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» Name of trek -------- Valley Of Flowers
» Region --------------- Garhwal Himalayas
» Duration -------------- 09 days
» Sector ---------- Joshimath
» Grade ----------------- Easy - Moderate
» Best season ---------------- July & August
» Highest Altitude -------------- (4329 mts.)
 
General information :  
» Area 87.5 sq. kms.
» Year of establishment 1982
» Best season July & August
» Maximum Temp. 17 deg. Celsius
» Minimum Temp. 07 deg. Celsius
 
 
The second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve Consists of the valley Of Flowers National Park. The credit for the discovery of the Valley Of Flowers generally goes to the British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this Valley after a success full expedition of Mount kamet in 1931. Fascinated by its beauty and grandeur frank S. Smythe revisited this area in 1937 and published a book named "The Valley Of Flowers" (1938).
 
But according to Sharma (1985) it was Colone Edmund Smythe, an explorer and education officer in the Indian army had visited this valley much earlier i.e. in 1862. However, there no doubt that Frak S. Smythe's writing made this valley world famous. The Valley Of Flowers lies main valley of Alaknanda and Laxman Gnga in the Garhwal Garhwal Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttaranchal. River Pushpawati flows through this valley which has it's source in Tipra Glacier which extends upto Ghori Peak. The valley is spread over an area of 87.5 sq. kms. and is 3250 mts. to 6750 mts. above sea level.

The valley remains snow covered from November to May, but in the month of June, When snow melts, the valley blooms with colors hidden in the petals of rare species of flowers and spreads as the carpet of flowers woven by mother nature. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here in natural way. The valley remains in bloom for three months while the floral composition keeping on changing every few days.

Apart from flowering plants, wild animal and birds enhance the beauty of this natural flowing valley . The Park is surrounded by Gauri Parbat (6590 mts.) and Rataban (6126 mts.) in the east, Kuntkhal (4430 mts.) in west, Saptsring (5030 mts.) in the south and Nilgiri Parbat (6479 mts.) in the north.

To conserve the nature’s benevolent gift and to maintain the natural balance of the valley – the valley was declared a National Park in 1982.
 
 
Hemkund Lokpal Sahib :

Hemkund Sahib situated at a height of 4329 mts. Near the Valley Of Flowers, is the holy Hemkund Lokpal Sahib lake. Though the climbing is steep and tiring, it provides scenic beauty and majestic view of crystal clear lake surrounded by seven snow clad peaks of mighty Himalayas. According to holy Granth Sahib, the 10 Guru of Sikh faith, Guru Govind Singh meditated on the bank of this lake in his earlier birth. Apart from Sikh and Hindu community, people of other faiths also visit this lake.

This place is also associated with Lakshaman, younger brother of Rama. It is believed that Lakshaman meditated here and regained his health after being severely wounded by Meganath, son of the demon Ravana, during the battle. There is a Lakshaman temple, built on the bank of the lake.
 
 
 

Day

From  - To

Drive / trek (Kms.)

Description

 
           
 

01.

Delhi - Rishikesh

225 kms. drive

Check in hotel. Evening arti at Parmarth Niketan. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel/camp.

 
 

02

Rishikesh - Joshimath
(1845 mts.)

250 kms. drive

Breakfast in hotel, drive to Joshimath, lunch en route, Check in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Joshimath.

 
 

03.

Joshimath - Govindghat
(1500mts.) - Ghangaria
(3048 mts.)

22 kms. drive & 14 kms. trek

Breakfast in hotel, drive to Govindghat, and further 14 kms. trek to Ghangaria (base camp), packed lunch dinner and overnight stay at Ghangaria in Hotel

 
 

04.

Ghangaria - Valley of
flowers (3658 to 3962 mts.)

5-7 kms. trek one side

Breakfast in hotel and trek to valley with packed lunch, back to Ghangaria by evening, dinner and overnight stay at Ghangaria.

 
 

05.

Ghangaria - Hemkund
(4329 mts.)

6 kms.

After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib with packed lunch, a holy dip, visit to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, back to Ghangaria by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Ghangaria

 
 

06.

Ghangaria - Govindghat -
Badrinath

14 kms trek & 25 kms. drive

Breakfast in hotel and trek down to Govindghat with packed lunch. Reaching at Govindghat drive to Badrinath check in hotel. Evening leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Badrinath..

 
 

07.

Badrinath - Pipalkoti

80 kms. drive

Morning tea, a holi dip in taptkund ( hot water spring), morning puja in temple. Breakfast and drive to  last village Mana at China border with packed lunch.. Cottage industry of  Mana village, Bhimpul, Vyas cave etc. Back to hotel. Lunch and drive to Pipalkoti. Check in hotel.  Dinner and over night stay.

 
 

08.

Pipalkoti - Rishikesh

215 kms. drive

After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at Rishikesh.

 
 

09.

Rishikesh - Delhi

225 kms drive

Departure ( Tour Concluded)

 
 
While Visiting The Valley :
Do Not
» Camping or overnight stay.
» Destroy, Collect or remove and specimen whether live or dead.
» Carry or introduce any animal.
» Kindle fire, throw lit matches and cigarette/bidi buds.
» Throw or leave trash, litter and polyethylene bags etc.
» Take fire arms or chemicals harmful to wildlife and vegetation.
» Make it a picnic ground.
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
   
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