Overview

Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 14,100 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 37 Kms.

Description

The most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. The best time to see the valley in full bloom is from mid-July to mid-August. To reach the valley one has to trek from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, up to Ghangaria, 12 km ahead. Few furlongs ahead of Ghangaria the trek route to the valley takes a detour towards left. The valley is about 5 km from Ghangaria. The high altitude serine lake, known as Hemkund ( 4300m/14,100ft) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow-clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now universally associated with Sikhism. On 15th April 1699, he started the new brotherhood called the Khalsa (meaning the pure, from the Persian word ‘Khales’) an inner core of the faithful, accepted by baptism (Amrit). The five K’s’ date from this period: kesh (uncut hair) kangha (comb), kirpan (dagger or short sword), Kara (steel bangle), and kachh (boxer shorts).

Brief Itinerary

Day 1- Rishikesh to Joshimath
• Distance- 250 km, Altitude 1,900m/6,200ft.
• Pick up from Rishikesh bus station 06:00am / TTH office 07:00am
• Driving Time-10-11 hrs.
• Last ATM point available in Joshimath.
• Market available in Joshimath.
• Networks available all along the way.
• Guest house stay (Shared Accommodation).

Route
• Rishikesh to Devprayag (confluence of Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river)
• Devprayag to Srinagar
• Srinagar to Rudrapryag (confluence of Mandakini river and Alaknanda river)
• Rudrapryag to Karnprayag (confluence of Pindar river and Alaknanda river)
Note: Travel to Joshimath and back is exclusive of charges, we can arrange the transportation on demand.

Day 2- Drive Joshimath to Govindghat -Pulna and Trek to Ghangharia
• 20 km, 40 minutes, Govindghat (2,000m/6,800ft). travel included in the cost.
• 5 km 10 minutes, Pulna. travel included in the cost.
• 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (2,290m/9,800ft).
• Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river.
• Water is available along the route.
• Packed lunch will be given.
• Mule and porter facility is available from Pulna.
• BSNL network available at Ghangaria.
• Helicopter service available from Govind ghat to Ghangaria and fro only if weather allow (Not included).
• Stay in guest house (Shared Accommodation).
Note worthy Site: Govinddham Gurduwara, Govindghat; Hemkund Gurduwara base, Ghangharia; Valley of Flowers Information Center; Ghangharia

Day 3- Ghangaria to Valley of Flower and back to Ghangaria
• Altitude- 3,500m/11,500ft.
• Distance- 4 km, each way.
• Trek Time- 7 hours.
• The Valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier.
• Mixed incline till the valley followed by level walk on grassland.
• Can refill water bottles from streams on the way.
• Packed lunch will be given, no food available in the valley.
• Camping inside the valley is not allowed, can’t stay after sunset.
• Night stay in Guest house (Shared Accommodation).
Prominent flowers:- Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed, and River Anemone.

Day 4- Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria
• Altitude- 4,300m/14,100 ft.
• Distance- 5.5 km, each way.
• Trek Time- 7 hours.
• Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path.
• Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib.
• Can refill water from road side dhabas.
• Hot lunch at Gurduwara langar.
• Brahma Kamal, Himalayan blue poppy can be seen on the way to Hemkund Sahib.
• Night stay in Guest house.

Day 5- Ghangaria to Govindghat and Drive to Joshimath (Badrinath optional)
• Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
• Trek Time-5 hours
• Driving Time- 20 mins
• Packed lunch
• Guest house stay
Note- GovindGhat to Badrinath is landslide prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is in risk due to weather condition/ landslide or road blockage then we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly.

Day 6:- Joshimath to Rishikesh
• After Morning Tea/Coffee, Depart to home.
• you’ll reach Rishikesh between 5 -6:00 pm. You can book further travel any time after 7:00 pm.
Note- Travel to Rishikesh is exclusive of charges, we can arrange the transportation on demand.

Day 07: Buffer day.
• Buffer day will be used if unable to summit due to of any unforeseen circumstances.
• Opting a buffer day will be a team decision not an individual.
• Keep a buffer day in your travel plan.
• Buffer day is not included in the cost.
• If buffer day is not used in the Expedition then it can be used to explore Rishikesh/Haridwar/ Mussoorie .
• Rishikesh is known for White water Rafting capital of India, Bungee jumping, Cycling in Chilla Forest, Yoga, Ayurvedic Massage, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Parmarth aarti, Big ashrams.
• Haridwar is known for Pilgrimage, Numerous temples, Har Ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti, Jungle safari in Rajaji National Park, Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies.
• Mussoorie is known for Mall Road, Shopping, Kempty Falls, Municipal Garden, Sir George everests house.

