Overview

It’s an easy to moderate trek that offers a rare access to Uttarakhand Himalayas that has an expanse of valley covered with flowers. It is also considered an ideal trek for the first timers even including family and kids. One also gets a chance to visit the highest pilgrimage location of Hemkund Sahib.
The valley itself is about 2km wide and 8 km long and the best time to visit is between July to mid of September. The temperature on this trek usually stays somewhere between 5 to 20 degrees celsius. And you can expect moderate rainfall even while trekking and the valley usually has a thick cloud cover. The most difficult part of the trek is the climb to Hemkund Sahib on the last day where we cover an altitude of about 4,300 ft in a day and that can be a bit strenuous.

The valley was first discovered accidentally by a group of mountaineers in 1931 who were returning from an expedition to Mount Kamet. Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton and RL Holdsworth were a part of this team. In 1980, Valley of Flowers was declared a national park and in 2000, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve added it as the second core zone. It now comes under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme.There are about 500 varieties of flowers that are found here and some of them even have medicinal properties. Since a number of plant species are considered threatened, any kind of animal grazing is not allowed in this region. When on the trek, you’ll even get to visit the memorial grave of Joan Margaret.
The visit to Hemkund Sahib i.e. the highest religious place covered in the itinerary is difficult but rewarding and if you happen to have an extra day, you can even visit Badrinath or explore Rishikesh on your last day.

There are well marked trails and a series of steps laid out at some of the sections of the trek. Mules are available from Govindghat to Ghangaria and Hemkund Sahib but are not allowed to go inside the main valley. You must not expect luxurious stay while on the trek, there is no camping on this trek and basic lodges are provided where you can expect a bit of seepage smell. There are very high chances of rainfall during the trek days. Also, keep a buffer day in your itinerary as there can be road blocks due to the rain.

It's a must to carry a good quality rain jacket or a poncho at all the times when on the trails. Weather resistant backpack covers should be used to keep the insides of the bag dry. Waterproof trekking shoes are recommended and you should always carry several pairs of socks when on monsoon treks.


Basic information :

  • Dificulty - Moderate
  • Duration - 6 Days
  • Maximum Altitude -14,100 Ft.
  • Base Camp - Joshimath
  • Best time to visit -  July to September

    Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Rishikesh to Joshimath
  • Day 2: Drive Joshimath to Govindghat -Pulna and Trek to Ghangharia
  • Day 3: Ghangaria to Valley of Flower back to Ghangaria
  • Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib back to Ghangaria
  • Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath via Badrinath (Optional)
  • Day 6: Departure Day
  • Day 7: Buffer Day

Note: On Day 6, you’ll reach Rishikesh between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. You can book your travel any time after 7:00 pm


Cost :

  • Govindghat to Govindghat- Rs 6250
  • Haridwar to Haridwar Rs 8,250
  • Delhi to Delhi: Rs 9,600

Note : Please keep a buffer day for your retrun journey .


Dates  :

  • July: 8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30
  • August: Every Day
  • September: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
6 Nights 7 Days Every Saturday till 23rd Jan 2021 Uttarakhand
Itinerary

Day 1- Rishikesh to Joshimath
• Distance- 250 km, Altitude 1,900m/6,200ft.
• Pick up from Rishikesh bus station 06:00am / TTH office 07:00am
• Driving Time-10-11 hrs.
• Last ATM point available in Joshimath.
• Market available in Joshimath.
• Networks available all along the way.
• Guest house stay (Shared Accommodation).

Route
• Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
• Devprayag to Srinagar
• Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
• Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)

Day 2- Drive Joshimath to Govindghat -Pulna and Trek to Ghangharia

• 20 km, 40 minutes, Govindghat (2,000m/6,800ft). travel included in the cost.
• 5 km 10 minutes, Pulna. travel included in the cost.
• 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (2,290m/9,800ft).
• Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river.
• Water is available along the route.
• Packed lunch will be given.
• Mule and porter facility is available from Pulna.
• BSNL network available at Ghangaria.
• Helicopter service available from Govind ghat to Ghangaria and fro only if weather allow (Not included).
• Stay in guest house (Shared Accommodation).
Note worthy Site: Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; Ghangharia

Day 3- Ghangaria to Valley of Flower and back to Ghangaria
• Altitude- 3,500m/11,500ft.
• Distance- 4 km, each way.
• Trek Time- 7 hours.
• The Valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier.
• Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland.
• Can refill water bottles from streams on the way.
• Packed lunch will be given, no food available in the valley.
• Camping inside the valley is not allowed, can’t stay after sunset.
• Night stay in Guest house (Shared Accommodation).
Prominent flowers:- Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed, and River Anemone.

