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The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley which was declared as a national park in 1982 and is also a World Heritage Site listed in UNESCO, lies at an altitude of 3200m. to 3700m. The Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand which occupies a strategic position in this region. The valley is 20 km northwest of Nanda Devi National Park across the wide valley of the Bhyundar Ganga. This national park is surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains that stand in bold relief against the skyline are the peaks of Gauri Parbat (6590 m), Rataban peak (6126 m), Sapatshring (5038 m) and Neelgiri Parbat (6479 m). Valley of flower divided along its length by a small river called the Pushpawati River originates from Tipra glacier and several tiny potable streams and waterfalls rush down from the glacial deposits to merge with it. It joins the Lakshman Ganga at Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp for the Valley of Flowers trek and Hemkund Sahib. The valley is spread over 87.50 square kms and lies along the Pushpavati River. On the left bank of Pushpavati river, are several chunks of flat land. One of them is called Nag Tal, literally the place of the venomous plants. It is observed that this area is abundant with poisonous flowers. However, since the area of Nag tal is not accessible due to lack of proper bridge across Pushpawati, no one can go there for visit. The main portion of the valley is stretched in the East – west direction along the river Pushpawati. Here the beautiful flowers studded in landscape, seem like a huge canvas painted by nature. The flora and fauna of the valley is rich and diverse ranging of alpine flowers and Himalayan black bear, Snow leopard, Musk deer etc. In 1931, British mountaineer Frank S. Smythe along with Eric Shipton and R. L. Holdsworth lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet and happened to enter the valley, which was full of flowers. They were attracted to the beauty of the area and named it the “Valley of Flowers.” As they strolled down they could see the first plant was blue Primula in huge numbers and after that Androsace, Potentillas, Geraniums etc. Frank S. Smythe later authored a book by the same name. Region: Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand Duration: 5 Nights and 6 Days Grade: Easy to Moderate Max altitude: 3700 meters Approx trekking: 22kms Best Time to Visit The Valley of Flowers is a monsoon trek, done between early June and early October. You can visit any time during the summer, but the best time to visit are the months of July, August & up to mid September when monsoon showers turn the valley into a massive meadow of gradually blooming flowers. In June the valley is like a green carpet and the blue crystal clear sky is also like blue roof, in monsoon many colorful flowers blooms on this green carpet with moving mist and in September autumn comes and brush brown color on the valley. After October the winter comes and till April the valley is a blanket of white snow.Porter/mule for personal luggage. Any Insurance. Any personal expenses. Mineral water bottle. Food during travelling, to & fro Haridwar and Joshimath
Day 1 : Haridwar to Govindghat
A journey of 8 to 9 hours starts from Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun via Rishikesh through the Panchprayags (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag & Vishnuprayag) to Govindghat followed by overnight hotel stay. Govindghat is a small town located at the confluence of Laxman Ganga & Alaknanda. It is the hub for people trekking to the Valley of Flowers and also for the Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath pilgrims. The Gurudwara of Sikkhism is on the right bank of Alaknanda river in Govindghat. All the guests will check in the guest house where they will enjoy hot delicious dinner.
As Govindghat is the last major town before the trek starts, it is important that all trekking equipments and other essentials are procured before starting the trek to Valley of Flower and Hemkund Sahib.
Day 2 : Govindghat to Ghangariya
After spending a night in Govindghat, enjoy a hot breakfast in the vicinity of the Himalayas before starting the trek to Ghangariya (3048 m). After a drive of 4 kms the trekkers reach to the beautiful village Pulna, which is at an altitude of 2040 m. 5 kms from Pulna there is a village named Bhyundar (2429 m), where the habitants of Pulna, migrate to during the six months of summer. The snow covered Haathi Peak can be seen from this village. Further 4 Km trek and beautiful Rhododendron forest and the sloppy meadow named as Kanjila Khark. Ghangariya is only 1 Km from here. Check in to Hotel at Ghangariya.
Day 3 : Ghangariya to Valley of Flowers
After an early morning hot breakfast, the much awaited trek to the majestic Valley of Flowers starts. After crossing Ghangariya and the small bridge over Laxman Ganga the trail starts in the bank of Pushpawati River. Here we move through a gradual zigzag ascend with the pine forest and the chirping of Himalayan birds. After trekking for 3 kms we will be greeted by the the panoramic and enchanting view of the Valley of flowers and behind the valley, the mighty Rataban peak stands erect like a crown. The remaining trail of 1 km is dominantly rich in birch. After entering the Valley of Flowers, the trekkers will be spell bound by the glory of the blooms expanding throughout the valley.
We head back to Ghangariya totally immersed in the beauty of the valley, followed by hot dinner and an overnight hotel stay.
Day 4 : Ghangariya to Hemkund
After an early morning breakfast trek starts to Hemkund Sahib, the highest Gurudwara of Sikhism. Offer prayers in the Lokpal Laxman Mandir and some photo shoot near a big lake. On the way the trekkers also notice the blooms of Blue Poppy (Meconopsis aculeata) & Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata).
head back to Ghangariya followed by hot dinner and an overnight hotel stay.
Day 5 : Ghangariya to Govindghat
After an early morning breakfast, start the trek to Govindghat. After reaching Govindghat drive to Badrinath pilgrimage (optional) and after darshan head back to Govindghat.
The night will end in the hotel where the trekkers treats with a hot delicious dinner.
Day 6 : Govindghat to Haridwar
Early morning drive back to the destination.
|No of pax||Age Limit||Price per pax (Rs)|
|Adult||Above 12 years||INR 6900 / Adult|
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