Frank Smythe, a famous mountaineer and explorer officially discovered the Valley of Flowers, in the Garhwal Himalayas in 1931.
The Valley of Flowers is reputed to be an enchanting sight `a land ablaze with a bewildering variety of flowers fluttering in the gentle intermittent breeze which wafts their fragrance abroad, set amidst majestic snow clad mountains that stand in bold relief against the skyline'.
Day 1: Delhi - Snow Leopard Adventures Camp
Board the Dehradun Shatabdi Express from New Delhi Railway Station at 0655 hrs. Breakfast on board. Arrive at Haridwar Railway Station at 1115 hrs.
Meet, assist and transfer to Snow Leopard Adventures camp by a Snow Leopard Representative. Camp welcome and orientation talk by the camp manager. Post lunch, we go for a warm up trek in the surrounding areas. The other option is to try your hands at rappelling down a 30 ft rock face with specialized equipment under the strict supervision of our qualified instructor.
Evening around a merry campfire. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.
Day 2: Joshimath/ Auli
Drive to Joshimath (270 kms) on a mountainous road. This is a very scenic drive along the Ganga River and later by the Alaknanda River. Overnight at a hotel in Joshimath.
Day 3: Drive to Govindghat and trek to Ghangharia
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. Overnight at Nature Resort.
Day 4: Ghangharia-Hemkund Sahib
Trek to Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib - a famous and revered Sikh shrine.It is one of the holiest Sikh shrines and the highest Gurudwara in the Himlayas. 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. Picnic lunch. Post lunch we trek back to camp. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 5: Valley of Flowers
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. Overnight in camp.
Day 6: Trek
Trek back to Govindghat and drive back to Joshimath/Auli. Overnight at a hotel in Joshimath.
Day 7: Drive back to Snow Leopard Adventu4res Camp
Drive back to Snow Leopard Adventures Camp for a late lunch. Post lunch, at leisure. Overnight at the camp.
Day 8: Shivpuri - Delhi. Return to Delhi.
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