Day 4- Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria
• Altitude- 4,300m/14,100 ft.
• Distance- 5.5 km, each way.
• Trek Time- 7 hours.
• Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path.
• Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib.
• Can refill water from road side dhabas.
• Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar.
• Brahma Kamal, Himalayan blue poppy can be seen on the way to Hemkund Sahib.
• Night stay in Guest house.

Day 5- Ghangaria to Govindghat and Drive to Joshimath (Badrinath optional)
• Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
• Trek Time-5 hours
• Driving Time- 20 mins
• Packed lunch
• Guest house stay
Note- GovindGhat to Badrinath is landslide prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is in risk due to weather condition/ landslide or road blockage then we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly.

Day 6:- Joshimath to Rishikesh
• After Morning Tea/Coffee, Depart to home.
• you’ll reach Rishikesh between 5 -6:00 pm. You can book further travel any time after 7:00 pm.

Day 07: Buffer day.
• Buffer day will be used if unable to summit due to of any unforeseen circumstances.
• Opting a buffer day will be a team decision not an individual.
• Keep a buffer day in your travel plan.
• Buffer day is not included in the cost.
• If buffer day is not used in the Expedition then it can be used to explore Rishikesh/Haridwar/ Mussoorie .
• Rishikesh is known for White water Rafting capital of India, Bungee jumping, Cycling in Chilla Forest, Yoga, Ayurvedic Massage, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Parmarth aarti, Big ashrams.
• Haridwar is known for Pilgrimage, Numerous temples, Har Ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti, Jungle safari in Rajaji National Park, Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies.
• Mussoorie is known for Mall Road, Shopping, Kempty Falls, Municipal Garden, Sir George everests house.

Note:- • Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and round off.
• Keep original and copy of ID proof handy.


Inclusions:

  •  Accommodation. (Guesthouse)Joshimath on Day 1 and Day 5,Ghangharia on Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4
  •  Meals while on trek from the Day 1st Dinner to the Day 5th Dinner
  •  Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
  •  First aid: Medical kits,Stretcher, Oxygen cylinder
  •  All necessary entry fees and permits.
  •  Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
  •  Transport Rishikesh to Joshimath and return as per the Itinerary
  •  Transport Joshimath to Govindghat, Pulna & Badrinath and return as per the itinerary

Exclusions:

  • Meals during road journeys.
  • 5% Gst
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.

Things to Carry:

  • Woolen Sweater (carry 5 layers during winter trek)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Padded Jacket 
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Trekking pants (2)
  • Undergarments (4 pair) 
  • Suncap
  • Woolen Cap
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves 
  • Socks (both cotton and woolen)
  • Poncho 
  • Headlamp/torch
  • Trekking pole
  • Medical Kit.

Payment Details :

UPI ID : 7387523876@upi

Net banking :

  • Name- RAJBALA YADAV
    Bank name - HDFC BANK 
    ACC No.- 50100308491863
    IFSC code- HDFC0002501
  • Name- NITIN YADAV
    Bank name - PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK 
    ACC No.- 0530001500002688
    IFSC code- PUNB0053000

Please send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp 8850043643 for confirmation , we will then share a form for final booking procedure .


Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% amount to be paid in advance to book the trip.
  • If the booking is canceled 30 days or before the event date then 50% of the booking amount will be refunded.
  • If the booking is canceled 30 days before the event date then no refunds will be given.
  • No show = No refund.

TREKHIEVERS POLICIES :

  • Seats will be reserved only after full payment.
  • Detailed schedule of the trek will be given later to registered participants on WhatsApp group.
  • Organizers have all the right to modify or change the schedule if required.
  • Organizers hold the rights to cancel any event and refund with prior notice.
  • We strictly follow no alcohol, no drugs and no litter policy.

Contact details :

 Nitin - 7387523876 

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