Valley will open in 2015 surely it is opened for public in 2014 for 6 days in October.
Valley of Flowers open in 2014 end of the season
Valley of Flowers was reopened to public on 4th October, 2014 after the completion of construction of 2.6 km of trek between Ghangaria and Valley of Flowers. Valley of Flowers will remain open only up to 10th October, 2014 after that it will be closed. The news is important for the trek to Valley of Flowers in 2015. People who are willing to visit Valley of Flowers in 2015 can plan their visit safely now.
News for Valley of Flowers reopening in 2014
Valley of Flowers was closed after the floods in June, 2013. Ghangaria became accessible in 2013 itself but the valley remained inaccessible as 2.6 km trek was washed off in flood. Generally Public works department of state of Uttarakhand was responsible for the maintenance of trek but the damage was so large that the trek could not have been made from the same route. The new trek has to be rerouted and the land belongs to forest department. The construction work could not be started till early September, 2014 as the forest department did not get any grant from Government of India.
We were in constant touch with PWD officials till May, 2014 and they were assuring that the valley will open by June this year but after a joint survey by PWD and forest officials along with District Magistrate, Chamoli District in first week of June it was decided that the trek will be laid by forest department only. Forest department got the budget only in first week of September. The construction of the new trek was given on contract to locals and they did a great job in completing the total work in just 20 days.
We are still awaiting the latest pictures of the newly constructed trek from our connections in Ghangaria. The new trek is almost one km longer than the old trek and bit tougher also as you need to climb more and come down again to reach the heaven.
Bridge over Alaknanda at Govindghat has also been constructed. This is a motor-able bridge authorities are constructing road from Govindghat to Pula, it will reduce the total trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria by 3 km once the road is completed.
Bridge at Govindgha on Alaknanda Construction completed in early September.
Bridge at Govindgha on Alaknanda Construction completed in early September. This is motor-able bridge.
The departures of 2015 are announced, if you are interested you can book early, we are giving discounts now.
Chopta is becoming popular among the tourists since last few years. It is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state and also called the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. Chopta is at 2600 mts elevation from sea level. Chopta is the base of trek for Tungnath, Chandrashila peak and Deoriya Tal. Chopta is a ultimate destination for trekkers or nature lovers. Chopta is on Chandra Parbat and its very well connected with the roads.
Saari Village Arial View
Watching the rising sun in Chopta is a picturesque view. Firstly when the sun rises its grey and slowly it turns in to pale yellow and finally it transforms in to orange, this whole transformation gives a vision of hue. So its time to wake up and witness the flight of bird king of the high Himalayas, Monaal. It takes a flight from the rocky mountains in to the Valley. While doing this, it greets its friends with a shrill call and friends are Musk deer, muntjac, gorals etc.
On the Way to Chopta
While on the other side you can see a few cottages half immersed in snow. Chopta trek in winters is a experience in itself as one will be able to see magnificent sites of snow and it melts soon due to golden sun. They will turn in to water drops and that water will trickle down to form beautiful icicles.
The snow hides shrubs, thousands of grasses and cold-blooded organisms under it. The will come alive once again when nature will run a soothing hand over them. But for now the snow shrouds the landscape.
Trekking in Snow:-
Trekking in Snow requires much more planning and foresight than a normal trek. The biggest problem is you dont find human settlements on route. Villagers shift to low lying areas during this period.
You need to take care of all things you need from the match stick to the pair of well fitting shoes. You need to carry alternate fuel, food and medicines.
So you need to arrange from proper rations, kerosene, firewood( as most of the firewood in jungle is damp during winters) , batteries, clothing, bedding. You need to carry an extra bit of everything. A golden rule, about 50-70% of extra rations and life saving implements should be with you during the snow treks.
Camping at Deoriya Tal
Excursions from Chopta:-
- Tungnath Temple:Its only 3 kms away from Chopta. It is the highest Lord Shiva Temple of Panch Kedar.
- Deoriya Tal: you need to trek for 2-3 kms from Chopta to Deoriya Tal. In Deoriya Tal you can see the reflection of peaks which gives a spectacular view.
