Valley of Flowers, as the name itself exudes a sense of epic. A paradise of misanthropes that promises prolonged lack of contact with what we optimistically call “civilization”. Nested in the west Himalayan region, the Valley of Flowers was first introduces to the world by Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer, botanist and trekker who accidently reached the place in the year 1931 with six other people.
Valley of Flowers, as the name itself exudes a sense of epic. A paradise of misanthropes that promises prolonged lack of contact with what we optimistically call “civilization”. Nested in the west Himalayan region, the Valley of Flowers was first introduces to the world by Frank S. Smythe a British mountaineer, botanist and trekker who accidently reached the place in the year 1931 with six other people. The Valley of Flower was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site (UNISCO). In the state of Uttrakhand in India, at a height of 11000 feet to 14000 feet above sea level, the Valley of Flowers is famous for its meadows of alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. The park stretches over an area of 87.50 sqr.Kms. If one wonders about the existence of Fairies Land and wish to see, Valley of Flowers is the place for him/her.
The home of many celebrated flowers like Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily, the Valley of Flowers has not hundreds but thousands of wild Flowers to offer. Wildest among Himalayan Treks, Valley of Flowers lies at Pushpavati stream which is joined by several smaller streams and waterfalls. The area can be drawn from Badrinath from west, Joshimath from South and Ghansali from North East. The best season to visit The Valley of Flowers if July to August.
HEMKUND (4329 mtrs) -A part of Valley of flowers.
Hemkund, as the name its self suggests Hem means Ice and Kund means Lake, “Lake of Ice”. Surrounded by seven snow covered peaks, Hemkund is located in the Chamoli district of Uttranchal India is high altitude lake. Regarded as holy by both Hindu’s and Shiks is a place of much importance. Glaciers like Hati Parbat and Sapat Shiring Peaks can be explored from here which nourishes the Hemkund Lake. The most accepted way to Hemkund and Valley of Flowers is from Govind Ghat on the Badrinath road and is a common trek up to Ghagharia, from where we will climb a steep valley up to Hem Kund. There is a Gurdwara and a rest house in Hemkund.
Dedicated to the 10th Guru of Sikh’s, Guru Govind Singh, the founder of the Khalsa Panth, Shri Hemkund Sahib, a cobalt colored lake, is surrounded by seven peaks of Saptashiriga Parvat on its bank. It is belived that Guru Govind Singh meditated on the bank of this lake in his earlier birth.
The best season to visit Hemkund is between July and October. During these days, we will find the water still, which has shards of ice floating in it, glinting in the sun with the rock-strewn banks of the lake covered in moss and the flowers in bright bloom.
Itinerary Valley Of Flowers Trek Uttaranchal
Day-01: Kathgodam(Rail Head) to Nainital.
On the very first day we will begin our journey from Kathgodam to Nainital. Overnight halt is in a hotel at Nainital.
Day-02: Nainital to Joshimath (288 kms).
On this day, we will initiate our journey towards Joshimath. After a long journey, night stay is followed in a hotel at Joshimath.
Day-03: Joshimath to Govindghat (1828 meters) (Road Head) – Trek 11 Kms to Ghangaria (3048 meters).
After having breakfast early in the morning, we will leave for Govindghat. On reaching Govindghat, the trek of 11 km will take us to Ghangaria. Over night stay is at a Camp/Rest House.
Day-04: Trek 6 Kms to Hemkund Sahib (4329 meters) to Ghangaria.
After the early morning Breakfast, the trekking starts for a distance of 6 kms which will bring us to Hemkund Sahib and then get back to Ghangaria. Stay at night in Ghangaria.
Day-05: Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria Camp (10 km)
We will take an early start to valley of flowers, after having breakfast. After visiting the Valley of flowers, we will return to Ghangaria Camp. Overnight stay is in the camp at Ghagharia.
Day-06: Trek 11 kms to Govindghat and then to Badrinath (visit Badrinath Temple and area around Badrinath.)
After having breakfast, we will start trekking towards Govindghat which is approx 11 kms for Ghangaria camp. Once we reach here, the next journey will be towards Badrinath. Here, we will visit the famous badrinath temple and will also explore the area around the temple.
After the breakfast, the journey starts towards Pipalkoti. Overnight stay is in a hotel at Pipalkoti.
Day-08: Kathgodam (Rail Head) 272 kms. Departure.
After an early breakfast, the journey of this day will take us back to Kathgodam and from here we will take the return journey to our natives.
Meeting Point: Kathgodam
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam
Roopkund Trek Best Time: May and June
Accommodation Details: Camps, Tents & Guest Houses
Things to Carry:
Warm and thick Fleece
Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes
Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippersRaincoat / Poncho
Small light weight towel
Sturdy Water bottle,
Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Personal medicationsPersonal toiletries
Pricing starts from
PRICE ON REQUEST
Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Group medical kit
Good quality accommodation
Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat
All park entrance fees and trekking permits
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment.