Valley of Flowers trek travelogue

Valley of Flowers trek travelogue Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti

This is an unedited travelogue written by Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti who was 63 years of age at the time of the tour to Valley of Flowers from August 10th to 16th, 2012.

From Haridwar to Govindghat

From Haridwar to Govindghat

I had a long cherished dream that some day I shall visit the beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley called Valley of Flowers (Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site) and Hemkunt Sahib which was also an abode for Pandavas for a certain period of time. The million dollar question was who shall make the travel arrangements and handle logistics. This question should never cross the minds of hard core trekkers but I am a 63 years old person with one kidney, and an insulin dependent diabetic patient who is under hypertensive medicine. Only plus point was that just one year before, I had been to Khardungla pass of Laddakh which is around 18600 ft and hence I knew that I should not have any high altitude related health problems during this trip.

Crossing a river on the way to Valley of Flowers

Crossing a river on the way to Valley of Flowers


Iron bridge on Pushpawati river on the way to Valley of Flowers

Iron bridge on Pushpawati river on the way to Valley of Flowers

In addition, I am a fairly regular morning walker. I, therefore, needed a professional tour operator who is compassionate about senior citizens and is capable of handling emergencies. Mr Devkant Sagwan of Blue Poppy Holidays Private Limited is one such person.

Our visit to Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib was between August 10 and August 16. Devkant had arranged our overnight accommodation on 9th in Haridwar. He told us that the next day you need to travel for the whole day and guided us to sleep early. As we need to start by 5am from our hotel.

Beautiful view of Valley of Flowers

Beautiful view of Valley of Flowers


Near a glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

Near a glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

On 10th, I along with 20 others, moved to Govindghat where we reached in the evening. We were accommodated in Hotel Badreesh, which has good bed rooms with western style toilets. These facilities were available at all the places which we had visited during the period. Mr. Devkant arranged for our food during our stay at Ghangharia from August 11 -13. We entered the Valley of Flowers on 11th afternoon but did not go to the core area (As we came from Govindghat to Ghangaria the same day). Devkant acquainted us with a number of flower and plant species.

On 12th Morning we entered the Valley of Flowers which was in full bloom. The beauty of the site cannot be described but is to be experience with one’s perception about nature nurtured by the Himalayas. The trek was thoroughly enjoyable. At Hemkund Sahib near Laxman Mandir we also saw a beautiful and rare tailless rat. You can see its picture in left, clicked by Mr Devkant Sangwan.

tail less rat at Hemkund sahib lake

tail less rat at Hemkund sahib lake

On 13th, I went to Hemkunt Sahib on a pony as trekking on foot for a person of my age and health history could be hazardous. We could see Brahmakamal, Blue Poppies and other rare flowers species there as well as on our way.

On 14th we went to Badrinath Dham and stayed in Hotel Pataliputra. The staying arrangements as well as food were very good. In the afternoon we went to Mana Village, the last village on Indian side and saw the origin of Saraswati on the Indian side (the river has is source in Mansarovar which is now in Tibet. We also saw the trek towards Swargarohani which starts from Mana and entered Vyas Gufa where Mahabharat was written. We had a Mandir Darshan in Badrinath in the late evening which was without any hassle as the temple in month of August is not crowded.

Nilkantha Peak - True Golden color

Nilkantha Peak – True Golden color

On August 15th, we saluted our National flag, got a glimpse of Neelkanth Parvat (Neelkanth Peak) from Badrinath and returned to Haridwar in the late evening and stayed at Tayal Dharamsala. On 16th we all left for New Delhi and then dispersed.

This tour will be one of the most memorable ones as the scenic beauty throughout the trip is breathtaking. When on sites, one realizes how wonderful the nature could be.

One note of caution for all prospective travelers:- Please do not proceed for the trip without getting yourself thoroughly checked up by a competent physician. Remember, there is no short cut to safety.


Dr.Tapan Chakrabarti
Emeritus Scientist
CSIR-NEERI
Nehru Marg
Nagpur-440020 (India)

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

3 comments on “Valley of Flowers trek travelogue
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan soumya says:

    hello 

    Please keep me updated about the group tour pacakage ib July.

    Im from banglore 🙂

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Dolat Patel says:

    Hi,Devkantji,congrate you for properly motivation Dr. Tapanji age 63+ in his critical health condition. And complited his tour sucssesfuly.

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