The Valley Of Flowers Trek l Travel and Discover Uttrakhand

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Information about The Valley Of Flowers Trek l Travel and Discover Uttrakhand

Published on June 27, 2009

Author: Synapses



Nestled high in the GarhwalHimalaya, the Valley of Flowers National Parkis renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Its ‘gentle’landscape, breath‐takinglybeautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of the surrounding NandaDeviNational Park is renowned.
The Valley was introduced to the world as the Valley of Flowers by Frank S. Smythe‐mountaineer, explorer, botanist who camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did valuable exploratory work. He authored a book called "The Valley of Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendors of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature‐enthusiasts all over the world.


CONTENTS 1. About:  The Valley of Flowers …3 Hemkund Sahib …4 Badrinath …4 2. Itinerary – 6 Days/ 5 Nights …5 3. Route map …7 4. Package Details …8 5. About Us …9 6. Contact …10 ‐2‐

The Valley of Flowers (3,500‐3,962m/11,483‐12,998ft) Nestled  high  in  the  Garhwal Himalaya,  the  Valley  of  Flowers  National  Park is  renowned  for  its  meadows  of  endemic  alpine  flowers  and  outstanding  natural  beauty.  This  richly  diverse  area  is  also  home  to  rare  and  endangered  animals,  including  the  Asiatic  black  bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.  Its  ‘gentle’ landscape,  breath‐takingly beautiful  meadows  of  alpine  flowers  and  ease  of  access  complement  the  rugged,  mountain  wilderness  for  which the inner basin of the surrounding Nanda Devi National Park is renowned. The Valley was introduced to the world as the Valley of Flowers  by  Frank  S.  Smythe ‐ mountaineer,  explorer,  botanist  who  camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and did  valuable  exploratory  work.  He  authored  a  book  called  "The  Valley of Flowers" which unveiled the beauty and floral splendors  of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel  to nature‐enthusiasts all over the world. ‐3‐

Hemkund Sahib (4,632m/15,200ft) Hemkund,  a  glacial  lake  surrounded  by  seven  peaks,  is  located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an elevation of over  15,200 ft  (4,632 m)  in  Uttarakhand and  accessible  only  by  foot  from  Govindghat on  the  Rishikesh – Badrinath highway.  It  is  most  known  for  a  gurudwara,  Hemkund  Sahib,  associated  to  the  Sikh  guru,  Guru  Govind Singh,  and is one of the most sacred of Sikh shrines. Badrinath (3,415m/11,204ft) Cradled  in  the  twin  mountain  ranges  of  Nar and  Narayan along the left bank river Alaknanda, with the  splendid Neelkanth mountain as the backdrop, is the  holiest  of  the  ‘Char  Dham’ shrines.  Legend  dates  it  prior to the Vedic age though it was re‐established by  Adi Shankaracharya,  an  important  Hindu  saint  in  8th  century  A.D.  As  per  ancient  scriptures  "There  are  many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth  and the nether world, but there has been none equal  to ‘Badri’, nor shall there be".  ‐4‐

ITINERARY Day 1: New Delhi – Haridwar – Joshimath (by Train/bus,  Travel Time: 5hrs) (Distance: 277km,  Travel Time: 7 ‐8 hrs Elevation: Joshimath – 1,875m/6,151ft) 1 Arrive  at  Haridwar  station  by  4  a.m/early  morning  and  commence  our  drive  to  Joshimath via  Rishikesh  – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karanprayag.  Day 2: Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangharia (by road – Distance: 18km /trek – 14km,  Travel Time: 7 ‐8 hrs Elevation: Govindghat – 1,828m/5,997ft, Ghangharia – 3,048m/10,000ft) Drive to Govindghat at the confluence of the Laxman Ganga & the  Alaknanda rivers.  Trek  from  Govindghat to  Ghangaria for  15  kms.  through  dense  vegetation  to  the  base  camp  for  the  Valley  of  Flowers. It is a gradual uphill trek.  Day 3: Ghangharia – Valley of Flowers Distance: 3km, Travel Time: 2 hrs Elevation: Valley of Flowers – 3,500‐3,962m/11,483‐12,998ft) Early morning wake up call followed by breakfast. Post breakfast we start for the trek to the Valley of Flowers(3650‐3965 mts) with  a packed lunch. The valley boasts of more than 300 species of rare  wild flowers including the blue Poppy, pink Geraniums, blue and  yellow Pansies to name a few. In the afternoon trek back to the  Ghangaria camp. ‐5‐

