In coming weeks, I will be joining TrekNomads team along with my friends for a trek trip to Hemkund saheb and Valley of Flowers. The build up of trip is so exciting in itself. The itinerary that we will be following is as follows:

DayBrief ItineraryDetailed ItineraryHighlights of the Day
Day 1Arrive at HaridwarArrive at Haridwar and check in to the hotel. Spend the day sight seeing, and witness the magnificent Ganga Arati. Relax and get to know fellow trekkers.
  • Catch a glimpse of the Lakshman Jhula,
  • Have an authentic lunch of Poori and some Lassi 
  • Take a dip in the holy river Ganga
  • Witness the Ganga Arati
Day 2Travel from Haridwar and arrive at AuliLeave from Haridwar early in the morning and Travel via the Holy Confluences of River Ganga and enjoy the road trip through some of the most gorgeous views in the country. Reach Auli late in the evening and check in to the hotel, have some nice dinner and unwind.Witness the 4 of the five Panch Prayag’s as we travel to Auli:

  • Devprayag
  • Rudraprayag
  • Karnaprayag
  • Nandaprayag

 

Day 3Trek to Gorsan BugyalWake up early in the morning, freshen up and have a good hearty breakfast and get ready for our acclimatisation trek to the very beautiful Gorsan Bugyal. Get a glimpse of the gorgeous breakfast point by the cliff, 
  • Enjoy a Cable Car Ride
  • Catch a glimpse of Auli’s very famous breakfast point by the cliff
  • You will also be be able to the very mysterious Nanda Devi mountain from here along with Hathi Ghoda Parvat
  • Indulge in some wonderful photography with the gorgeous sights on the way to Gorsan Bugyal
Day 4Travel to Govindghat and trek to Ghanghariya and jeep to PulnaStart your journey towards Govindghat via Joshimath in the morning and then start your trek to Ghangariya. Check into a hotel in Ghangariya that night and stay the night there.
Day 5Trek to Hemkund SahibStart your high-altitude trek to Hemkund Sahib. Reach Hemkund Sahib and absorb the piousness of the place and explore the beautiful alpine lake. Get back to Ghangariya and have some hot dinner, take some much-needed rest.
  • Trek to the World’s highest Gurudwara perched at an altitude of 4,600m
  • Walk around to the other side of the Hemkund Lake. Take in the aura of peace and serenity and get awe-struck by it’s crystal clear, undisturbed reflection of the mountains surrounding it.
  • Have some hot Khichidi and tea at the langar
  • You can also find the Brahma Kamal flower here in abundance that only grows at the heights of 10,000 ft to 15,000 ft. 
Day 6Trek to VOF Day 1 Wake up early in the morning and explore UNESCO’s World Heritage site, the Valley of Flowers. Have packed lunch in the Valley and start your trek back to the base by afternoon.
  • Trek along the well-laid trail with sights of the tall, rocky Himalayan mountains. 
  • Get a glimpse of some the rarest flowers in the world that only bloom between July-October in the Valley of Flowers
Day 7Trek to VOF Day 2 (Optional)Head out on a trek to explore the deeper parts of the Valley of Flowers get back to Ghangariya by early evening and unwind at the hotel.
If you wish to stay back and relax at the hotel, you can explore the places nearby in Ghangariya.
Day 8Trek to Govindghat and visit Badrinath and MannaStart early and trek back to Govindghat after which we will travel further north towards the Indo-Tibet border to explore Badrinath and India’s last village Mana. Stay that night at Joshimath and relax, get to know each other and introspect on how the trek helped you.
  • Travel to one of the four dominant Charm Dham pilgrimage sites in India, Badrinath – A temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
  • Also travel to Uttarakhand’s tourism village, Mana which is also the last Indian Village and explore: 
  • Vyas Gufa – Where Veda Vyas resided while composing the four Vedas
  • Ganesha Gufa – Where Lord Ganesha wrote down the Mahabharatha as Veda Vyas dictated it.
  • Bheem Pul – A rock formed as a bridge across River Saraswati
  • Keshav Prayag – Where the tumultous River Saraswati joins the River Alaknanda
  • Tea at India’s last Tea Stall
Day 9Travel from Joshimath to DehradunTravel back to Dehradun from Joshimath arrive by 7 or 8 pm.
Day 10Depart from DehradunDepart from Dehradun and reach back to Bangalore.

Naveen from TrekNomads team has professionally shared the list of items that we need to carry for the trek. This looks like an extensive list, and will help as a good starting point, for anyone who wants to go on trekking.


More will be blogged/tweeted live during/after the trek. Expecting a breathtaking experience ahead.