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Monsoon in Himalayas: Valley of Flowers + Hemkund + Badrinath + Auli

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7 days 6 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

2 people


English, Hindi


The paradox of Valley of Flowers is that you have to experience the rains to witness the flower blooms. So those of you who like adventure & rain, this is an ideal pick during monsoons in the Himalayas. Valley of Flowers is a National Park which lies in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, recognised by UNESCO. Ahead of Valley lies Henkund Sahib, a high altitude Gurudwara (Place of worship for the Sikh community). Hemkund Sahib is dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Sikh Guru & it houses a glacial lake surrounded by 7 peaks. Trekking to Valley of Flowers is a one of its kind experience during monsoons as you will catch sight of umpteen flowers, unique to this region. Badrinath dham will be open to visit during this season, so a trip to the revered temple will bring you a step closer to spirituality. Wind up your trip by the Ganges in Rishikesh.

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  • Trek to Valley of Flowers National Park, a high altitude floral wonder.
  • Trek to Hemkund Sahib, a high altitude Gurudwara which is adorned with a glacial lake dotted with Brahmakal, the state flower of Uttarakhand.
  • Visit the revered Dham of Badrinath, dedicated to Lord Vishnu & explore the Mana Village.
  • Visit Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the world.


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Day 1: Dehradun Airport - Govindghat (Drive/ 280 Kms/ 10 - 11 hrs)

a. An early arrival at Dehradun airport to be driven to Govindghat in a drive of 10 hours.

b. Drive past Rishikesh & witness the panch prayag (5 holy confluences), namely: Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi) ; Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini) ; Karnaprayag (Confluence of Pindar & Alaknanda); Nandaprayag (Mandakini & Alaknanda) & finally Vishnuprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Dhauliganga)

c. Check into the Homestay at Govindghat.

d. Dinner & Overnight in Govindghat.

Day 2: Govindghat (Drive/ 22 km/ 1 hr) – Ghangaria (Trek/ 14 km/ 6 -7 hrs)

Today we will begin the first day of our trek to Ghangaria, the base for Valley of Flowers trek.

b. From Govindghat, post breakfast we will begin our trek on the paved path.

c. Today we will take the ascent upto 10,200 ft from Govindghat which is at 5,500 ft.

d. From Govindghat upto a few Kms is a paved path, post which one has to cross a bridge & the rugged terrain begins. This moderate trek today will acclimatize you well for the higher altitudes of the Valley of Flowers.

e. Check in to the homestay at Ghangaria & relish lunch after a good trek.

f. Take a walk along the market at Ghangaria & witness typical Himalayan settlement.

g. Dinner & overnight at Ghangaria.

Day 3: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (Trek/ 10 km/ 5 -6 hrs)

a. Today we will rise with a lark & post breakfast head for the Valley of Flowers.

b. Spread over 87 sq Kms, the Valley houses 300 different varieties of alpine flowers.

c. Along the trek you will find a spellbinding landscape of lush green mountains & waterfalls, making the view serene.

d. One can walk for a good 5 -6 kms to reach the stream which flows straight from the mountains.

e. You can enjoy a packed lunch here, or simply engage in a meditation session.

f. There is no better place to meditate than in nature's lap, and here the
Earth has blossomed at its best.

g. Having spent some time in the routes taken by the man who discovered this Valley, Frank Smyth, you can happily trace your way back to Ghangaria.

h. Post freshening up at the homestay, take a walk to the nearby Gurudwara & unwind yourself at your pace.

i. Dinner & Overnight in Ghangaria.

Day 4: Ghangaria – Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (Trek/ 10 km/ 7 -8 hrs)

a. Wake up with a lark, you have already acclimated to the Valley. So today we will trek to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara & Lake.

b.The trek goes through a moderate uphill hike along a paved way for pilgrims.

c.On the entire trail, as you keep ascending the walk will be studded with the Brahma Kamal flower on all sides.

d.The trek itself is a sight to behold for its mystical spirituality & the eagle eye view of Ghangaria.

e. Once you reach the premises, walk towards the Gurduwara, spend some quality time listening to Gurbani & refresh your soul.

f. Outside the Gurudwara is the Langar center, where you can either engage in Seva or enjoy a hot prashad with tea.

g. From the Gurudwara walk towards the glacial lake & just spend some spellbinding time in the premises.

h. After exploring the Hemkund Sahib, it's time to start your descent before late noon.

i. Walking downhill is an enjoyable experience after you have trekked uphill & taken back with you the majestic beauty of this valley.

j. Once you reach Ghangaria, unwind with a wholesome lunch & take some sleep.

k. You are free to explore the market & also can visit the Government center for watching a short film on Valley. It’s a typical Himalayan experience to watch a movie on a small projection.

l. In the market you can also buy souvenirs & take back the beautiful memories of this Valley.

m. Dinner & Overnight in Ghangaria.

