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Valley of Flowers Trek

Max Altitude

14,100 FT

Grade

Easy To Moderate

Duration

6 Days

Trekking KM.

37 KM

Suitable for:10+ years
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.

10,900 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Rishikesh to Rishikesh | included transport
  • Rs 9,500 Trek Cost & Rs 1,400 Transportation (All included in the cost)

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeOne Way Trail. The trek starts and ends at Govindghat
  • Rail HeadHaridwar/Rishikesh is the nearest rail head to the base camp
  • AirportJolly grant airport Dehradun
  • Base CampPipalkoti
  • Best Season
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
  • SnowNo snow (July to September)
  • Services fromRishikesh to Rishikesh | Included Transport
  • MealsMeals while on trek & at Hotel/Guesthouse (Veg)
  • StayHotel/Guesthouse (Two, Triple and dormitory rooms)


  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Duration - 6 Days
  • Grade - Easy To Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 14100 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 37 Kms.

It’s an easy to moderate trek that offers a rare access to Uttarakhand Himalayas that has an expanse of valley covered with flowers. It is also considered an ideal trek for the first timers even including family and kids. One also gets a chance to visit the highest pilgrimage location of Hemkund Sahib.
The valley itself is about 2km wide and 8 km long and the best time to visit is between July to mid of September. The temperature on this trek usually stays somewhere between 5 to 20 degrees celsius. And you can expect moderate rainfall even while trekking and the valley usually has a thick cloud cover. The most difficult part of the trek is the climb to Hemkund Sahib on the last day where we cover an altitude of about 4,300 ft in a day and that can be a bit strenuous.

The valley was first discovered accidentally by a group of mountaineers in 1931 who were returning from an expedition to Mount Kamet. Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton and RL Holdsworth were a part of this team. In 1980, Valley of Flowers was declared a national park and in 2000, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve added it as the second core zone. It now comes under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme.There are about 500 varieties of flowers that are found here and some of them even have medicinal properties. Since a number of plant species are considered threatened, any kind of animal grazing is not allowed in this region. When on the trek, you’ll even get to visit the memorial grave of Joan Margaret.
The visit to Hemkund Sahib i.e. the highest religious place covered in the itinerary is difficult but rewarding and if you happen to have an extra day, you can even visit Badrinath or explore Rishikesh on your last day.

There are well marked trails and a series of steps laid out at some of the sections of the trek. Mules are available from Govindghat to Ghangaria and Hemkund Sahib but are not allowed to go inside the main valley. You must not expect luxurious stay while on the trek, there is no camping on this trek and basic lodges are provided where you can expect a bit of seepage smell. There are very high chances of rainfall during the trek days. Also, keep a buffer day in your itinerary as there can be road blocks due to the rain.
Its a must to carry a good quality rain jacket or a poncho at all the times when on the trails. Weather resistant backpack covers should be used to keep the insides of the bag dry. Waterproof trekking shoes are recommended and you should always carry several pairs of socks when on monsoon treks.

Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Rishikesh to Pipalkoti

    • Distance- 200 km, Altitude 1,900m/6,200ft.
    • Pick up from Rishikesh TTH office 06:00am
    • Driving Time-9-10 hrs.
    • Last ATM point available in Pipalkoti.
    • Market available in Pipalkoti.
    • 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)

     

     

 

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.

 

The nine-hour drive to Pipalkoti 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 2 : Drive Pipalkoti to Govindghat -Pulna and Trek to Ghangharia

    • 35 km, 1 hour, Govindghat (2,050m/6,800ft). travel included in the cost.
    • 5 km 10 minutes, Pulna(2,100m/ 6,900). travel included in the cost.
    • 9 km 4 hours, Pulna to Ghangharia (3,000m/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

     

     

From Pipalkoti to Govindghat the distance is 35 km. 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 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.

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 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.

Get ready early 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 Pipalkoti (Badrinath optional)

    • Distance to Govind Ghat- 13 km
    • Trek Time-5 hours
    • Driving Time- 1 hour
    • 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 Pipalkoti directly.

After your breakfast in the morning we descend to Govindghat and then drive to Pipalkoti. 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 Pipalkoti directly.

On arrival, check into hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Day 6 : Pipalkoti 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

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.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

At first you have to reach Rishikesh, after that TTH will take care of your further travel plan.

Our Pick-up place

Trek The Himalayas Head office, Tapovan Laxmanjhula, Landmark -Nainital Bank opposite Shiv Vilas Hotel

Options to reach Rishikesh

1.  Take overnight train/bus to Rishikesh.

2.  Take overnight train/bus to Haridwar and drive to Rishikesh (35 min drive with normal traffic).

We always recommend to go for the govt. Buses over the private ones outside the bus station as based on the experience we have found that there are very high chances of delay involved with private buses. Also, govt. Buses are always more reliable. Whichever bus you choose, just make sure to reach Rishikesh at least by 05:30 am positively.

3.  Take the flight to Dehradun airport (Jolly Grant Airport) and drive to Rishikesh (20 km, 30 min), if coming by flight then come one day early.

  • TTH’s Tata Sumo, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicles will pick-up you.
  • Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek.
  • If you wish to upgrade the transport service, please contact the Trek Coordinator.
  • After morning tea move to Rishikesh (breakfast and lunch on the way)
  • Reach Rishikesh by 6:00 pm
  • Drop off point is Trek The Himalayas Office (Tapovan) Laxmanjhula 
  • Plan your further travel plan after 7:00 pm

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

1. Accommodation. (Guesthouse).
      • Pipalkoti 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 Rishikesh to Pipalkoti and return as per the Itinerary

8. Transport Pipalkoti to Govindghat, Pulna & Badrinath and return as per the itinerary

 

1. Food during the transit.

2. Any kind of personal expenses.

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.

 INR 1000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
• INR 1200/- 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.

Special Offers

Make a single payment and trek the number of times you want.

If you book a trek with Trek The Himalayas and are unable to complete the same or you have successfully completed that trek and want to do it again, you can repeat it multiple times without paying the cost of the trek.

Terms and conditions

  • This offer is a non-transferable.
  • This offer is valid for Trek The Himalayas limited fixed departures.
  • This offer is valid for 5 years from the date of booking.
  • This offer is not valid if the participant has received a cash refund or voucher at the time of cancellation.
  • Participants don’t have to pay for the trek cost but have to pay for the transport cost.

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.

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.
  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • 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.

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cove20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters1 Nos.
SunglassesDark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woolen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Easy To Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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