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All the arrangements, food, logistics, and support was superb. Both our trek guides especially Mr. Narendra supported and took very good care, continuo...
Thrillophilia Team(The Booking Platform) : *****(5 Stars) The Valley Of Flowers(The Destination) : *****(5 Stars) Trip date: 8th Sep 2018 So I d...
About the Destination:
Trekking in India is incomplete without a trek to the Valley of Flowers. Indulge yourself in an experience of Valley of Flowers trekking and be amazed by the dewy land that welcomes you with diverse range of vibrant flowers. The landscape is dotted with a carpet of green and offers a distant view of snow-capped mountains. Tucked away in Uttarakhand, a divine region of West Himalayas, trekking to Valley of Flowers unfolds to you around 300 types of endemic alpine flowers and a rich range of flora.
The colourful place stretches over a good 87.5 square kilometres and was declared a national park in 1982. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley needs to be seen to be believed. Frozen during the colder month; the place come alive with a burst of life when the snow melts.
This National Park is also home to 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 tour makes for an engaging trekking destination. Over the 6 days of the trek, you will be covering around 38km, the Valley of Flowers Uttaranchal - July, August 2015 Valley of flowers best time to visit is July to August.
Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat (1,874 m/ 253 kms)
This balmy morning; the very first day of the Valley of Flowers trekking, prep up with breakfast and be driven to Govindghat. Have lunch along the way and arrive at the destination by evening. Overnight will be spent at the hotel.
From GovindGhat (1,828 m / 22 kms) trek to Ghangaria (3,049 m / 14 kms Trek)
Relish in breakfast from Govindghat, that towers at 1,828 m. Begin your trekking expedition and reach Ghangaria; upon your arrival, savour on a packed lunch while enjoying the scenic views from Ghangaria. At a height of 3,049 m and also referred as Govind Dham, this place serves as the base camp for Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Overnight will be spent at the hotel.
Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund (7 kms) and back Ghangaria
Rise and shine early today to take a 7 kms trek to Hemkund Sahib. Among the most venerated Sikh Shrines, this is the World’s Highest Gurudwara at an altitude of 4,329 m.
Trek from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria
Today is an exciting one as you trek to the mesmeric Valley of Flowers. Delight in the sight of green carpets being adorned by a myriad of exotic flowers and flora. Post this, head back to Ghangria for overnight stay.
Trek from Ghangaia to Govindghat (14 kms)
This balmy day, revel in a 14 kms trek to Govindghat; today's trek will be the last ascend of the Valley of Flowers trek. Check in a hotel on arrival and stay overnight there.
Return to Haridwar
After indulging in breakfast, be driven to Haridwar. Once there, be transferred to the station to catch the train. Overnight will spent in a hotel.
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Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
Thrillophilia Team(The Booking Platform) : *****(5 Stars) The Valley Of Flowers(The Destination) : *****(5 Stars) Trip date: 8th Sep 2018 So I decided to heed "The Mountain Calling" I have had from last year by gifting myself a trek on my birthday. The main obstacle at that moment was where and how do I start zeroing in on a location and planning. With little effort as a word of mouth I came to know about Thrillophilia platform and half of the job was done in no time. It was very easy and convenient to browse through the trekking locations sorted based on different parameters, packages with detailed information, itinerary and user reviews to make up my mind and choose from. Whatever doubts I had Devashish from the Thrillophilia team was very patient and thorough in helping me through my booking. So Thank you Thrillophilia team for providing people seeking adventure a one-stop solution to book. Happy and proud to say: The Valley of Flowers - Been There Done That! Next, my experience was riding on the logistics and the operator took me by surprise as they swiftly eased me through my apprehensions(i had many being my first solo trip in many many years) right from the time they were assigned as the tour operator for my trek. I found them prompt and precise in sending welcome mail and briefing about the trek and the decorum we needed to maintain in mountains, quick and responsive in every query I had regarding the trek and preparation. I liked their approach of keeping shorter groups and making one to one connection with the whole group to be able to cater to everybody's need to the max of their capacity. A personalised call from trek leader is what I don't expect in this digital age having all the information in the mail or some form but since it was about ensuring that we followed every instruction and didn't miss on anything it felt like a special treatment. We were accompanied by Mr. Narendra Baharwan(Trek Leader) and Samiksha Khanduri (Trek Guide) from the team. I found them very professional yet friendly. After a point, it looked like it wasn't their job but their passion and that's what helped to take their services to next level. I was impressed with their regional associations and tie-ups which helped us to get an essence of the Pahadi culture throughout our trip. I found Mr. Narender as cool, calm and composed leader exactly the kind of person who can get us through challenging and panic situations in mountains. And I could almost call our guide Samiksha "The Trekkipedia" and at times I thought she knew too much (maybe I was jealous ;D). The hotel stays were comfy exactly what you need to rest and recharge yourself for another day challenge. Being a fitness freak I'm very particular about food that I eat. And I was surprised with the food we were served and especially the quality. It was very close to what I eat at home. Also, I would like to use the opportunity to thank the team for a kind and surprise gesture on my birthday improvising on the cake and a flaunting gift. One of the highlights of the trip was responsible and eco-tourism. It felt good to do our bit in maintaining the ecology of mountains. It was equally inspiring to see our host's and Pahadi people's conscious effort to preserve and conserve the nature. And not to forget mentioning meeting some very like-minded and dynamic people in the group was a life fulfilling experience and icing on the cake. And by the end of the tour, everybody appeared almost like long lost friends and it became a party for us. Trek Leader: Mr Narendra Baharwan Trek Guide: Samiksha Khanduri Pilot for the Rides: Mr. Mukesh Auli Lodge Manager: Mr. Bhuvan Ghangaria Home(accommodation) and Food minister: Mr. Shamsher Thank you operator team for your exceptional services!! :) The Valley of Flowers Trek: Being a nature lover I always feel attracted towards nature's wonders. And while browsing on Thrillophilia it didn't take me too long to select the destination as it mentions a blanket of flowers covering a valley in a few km stretches. What a sight would that be was my question to which I had to find an answer. Although there's a peak season catch to be able to see full blossom. Since I visited the valley almost end of the season I saw fewer flowers but I wouldn't say I was disappointed as the mountains standing tall and the waterfalls were mesmerising enough and we could enjoy them totally to ourself as the valley was less crowded at this time. So that's a tradeoff which a person has to decide from but it worked well for me. Sitting beside a waterfall in the lap of nature and drinking mineral right from the source was like unfolding nature's secret. So I do list the location as must visit for whoever seeking nature's blessing and adventure and it's both challenging and soul soothing.
