Starting PointDehradun or Rishikesh
Max Elevation14,500 ft
Base CampGovind Ghat
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The Valley of Flowers, one of the most beautiful high-altitude valleys in Himalayas. Thousands of Nature Lovers, Mountaineers and Nature Photographers visit the Valley in a short span of four months every year.
The tales about Valley of Flowers find their origin in the book worteby a British author Frank S. Smythe in the year 1931 when he along with other mountaineers were coming down climbing Mt. Kamet. They lost the way and fortunately ended up in Valley of Flowers. They saw different variety of flowers like Saxifrages, Androsaces, Asters , Sedums, Geraniums, Potentillas, Geums, Gentians and many more.
The entrance of the valley gives you a panoramic view of it’s vast expanse with the layer of flowers covering it. The layers of flowers you see here keep on changing the texture, tones and bloom.
If there exists a botanist inside you somewhere, this valley is going to be a treat to you. You could witness the beauty of Meadow Geranium, Himalayan Rose, Snake Foil, Blue Poppy, Hooked Stick Seed, River Anemone, White Leaf Hog Foot and Dog Flower in full bloom. However, the blooming keep on changing with the beginning in the early July when the monsoon arrives and continuing till September.
The Valley of Flowers gives you a beautiful glances of what it is like to trek in Himalayan valleys in a short span of time. The trek is easy-moderate, however, you should be completely fit and ready to attempt the trek. The trek also includes the hike to Hemkund Sahib which demands enough physical fitness. The altitude at Govindghat which is starting point of the trek is about 9,600 ft and we go up to 14,100 ft at the highest point.
Reach Dehradun – Govind Ghat
The trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund starts from Govind Ghat. It takes around 11 hours to drive from Dehradun to Govind Ghat so we will start our journey from Dehradun pretty early in the morning. Our expedition lead will meet you at Dehradun railway station and we will drive our way through Rishikesh pickup point and proceed to the roads alongside the river Alaknanda on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway.
We expect to reach Govind Ghat later in the evening and we’ll check in to our accomodation for the night.
Govind Ghat – Poolna - Ghangaria
Drive from Govindghat , 4 Kms, to Poolna which the starting point of the trek to Valley of Flowers. The trail is well defined and is paved with the flat stones and stairs for easy transit of the pilgrims. You will notice many Sikh pilgrims trekking upto Hemkund Sahib.
The entire 9 kms trek starting from Poolna to Ghangaria is alongside the river and the way has a lot of local dhabas and eating joints where you can stop by to have a cup of tea or other drinks. The trail takes you through the bridge crossing after which the we bid adeu to the river that takes another route.
After around 6 hours into the trek, you come across the meadows and a helipad which is situated in Ghangharia. Walk around 500 mtrs and you’ll find hotels, restaurants, eating joints and a Gurudwara.
We’ll take our night halt here in Ghangharia.
Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers - Ghangaria
It is recommended that you leave Ghangaria early in the morning around 6:00 AM to spend the entire day in the Valley of flowers. Around a kilometer into the trek, you come across a gate where you buy entry tickets to the valley. The flowers of the valley welcome you as soon as you enter the gate on both the sides of the trail. Walk another kilometer to find a wooden bridge under which you can observe the Pushpavati river flowing ferociously.
The entire valley, you will notice, is like a huge layers of green, yellow, blue and red flowers which are seen in the entire span of your vision. Moving up the altitude, you will witness the scene change to patches of brown mountains with the white snow at the topmost layer and the vast expanse of blue sky if you take your eyes further above. This entire scene is nothing less than a fairy tale scene coming alive in front of you.
You will witness the prominent flowers of the flora in the valley in full bloom during the monsoon season like Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed and it proves to be a real good treat to the botanist inside you.
The valley will have certain fresh water spots which you can use to fill up your water bottles and We’ll be carrying our packed lunch from Ghangaria to valley. The entire valley spans around 8 kms ending with a glacier which is the source of the river alongside. Don’t miss the fragrant patches inside the valley which make you feel like you in some dreamland altogether. It is recommended to reach back the base Ghangaria before the sunset and have a sumptuous dinner here.
Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria
We start the day pretty early today and get ready to start trekking to the most revered holy place for the Sikhs, “Hemkund Sahib” which is the world’s highest Gurudwara situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters. The holy songs could be heard as early as 4 am from the Gurudwara.
Early morning by 5AM, you see horses and the mules getting ready to go up to Hemkund Sahib and here is when you can hire mules or porters, in case you wish to offload yourself. You will pass the starting point of the route you took to the Valley of Flowers. The gurudwara is situated beside the beautiful glacial lake Hemkund which on a clear sky reflects the nearby mountains flawlessly.
The lake recieves its waters from the melting glaciers of Hathi Parvat and the Saptrishi peaks and remains frozen for over 6 months in a year. You could also visit the Laxman Temple near the lake and Treat yourself with the generous offerings of tea at the Gurudwara.
Don’t miss to walk around the glacial lake as it offers beautiful views of the mountains and has a peaceful presence of the waters. Also, the region is very famous for Braham Kamal, a variety of lotus that grows only at altitude more that 10,000 ft. Trace your way back to Ghangaria to reach back before sunset.
Ghangaria – Govind Ghat
We will start to trek back our way after breakfast from Ghangaria to Poolna retracing the same path we took while going up and will reach Ghangaria later in the afternoon.
Govind Ghat - Dehradun
We will drive back our way from Govindghat to Dehradun
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