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Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek - Uttrakhand

Nestled high in the West Himalaya, in the Indian state of Uttrakhand, Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park, which was already inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988.

Tour Route

Delhi / Rishikesh / Joshimath / Govindaghat / Valley of Flower / Ghangaria / Hemkund

Tour Program

Day 1:- Arrival Delhi  : Delhi  to Rishikesh   (07 hours Drive )
Upon arrival at Delhi international airport met our repressive transfer to the Rishikesh(227 km)  Stop at Haridwar for sightseeing of Ganga Ghats & Temples then proceed to Rishikesh. Arrive & check in at the hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay at Rishikesh  

Day 2- Rishikesh to Joshimath / Auli  (8-9 hours)
Upon arrival at pre booked hotel in Joshimath  meet our  Trekking crew . Remaining day to Relax and  acclimatize  Overnight stay in  joshimath (Himalayan Abode home stay www.thehimalayanabode.com ) joshimath  is small  town in the  Uttarakhand Garhwal hills on the bank of the Alaknanda River.  This place is very famous for Sankracharya  temple and  . It is also the main town of  many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Garhwal Himalayas region.
 Day3-Rishikesh to Joshimath (250 kms.; 9 hrs.) : Arrival at Haridwar  Railway station then  drive fromHaridwar  Rishikesh is along Ganga River with the most scenic countryside of Garhwal Himalaya. The well laid out mountain road winds itself past some of the popular towns and villages of this region such as Shrinagar, Ruderprayag, Karanprayag and , Nandprayag, Chamoli and Pipalkoti. Starting early we get to Joshimath by evening. Overnight stay is in a rest house 

Day4- : Drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (1828 mts./22 kms.; 2 hrs.) Ghangeria( 14Km trek ) 
 A less than two hour drive along the Alaknanda river brings us to Govindghat. From here our trek starts. On a given day there are hundreds of Sikh pilgrims headed for the Shrine at Hemkund, and alighting from our jeeps we join this joyous group heading up to Ghangaria. The ascending mule track climbs past terraced fields and vegetation to the hamlet of Pulna (3 km). From here the trail is a little wilder and more forested, with occasional glimpses of snow peaks. The 7 kms. from Pulna to Bhyundar Village are a steady ascent and the altitude is moderate. Shortly after Bhyundar, the trail crosses the Laxman Ganga, over a bridge elevated by giant boulders. The trail is steeper now but Ghangaria is only 4 km. away. Our campsite is beyond Gangharia in a relatively isolated area.

Day5- : Day visit to Valley of Flowers 
 Current Government regulations do not permit any camping within the notified are of the valley and entry to the valley is restricted to permit holders only. The trail is well chalked out, and is a delightful ramble as it climbs gently through a coniferous forest, before descending to a bridge, and check-post that mark the official entry to the Valley of Flowers. Climbing up a rocky trail, with the forest behind us, the first flowers begin to appear.
Every morning after breakfast, trekkers would be escorted into this garden of Eden to explore different cross sections of the Bhyundar Valley. Packed lunches, flasks full of hot beverages as well as assorted refreshments would also be arranged. By evening the group would be escorted back to our base camp at Gangharia where dinner would be served after a round of refreshments.

Day6- : Gangharia to Hemkund and back to Gangharia (4329 mts./6 kms.; 4 hrs each way) 
Hemkund is a special place and a "must see". Situated at a height of 4329m, the place has a lake on whose banks are a Lakshman Temple and a Gurudwara of Guru Govind Singh. Guru Govind Singh is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and others and over the years Hemkund has acquired international acclaim.

Day7- : Gangharia to Govindghat (4 hours)and Drive to Joshimath  (1 hour) : We follow the same track and return to Govindghat, where we board a waiting jeep that drives us to Joshimath and overnight stay in a hotel at Joshimath 

Day8- : Joshimath to Rishikesh (270 kms./ 10 hrs.) Over night at the hotel.

Day-9 : Rishikesh to  Delhi. : Today is a day when we can chill out and relax. We can do little bit of Sight seeing of Rishikesh in the moring and then late afternoon drive to Delhi.Overnight hotel.

Day-10: Full day Sightseeing:Delhi Sightseeing:Morning after breakfast drive for full day sightseeing of Delhi.Overnight Hotel.

Day-11: Transfer to Airport.Transfer to International Airport .
Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek - Uttrakhand

I have travelled with teams of Overland Escape on 6 occasions now and every single time the experience was wholeheartedly positive. On two occasions, Tundup organised lengthy treks through remote parts of Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra and his organisation was absolutely reliable and spot on on every occasion. The trekking teams we travelled with were excellent, the food outstanding and the support available whenever it was needed. We were trekking during the floods in Summer 2010 in Zanskar and Changtang, and were, ultimately, the only trekking group that reached Tso Moriri during the middle of August, in the week just after the flooding. This was due to the competence of our guide, Namgyal, who changed our route to enable us to proceed, who knew exactly where to cross the swollen rivers and who kept us completely safe at all times. On 4 occasions, Overland Escape organised Easter expeditions through the Markha Valley for relatively large school groups. This, of course, needed extraordinarily good organisation, and on each occasion, this was exactly what we got. Not only were all timings kept and all information was relevant and 100% reliable, the trekking teams Tundup organised for us, were amongst the best teams I have ever travelled with. In particular, Namgyal is in all likelihood the best guide I have ever trekked with. His knowledge of the region, its culture and wildlife is outstanding, and he is also an excellent travel companion. He can empathise with and enthuse adults and youngsters to the same degree. Overland Escape certainly is one of the best trekking outfits I have come across in the Himalayas or indeed anywhere in the world (I have also trekked in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan). I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with this organisation.

Edwin Gruber



"Tundup, have really a sixth sense...his associate in Manali (Kuram) is really a good man...a really good man where you can trust and give the full faith for everything. As already said, Tundup, know very well how to choice his partners. Concerning the driver choose by Kuram for the transfer from Manali to Dharmasala and then to Amritsar...he was a very good professional driver. All of us were surprise to find out in India a special driver, very professional, very polite...typical western style driver. Few words, always agree for everything, never complain and at the end he wanted to refuse our tips and we forced him to have it. I don't know if this choice has been affected by Tundup or by Kuram...but in any case...compliments to all of you. Now we are here into our house, very sad...our holiday has finished so quickly that we didn't realize. Everything has gone well, everything perfect. We'll be always in debit with Tundup for his great service and we really hope to see him again in a close future for another trekking. Thanks again for all, thanks for your book guide and for your full assistance."

Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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