Valley of Flowers

In 1931, British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt.Kamet and found a valley full of flowers. They were attracted to the beauty of the area and named it the “Valley of Flowers”. Frank Smythe later authored a book of the same name. (Ref: Wikipedia)

himalayan Blue poppy in valley of flowers

The valley is home to many varieties of wild flowers such as Orchids, Bistorta, Cyananthus, Erigeron, Lilies, Poppy, Geranium, Zinnia, Petunia and Marigold. It is also home to rich fauna including many varieties of butterflies and some endangered mammals. There are several natural streams in the valley that keep it well nourished and add to its beauty.

It is a nature fed valley that is covered in snow during winter. The snow starts to melt on the onset of Summer in April. The flower plants start to germinate, irrigated by the melting snow and natural streams. By June, the white snow gives way to a riot of colours as the flowers are in full bloom. This is also the best time to trek to the valley of flowers.

The Valley of flowers was declared a national park in 1982. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Valley of Flowers Trek

The valley of flowers trek starts from Govindghat. It’s a small place with a few hotels and a Gurudwara. It is also the starting point for Sri Hemkunt Sahib trek.

You can reach Govindghat by road from Haridwar via Rudraprayag. The journey takes about 10 hours. From Govindghat, you trek 14 kms to Ghangaria. You spend the night in Ghangaria and trek to the valley of flowers next morning. The trek is steep and difficult but also one of the most beautiful in the world. Spend the day enjoying the valley and return to Ghangaria to spend the night. The next morning, you trek back to Govindghat. If you want, you can also trek to Sri Hemkunt Sahib from Ghangaria.

India is known to offer spectacular and alluring trekking routes with its extensive gamut of mountains. In India, trek to valley of flowers is one of the most popular option for adventure sports lovers. At Shubh Yatra Travels, we arrange customized trekking packages to Valley of Valley of flowers and Sri Hemkunt Sahib. Please fill up the form on the right to get your customized itinerary.

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Sri Hemkunt Sahib and Valley of Flowers Package Overview

Duration – 5 Nights

Route – Joshimath (1)→ Ghangria (3)→Rudraprayag(1)

PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit Deoprayag “the confluence of River Bhagirathi and Alakhnanda” that forms the Holy river Ganga

  • Visit Rudraprayag “the confluence of River Alakhnanda and Mandakini”

  • Visit Karanprayag “ the confluence of River Alakhnanda and River Pindari”

  • Visit Nandprayag “ the confluence of River Alakhnanda and Nandakini”

  • Visit Vishnuprayag “ the confluence of River Alakhnanda and Dhauli Ganga”

  • Visit Shri Shankracharya Math and Narsingh Temple in Joshimath

  • Visit Gurdwara Sri Guru Gobind Sin ji Gobindghatt

  • Visit Valley of flowers

  • Visit Sri Hemkund Sahib

  • Visit Laxmn Temple at Hemkund Sahaib

Duration: 05 Night/ 06 days

Day 01: Haridwar-Joshimath: Arrive at Haridwar, pickup and drive 280 kms to Joshimath. On the way visit Deoprayag “ the confluence of river Bhagrithi & Alakhnanda” that forms the holy river Ganges. After visiting the confluence proceed to Joshimath via Rudraprayag, Karanprayag, Nandprayag. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Joshimath-Govindghatt-Ghangria: Drive 20 kms to Govindghatt and start your trek 14 kms to Ghangria. On arrival transfer to hotel. Stay overnight in Ghangria.

Day 03: Ghangria-6kms-Valley of flowers-Ghangria: Morning start your trek to Valley of flowes. This trek is hard and steep but it is complimented by beautiful views. Spend your time in the beautiful valley and later return to Ghangria. Stay overnight at Ghangria.

Day 04: Ghangria-6 kms-Hemkund Shaib-Ghangria: Morning start your 6 kms trek to Hemkund. It is devoted to Sikhs guru “ Guru Govind Singh ji”. It is situated at 4,632 meters. After darshan return back to Ghangria. Stay overnight in Ghangria.

Day 05: Ghangria-Govindghatt-Joshimath-Rudraprayag: Trace your steps back to Govindghatt and drive to Rudraprayag. Stay overnight in Rudraprayag.

Day 06: Rudraprayag-Rishikesh-Haridwar: Drive back to Rishikesh/Haridwar.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Stay at the hotels mentioned or in similar hotels

  • Transportation is as per the itinerary and not at your disposal

  • If you have opted for AC, the AC will function only in the plains and not during hill drives

  • Meals will be as per your itinerary plan.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • All sightseeing depends on the weather conditions.

  • Cable car, pony, palki, guide or other entry fees, etc… have to be paid directly to the concerned operators on the spot.

  • Service tax 3.09% will be charged extra.

  • Personal Insurance and emergency rescue charges are not included

  • Tips are not included

  • There may be extra transportation charges in case of damage to some routes/ heavy rains/ landslides, etc.

CITY

DELUXE HOTELS

STANDARD HOTELS

ECONOMY HOTELS

Joshimath

Dronagir

Dronagir

Hotel Alakhnanda

Ghangria

Luxury Camps

Kuber

Kuber

Rudraprayag

Monal Resorts

Monal Resorts

Shangrilla Resorts

Or Similar hotels

When a cancellation is made the cancellation charges will be as follows:

  • Clear 30 working days or more prior to the date of departure of the Tour or for non-payment of the balance Tour Cost within the stipulated time frame Booking Amount

  • Clear 29 to 16 working days prior to the date of departure of the Tour 25% of the tour cost.

  • Clear 15 to 08 working days prior to the date of departure of the Tour 50% of the tour cost.

  • Less than 07 clear working days prior to the date of departure of the Tour.100% of Tour Cost –

For more details please go through the cancellation policy link at the home page.