Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek - UttrakhandNestled 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.
Delhi / Rishikesh / Joshimath / Govindaghat / Valley of Flower / Ghangaria / Hemkund
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 .