A world heritage site, the valley is situated at a very remarkable area, which is the conversion point of Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayas. This fairyland located in the high altitudes of Himalayas is protected by snowy mountains. Bounded by the magnificent mountain ranges and glittering glaciers, this place unfolds the charisma and charm of nature at its best.
A scenic place where the nature blooms with its entire vista can be accessible by a tedious but lovely stroll. Eye catching spectacles like the cascading waterfalls, small streams and above all the flowery meadows awaits the visitors all through the way. With the flamboyant paddocks, crystalline streams and majestic peaks, this baroque of flowers is a worthy watch spectacle. Also witness the wildlife in national park: Lime Butterfly, gray langur, flying squirrel, Himalayan black bear, red fox, and Himalayan weasel.
Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath - 275 km, 10-11 hrs, 1900m/6,200ft.
We will drive along the Ganga and Alaknanda rivers to reach Joshimath, from Haridwar and though the drive is long, it is quite interesting as we will drive through the holy towns of Rishikesh, Rudra Prayag and Dev Prayag. Overnight stay in Guest House, at Joshimath.
Day 2: Joshimath - Ghangaria Trek - 26 km, 4 -5 hrs, 9800ft
From Joshimath to Govindghat the distance is 22km.An early morning hour-long drive will take us to Govindghat, from where we will start our trek by first crossing the river Alaknanda by a bridge at Govindghat. Next, we will start walking through lush forest areas and a few villages, towards the Bhyundar valley. Lush green landscape and cascading waterfalls will greet us on our first day of trekking. Enjoy the wonderful sights as much as you can, because the strainful steep ascent will commence henceforth. You will reach Gangharia before nightfall, attaining an altitude of 10, 000 feet. The stay will be at a guest-house.
Day 3: Ghangaria - Valley of Flower - Ghangaria.- 5 km, 3-4 hrs
This is the day we will make the much anticipated short ascent to the valley and we promise the valley will not disappoint. Its peaceful and soothing landscape will strike a chord with your heart and you will be able to witness what unperturbed nature, really is like. Sprawling green meadows, decorated with diverse alpine flowers and happy little streams flowing by – all with the picturesque mountains all around. The Ratban Parvat greets you at the entrance of the valley, to the left if the Nar Parvat which separates the Badrinath valley and the valley of flowers. We will spend 3-4 hours basking in the mind-numbing beauty of the valley. Several soulful moments later begin your return trek to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
Day 4: Ghangaria - Hemkund – Ghangaria – 5 km, 7 Hrs, 14100ft
Today’s trek will be to Hemkund Sahib, a famous Sikh Shrine, next to a placid lake which is surrounded by wildflowers. The climb is steep at places and will take us 3-4 hours. Pilgrims often take a dip in the freezing cold water of the lake, which is a difficult task. However, the hot tea served in the Gurudwara afterwards is divine. We will also visit the Laxman Mandir, next to the Gurudwara and then head back to Ghangria.
Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath – 13 Km, 5 hours, 20 mins
After your breakfast in the morning we descend to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. From this place Badrinath is 25 km away and take 1 hrs to reach. You can visit Badrinath only if road and weather condition permits us.
Day 6: Joshimath to Haridwar
After finishing the breakfast, We will leave from Joshimath for Haridwar. It will be around 8-9 hours journey. You will reach Haridwar by evening. The trip ends here.
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun, reach Haridwar one day early if coming by flight.
There are many regular bus services from Delhi to Haridwar, from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate. We would suggest taking only government buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Usually, buses drop you at Haridwar bus station. From there you have to come to Haridwar Railway Station.
An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. - From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205) - From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009) - From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019) - From Chennai- Dehradun express (12687)
Trekking shoes: There will be several slippery patches on the trail, and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
Backpack (50-60 liter): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
Two warm layers: At the campsites, especially the higher ones, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-6 degrees. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woolen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair.
Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.