Valley of Flowers Trek
10 Days | Trekking 04 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Hemkund Lake (4329 mts)
Highest point/ Max altitude
Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park, the Valley of Flowers is situated deep in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of around 3,500 metres. After the monsoon rains it becomes a wonderful kaleidoscope of colour as wildflowers carpet the lush green meadows. Add the spectacular backdrop of jagged, snow-capped peaks, and the scene is quite simply breathtaking. This easy itinerary, including a gentle four-day trek, is ideal for exploring this superb location.
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- Trek through the fabulous scenery of the Valley of Flowers - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit Hemkund Sahib, a magnificent Sikh shrine on the shores of beautiful Hemkund lake
- Take in the views across mountain meadows carpeted with hundreds of varieties of wildflowers
- Visit the temple towns of Rishikesh and Joshimath, pilgrimage centres for Hindus.
- Flexible tailor-made booking options
To reach the Garhwal Himalayas, we drive north from Delhi to the town of Rishikesh, famous as the hangout of the Beatles back in the 1960s and these days a laid-back centre for yoga as well as being a major Hindu pilgrimage destination thanks to its location on the sacred river Ganges.
The road north ascends through attractive foothills to reach Joshimath, known as the gateway to the Valley of Flowers. Our trek starts from the nearby trail-head at Govindghat: we’ll hike down to the remote village of Ghangaria, the base camp for all excursions into the valley. The following day we climb up to the fabled Valley itself, to spend a wonderful afternoon amid the wildflower-filled meadows and fabulous mountain views.
The next highlight of our trek is Hemkund lake, at 4,329 metres. It’s a steep 6km ascent, but worth all the effort: the lake is absolutely stunning, its blue-green waters reflecting the seven encircling snow-clad peaks and adjoining glaciers. Hemkund Sahib is a famous pilgrimage site for Sikhs and truly a spectacular natural setting.
After a gentle descent back to Govindghat, we’ll retrace our steps back to Delhi for a final day’s sightseeing.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel for check-in, afternoon and evening free
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax at the hotel or can explore the surroundings by own.
DAY 02 - Rishikesh
Drive to Rishikesh en-route visit Har-Ki-Pauri at Haridwar
After breakfast we drive by surface to Rishikesh (Distance: 235km) en-route we visit Har-Ki-Pauri (means ‘Footsteps of the Lord’) at Haridwar. It is a famous Ghat on the banks of the Ganges River in Haridwar in the Indian state Uttarakhand. Many Hindu pilgrims from all over India visit here and take a dip in the Ganges to purify their soul. Later we continue our drive towards Rishikesh, it is said to be the birth place of yoga and known as the gateway of the four major Dhams (pilgrimage site) of Hindus – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Later we reach Rishikesh and check-in to the hotel.
DAY 03 - Joshimath
Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath
Early morning after breakfast we leave Rishikesh and drive towards Joshimath (Distance: 260km approx.) en-route we stop at Devprayag to witness the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to form holy River Ganges. The drive is loaded with scenic views of mountains as we leave plains behind and enter to the Garhwal mountains region. We reach Joshimath by evening and check-in to the hotel or Guesthouse.
Overnight Hotel / Guest house
DAY 04 - Ghangaria
Transfer to Govindghat and then trek to Ghangaria (Trek begins)
Morning after breakfast we drive towards Govindghat (Distance: 20km) which is the starting point of the trek and Govindghat is the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga; from here we trek through the Bhyundar valley to Ghangaria - the base camp for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. The trail is gradual steep at some part along the river Laxman Ganga and in the evening we reach Ghangaria. Ghangaria is situated at the confluence of rivers Bhyundar Ganga and Pushpawati which forms river Laxman Ganga. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore the surrounding area. (3050m | distance: 13km | 6-7hrs trek)
DAY 05 - Ghangaria
Trek to the Valley of Flowers and later return back to Ghangaria
Today early morning we start trekking for Valley of Flowers (Distance: 4Km one side trek). A beautiful meadow engulfed with the layers of myriad colors of flowers and surrounded by mountains. Different species of wild flowers can be found in the valley and as we enter the valley we will be engulfed with the amazing scent. We enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature by exploring the rare Himalayan flora. Later after spending some beautiful time we trek back to Ghangaria following the same trail (3050m | 3-4hrs trek)
DAY 06 - Ghangaria
Trek to Hemkund Sahib and later return back to Ghangaria
Early morning we trek to Hemkund Sahib – A revered Sikh Shrine on the banks of Hemkund Lake, a bluish green lake flanked by snow covered peaks at a height of 4329m. The 6km trek (one side trek) to Hemkund Sahib is a steep climb along with the Laxman Ganga River which originates from Hemkund Lake. After visiting Hemkund Sahib and spending some time at the Hemkund Lake, we return back to Ghangaria and reach there in the evening. (3050m | 6-7hrs trek)
DAY 07 - Joshimath
Trek down to Govindghat (Trek ends) and drive to Joshimath
In the morning after finishing breakfast we trek down to Govindghat (Trek ends). After reaching Govindghat we will be transferred to Joshimath and rest of the day is free for us to explore the surrounding area.
DAY 08 - Rishikesh
Drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh
Early morning we leave Joshimath and drive towards Rishikesh. In the evening we arrive in Rishikesh and check-in to the hotel and relax. (Distance: 260km approx.)
DAY 09 - Delhi
Drive to Delhi, reach Delhi and check-in to the hotel
Drive from Rishikesh to Delhi after having breakfast (Distance: 235km). We reach Delhi by late afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the evening we have free time to explore the local Bazaars (local market) of Delhi to do the last minute shopping and buy some souvenirs.
DAY 10 - Delhi
Sightseeing of Delhi
Today we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Delhi. We visit Jama Masjid, is the largest mosque of Old Delhi and it was built between 1644 - 1658 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Then visit Red Fort (Closed on every Monday) which was the residence of Mughal Emperors; it was built between 1639 - 1648 as Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1638 and founded the 7th city of Delhi, Shahjahanabad which is now known as ‘Old Delhi’. Afterwards we drive pass through Colonial buildings such as the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. In the evening you will be transferred to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to board your onward destination flight.
Tour Map (Only key areas marked)
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