This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life.
Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest.
I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting.
Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges….
The list goes on and on
Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow…
We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes.
Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh.
A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.
All the arrangements, food, logistics, and support was superb. Both our trek guides especially Mr. Narendra supported and took very good care, continuously motivating and helping throughout the journey.
This trek requires good fitness and endurance, it would have been good if we were given a heads up about the steep trails and low oxygen. Other than that I loved and enjoyed the experience. Happy with Thrillophillia team. Devashish was also very patient and helpful.
"it was incredible experience. VOF is famous for its 80 and more rare flowers species. trek was 12000 ft above from the sea level. It was not easy but when I saw the colors of flowers it inspired me to go ahead and explored more.."
"This is one of the finest treks I have ever been to. The food was too good. Love the team and how they talk is a treat to watch. Overall, it was a relaxing and mind-blowing."
Amazing trek & experience ! Have been to few other treks but this one will be right at top. So beautiful 360 degree views, along with perfect snowfall! Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath & Chandrashila makes it a complete package. One can also combine Haridwar/Rishikesh, either way of the trip.
It all starts from beautiful Sari Village. Then we reach Deoriatal camping. Its surreal site and great views around. One can easily get lost with the 360 degree views all around. Next is Chopta. Again a swanky place to stay in Swiss tents , with snow surroundings. Next day, one starts for Tungnath & Summit.
That greed to chase, reaching the top & feeling so liberated, is totally worth it. All-in-all, a must go trek.
The trek was awesome and I am out of words to explain the beauty of the trek. We all enjoyed each other's company. This trip was very well organized and managed by Thrillophilia. It was one of the most beautiful places I have been till date. The hospitality was superb with the Trek Leader and even the driver. The food and cottages were awesome and delicious.
Trekking with you guys has been an awesome experience. The scenery was beautiful and lively all throughout the trek. The campsites were good. And the best part was the team I personally thanking Narendra Ji who was our trek guide. Due to heavy snow, it was impossible to make it to the Kuari pass summit, but still, the trek leaders helped us get to the maximum possible height. We walked in 3 to 4 ft of snow. All 2 days our camping was in the snow. It was my first experience of sleeping on the ice bed. special cheers for the kitchen team did a tremendous job they served meals hot and fresh all the time and the quality of food was awesome I liked it very much. this was my first trek with your many more to come. Thank you guys
"this was one if the best experience of my life and in fact kuari pass trek prooved to be a lefe transforming trip fir me"
This was my first high altitude trek with Thrillophilia and second overall (18th Aug 2019). After reading the reviews, I had high expectations from the organizers. However, there were a few basic things that were ignored. The trek leader (I don't recollect his name) sounded like he was very experienced. However, he did not make us do any warm up or cool down before starting the trek every day. The first thing he said is that nobody should either cross him and go ahead or be left behind the other trek guide. However, this discipline was not maintained most of the times especially the day we went to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund. We had to keep looking for him. He did not manage to keep the small group of 11 together which was not the case with my previous trek organizers. They used to wait at specific intervals till the last trekker got to the point. The very first night we reached Ghangaria, I started having breathing problems due to the claustrophobic rooms at the hotel (Hotel Devlok) and had to literally run around at 2 in the night with my roommates to find the trek leader since he had not informed us the place he would be staying. We did manage to find him later after constantly requesting the hotel staff and he did a few checks and helped me calm down. There was one girl in our group who started having migraine issues midway while going to the Valley of Flowers and decided to return back alone to the hotel. However, none of the guides accompanied her back which was quite surprising for obvious safety and security reasons. Another girl slipped off from the saddle of the mule while going to Hemkund and was barely saved from falling in the valley. He didn't carry the basic first aid. Wasn't it his responsibility to check the saddle and moreover a teenager controlling 4 horses way way too much which the guide should have realized and acted upon initially.
Coming to the Hotel Devlok in Ghangaria, it was ok except that they provided Hot water only for around an hour or 45 mins in the morning and evening and it was difficult for 3 in a room to finish in that time. Also, they did not clean the room even once after requesting multiple times.
The Hotel at Govindghat was pretty good and we got the best food there. However, when we returned back from the trek, the owner was splitting us up and asking us (3 ladies) to stay in a room which had entry from outside and was at quite a distance from the common area and the rest of the folks in our group. Even after requesting the guide to arrange for rooms together, he was asking us to walk out in the rain to the far away rooms. We literally had to fight with him and get a room inside the main building. Why were the rooms not allotted properly in advance itself to avoid the issues later? The vehicle and driver that picked and dropped us from and to Rishikesh were good.
The overall trek experience was Good and we managed to see more than 5 varieties of flowers and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I expected a lot more professionalism on the management part from the Thrillophilia.