The Valley of Flowers, a spectacular meadow located high in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal hills. It is presently a national park & Biosphere reserve to protect flora and fauna in there natural habitat. Its approx eleven thousand feet from sea level, Pushpavati river- a tributary of Alaknanda flowing through the valley, which is east of Badrinath is a major attraction for all nature lovers & trekkers.
These meadows is the home of some rarest and endangered flowering plants, it becomes bouquet of colorful flowers after monsoon.
Valley of flowers discovered by Frank Smythe in 1931. He discovered this exotic valley on his way back after successful expedition to Mt. Kamet. Ferns, Dwarf Iris, Dwarf larkspur, Rhododendrons, Primula, Blue poppies, Fritillaria, Asters, Potentillas, Inula Grandifloras etc are common plants found here during Monsoons.
In 1939, Miss Margaret Legge from botanical gardens of Edinburgh came here for study flora of valley of flowers, while she slipped off and was lost for ever in the garden of the gods. Her sister later visited the valley of flowers and erected a memorial on the spot where she was buried by the locals. The thoughtful memorial is still there.
During this trek you will also cover two most holy Hindu towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Rishikesh is also becoming the centre for yoga enthusiasts, while Haridwar is famous for pilgrims and devotees specially during Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh festivals held here periodically.
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered: Delhi – Haridwar – Auli – Ghanghria – Hemkund – Valley of Flowers – Joshimath – Rishikesh
Day01 : Delhi – Haridwar
Early morning transfer to railway station departure for Haridwar.
Arrival & transfer to Hotel in Haridwar, Evening witness Aarti ceremony at the River Ghats.
overnight at Hotel.
Day02 : Haridwar – Auli
After breakfast drive to Joshimath, Its a long day drive along the river Alaknanda, then transfer by ropeway to high altitude ski Resort named Auli.(3500 Mts appox) with all world class skiing facilities.
overnight at Resort.
Day03 : Auli
Day at leisure, overnight at Resort
Day04 : Auli – Ghanghria
After breakfast down to Joshimath and drive to Govindghat (1828 m), and thereon trek to Ghanghria (3048 m). overnight in Tents. ( 14 Kms trek; 6-8 hrs walking ) Ghangaria is a base camp to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Since valley of flowers is a biosphere reserve and camping is not allowed there, so Ghangaria is ideal as base camp to cover both these places.
Overnight at Ghanghria.
Day05 : Ghanghria – Hemkund
A steep climb through the mountains brings you to the holy shrine of the Sikhs- Hemkund Sahib (4329 m). The Guru Govind Singh Gurudwara at Hemkund is also a major source of attraction. According to mythology Guru Govind Singh Ji meditated here, so this place has its own importance and fame. There is also a small temple dedicated to Laxman of Ramayana fame.
Overnight at camp
Day06 : Hemkund – Ghanghria
Return to Ghanghria. ( 3-4 hrs of walking )
Overnight at Camps in Ghanghria.
Day07 : Valley of Flowers
In the morning start trek to one of the most spectacular valley in the Garhwal region -‘The Valley of Flowers'(3658 -3962 m).
This valley with its myriad variety of rare, wild, endangered flowers never fails to impress a trekker.
spend the day in the valley. Return to Ghanghria by evening. Overnight in camp. ( 4 + 4 Kms; 5-6 hrs walking)
Day08 : Ghanghria – Joshimath
Trek down to Govindghat and there on drive to Joshimath. Evening at leisure.
Joshimath is also famous pilgirimage centre and base camp to Skiing programs, valley of flowers trekkers and shri Badrinath Pilgrimages. Camp fire, dinner at night. overnight in hotel. ( 4-5 hrs walking)
Day09 : Joshimath – Rishikesh
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is a base for River rafting camps located along river Alaknanda and is also famous of Yoga centre.
overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 10 : Rishikesh
Early morning visit temples in Rishikesh, in time transfer to Haridwar railway station to catch train to New Delhi.