WSR VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK
Fixed Departure Dates:
*** HW: Haridwar; Trekkers need to reach by their own to Haridwar on Day 1 early morning or the previous night. Return to Haridwar on Day 8 evening by 8 pm. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and to back home from Haridwar accordingly***
The Trek Highlights:
Length: 4 days of trekking. Walking from Govindghat to Valley of Flowers and back around 50 Km. 6 days from Haridwar to Haridwar.
Highest Point: Valley of Flowers ~3600mt / 11962 ft
About Valley of Flowers Trek:
The myth of the Nandankanan, met reality in 1931, when Frank Smythe, members of 1st successful Mt. Kamet expedition, accidentally discovered the Valley of Flowers. For locals the valley served as a pastoral grazing opportunity. This 10km long and 1km wide, high altitude (3200-3600m) valley is carved by glacial action of the river Pushpawati and runs east west direction along the river. Presence of about 300 species of flowers makes this a World Heritage Site and a valuable pharmaceutical resource. The valley bursts into colours, in July-August, when the alpine floras of the area, Anemone, Balsam, Angelica, Bell Flower, Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy, Forget Me Not, Cobra Lily, and Marsh Marigold are in full bloom.
Brief Trip Itinerary:
Day 1: Approx. 290km drive from Haridwar to Govindghat , via Rishikesh, Deoprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag & Joshimath – 12 hours
Day 2: Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria, via Pulna, Jungle Chatti and ruins of Bhyundar village – 13km – 6/7 hours
Day 3: Trek about 4km along the river Pushpawati, inside the Valley of Flower National Park and back to Ghangaria – 8km - 6/8 hours
Day 4: Trek about 6km from Ghangaria to end of the valley (3600mt / 11,800ft) and back – 12km – 6/8 hours Or, on request 6km trek to Hemkund Saheb and back to Ghangaria – 12km – 7/8 hours
Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat – 13km – 6/7 hours
Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar, by 7pm.
**Arrange your train/bus tickets from Haridwar to Delhi/Other destinations on Day 6 after 9 pm**
Day 1: Today morning by 6 am we start our long journey from the plains of Haridwar toward the holy Sikh shrine of Govindghat. The road (NH 58) follows initially the valley of Ganga, and later for a major section of its main tributary Alaknanda. On route we cross Rishikesh and then the confluence at Deoprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag to reach Joshimath. From here Govindghat (~1750m/5740ft) is another 20 Km. The entire distance is 290 Km and can take around 12/13 hours. There are number of private hotels and lodges serving to the tourists and pilgrims. Gurudwara provides shelter to the pilgrims going to Hemkund Sahib. Night stay at lodge/rest house.
Day 2: We start our trek to Ghangaria in the morning. We leave the Badrinath highway (NH58) and get down to the Alaknanda Rived bed and cross the bridge at the confluence of Alaknanda and Laxman/Bhyundar Ganga river. From here onward we will enter in to the Bhyundar Ganga valley. The wide track climbs steadily as we enter through the gate of the National Park. The track is cemented or cobble stoned till Ghangaria. During the month of May and June the route is crowded due to the thousands of pilgrims. Small tea shops, Dhabas and temporary stalls offer variety of choice in every 10/15 minutes walk. We walk on the gentle inclined gradient while the river on our right (TRUE right of Laxman Ganga) to reach the first village on the route named “Pulna” at a distance of 3 Km. The houses on the river bank washed off in 2013 disaster (Flash flood started in the morning so no fatalities reported in this valley). In 2/2 and half hours we reach “Jungle Chatti” at a distance of 5 Km. From here we walk another 3 Km to reach the last village on this valley called “Bhyundar”. The ruins of this village is still visible and the people are shifted lower in the valley. The river ( with a tributary coming from Kagbhusandi Tal) has taken a course on the erstwhile village. At Bhyundar we cross the bridge on the Laxman Ganga and turn left. From here the climb is somewhat steep for nex hour and half on a ridge. The trail is moist, full of Maple, Deodar and Rhododendron trees. Drongo, Magpie, Bushchat and Thrushes are common. After climbing to the top the ridge a View Point welcomes us in the left. From this point the valley widens and the track is flat for next 15 minutes. Ghangaria helipad and the camping ground is on our left. It is another 10 minutes walk to the main street of Ghangaria (~3000m/9850ft). Total distance is 13 Km and may take 6/7 hours. Ghangaria is not a village but essentially a one street/main Bazar based settlement serving the tourists and pilgrims. There are several hotels/lodges, shops and a Gurudwara. Electricity and STD booths are available. Night stay in lodge.
