Valley of Flowers Trek – Valley of Flowers National Park
If you’re the one who is now going to start their journey of trekking, there’s nothing better than beginning with the Valley of Flowers trek. The place is definitely one of the exceptional natural botanical gardens in the country where most beautiful of all the Himalayan flowers can be witnessed. On one side of the trek, you can see the valley all-decked up with amazing flowers that are a treat to eyes, while on the other side there are snow-capped mountains. All in all, this picture perfect beauty is definitely something to die for. Valley of Flowers Trek is quite easy and the trek is absolutely able to show you the joys of Himalayan trekking in around 6 days. So, before I start with how you need to spend these 6 days fruitfully, on a serious note, make sure you visit during monsoon (July and August) to experience the best floral version of the valley.
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Valley of Flowers Trek
Day 1: Haridwar to Govindghat
Your trek will begin with an uphill drive from Haridwar to Govindghat via Joshimath and Devaprayag. It will be a long distance drive of around 260km and will take 10 hours, so begin your day early in the morning or by 7:00 am. Along the way, you’ll be passing Devaprayag that allows you to see the beautiful holy Sangam of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers that forms the River Ganges.
Reach Joshimath and plan a little stay over there to experience some other religious pilgrimage points or if you don’t want that, you may proceed to your destination in that period of time. As from Uttrakhand, you have so many options. Some of my friend who was going to Brahmatal trek also stop in Haridwar and then went to Kathgodam.
Day 2: Govindghat to Ghangaria
Here, you’ll indulge in a 14km long mountain trekking that will take up to 6hours to get completed. This is the actual day when you start off with the Valley of Flowers trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. After you finally reach Ghangaria, do the hotels check-in or you may also stay at the camps to feel the real trekking vibe. You can even move out to witness the nearby surroundings, have a good dinner out there and have rest because something really exciting is waiting for you.
Day 3: From Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back
Are you ready to experience the breathtaking flora and blossoms we have been talking about right from the beginning? All your efforts and trek to this whole high altitude Valley of Flowers trek is finally going to let you witness the mesmerizing sight, which is surely a treat to your eyes and soul. Make sure you have a good and healthy breakfast because you’ll be trekking to a height of 3,858m.
Take a deep breath as you’re going to be amidst nature’s one of the best creation that is home to an impressive display of thousands of flowers in full bloom. This one-way trek of just 5km will take around 3hours to reach this wild flora that remains full of birds, insects, and adorable butterflies as well. Spend good quality time over the place, take some insta-worthy pictures and then you can start your return trek to Ghangaria. I know would be hard to leave the place but go back, stay overnight at your hotel/camp and have a good dinner.
Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib
This well-defined trail is basically full of Sikh pilgrims that allow you to see the most heartening and motivating sight. Day 4 will ask you to first have your breakfast and then head towards the steep trail of Hemkund Sahib, which is one of the religious sites and it is said that this is the place where Guru Gobind Sigh have meditated in the previous life.
The place is surrounded by amazing snow-clad mountains and is definitely the ideal soothing place where you stay for hours and calm down your body and soul. Also, Ghangria has a helipad along with enough space for camping and around half-kilometer away from this helipad lies a number of hotels, restaurants, and a Gurudwara. Do not miss the tempting afternoon lunch (langar) at the Gurudwara and then begin with the return trek to Ghangaria. Stay overnight at the hotel or camp and have a good dinner.
Day 5: From Ghangaria to Govindghat
The trekking tour is slowly coming to its end. After you have the breakfast, start trekking the same route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. If you feel that you’re still not done with your vacation, you can move towards Auli in the evening.
Day 6: From Govindghat to Haridwar
So, your trip has finally come to an end. Leave from Govindghat early in the morning to reach Haridwar. I hope you’ll take back home some outstanding memories of this mind-blowing place.