Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib Trek, Uttarakhand, India

This is the first summer when I have trekked twice and I think I am going to make it a habit. In this post I am collating all my Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib Trek links and also sharing a few more pictures.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Traveling to Rishikesh and Joshimath (Day 1 &2 of the trip)

Rest Day at Joshimath (Day 3 of the trip)

Trekking from Govinghat to Ghangaria (Day 4 of the trip, day 1 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (Day 5 of the trip, Day 2 of the trek)

The Lake at Hemkunt Sahib
The Lake at Hemkunt Sahib

Trekking from Ghangaria to Hemkunt Sahib (Day 6 of the trip, day 3 of trekking)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Govindghat (Day 7 of the trip, day 4 of trekking)

It took me two more days to get back to Delhi, day 8 was Joshimath to Haridwar and day 9 was from Haridwar to Delhi.

By clicking on the links you can read a detailed account of that day’s trip or trek.

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You would ask how difficult it could be to get back the same route you climbed up? The answer is not very difficult. But what happens with me is that I get fatigued when I go up and I get pain in my knees when I get down. I am better at handling fatigue than pain. So while coming down after say 4 hours I walk with a long face. The picture below was however taken at the start of our walk back at the hotel gate and I was all eager and ready to go.

At Hotel Kuber, Ghangaria, Uttarakhand
At Hotel Kuber, Ghangaria, Uttarakhand

We started early because  later in the day the sun would be too strong. The path close to Govindghat is devoid of any tree cover as well. I walk down almost at the same pace as I go up so Sohan Singh ji once again had a lot of time to click pictures and then catch up with me! I put the 70-300mm lens and he went after the birds.

Black Bulbul
Black Bulbul

For the first bit I was happy, after all walking down hill doesn’t require the same kind of effort. The day was a bit overcast as well which kept the heat down. The Ghangaria Govindghat helicopter service was in full flow we could see the chopper doing flight after flight. I was actually tempted to take the helicopter out just for the experience but I hesitated in the end.

Lakshman Ganga River
Lakshman Ganga River

Seshadri has decent walking poles which I never use. On this trek Sohan Singh ji gave me a stick and asked me to try it out. When I protested he said, “use it for an hour and if you don’t like it, leave it at a tea shop.” I agreed and I used it till the end. On the next trek (unfortunately it can now happen only in the next summer break from my teaching) I am going to use the walking poles, it does help to reduce pressure on my knees.

We stopped after 4 hours to have a cup of tea. I once again ate a chocolate. By this time my knees were giving me hell and I was walking with a long face. Tea and chocolate helped me feel better but not for long. After an hour we were in the exposed area as well and the sun was out.

Sohan Singh ji and a Small Child with Pithu
Sohan Singh ji and a Small Child with Pithu

We stopped again at the same tea shop where while going up Sohn Singh ji had taken my ruck sack as I was finding it too heavy to carry. We had tea again. A little later Govindghat came into sight and I just gritted my teeth, ignored the knee pain and walked down. It was the same- flies all around and we only had a cup of tea deciding that we would take lunch at Joshimath. It took me 6 hours to get down whereas I had gone up in 7 hours.

The jeep ride to Josimath was through beautiful scenery and I stayed at the Hotel Kamet once again but this time in their more expensive rooms. This was the view from my room.

View from my Room, Joshimath
View from my Room, Joshimath

I was way too tired to do much but later in the evening I did walk around in the market. Sohan Singh ji had left earlier for his home and he was heading to the Valley again with another group in 2 days time! While walking in the market I loved this colorful roadside shop selling Rakhis.

Rakhis for Sale, Joshimath
Rakhis for Sale, Joshimath

The next day at 5.00 am I was out at the bus stop. It was raining and I was standing on the steps of a shop. It was still pitch dark. There was not a soul around. Five minutes later a taxi diver came and stared his jeep. A Sadhu Baba walked through asking the jeep driver if the way would lead to Chamoli? When I saw the headlights of a vehicel, I stepped out and waved vigorously. The bus stopped and I hopped in. It was written Badrinath-Shrinagar (there is a Shrinagar in Uttarakhand too) so asked for a ticket to Shrinagar. Later I realized that the bus was going to Rishikesh irrespectice of whatever was wriiten and I needed just to buy another ticket and not actually change the bus. A little ahead the same Sadhu Baba also flagged the bus and got in and sat next to me!

Joshimath to Rishikesh is bone crunching 10 hours. I had front seat next to the driver and I slept through most of the time, the usual Avomine affect. From Rishikesh I took another bus to Haridwar and stayed close to the Railway Station as the next day I had a 6.20 train to catch. The hotel I stayed in is called Hotel Suvidha (means convenience) but I would prefer to call it Hotel Asuvidha (inconvenience). The only good part about it was the AC and the TV. After I protested a lot they changed the linen. They charge 1500 rupees for their shoddy room. The bathroom was a horror. But this was the sky at sunset from my room.

