Saturday, July 24, 2010

Upcoming Trek – Valley of Flowers

<this is the first post I’m creating using Windows Live Writer – get it as a part of Windows Live Essentials here>

I’ll be leaving 26th July for a 9 day trek to the Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand on the organized by the Karnataka Mountaineering Association (KMA). This high altitude Himalayan valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and renowned for its flora and fauna, including many endangered ones. The Valley of Flowers was declared a National Park in 1982 and is located in Uttarakhand in the upper reaches of Gharwal on the Zanskar range of Himalayas.

The Valley of Flowers was “re”-discovered by a British mountaineer (Frank S Smythe) in 1931 by accident when he lost his way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt Kamet, he subsequently wrote a book on it titled “Valley of Flowers”. The park is open only in summer during the months between June and October, and is covered by heavy snow for the rest of the year.

We will also be visiting Hemkund Sahib (Lake of Ice) where the high altitude lake Hemkund is located at 4329m. This is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus (Sri Lakshmi Mandir) and for Sikhs (Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib).


Day Date Program
1 26 July 2010 Arrive at Delhi and take Mussouri Express to Haridwar
2 27 July 2010 Arrive at Haridwar and onward to Joshimath by bus
3 28 July 2010 Joshimath to GovindGhat by bus and trek to Gangaria (3048m)
4 29 July 2010 Trek from Gangaria to Valley of Flowers (3962m) and back
5 30 July 2010 Trek from Gangaria to Hemkund Sahib (4329m) and back
6 31 July 2010 Trek from Gangaria to GovindGhat and onward to Badrinath by bus
7 1 August 2010 Badrinath to Auli and onward to Birahi by bus
8 2 August 2010 Birahi to Rishikesh by bus and catch train to Delhi
9 3 August 2010 Arrive at Delhi


Map courtesy moreAdventures.



  1. hi how was the trip? i m planning one in sept 2011.. any tips to share?

    what is your opinion on lowepro models nova 170aw, inverse 100aw, and outback 100 models? for trek purpose

  2. hi,

    a group of us a planning a trip around the 15th aug weekend. Can you suggest a decent place to put up?