DarkGreen Adventures (#DGA) invites you for a mind soothing trek to the mystical land called Valley of Flowers, World’s highest Gurudwara Hemkund and the last habituated village before Tibet on NH58. Stimulate a new traveler inside you in this backpacking trip.
04:00 - Reach Haridwar. You can take 12205 Nanda Devi Express from Delhi to reach here.
05:00 - Catch bus/jeep for Badrinath. Enjoy the beautiful road journey along the river Alaknanda. On the way we will come across holy places like Devprayag, Rudraprayag etc.
18:00 - Reach Badrinath and enjoy the holy town. We can go for darshan in evening.
This is a relaxing/acclimatization day. We will explore Mana village, which is the last inhabited village on the road leading to Badrinath. Later drive to Govindghat (one hour) which is the embarking point of the trek. We will see streams flowing through the road and roaring river alongside the road.
05:30 - Start trekking towards Ghangaria. This is 14 km uphill trek and needs 7-8 hrs to complete. We will do it with ease while enjoying the nearby scenery. Trekking along River Pushpavati for first 9 kms is amazingly beautiful. The last 4 kms are slightly steeper. Some rare species of birds and tailless rats can be seen here.
14:00 - Reach Ghangaria and check-in hotel. Hotels in Ghangaria serve very tasty north indian food.
07:00 - Start trekking to Sri Hemkund Sahib. The high altitude lake at 13500 ft is a treat for nature lovers. This 6 km trek is quite steep but worth it with sights of flowers like blue poppies, vajradanti and brahmakamal.
17:00 - Come back to Ghangaria and enjoy the rest of the #evening as per the convenience of group.
06:00 - Early breakfast and then enter and the valley of flowers checkpoint. Your ears are blessed with sounds of chirping birds and rhythmic flowing water with no pollution. We will have packed lunch at the Pushpawati River bed.
14:00 - Start trekking back to Ghangaria
17:00 - Come back to Ghangaria and enjoy the rest of evening as per the convenience of group.
08:00 - Start trekking back to Govindghat.
15:00 - Have lunch at Govindghat. Govindghat is a peaceful place to stroll in evening. Also enjoy the tea and prasad at Gurudwara
06:00 - Take the first bus to Haridwar
18:00 - Reach Haridwar before evening. We will do some shopping or time pass in Haridwar till midnight. Trip ends here and you can take 12206 Nanda Devi Express to Delhi at midnight
- Virtually all expenses from Haridwar to Haridwar
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and refreshments
- Accommodation expenses
- Travel expenses in bus, jeep etc from Haridwar onwards
- Entry charges at Valley of Flowers
- Trekking Guidance
- Basic fee does not include travel fare till Haridwar
- Travel Insurance, emergency evacuation or medical charges
- Any personal expenditure like hiring mules, porters etc.
- Bottled water/beverages etc.
Expectations from this trip:
- This is a backpacking trip. We will #travel in public transport/shared jeep etc. We will choose place of accommodation based on the group’s opinion and the expertise of group leader.
- Expect only simple vegetarian meals (sometimes eggs) in your package.
- Drinking and smoking is not allowed in trip for two logical reason. First - we are going to a place which is considered sacred by Hindus and Sikhs and we don’t want to hurt their sentiment. Secondly drinking is not recommended in any trek and smoking can be dangerous due to sudden change in altitude. Please don’t debate further on this issue.
- Our daily schedule during trip may differ from our usual daily life schedule with respect to day chores, tea timing, food timing etc. Please don’t complain about these petty issues.
- Respect the local people and their culture. We try to learn more from them about the place.
- Most of our decision will be based on group’s opinion but the decision of group leader will be final. You are expected to proactively involved in helping the team.
Things to be carried
- Identity card
- Medical and consent form -https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwDsRRLH0uscR1J1VWJ1aHhPV3c/
- Jacket or sweater and other warm clothes like muffler, gloves, winter cap etc. Temperature near zero can be expected
- Rechargeable Torch
- Sport shoes or trekking shoes
- At least two personal water bottles all the time during trip.
- Personal medical kit, soap, paste etc. Please don’t expect to get medical stores everywhere.
- Carry your luggage in a backpack. You should be able to walk long distances carrying your luggage
Recommended but not compulsory:
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap etc.
- One bedsheet or blanket
- Juice packets, Fruits, Ready to eat food etc.
Valley of Flowers: Emerald mountain ranges, green meadows and white clouds fuse to create a dreamlike locale called ValleyofFlowers. It is perched at an altitude of 3658m, where you may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. It’s a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and myriad #alpine flowers make this place a colorful paradise. Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts. Cascading waterfall are abundant while you’re traversing towards the valley. Declared as the National Park in 1982, the pristine beauty, mystical surroundings lures nature lovers, photographers and botanists.
Valley of Flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season. It is in full bloom during July, August and September.
Hemkund Sahib: Hemkund Sahib is the world’s highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 13500 feet. The Dasam Granth says God ordered Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to take birth while he was in deep meditation at the mount of Hemkund. Hemkund Sahib is always cold throughout the year. It is accessible only for 4 months in a year from June to September and rest of the time it is full of snow. The weather at Hemkund Sahib changes very rapidly.
Mana Village: Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass, 24 kms from Tibet border. During winter the entire village is covered with snow. There is a small cave in Mana, named Vyas Gufa and it is believed that Maharshi Vyas composed Mahabharata in this cave. Other nearby places include Ganesh Gufa Vasudhara Falls, Satopanth Lake, Bhim Pul, etc. Mana village holds a lot of mythological relevance and we can actually see traces of the Mahabharata scattered across this small village. The houses here are small with a kitchen garden in the backyard, where the locals grow their own vegetables like spinach, cauliflower and potato, and sell these to small hotels in Badrinath.