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The Valley of Flowers trek takes you through dense forests of oak, pine, shrub, fir and deodar, traversing Bugayals. There would be wide open meadows typical to the region that is high altitude summer grazing grounds and various streams. En-route, you get really spectacular views of the range of mountains, all the approach from Trishul (23,496 ft/7,120 m) to the peaks of Kedarnath (22,994 ft/6,968 m) with mountain peak (25,595 ft/7,756 m), Nilkanth (21,767 ft/6,596 m), Rishikot, Changabang (22,651 ft/6,864 m), Kedarnath and Chowkhamba (23,522 ft/7,128 m), to call some. The valley of flowers has been carefully preserved. If you stand at the foot of the valley, grassy meadows run down to the cleft of the stream, which even in august, continues to be fringed by ice. On both sides, inexperienced slopes turn to dark rock as they vault into deep blue skies. Rising gently, the valley ends as a notch on the horizon, crested by the snows of the Rataban (6,166m) and Nilgiri (6474m) peaks. Underfoot, we have a tendency to shall catch the sight of flowers that provide the valley as its name.
On your arrival at Delhi International airport, Our officials will transfer you to the hotel. In the evening,you shall board overnight train # 2205, 2355/0355 NZM DDN AC EXP to HARIDWAR
Overnight in the Train.
After your arrival at Haridwar at 03:55 am, we shall drive to GMVN Camp kaudiyala refresh and to have breakfast after an overnight train journey. Carrying your packed lunch and accompanied by your Trek/Camping Support Team, you shall drive off to Pipalkothi which is 200km i.e. 7hrs or more with convenient and frequent halts having started from the plains and climbing up to an altitude of about 6000 feet. The drive is along a long and scenic, narrow mountain road, passing through various confluences of the tributaries of the Ganges as it goes ups and down.
Overnight stay in Camp
After breakfast, we shall drive to the road ahead at Govindghat for 60kms. From there, we shall start the trek up for the next 13km to reach Ghangaria… Overnight Camp at Ghangaria
After taking healthy rest at night, you will find the refreshing mountain air invigorating and getting you all set for the final lap to The Valley of Flowers (4kms trek each way. You shall then get the first view of the riot of colors which you had been eagerly waiting to see for all these days.
Having had a good and exhilarating view, you shall return to Ghangaria, where our Support Team would have got your Camp fully ready.
Overnight Camp at Ghangaria
After breakfast we shall trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (3858m 4kms/4-5 hrs- one side trek). You shall enjoy and explore the beauty of rare Himalayan flora.
The fantastic view that you see will remain etched in your mind for a long time. Further at night you shall be only dreaming of the beautiful flowers that you saw in the Valley.
The Valley of Flowers covered with majestic peaks is 10kms long, 2kms wide, and gets divided by Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls also flow through the valley, irrigating it, and adding to its beauty, before finally merging with River Pushpawati.
It is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers. The valley by itself is alpine, the flora well adapted to the harsh climatic conditions. From November to May, it is a bed of snow, but once the ice melts, from below emerges a riot of colors.
Of the 300 species, the prominent ones are: Saxifrags, Sediams, Lilies, Poppy, Calendular, Daisies, Denthus, Turmopsis, Primula, Dadiculatar, Pontitala, Geranium, CiproNepolysis, Holly, Pansy, Zinnia, Petunia, Fox, CaropsisDynthus and many more.
Those with tremendous medicinal values include Anemone, Geranium, Marsh, Marigold, Primula, Potentilla, Geum, Aster. Lilium, Himalayan blue poppy, Aconite, Delphinium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, SaussureaAbvallata, Campanula.Pedicularis, Trysimum,Mona, Impetiens, Bistorta. Ligularia.AnaphalisSaxifraga, Lobelia, Thermophis, Trolises.Aquilogia, Codonopsis. Dactylorhiza and Cypripedium. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. After enjoying the beauty of valley, we shall trek back to Ghangaria.
After the breakfast we shall trek to Hemkund Sahib-a revered Sikh shrine (See the Sikh Connection Att) on the banks of Hemkund Lake- a bluish green glacial lake flanked by snow covered peaks at a height of 4320mts. The 5km trek to Hemkund is a steep climb along the Laxman Ganga which emanates from Hemkund. Afterwards we shall return to Ghangaria by the evening. Gigantic Mountains stand on our way like giant eagles spreading their wings, or Garuda(Devata) himself welcoming your entry in the land of spiritual glory. The trail up is stiff and steep traversing glacial moraine on occasion. In case you have breathing difficulty, please inform the leader and do not go up further.
Streams from HariParvat and Sapt Rishi Peaks feed the lake. Hemkund suggests – Hem (snow) and Kund (lake). Set at 4329m, it is surrounded by seven huge snow-clad mountains collectively called HemkundParvat. This is a view of the Gurudwara. It is a grand star shaped structure of stone and masonry at the edge of the lake.
Standing with the Gurudwara behind us, this is the northern view. Beyond the mountains lies Tibet. The mountain tops are guarded by the Border Security Force. The lake is the source of the Lakshmana Ganga (Hem Ganga) stream and it merges with the Pushpawati stream flowing from the Valley of Flowers, at Ghangaria. From that point on, the river is called Lakshmana Ganga.
Image shows the Lakshmana Temple or Lokpala Temple near the Gurudwara. It is the highest Hindu temple in the world. Pilgrims take bath in the chilling water of the Lake chanting religious slogans. The legend goes that once Lakshmana, the younger brother of Ram, meditated by the lake and regained his health. Another legend has it that Rishi Medhasa of the MarkandeyaPurana, and King Pandu (the father of the five Pandavas), performed penance here during his Himalayan sojourn.
We shall trek down to GovindGhat(13 kms 6hrs) and drive towards Pipalkothi (60kms, 1hr 30mins)for overnight stay.
Overnight stay in Camp
After a leisurely breakfast, we shall drive to Dehradun to board the overnight train # 2206, 2325/0505 to Delhi.
You shall arrive Delhi at 05:05am and move on for your onward flight.