- Chandrashila Peak: This Peak gives a spectacular view of Nandadevi, Kedar Peak, Trishul, Chaukhamba and Bandarpunch peaks.
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Will Valley of Flowers open in 2014 ? What is the current Position of the Valley of Flowers? Is the bridge near Ghangaria constructed to enter the Valley of Flowers?
This post is necessary to answer the questions of many people who want to come to Valley of Flowers in 2014 but saw a post on Times of India. This post stated that the Valley of Flowers may not open in 2014 at all. This is very unfortunate that one of the leading news paper is writing this type of wrong news. I could not go to Valley of Flowers personally this season till date, but I sent one of my associates to click pictures of the work done by the authorities in the area. The progress is discussed as follows.
Progress of work between Govindghat and Ghangaria.
They have done a lot of work between Govindghat and Ghangaria and in fact the current trek condition is better than the condition before the floods. They have constructed new bridges at various locations. They have constructed new bridge at Govindghat and another bridge is under construction and this bridge will be motor-able. They also have constructed a new bridge at Bhyuandar Village. Another bridge is under construction at Bhyuandar village, in case the older bridge is not able to stand the river. So there are three bridges at Bhyandar now. Pictures of these bridges along with trek are given below.
Trek netween Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib, there are no damage to this part of the trek.
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria, the pilgrims are coming is good number.
newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
New Bridge at Govindhat.
Helipad near Ghangaria
Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,
Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,
Bridge at Bhyuandar, Newly constructed bridge at Bhyuandar, you can see two completed parallel bridges and the third one under construction.
Other side of the Bridge at Bhyuandar
Two Bridges at Bhyuandar and the third one the biggest one is under construction
Position of the Valley of Flowers? Will the Valley of Flowers open in 2014
Now the question is what is the position of the bridge which is required near Ghangaria Village to enter the valley? In fact the Times of India says that the Valley of Flowers will not open as there is no bridge. The authenticated news is that the bridge is already under construction and unfortunately the pictures of the same could not be taken by my associate. But that bridge will be constructed by June 25th as per PWD officials. Now the biggest question is about the trek after the bridge. Actually some 1.5 km trek has to be laid after the trek by forest department. As per my sources that trek will also be completed latest by July 10th, and the Valley of Flowers will be opened for general public after that.
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This is very common question from people who wish to come to Valley of Flowers. Valley of Flowers trek needs one track for four days.
Valley of Flowers trek First day:
Govindghat to Ghangaria.
The trek begins at Govindghat. Govindghat is 25 kilometers before Badrinath. Govindghat is at the height of 5500 feet and Ghangaria is at the height of 10,200 feet. That is the gain 4700 feet after trekking for 14 km. The trek is steep in its first 3 km and last 3 kilometers. Today’s trek may be avoided by taking pony or using helicopter. Helicopter service can be used only when weather is clear but the best time to visit Valley of Flowers is the monsoon season. So you cannot rely on helicopter on this day. You may or may not get helicopter but you can easily get pony for Ghangaria. For elderly people even palanquins are available. But I have personally seen that many a times elderly people trek whereas some of the young people in young 30s take ponies.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers:
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers is not so steep trek as once you reach to the official starting point of the Valley of Flowers it almost at the same level for the next 3-4 kilometers. The official starting point of the Valley is almost 3.5 km from Ghangaria and according to me out of this 50% is steep uphill and the remaining is not so steep. This day ponies are not available as they are not allowed to enter in the valley. But Palanquins and Doli’s are available. But you need to buy the entry tickets for the porters as well. Their help can be taken up to the first three kilometers and after that you can trek as it is almost flat. But I recommend you to trek only or you will miss out lot of flowers on the way while in to Doli or Palanquin.
Valley of Flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.
Palanquins carrying a tourist to Valley of Flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to Valley of Flowers
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib:
This is quite steep and I recommend to take a pony at least while going uphill. This saves time and energy both. If you have booked your trip with us we will be trekking beyond Hemkund Sahib where some of the rare flowers bloom. They are not even available in the Valley of Flowers. While coming back you can walk down.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.
Ghangaria to Govindghat :
It is purely downhill as opposed to explained in Para 1 but if you want to save time you can use pony or Helicopter.