Valley Of Flowers Trek

Valley Of Flowers Trek

Places Covered:

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Duration:

11 Nights, 12 Days
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The snow on the Himalayas add majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flowers add to its beauty. This famous spot is not very difficult to reach. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. Tourists from all over the world come here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smith first discovered this place.

In 1931, Frank Smith wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Comet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties.

The snow on the Himalayas add majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flowers add to its beauty. This famous spot is not very difficult to reach. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. Tourists from all over the world come here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smith first discovered this place.

In 1931, Frank Smith wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Comet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties.

All of a sudden he came upon a sea of flowers which totally enchanted him. He put up a tent and stayed here for many days. During these days he collected 260 different species of flowers. Some seeds he took back with him. In 1937, he came back again to this valley and stayed here for a long time. Then he wrote a book called "The Valley of Flowers". Soon after this this place became world famous. Nature lovers started visiting this valley.

Millions of different flowers adorn this valley. One also finds different kinds of insects, birds and butterflies. This valley is surrounded by high mountains on three sides and is at a height of 3500 to 6,500 mts above sea level.

In 1982, this valley was named the Republic Park. Its area was fixed at 87.5 sq. kms, Some of the flowers are saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, denthus, turmopsis, primula, dadiculatar, pontitala, geranium, cipro nepolysis, holly, pansy, zinnia, petunia, fox, caropsis dynthus etc.

Many small streams flow within this valley adding to its overall beauty. The high mountain peaks surrounding this valley stand guardian to this beautiful sight. The glaciers amongst this look very attractive.

After reading Frank Smith's book many foreign tourists came here. One of them was an English woman called Margaret Lague who came here in 1939. She was very fond of flowers. On the 4th of July, when she was trying to pick one of the rare flowers she slipped from a rock and fell into a chasm to her death. In her memory the tombstone on her grave reads as "My eyes will forever drink in the beauty of the mountains which gave me strength and inspiration". The tourists who visit this valley never fail to visit her grave and pay homage.

Day01): Delhi-Haridwar
Early morning arrival at Delhi. 0700 hrs departure by train to Haridwar. Day at leisure to explore this holy town. Visit the 'Aarti' (holy ceremony) performance at the river 'Ghat' at sunset. Overnight in Hotel.

Day02): Haridwar-Auli
A long day's drive along the Alakhnanda river valley brings you to the high altitude grassland of Auli (2500 m - 3050 m). Overnight in Tourist Hut.

Day03): Auli
Day at leisure. Valley of Flowers Trek

Day04): Auli-Ghanghria
Drive to Govindghat (1828 m), and thereon trek to Ghanghria (3048 m). Overnight in Tents. ( 14 Kms trek; 6-8 hrs walking ) you will reach Ghangharia, the base camp for treks to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Since camping and overnight stay is not allowed in the Valley of Flowers, Ghangharia is the logical base camp for the trek.

Day05): Ghanghria-Hemkund
A steep climb through picturesque landscape brings you to the holy shrine of the Sikhs- Hemkund Sahib (4329 m). The Guru Govind Singh Gurudwara at Hemkund is also a major attraction. According to the verses in Guru Govind Saheb (the holy book of the Sikhs) Guru Govind Singh meditated hare. Sikhs, Hindus and others revere Guru Govind Singh and so Hemkund has acquired international renown. The crystal clear serene waters of the holy lake encircled by 7 snow capped peaks and their associated glaciers, paint a picture hard to forget. There is also a small temple dedicated to Laxman- a hero of the epic 'Ramayana'. Camp overnight by the lake side. ( 6 Kms; 4-5 hrs walking )

Day06): Hemkund-Ghanghria
Return to Ghanghria. ( 3-4 hrs of walking )

Day07): Valley of Flowers
Trek to one of the most beautiful location in the Garhwal region -'The Valley of Flowers'(3658 -3962 m). This valley with its myriad variety of rare wild flowers never fails to impress a visitor. Spend the day in the valley. Return to Ghanghria by evening. Overnight in Tents. ( 4 + 4 Kms; 5-6 hrs walking)

Day08): Ghanghria-Auli
Trek down to Govindghat and thereon drive back to Auli. Evening at leisure. Campfire dinner at night. Overnight in Tourist Hut. ( 4-5 hrs walking) Valley of Flowers Trek

Day09): Auli
Day to relax and explore the surroundings.

Day10): Auli-Pauri
Drive down along the river upto Srinagar from where you take the diversion to Pauri. Overnight in village house.

Day11): Pauri
Day for short walks through the forests. Campfire dinner along with local drums and Bagpipe music. Overnight in village house.

Day12): Pauri-Delhi
Morning departure by road to Haridwar. Enroute stop over at Rishikesh for lunch. Explore the town before proceeding to Haridwar to board the evening train to Delhi. 2230 hrs arrival at Delhi; transfer to Airport for flight back home.

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