VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

VALLEY OF FLOWERS TREK

Duration: 06 days

Activity Level: Moderate

Season: Jul – Oct

Region: Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Altitude: 14,400 ft

10,500.00

Description

SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: DEHRADUN – JOSHIMATH (DRIVE 7 – 8 HRS)

DAY 02: JOSHIMATH – GOVINDGHAT – GHANGHARIA (DRIVE 1 HR, TREK 5 – 6HRS)

DAY 03: GHANGHARIA – VALLEY OF FLOWERS – GHANGHARIA (TREK 5 – 6 HRS)

DAY 04: GHANGHARIA – HEMKUND SAHIB – GHANGHARIA (TREK 5 – 6 HRS)

DAY 05: GHANGHARIA – GOVINDGHAT – BADRINATH AND MANA VILLAGE (TREK 3 – 4 HRS, DRIVE 1 – 2HRS) – JOSHIMATH

DAY 06: JOSHIMATH – DEHRADUN (DRIVE 7 – 8 HRS)

DESCRIPTION

Valley of Flowers trek is a monsoon trek that must be done every trekker who wants to trek in Indian Himalayas. It is located high in the valley of Himalayas in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand and very popular in the trekking community. Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO world heritage site and declared a national park in 1982 in the Himalayas. The most beautiful flower of Himalayas, blue Primula can be seen in the Valley of Flowers. The best season to trek this beautiful valley is from mid July to mid August and it is best for all nature lovers, avid botanists and every trekker. You can take route via Haridwar to Govindghat on Badrinath road, which is small place after 10 hrs long drives from Haridwar and trek starts from Govindghat.
Valley of Flowers trek is a trek known for variety of alpine flowers in Valley, view of summits of Rataban peak, 14kms expanse of gorgeous valley and changes in colors every fortnight during season. Valley of Flowers is situated at an altitude of 3,858 meters and discovered by a British traveller Frank Smith in 1931 on a lost path when he returning from one of their trekking expeditions. Frank Smith is a mountaineer who coined name ‘Valley of Flowers’. This valley is famous for the wild flowers, breathtaking surroundings and rich biodiversity and attracts mountaineers, trekkers, botanists, naturalists and nature lovers in the season from mid July to mid August.
The Valley of Flowers provides refuge to hermits and sages to come here for yoga and meditation. It exhibits different vegetation zones due to its altitude and surrounding. There are many animal species are found here like snow leopards, red foxes, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan thar, musk deer, brown bears and monals. This trek also gives you a chance to visit the Hemkund Sahib, a highly revered Sikh gurdwara at an altitude of about 15200 feet.

Itinerary


DAY 01: DEHRADUN – JOSHIMATH (DRIVE 7 – 8 HRS)

We will start drive to Joshimath at early 6 am via devprayag, karnaprayag . We stay overnight in rest house in Joshimath.

DAY 02: JOSHIMATH – GOVINDGHAT – GHANGHARIA (DRIVE 1 HR, TREK 5 – 6HRS)

Next day, early in the morning we start drive to Govindghat and start the trek towards the Bhyundar valley through villages and forest after crossing a bridge over the river Alaknanda. There are many waterfalls and green landscape in the path all around. After 14 km trekking that takes about 4-5 hrs we will reach at Ghangharia. We stay overnight in rest house in Ghangharia.

DAY 03: GHANGHARIA – VALLEY OF FLOWERS – GHANGHARIA (TREK 5 – 6 HRS)

Day third, we will start trek with short ascent to valley. After a couple of hrs we reach the valley. There are beautiful views of alpine flowers, big mountains and network of streams all around. It have beautiful Braham Kamal flower (state flower of Uttrakhand), Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Anemone, Arisaema, Ligularia, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta and Sibbaldia etc. After 3-4 hrs spend here towards late afternoon we will retrace steps to Ghangharia. Stay in rest house in Ghangharia.

DAY 04: GHANGHARIA – HEMKUND SAHIB – GHANGHARIA (TREK 5 – 6 HRS)

Next day, we will trek from Ghangharia to Hemkund Sahib which is a highly revered Sikh gurdwara built next to a lake. We can take a dip in the cold waters of the lake and served a hot tea in the gurdwara. Stay in rest house in Ghangharia.

DAY 05: GHANGHARIA – GOVINDGHAT – BADRINATH AND MANA VILLAGE (TREK 3 – 4 HRS, DRIVE 1 – 2HRS) – JOSHIMATH

We trek back to Govindghat and drive for an hour to reach the Badrinath which is an ancient temple situated at the banks of Alaknanda with hot Sulphur water pools. After Badrinath visit, we go to Mana Village, also known as the last village of Uttarakhand, which is around 2 kms away from Badrinath. We will take a short hike of 15 minutes to reach Bheem Pul, over the origin point of Saraswati river. After that we drive back to Joshimath and stay overnight at the rest house.

DAY 06: JOSHIMATH – DEHRADUN (DRIVE 7 – 8 HRS)

Next day, early in the morning we start drive from Badrinath to Dehradun. You can take an overnight train to Delhi.

PRICE INFO

PRICE INCLUSION

  • Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house /hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
  • Outdoors Enthusiasts Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an Himalayan Experienced and certified Mountaineer as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
  • Services of a Professional Outdoors Team: A team of an Experienced High Altitude Cook, Camp Staff, Porters / Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian And Western food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
  • Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment 4 Season Northface, Vango,Blackdiamond Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Climbing ropes Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We Assure you that by Exploring in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we can provide to you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.

PRICE EXCLUSION

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun / Haridwar / Rishikesh Food and stay in Dehradun are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun/ Haridwar/ Rishikesh we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Dehradun and vice versa and Travel expenses from Dehradun /Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath And Joshimath To Dehradun /Haridwar/Rishikesh is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags (Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, orders Tea houses or Boarding house, Tips for Guides etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >40 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-40 Days: 70% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 25-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <20 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

LIST OF ESSENTIALS

  • T-shirts
  • Trekking Pants
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm Fleece
  • Thermal inner wear
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • muffler
  • Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Cap / Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Trekking pole
  • Torch

DISCLAIMER

GoclimbUp takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps,GoclimbUp LLP. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All participants would be required to sign an Disclaimer Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

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