Valley of flowers, uttarakhand ,India

Officially, Frank Smythe is credited with discovering the Valley of Flowers in 1931, but in some circles it is believed that Richard Holdsworth, a botanist member of Smythe's successful Kamet Expedition was the real discoverer of the Valley. Smythe got the information from him and went to see and work on it. Of course, the local people had always known about the Valley, but they would rarely venture into it because of a prevailing superstition that the valley was the abode of fairies and anyone venturing into it alone would be taken away by them.
Frank Smythe camped in the valley for one month to collect material for his book "The Valley of flowers" and took with him seeds for the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. In furtherance of Smythe's work, Joan Margarent Legge went to the Valley in 1939 to study and collect more flowers. She camped there for a few days, and unfortunately lost her life when she slipped from a rock while picking flowers. Later in 1944, her sister visited the Valley and built a small memorial in the shape of a tombstone. As a reminder of the great love she had for the Himalayas, inscribed on her marble tombstone are the following words.
Trekking valley of flowers
Some of the flowers which can be seen in this garden valley are: Pink Primula, Pedicularis, Golden Lily, creamy Anemones, large purple Asters, the rare white Androsace, the blue Borage, the rosy-petalled Cypripedium, blue-Forgetme-nots, green and chequered Fritillaries, pink Geraniums, purple and dwarf Irises, dwarf Larkspurs, the indigo-coloured Nomocharis, blue and yellow Pansies, mauve Polermomiums, the blue Poppy (Mecanopsis)- petals as blue as the ocean, white and red Potentillas, golden lilly, dwarf Rhododendrons Primulas in pink and blue and deepest purple, Ranunculus, pink Epilobium and the heavily perfumed Brahma Kamal.

Trip Facts

Trip length: 6 Days
Grade: soft
Starts in: Ex Rishikesh
Ends in: Ex Rishikesh
Accommodation: Home stay , Tent
Transportation: Joshimath to Trekking Point and back
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Maximum altitude: 3736 M
Trek length: 3night/4days

Itinerary in brief

Day 01 : Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath
Early morning (5:30 am-6:30 am) arrival and pick-up from Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Station. We start our drive to Joshimath (via Devprayag, Rudraprayag Karanprayag and Nandprayag) in an air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Breakfast and lunch on the way. Reach Joshimath and evening free to relax and acclimatize. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Joshimath is a small town in the Uttarakhand Garhwal hills on the banks of Alaknanda River. This place is very famous for Sankracharya temple and is also the hub for many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Garhwal Himalayas.
Day 02 : Joshimath to Govindghat (drive) to Ghangharia (trek)
Post early breakfast, you drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (a small hamlet situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and roaring Laxman Ganga and start point for the fully escorted treak). Govind Ghat to Ghangharia (base village for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib) is a beautiful trek route with magnificent views and river accompanying you throughout. Hot lunch on the trek route.
In the late afternoon, arrive at Ghangharia on the banks of Laxman Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay in Ghangria.
Day 03 : Day visit to Valley of Flowers (Max Altitude 3658 mtr)
Post breakfast, start our fully escorted trek to Valley of Flowers. The first part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadows. Arrive and explore the area. Witness several varieties of rare flowers including Blue Poppy, Potentilla, Geranium and and hundreds of others. Packed lunch, flasks full of hot beverages as well as assorted refreshments will be arranged. Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04 : Day visit to Hemkund Sahib (Max Altitude 4632 mtr)
Post breakfast today we start our fully escorted trek to Hemkund - internationally acclaimed, one of the finest high latitude lakes in Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is also a place of worship for Sikhs and Hindus. Its an uphill trek to reach Hemkund.See the crystal clear lake with astonishing views of surrounding peaks, visit Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and Lakshman Temple on the banks of the lake.Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05 : Ghangharia to (trek) and Govindghat to Joshimath (Drive)
Post breakfast, we start our trek back from Ghagharia to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. Hot lunch on the trek route. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for sightseeing in Joshimath and/or Auli this afternoon .
Day 06 : Joshimath to Haridwar/Rishikesh
Post early breakfast, we start our drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh in air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Lunch on the way.Post dinner, drop at Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway station. Trip ends with fond memories. Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for city sightseeing in Haridwar/Rishikesh in the evening.


Price Includes:
1. All land transfers in air conditioned shared private vehicle from Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway station and back as per itinerary.
2. 05 night accommodation as per itinerary on double sharing basis .
3. All meals (06 Breakfast, 06 Lunch, and 06 Dinner) for the trip duration as per itinerary.
4. Entry fee for Valley of Flowers as applicable.
5. Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license-holder local trekking guide (one guide for upto 9 pax).
6. All taxes
Price Excludes:
1. Travel Insurance or any other kind of insurance(Trekkers are advised to obtain applicable insurance on their own).
2. Costs and expenses for medical treatment in case of evacuation or in case of any medical condition or emergency or otherwise for any reason.
3. Any accommodation, travel or transport outside of the above itinerary for any reason.
4. Single supplement or request for accommodation on twin sharing basis will be charged extra.
5. Hire charges for mules if hired by trekkers for personal luggage or personal ride.
6. Rope way, chair-lift or other charges for sightseeing in Auli or Joshimath.
7. Meals other than B,L,D as indicated in the itinerary or charges for mineral water, other beverages or drinks.
8. Any expense of personal nature or any gifts, tips or donations.
9. Any drinks, tips for the guide and porter etc.
10. Any other cost or expense which is not specifically included in the price inclusion.

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