Following is the detailed itinerary and general guidelines for Valley of Flowers trek.
Valley of Flowers trip starts from Haridwar. You need to start very early in the morning on day 1 so you should reach Haridwar atleast a day before start of the trip. This day ideally you should reach by evening so that you can see Ganga Arti at Har ki Paudi. Overnight stay at pre booked hotel at Haridwar. Pack you luggage in the evening itself and sleep early as you should start your journey from Haridwar to Govindghat very early in the morning on day 1.
Valley of flowers trek itinerary.
Day 1 :
Haridwar to Govindghat
Distance : 300 kilometers
Mode of Transportation : By road
Approximate time required : 10-12 Hours
Altitude Gain : 1000 Feet to 5500 Feet (300 m to 1700 m)
Start early from Haridwar latest by 6.00 am as we need to reach Govindghat by evening and it is a long journey with lots of uncertainties if you are prone to vomiting you should take a tablet for that before sitting into the vehicle. Today you will be travelling whole day along with Alaknanda River. After travelling for 3 and half hours you will reach Devprayag. Devprayag is the confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhaghirathi. After confluence at Devprayag the river is called as Ganges.
It is not advisable go up to the river to see the confluence as we have limited time although the vehicle can be stopped for a while and you can see the confluence easily from vehicle itself. The above picture was clicked from our vehicle only.
There are not much options for breakfast available from Haridwar to Devprayag and you will feel very hungry by the time you reach Devprayag. So it is advisable to keep some biscuits and other eatables with you that you can have with tea on the way. From Devprayag we will be travelling along with river Alaknanda.
After Devprayag you will reach Srinagar with in another 70 minutes. Although it is advisable to carry enough cash before start of the trip but if you have forgotten to take out cash you can find many ATM’s at Srinagar. But there is parking problem at Srinagar. After travelling for another one hour you will reach Rudraprayag. Rudraparyag is the confluence of river Mandakini and Alaknanda. River Alaknanda comes from Badrinath and Mandakini comes from Kedarnath. From here a road separates along with river Mandakini which goes to Kedarnath. We will be travelling along Alaknanda River. You can have your lunch on the way and reach Govindghat by evening. You should be very punctual in coming back to the vehicle as we have very limited time. Overnight stay in a pre booked hotel at Govindghat. Sleep early to get up early in the morning.
Govindghat to Ghangaria
Distance : 13 kilometers
Mode of Transportation : By Trekking (Ponies and porters are available)
Approximate time required : 6-7 Hours
Altitude Gain : 5500 Feet to 10200 Feet (1700 m to 3100 m)
Take breakfast and start early, by sharp 7.30 am move slowly and feel the beauty of nature and enjoy it. After trekking for 3 kilometers you will reach village Pulna and our continues upward trek becomes bit less steep. Pulna is a beautiful village and if you like bird watching you can see some beautiful birds here.
After another one kilometer trek you will see a beautiful waterfall on the other side of River Pushpawati.
You can have your lunch on the way as there are many options available. After trekking for about 9 kilometers you will cross river Pushpawati and from here onwards the trek will become bit steep and it will be continuously uphill. By the evening you will be tired and overnight stay in a pre booked hotel at Ghangaria.
Next day you will be going to Valley of Flowers.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back
Distance : 12 kilometers (6 kilometers one side)
Mode of Transportation : By trekking only (Ponies not available but porters are available)
Altitude Gain : (No altitude gain although Ghangaria is at 10200 ft and Valley of flowers height varies from 10200 to 11200 feet and we will be trekking in between this altitude)
Get up early in the morning so as to reach Valley of Flowers entry gate before 7.00 am you need to have your breakfast and get your packed lunch before starting of the trek. Today you will be carrying a small day pack in which you will have your camera, extra batteries, lunch, umbrella, goggles, chocolates, dry fruits, biscuits, empty water bottle and some medicines. After entering the Valley of Flowers if you are coming in the peak season of flowers you will see lots of flowers even near to the entry gate itself. Try to keep you pace steady so that you can come back and exit the entry gate before 5.00 pm. The golden rule is start your return trekking by 1.30 pm. In the evening you can have a massage of your legs by some locals. They charge approximately Rs. 100 for leg massage.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib
Distance : 6 kilometers (One side)
Mode of Transportation : By Trekking (Ponies and porters are available)
Approximate time required : 5 hours while going uphill and 3 hours while coming back
Altitude changes : 10200 Feet to 13500 Feet (3100 m to 4100 m) and back to 10200 Feet.
Today is the toughest day for trekking. Hemkund Sahib is only 6 kilometers from Ghangaria but the trek is very steep. You will have to gain 1000 m altitude. We recommend you to take a pony at least while going uphill. You will find some rare flowers on the way and near to Hemkund Sahib like Saussurea-obvallata (Braham Kamal), Blue Poppies, Saussurea Simpsoniana (Yogeshwar), Saussurea Gossypiphora (Phen Kamal) etc. Start early latest by 7.00 am after taking breakfast. Today you need not carry your packed lunch as you can have delicious Langar (free food offered at Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara). Do not forgot to take very delicious Halwa (sweet dish made of wheat flour, sugar and butter) which is given after each Ardas (Prayer). After reaching Hemkund Sahib you should spend there at least two hours you will find some beautiful flowers and colorful birds.
Reach Ghangaria by evening and overnight stay at hotel.
Ghangaria to Govindghat – Mana – Badrinath
Distance : 14 kilometers trekking upto Govindghat, 28 kilometer Govindghat to Mana and 3 kilometer back to Badrinath by road.
Mode of Transportation : By Trekking (Ponies and porters are available) and by road to Badrinath.
Approximate time required : 5 hours to reach Govindghat and 3-4 hours to reach from Govindghat to Badrinath including site seeing at Mana village.
Altitude changes : 10200 Feet (3100 m) Ghangaria to 5500 Feet (1700 m) Govindghat and from 5500 Feet (1700 m)Govindghat to 10200 Feet (3100 m) Badrinath .
Today start early after breakfast latest by 6.30 am so as to reach Govindghat by 12.00 pm. You can take pony or come by helicopter. After taking lunch at Govindghat reach Mana by road and see Saraswati River starting point, Keshav Prayag (confluence of River Saraswati and Alaknanda), Bhim Pul, Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa. After spending almost two hours at Mana reach Badrinath by evening and after taking hot water bath you can visit Badrinath temple. You may also take bath at Hot water springs near Badrinath temple. This bath will take away all your tiredness due to long trekking you have just finished.
Badrinath – Haridwar
Distance : 300 Kilometers
Time : 8-10 Hours by road
Altitude loss (Badrinath 10200 feet to Haridwar 1100 feet)
Start early by 6.00 a.m. and have breakfast on the way at Peepal Koti. It will be a long and tiring journey and for sure most of you will be sleeping in the vehicle. Reach Haridwar by evening and tour gets over here. Hope you enjoyed the tour to Valley of Flowers.
We also organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers. We have experience of 10 years of going to the Valley. Our founder director Devkant Sangwan has a deep passion and hobby of taking people to the valley and he accompanies the groups himself at least the trekking part of the tour. With us you can be assured of not missing anything in the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. To book your seat and be a part of a group you can contact us and to know the fixed departures of 2013 click here.
Note: – This tour program is indicative only, this can be changed anytime without prior notice. Although we try to stick to this program although due to landslides and other nature related program we may have to make some adjustments.