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Jyotis Ganaka

5.0

One of the best things that the British gave us is this chanced discovery on a lost path called the Valley of Flowers. This was discovered by the British traveller Frank Smith in the early 1930s. I read his book titled Valley of Flowers. It quite created something inside me. I being a nature lover, this made me feel so nice, and I ended up taking this trek. The Valley Of Flowers Trekking is one of the most sought after and the best treks to take ever.

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Gajbaahu Prajapat

4.0

The trip starts from Haridwar and we depart to Govindghat via Joshimath and the Devaprayag. we were 4 friends together who were very excited about this trip. and it all started with a beautiful 250 kms drive. From there we rested over at the Govindghat for the night. The next day, we trekked for 14 kilometers. It was awesome. We reached Ghangaria and had a relaxed evening. The next day was tedious we trekked to Valley of Flowers and got back. While this day was awesome and amazing, it was definitely very tedious for us. That night we had a nice camp stay. It was good. The 4th day started with a trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib trekking. This was a holy spot of the Sikhs. The visit to the seven snow-capped mountains was the highlight. It was the best ever day of the trek. Fifth day was trek back to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath from there. The next day we went back to Haridwar where our trek travel ended. it was avery memorable trip for all of us. we would definately recommened this place

Overview

About the Activity:

Get swept away into a floral fairy tale world. A trek to Valley of Flowers greets with an array of colourful blossoms and charming network of streams lacing dewy meadows. The backdrop of snow kissed mountains further adds to the charm. Huddled in the celestial like West Himalaya, Uttarakhand, the trek to this destination opens up around 300 types of endemic alpine flowers and a rich range of flora.

A nature lover's paradise, Uttarakhand allures with a dramatic landscape of quaint lakes, meandering rivers, lofty mountains and rising peaks of Hilamlayas. The serene atmosphere further lends in a distinct character.

Lolling over a good 87.5 square kilometres, the area was declared a national park in 1982. Heralded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire valley comes alive when the snow melts. Over here, you will also come across endangered species as such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and also the blue sheep. At 3600 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers makes for an engaging trekking destination.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Haridwar Railway Station -Joshimath (2450m) (Drive - 280km /8-9hrs)

    Meet at Haridwar Railway Station at 7am and get transferred to Joshimath by a vehicle. Making its way along Ganga and Alaknanda rivers, the drive is an engaging one. Cross holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag. Reach the destination and relax in a beautiful lodge. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.

  • Day 2 -

    Joshimath-Govindghat (3050m) - Ghangria (Drive-1hr) (Trek - 4-5hrs)

    Today, wake up early morning for an hour drive to Govindghat, which will serve as the starting point of the moderate level trek.

    Savour the trail through forest area and villages and the sights of waterfall and verdant landscapes. After covering 14km in 4-5 hours, reach Ghangria. If you wish, you can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangaria.

  • Day 3 -

    Ghangria (3050m) - Valley of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangria (Trek -4-5hrs)

    This balmy day, look forward to a short climb to the valley, moderate gradient and fetching landscapes. It will take you around 2 hours to reach the famous Valley of Flowers. Feast your eyes on vast meadows dotted with vibrant alpine flowers, many streams and lofty mountains.

    Right at the entrancestands the snowy Ratban Parvat Peak, on the left is Nar Parvat and on the right is the dense Birch Forest. Unravel the charms of the region over a good 3-4 hours. Head back to the camp at Ghangria.

  • Day 4 -

    Option 1: Ghangaria (3050m) – Hemkund Sahib (4329m) – Ghangaria (3050m) (6-7hrs

    Ascend to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh Shrine built next to the mesmerising lake (ringed by wild flowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular) over 3-4 hours. Expect steep climbs at some places. Once there, soak in the beauty of the place as sip on the piping hot tea served at the Gurudwara (shrine). Visit Laxman Mandir next to the Gurudwara. By noon, retreat to Ghangria.

    Overnight will be spent in the campsite.

    Option 2: Ghangaria (3050m) – Valley of Flowers (3600m) – Ghangaria (3050 m) (Trek/4-5hrs)

    If you wish to keep it light today, enjoy a leisurely hike to Valley of Flowers. Enjoy clicking pictures and documenting the flower species. By noon, retreat to Ghangria.

    Overnight will be spent in the campsite.

  • Day 5 -

    Ghangria –Govindghat –Joshimath (Drive-4hrs) (Trek-3-4hrs)

    On this day, you will trek back to Govindghat. Plonked on the banks of holy Alaknanda and with Neelkanth Peak as the backdrop, this place of worship makes for a riveting destination especially for those into spirituality. In here are sulphur water pools and fresh air.

    Later in the evening, you head to the lodge in Joshimath. Take a shower and dig into a delectable meal. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.

  • Day 6 -

    Joshimath- Haridwar (280km/8-9hrs)

    Dig into breakfast and drive down Haridwar. Trip ends here.

