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Valley Of Flowers trek takes you to the beautiful flowered valley which is also known as “Bhyundar Valley”. Valley Of Flowers is a world heritage site known for its seasonal blossom of more than 500 different type of flowers every monsoon season.
Valley Of Flowers was discovered by Frank Smythe and his team of mountain explorers. In 1931, Frank S. Smythe was one of the six British mountaineers who climbed Kamet Peak. On his return to the plains, he crossed the Bhyundar Pass, standing at 5,086m, “with the intention of exploring the mountainous region at the sources of the two principal tributaries of the Ganges, the Alaknanda and Gangotri rivers.” The next day, Smythe descended to “lush meadows . . . embordered amidst flowers. The Bhyundar Valley was the most beautiful valley that any of us had ever seen. We camped in it for two days and we remembered it afterwards as the Valley of Flowers” (The Valley of Flowers, Frank S. Smythe, Hodder and Stoughton, 1947).
Who can do Valley Of Flowers trek ?
Valley Of Flowers is an ideal Himalayan multi-day trek for trekkers looking for a moderate level trail. On most parts, its just an easy gradient valley walk except for some patches. On the whole, its suitable for people with average fitness level, for beginners and even kids ( 10+ years ).
Trek Itinerary :
Day 1: Reach Govindghat; 11 hours drive from Haridwar. Transport will be organised from Haridwar Railway station at 6.30 am (5.30 am for August batches). The cab costs Rs.6,500 per vehicle for an SUV and Rs 9,500 for a Tempo Traveler.
Day 2: Drive from Govind Ghat (6,300 ft) to Poolna (7,200 ft). Trek to Ghangaria (9,843 ft); 5-6 hours, 9 km + 4 km drive
Day 3: Ghangaria (9,600 ft) to Valley of Flowers (11,500 ft) and back; 6 hours, 3.7 km each way
Day 4: Ghangaria (9,600) to Hemkund Sahib (14,107 ft) and back; 8-9 hours, 6 km each way
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria (9,600 ft) to Poolna (7,200 ft). Drive to Govind Ghat (6,300 ft); 4 hours, 9 km trek + 4 km drive
Day 6: Depart from Govind Ghat. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm.
Please note: The stay on all days of this trek itinerary will be in lodges. You will not be camping in tents.
It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.
Timings are always tentative in the mountains, depend on the pace & stamina of individual trekkers