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Valley of Flowers Trek

Tour Route : Haridwar Rishikesh - Joshimath - Ghangaria - Badrinath
Duration : 9 Days / 8 Nights

The Valley of Flowers is a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of about eleven thousand feet. It is the valley of the stream Pushpavati, a tributary of Alaknanda. Frank Smythe discovered \'The Valley of Flowers\' in 1931 on his way back after a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet\''

Valley of Flowers Trek Location: Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand)

Area: 87.5 sq. Kms.

Altitude: Between 3,658 m to 3,962 m

Best Season: Mid July To Mid September

Ferns, dwarf iris, dwarf larkspur, dwarf rhododendrons, primula, blue poppies, fritillaria, asters, potentillas, inula grandifloras and hundreds of other species grow wild in the valley. The Valley of Flowers is a riot of color in August/September. Well over a thousand varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids and plants in myriad hues, differing textures and colors paint the valley in a gorgeous display. The valley is a natural plantation surrounded by the dazzling snow clad Himalayas, a feast for the botanist and amateur alike.

Detailed programme:

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar Rishikesh (220/6 hrs)
Early morning drive to Rishikesh takes about 6 hrs. Rishikesh is one  of the best located pilgrimage centres along the Ganges. Arrive & check  into  the  hotel. Evening, visit the holy town and attend the evening aarti (Hindu worship) ceremony at Triveni Ghat on the Ganges. You can also visit the Lakshman Jhula Temple. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening, check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay.

Day 03: Joshimath - Govindghat (22 kms/1 hrs) - Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. Which is the starting point of the trek. From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay hotel/camp.

Day 04: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay hotel/camp.

Day 05: Hemkund - Ghanghria (5km one side)
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay hotel/camp.

Day 06: Ghangaria / Govindghat / Badrinath, Trek : 7-8 Hrs. Drive : 2 HRS
Morning after breakfast trek down Govindghat. Lunch enroute. Arrive and commence drive to Badrinath, the most important temple in north India for hindus. Evening visit the Badrinath temple for the evening Darshanas. Dinner and overnight hotel.

Day 07: Badrinath
Morning after breakfast trekdrive to Mana village, the last Indian village on Indo-tibet border. Reaming day free to Explore the area. Dinner and overnight hotel.

Day 08: Badrinath - Rishikesh : (300 KM)
Early morning drive to Haridwar with packed breakfast. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Lunch enroute. Arrive RISHIKESH by evening. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 09: Rishikesh to Delhi (220 kms)
Drive to Delhi and drop at airport.

 


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