Stay

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  • Lodges
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  • Campsites

Meal

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  • 5 Dinners
  • 7
  • 4 Lunches
  • 7
  • 5 Breakfasts
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  • Breakfast will include the following (6:30 am):
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  • Hot Milk with Corflakes, Bread Toast/Nutrela, Butter/Jam/Cheese/Peanut Butter, Upma, Tea/Coffee
  • 7
  • Packed lunch will include any of the below options (12 O’clock):
  • 7
  • Option 1: Plain Paratha (3), Aloo Zeera, Burger (1), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Petha(Sweet) + Juice (Tang 1 ltr)
  • 7
  • Option 2: Poori (5), Aloo Mutter, Veg Sandwiches (2), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper
  • 7
  • Option 3: Aloo Parantha (3), Butter + Jam Sandwiches (2), Sauce+ Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Pera (Sweet) + Juice ( Tang 1 ltr)
  • 7
  • Option 4: Piyaj+ Ajwain Parantha (3), Patta Gobi (Cabbage), Burger (1), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Balmithai ( Indian Sweet) + Juice ( Tang 1 ltr)
  • 7
  • Option 5: Bin Patee (3) made with Plain Paratha, Veg Sandwiches (3), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Sonpapri (sweet) + Juice ( Tang 1 ltr)
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  • Option 6: Veg Roll (3) made with plain Parantha, Butter Jam Sandwiches (3), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Petha (sweet) + Juice ( Tang 1 ltr)
  • 7
  • Option 7: Poori (5), Aloo Mutter, Veg Sandwiches (2), Sauce + Pickle + Salt + Pepper, Balmithai (Indian Sweet) + Juice ( Tang 1 ltr)
  • 7
  • Hi-tea will include any of the below options (3:30 pm):
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  • Option 1: Pakoda, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
  • 7
  • Option 2: Maggi, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
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  • Option 3: Aloo Boonda, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
  • 7
  • Option 4: Aloo Piyaj Pakoda, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
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  • Option 5: Bread Pakoda, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
  • 7
  • Option 6: Maggi, Tea/Coffee, Popcorn
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  • Dinner will include any of the below options (6:30 pm):
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  • Option 1: Tomato Soup, Masoor Dal, Mix Veg, Macroni, Pappad + Pickle, Rice, Roti
  • 7
  • Option 2: Veg Soup, Dal Makhni/Black Urad Dal, Aloo Beans, Pasta in Red Sauce, Pappad + Pickle, Rice
  • 7
  • Option 3: Hot and Sour Soup, Rajma, Aloo Matar, Pasta in White Sauce, Pappad + Pickle, Rice, Roti, Sewai ( Sweet)
  • 7
  • Option 4: Tomato Soup, Mix Dal, Matar Paneer, Macroni, Pappad + Pickle, Rice, Roti, Gulab Jamu8n (Tinned)
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  • Option 5: Sweet Corn Soup, Chana Dal, Aloo Matar Pulao, Pappad + Pickle, Rice, Roti, Kheer (sweet)
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  • Option 6: Veg Soup, Arhar-Maa ka Dal, Chole, Pasta in Red Sauce, Pappad + Pickle, Rice, Roti, Sewai ( Sweet)

Activity

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  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Camping

Other Inclusions

    7
  • Guide
  • 7
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee
  • 7
  • Service Tax
  • 7
  • First aid kit

Transport

    7
  • Transportation from Haridwar (start) to Haridwar (end) can be availed at an extra cost

Things To Carry

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  • Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3, Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  • 7
  • Trekking Pants that are water resistant/repellent and have inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  • 7
  • Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket), Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  • 7
  • Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
  • 7
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Woolen cap
  • 7
  • Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves
  • 7
  • Thick woolen socks & regular socks (4 – 5 pairs), Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • 7
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes, Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  • 7
  • Gaiters
  • 7
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • 7
  • Small light weight towel
  • 7
  • Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  • 7
  • Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
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  • Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
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  • Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  • 7
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • 7
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • 7
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • 7
  • Personal toiletries
  • 7
  • Book, if you like reading
  • 7
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
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  • Carry rain cover for your bags
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  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs): Rs. 600

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Jyotis Ganaka

     Rated : 5.0

    One of the best things that the British gave us is this chanced discovery on a lost path called the Valley of Flowers. This was discovered by the British traveller Frank Smith in the early 1930s. I read his book titled Valley of Flowers. It quite created something inside me. I being a nature lover, this made me feel so nice, and I ended up taking this trek. The Valley Of Flowers Trekking is one of the most sought after and the best treks to take ever.

