Valley of Flower - Hemkund Sahib - Trek

The local peoples had always known the valley that avoided getting to this area for fear of fairies, which they believed, would take them, away. It was in 1931 that frank Smithe and Holdsworth stumbled into the valley while returning from their successful kamet expedition and were " At once transported from a region of Solemn austerity to a fairy land of Dainty flowers, most of them dwarf but brilliant in colors". Legends associate this valley area with " Gandha Madan " from where Hanuman of Ramayana collected Sanjivini herb to revive Laxmana the younger brother of Rama. The best time to visit the valley is during the monsoons in July and August when innumerable varieties of flowers bloom and present a spectacular sight. The valley itself is 10 km long and 2 km wide in a conical shape, with the river Pusphavati flowing through it. After one get down at Govindghat on the main Badrinath highway,
It involves a trek of 15 km to reach Ghangria wherefrom a further short trek of 4 km leads one to the edge of the valley. Reasonable boarding and lodging facilities is available at Ghangria. While returning one may like to trek about 12 km, westward and reach the motor road near Hanuman Chatti through the Khunt Khal (4572m).
The valley ranges between 3358m in altitude.There is an adventurous route from Ghangria, a steeper one, leads to the high- altitude Lokpal lake, known as Hemkund (4329m) is about 4-6 hours. Encircled by seven snow- clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene water.
The glacier from Hathi Parvat and Sapt Shring peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Him Ganga flows out of the lake.IT is believed that Guru Govind Singh, tenth guru of the sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake. There is a sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of this lake.The snows floral beauties, rock sculptures and the entire environment- everything is divine.

Hemkund Sahib Photo Gallery

General Information

Location: Garhwal Himalaya
Type: Moderate to Strenuous
Altitude: 4329 mts.
Best Season: June & September
Duration: 06 Days
Trekking Itinerary
Day 1 Rishikesh - Joshimath
Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath (1874 mt / 250 Km.) which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. Lunch enroute. Evening arrive at Joshimath and check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangharia Trek
After breakfast, drive to reach Govindghat (1828 mt / 22Km). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria(3049 mt / 14 km Trek) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.
Day 3 Ghangharia - Hemkund - Ghangharia Trek
Early in the morning start trekking (7 Km) to reach "HEMKUND SAHIB". In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for overnight stay. Evening is free for rest & relaxation.
Day 4 Ghangharia - Valley of Flower - Ghangharia Trek
Early in the morning start trekking (5 Km) to reach "VALLEY OF FLOWER". In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for overnight stay. Evening is free for rest & relaxation.
Day 5 Ghangharia - Govindghat - Joshimath
TREK 16 KM Morning after early breakfast, start return trek to Govindghat and then drive to Rudraprayag via Joshimath and Karnaprayag. On arrival, check into hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6 Joshimath - Rishikesh
Morning breakfast and 250 Km. drive to Rishikesh .
Required Trekking Gear
* Trekking Shoes.
* Warm Clothes including Inner, Pullover, Jackets and Cap.
* Trousers, Shorts and T-Shirts, Cotton Socks.
* Wind and Rain Suit.
* Personal First Aid Kit & Personal toiletries.
* Backpacks for Clothes, water bottle, Torch & Camera

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