VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK
The Valley is a riot of natural color and splendour in summer time. Well over a thousand varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing textures and colors paint the valley in a gorgeous display. This natural plantation surrounded by dazzling snow capped Himalayan peaks provide a spectacular panorama. Besides the valley of flowrs, the trek passes through the spiritual heart-land, along the ancient pilgrim routes, visiting famous temple towns of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath etc. the tour indeed offers a unique glimpse of centuries old history, culture and traditions right in the backdrop of breathtaking Himalayan scenery.
The beautiful valley situated at an altitude of 3300 to 3650 mts is the 'paradise' of nature lovers. Starting from about 6 kms from Bhinduar village it covers an area of about 87 square kms.The valley is exceptionally rich of the flowers wealth and has the largest collection of wild flowers species. The river Pushwati flows through the verdant valley.
The valley blooms with exotic. Flower from June, July till September. There are about 520 species of flowering plants and the area was declared as a National Park in 1982. The animal like Himalayan black beers, musk deers, brown beers, Bharal and rich variety of birds and butter flies are found in this national Park.
The high altitude Lokpal 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. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake.
Day 01 : Rishikesh to Joshimath Drive 8-9 Hours:
Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath (1890 Mt ) which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. The entire drive is along the Alaknanda river. Lunch enroute, Evening arrive at Joshimath and check into the hotel for meals and overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath to Govindghat to Ghangariya Trek 5-6 HOurs:
After breakfast one hour drive to Govindghat (1828 mt ). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria(3049 mt ) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.Arrive and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 03: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria Trek 6-7 Hours:
Morning after breakfast start trek to Valley of flowers. The frist part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadow. Arrive and explore the area. After encounter rare flowers Brahmkamal , Blue poppy, Potentilla, and hundreds of others, Latter back to camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 04: Ghangaria to Hemkund Lake to Ghangaria Trek 6-7 Hours:
Morning after breakfast we trek to Hemkund, One of the finest high altitude lake in the Himalayas, and pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindu as well. The entire trek today is uphill till we reach Hemkund. Explore the area and trace your steps back to the base camp. Meals and over night camp.
Day 05: Ghangaria to Govindghat to Joshimath Trek 4-5 Hours:
Morning after breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat. Lunch enroute. Arrive and commence drive to Joshimath. Evening visit the market. Meals and over night hotel.
Day 06: Joshimath to Rishieksh Drive 8-9 Hours:
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh, lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh. Trip End.