Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek 2023
At an altitude of 3500M and discovered by a British traveller Frank Smith in 1931 on a lost path when he was returning from one of their trekking expeditions. Frank Smith is a mountaineer who coined name ‘Valley of Flowers’. This valley is famous for the wildflowers, breath-taking surroundings and rich biodiversity and attracts mountaineers, trekkers, botanists, naturalists, and nature lovers in the season from mid-July to mid-August.
A trek for monsoon Valley of Flowers is a must do for every trekker. It is located high in the Bhyundar valley of Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO world heritage site, it was declared a national park in 1982. Set in the backdrop of the majestic Zanskar Ranges Valley of Flowers is protected by snowy mountains. Bounded by the magnificent mountain ranges and glittering glaciers, this is a trek known for variety of alpine flowers in Valley, view of summits of Rataban peak, 14kms expanse of gorgeous valley and changes in colors every fortnight during season.
A refuge to hermits and sages for yoga and meditation. It exhibits different vegetation zones due to its altitude and surrounding.
There are many animal species like snow leopards, red foxes, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan tars, musk deer, brown bears and Monal.
This trek also gives you a chance to visit the Hemkund Sahib, a sikh shrine highly revered at an altitude of about 15200 feet. This place unfolds the charisma and charm of nature at its best Hemkund lake marks the place where Guru Govind Singh, the tenth and last Guru, unified with God after prolonged meditation in his previous birth. Hemkund is a 15km trek from Govindghat, which is the gateway to the Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga valley. The trek from Ghangharia to Hemkund takes one through forests of pine and rhododendron where wild roses, ferns, and alpine flowers bloom.
The surging waters of the Lakshman Ganga are also visible.
Click on below pictures for Panoramic view of this place.