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Valley Of Flowers
Trek to a Unesco World Heritage Site @ 15,000 Ft

High in the Garhwal Himalayas lies the Valley of Flowers at 15,000 ft. Its inhabitants , the rarest of the rare flora like Dactylorhiza hatagirea, Picrorhiza kurrooa, Aconitum violaceum etc. and endangered fauna like the Asiatic Deer, Snow Leopard. This trek thpough is mostly about Flora and you will be lucky to sight fauna

Accomdations

Camps
Hi Altitude Nature Camp
Transit Rest House

Service Level

Standard
All Inclusive

Transportation

Shared
Private

Food

Vegetarian

Age

18 to 60 years

Difficulty

Medium

Fitness Guide

Altitude gains from 6,700 ft to 14,000 ft require you to be at your cardio best, as the air gets thinner you breathe harder. The average person takes approx 5 min to run 1 km , 25 min for 5 km - this should be a good measurement. The trek however requires a person to run 5 km in under 50 min.

Who is this tour for?

Solo Men, Solo Women, Young Age Couple, Middle Age Couple , Family with Kids, Group of Couples, Group of Singles
Tour Map

Tour Experience

The Valley of Flowers is renowned the world over drawing attention from Botanists, Naturalist and academicians from around the world. Many tales and myths revolve around this trek like ,the overwhelming smell of flowers due to which trekkers fainted - however what is true is this is a magical place with the rarest of flora and fauna dotting the valley with picture postcard vistas.

Open for participants from 08 - 60 Years

  • A UNESCO world heritage site
  • You will never see the same flowers in a season in the valley
  • The landscape setting itself is a highlight- surrounded by tall cliffs , snow clad mountains and the river Pushpavati
  • Visit Hemkund sahib at 15,000 ft if not for religious reasons , then to watch flora such as Brahmakamal which only grow above 10,000 ft
  • All Inclusive Trek
  • Small Groups
  • Price includes transport from Haridwar to Haridwar in a private 4x4

At Ecohunters especially on treks we work with local teams , practice and encourage small group Of participants or private groups. How this translates to you despite marginal increase in cost - Better infrastructure , lesser crowd , Quality ingredients in food, patient trek leaders

5N/ 6D

Departure: Fixed

You will be doing:

Trekking
Bird Watching
Photography
Village Walk
Hi-Altitude Camping
Village Stay
Local Interaction

You will be experiencing:

Nature
High Altitude
Monsoon
Treks
Pilgrimage
Responsible Tourism
Village Life
World Heritage Site

Itinerary

1 Govinghat

Welcome to Haridwar.

The drive route from Haridwar to Joshimath passes hugging the mountain side as you leave the forests and valleys of Garhwal behind you.

We will also be passing by the Panchprayag or the five holy confluences of Ganga - Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag.

  • Haridwar Railway Station
  • Joshimath
280 km None
Joshimath
Budget Hotel
Road Trip
Road Trip
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 Ghangaria

Tighten your laces and grab your backpacks. We start to trek today.

Our destination for today is Ghangaria. This will be our base for th erst of the journey. It will takes us approximately 5-6 hours to reach the single lane village perched at 9600 ft.

  • Joshimath-6150 ft
  • Govindghat-6000 ft
  • Ghangaria - 9,600 ft
22 km 10 km
Ghangaria
Budget Hotel, Transit Rest House
Road Trip, Trekking
Nature, Treks, Responsible Tourism
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

3 Hemkund Sahib

We touch new heights today.

One of the agendas on this trek is to visit Hemkund Sahib, possibly one of the highest sikh shrines in the world located at 15,197 ft. Two hours of slow walking will get you above the tree line and open up to views of the landscape.

Once you reach the Gurudwara - re energize with hot chai and Khichdi before you head back down to Ghangaria

  • Ghangaria-9,600 ft
  • Hemkunt Sahib-15,197 ft
  • Ghangaria- 9,600 ft
None 11 km
Ghangaria
Hi Altitude Nature Camp, Transit Rest House, Budget Hotel
Trekking, Glacier watching, Water-Falls, Bird Watching
Nature, High Altitude, Day Trip, Pilgrimage, Responsible Tourism
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4 Valley of flowers

Declared a national park in 1972, the valley lies in the transition zone between Zanskar and greater Himalayas. The valley is 5 km long and 2 km wide with flowers like Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower and other species of flora.

Once in the valley every sight is picture perfect. Take advantage of the leisure time , wet your feet in the icy cold water of the stream which is aso drinkable.

In contrast to the previous day trek to the Hemkund Sahib you will find there are lesser visitors here.

  • Ghangaria - 9,600 ft
  • Valley of Flowers - 11,500 ft
None 10 km
Ghangaria
Budget Hotel, Transit Rest House
Trekking, Photography
Nature, High Altitude, Treks
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inclusions

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipments.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipments.
  • Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar.

Exclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list

Advisory

  • Food served on the trek is vegetarian
  • Do not smoke cigarettes or drink on the trek, it can cause increased altitude sickness and lower lung capacity
  • Practice responsible tourism - It means don't purchase plastic water bottles , don't throw your litter where convenient
  • The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians.
  • Mobile network (BSNL) is available only up to Govindghat. Electricity charging points are available at lodges. However, you need to be mindful of the fact that here could be power cuts.
  • Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and same applicable for other
  • We need minimum 6 people to run a fix departure but for the customised trip group size doesn’t matter
  • Maintain a day as buffer for travel time owing to possible landslides or road blocks due to rains
  • Carry a valid govt. ID

This is what Packing should be:

  • Base Layer Tops and Bottoms (Heavyweight, Synthetic, Colder Travel Periods)
  • Day Pack (21L-35L)
  • Day Pack Rain Cover
  • Duffel Bag (No Wheels or Rigid Frames)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Fleece/Wool Gloves
  • Fleece/Wool Hat
  • Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Hiking Socks (Synthetic or Wool)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain-Coat/Poncho
  • Sport Sunglasses
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat
  • Water Bottles

Why Ecohunters?

Small Groups
We deliberately encourage small groups as they allow for better experiences , more interaction and exchange.
Epic journeys
Every journey listed on the site has been mined for the sheer purpose of extending the joy to you!
All Inclusive Trips
All inclusive trips ensure you soak into the experience 100% without having to bother about the nitty-gritties.
Safety First
Every journey is calibrated ensuring the safety of the traveller. We closely monitor events man-made or natural to avoid any uncertainty during your travel. Trusted local partners ensure local support.
Accomodations
From unique home stays and hotels to sleeping moored under the stars in a tranquil bay, our options will provide you with the most authentic experience possible

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