Valley of Flower Trek
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 12 Days
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.
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.
Day at leisure.
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.
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 )
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)
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)
Day to relax and explore the surroundings.
Drive down along the river upto Srinagar from where you take the diversion to Pauri. Overnight in village house.
Day for short walks through the forests. Campfire dinner along with local drums and Bagpipe music. Overnight in village house.
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.