Govind Ghat , which is 270 km from Rishikesh and 20 km from Joshimath, is the motor head for the Valley of Flowers. At Govind Ghat porters and ponies are available for the 15 km trek to Ghangria. The trek begins after crossing Alaknanda by a suspension bridge and then along a mountain path on the right bank of Laxman Ganga. The trek passes through dense vegetation and whispering forests and Laxmanganga always appears to be hurrying down to meet Alaknanda down below. Then at 10th km is the bhyundar village from where a beautiful valley branches to Kagbhushandi. The trek to Valley of Flowers continues along the Laxman Ganga and at 3km from the village, Laxmanganga has to be crossed and then begins the final zig zag climb to Ghangria. Ghangria, nestled amidst the giant deodars, is the halting place for both Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Camping in the valley is not permitted, visitors have to spend the nights at Ghangria only. As the path from Ghangria gradually ascends to the Valley of flowers , glaciers, snow bridges, alpine flowers and wildlife begin to appear along this 4 km trek. At 4 km, one only touches the valley and the colourful patterns lie ahead up to a distance of 10 kms.
This easy grade 4 km uphill hike to Gorson Bugyal starts from Auli top. The trail passes through deodar (cedar) tree forest. Rhododendrons bloom in April here. Enroute there is a beautiful local temple. Gorson Bugyal is a spectacular lush green meadows with expansive 360 degree Himalayan Panorama and stunning views of Nanda Devi on one side and Barmal on the other. Meadows adorn a carpet of tiny wild flowers post monsoon. Sparkling white, snow- covered meadows is a different but spectacular sight in winters. Day hike to Gorson Bugyal is almost a 'must visit' if you are in Auli anytime of the year.
Day 01 : Haridwar/Rishikesh to Joshimath
Early morning (5:30 am-6:30 am) arrival and pick-up from Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Station. We start our drive to Joshimath (via Devprayag, Rudraprayag Karanprayag and Nandprayag) in an air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Breakfast and lunch on the way.
Reach Joshimath and evening free to relax and acclimatize. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Joshimath is a small town in the Uttarakhand Garhwal hills on the banks of Alaknanda River. This place is very famous for Sankracharya temple and is also the hub for many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Garhwal Himalayas.
Day 02 : Joshimath to Govindghat (drive) to Ghangharia (trek)
Post early breakfast, you drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (a small hamlet situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and roaring Laxman Ganga and start point for the fully escorted treak).
Govind Ghat to Ghangharia (base village for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib) is a beautiful trek route with magnificent views and river accompanying you throughout. Hot lunch on the trek route.
In the late afternoon, arrive at Ghangharia on the banks of Laxman Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay in Ghangria.
Day 03 : Day visit to Valley of Flowers (Max Altitude 3658 mtr)
Post breakfast, start our fully escorted trek to Valley of Flowers. The first part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadows. Arrive and explore the area. Witness several varieties of rare flowers including Blue Poppy, Potentilla, Geranium and and hundreds of others. Packed lunch, flasks full of hot beverages as well as assorted refreshments will be arranged.
Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04 : Day visit to Hemkund Sahib (Max Altitude 4632 mtr)
Post breakfast today we start our fully escorted trek to Hemkund - internationally acclaimed, one of the finest high latitude lakes in Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is also a place of worship for Sikhs and Hindus. Its an uphill trek to reach Hemkund.See the crystal clear lake with astonishing views of surrounding peaks, visit Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and Lakshman Temple on the banks of the lake.Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05 : Ghangharia to (trek) and Govindghat to Joshimath (Drive)
Post breakfast, we start our trek back from Ghagharia to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. Hot lunch on the trek route. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for sightseeing in Joshimath and/or Auli this afternoon
Day 06 : Joshimath to Haridwar/Rishikesh
Post early breakfast, we start our drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh in air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Lunch on the way.Post dinner, drop at Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway station. Trip ends with fond memories.
Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for city sightseeing in Haridwar/Rishikesh in the evening.