About the Destinations: A chanced discovery on a lost path made by British traveller Frank Smith in 1931 resulted in the world welcoming the enchanting Valley Of Flowers. His book by the same name created a stir among nature lovers, making the Valley Of Flowers Trekking one of the most sought after since then.
Perched gracefully under the watchful eyes of the towering Himalayan peaks protecting the tranquil environs, the valley is situated at an altitude of 3,858m. With millions of species of wild flowers such as saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia, the valley also holds many streams that add on to the natural beauty. The rich bio diversity is also home for several species of butterflies and insects too.
Duration of the Tour: 6D/ 5N
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Day 01: Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat via Joshimath and Devaprayag. (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)
Day 02: Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back. (Trek 5km, one-way/ 5hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back. (Trek 6km/ 4hrs each side)
Day 05: Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat. Drive to Joshimath. (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)
Day 06: Return journey from Joshimath to Haridwar. (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)
Day 01: Haridwar – Govindghat via Joshimath and Devaprayag (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)
Day’s Highlights: Uphill Drive, Joshimath, Devaprayag
Day’s Details: Around 6am, assemble at Haridwar Railway Station. Begin a long distance, uphill drive from Haridwar to Govindghat. Along the way, pass Devaprayag to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. Arrive at Joshimath, a midpoint for other religious pilgrimage locations. You could stay over here or proceed to Govindghat in lieu of time for the halt.
Day 02: Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)
Day’s Highlights: Mountain Trekking
Day’s Details: Today begins Valley Of Flowers Trekking in Uttaranchal with a short 14km gradual ascent trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Arrive at Ghangaria. Hotel check-in or camp out. Explore the surrounding. Have dinner and call-it-a-day.
Day 03: Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back (Trek 5km, one-way/ 5hrs)
Day’s Highlights: Blossoms, Flora
Day’s Details: This day marks the very reason for your entire high altitude Valley Of Flowers trek. Start your day with a wholesome breakfast. Scale a height of 3,858m to arrive at the Valley Of Flowers. This sight is a feast to the eyes and treat for the soul.
Admire one of nature’s finest creations as you are left speechless witnessing an array of thousands of flowers in full bloom. The myriad palette with a multitude of colour shades rests against the watchful eyes of the mighty Himalayas. Creating an alluring canvas, the valley has several streams casually meandering through it. The wild flora creates a rich eco-system for many species of birds, butterflies, and insects too. Several soulful moments later begin your return trek to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
Day 04: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib (4,329m)
Day’s Highlights: Trekking, Holy spot of the Sikhs, Seven Snow-capped Mountains
Day’s Details: Today after breakfast, you’ll follow a steep trail to Hemkund Sahib to visit the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh is said to have meditated in a previous life. Surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains this place is no doubt soothing and calming. Spend time here. And after lunch, start a late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
Day 05: Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath
Day’s Highlights: Trekking
Day’s Details: After breakfast, take the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath. If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Day 06: End of Valley Of Flowers Trekking journey. Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar
Day’s Highlights: Trip ends here
Day’s Details: Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar. Take back a mosaic of unbelievable memories with you.