Rated : 5.0
Thank you Thrillophilia for planning such an amazing trek. I loved the arrangements made by your team right from receiving us at Haridwar Railway station to dropping us back at the same point after 6 days of unlimited fun, adventure and memories to cherish a lifetime. Our trek guides were very professional and friendly at the same time. They were very convivial, encouraging and took good care of each member. Remember it is not easy to have a head count of more than 30 people when you are trekking for a day distance of more than 15 km two way. They ensured adherence to timelines without compromising on our photo sessions and tea times. The briefings for the following day treks were well covered and gave us a beforehand insight as to what the would be like. Also, I would like to highlight grey areas that need improvements 1. Quality of stay at Ghangaria was marginal and has a lot of scope for improvement. We were accomodated in ground floor and had no hot water facility. Early morning where day begins as early as 5 am and temp takes a dip at 5 deg, hot water is an inescapable need. Not to talk of a hot water bath, I could not manage hot water to brush my teeth and shave. Atleast 15mins of hot water twice a day is easily manageable, as everybody spends more than 12 hrs on trek each day. 2. The cleanliness and hygiene of rooms at Ghangaria was another concern that needs to be verified by Thrillophilia team on a snap check basis. As we had the longest stay at Ghangaria it becomes imperative to improve living conditions at this point. 3. Although the briefings covered almost every detail but I personally feel that the guides should also speak and share mountain climbing techniques, postures, breathing techniques, strapping essentials for trekking bags so as to avoid injuries and enable smooth trek.
Rated : 5.0
Beautiful place, amazing company and excellent hosting ;perfect blend for a satisfying holiday. A special mention and thumbs up for MR.BHUVAN and MR. SHAMSHER the trek guide who motivated and took care of us
Rated : 5.0
My spouse and I, signed up for this Trek during July 16’ 2017. This is our first trek and experience of the Himalayas. While I agree that I did get carried away by the images on the site, but apparently the valley is not always in full bloom. There are meadows with variety of flowers but if you go with the pictures in the site, you would be a bit disappointed. Instead I would recommend you carry the expectation to view green meadows as far as your eyes can see, with patches of purple, blue, red, pink flowers across and occasionally streams flowing in your pathway. Yes, you can drink water from these fresh water mountain stream! Is’nt this an amazing experience! ? ? I just loved every bit of this trek, starting from the Trek Leaders obsession to ensure we are all fit and fine, the small Ghangharia village which bustles with life only during the season of June – Oct, occasional small pitstops selling hot chai and maggi enroute the trek, the glaciers that we got a chance to see and step on, the never ending view of mountains, the beautiful flora (pics inset), the still ‘reflection’ lake atop the Hemkund Sahib, a helicopter ride (my bucket list) , Badrinath, a chance to visit the last village of the Indian Territory – Mana (wow!!), and last but not the least, have hot chai from the last teashop of the Indian Territory. I never expected to get the opportunity to see this village nor interact with the people there. Thank you so much to the Trek Organizers. Overall we did ~47 km of trek on this rugged terrain with steep ascents. We never expected that we could push ourselves so much, but Himalayan range is so magical and serene that you end up getting your strength from nature to push yourselves. I would highly recommend folks to take one chance to visit this land of the mystics! It is a life time experience!
Rated : 5.0
Why don't I just move to the mountains already? The peace we work for our whole lives, without finding it, is up there. This valley is off the hook; what meets the eyes in this valley is just so soothing and inviting and so not earthly. This is going to be one of my favourite holiday destinations of all time.
Rated : 5.0
You simply cannot imagine landing up on a place that seems like a fairly land. To my wonder, this came true on the fourth day of our Valley of Flowers trek in Uttaranchal. Loved each & every bit of the trek. There are several packages for this trek, but I would recommend the 6 days’ package. It is easy, short and equally beautiful.
Rated : 5.0
We usually relate the Himalayas with high peaks, snows, glaciers and lot of other things. But if you join this trek, you will get to discover the colourful side of this great mountain range. The valley was so filled with different colourful flowers and appeared like someone has painted them with so many colours.
Rated : 5.0
Best holiday ever. I've never, and I mean never, had a day that came close to the one I spent strolling through the valley and taking in all it's unforgettable essence, so full of life and magically calming. There's no chance I'm getting over this anytime soon.
What is the fitness level required for this trek?
Optimum level of fitness is always required for the trek
What about the trek guides and leaders accompanying the trek?
Accompanying you is a professional Trek leader who complete Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course
Do I always have to carry my own luggage?
No! In case you cannot or find it difficult to carry your own luggage, you should inform us 15 days in advance so that a porter or mule can be arranged for your convenience. However, this service comes at an additional cost (@Rs. 250 per day per bag).
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