Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful treks in India, this also happens to be one of those treks where a lot of trekkers begin their journey of exploring the Himalayas. Located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere, Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also India’s largest natural botanical garden. One of Uttarakhand’s most scenic destinations are the two adjoining treks, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib conveniently positioned between Joshimath and Badrinath.
Visit the abode of Flowers!
The valley opens up in a floral splendor from June up until September every year. A good 500 different species bloom and carpet the valley during this time. The riot of colors that trekkers get to see during this time period is beyond what words can describe. (Here’s a detailed photo album of our trek to Valley of Flowers)
Acclimatize in Auli
Visit India’s most popular and one & only ski destination – Auli on the first two days of the trek. Head out to the beautiful Gorson Bugyal for an acclimatization trek. Check the photoblog here.
Have hot langar by an Alpine Lake at 15,200 ft (4,633 m)
The Valley of Flowers trek is incomplete without an exhilarating climb to the world’s highest Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib. Nestled in the backdrop of the pristine Hemkund lake is the holy Gurudwara that is visited by over thousands of devotees and trekkers every year. (Click here to read a detailed photoblog on our trek to Hemkund Sahib)
Travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.
- Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi – the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first Prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as the Ganges.
- Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
- Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
- Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Mandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
- Vishnuprayag – The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath – Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
The trail to Gorsan Bugyal gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and many more. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. The landscapes will surely make you fall in love with photography.
Animals that reside in the Biosphere
Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic Black Deer, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Brown Bear, and Blue Sheep.
COVID-19 Links & Information:
After due considerations and post understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.