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Valley Of Flowers Trek with Tungnath


Duration : 8/11 days Ex. Delhi, 5/8 Trekking Days
Trek Grade :
Easy

Vallery of flowers , Base Camp, Vallery of Flowers Trekking

In 1931, Frank S. Smythe, who was part of a team of six British mountaineers that climbed Kamet, came across a valley beyond Bhyundar Pass that had “lush meadows… embowered amidst flowers. The Bhyundar Valley was the most beautiful valley that any of us had seen.” Smythe in his book recalls that his camp was surrounded by a variety of flowers – primulas, white anemones, golden nomocharis, marigolds, globe flowers, delphiniums, violets, eritrichiums, blue corydalis, white roses and rhododendrons. Higher up, near the moraine, were saxifrage, yellow and red potentilla, geranium, asters and gentians, so many that “it was impossible to take a step without crushing a flower”

Today this Bhyundar Valley is not very different from how Frank Smythe first found it to be. Through strict environmental control and tight Government of India regulations, the sanctity of Frank Smythe’s discovery – the Valley of Flowers has been carefully preserved. If you stand at the foot of the valley, grassy meadows run down to the cleft of the stream, which, even in August, is still fringed by ice. On both sides, green slopes turn to dark rock as they vault into deep blue skies. Rising gently, the valley ends as notch on the horizon, crested by the snows of the Rataban (6,166m) and Nilgiri (6474m) peaks. And underfoot, the flowers that give the valley its name.

The Valley Of Flowers is accessible from a remote village in the Indian Himalaya called Gangharia. Getting to Gangharia is a small adventure in itself. For us the starting point of this adventure is Wayfarer Solitaire at Ranikhet in Kumaon Himalaya.

Day-0 : Delhi- Overnight Train
Take the overnight train from Old Delhi Railway Station to Kathgodam (Train No. 5013, Departure 22.40 hrs. IST)

Day 1 : Kathgodam - Ranikhet
Arrive at Kathgodam railway station 06.30 hrs. Received by Wayfarer escort and transferred to a waiting vehicle after a short break. Drive to Ranikhet (90 kms. 3 hrs.) for over- night stay at a Resort. The day is free for local sightseeing and acclimatization.

Day 2 : Ranikhet – Joshimath/ GovindGhat(220/240kms.; 8-9 hrs.)
Drive from Ranikhet to Joshimath: The drive from Ranikhet is across some of the most scenic countryside in Kumaon and Garhwal Himalaya. The well laid out mountain road winds itself past some of the popular towns and villages of this region such as Kausani, Baijnath, Gwaldham, Karnprayag, Nandprayag, Chamoli and Pipalkoti. Starting early we get to Joshimath by evening. Overnight stay is in a rest house / three star hotel.

Day 3 : Joshimath to Govindghat - Ghangharia (1828 mts./22 kms.; 13 Km trek.):

A less than two hour drive along the Alaknanda river brings us to Govindghat. From here our trek starts. On a given day there are hundreds of Sikh pilgrims headed for the Shrine at Hemkund, and alighting from our jeeps we join this joyous group heading up to Ghangaria. The ascending mule track climbs past terraced fields and vegetation to the hamlet of Pulna (3 km). From here the trail is a little wilder and more forested, with occasional glimpses of snow peaks. The 7 kms. fromPulna to Bhyundar Village are a steady ascent and the altitude is moderate. Shortly after Bhyundar, the trail crosses the Laxman Ganga, over a bridge elevated by giant boulders. The trail is steeper now but Ghangaria is only 3 km. away. Our campsite is beyond Gangharia in a relatively isolated area.

Day 4 : Day visit to Valley of Flowers :
Current Government regulations do not permit any camping within the notified are of the valley and entry to the valley is restricted to permit holders only. The trail is well chalked out, and is a delightful ramble as it climbs gently through a coniferous forest, before descending to a bridge, and check-post that mark the official entry to the Valley of Flowers. Climbing up a rocky trail, with the forest behind us, the first flowers begin to appear. Every morning after breakfast, trekkers would be escorted into this garden of Eden to explore different cross sections of the Bhyundar Valley. Packed lunches, flasks full of hot beverages as well as assorted refreshments would also be arranged. By evening the group would be escorted back to our base camp at Gangharia where dinner would be served after a round of refreshments..

Day 5 : Day visit to Valley of Flowers

Day-6 : Gangharia - Hemkund - Gangharia (4329 mts./6 kms.; 4 hrs 1 way)
Hemkund is a special place and a “must see”. Situated at a height of 4329m, the place has a lake on whose banks are a Lakshman Temple and a Gurudwara of Guru Govind Singh. Guru Govind Singh is revered by Sikhs, Hindus and others and over the years Hemkund has acquired international acclaim.

Day 7 : Gangharia to Govindghat and back to Joshmath - Rudraprayag
We follow the same track and return to Govindghat, where we board a waiting jeep that drives us to Joshimath. Further drive to Karanprayag and Rudraprayag. Overnight stay in Hotel / Tourist Banglow.

Day 8 : Rudraprayag – Haridwar - Delhi
Morning after breakfast start journey for Haridwar. Reach Hardwar, and board the Shatabdi express from haridwar rly station, reaching Delhi by 10.45 pm, check into a hotel at Delhi.

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Day 8 : Rudraprayag – Chopta - Tungnath
Drive upto Chopta via Ukhimath, them trek up for 3.5 kms to Tungnath. There is a well paved path going steadily up with lot of pilgrims going up. One of the PanchKedars (5 shiva temples in the Himalayas), Tungnath is the highest of all the temples. We camp on a meadow well below the temple, away from the crowds.

Day 9: Tungnath – Chandrashilla – Tungnathi
After Breakfast we go and visit Tungnath temple. After temple visit we climb further to Chandrashilla peak. Return by lunch. Later in the evening we visit the ridge beside the temple which is the vantage point to look for Monals / Ghurals.

Day 10 : Tungnath – Chopta – Rishikesh
After breakfast we trek down to Chopta, board the waiting vehicle and drive down to Rishikesh via Rudraprayag, Deoprayag. Overnight stay at a hotel/resort near Rishikesh..

Day 11 : Rishikesh – Haridwar - Delhi
Drive to Haridwar and further travel to Delhi by road or train.

Badrinath temple is just 22Kms from GovindGhat, if we want to visit Badrinath temple as well, can we can do it on our return from VOF, but we will need an extra day for that.

Cost      
Aug 2014 4 Person 6 Person 8 Person
Net cost per person in INR 45000 41500 40000

Cost Includes:
  • Stay at Ranikhet /Govindghat/Rudraprayag/Rishikesh in 2-3 star hotels with all meals.
  • Stay at Ghangharia in Tents/Clean basic hotels.
  • Transport by ChevorletTavera/Innova as per group size from Kathgodam to Haridwar.
  • All meals during the trek.
  • An escort through-out the trip.
  • Camping equipment including Sleeping bags, Mats, Tents, Loo tent etc.
  • Support services like Mules to carry the luggage, chef, helpers etc on the trek.
  • Entry permits/eco fees levied by forest department, for Indian personals into the valley.
Cost does not include:
  • Travel / Transport from Delhi to Kathgodam and Haridwar/Rishikesh to Delhi.
  • Personal and incidental expenses.
  • Cost of evacuation in case of emergency and insurances etc.
  • Camera fees if any levied inside the valley.
  • Tips and gratitude.
 
 
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