Valley Of Flowers – Hemkund Sahib Trekking

The Valley of Flowers is an extremely magnificent sight. Though it remains under the snow for most of the year, we can visit it from July to September. It is situated at an altitude of 3800 m. During this time of the year there is an array of mesmerizing colors. Trekking in Himalayas, Rishikesh The floor of the valley is embedded with colors all around. It was declared in 1982 to be a National Park. It is now a World Heritage Site. A home for the fairies, as said by the locals, this legend is popular here, among the locals. This trek is easy, anybody, physically fit can attempt it. Being in the Valley of flowers, then we can go to Hemkund which can be done in 1-2 days extra. Hemkund Sahib is name of a Sikh shrine.

Travel Services:

  •    TRANSPORT: Trek on foot and car for long distance.
  •    ACCOMMODATION: Campsites, small guesthouse.
  •    ENDURANCE LEVEL: Low to Medium.
  •    ACTIVITIES:  Trekking, Camping,  Mountain climbing,  Bird watching,  Meditation, Hiking
  •    DURATION: 6 Days
  •    MEALS: All meals
  •    COST: INR 8400 (US $ 140 ) onward (At 1 US $ = INR 60)

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Journey from Rishikesh to Govind Ghat

Early morning we proceed towards Govind Ghat at an altitude of 1900m. The hike begins here, to go to the trail leading to the Valley of flowers and Hemkund. The route divides into two, one leading to Hemkund and the other to the Valley of Flowers. It is a 8-10 hour drive. Night can be spent isn Joshimath or Govind Ghat.
DAY 2: Trek-Govind Ghat to Ghangria

We meet Alaknanda River flowing on the way. We then cross the bridge to begin the trekking. As it s a pilgrimage site route, it is paved. You will encounter many shops here, which will serve you tea and snacks, or meals. After walking for 13 km on a slight slope we go to Ghangia, . This is rather a flat surface. Ghangria is a small settlement near the Laxman Ganga River. (Altitude 3000m) Night fall in camp or guesthouse.
Day 3: Trek -Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back

We are not permitted to stay in the Valley of flowers and so we cannot accommodate sight seeing into our schedule. Next morning we pass a bridge on the river Laxman Ganga. This is about 3 km From Ghangria. We enter our names in the register, submit a nominal fee and an begin the trek to reach the valley. The atmosphere becomes peaceful again, and we are greeted with the perfumes from the forest. A few hours will soon pass in the valley, as we watch the magical scene unfold in front of our eyes. Flowers, flowers and more flowers all around meet the eye as far as we can see. There is also a small river flowing by, with plenty of little streams. After this wonderful sight, we go back to Ghangria and rest there for the night.
DAY 4: Trek-Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and return

A Sikh Gurudwara on the banks of the Hemkund Lake is next. Originating form the Laxman Ganga River, the Hemkund Lake is frozen for almost 6 months. At 4300 altitude, the trek gets rough and there are a few steep inclines. It is a little rough and quite tiring, so a few breaks are needed in between. The water of the lake is very clear and there are wonderful mountains by the side. We walk back to Ghangria, then for night stay.
Day 5: Trek-Ghangria to Govind Ghat

We now proceed back to Govind Ghat after taking breakfast. It is a 13 km long trek, but its downhill and easy, and we can walk at a nice pace and still reach there in 5-6 hours. There is the option of staying in Joshimath.
Day 6: Return Journey to Rishikesh

Now, we return to Rishikesh or any destination by car.