Note:- • Distance, Altitude and Trekking hours are approximate and round off.
• Keep original and copy of ID proof handy.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Rishikesh to Joshimath

You will begin your journey with us from Rishikesh. Starting the drive from Rishikesh from the appointed pickup point Rishikesh bus stand or TTH office in Tapovan, we will take the fabled Badrinath Road. Please note that travel from Rishikesh to Joshimath and return is not included in the cost.

The nine-hour drive to Joshimath will surely be long and arduous, but you are never going to run out of mesmerizing views. The great river running with us on parallel will get wilder and more fascinating as we trudge uphill. We will be passing by the 4 of the Panchprayag or the five holy confluence of Ganga—Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag. So, keep your cameras ready and remain awake for most of the journey!

Day 02: Joshimath – Ghangaria Trek

From Joshimath to Govindghat the distance is 20km. En route, you can spot the final Vishnuprayag. We will start off on the drive in the morning after breakfast and reach Govindghat by 8 am and then 4 km drive to Pulna which is the starting point, todays travel is included in the cost. It will be a 9 km uphill route along the river, Pushpawati. The entire trail will be crowded most of the time. Many snack shops selling the beverage, hot noodles, omelets with bread, paratha, and the like can be found on this trail. So, you will never go hungry. The trek will be on a clearly defined stone-paved path, conveniently built with stairs. After 5 km walk, you will arrive at Bhyundar village. This village marks an amazing viewpoint for clear Hathi Parvat sights. Enjoy the wonderful sights as much as you can, because the strainful steep ascent will commence henceforth. You will reach Gangharia before nightfall, attaining an altitude of 10, 000 feet. The stay will be at a guest-house.

Day 03: Ghangaria – Valley of Flower – Ghangaria.

The journey to Valley of Flowers is a distance of 4 km. The valley is 6-7 km long; the distance travelled in the valley depends on how the trekkers want to explore the valley. Another, factor to be considered is the stamina of the trekkers.

Right, when you start from Ghangaria in 30 minutes forest check post arrives. The check post might not be an attraction but right before check post, there is a gushing waterfall called Laxman waterfall. Another 20 minutes into the greenery and next furious attraction comes. At this point, the Pushpavati river flows furiously below a wooden bridge. It is quite a common yet a unique and mesmerizing capture. The trail is steep and stone paved like the previous day. You can find many bridges and landslide areas when you enter the valley.

The valley is thousand times stupendous than you might have imagined. It truly makes the Himalayan peaks lively and cherishing. Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed are the native flowers. These astounding colorful blossoms end after 5 km stretch at a glacier. If the weather is clear the mighty Himalayan peaks of Nilgiri Parvat, Bhyundar Khal, Rattaban, Gauri Parvat etc. in the background. Today’s journey will conclude with your coming back to Ghangaria before nightfall.

Day 04: Ghangaria – Hemkund – Ghangaria

Get readyearly in the morning to start trekking (6 Km) for “HEMKUND SAHIB”. One of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, The Hemkund Sahib, the World’s Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters. There will be porters and mules if you wish to offload your load. The trail today will be similar to previous days stone paved and continuous ascend. There will be shops on the way where you can energize yourself. Watch out for the rare flower Brahmakamal that will be spotted beside pathways.

The Gurudwara is placed magically beside the mirror like glacial lake Hemkund. During clear skies, one can witness the flawless reflections of the adjoining Saptrishi peaks. The lake is fed by melting glaciers of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. Religious Laxman temple is also found near the lake. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for an overnight stay. The evening is free for rest & relaxation.

Day 5 : Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath

After your breakfast in the morning we descend to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. From this place Badrinath is 25 km away and take 1 hrs to reach. You can visit Badrinath only if road and weather condition permits us.

Note : Govindghat to Badrinath is landslide prone area in monsoon time so if our leaders find that your safety is in risk due to weather condition/landslide or road blockage we shall skip Badrinath altogether and drive to Joshimath directly.

On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Day 06: Joshimath to Rishikesh

The ride will commence at 6 am and you will reach Rishikesh around 5 – 6 pm. Your Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges, after having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to book further travel after 7 pm. Please note that travel from Joshimath to Rishikesh is not included in the cost.

