DarkGreen Adventures (#DGA) invites you for a mind soothing trek to the mystical land called Valley of Flowers, World’s highest Gurudwara Hemkund and the last habituated village before Tibet on NH58. Stimulate a new traveler inside you in this backpacking trip.
Non-refundable advance: Rs.4000
Reporting place: Haridwar
Remaining amount to be paid during the trip.
#Saturday, 14th Aug
It is suggested that all participants reach Delhi in evening At midnight catch 12205 Nanda Devi Express to travel Haridwar
#Sunday, 15th Aug
04:00 - Reach Haridwar. This is the final meeting point.
05:00 - Catch Jeep for Govindghat. Enjoy the beautiful road journey along the river Alaknanda. On the way we will come across holy places like Devprayag, Rudraprayag etc.
18:00 - Reach Govindghat and relax.
#Monday, 16th Aug
08:00 - Badrinath Darshan
09:00 - Mana Village Excursion
10:00 - Small Trek for Acclimatization
Relax after Lunch
#Tuesday, 17th Aug
05:30 - Start trekking towards Ghangaria. This is a 14 km uphill trek and needs 7-8 hrs to complete. We will do it with ease while enjoying the nearby scenery. Trekking along River Pushpavati for the first 9 kms is amazingly beautiful. The last 4 kms are slightly steeper. Some rare species of birds and tailless rats can be seen here.
14:00 - Reach Ghangaria and check-in at the hotel. Hotels in Ghangaria serve very tasty north indian food.
#Wednesday, 18th Aug
06:00 - Early breakfast and then enter the valley of flowers checkpoint. Your ears are blessed with sounds of chirping birds and rhythmic flowing water with no pollution. We will have packed lunch at the Pushpawati River bed.
14:00 - Start trekking back to Ghangaria
17:00 - Come back to Ghangaria and enjoy the rest of evening as per the convenience of the group.
#Thursday, 19th Aug
07:00 - Start trekking to Sri Hemkund Sahib. The high altitude lake at 13500 ft is a treat for nature lovers. This 6 km trek is quite steep but worth it with sights of flowers like blue poppies, vajradanti and brahmakamal.
17:00 - Come back to Ghangaria and enjoy the rest of the evening as per the convenience of the group.
#Friday, 20th Aug
08:00 - Start trekking back to Govindghat.
15:00 - Have lunch at Govindghat. Govindghat is a peaceful place to stroll in the evening. Also enjoy the tea and prasad at Gurudwara
#Saturday, 21st Aug
06:00 - Take the first bus to Haridwar
18:00 - Reach Haridwar before evening. We will do some shopping or time pass in Haridwar till midnight. Trip ends here and you can take 12206 Nanda Devi Express to Delhi at midnight
#Sunday, 22nd Aug
05:00 - Reach Delhi in morning and disperse
- Virtually all expenses from Haridwar to Haridwar
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and refreshments
- Accommodation expenses
- Travel expenses in sumo from Haridwar onwards
- Entry charges at Valley of Flowers
- Trekking Guidance
- Basic fee does not include travel fare till Haridwar (i.e. flight and train)
- Travel Insurance, emergency evacuation or medical charges
- Any personal expenditure like hiring mules, porters etc.
- Bottled water/beverages etc.
Krishna Kuya – 9820285295 (Also available on WhatsApp)
Email – a3V5YSAhIGtyaXNobmEgfCBnbWFpbCAhIGNvbQ==
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Expectations from this trip:
- This is a backpack trip. We will travel in shared jeeps. We will choose a place of accommodation based on the group's opinion and the expertise of the group leader.
- Expect only simple vegetarian meals in your package.
- Drinking and smoking is not allowed on trips for two logical reasons. First - we are going to a place which is considered sacred by Hindus and Sikhs and we don’t want to hurt their sentiment. Secondly drinking is not recommended in any trek and smoking can be dangerous due to sudden change in altitude. Please don’t debate further on this issue.
- Our daily schedule during trips may differ from our usual daily life schedule with respect to day chores, tea timing, food timing etc. Please don’t complain about these petty issues.
- Respect the local people and their culture. We try to learn more from them about the place.
- Most of our decisions will be based on the group's opinion but the decision of the group leader will be final. You are expected to proactively be involved in helping the team.
Things to be carried
- Identity card
- Medical and consent form - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwDsRRLH0uscR1J1VWJ1aHhPV3c/
- Windproof Jacket, sweater and other warm clothes like muffler, gloves, winter cap etc. Temperature upto 5 degrees with wind chill is expected
- Sport shoes or trekking shoes
- At least two personal water bottles all the time during the trip.
- Personal medical kit, soap, paste etc. Please don’t expect to get medical stores everywhere.
- Carry your luggage in a backpack. You should be able to walk long distances carrying your luggage
Recommended but not compulsory:
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap etc.
- One bedsheet
- Juice packets, Fruits, Ready to eat food etc.
Valley of Flowers: Emerald mountain ranges, green meadows and white clouds fuse to create a dreamlike locale called Valley of Flowers. It is perched at an altitude of 3658m, where you may spot animals like Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox, brown bear and blue sheep. It’s a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and myriad alpine flowers make this place a colorful paradise. Pushpawati River bifurcates the valley into two parts. Cascading waterfalls are abundant while you’re traversing towards the valley. Declared as the National Park in 1982, the pristine beauty, mystical surroundings lures nature lovers, photographers and botanists.
Valley of Flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season. It is in full bloom during July, August and September.
Hemkund Sahib: Hemkund Sahib is the world’s highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 13500 feet. The Dasam Granth says God ordered Sikh Guru Gobind Singh to take birth while he was in deep meditation at the mount of Hemkund. Hemkund Sahib is always cold throughout the year. It is accessible only for 4 months in a year from June to September and the rest of the time it is full of snow. The weather at Hemkund Sahib changes very rapidly.
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