The Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand

Snow Leopard Adventures
  • 8 days
    (Duration)
  • Moderate
    (Difficulty)
  • 4.9
    (Rating)
  • Hilly
    (Terrain)

The Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand by Snow Leopard Adventures


Description

The Valley of Flowers offers an enchanting sight of `a land ablaze with a bewildering variety of flowers fluttering in the gentle intermittent breeze which wafts their fragrance abroad, set amidst majestic snow clad mountains that stand in bold relief against the skyline'.


Itinerary

  • Day 1:

    Arrival Camp, near Rishikesh Arrive at Haridwar railway station or Dehradun Jolly grant airport from Delhi. Met and greet by our team members and transfer to the camp at Shivpuri village near Rishikesh. Lunch. Post lunch we leave for a 4 km trek to a Garhwali village. This trek meanders through the local school and brings you down to a Himalayan stream. You wade through the stream to cross it and walk back to camp. Dinner around a campfire. Overnight at Snow Leopard Adventures camp.

  • Day 2:

    Rishikesh – Auli (Drive: 295 km/ 8 hrs)

    Post breakfast, drive to Auli on a mountainous road along the Ganga River and later by the Alaknanda River. After driving for about 140 km, we stop at Rudraprayag for lunch. It’s a small scenic town situated at the confluence of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini. We reach Auli in the evening and check in to the Resort. Auli is located at 2750 m and offers a panoramic view of Mt. Nanda Devi, Kamet, Trishul, Dronagiri, Beethartoli, Neelkanth, Mana Parwat, Hathi Parbat, Mukut Parbat, Ghori Parbat and Nar Parbat.

  • Day 3:

    Auli (Day for acclimatization)

    Today after breakfast, we go for a warm up hike to Gorson point where one can enjoy amazing views of Nanda Devi. The trail is about 6 km. Post lunch, we go for a sightseeing trip to Joshimath, which according to Hindu mythology is the winter abode of a Hindu God, Badrinath. Joshimath is described in the ancient scriptures as Kartikeyapura, because the Katyuri kings named it after their God, Kartikeya. Established by Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD, Joshimath was the heart of religious and cultural activity in those days and continues to be the same even today. Walk around the quaint, small town of Joshimath and visit the Narasimha and the Vasudeva Temples. In the evening, take the cable car back to the resort. Overnight at the resort.

  • Day 4:

    Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria (Drive: 18 km + Trek: 13 km)

    After breakfast, we drive to Govindghat at the confluence of the Laxman Ganga & the Alaknanda rivers. After an early lunch, we start the gradual uphill trek to reach Ghangaria through dense vegetation. Ghangaria also known as Govind Dham is a base camp for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Evening arrive at Ghangaria and check into the hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in hotel.

  • Day 5:

    Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (Trek: 12 km)

    Today after breakfast, we set out on for the trek with picnic lunch to the Valley of Flowers (3650-3965 m). The valley boasts of more than 300 species of rare wild flowers including the blue poppies, pink geraniums, blue and yellow pansies to name a few. Evening return back to base. Overnight in hotel.

  • Day 6:

    Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (Trek: 12 km)

    Today after breakfast, we set out on for the trek with picnic lunch to Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib. One of the most holy Sikh shrines, Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh temple near the lake, Hemkund, a beautiful bluish green lake flanked by snow covered peaks. The 6-km trek to Hemkund is a steep climb along the Laxman Ganga river, which emanates from Hemkund. Evening return back to base. Overnight in hotel.

  • Day 7:

    Ghangaria – Govindghat – Rudraprayag (Trek + Drive: 148 km)

    Morning after an early breakfast, start the return trek to Govindghat. Upon arrival, meet with the waiting vehicle and drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath. Evening arrive at Rudraprayag and check in at the hill resort. O/n at the Resort.

  • Day 8:

    Rudraprayag – Haridwar or Dehradun (Return drive 135 km/ 5 hrs)

    Morning after an early breakfast, drive back to Snow Leopard Adventures Camp for lunch. Post lunch, return to Delhi.


What To Carry?

  • Torch
  • Shoes (2 pairs)
  • Lockable duffel bag
  • Daypack
  • Track pants & T-shirts
  • Personal medical kit and toiletries
  • Warm clothes for evenings, early mornings
  • Sun shade/ cap
  • Sun block lotion
  • Retainers for prescription glasses/ sun glasses
  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear (raincoat/ poncho)
  • Camera
  • Musical instrument/ reading/ writing material
  • Your Spirit of Adventure and sense of humour!

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