Trek amidst a riot of colors and scents - It is rare to find a valley so full of flowers. Flowers bloom everywhere in a riot of colors – purple, yellow, white, pink… They blanket the valley in such a way that sometimes, you can’t see the valley floor at all! Yet, to see the flowers, we need to time your trek correctly. In July and August, during monsoon, is the best time to do the trek. There may be a day or two of rain on the trek but the sight of flowers in full bloom makes up for any discomfort.
Note - Pls carry only back packs for this entire travel itinerary.
Trek Itinerary :
Day 1 - Delhi – Dehradun (Flight Dep. at 0605 – Arr. at 0710 Hours)
- Dehradun – Gobindghat (Approx.- 10 Hours Drive)
Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Dehradun. Assistance on arrival and leave for Gobindghat. On arrival check in to the beautiful Ganga Homestay.
Day 2 : Gobindghat – Ghangaria (Helicopter Ride 30 min.)
Morning board the Helicopter for 30 mints ride to Ghangaria (base camp @ 3000m) and trek to Valley of Flowers. Staying at VoF isn't allowed. Return trek to Ghangariya to be done by 5 pm.
- Arrive at Ghangariya by 8:30am, check into hotel Kuber Anexxe. Keep luggage, and prepare for trek only with your day pack. Carry water & packed lunch from hotel.
- Start Valley of Flowers trek by 9 am
- Altitude: 9,843 ft to 11,483 ft and back; Time taken: 10 km, 8-10 hrs
- Difficulty level: Easy flat walk in the valley
- Night stay at Ghangaria
The trail to VoF splits in less than a kilometer and there is a gate to buy entry tickets to the valley. Walk inside and notice the small flowering plants springing up on either side. A kilometer into the gate, there is a scenic bridge across a stream gushing below. Tall rocky mountains rise before you. Notice that the well-laid-out trail has now become a small footway along the side of the valley. The stream
flows below you and there are small, hard snow patches by the side. On the trek inside Valley of Flowers, it’s most likely that you and your group will be the only ones around. This may come across as a big and welcome contrast to the previous day’s trek, where there were hundreds. The scenery has also taken a drastic turn for the better and any direction you turn to looks picture-perfect. Trek along for a couple of kilometers on the flat path and to your right, opens up the valley. Cross another rickety bridge and collect water to drink from below. The entire valley is generally a carpet of colors – green, yellow, red, blue. Mountains surround it with trees at lower levels, brown and grey soil in the middle and bright snow at the top. A bright sunny day will ensure deep blue skies completing the picture and taking it beyond your imagination. The valley is really a botanists’ dreamland! One can find flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes, sizes, colors, all growing together. Notice various types of bees and insects hovering on these strange flowers. Walk further into the valley and you will be engulfed with an amazing scent, which unfortunately cannot be captured but can only be felt. The valley stretches 5-7 km further, until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance. The stream flows all the way through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into it to experience the icy cold water.
Day 3 : Trek to Hemkunt Sahib & back
- Altitude: 9,843 ft to 14,107 ft and back; Time taken: 12 km, 8-10 hrs
- Difficulty level: Steep ascent for about 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib and steep descent all the way back.
- 2nd Night stay at Ghangaria
Start your day early. The weather can be impulsive in the afternoon and sudden cloud cover and rain can get you stranded if you do not get down on time. The thought of getting up before 5 am can be daunting but the Gurudwara makes it easy. Their day starts at 4 am with singing of bhajans. By 5 am, you hear people outside the gate of the Gurudwara chanting in chorus and the horses being readied to go up to Hemkund Sahib. Get up and grab a hot drink of chai. A poncho (light rain coat) and a trekking pole will be handy on the trek to Hemkund. Pass the deviation to Valley of flowers. Continue to trek up the steep path slowly but steadily. Spot a pretty water fall on your right falling through the rock walls on the right. Take generous breaks while climbing up the steep path. Do not sit down during these breaks. Sitting down causes your muscles to relax and getting back on track can be very difficult. An hour of stiff climbing brings you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. The lake lies just behind it. The Hemkund Sahib lake remains frozen for six months. Warm yourself in the Gurudwara and have generous helpings of hot tea and khichdi. Walk around to the other side of the Hemkund Lake. The lake exudes an aura of peace and serenity. It’s crystal clear, undisturbed and reflects mountains in it. The lake with crystal clear water , set amidst tall mountains and reflecting them and the Gurudwara is some sight to watch. Around Hemkund, the Himalayan flower, Brahma Kamal grows abundantly. This flower grows only at heights of 10000 ft to 15000 ft. Leave Hemkund by early afternoon. The walk down can be strenuous on the knees and toes. It takes 4- 5 hours to walk down the 6 kms.
Day 4 : Ghangaria – Gobindghat (Helicopter – 30 Mints Ride)
: Gobindghat – Mussorie (Approx.10 hrs drive)
Helicopter ride back to Govind Ghat and drive to Mussourie. Distance - 315 kms; 10-11 hrs (Option also to do this Heli ride previous evening post the Hemkunt trek and spend the night at Govind Ghat) Reach Mussourie by late evening. Check in to a great hotel in Mussourie.
Day 5 – Mussorie – Dehradun (Approx. 2 Hours Drive)
- Dehradun – Delhi (Flight, Dep. At 1750 – Arr.at 1850 Hours)
Morning at leisure. Later transfer to Dehradun airport to board the flight for Delhi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to your residence.
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