ABOUT HAR KI DUN TREK
Blessed with the verdant beauty of the meadows, and the exotic flowers this will be trek which will take you through small streams.Get a chance to witness the vivid flora and fauna of the region like saxifrages, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendula, daisies and brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep.Catch the glimpse of the famous Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks while you head out on this trek.Meet the local people and learn about the culture of this region. Also, do share a cup of tea with them.While at Hemkund Sahib take a dip in the holy water and purify your soul.Also, enjoy a lakeside camping and spend the night under the clear night sky.
Location: Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India.
Altitude: Valley of Flowers at around 3,658 meters (12,073 feet).
Scenic Beauty: UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for vibrant alpine flowers, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Best Time to Trek: July to September, when the valley is in full bloom.
Difficulty Level: Moderate, suitable for beginners; well-marked trail with gradual ascent.
Duration: Typically 6-7 days, including trekking and exploration of the Valley of Flowers.
Floral Diversity: Home to a variety of alpine flowers, including the elusive blue poppy.
Fauna: Chance to spot Himalayan wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard.
Camping: Camping in the valley, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
Cultural Significance: The area holds religious importance and is associated with Hindu mythology.
Accessibility: Govindghat serves as the base; reachable by road from Haridwar.
Conservation: Protected area to preserve its unique biodiversity and ecological balance.
Himalayan Gem: A trek that combines stunning natural beauty, biodiversity, and a touch of spirituality.
- Stay in Camp with Proper Bedding.
- Neat and Clean Indian/Western Toilets with Flush & Running Water.
- Buffet Meals in Central Dining Area.
- Electricity with Power Backup.
- Large Conference Hall with Audio/Video Facility.
- Entrance fees and Guide charges.
- Any kind of insurance.
- anything not mentioned in the itinerary.
A long yet scenic drive crosses major towns of Uttarakhand before we reach our destination of the day, Auli, Joshimath, after crossing some of the Prayags. We start early from Dehradun to reach Joshimath by late afternoon. Crossing Rishikesh, Devprayag, which happens to be the final prayag (confluence) between Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, and consecutively Srinagar, we follow along the Alaknanda river the entire time. The distance from Dehradun to Karanprayag is 210 km which takes 7 hours to complete. We arrive at Karanprayag, which is one of the Panch (five) Prayag (confluence), where Alaknanda meets Pindar river. It will be our overnight stop for the last day of the trek. We continue to Auli and check into hotel by evening. We can explore around the town in the evening.
Post breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head towards Govindghat. The drive ahead to Govindghat takes about 45 minutes from where we switch vehicles and drive towards Pulna. From Pulna, we start trekking towards Ghangaria. The distance to be covered on this day is 11 km, which takes about 5-6 hours to complete. While trekking towards Ghangaria, the path is laid, which makes the trek relatively easier. However a continuous elevation may become strenuous. The trek route till Ghangaria is dotted with small dhabas, pilgrims heading towards Hemkund Sahib and a ferocious outlet of the river Pushapavati. You are also going to be surrounded by the forest the entire route, which reduces the heat and makes the hike pleasant. The route till Ghangaria is a busy one as it is also the route to Hemkund Sahib. You will spot helicopters often if the weather is clear and innumerable spots to eat. Before reaching the actual village of Ghangaria, you will hit the camps. We check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening in leisure.
Today is the day you’ve been anticipating for! The Valley of flowers welcomes you with a view that only the lucky ones can stumble upon. We start early from Ghangaria to reach the valley by 0900- 1000 hours. The trek begins with a small path covered by forest from all the sides; and there is a clear gradual increase in the number of flowers on the path. You will cross a bridge which will then lead to a sudden ascend. Continue walking on the path and within sometime the path will open up into a vast valley. From here the Valley begins. The first view is of the peaks in front of the path that you’ve been trekking upon. Once you look to your right, you can see the valley and the Tipri glacier.
The valley is laden with rare species of Himalayan flowers, including blue poppy, orchid, primulas and Himalayan bell flowers. The valley of flowers is not only relevant in today’s context but has had interesting admirers since forever. One such individual Lady Joan Margaret Legge who lost her life in the valley when she slipped. Her grave is marked and trekkers often hike up till her grave. You can also trek till the river bed of Pushpavati river. The river is named in accordance with the significance of the valley of “flowers”. You can spend your time observing the flowers, clicking photographs or simply doing nothing! The valley doesn’t disappoint you a bit. After spending 1-2 hours at the valley, we head back towards Ghangaria post lunch. The descend is relatively easier however may become strenuous on the knees. After reaching Ghangaria, you can spend the evening exploring around.
The next day we embark on a pilgrimage journey. Post breakfast, we start trekking towards Hemkund Sahib. The distance from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is 6 km which takes about 5 hours to complete. The path, again, is well laid and dotted with small eating joints; which is not the case while you trek towards the Valley. The path to Hemkund sahib is also blessed with flowers that you may have seen in the Valley of flowers. The hike to Hemkund Sahib is challenging yet magnificent. You can see pilgrims all motivated to reach the gurudwara, some even complete the journey barefoot. On reaching Hemkund Sahib, you can enter the gurudwara and then enjoy some ready to eat hot Halwa and chai. You can also sit by the Sarovar for a while and enjoy the views around. After spending an hour at gurudwara, we head back towards Ghangaria taking the same route. After reaching Ghangaria, we rest for a while and spend the evening in leisure.
Post breakfast breakfast, we bid adieu to Ghangaria and check out of our hotel. Heading back towards Pulna, we take the same route and start trekking early in the morning to reach Govindghat on time. At Govindghat, we board our traveller and head towards Badrinath, which happens to be one of the “Char Dham” or the four Holiest Temples. After visitng the Temple we set out for Karanprayag, where we arrive by early evening. We check into the hotel for an overnight stay. We can set out for witnessing the Aarti in the evening at the confluence
Post breakfast, we leave from Karanprayag and start our drive towards Dehradun; crossing towns Devprayag and Rishikesh en route. We check out early from our hotel to reach Dehradun by late afternoon. On reaching Dehradun, your trip ends with a backpack full of amazing memories! Alternatively you can plan a stay at Tapovan or Rishikesh for yet another marvelous experience in these amazing towns, for that perfect conclusion to an already splendid journey.