Day 07: Buffer day

Every trek plan has a buffer day. This day is used in case of unfavorable conditions when the summit was not possible as the pre-planned itinerary. Using the buffer day will be a team decision. Please note that the cost of the buffer day is not included in the trek cost. In case the team decides to use the buffer day the said cost must be paid. Make sure to already discuss the buffer costs with your team.
If everything goes as planned and buffer days are never used then you can utilize them to travel around in Rishikesh, Haridwar, Mussorie or whatever suits you. Please remember to plan your travel dates considering the buffer days.
Following are some of the activities you can do on the buffer days:

• Rishikesh is known for the White water Rafting capital of India, Bungee jumping, Cycling in Chila forest, Yoga, Ayurvedic Massage, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Parmarth aarti, Big ashrams.
• Haridwar is known for Pilgrimage, Numerous temples, Har Ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti, Jungle safari in Rajaji National Park, Ayurvedic medicines and herbal remedies.
• Mussoorie is known for Mall Road, Shopping, Kempty Falls, Municipal Garden, Sir George Everest’s house.

How to Reach

At first you have to reach Rishikesh

Options
1. Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh
2. Take overnight train/bust to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (30 min drive with normal traffic)
3. Take flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) and drive to Rishikesh (20 km, 20 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

After that go to Joshimath, If you wish, TTH can arrange your transportation to Joshimath.

Our pick-up locations are
• Rishikesh bus station (06:00 am)
• TTH Rishikesh office (Tapovan) (07:00 am)

Transport charges from Rishikesh to Joshimath
• Sumo/bolero Rs 6000/-
• Tempo Traveller Rs 9000/-
• Innova A/C Rs 9500/-
• Non A/C Rs 8000/-
The cost of the vehicle will be divided among the passengers traveling in the vehicle

If going by yourself

Options
1. Take early morning (5am-6am) bus or share taxi to Joshimath (Full day drive)
2. Book a cab for Joshimath/Govindghat

Travel from Joshimath to Govindghat is included in the cost

• Cab to Govindghat (20km, 40 minutes)
• Share taxi from Govindghat to Pulna (5km) and start your trek

Helicopter

• You can take Helicopter from Govindghat to Ghangaria, at a reasonable price.
• You can take Helicopter from Dehradun to Govindghat, agency’s charge exorbitant rates.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guesthouse, Homestay,).
• Joshimath on Day 1 and Day 5
• Ghangharia on Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4

2. Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
• from the Day 1st Dinner to the Day 5th Dinner

3. Support:
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size)
• 1 High Altitude chef
• Support staff

4. First aid:
• Medical kits
• Stretcher
• Oxygen cylinder

5. All necessary entry fees and permits.

6. Porters/mules to carry central equipment.

7. Transport Joshimath to Govindghat and return.

Exclusions :-

1. Food during the transit.

2. Any kind of personal expenses.

3. Travel Rishikesh to Joshimath and back.

3. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.

4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.

5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.

 

Add-On Services Travel Rishikesh to Joshimath and back     • Sumo/bolero Rs 6000/-
• Tempo Traveller Rs 9000/-
• Innova A/C Rs 9500/-
• Non A/C Rs 8000/-
The cost of the vehicle will be divided among the passengers traveling in the vehicle.

Backpack Offloading• INR 500/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
• INR 700/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath
• The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs.
• Backpack should have waterproof cover.
• Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

Note: Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 500/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 700/- if you inform us after reaching Joshimath
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.

To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek /Tour fee:
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must
be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com. At the time we receive your
written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to 07 days from the start of the Trek: Get a full refund (minus 5% trek cost). The money will be transferred to the same bank account from where the transaction was made.

Cancellations prior to 06 days from the start of the Trek: 100% full refund of trek cost in form of Trek The Himalayas trek voucher valid for 1 year from date of issue. This voucher is applicable for Indian treks only.

Cancellation on Start of Trek date:Get 20% refund of trek cost in form of Trek The Himalayas trek voucher valid for 1 year from date of issue. This voucher is applicable for Indian treks only.

Note: 1. Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
2. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
3. TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
4. Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

Cash Voucher Terms:

• This is a non transferable voucher
• The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
• The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
• To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
• All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
• Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. “Trek The Himalayas” reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

  • Easy Treks:
  • Moderate Treks:
  • Difficult Treks:

What is the best time to do Valley of Flower trek?.
Is there any fitnss criteria for trekking?.
I never trek before, Is it ok if I choose it as my first Himalayan trek?.
I am solo trekker, Can I join ?.
Is it suitable trek for my family. My youngest kid is 9 yrs old?.
What is your trek cost?.
Shall I need to pay for Vehicle booking between Haridwar to Joshimath and return?.
Where will you meet on pick up day?.
Should I book my travel plan after registration?.
Are we doing camping?.
Is it dormitory or Room?.
I am a solo female trekker. Do I need to share room with male?.

  Is offloading available?.How much we have to pay for offloading facility?.
  What kind of Vehicle will be there ?.
  Do Trekkers require offloading faclity for all days?.
  What fitness regime Trekkers should follow for trek preparation?.

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.