05 Night/06 Days Trekking Tour - Ex DehradunValley Of Flowers Trek

A journey to the paradise on the earth.

Valley of flowers is a UNESCO heritage site located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Valley of flowers trek begins from Joshimath hill station and it is a part of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. This amazingly flower bedded site offers a lot to botanists, mountaineers, and trekkers. The pristine beauty of Valley of flowers is occupied with rare Himalayan plants and flowers as well as birds which can only be found at a specific altitude.

The Valley of flowers national park has an exceptionally delicate and imperiled variety of flora and fauna which attracts thousands of travellers every year. The peak of Valley of flowers is located at an elevation of 3858 meters above sea level give you imposing views of sky touching Himalayan peaks like Gauri Parbat (6590m), Rataban (6126m) and Kunth Khal (4430m). The beautiful Valley of flowers was discovered by Frank Smythe while returning from the Mount Kamet expedition with his team of six mountaineers.

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Valley Of Flowers Trek

A magical stroll through the valley that opens up to a blooming bed, with pinnacles and ice sheets in the foundation and a waterway bed; Valley of blossoms is an extreme goal for nature sweethearts. Arranged between the Zanskar and the Great Himalayan extents, Valley of Flowers is a famous World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Some portion of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Valley of Flowers is a significant site for botanists, mountain dwellers, and trekkers. It is an area loaded with uncommon Himalayan plants and blossoms just as winged creatures, uncommon in nature; just to be found at a particular elevation. The widely varied vegetation of the valley is exceptionally delicate and jeopardized. The national park is encompassed by tops like Gauri Parbat (6590m), Rataban (6126m) and Kunth Khal (4430m).

hemkund sahib

Pushapavati waterway additionally moves through the valley and joins Lakshman Ganga at Ghangharia. The disclosure of the valley was inadvertent yet has now transformed into an electrifying goal. In the wake of returning from an effective Mt. Kamet endeavor, a group of six mountain climbers discovered the Bhyundar valley while returning. Frank Smythe is the most celebrated individual related to the historical backdrop of the valley.

Valley Of Flowers Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Dehradun – Joshimath (290 km/10 hrs by cab) 1920 M
A long yet scenic drive crosses major towns of Uttarakhand before we reach our destination of the day, Joshimath. We start early from Dehradun to reach Joshimath by evening. Crossing Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar and halting at Karnaprayag for lunch, we follow along the river the entire time. The distance from Dehradun to Joshimath is 290 km which takes 8-9 hours to complete. On reaching Joshimath, we check into our hotel before leaving for Govindghat the next day.

Day 02: Joshimath to Govindghat (45 km/2 hours drive) then Govindghat to Ghangaria (11 km/4-5 hours trek) 
Post breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head towards Govindghat. The drive from Joshimath to Govindghat takes about 45 minutes from where we switch vehicles and drive towards Pulna. From Pulna, we start trekking towards Ghangharia. The distance to be covered on this day is 10 km, which takes about 6-7 hours to complete. While trekking towards Ghangharia, the path is laid, which makes the trek relatively easier. However, a continuous elevation may become strenuous. The trek route till Ghangharia 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 Ghangharia 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 Ghangharia, you will hit the camps. We check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening in leisure.

Day 03: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria (8 km/6 hours trek) 3500 M
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 Ghangharia 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 some time 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 bellflowers. 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 the 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 Ghangharia post-lunch. The descend is relatively easier however may become strenuous on the knees. After reaching Ghangharia, you can spend the evening exploring around.

Day 04: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria (12 km/7-8 hours trek) 4633 M

The next day we embark on a pilgrimage journey. Post breakfast, we start trekking towards Hemkund Sahib. The distance from Ghangharia 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 Ghangharia taking the same route. After reaching Ghangharia, we rest for a while and spend the evening in leisure.

