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 have already discussed my reaching Joshimath and my rest day at Joshimath. About time I started writing the trek account. To start the trek I needed to reach Govindghat fromJoshimath. Sohan Singh ji (my guide on this trek as well as Kuari Pass Trek) recommended the start time of 7.00 am. He said it takes one hour by jeep to reach Govind Ghat. There are two jeep stands at Joshimath. If you start walking towards Govind Ghat the jeeps go from the second one which is about a kilometer away from Kamet Hotel. We started without breakfast, the plan was to have it at Govindghat.

Fresh from my Everest Base Camp Trek I decided that I was going to carry my light rucksack. Till the jeep station it felt good. When I put it down to have parathas at a shop at Govindghat I readily picked it up again. When I got out in the sun after the break fast (the flies in July at Govindghat are seen to be believed) it was still fine. After 1 km it felt like 50 kilos. At about two kilometers I told Sohan Singh ji to give it to a porter or a horseman, I could not carry it anymore! He asked me to carry it a little further and then he said we would redistribute the load. I was left wondering what his plans were? Then came a barsati wali chai ki dukan (a tea shop largely made with polythene) and he redistributed the load. Which meant he took my bag, took out stuff from his and gave me an almost empty bag. He also took my camera and I gladly gave it to him and this is one exceptional trek where there are many pictures of mine!

That is Me Clicking Away, On the Way to Ghangaria
That is Me Clicking Away, On the Way to Ghangaria

The good bit on this trek is that there are markers. That means you know you have walked 2 kilometers and you need to walk 11 more. The bad bit is that there are markers. Now if they were not there I could think I walked 8 kilometers when I really walked only 2. No such luck here.

The path winds around the River Lakshman Ganga for most of the way. It is a good path, that in my dictionary means it does not go uphill all the way. There are short sections that are flat and some even downhill. Most of the way is uphill but gradually uphill. A lot of palkis, pitthus and horses ply on the way.

Lakshman Ganga River, Govindghat to Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers Trek
Lakshman Ganga River, Govindghat to Ghangaria, Valley of Flowers Trek

This is a trek where a lot of people are pilgrims to Hemkunt Sahib rather than trekkers and it makes for an interesting mix. As I walk at a certain pace (OK slow pace) throughout I belong to the group roughly doing the same pace. It was interesting to see that a little later, say 4-5 km into the trek, some of them decided to take horses. The horsemen who are without a passenger or load would keep asking you all the time if you need a horse.

One group of young guys asked Sohan Sing ji if he was Chinese and he played along saying yes, talking all the while in Hindi! The good bit about the small tea shops on the way is that we frequently stopped for tea and had parathas for lunch.

Gradually trudging for 7 hours we arrived at Ghangaria. The tents you see in the picture belongs to Sarovar properties but I didn’t stay there.

Ghangaria
Ghangaria

Sohan Singh ji’s logic was that we should stay in the middle of Ghangaria as the horses stay at the either ends and that stinks. We stayed at Hotel Kuber right in front of the Gurudwara and it was a decent place. The food was good too.

It took me 7 hours to complete the stretch from Govindghat to Ghangaria along with a few stops for tea and food.

There is a helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria which operates when the weather permits. During my stay it was operational. I was tempted to take it on my way back but I didn’t. It surprisingly still bears the name of Air Deccan.

Ghangaria is at the height of 3049 meters (10000 or 10003 feet to be precise feet) and I was fine, I didn’t feel any discomfort. Next day we were heading to the Valley of Flowers. The story continues …

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 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)

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

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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