Valley of Flowers :
The valley of flowers changes its colors almost every day as it blooms with hundreds of different flowers, taking on various shades as time progresses. The valley was declared a National Park in 1982 and now is a World Heritage Site. It was believed by the locals that the valley of flowers was inhabited by fairies.
The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the brahmakamal, the blue poppy and the cobra lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and trekkers.
The Discovery of Valley of Flowers:
Valley of flowers was discovered in the year 1931, when Frank S. Smythe, a British mountaineer along with six other British mountaineers lost their way while descending from Mount Kamet, at 25,447 feet, situated in Garhwal Himalayas. Below 16,000 feet there was heavy rainfall and dense mist surrounded the mountain side. They paused, uncertain to the route. Suddenly R. L. Holdsworth, a botanist as well as a climbing member of the expedition exclaimed “Look”, Frank S. Smythe followed the direction ofhis outstretched hand. At first he could see nothing but rocks, then suddenly his wandering gaze was arrested by a little splash ofblue, and beyond it were other splashes of blue, a blue so intense it seemed to light the hillside. You can see such bluish shade ofValley of Flowers even today especially in July month.
Day 01: 16th July 17
Haridwar - Govindghat via Joshimath (9-10 hrs):-
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat via Joshimath and Devprayag. On the way, visit Devprayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Govindghat by the evening and check into the hotel. Get a sound sleep for tomorrow's trek to Ghangharia. (Stay Included)
Day 02: 17th July 17
Govindghat - Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs):-
After an early breakfast, we start our trek. From Govindghat, there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into Camp. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Guest House.
Day 03: 18th July 17
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 at the Guest House / Hotel.
Day 04: 19th July 17
Ghangaria - Govind Ghat – Joshimath (26 kms. / 1 hrs):-
After breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 05: 20th July 17
Joshimath / Govindghat to Haridwar (9-10 hours):-
We drive from Govindghat or Joshimath to Haridwar and reach Haridwar by late evening around 06 pm. and end of a memorable journey
Identity Proof. (must)
Hat / Cap, Woolen cap / Balaclava
Pair of Woolen Gloves
T-shirts, Fleece Sweatshirt / Sweater
Windproof Jacket 01 nos.
Leggings from a Track-suit, shorts,
Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
Cotton Socks, Woolen Socks, Extra shoe laces
Raincoat / Poncho 01 nos.
Full Body Towel 01 nos.
Torch with spare batteries
Sunscreen lotion, min 30 SPF, Toiletries
Medicines as specified by doctor
Camera, Cam charger, Mobile Charger..
It is very important that you line the inside of your bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry!
04 Nights Accommodation in Govindghat (Hotel Bhagat or similar) / Ghangharia (Hotel Devlok or similar)
Service of Experience and Qualified Trek Leader.
Meals while on Trek (Veg.) Cooked in Hygienic Environment.
First Aid Medical Kit with the Team.
Permit / Forest Permits.
Meals at Govindghat/ Joshimath.
Meals at Govindghat/ Joshimath
Any kind of personal expense.
Portage to carry Personal Luggage.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.