The playground of fairies and gods...
High in the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal hills of Uttaranchal lies an enchanted valley. Here flowered pastures with clear running streams are set against silver birches and shining snow peaks. Dew lies thick on the flowers, birds sing in the surrounding forest and the air is pure and charged with floral smells. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilisation, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley.
Now called The Valley of flowers National Park, the valley is a UNESCO World-Heritage site, renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km and has been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.The high altitude Hemkund Lake (4329 mtrs) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours.
Arrival at base camp – Peaches & Pears Guest house, Gopeshwar. The homestay provides fresh organic food toguests, most of which is grown in-house. Thefamily has their own diary for fresh milk and products. All organic waste & cow dung is used to produce clean organic manure through vermiculture which is used in the farms. Evening hike for acclimatisation. Bridge rappelling for the daring ones.
Early morning Yoga-Pranayam session.Drive to Govind Ghat via Joshimath (80kms) Trek to Ghangharia (14kms). Ghangaria is a small village on the way to Hemkund sahib, a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs about 6 k.m from here. Valley of Flowers, a national park known for its variety of flowers is about 3 km from this place. It is located at an altitude above 10,000feet. It is also known as Govinddham. Overnight in Ghangharia.
Exploring Valley of Flowers (10-15 kms). Early morning leave for the Valley of flowers from the guest house/ camp after breakfast and packed lunch. The walk takes us through mountainstreams and a maze of wildflowers of all colors. Overnight camping in Ghangharia.
Trek to Hemkund Saheb (7kms)The high altitude Lokpal lake, known as Hemkund (4329 mts.) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people fromother faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and aLakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is believed that Lakshman, the younger brother of Ram, meditated by the lake and regained his health after being severely wounded by Meghnath, son of the demon Ravana, during battle.
Trek back to Govind Ghat (14kms)
Drive back to Gopeshwar (80kms)