Day 3: We leave early in the morning after breakfast to the much revered valley. Crossing the last stretch of Ghangaria we cross a bridge on the Laxman Ganga. The the he track bifurcates and we move on to the left. The main trail on the right goes to Hemkund Sahib. Suddenly the atmosphere changes and nature starts unfurling its treasure cove. The river Pushawati flows to our left. Side streams forming waterfalls over the sheer rocky cliff are common in monsoon. We walk for half a Km to cross the river and stay on the true right of Pushpawati. Stories are often heard that people became senseless or unconscious inside the valley, thanks to the intoxicating smell! Do not touch any flower or plant, don’t trample and always stay on the track. Pleasant smell of vegetation and fresh air enthrall every visitor. The valley starts changing its hue and turns into a fairyland. Large swath of the valley is covered in pink due to the Himalayan Balsam, or white for Anemones. Observe the tiny myriad little flowers like Gentians or Asters. The entire area seems like Eden while sheer mountain cliffs encompassing the valley. The hike is gentle and we walk slowly to get the smell of the mist and contrasting colours. Closely observe the buds, leaves and flowers with combinations of different size, shape and colour. The river Pushpawati cuts along the valley and gushing down to the bottom of the valley. Look out carefully for the many tiny to medium size of birds on the trees and flowering plants. After moving around 4 Km packed lunch is served. We trace back the same path and return to Ghangaria by early afternoon. Distance is 8 Km and time spent around 6/8 hours. Night stay in hotel.
Day 4: Today is reserved as another day exploring the valley. One day is not at all sufficient and we plan to go further upstream toward the end or head of the valley. We continue on yesterday’s track quickly to explore further up. After 6 Km or so we reach the head of the valley. Tipra glacier is close enough while towering Ratoban peak looms in. We reach an altitude of ~3600m/11800ft. Spend some time and retrace the trail till Ghangaria.
Day 5: Today we start our descent in the morning to Govindghat and reach by afternoon. May take 6/7 hours. Night stay in hotel.
Day 6: By car we drive back to Haridwar by 7 pm in the evening.
Cost & Services for Fixed Departure Treks:
Trek Cost: (INR) per person (Govindghat to Govindghat)
Cost: 7500 pp WSR members & 7800/- pp + 3.68% Service Tax
To Confirm your Seats please deposit Rs. 5000 /- in the bank details mentioned below.
ICICI Bank Account No: 363401000047
Name: Harshal Modi
IFS code: ICIC0003634
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Two nights stay at Govindghat (Day 1 & Day 5) on sharing basis and dinner.
Three nights stay at Ghangaria (Day 2, 3, 4) on sharing basis.
All meals during the trek (Day 1 dinner to Day 5 dinner). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
The trek fee.
Trekking for 4 days which will include professional Guide and support staff for carrying central logistics etc.
All the permit fees.
Transportation from Haridwar to Govindghat and back.
We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional Rs 800 for the entire duration of the trek. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
It does not include the cost of the guide if anyone is interested to visit Hemkund Saheb on Day 4.
Any tip/gratuity to supports staffs. If you are happy with the service, please tip them generously.
Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit.
Any cost which is not mentioned in the “inclusions” or personal in nature.
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How to Reach Haridwar:
Access to Govindghat (The trek base):
Pickup can be arranged on request from Haridwar to Govindghat and back. The cost will be shared equally by the team members and is approximately around Rs. 6000 side (6-8 people in Mahindra Maxx, TATA Sumo etc).
Haridwar is well connected by train from Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata. Frequent regular and Volvo bus service from Delhi Kashmiri Gate ISBT.
If a trekker wants to reach Govindghat and return by public vehicle, the options are:
1) Early morning bus services are available from Haridwar to Badrinath. These buses leave by 5 am. In the summer during Char Dham Yatra, buses are packed. It may take up to 14 hours to reach Govindghat. There are buses up to Joshimath, which takes 11/12 hours to reach Joshimath. Look for a shared Jeep service or book a car till Govindghat which is another 20 Km towards Badrinath. The state operated Bus terminus (referred as Roadways) is just opposite to the railway station. Privately operated buses start just 2 minutes walking from there.
2) From Govindghat, board the direct bus for Haridwar/Rishikesh early morning. It will take 11/12 hours. From Rishikesh, it is only 25 Km journey to Haridwar by frequent bus service.