Trekking in Garhwal Himalayas - 7 Nights / 8 Days

Altitude: 3658m (the valley is 10km long and 2km wide)
Total no. of days: 8 Days
Type of Trek: Moderate
Total no. of trek days: 3 Days
Fixed Departure dates: Minimum 4 member group
Starting point of trek: Ghangaria
End point of trek: Govindghat

Location Chart: Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Hemkund Saheb - Ghangaria - Govindghat - Badrinath - Rishikesh - Delhi
Best time to Visit: April and May, September to mid-November.

In 1931 Frank Smyth, an English botanist and mountaineer, discovered the "Valley of Flowers" while returning from a successful expedition to Mt. Kamet. Local shepherds have always been aware of this valley since ages but it was Frank Smyth who through his book "Valley of Flowers" made this place famous worldwide. He came back to the Valley of Flowers in 1937 and stayed there from May to September to conduct a research on the local flora and fauna. During his stay in the Valley of Flowers he found 262 different types of rare flowers.

In 1939 Joan Margaret Legge, a botanist deputed by Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh came to the Valley of Flowers for further studies. While collecting flora samples she slipped from a rocky slope and was forever lost in this Garden of the Gods. In 1943, Joan Margaret Legge's elder sister visited the valley and built a memorial for her sister, Joan. The marble epitaph reads: 'I shall lift my eyes upto Himalayas from whence cometh my strength'.

The Valley of Flowers is situated at an altitude of 3658m. This valley is 10km long and 2km wide.

The trek to the Valley of Flowers starts from Govindghat which is 20km from Joshimath. Valley of Flowers is 16km from Govindghat. For overnight stay one can find hotels with very basic amenities in Ghangaria which is 13km from Govindghat as overnight camping is not allowed in the valley. This complete route is along a well-laid cobbled path.


Day 1: Delhi - Rishikesh ( 240km; 5 - 6 hrs drive )
Morning travel to New Delhi Railway station to board the connecting Shatabdi Express train at 0655 hrs. Reach Haridwar at 1122 hrs. On arrival pickup and drive to Rishikesh. Check in at a hotel. Evening visit to Lakshman Jhoola and Ram Jhula and attend "Ganga Aarti" at Swargashram. Overnight stay and dinner at Rishikesh.

Day 2: Rishikesh - Joshimath ( 255km;, 7 - 8 hrs drive )
After early morning breakfast drive to Joshimath. En route stop at Devprayag to witness the confluence of river Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to form the holy river Ganga. Driving ahead, en route lunch at Srinagar. Reach Joshimath by evening. On arrival check in at a camp/hotel. Overnight at camp/hotel.

Day 3: Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria ( 20km drive; 13km trek )
After early morning breakfast leave for Govindghat by road with packed/freshly prepared lunch. After the trek preparations, begin the trek to Ghangaria. Reach Ghangaria late in the afternoon. On arrival check in at a hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria ( 6km trek )
After breakfast trek to the Valley of Flowers ( 3km one way trek ) with packed lunch. Enjoy the beauty of rare high Himalayan flora at its best. The valley is at a height in the range of 3342m to 3658m and has been declared a national park for very rare Himalayan flora. Return to Ghangaria. Overnight at hotel ( all meals ).

Day 5: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria ( 10km trek )
After breakfast leave with packed lunch for Hemkund Sahib ( a Sikh religious place ) on the banks of Hemkund Lake at a height of 4320m. This trek is a gradual ascent on the cobbled path from the altitude of 3049m to 4320m in just 5km. Return to Ghangaria by evening. Overnight at hotel along with dinner.

Day 6: Ghangaria - Govindghat - Badrinath ( 13km trek; 25 km drive )
After breakfast trek down to Govindghat. Drive to Badrinath. On arrival check in at a hotel. After lunch visit the main temple of Lord Vishnu. Also visit Mana Village, the last village on Indian side to Tibetan border. Overnight stay at Badrinath

Day 7: Badrinath - Rishikesh. ( 300km; 9 - 10 hrs )
Early morning leave for Rishikesh on a day long drive. Lunch en route at Srinagar. Reach Rishikesh by evening. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel (breakfast and dinner ).

Day 8: Rishikesh - Delhi ( 240km; 5 - 6 hrs )
After morning breakfast leave for Haridwar. Visit Chandi Devi temple, Mercury Shivling at the Daksh temple. In the evening board the Shatabdi Express at 1810 hrs. Reach Delhi at 2245 hrs. On arrival we travel to the hotel/airport.

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