Dusk at Haridwar
Dusk at Haridwar

I didn’t get a seat in the AC coach in the Jan Shatabdi and I sweated it out for 4-5 hours but it was still in a train. I had the middle seat but the people having window and the aisle were together so they gave me the aisle seat. When I arrived, the New Delhi Metro station was jam packed, thank got I have a metro card and the line for women to enter was also quite short. After a while I was home and Chhavi was telling everyone- now that mummy is back she will force me to eat food!

You can check out the entire trip account day wise from the following links-

Traveling to Rishikesh and Joshimath (Day 1 &2 of the trip)

Rest Day at Joshimath (Day 3 of the trip)

Trekking from Govinghat to Ghangaria (Day 4 of the trip, day 1 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (Day 5 of the trip, Day 2 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Hemkunt Sahib (Day 6 of the trip, day 3 of trekking)

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I was aware that the route to Hemkunt Sahib (4329 meters, 15210 feet) was all the way uphill, the entire 6km of it. But having done the Everest Base Camp in May this year I thought I should be able to tackle it. We had bread omelet for breakfast around 6.30 am and left at 7.00 am. The trail is wide and very well maintained.

There is a presentation about Valley of Flowers (VOF) at Ghangaria Information Center and there you get to know that at one point VOF was choking with plastic. Then came the Economic Development Committee Bhuyander. Bhuyander is a village on the way from Govindghat to Ghangaria and they have cleaned the valley to a large extent.

A Waterfall near Ghangaria, Uttarakhand
A Waterfall near Ghangaria, Uttarakhand

I have to say the valley was much more clean than the Hemkunt Path but in July there were much more people walking on the Hemkunt path rather than visiting the valley. We saw Blue Poppies again but these were a bit far away from the path but not from Sohan Singh ji’s reach, he would climb anywhere if there were flowers to be clicked.

Blue Poppies, on the Hemkunt Sahib Route, Uttarakhand
Blue Poppies, on the Hemkunt Sahib Route, Uttarakhand

There were a lot of people on this route almost all pilgrims with various levels of tolerance for the upward climb. Once again all of us walking at the same pace would start nodding and smiling at each other. A lot of horses, palkis and pitthus ply on this route too. In fact you are obliged to stop many times to let them pass, particularly horses.

Himalayan Flower
Himalayan Flower

After a while, walking uphill continuously started taking a toll on me. However, I am used to it so I ignore my fatigue and just continue. In the mean while Sohan Singh ji would after a flower growing on some ledge and then catch up with me quite effortlessly! I quickly came to a spot where the sign board said Hemkunt Sahib 1km ahead and for a moment I believed it. But Sohan Singh ji pointed out that someone has erased the original sign and this was not true. A little ahead we came across the correct sign board and it did say we had covered 2km. My stomach physically churned. I was tired. A little ahead we sat down for tea. But with a glass of hot tea inside me I was willing to walk again.

Brahma Kamal
Brahma Kamal

Brahma Kamal is another exotic flower that is found in the valley. We saw it only on the way to Hemkunt Sahib and not at VOF. As usual it was far away from the trek path and Sohan Singh ji clicked this. I saw another cluster closer to the path as well but his picture is better than mine!

Thus walking and panting for most of the time we reached the 4km mark. We had another tea and we shared a chocolate. I needed both. On the way pilgrims offer you glucose and orange toffees, I took them gladly too.

Walking near a Glacier
Walking near a Glacier

After a little more than 4km mark there are two routes. One is the more circular and gradual but also much longer. The other is made stairs, very steep but much shorter. Sohan Singh ji recommended the stairs and I agreed. While I was climbing these stairs a group of youngsters asked me why was I doing this because I probably do not look like a pilgrim. I told them I am a trekker and wanted to do this as a trek first. After a while I reached the lake and the Gurudwara.

The lake also has a small temple devoted to Lord Lakshman. There are two legends associated here. One is that Gods showered flowers on Lord Lakshman and they later flowered and thus came Valley of Flowers into existence. The other legend is that flowers were showered on Guru Gobind Singh ji and VOF came into existence. Now I remember there is a third legend too that VOF used to be the garden of Lord Indra.

Hemkunt Sahib, The Gurudwara and the Lake
Hemkunt Sahib, The Gurudwara and the Lake

From the vicinity I could not fit the entire lake into the frame so Sohan Singh ji and I climbed a little higher. And out came a person from the Gurudwara running towards us telling us it is not permitted to climb higher. I didn’t like it one bit but after a short argument I gave up. Their concern was that people can fall and then it becomes Gurudwara’s responsibility. MH1 telecasts live from the Gurudwara.

Men take a dip in the lake and there is a secluded section for women but I was not tempted at all. It was cold up there.

Hemkunt Sahib Lake
Hemkunt Sahib Lake

All the while I was there the lake was surrounded by mist and a little later it almost completely vanished from the view. We visited both the temple and the gurudwara. A little later we ate khichdi and had tea from the langar. Then it was time to head back. After all I had to climb down all those 6 kilometers again!