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    Story by Gajbaahu Prajapat

     Rated : 4.0

    The trip starts from Haridwar and we depart to Govindghat via Joshimath and the Devaprayag. we were 4 friends together who were very excited about this trip. and it all started with a beautiful 250 kms drive. From there we rested over at the Govindghat for the night. The next day, we trekked for 14 kilometers. It was awesome. We reached Ghangaria and had a relaxed evening. The next day was tedious we trekked to Valley of Flowers and got back. While this day was awesome and amazing, it was definitely very tedious for us. That night we had a nice camp stay. It was good. The 4th day started with a trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib trekking. This was a holy spot of the Sikhs. The visit to the seven snow-capped mountains was the highlight. It was the best ever day of the trek. Fifth day was trek back to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath from there. The next day we went back to Haridwar where our trek travel ended. it was avery memorable trip for all of us. we would definately recommened this place

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    Story by Divjot Pillai

     Rated : 4.0

    With some amazing species all around, this trek is so worthy. There are a millions of species of wild flowers. Some of the worthy flowers were saxifrags, lilies, sediams, poppy, daisies, calendular, geranium, zinnia and petunia. The trip leader was very friendly and nice enough to explain all these to us. This valley also holds many gurgling streams that adds on to the exciting natural beauty. Another noteworthy thing about this is the rich bio diversity of this place. This place also serves as a home for several species of butterflies and insects too. It was all amazing sight to see. I had a great time.

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    Story by Kirti Achari

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking was an amazing experience. The trek was very well organized and nicely executed. I liked it totally. The visit to Auli in between our tour was a value added plus. This trek is one of its kinds.

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    Story by Sweta

     Rated : 5.0

    Valley of Flowers is in full bloom from mid August to Early September. So when I arrived Ghangharia on 18th August I was told that the valley needs at leaset two visits interspread with a visit to Hemkund. I have been there at a very early age and the vibrant colours still ring a bell in my mind. The old route was washed away by flash floods of 2013 so the army has bought up another route ( quiet steep at times ) and mended the bridges over Pushpavati River. The walk from Ghangharia to the gate of the valley is itself mesmerising. There are hundreds of different types of flowers on way which makes ones jaw drop. Such is the riot of colours in this route that you keep asking yourself what new will confront you in the valley. The walk from the valley gateway to Mary's grave opens up to a huge number of unknown flowers and orchids. My guide Sanjay Sathi religiously noted me the names of each flowers encountered. The towering Rathovan over the valley is also a treat to watch.

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    Story by Hamsini Gowda

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking was great. The inclusions in the rate were accommodation, food, trek equipment, and the services of a trek leader and safety staffs. This was pretty much a deal. We had a great time. S the meeting point was Haridwar station, we did not have to roam around a lot too. It was quite a nice experience to say the least. I wish to take more such treks in the future. The trekking trails were such a beauty to our eyes. I am so in love with this trek. Strongly recommending. The stay was also well arranged.

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    Story by Draupadi Khanna

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was awesome. My favourite was day 3. This is the day and the very reason that I loved this trek. The entire high altitude Valley Of Flowers was trekked. Starting day to beautiful nature, and then having the day filled with a wholesome breakfast was a bright start. This place is a sight that is a feast to the eyes and treat for one’s soul. what an experience. even camping at beautiful location was also a really great part. loved it completely.

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    Story by Akshaj Talwar

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking to valley of flowers is an amazing experience. You will love it no matter what. It was quite amazing and enticing too. It was like walking in dreams. I had a great time with the trip. I wish to do more such treks soon in my life. My friends also enjoyed it, but our unianimous opinion was that there was a lot of drive and very less trek.

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    Story by Jitender Sethi

     Rated : 4.0

    It was a graceful and a nice trip. I had a great and a nice time. The beauty of the towering Himalayan peaks is gigantic. I had a really great time. It was so beautiful as if the mountain is protecting the tranquil environment. the trek was also really good and challenging at the same time. one of the most beautiful place in the world

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    Story by Kali Ahluwalia

     Rated : 4.0

    The trip was definitely awesome and enjoyable.The trek leader and organizers are all super friendly and very helpful. even the food was really good. it was a very beautiful experience just beacuse of the place.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I reach the base camp?

      You will reach the base camp by foot walking and covering 14km in 4-5 hours, reach Ghangria. If you wish, you can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach.

    2. What is the best time to go?

      Valley of flowers is beautiful all year round, the best time to visit includes the months of May to September. July is peak time for spring when the snow starts to melt and new plants start to grow creating a beautiful image. By September the autumn season sets in and is the last month to visit the valley of flowers before everything is covered with snow again.

    3. Is it safe for solo female travelers to go for this trek?

      Yes, this trek is definitely safe for a woman solo travellers and you can request separate accommodation for men and women. If you face any issues the trek leader will always be at your service to help you.

    4. How cold does it really get on the trek?

      This destination boasts cool and amazing weather throughout the year especially during the summer months of June to October the temperature is pleasant at 17 degrees. Although during the winter months it can go as low as -1 degree.

    5. What clothes and equipment should I carry?

      Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.

    6. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip.

    7. Will food and water be provided during this trek?

      You will be served Indian vegetarian food and eggs during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.

    8. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, these substances are strictly prohibited.

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