Day 6 :- Joshimath- Haridwar.
Distance-235 km
Breakfast and lunch excluded
Driving time- 10 hours; 7 am -5 pm
You can book your travel any time after 7 pm.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar - Joshimath

You will be picked up from Haridwar railway station at 7 in the morning following which we will set off on the Badrinath Road, the well traversed pilgrim path leading to the most significant site of the char dham yatra- Badrinath. River Alakananda flows by alongside uniting with the Bhagirathi River at Devaprayag. A picturesque view of the Garhwal mountains gradually shines to prominence as the journey progresses and sets the mood perfectly for the days to come.
We will be stopping for breakfast and lunch at a roadside inn and reach Joshimath by nightfall, around 5:30 pm. Here you will find last of ATM points and properly functional telecom network.

Day 02: Joshimath - GovindGhat - Ghangaria Trek

Over a 50 minutes drive from Joshimath, starting out early in the morning, you will reach Govindghat. A bustling smallholding full of inexpensive lodges for backpackers and pilgrims, Govindghat also has stores from where you can do your shopping for minor stuff for the trek—log pole for the walk, torch, snacks and refreshments, even boots. Do visit the Govinddham Gurudwara before you go out of the premises.
Trekking by Alakananda, you will be crossing a bridge on to the main pilgrim track. The path winds uphill gradually and would not pose much difficulty for its clearly defined quality. Well maintained and thoroughly used, expect this path to be thronged with Sikh pilgrims to Hemkund. Catering to the same community, there are many porters and mule-men conveniently available throughout the trail. Another convenient feature of this trail is, several dhabas along the way offering freshly cooked meals.
Approximately 7 hours into the trek you will reach Ghangharia. With just a handful of inns and lodges, this hamlet serves as the base camp for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund treks. Ghangharia is featured with a helipad and a branch of the Hemkund Sahib Guruduwara.

Day 03: Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria.

Timed early the next day, we start off at 6 and reach last day’s check post where paths to the two different treks bifurcate. From here, starts the Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve and continues towards the Valley which is designated as a National Park. For entering the National Park there is a ticketing system and you will also be made aware of the timings for staying inside and a map would be shown to illuminate the way around in the Valley.
The marked path will dissolve into a winding soil track as we climb along towards the Valley. A couple of log bridges over springs will mark this path until you are ushered into the Valley. A mixed bag of colors line the way, transforming into a veritable carpet of petals when the Valley is reached. Rejoice in this paradise where the air is pollinated and filled with the sweet aroma of alpine flowers. The tomb of Joan Margaret Legge- a botanist who lost her life in the Valley, lies somewhere here.
Looking around, you will find the mighty peaks of Gauri Parbat, Rataban, Kunth Khal, Saptarshringh and Nilgiri Parbat standing out forming a magnificent wall around the Valley.

Day 04: Ghangaria - Hemkund - Ghangaria

Mornings in Ghangharia resound with chiming of bells strung to mules as they are loaded and moved. Prayer hours start in the Gurduwara and the trek team is made ready to move by 6 am after tea. Crossing the check post we will be taking the route to Hemkund. Another path towards the Valley of Flowers will fork out from here in another direction. Ready yourself for a steadily steep climb. Not long after a cascading waterfall is crossed, the path bends steeply upwards and the thinning of air could be felt thoroughly. Remember to climb slow and avoid the steep shortcuts, keeping to the main path to minimize exhaustion.
By maintaining a consistent pace, you will reach Hemkund just in time for a hot and delicious lunch at the langar. The emerald lake is to be found at the back of the temple and a little way to the right will take you to the lesser known Lakshman Mandir. Find out from the priest and attendants about the myths surrounding Guru Govind Singh to whom the Guruduwara is dedicated and the mythic connection of Lakshman to the tale. After the meal you will still have time to spend at the praying hall listening to melodious bhajans. Look out for Brahmakamal- a rare Himalayan orchid that could be found in abundance around the lake.
Remember to carry your rain poncho and plastic bags to stay guarded during unpredictable spells of rain up this way in the summer months.

Day 05: Ghangaria - GovindGhat – Badrinath- Joshimath

The descent from Ghangharia to Govind Ghat the day next is going to be relatively easier and less time consuming. Setting off from Govind Ghat, we will be heading towards Badrinath by car. With an elaborate visit to the famous shrine of Badrinath, one of the holy char dham sites, today, we will be wrapping up our sojourn in the highlands. The ancient temple marked with bright hues and its walls inscribed with myths and legends is a truly fascinating sight and the ice-clad peaks towering above produces a perfectly magnificent backdrop.
The ride back to Joshimath will conclude this day, reaching you to the guest house by evening.

Day 06: Joshimath- Haridwar.

On day 6 we will bid farewell to the mountains and travel back to Haridwar by a 10hour road trip. We drop at Haridwar railway station 5:00 in the evening, book an overnight travel by train or bus from Haridwar to Delhi.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun

By Train :-
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata.
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)

By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Permits
4. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
5. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
6. Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return .

Exclusions :-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.

Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don't want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: -

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund
(Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

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Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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Brief Detail

Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Haridwar - Joshimath
Day 2: Joshimath - GovindGhat - Ghangaria Trek
Day 3: Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria
Day 4: Ghangaria - Hemkund - Ghangaria 7km
Day 5 :- Ghangaria - GovindGhat – Badrinath- Joshimath
Day 6 :- Joshimath- Haridwar.
Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Haridwar between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7:00 pm.

Trek Info
Region: Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 Days
Grade: Easy
Max Altitude: 15,190 Ft.
Trekking Km: 47 Kms.
Trail Type: Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Joshimath
Rail head: Haridwar is the nearest rail head to the base camp
Air Port: Dehradun
Road : Haridwar is well connected to Delhi
Base Camp: Joshimath
Best Season: July to September
Snow: No snow (July to September)
Batch Size: 20-25 trekkers including Male and female.
Services from: Haridwar to Haridwar
Food: Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
Stay: Guest house
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