ITINERARY Day 4: Ghangharia – Hemkund Sahib (Distance: 5km, Travel Time: 3 hrs Elevation: Hemkund Sahib – 4,632m/15,200ft) 1 Trek  to  Gurudwara Hemkund  Sahib  – famous  and  revered  Sikh  shrine.  One  of  the  holiest  and  the  highest  Gurudwara in  the  Himalayas, Hemkund is a bluish green lake flanked by snow covered  peaks. The 5‐km trek to Hemkund is a steep climb along the Laxman Ganga,  which  emanates  from  Hemkund.  Packed  lunch.  Post  lunch  we trek back to camp at Ghangharia. Day 5: Ghangharia – Govindghat – Badrinath (Distance: trek – 14km /by road – 26km,  Travel Time: 5 – 6 hrs  Elevation: Govindghat – 1,828m/5,997ft, Badrinath – 3,415m/11,204ft) Trek  back  to  Govindghat.  Post  lunch  we  drive  to  Badrinath,  A  picturesque  drive  through  Vishnuprayag and  Govindghat.  Visit  the  main temple in the evening. Overnight at hotel.  Day 6: Badrinath – Haridwar/Rishikesh (Distance: 297/321km,  Travel Time: 8 hrs) Start the drive to Haridwar early morning after magnificent sunrise  views  of  the  Neelkanth and  surrounding  peaks.  Option  to  extend  the plan with an overnight stay in Rishikesh or Haridwar or depart  for New Delhi. ‐6‐


PACKAGE DETAILS Head Cost per person 6 days / 5 Nights (Valley of Flowers Trek) INR 15,000/‐ Add on: Ex – Delhi  INR    1,550/‐ ‐ Delhi‐Haridwar and back by Train/Deluxe Coach  ‐ Transfers on arrival and departures in Delhi Package Includes: ‐ • All meals during the trek. • Transportation from Haridwar to all the mentioned destinations and back by cabs accommodating 4. • Accommodation on twin/triple share in tents/comfortable lodges. • Camping  logistics  complete  with  tents,  sleeping  bags,  guides,  porters,  kitchen  setup,  cook  etc  where  required.  • Services of a Synapses’ trip leader. Package does not Include: ‐ • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, beverages, medical expenses etc • Any Insurance. • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions. ‐8‐

ABOUT US About Synapses: As an organization, Synapses comes across as one with a lot of  energy and enthusiasm at its core, one that wants to learn more  and do better. With a team of young and passionate enthusiasts,  Synapses puts forward its expertise in Outdoor Education, Travel,  and Adventure.  An extensive background in training coupled with a  passion for the Great Outdoors has enabled Synapses to set up a formal approach to learning with experience  – ‘Experiential Learning’. The Team has specialized in mountaineering and experiential learning activities with  the  most  reputed  institutions of  the  country,  like  the  Himalayan Mountaineering  Institute,  Nehru  Institute  of  Mountaineering & National Outdoor Leadership School. A unique blend of corporate  and  outdoor  experience  has  thus  enabled  Synapses  develop  an  edge  in  delivering  quality  training,  while  building  on  ‘Camaraderie’ &  developing ‘Leadership Skills’for organizations and educational institutions. Whilst  keeping  the  remotest  parts  of  the  world  as  the  centre  of  their  activities,  Synapses  endeavors    to  encourage and inspire individuals of any level through positive experiences and  participation  in  engaging  and  motivating tasks and events. The association: Our  association  represents  our  commitment  to  each  other  borne  out  of  having  understood  our  collective  values, objective and vision. Together we aim to establish distinct benchmarks in our endeavors, while at the  same time realizing our responsibilities towards society and the environment. With the association thus established, we look forward to enriching experiences, that of our customers and our  very own as well! ‐9‐

CONTACT For details, clarifications and bookings, please contact any one on  the team Aditya Shinde Mandeep Dhillon Rohit Chawla - +91 9968330067 - +91 9968323205 - +91 9871042235 or mail your details and queries to: log on : Synapses 1021, Sector 29, Noida (NCR) Uttar Pradesh, INDIA – 201 301  Tel: +91 120 4321869     Fax: +91 120 4257027 Our planet has never been as vulnerable as it is today, We have taken a pledge to carry with us, at all times, a commitment to conservation ‐ 10 ‐

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