The Horses at Hemkunt Sahib
The Horses at Hemkunt Sahib

This is a partial view of the horses waiting to take people down again from Hemkunt Sahib. We were walking back by the more circular route as it would be easier on my knees. There I met a lady still going up, who at one point was roughly walking with me. She asked me in a desperate voice how far ahead it was and I truthfully told her 10 minutes. But sometime later another group asked me how far it was an I untruthfully said 10 minutes because they looked too tired and I didn’t had the heart to say they were still some distance away.

I was fine for 4km then my knees starting hurting. But I managed to get down and both of us attacked our Maggi with gusto at the hotel. It took me 8 hours in all to go to Hemkunt Sahib and get back too. At dinner I tried another Garhwali dish called Aalo Techwani.

The only task now remaining was to get back to Govindghat from Ghangaria the next day.

You can check out the entire trip account day wise from the following links-

Traveling to Rishikesh and Joshimath (Day 1 &2 of the trip)

Rest Day at Joshimath (Day 3 of the trip)

Trekking from Govinghat to Ghangaria (Day 4 of the trip, day 1 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers (Day 5 of the trip, Day 2 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Govindghat (Day 7 of the trip, day 4 of trekking)

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I used to sleep almost like a log on the Everest Base Camp Trek (apart from Gorek Shep) but no such luck on the VOF trek. I don’t know why every day I would struggle to sleep. The first night at Ghangaria was particularly bad. I woke up at some point with a start, feeling as if someone was shaking my sleeping bag rather badly. After a second of panic I told myself to go back to sleep again and I thankfully I did. But the feeling came back to haunt me everyday with lesser intensity.

But somehow sleeplessness doesn’t affect me the same way as it does in the plains. If I do not sleep well here I can give hell to everyone around me. But if I do not sleep well in the mountains I can still trek up to Valley of Flowers or even Kala Patthar! I tell you it is something about the nature that makes me behave so.

The entry fee to the Valley of Flowers for an Indian national is 150 rupees and all kind of cameras are free except professional videography equipment. The entry gate to the park is close from Ghangaria however we had to walk 3km moderately uphill to reach the Valley. The Valley of Flower is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 3km path to the Valley in itself is very beautiful and is full of beautiful flowers. We spotted Himalayan Blue Poppies on this path and then no where else in the Valley!

Himalayan Blue Poppies, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Himalayan Blue Poppies, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

I was quite excited to see these rare flowers and I clicked quite a few pictures! River Pushpawati flows through the park. And there are countless waterfalls too.

River Pushpawati, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India
River Pushpawati, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India

When we were reviewing pictures later at the hotel in Ghangaria Sohan Singh ji complained, “You click too many landscapes! We will click more flowers tomorrow when we go to Hemkut Sahib.” So at the risk of you all also complaining here are the waterfalls.

Waterfalls within the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Waterfalls within the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Once we reached the Valley the path became almost flat and we waked at least 3 km more crossing small streams and reaching up to a bigger one. Sohan Singh ji would have preferred to walk more but thankfully there was too much water in this stream to cross safely. That is where we had our packed lunch. It was quite hot that day and I ate every scrape of paratha, eggs and chocolates we were carrying. We also carried back every scrape of plastic that we had plus whatever else we found on the way.

I saw countless flowers, I need to do a separate photo post on it I guess.

Himalayan Geranium with a Bee, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakahnd
Himalayan Geranium with a Bee, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakahnd

And here is a Red Potentilla flower with an insect. And if I keep posting all the flowers I clicked this post will become 10km long!

Red Potentilla Flower with an Insect
Red Potentilla Flower with an Insect

And before I try to sign off here is one exotic flower called Bladder Campion (Silene Vulgaris) and I saw it at more than one place!

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

But you what I liked most? The pathways that were lined with flowers.

 

Himalayan Fleeceflower or Himalayan Knotweed, Valley of Flowers
Himalayan Fleeceflower or Himalayan Knotweed, Valley of Flowers

I was a bit tense as I saw a notice at the ticket counter saying you are supposed to be out of the Valley by 2.00 pm where as Sohan ji didn’t seem to be too bothered. When I asked him later he said trust our authorities to frame such rules that cannot be observed. We got out around 5.00 pm and we had started at 7.30 am. So it was again a 12km and an 8 hour day.

For dinner I had a Garhwali dish called Chainsoo made of various color rajama flour (kidney beans). The next day we were walking up to Hemkunt Sahib.

You can check out the entire trip account day wise from the following links-

Traveling to Rishikesh and Joshimath (Day 1 &2 of the trip)

Rest Day at Joshimath (Day 3 of the trip)

Trekking from Govinghat to Ghangaria (Day 4 of the trip, day 1 of the trek)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Hemkunt Sahib (Day 6 of the trip, day 3 of trekking)

Trekking from Ghangaria to Govindghat (Day 7 of the trip, day 4 of trekking)

 

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