Valley of Flowers Trek with a Naturalist - 6 days, 5 nights

Visit : Joshimath, Ghangaria

Located deep in the heart of the Himalayas is where you will see this spectacular Valley of Flowers. It's a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of 3,500 metres. With its diverse flora and fauna and dazzling snow-capped peaks it's the ultimate haven for naturalists and trekkers. The trek begins from Govindghat, and goes up to Hemkund Lake at an altitude of 4,329 metres. Alon ...

Located deep in the heart of the Himalayas is where you will see this spectacular Valley of Flowers. It's a beautiful meadow located at an altitude of 3,500 metres. With its diverse flora and fauna and dazzling snow-capped peaks it's the ultimate haven for naturalists and trekkers. The trek begins from Govindghat, and goes up to Hemkund Lake at an altitude of 4,329 metres. Along the way you will find crystal clear waters and streams coupled with majestic greenery. This trek takes you to the valley which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a National park, so you can drink in the beauty that the valley has to offer. Better still, our Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL) accompanying you on the trek is also a naturalist who can give you lots more information on the different species of flora that you see in and around you.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This is a fairly easy level trek. Though it's easy, it does not compromise one bit on beauty. Considered to be one of the most beautiful treks in India, the Valley of Flowers opens up for 3 months every year, and attracts people for reasons ranging from trekking opportunities and interest in knowing more about nature and different floral species. If you think you are interested in either one of the above, don't wait. This seems like a trip for you!
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Visit to Hemkund Sahib- a magnificent Sikh shrine
  • Breath-taking views of mountain meadows
  • The ultimate Valley of Flowers
  • Gain a wealth of knowledge from our OEL cum Naturalist about the various species of flora in the region
Start of Tour

Joshimath

End of Tour

Ghangaria

  • Day 1Arrive Dehradun - Joshimath (260 km / 9 - 10 hours)
    • Today we pick you up early in the morning from Dehradun. We have a long but scenic drive ahead of us all the way to Joshimath. We can also pick you up en route if you wish to arrive a few days prior to explore Rishikesh and its neighbourhood. On our way to Joshimath, we stop at Devprayag to see the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which form the holy river Ganges. We reach Joshimath by evening and check-in to hotel. We have rest of the day free to relax or to explore the streets of Joshimath.
      Depending upon the number of members in the trekking group, we will arrange a pickup and drop from Dehradun to Joshimath and back. This will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash. Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero charges Rs 6000 one way which can accommodate 6 to 8 people. This is not included in the trek fee and is payable directly to the driver.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Joshimath - Govindghat (1828m) - Ghangaria (3000m)
    • We are excited, because it's our first day of trekking! We drive to Govindghat, and from here we trek to Ghangaria, the base camp for the Valley of Flowers. We reach by late afternoon and can spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the area.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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  • Day 3Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria (3000m)
    • An exciting day awaits us, as we leave for the Valley of Flowers. After breakfast, we make our way through the beautiful meadows covered with a carpet of flowers of myriad colours and surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas. Here you will find almost 300 species of wild flowers blooming. Click loads of pictures and learn about the various species you can spot from our accompanying naturalist. In the afternoon, we head back to the camp at Ghanagaria.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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  • Day 4Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria (3000m)
    • Today, the people interested in learning about nature and flower species have an option to continue exploring the Valley of flowers while the trekking enthusiasts could proceed towards Hemkund Sahib. Hemkund Sahib is a revered Sikh shrine on the banks of the Hemkund Lake. The trek to Hemkund is a steep climb alongside the Laxman Ganga River. Once we reach there, we can take in the beauty that surrounds us. Then it's back to the Ghangaria camp.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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  • Day 5Ghangaria - Govindghat (1828m) - Joshimath
    • Today, we trek down to Govindghat the same way that we came up. We would normally have lunch at Govindghat before proceeding to Joshimath. This depends on the speed of the group. From Govidghat we drive to Joshimath for an overnight stay in a hotel.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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  • Day 6Depart Joshimath - Dehradun (9 - 10 hours)
    • We make our way back to Dehradun today. We begin our drive in the morning and transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.
      Similar to the arrival day, we will arrange a vehicle to transfer you back to Dehradun. The cost of the vehicle will be shared equally between all members of the group.
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Inclusions

  • 05 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary. Hotel accommodation in Joshimath and camp (Swiss tents) at Ghangaria.
  • All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL).
  • Experienced local guide.
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking trips.
  • All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
  • Sleeping bag with mattress.
  • Transport of the trekking equipment.
  • Porters or mules to carry upto 10 kg of your personal luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack.
  • Basic medical and first aid kit.
  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to/from Joshimath. The cost of the vehicle between Dehradun and Joshimath is to be paid in cash on the spot.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Any meals during the transit to/from Joshimath.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Trip360 OEL towards the end of the trip.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Dehradun 18,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

We stay in a hotel at Joshimath and in comfortable and clean swiss tents while at Ghangaria. The swiss tents may or may not have attached toilets.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt and cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest you carry. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t- shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 3/4 pairs nylon + 1 pair woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A back pack which one needs to carry oneself (20 to 30 litres)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt and cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest you carry. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high trekking boots (worn in)
    • Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / t- shirt
    • Warm fleece / jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 3/4 pairs nylon + 1 pair woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A back pack which one needs to carry oneself (20 to 30 litres)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / torchlight
    • Trekking poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 litre bottles
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Small personal first aid

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Flight Information

    You will have to arrive in Dehradun early morning on day 1. If that's not possible, you could arrive a day earlier and we could pick you up from a central location which will be communicated in advance. While leaving, you could take the Nanda Devi express from Dehradun which leaves at 11:50 PM. You could also catch any of the flights leaving from Dehradun airport if you prefer flying. However, if going by flight, you would want to book the return flight on the following day.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 metres (8000 ft). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of our trips. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. This trip itinerary gives the best possible acclimatisation programme within the limitations of a 2 and a half week holiday. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients, or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    In case the trekker wants to off-load the bag to be carried by a pack animal, the facility is provided and the cost is covered under the price of the trek. Thus there is no extra off-loading charge. We request that such bags not weigh more than 10 kg. Trekkers will also be required to carry a small day pack with them on each day. It will contain water bottles, food as and when provided by the staff (packed lunch for instance), any necessary medicines the trekker must carry on person, a warm layer and a water-proof jacket.

  • Books to Read

    Ganga: A Journey Down the Ganges River by Julian Crandall Hollick - This book depicts the extraordinary journey of the author through northern India from the very source of the river- the Himalayas. He describes his encounters with priests and various pilgrims and even cities. It's a rare combination of a travelogue, science and even history. He shows a fascinating portrait of the river and the culture that surrounds it.

    City of Djinns by William Dalrymple - This book speaks of the spirit of Delhi and is interspersed with interesting accounts of life in the late 1980s. It moves from visiting a Sikh family who remained in the East Delhi resettlement colony and were targeted during the assassination of Indira Gandhi to illuminated facets of Delhi's daily life.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 AM. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 AM and finish the day by 2-3 PM, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and a 8-10 hour walking day.

  • Approximate Group Size

    2 to 15 persons

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs 5000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.