|Height of the Trek:||16,000 Feet|
|Vacation Style:||16-45 Years of Age|
Trek to Valley of Flowers is a vibrant trek. A burst of myriad hues greets you at every step on the trail. Valley of Flowers is a National Park situated in Nanda Devi Bio Reserve and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. It is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals. The most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. The best time to see the valley in full bloom is from mid July to mid August. The high altitude serine lake, known as Hemkund ( 4329 mts.) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters.
Certified Trek Leaders
High-quality trekking gears (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Gaiters, Crampons, Liners, Cutlery).
Experienced Staff (Guides, Cooking Staff, Helpers, Porters).
Delicious, Hygienic & Nutritious Meals on scheduled time (Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks & Dinner)
Adventure gears for team (Ice axe, walkie talkies, oximeter).
Fully equipped medial kit, oxygen and safety equipment.
All forest permits and camping charges.
Food items purchased by individuals at local canteens on the trek or during the drive. Any early return travel costs or accommodation except for the days as per the itinerary. Any expenses for medical treatment of injury or accident before, during or after the trek.
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is well connected to the major cities of India. Nanda Devi Express is the best train to travel to Rishikesh from Delhi. From Rishikesh, it takes around10 hours by cab to cover the 280 km distance to reach Joshimath. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly option then buses are your best bet to travel to Joshimath from Rishikesh. 3 Non-AC regular buses from G.M.O.U. Pvt. Ltd. ply daily from Rishikesh to Joshimath.
Rishikesh is easily accessible by road. The distance between New Delhi and Rishikesh is around 218 kilometres. The fastest way to reach Rishikesh from New Delhi is by cab and takes 3 hours 50 minutes. You can even get buses for Rishikesh from Anand Vihar ISBT, New Delhi. The buses leave at regular intervals every day and the journey takes around 6 hours. This is the cheapest option to reach Rishikesh from New Delhi. From Rishikesh, you can hire a cab or take a bus to traverse the 280 kilometres journey to reach Joshimath.
You can reach Dehradun from Delhi by flight. There are daily flights available between the two cities, with the flying time of around 55 minutes. Dehradun is also well connected by flight with other cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, and Lucknow. There are plenty of cabs/taxis available from Dehradun to Rishikesh. It takes around 1hour 45 minutes to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun by cab.
You reach Rishikesh on Day 1 and feast on a sumptuous breakfast before taking a cab to Joshimath. After travelling a distance of 290 kilometres in 10 hours you reach Joshimath. The perfect road trip from Rishikesh to Joshimath treats your mind and soul with its sheer spectacle. You will journey through beautiful valleys and hills via Rudraprayag, Devprayag, and Karnaprayag. Devprayag treats you to the emerald green confluence of the river Mandakini and Alaknanda river. There are three more river confluences between Rishikesh and Joshimath, which are smaller as compared to the confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda. .
Gorge on an early morning breakfast and take a cab to drive till Govindghat. It is the last motorable point for this trek. At a distance of 22 kilometres from Joshimath and perched at an altitude of 5,500 feet, Govindghat is a famous pilgrimage Centre for the Sikh community. It is the nearest town to the famous Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara and Hemkund lake. From Govindghat you trek 14 kilometres to reach Ghangaria which is the base camp for the Valley of Flowers. Nestled at 10,200 feet, it is the base camp for the Valley of Flowers trek. The trek traverses through a well-maintained path that can either be covered by walk or on a pony. .
Trekking Start your day early in the morning after having a hearty breakfast. A 10-kilometre trek, aka Hemkund Sahib Yatra, takes you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and Hemkund lake. Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is the world’s highest Gurudwara located at an altitude of 14,200 feet. The last 5 km trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is a steep climb. Many people prefer taking the uphill journey on a pony. Overnight stay is not allowed at Hemkund Sahib. It is advisable that you leave Hemkund Sahib by 2 p.m. so that you reach back Ghangaria before nightfall. .
You start your day early so that you get ample time to spend in the beautiful Valley of Flowers. Today’s 5-kilometre trek is not very steep and journeys through almost the same level throughout. It brings you to the most colourful valley bedecked with exotic flowers of various hues. This colourful panorama complemented with snow-clad mountains, white clouds and gliding river crossing through the valley is like a painted canvas. Being a biological reserve, ponies are not allowed to enter the valley. Spend some time in this bounty of nature before heading back to Ghangaria for an overnight stay .
On Day 5 we will trek back to Govindghat, which is a 14 Km/5 Hours trek. After reaching we drive back to Joshimath and stay overnight at local hotels/guest house. .
Drive back to Rishikesh enjoying the scenic landscape of Uttarakhand, rejoicing the idyllic views and reliving the memories of your six-day adventure in the pristine Himalayan valley. This 10-hour road trip can be your ideal affair with the Himalayas as you can make quick stops to click pictures, explore the tiny hamlets en route and feast on the sumptuous Pahadi cuisine on the roadside dhabas.