T.G. Longstaff and Frank Smythe for the out side world discovered this enchanting place by chance in 1931, though the local villagers of Bhundar valley knew it as Nandankanan since time immemorial. They feared venturing in to the valley, because of the spirit and fairies that were though to be haunting the beautiful valley. They feared that the spirits would carry them away.
More then 1000 varieties of flowers, ferns, and Himalayan herbs grow in the valley. The most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the Blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley.The best time to see the valley in full bloom is mid-July to mid-September.
Hemkund - Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary :
Day 1: Rishikesh-Joshimath
joshimath Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath (1890 Mt ) which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. The entire drive is along the Alaknanda river. Lunch enroute, Evening arrive at Joshimath and check into the hotel for meals and overnight stay.
Day 2: Joshimath-Govind ghat-Ghangaria
After breakfast one hour drive to Govindghat (1828 mt ). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria(3049 mt ) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.Arrive and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 3: Ghangaria-Valley of flowers-Ghangaria
Morning after breakfast start trek to Valley of flowers. The frist part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadow. Arrive and explore the area. After encounter rare flowers Brahmkamal , Blue poppy, Potentilla, and hundreds of others, Latter back to camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 04: Ghangaria-Hemkund Lake-Ghangaria
Morning after breakfast we trek to Hemkund, One of the finest high altitude lake in the Himalayas, and pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindu as well. The entire trek today is uphill till we reach Hemkund. Explore the area and trace your steps back to the base camp. Meals and over night camp.govind_ghat
Day 05: Ghangaria-Govindghat-Joshimath
Morning after breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat. Lunch enroute. Arrive and commence drive to Joshimath. Evening visit the market. Meals and over night hotel.
Day 06: Joshimath-Rishikesh Drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh, lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates upon arrival at Rishikesh..