Valley of Flowers Trek
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Valley of Flowers Trek
Valley of flowers trek is an ultimate 5 nights and 6 days trek that opens for a trekker from mid-july to mid-September. Late July and August is the best time to visit the valley as it is in full bloom and it is magnificently beautiful. The large fields of exotic flowers are an absolute sight.
This is a trip of a lifetime to the "world heritage site" making a mention in books and in the hearts. Valley of flowers trek is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere.
The Valley of flowers trek is definitely a place from where it isn't easy to come back. In fact, it is just not possible. This hidden jewel is a truly unique habitat, home to many endemic varieties of alpine flowers and plants. This valley is at an altitude of 3250 m and above.
It sees a lot of tourists from all over the world. Botanists, nature lovers, mountain lovers and so on.
It is home to a thousand flowers like Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. It is also a home to animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more It also serves the base to mighty Mt Kamet.
The way we look at it, it is not jsut adventure, it is also Spiritual trek. With Hemkund Sahib also in the same region, it makes it all the more an experience worth.
Infact, with a little customization, one can cover, Badrinath, Mana (The last Indian Village and saraswati River), Valley of flowers, Hemkund Saheb and Auli (The ski resort of India).
The perfect season Valley of flowers is mid-july that is when the valley is blooming. On a good day one can see over 300+ species of flowers. It is an experience that cannot be described.
Day 1: Pick up from Haridwar, drive to Govindghat (Drive 10 hours)
We need to cover a distance of 290 Kms today. The drive is extremely beautiful as we will be driving next to the rivers throughout. We will first cross Devprayag (Prayag: Confluence) which is the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers followed by Rudrprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag to reach Govindghat. Check into hotel.
Day2: Trek to Ghangharia from Govindghat (5kms drive + 9kms trek)
It used to be a 13 km trek with gradual ascends but with the road connectivity till the bridge in Poolna, now it is only about 9 Kms. The last 4 Kms are a little steep comparatively. We also get disconnected from Govind Ghat and start the 9 kms trek to Ghangharia. One can also take a pony but we suggest trekking as it is a very scenic hike. There are shops for quick bite all through the way. Check in the hotel after reaching Ghangharia. Unwind and enjoy the evening. The trek might take 4-6 hours depending on one's capability.
Day3. Ghangharia to Valley of flowers and back (5+5Kms Trek)
After having Breakfast, we start our trek to Valley of flowers. It is going to be a moderate hike and will take about 1-2 hours to cover this distance. The view all throughout is magical. There are streams that flow and you will spot flowers all throughout the trek. After reaching Valley, you have all the time to explore. There is also a grave Joan Margaret Legge. She was a botanist from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. While collecting the flowers, she fell off and died. Her sister came buried her in the valley. After exploring the valley, we start our descent and it should be a quick return back to the hotel.
Spend the night in Ghangharia.
Day4. Ghangharia to Hemkund Saheb (7+7Kms trek)
We start our day early once again. After having breakfast, we start for Hemkund Saheb. We pack some stuff to eat for our trek to Hemkund Saheb. Though we also have some small eateries along the way up, but it is good to carry your own bite. The trek is a moderate ascent. The last part of the trek can also be covered by taking stairs. We suggest sticking to the paved trekking route.
We take about 3 hours to reach our destination. The beauty of Hemkund Saheb is beyond words. The sarover is absolutely clear and the peaks around the Temple are all snow clad.
We get a portion of Khichdi and hot cup of tea in prashad and it sure helps a lot. We spend an hour or two here and before starting trekking back to Ghangharia.
Day5. Ghangharia to Govind Ghat (9kms trek + 5kms drive)
We start from Ghangharia base to Govind Ghat. The trek will take about 4 hours for us to reach Poolna and a short drive to Govind Ghat. After reaching Govind Ghat, we check into the hotel and relax.
Additional/Optional: One can add a quick visit to Badrinath Temple in the afternoon by hiring a cab from Govind Ghat. It is about 25 kms from Govind Ghat and takes an hour to reach Badrinath. (not part of Wanderers package)
Day6. From Govind Ghat to Haridwar (Drive: 10 hours)
The drive back to Haridwar will be a scenic once as we cover a distance of about 300 Kms to reach Haridwar. The trip will end here.
Cost – INR 9,900/- per person + GST (batch size of 10 to 12 trekkers)
Meals – All the meals mentioned above from Govind ghat to Govind ghat Accommodation – Home Stay/ hotels
Travels – Drive – Haridwar to Govind Ghat on day 1
– Drive – Govind ghat to Poolna on day 2
– Drive – Poolna to Govind ghat on day 5
– Drive – Govind Ghat to Haridwar on day 6
A certified wilderness first aid responder and a qualified skilled mountaineer as the trek leader 2 guide for a group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
First aid medical kit with medical assistance for the trekkers camping and trekking permits
Service tax 5% (as per the current in GST)
Porter/mule charges to carry personal bags
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Payment: Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway.
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Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips. For any concerns for payments, feel free to call us.
45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.
15 Days: No refund
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