The valley of flowers changes its colour almost every day as it bloomed with hundreds of different flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed, the valley was declared a national part in 1982 and now it is a world heritage site. It was believed by the locals that the valley of flowers was inhabited by fairies. The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the blue poppy and the cobra lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and trekkers.
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay. Joshimath: The religious centre, established by Adi Shankaracharya, which he called Jyotirmath, later came to be known as Joshimath. Among the sites of interest are the temples of Nav Durga and Narsingh. Apart from its obvious religious importance, Joshimath is known for its scenic beauty.
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. Which is the starting point of the trek? From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into Camp. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages, Sibbaldia, Thermo- psis, Trollius, Codonopsis, Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Strawberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
After breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day temperature in the sun is pleasant and windy but nights are cold. The temperature at night with rain and snow can really go down; sometimes below zero so you must be well prepared.
Services provided during the trek accommodation in 2 and tents (high altitude alpine tents of good quality), heavy foam pad matters, sleeping bags, breakfast/tea, all meals, services of experienced guide and cook, camping and technical equipment, utensils, adequate medical kit, transportation during the trek.
A good body fitness is necessary to enjoy the high altitude and trek to the fullest. Following can help you prepare for the trek.