Trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is cleared.
After a long time I am happy to announce a good news that the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is officially cleared for human beings. But ponies can not cross River Alaknanda at Govindghat using present bridge. Moreover, there is no road/trek from NH-58 to the bridge. Officials hope that everything will be done by 10th September, 2013. The present bridge at Govindghat also needs to be enhanced so that ponies can also cross over. It is very important that ponies cross over because almost all the supplies to Ghangaria are taken over ponies. I have returned from Ghagaria recently and some of the pictures taken enroot are presented below.
The trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is washed off at many places and I need to trek through the river bed or from forest at some places. I went to Ghangaria 13th August, 2013. Now I have learnt from a local that trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is fully operational. It means we can easily go up to Hemkund Sahib at any time.
Trip to Valley of Flowers may be possible in 2013
There is high possibility of accessing Valley of Flowers in September 2013. The trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is constructed.
Earlier we used to cross River Pushpawati somewhere 3 kilometers after crossing Bhyundar Village but now the trek after Bhyundar village is almost washed off so now a new trek is made from the other side of the River Pushpawati right from Bhyundar Village itself and a bridge is constructed on Pushpawati River at Bhyundar Village.
Ghangaria is completely deserted as you can see in the picture below.
While coming back from Ghangaria I saw a bear on the other side of River Pushpawati.
Following is the video of this Bear.
After considering all the news and reports of Valley of Flowers, Ghangaria, Govindghat we can make out that the trek to Valley of Flowers may open by 15th September, the trek to Hemkund Sahib will open by 10th September. There is no official announcement by Gurudwara Committee to reopen Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. But for nature lovers there are many flowers at Hemkund Sahib Lake and nearby areas. A local has recently come back from Hemkund Sahib and told me that he saw lots of beautiful Blue Poppies, Braham Kamal, Bistorta Affinis and many more. In the second half of September the number of flowers at Hemkund Sahib is much more than the number of flowers in Valley of Flowers. So now we can plan for Valley of Flowers trip in September and if we are lucky we can enter valley, otherwise we can definitely go up to Hemkund Sahib and witness the beauty of nature.