Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib Trek
Valley of flowers is situated at an altitude of 3800 meters and stays under snow for most of the year except for a short duration from July To September when the whole place bursts in to an explosion of countless colourful flowers. The whole of valley floor is overrun by flowers of thousands of species and from a distance, it just seems like a big colourful carpet. This valley was declared a national park in 1982 and is now a world heritage site. The locals believe that the this place is home of fairies and going by the looks of it, it might very well be. Valley Of Flowers trek is an easy one and can be attempted by anyone in good physical condition.
Once you are in Valley of flowers, Hemkund which is famous for it’s famous Sikh shrine is not too far either and can be covered in 1-2 extra days.
DAY 1 Rishikesh to Govind Ghat
We’ll leave early morning in car to Govind Ghat (altitude 1900 m). This is the place where actual trekking route to Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib starts. The trail divides in to two at Ghangria with one leading to Valley and other to Hemkund. The drive takes around 9-10 hours and we can either stay in a hotel or guesthouse in Joshimath or in Govind Ghat.
DAY 2 Govind Ghat to Ghangria
Alaknanda river flows on the way and we’ll cross the bridge to begin the actual hike. It’s actually a pilgrimage route and there is a proper stone paved trail and a number of shops along the way serving snacks, meals, tea etc. We’ll walk for [...]