Duration: 6 Days | Altitude: 4632m | Grade: Easy to Moderate | Region: Uttarakhand
The virtual paradise on earth – Valley of Flowers is spread in the span of 87 sq. km in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India. Set in the backdrop of majestic Himalayas, this paradise on earth was unknown to the world until the great mountaineer Frank S Smith discovered this jewel of mother earth in 1931.
Situated in the convergent point of Himalayan range Zaskar and the Eastern Himalayas, this fairyland is protected and bounded by snow clad mountain from all around. Glittering glaciers and Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara add many folds to the beauty of this fairyland in the Himalayas and make it worth a visit among nature lovers.
This paradise on earth remains closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall and starts to bloom with the onset of the summer season. The valley welcomes monsoon rain and the entire region glistens with flowers and it seems as if Mother Nature has spread the welcome carpet to receive the God of rain.
Cascading waterfalls, small and milky streams, white peaks and glaciers and above all, meadows bloomed with the bouquet of endemic alpine flowers are all that await the eyes of the visitor to appreciate the beauty of nature when it is at its peak. Some of the flowers which bloom here are Cipro, Nepolysis, Saxifrages, Sediams, Pontitala, Geranium, Lilies, Poppy, Calendula, Daisies, Dianthus, Turmopsis, Primula, Holly, Pansy, Zinnia, Petunia, Fox, Coreopsis etc
Reach either at Dehradun, from here the journey begins. Drive alongside river Ganges along with mesmerizing views this place has to oer, enroute we will pass by the holy town of Devprayag where one can see the conuence (sangam) of Alaknanda river and Bhagirathi river which together contribute to form the holy river Ganga. Drive to Govindghat from Dehradun is around 309 km which will take about 10hrs. On arrival, check into your beautiful Guest house with river view . Overnight at the guest house.
Early morning after breakfast we will drive to Pulna. From this point the trek starts, while on the trek you will encounter dense forests, local culture, river and if chance some wild animals too, though our
team will be always there with you to cater your needs. On arrival, check in at the guest house, have lunch and wander around for local sightseeing. Ghangharia is the transit point for the trek to Valley
of Flowers and Hemkund sahib, a tourist is not allowed to pitch tent or make stay in the valley beyond this point therefore Ghangharia is the place where one need to come back every day after visiting the places. Here, we will be staying overnight.
The day you long waited for is here. After breakfast, with our lunch packed we will set the gyro towards the Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermopsis, Trollius, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Str- awberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others are a real treat to the eyes. One most important point to note here is most of these owers have medicinal value and many research works are being conducted by various agencies. The valley of ower is stretched across 30 sq.km long with Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge.
After visiting the valley and when it is time to get back we set the gyro accordingly. Back to the hotel in Ghangharia, night stay
Spirituality has its own virtue and when it is received at such divine heights it is priceless. Today after breakfast we will trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from base camp. Relatively a steep climb, you will witness the place where as per Shri Granth Sahib, 10th Guru Shri Govind Singh ji meditated in his previous life. This place is surrounded by seven peaks, famously known as Hemkund sahib. Open to devotee from 1st week of June every year. In the evening we will trek back to Ghangharia. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Today after a leisure breakfast we will move back and trek down to Pulna and later drive towards Govindghat . Stay overnight at Govindghat get a good sleep. Well done, you got what you came for
Today footprints are the only marks we shall leave in Devbhoomi, taking back memories of the dreamland to tell the fairytale to our colleague we shall make our move to Rishikesh for our onwards journey.