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Chamoli Garhwal, Uttrakhand - Trekking

Valley of Flowers - A National Park
2015 Trekking, Travelling and Photography Andy Rawat
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Valley of flowers located between Himalayas-Zanskar Range, trek renowned for meadows of endemic alpine flowers and variety of flora found. The most beautiful Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula blooming in thousands in valley from mid July to mid August. apparently Valley flowering pattern changes its colors every fortnight during the month of July-August. Flowers variety like saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, denthus, turmopsis, primula, dadiculatar, pontitala, geranium, cipro nepolysis, holly, pansy, zinnia, petunia, fox, caropsis dynthus etc. When the sun shines hot on field, thousands of flowers bloom. Also home the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep.

A British mountaineer Frank Smythe discovered it in 1931 and stayed here for many days. Then he wrote a book called "The Valley of Flowers". Soon after, place became world famous. After reading book many tourists came here. English woman called Margaret Lague, who came here in 4th july, 1939. She was trying to pick one of rare flower, she slipped from a rock and fell into a chasm to her death. In her memory the tombstone on her grave reads as "My eyes will forever drink in the beauty of the mountains which gave me strength and inspiration". The tourists who visit this valley never fail to visit her grave. VOF was declared National Park in 1982.

“Everybody wants to reach the peak, but there is no growth on the top of a mountain. It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.” – Andy Andrew
Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: HARIDWAR TO GOVIND GHAT

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Overnight Drive, arrive at Haridwar Bus Stand early morning, which will take approximately 10-12 hours. Early morning after breakfast, we arrange shared jeep and start our scenic drive to Govindghat via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, KaranPrayag, NandPrayag, Joshimath.


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After long drive, we reach Joshimath (253 Km). Joshimath is a town in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, and is the starting point for a number of treks. After 15 minutes short break, drive to Govindghat (22 Km). reached Govind Ghat, checkin Gurudwara, had Dinner and get a good night’s sleep.


Day 2: GOVIND GHAT TO GHANGARIA

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After breakfast we start trek to Ghangaria Village (14 km). The trek starts right after you cross the bridge over the Alaknanda River. From Govindghat there is a zigzag trekking trail straightens through an ascending valley and well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Trail leads into beautiful Bhyundar valley alongside the Laxman Ganga River.


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Its roughly 14 km trek. Half of it involves walking parallel to the river. The entire trek is full of natural splendors including waterfalls-Water Springs and dense forest. Small tea shops run across the trekking route. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Valley of Flowers, Overnight at Gurudwara.


Day 3: GANGARIA TO VALLEY OF FLOWERS

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Early morning after brakfast, we start trek towards the Valley Of Flowers from Ghangaria. You will reach the entry gate of the Valley of Flowers National Park, where you will buy tickets. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge.


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After a 3 Kms trek crossing the bridge and you will reach first small stream which marks the start of Valley of flowers. We had lunch in the valley and absorb the beauty than we trek back to Ghangaria. Best time would be mid July to mid August to see most extreme quantities of blossoms.


Day 4: GHANGARIA TO GOVINDGHAT

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After relax trek, had breakfast and ready for descending trek to back to Govindghat via the same route. After reach Govind Ghat, had dinner and spend Overnight: Gurudwara


Day 5: GOVINDGHAT TO RISHIKESH

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Early morning breakfast, Catch shared jeep and drive to Rishikesh via Joshimath, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag Sri Nagar, Devprayag than Rishikesh. Reached Rishikesh at 5 PM, Spend few time in Parmarth Arti and had dinner at Chotiwala Restaurent. Again Overnight Drive, reached Delhi early morning at 5-6 AM.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR : Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, 48 km from Haridwar. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun

BY TRAIN : An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata ctc.

BY ROAD : By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Regular bus from Delhi Kashmiri Gate - Haridwar updown.


WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED ?

Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS): Shortness breath, Mild headache & Tiredness are some common in high altitude trek. Risk of being hit by AMS is considerably low but you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. In case of any medical emergencies, there are easy exit points on this trek, means evacuation will generally not take more than 24 hours.


HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREK

Prepration: Fight again sub-zero temperatures, carry multi layers throughout winter trek and practice carrying packed backpack to comfortable with it. Carrying dry fruits will help on trek since they provide instant energy. The ascent-descent during the trek demands level of fitness. Begin your fitness preparation, jogging 5 Km in 30 minute before One month or two before start the trek, stretching exercises for flexibility are important so you don’t get cramps in trek.

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Andy Rawat Very passionate about visual design. I'm enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. The point is when I see a sunset, waterfall or something, for a split second it's so great, bcoj a little bit I'm out of my brain. And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.
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