We will meet at Haridwar railway station at 7 a.m and from here board a vehicle (arranged by us) and be driven up to Auli. This is a long but interesting drive. You will for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga & Alaknanda rivers. En route you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag & Rudra Prayag. Evening relax at the beautiful lodge set up in an apple orchard. Overnight in H.E.L, Auli (www.himalayanecolodges.com)
Early morning drive for about an hour or so to reach Govindghat, our starting point for the trek. We start the trek by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walking towards the Bhyundar valley through forest area and a few villages. There are numerous waterfalls and absolutely lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 14 kms trek to reach Ghangria takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangria. Overnight in GIO’s Camp Valley of Flowers, Ghangharia.
It's a delightful and short ascent to the valley. Gradient is moderate and the landscape extremely soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the valley. The beauty of this world renowned valley totally lives up to its reputation. There are unending meadows laden with varieties of alpine flowers, network of streams and big mountains all around. At the entrance of the Valley stands the snow-clad peak of Ratban Parvat, towards the left is Nar Parvat, which separates the Badrinath valley from this valley, and to the right is dense Birch forest on the hillsides. We will continue for another hour to reach Tipra Kharak. Overnight in the tents.
From Tipra Glacier we start our climb towards Bhyundar Ice fall. This is another beautiful day and continues with a sweet ascend to reach Bhyundar Ice Fall. Overnight in the tents
This day we continue to ascend and gain height steadily to base camp. This camp is a vantage point and is located at spectacular location also named as ‘balcony camp’. From the base there are thumping views of — the Bhyundar valley way below us to the west, the Ghori Parbat peak and its glacier to the southwest, the Khulia Ghata ridge to the north and the terminal moraine of the Tipra glacier to the east. The flowering continues as we could see Dwarf sunflowers, Himalayan Blue poppies throughout as you continue to ascend. Overnight in the tents.
The day is for rest and acclamitization
The trail to Bhyundar khal pass is very tricky and requires pre trekking experiences. After crossing the pass there are some sections where one will have to watch out and walk carefully on the crevasse-ridden Rataban East glacier that lies on the other side of the pass. We descend down to a beautiful glacial valley and continue to descend and traverse towards the east to reach the Amrit Ganga valley. This a long day of boulder-hopping and tricky rock fall crossings before we reach our campsite along the riverbank. Overnight in the tents.
The trail from Ratanban (E) Glacier descends continuously as altitude decreases continuously and we reach in the rain shadow of the trans-Himalayan belt of the Zaskar range. The trail now continues through dwarf rhododendrons and juniper shrubs and continues to reach to a beautiful campsite of lovely grass flats of Eri Udiyar. Fed by the massive glacial tongues of the Rataban and Nilgiri massifs, the river that had begun as a trickle was by now a raging torrent. Overnight in the tents.
Today we will descend to the village of Ghamsali. The frontier villages have mostly been abandoned as villagers have been migrating to towns and cities in the foothills and the plains after the 1962 war with China brought their centuries-old border trade to a halt. These villages come up with great culture and old oral tradition. Overnight in the tents.
This day we will drive from Ghamsali to Auli via Malari. This is a great remote Himalayan drive which is going to rule the mind for long times to come.
After early breakfast we drive from Auli to reach Haridwar towards evening.
Vehicle Used : Tempo Traveller / Mahindra Xylo / Mahindra Bolero / Local Jeeps
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spicejet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
The season for this trek is June to September. In the initial days of the season there will be snow on the higher reaches which generally melts by mid - June. Post mid - June it could rain anytime and for any duration. In the higher mountains it normally drizzles and doesn’t pour the way it does in the plains. You will have lot of mist. Day temperatures could fall to 10-15 °C. There is possibility of sunny days also and in this case your day temperatures could go up to 20-23 °C. Evenings and nights are going to be moderately cold with temperatures around 6-14 °C.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
11 Days | Jun - Sep | Vigorous + | Max Alt: Bhyundyar Khal Pass (5100m)
Day 01 : Haridwar - Auli (2450m) (280 kms) (Drive / 8 - 9 hrs)
Day 02 : Auli (2450m) Govindghat Ghangaria (3050m) (Drive / 1 hr) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 03 : Ghangaria (3050m) Valley of Flowers (3600m) Tipra Kharak (3750m) (9 kms ) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 04 : Tipra Kharak Bhyundar lce fall (4200m) (6 kms ) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 05 : Bhyundar Ice fall Bhundar Khal base (4600m) (4 kms) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 06 : Rest Acclamitisation
Day 07 : Bhyundar Khal base Bhundar Khal (5100m) Ratanban East Glacier (4500m) (8 kms) (Trek / 8 - 9 hrs)
Day 08 : Ratanban East Glacier (4500m) Eri Udiyar (8 kms) (Trek / 8 - 9 hrs)
Day 09 : Eri Udiyar Ghamsali village (8 kms) (Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 10 : Ghamsali village Auli Drive (90 kms) (Drive 5 hrs approximately)
Day 11 : Auli Haridwar (280 kms) (Drive / 8 - 9 hrs)
The valley of flowers is a world heritage site and is part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere. This national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) is spread over 87.5 sq. Kms. This hidden jewel is a truly unique habitat, home to many endemic varieties of alpine flowers and plants. This valley is at an altitude of 3250 m and above. Over the years many nature lovers from across the globe have been visiting the valley only to be left spell bound by its beauty. This region also plays home to many rare & endangered species of animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more We offer a very special & flexible itinerary not seen before where people are going to get the option of spending many more extra hours inside and around the valley instead of just a couple of hours, if they were to take the regular itinerary. Our trip will have you walking large parts of the valley and climb up to a beautiful vantage point to observe the colossal beauty of this natural wonder. We will also explore higher reaches around the valley and retrace the steps of Frank Smythe, the legendary mountaineer who discovered this valley by chance while coming down after a successful summit of Mt. Kamet IN 1931. Not many people have walked this route.
A great feature of this itinerary is the flexibility to do your own thing in spite of being in a small group. You will get to decide how much you want to explore the valley and also if you want to trek to Hemkund Sahib, which from a trekkers point of view is not an ideal trail because of the number of people on it. We will give you other very exciting options. Also as part of the itinerary you get to stay in a spectacularly located lodge at Auli and also visit the revered Badrinath temple. To make this trek comfortable for a wider audience we have set up a beautiful & very comfortable campsite at Ghangria, away from the crammed Ghangria market. This will be your base for explorations into the valley he trek is undertaken during June to September months as this is the time when the valley is accessible. The bloom starts immediately after the melting of snow. Different flowers bloom in different months but the peak blooming period is from mid July to mid August. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here unhindered by mankind. The prominent species are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. Also the valley has to offer much more than flowers. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages. These myriad shades of the valley will ensure that you have a most memorable trip in the mountains.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal, Uttarakhand|