Valley of Flowers Trek
Upcoming Fixed-departure Treks: 1-6 Aug 2018
A team of mountaineers chanced upon Bhyundar (Bhuidhar) valley in the Garhwal Himalayas on their return after scaling Mt. Kamet. Struck by the beauty of the innumerable wild flower blooms, the leader of the team, Frank Smythe, decided to call it the 'Valley of Flowers', and the moniker stuck. Now-a-days, thousands of trekkers and pilgrims visit the region during July and August to enjoy stupendous views of the valley that breaks into a riot of colours during the rainy months of the year.
The trek begins and ends at Govindghat, a busy little place, about 18 km short of Badrinath on the Rishikesh-Badrinath highway. Ghangria is the base for visiting Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.
Lokpal, a picturesque lake at the foot of seven peaks, is situated above Ghangria. It is considered holy by Hindus and Sikhs. Lord Ram's brother, Lakshman, is said to have meditated here and an ancient Lakshman temple is situated next to the lake. It is also believed that Guru Gobind Singh attained Nirvana here in his previous life. Hemkund Sahib is a Gurdwara that was constructed here in 1939 and has since become an important place of worship for Sikhs.
The trip includes visiting Hemkund Sahib and The Valley of Flowers from Ghangria.
The best time to do the trek is from mid-July to mid-August.
|Season||mid-July to mid-Aug|
|Duration||Trip Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Trek Duration: 4 days
|Max Elevation||4150 m (Hemkund Sahib)|
|Region||Chamoli dist, Garhwal, Uttarakhand|
|Costing||Adults: Rs. 22,500|
|Day 1||Rishikesh||Govindghat (1860m)||Reach Rishikesh before 7 am. At 8 am, we set off on the long, scenic 270 km drive to Govindghat. The drive should take about 9 to 10 hours.|
|Day 2||Govindghat||Ghangria (3050m)||The trail crosses Alakananda and then continues to Pulna village (4 km). From there, Buidhar village is 5 km away. The steep trail from there to Ghangria (4 km) passes through a rhododendron forest. The walk should take about 5 to 6 hours.|
|Day 3||Ghangria||Valley of Flowers - Ghangria||The 3 km trail to VOF follows the Pushpawati river. After entering a gorge, the valley widens and can be seen in its entirety from a place called Bamani Dhaur. After enjoying panoramic vistas of lofty peaks (Nilgiri, Rataban, etc) and a flower-strewn valley floor, we return to Ghangria for the night as camping is prohibited in the sanctuary. The day's walk takes about 5 hours.|
|Day 4||Ghangria||Hemkund (4150m)||The trail to Hemkund Sahib is steep in places. The picturesque lake is surrounded by rare Brahmakamal and other flowers. After visiting the lake, Gurudwara and Temple, we return to Ghangria for the night. The day's walk should take about 7 to 8 hours.|
|Day 5||Ghangria||Govindghat - Srinagar||The descent to Govindghat should take not more than 4 hours. From Govindghat we drive down to Srinagar (160 km away) to stop for the night.|
|Day 6||Srinagar||Dehradun Airport/Dehradun city||The drive from Srinagar to Dehradun should take about 4 to 5 hours. Plan to take an evening flight from Dehradun. Alternately, one can get dropped off at Dehradun and catch a train from there.|