Valley of Flowers- A Beautiful Trek of Gharwal

Valley of Flowers is located in the Gharwal region of Uttarakhand. This valley comes under the Chamoli district. The other attraction in and around Chamoli is Hemkund Sahib that is the favoured tourist and religious spot. For both the locations base village is Ghangaria. From  Ghangaria way splits into two parts one goes to the entrance of Valley of Flowers and the other one goes to the Hemkund. These both places are serene in terms.

To start the trekking at Valley of Flowers and Hemkund first you have to reach Govindghat. The distance between Haridwar and Govindghat is 291 km. To reach Govindghat, Haridwar will be the most convenient. Haridwar is the most famous place in terms of religion and tourism. It is the gateway for Ghrawal region.

The Valley of flower comes under the core area zone of Nanda Devi BioSphere. It is the reserved area for endangered species like snow leopards, Asiatic Black Bear, Brown Bear, Musk Deer & Blue Sheep.  While visiting the Valley of Flowers you will experience some rare species of plants and flowers. The history of Valley is related to the colonial history of India. Explorer of this valley is known as Frank S Smythe. During 1931 when he and his two teammates were returning from the expedition of Mount Kamet, unfortunately, they choose the wrong path and reached the unknown valley. As they saw that the flowers of different colours were in bloom on the vast landscape they named it as Valley of Flowers. He wrote down his all experience in the shape of the book named as- “The Valley of Flowers-Myth & Reality”.   The valley is declared as the Nanda Devi National Park in 1982 and later it is recognized as a world heritage site in 2004.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Govindghat From Haridwar

  • As you arrived at Haridwar board on the bus or hire a cab to reach Govindghat.
  • Check-in at Hotel Govindghat
  • Explore the surroundings of the town.
  • Enjoy the dinner at night prepared by a local cook.
  • Overnight stay at Govindghat.

Day 2: Govindghat – Ghnagharia

  • Wake-up early in the morning and get ready as you have done the breakfast.
  • Start trekking towards Ghangharia. Distance between Govindghat and Ghangharia is 10 Kilometers.
  • Check-in at Ghangharia Hotel.
  • Ghangharia is although a small village but known for the scenic views of mountains and lush green forests nearby.
  • Overnight stay at Ghangharia.

Day 3: Ghangharia – Valley of Flowers-Ghangharia

  • Wake-up early in the morning to experience the majestic sunrise.
  • As the entry time is 8:00 AM so reach before the time to explore the valley as much as possible during the day.
  • The closing time of the valley is 5:00 PM so after whole day exploration head back to the Ghangharia before the sunset.
  • Overnight stay at the Ghangharia

Day 4: Ghangharia – Hemkund Sahib-Ghangharia

  • Get ready early in the morning and start trekking towards Hemkund Sahib.
  • The time required to reach Hemkund is 4-6 hours.
  • Reach Hemkund and if your body allows then take a dip at the high altitude lake.
  • Seek blessings at the Gurudwara.
  • After spending some quality time at this serene surrounding head-back to the Ghangharia.
  • Enjoy the evening and take night rest.

Day 5: Ghangharia – Govindghat

  • Reach Ghangharia and Check-in at the hotel.
  • Take rest and enjoy the evening.
  • Dinner and night stay at Govindghat.

Day 6: Departure

  • Wake-up early in the morning, Have breakfast and pack your all bags.
  • Board on the bus for the ongoing journey with best moments which you have spent here.

Things to Carry

  • Lip Balm
  • Body Lotion
  • Camera
  • Extra Batteries for Camera
  • BinocularsSunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Dry Fruits, Snacks & Chocolates
  • Woollen Wears
  • Woollen Gloves
  • Led Flashlights
  • Identity Proof
  • Trekking Gears
  • Permit/License
  • First Aid Kit
  • General Medicine Kit
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Small Garbage Collection Bags

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