Day 05: Ghangaria to Govindghat (11 km/4 hours trek) & Govindghat to Karnprayag (100 km/4 hours drive)

Post breakfast, we bid adieu to Ghangharia 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 traveler and head towards Joshimath where we stop for lunch. From Joshimath, we start driving along Alaknanda and head towards Karnaprayag. Karnaprayag is a holy Hindu town, where Alaknanda meets Pindar making a Sangam. We reach Karnaprayag by late evening and check into our hotel. You can spend the evening exploring the town or go by the river to see the Sangam more clearly.

Day 06: Karnprayag – Dehradun (210 km/8 hours drive)

Post breakfast, we leave from Karnaprayag and start our drive towards Dehradun; crossing towns of 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!

Tour & Services End.
  • Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.
  • Guide and cook fees.
  • Rent for camping equipment.
  • Forest entry charges.
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment.
  • Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on a chargeable basis.
  • All veg meals starting from lunch on day one to lunch on day two.
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek.
  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls, etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.
  • Accommodation in Dehradun.
  • Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

Things to carry for Kedarkantha trek.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denim, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photochromatic glasses.
  • Identity cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm

Wildlife you can see during this trek.

Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Yellow throated marten
  • Wild boar
  • Black bear
  • Ibex

Birds

  • Black Francolin
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  • Himalayan Woodpecker
  • Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Barbet
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Crested Kingfisher
  • Slaty-headed Parakeet
  • and many more…

Himalayan peaks you can see during this trek.

  • Black Peak/Kalanag (6,387 m), Swargarohini I (6,252 m), II and III and Banderpoonch are visible from Kedarkantha top. Jaonli, Gangotri, Draupadi ka Danda and Jorkanden are also visible from the top. Swargarohini can be seen from Sankri and other points in the trail as well.
  • Dhauladhar range and Rupin valley can be seen from the meadow camp till the summit. Har ki Dun valley and its villages are visible from the top.

Rivers you can see during this trek.

  • Yamuna during first and last day’s drive.
  • Tons and Supin during first and last day’s drive.
When to book Kedarkantha Trek?

You should book Kedarkantha Trek two months in advance in order to get ample amount of time to prepare well for trekking 3800 meters above sea level.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that can carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your knapsack.

What will be the group size for Kedarkantha Trek?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people.

What is the minimum age required for Kedarkantha Trek?

Kedarkantha Trek is an moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 3800 meters, so the minimum age required is 8 years. Anyone above 8 years with normal physical condition can trek to Nag Tibba peak.

What will be the minimum temperature at Kedarkantha peak?

Between the months of April and June the temperature rages between 5 degrees to 15 degrees and in the winter time from November to February it falls between -10 degrees to 10 degress.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If the trek duration had to be increased due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charges may apply for the hotel stay and food.

Is it safe for a female to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money.

What should I pack for Kedarkantha Trek?

Things to carry for Kedarkantha Trek.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denim, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photochromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
What kind of food will be served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportation?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance likw Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

Kedarkantha Trek

Cost Per Head

– For Existing Group Departures

INR 9,000 PP

(Dehradun to Dehradun)
GST @ 5% Extra

For Private/Customized Trek
Price on Request- varies based on group size, itinerary and amenities
Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sankri (1,920 m) – 8 h drive

Day 2: Sankri to Juda Ka Talab (2,774 m) – 2-3 h trek

Day 3: Juda Ka Talab to Kedarkantha Base Camp (3,429 m) – 2-3 h trek

Day 4: Kedarkantha base camp to Kedarkantha Summit (3,810 m) and back to Hargaon (2,713 m) – 5-6 h trek

Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri – 2-3 h trek

Day 6: Sankri to Dehradun – 8 h drive

Additional Infomation

Total trek distance: 22 KM

Difficulty level: Moderate
This trek can be done by anyone with moderate fitness level and children over 8 years of age!
Maximum Altitude:
3,800 meters
Temperatures
15° Max/ 5° Min - Summers
10° Max/ -10° Min - Winters
Best Time to visit
April to June
September to January
Possible in other months subject to weather conditions

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