About Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib Trek
The charming Valley of Flowers National Park is a heavenly retreat for all the tourists and trekkers at large. It is bestowed with beautiful and exotic varieties of flowers and rare endangered species. Snuggled in the Western Himalayas of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers is situated at an altitude of 3,658 m above the sea level in the quaint Bhyundar Valley. Located in the Chamoli district, Garhwal, the Valley of Flowers covers 87 square km expanse filled with cascading waterfalls, rustling streams, lush meadows, shimmering glaciers, and colorful alpine flowers.
This scenic valley was completely unknown and untouched till Frank S Smythe, a mountaineer discovered it in the year 1931. It was previously called the Bhyundar Valley but in 1931, it was renamed Valley of Flowers by Smythe. In 1982, this Valley came to be known as a National Park and was also enlisted in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2005.
This picturesque Valley is replete with graceful snowy mountain ranges, verdant pastures, and extensive colorful, eye-catching flower carpets. The Valley of Flowers trek route boasts of untamed bushes, wildflowers, and most important herbs of medicinal significance. With the change of seasons, this varied bouquet of nature decks up with different hues and shades thereby offering different views in different seasons.
The sundown from the Valley of Flowers National Park is a treat to watch. The rolling landscapes and emerald mountain ranges turn magical at this hour. This rare Valley of Flowers houses some of the rarest flowers like Cobra Lily, Brahma Kamal, and Blue Poppy. This vibrant National Park is also home to snow leopards, musk deer, Asiatic black deer, red fox, brown bear, and flying squirrels. This spot is thronged by passionate photographers, botanists, flower-lovers who are always in search of mystical surroundings and pristine beauty.
The Valley of Flowers trek also offers you a chance to embark on the Hemkund Sahib trek.
The Hemkund Sahib trek commences from the Ghangaria village and meanders through the dense pine and oak forests, alpine meadows, and rustling streams. Visiting Hemkund Sahib is quite an experience. It entails a steep upward trek from Ghangaria. The distance between Hemkund Sahib to Valley of Flowers is 6 km. n Ghangaria, the path gets divided into two, one leads to the Valley of Flowers, and the other leads to Hemkund Sahib. From Ghangaria, a hamlet located by the side of the holy Lakshman River, the trek to Hemkund Sahib is a tough one with steep ascends. The altitude of Hemkund Sahib is 4633 m and this enchanting trek ends at the Sikh Gurudwara in Hemkund. The alluring scenery of Hemkund Sahib and the lake make this trek worthwhile.
Haridwar to Govind Ghat (2050m)
Distance: 290 Kms. Total time covered – 11-12 Hrs approx. by Trek Morning pick-up from Haridwar & transfer to Govindghat via Dev Prayag, Rudraprayag & Joshimath. Full day journey through enchanting views of nature’s architectures. On arrival, dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Govind Ghat.
Govind Ghat to Ghangharia (3000m)
Morning after breakfast, check-out from the hotel & transfer to Pulna Village, starting point for trek to Ghangharia via Govind Ghat. On arrival, start the trek of 10 Kms passing through mesmerizing scenic beauty across the white-water river called Laxman Ganga. The trek will take around 7 Hrs to reach Ghangharia (Altitude-10000 Feet). On arrival, dinner & overnight stay in Ghangharia.
Ghangharia to Valley of Flowers (3500m), back to Ghangharia
Distance to Ghangharia: 12 Kms. Total time covered – 8-9 Hrs approx. by Trek Early Morning after breakfast, proceed for world heritage site of Valley of flowers trek. Approach to the Check-point to obtain entry pass to enter in valley of flowers. After getting entry pass, cross the old bridge on Pushpawati river & start your trek to witness the unmatched beauty of the valley. The trek is full of natural flora & fauna. After trekking for 2 Kms approx. will enter the U-shape valley. Further 1 Kms of mild trek will open the gateway to a self-sustained unique world of Flowers (more than 500 species of flowers). After few hours exploring the valley return by trekking down to Ghangharia before 4 PM. Dinner & overnight stay at Ghangharia.
Ghangharia to Hemkund Sahib (4329m), back to Ghangaria
Distance to Ghangharia: 6 Kms. Total time covered – 4 Hrs trek each side Early morning trek to Hemkunt Sahib (as early as possible). The trek is although stiff but beautiful. After trekking up for approx. 4 hrs, will reach at World’s highest gurudwara named ‘Hemkunt Sahib’. Take holy dip in half frozen hemkund & take the blessing at Gurudwara & participate in Lunger. Visit Laxman Temple (One of few temples of Laxman Ji) also. Leave the place before 2 PM & trek down to Ghangharia for dinner & overnight stay.
Ghangaria to Govind Ghat
Early morning after breakfast, trek down for Govindghat (10 Kms Trek/4-5 Hrs)
Govind Ghat to Haridwar
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays two night in Govind Ghat
Cost of transportation from Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh to Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Dinner to Day 5:- Dinner)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 6)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.