Valley of Flowers Trek
In 1982, this valley was named as an official national Republic Park. Its area was fixed at 87.5 sq. kms at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet, Frank Smyth discovered 'The Valley of Flowers' in 1931 on his way back after a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet. The Valley of Flowers is a riot of color in August/September. Well over a thousand varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing textures and colors paint the valley in a gorgeous display some of the myriad of flowers found here are saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, denthus, turmopsis, primula, dadiculatar, pontitala, geranium, cipro nepolysis, holly, pansy, zinnia, petunia, fox, caropsis dynthus etc.
Many small streams flow within this fabled valley, adding to its legendary beauty. The high mountain peaks studded with awe inspiring glaciers surround the valley stand guardian to this beautiful sight. Legends associate this valley of Garhwal Himalayas with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected "Sanjeevani" herbs to revive Lakshmana, the younger brother of Ramaji. Hanumanji had to visit far-flung areas in his search for the "Sanjeevani" life - saving herbs. End the trek in the fascinating, spiritual and philosophical center of India - colorful Swagashram at Rishkesh.
|4||Ghangria||Day Trek Valley of Flowers||7||10||3700||Trek: Hotel|
|5||Ghangria||Day Trek to Hemkund||8||16||4150||Trek: Hotel|
|Legend: Alt=Altitude; Veh=Vehicle; Acco=Accommodation|
Day 1 : Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer check into the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Joshimath (246 kms/8 hrs)
Drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening, hotel.
Joshimath : The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.
Day 3 : Joshimath - Govindghat (32 kms/1 hrs)
Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs) Drive to Govindghat. Which is the starting point of the trek. From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening.
Day 4 : Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangria (10 kms one side/47 hrs)
Trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Str- awberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Stay at the hotel.
Day 5 : Hemkund-Ghanghria (16 kms/8 hrs)
Trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria, overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 : Ghangaria - Govind Ghat - Joshimath (46 kms/5hrs)
Trek down to reach Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the area. One can also visit Auli in the evening. Over night stay at the hotel.
Day 7 : Joshimath - Rishikesh (240 kms/8 hrs)
Early morning drive to Haridwar with packed breakfast. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Arrive Haridwar by evening. Check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 : Rishikesh - Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Visit Swargashram. Afternoon drive to Delhi.
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers Trek : June, July, August and September