Valley of Flowers

Price

Rs. 8,000/-

Difficulty

Easy

Highest Point

3700 m – Valley of Flowers
4300 m - Hemkund Sahib

Base Village

Govindghat

Duration

6 days

Trek Distance

45 km

Start/End Point

Govindghat/Govindghat

Temperature

18°C/ 3°C

Seasons

Jul - Sep

Brief Overview


  • Located in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India; nearest town is Ghangharia, just after Joshimath

  • Admired for its endearing meadows of alpine flowers and exceptional variety of flora. It was declared a National Park then and is now known for being a World Heritage Site

  • Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts making for prestine views of dew drops on flowers while the calmness of the cascading river can be rejoiced

  • Sub-alpine forests of birch and rhododendron cover parts of the park's area, while flowers like orchids, blue poppies (queen of Himalayan flowers), primulas, marigold, daisies and river anemones carpet the ground

  • The density of wild animals in the valley is very limited, but all the fauna found are rare or endangered. You may spot animals like asiatic black deer, blue sheep, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and snow leopard

  • Best time to visit is between July-September

  • Last ATM point is available in Joshimath




Itinerary


  • Day 1 - Pick-up from Dehradun Railway Station, drive to Joshimath/Govindghat by taxi and overnight stay at hotel – (10-11 hrs journey)

  • Day 2 - Trek to Ghangharia from Joshimath/Govindghat – 13 km (7-8 hrs)

  • Day 3 - Trek to spectacular Valley of Flowers & return back to Ghangharia – 12 km

  • Day 4 - Trek to Hemkund Sahib & return back to Ghangharia – 6 km (4-5 hrs)

  • Day 5 - Trek to Govindghat from Ghangharia – 13 km and drive to Joshimath for overnight stay in hotel

  • Day 6 - Drive to Dehradun from Joshimath by taxi - (10-11 hrs journey)




How to Reach


By Train
Overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi

  • Train 1 - Recommended – Nanda Devi Express – 12205 - runs daily
    Dep. Time – 23:50
    Arr. Time – 5:40

  • Train 2 - Dehradun Express – 12687 - runs on Tuesday & Friday
    Dep. Time – 21:10
    Arr. Time – 4:45

By Road
Overnight bus to ISBT, Dehradun from ISBT, Kashmere Gate, Delhi (see bus chart)
Suggestion: To take Uttarakhand Govt. buses from Delhi ISBT as they are punctual and quicker to reach than Pvt. Buses. They will drop you at Dehradun ISBT which is 6 km from Railway Station

By Air
Direct flights are available from-

  • DEL - DED

  • BLR - DED

  • BOM - DED

Airport is around 35 km from Dehradun railway station (meeting point). Daily schedule of flights from Delhi to Dehradun




Inclusions


  • Accommodation in Joshimath and Ghanghariya

  • Forest permit and entrance fee

  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, tea, coffee and soup

  • High altitude trek expert

  • Tour leader from CYT




Exclusions


  • Government tax - GST 5%

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Transportation between Dehradun and Joshimath

  • Meals during transit

  • Personal insurance

  • Personal toiletries and personal medication kit

  • Porter or mules to carry personal luggage

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions




Instructions


  • Smoking cigarettes makes you lethargic & can potentially shortened your breath during the trek, we recommend not to smoke for your own good

  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed since it results in dehydration and can cause AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), it eventually reduces the oxygen level from the body

  • Buying drugs or any illegal material is strictly prohibited

  • Instructions from guide should be paid attention to and followed




Do's & Don'ts


  • Don't carry denim - they are uncomfortable for treks and add weight (unless you want to do modeling :p)

  • Don't carry cola, alcohol and personal food

  • Do not litter - leave the surroundings clean and beautiful for next generation




Trek Essentials


  • Rain wear/poncho (must) [available at Decathlon]

  • Trekking shoes (with good grip) [recommended : Forclaz Trek 100/500 - available at Decathlon]

  • Backpack + raincover (50 - 60 litres) [available at Decathlon]

  • Day pack + raincover (20 litres) [available at Decathlon]

  • Head torch or LED torch (with pair of extra batteries) [available at Decathlon]

  • Sunglasses (category 3 or 4) [available at Decathlon]

  • Sun cap (UV protected or SPF 40+) [available at Decathlon]

  • Buffs/bandanas [available at Decathlon]

  • Woolen cap/balaclava [available at Decathlon]

  • Neck warmer/scarf [available at Decathlon]

  • Light towel [available at Decathlon]

  • Thermals (upper + lower) [available at Decathlon]

  • Undergarments

  • Quick dry shirt or T-shirt (full sleeves) [available at Decathlon]

  • Trekking pants (light weight) [available at Decathlon]

  • Fleece jacket [available at Decathlon]

  • Down jacket (light weight feather jacket) [available at Decathlon]

  • Hand gloves (warm + waterproof) [available at Decathlon]

  • Trekking pole/walking stick [available at Decathlon]

  • Quick dry socks (preferably thick to prevent blisters) [available at Decathlon]

  • Woolen socks [available at Decathlon]

  • Toiletries

  • Energy bars, dry fruit pouches

  • Water bladder or water bottle [available at Decathlon]

  • Slippers or sandals [available at Decathlon]

  • Sunscreen, cold cream and lip balm

  • Dry bag/extra poly bags for wet & dirty clothes

  • Whistle [available at Decathlon]




Mandatory Personal Medical Kit


  • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness)

  • Dexamethasone – one strip (breathing disorders)

  • Nifedipine – 5 tablets (high blood pressure & chest pain)

  • Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)

  • Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)

  • Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)

  • Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)

  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)

  • Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)

  • Domperidone – 6 tablets (vomiting)

  • Omez/Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)

  • Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters

  • Gauze – 1 small roll

  • Band aid – 10 strips

  • Cotton – 1 small roll

  • ORS – 10 packets

  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream

  • Moov spray (aches & sprains)

  • Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury

  • Anti fungal powder




Cancellation & Refund Policy


  • Cancellations made 10 days before the commencement of the trip, 100% of total cost will be refunded
  • Cancellations made 5-9 days before the commencement of the trip, 50% of total cost will be refunded
  • Cancellations made 0-4 days before the commencement of the trip, a bit too late for any return
Refund will be processed within 7-10 working days





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