06 Days

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers is situated high in the Uttarakhand Himalayas at an altitude of 3,600 m and above. This valley is popular for hundred of Himalayan flowers including dozens of rare Himalayan flower species which you don’t find anywhere else. Valley of flowers were not known to humans, for centuries this enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year, as the snow melted with the arrival of summer. Every year, the valley was splashed with color as it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades of colors as months progressed. Except Gaddy’s (Shepherds) this valley found first by famous British mountaineer and botanist called Frank Smith in 1931. After he returned back to England he wrote a book called "The Valley of Flowers" which unveil the beauty and floral splendors of the valley and made it famous.
Valley of flowers was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. The locals, of course, always knew of the existence of the valley, and believed that it was inhabited by fairies (Anchries in local dialect). During this trip we also visit Hemkund Sahib; which is celebrated one of the holiest Sikh shrines in Himalayas. There are few flowers in upper reaches of this side valley and around glacial lake which we don’t find in main valley of flowers.

  • Area: Uttarakhand Chamoli Garhwal India
  • Trip Duration: 6 days
  • Trekking Grade: Gradual
  • Max. Point: 360m.
  • Best Time: July till August Ends

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day

Day 01: Haridwar – Rishikesh- Govindgha(290km)(8-9hrs) Drive

Early morning arrive Haridwar railway station and drive to Joshimath. The entire drive is along the Alaknanda River. Lunch enroute at Rudraparayag. Arrive Govindghat and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

2nd Day

Day 02: Govindghat – Ghangaria(13km,5-6hrs)Trek.

Early morning after breakfast, we start our trek to Ghangaria. This day trek is steep in the beginning followed by gradual walk. After Bhuindar there is steep climb till Ghangria. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight Hotel. Ghangria is bustling mountain village with a big Gurudwara and several hotel and guest houses. There are hundreds of pilgrims and flower lover any time during July-Aug.

3rd Day

Day 03: Ghangaria- Valley of Flowers(12km,6-7hrs)(Trek) Return.

Morning after breakfast start trek to Valley of Flowers. The first part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati River. Later we trek in the open meadow. Arrive and explore the area. After encountering rare Flowers e.g. Brahmkamal, Blue poppy, Potentilla, and hundreds of others we trace our steps back to the base Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight Hotel.

4th Day

Day 04: Ghangaria- Hemkund-Ghangaria(12km,5-6hrs)(Trek)Return.

Explore the Sikh shrine Hemkund sahib. Hemkund Sahib is celebrated on account of 10th Guru of Sikhs Guru Govind Singh ji; it is believed that he has done meditation in his previous life under these seven summits. There are plenty of flowers near the Gurudwara and around the lake. Return down to Ghangria for night stay.

5th Day

Day 05: Ghangaria-Govindghat(13km,5-6hrs) Trek.

Our final trekking day will start with downhill walk to Govindghat. Dinner and overnight hotel

6th Day

Day 06: Govindghat-Rishikesh/Haridwar(290km,8-9hrs) Drive.

A day long drive will take us to Rishikesh/Haridwar via Rudraprayag. Trip Ends