valley of flowers

Valley of flowers is a national park and world heritage site in India and is famous for its wild flowers. It was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their mountaineering expeditions. This happened in 1931 and to this very day this valley continues to attract trekkers, naturalists, botanists, nature lovers and mountaineers.

The Pushpawati River flows through the valley and is the major source of moisture. The soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains. The valley is a riot of colors by mid-August with balsam, anemones, blue poppy, brahma kamals, primulas, asters etc occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their source of nutrition from the insects, but these can only be identified by a keen observer. For a nature lover, this valley opens brilliant vistas and panoramic views. It is an enthralling site to walk amongst a path laid out between flowers.

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  • Dehradun to Govindghat (1,920 m) drive

    Leave early at 6am and drive to Govindghat via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Joshimath/Auli. Overnight at rest-house in Joshimath/Auli.

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    Govindghat to Ghangaria (2,950 m)

    Early morning we drive to Govindghat and start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walk towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 11 kms trek to reach Ghangharia takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule to reach Ghangharia. Overnight in rest houses at Ghangharia.

  • Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (3,500 m) and back to Ghangaria

    We start the day’s trek with a short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. The prominent species are Brahma Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Primula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia. One can spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon retrace steps to Ghangharia. Overnight we stay in a rest-house at Ghangharia.

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    Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria

    Climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 - 4 hours. Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to a lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake. Hot tea will be served in the Gurudwara (Shrine) before retracing steps to Ghangharia. Overnight we stay in rest-house at Ghangharia.

  • Ghangaria to Govindghat

    Trek back to Govindghat.

  • Govindghat to Dehradun

    Early morning after breakfast we drive to Dehradun.



    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Leopard

    Birds

  • Mistle Trush
  • Blue-capped Redstart
  • Blue-fronted Redstart
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Plain Mountain Finch
  • Chaffinch
  • Grey Bushchat
  • Rock Bunting
  • Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  • Common Kestrel
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • White-throated Fantail
  • Rufous-bellied Niltava
  • Greenish Warbler
  • Dunagiri (7,066 m) (Visible prominently on our backside from Guling and then on the pass day)
  • Hathi peak (6,727 m) and Ghodi peak are visible clearly adjacent to each other
  • Barmatia (6,041 m) (Visible between Hathi peak and Dunagiri)
  • Mana peak (7,272 m) can be seen further left from Ghodi peak and not so prominently visible.
  • Nilkantha peak (6,596 m) is visible further left from Mana peak and its distinct shape can be recognised.
  • Chaukhambha massif (Chaukhamba I - 7,138 m) is visible left from Nilkantha peak and the huge crown like appearance can be identified.
  • Nanda Devi (7,816 m) can be seen occassionally during the pass day, towards the right of Dunagiri and behind Pangarchula. It is more clearly visible if one walks on the the trail towards Auli from Taali.
  • Ganga during first and last day's drive Devprayag.
  • Alaknanda during the drive from Devprayag.
  • Madnakini is visible from Rudryaprayag
  • Pindari river is visible from Karnapryang
  • Nandakini is visible from Nandaprayag
  • Dhauli Ganga meets Alaknanda at Vishnupryag
  • Pushpawati at Govindghat
  • Lakshman Ganga at Ghangaria

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.

Guide and cook fees.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast.

Guest House accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

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