Day 5: Ghangaria – Govindhat (Trek/ 14 km/ 4 -5 hrs) – Badrinath (Drive/ 24 km/ 1 hr. 30 min) - Joshimath (Drive/ 2 hrs)

a. Today post breakfast, prepare for a downhill trek to Govindghat.

b. From Govindghat, be driven to Badrinath Temple, the famous Dham of Uttarakhand.

c. On arriving you will have to walk for about a Km to the temple premises & visit this famous Dham of Uttarakhand.

d. Badrinath temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as it is here, Goddess Laxmi after seeing him perform intense mediation in extreme weather conditions, protected him in form of Badri tree.

e. The temple dates back to the 8th Century when Adi Guru Shankracharya converted it into a temple.

f. After the temple visit, walk along the trail that takes you to Mana Village, the last village on the India Tibet border. Here you will find the inhabitants engaged in knitting & selling handcrafted products which are of immense value. The inhabitants here are Bhotia (Mongol tribes) who are dressed in their traditional attire.

g. Walk further from Mana & you will come to Vyas Gufa (Cave) where Ved Vyas wrote the Hindu epic, Mahabharata.

h. A little further from Vyas Gufa is the celebrated stairway to Heaven created by Bheem, one of the Pandava brothers. Bheem pul is built over River Saraswati’s gushing presence & is a sight to behold.

i. From Bheem pul on your way back relish a hot cup of tea at the Last Tea Shop of India, as it connects Tibet/ China border.

j. Trace back the same route to the parking & be driven back to Joshimath.

k. In the evening spend some time soaking in the essence of this High Himalayan township.

l. Dinner & Overnight at the homestay.

Day 6: Joshimath - Rishikesh (Drive/ 10 hrs)

a. From Joshimath, post early breakfast be driven to Rishikesh along the Ganges.

b. Check in to the homestay at Rishikesh & unwind your long journey.

c. Towards evening, spend some time along the riverside to take back much more than just the mountains.The flow of River Ganga here is said to soothe you of all troubles.

d. Return to the homestay

e. Dinner & Overnight at Homestay

Day 7: Rishikesh – Dehradun Airport (Drive/ 18 km/ 40 mins)

a. Post breakfast, check out & be driven to the airport.

b. Trip ends here.

Tour's Location


Trip Season
Valley of Flowers - June to 1st Week of Sep
Age Group
10 - 65 Years
Where & when the tour starts & ends?
Dehradun (Jolly Grant) Airport
Do you arrange cab transfers?
Yes, on prior request, depending on the availability & season in which you are traveling.
Weather Update
This trip is in the Valley of Flowers National Park which open in the month of June & closes in the first week of September. This trek is a Monsoon trek & the ideal time to travel is during the rainy season when the flowers bloom at their best.

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In Valley of Flowers)

JUNE 11/12 °C
JULY 11/16 °C
AUG 12/6 °C
SEP 11/14 °C

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In Rishikesh)

JUNE 39/24 °C
JULY 32/24 °C
AUG 31/24 °C
SEP 31/22 °C

NOTE - Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.
Packing Checklist
As per the requirements of this specific trip, please ensure you carry these things while you pack:

For daily need as per 7 day Itinerary in the Higher Himalayas:

For Monsoons
4 Full sleeves Tee Shirt
2 Jeans/ Shorts
2 Woolen pajama
7 pair cotton Socks
2 Fleece
1 Waterproof//Windproof Jacket with hood
2 Thick Fleece
2 Trekking pants (Water resistant, with inner liner)
1 Thermal Inner wear
4 Woolen Socks
1 Woolen Cap
Scarf/ Mufflers
1 Pair Warm Gloves
Trekking/ Hiking shoes of good quality


Day Pack
1 Sun Cap
Poncho/ Rain Cover
Rain cover for day packs
Water Bottle
UV protection sunglasses
Northern Pinnacles Travel Pvt. Ltd. will take all possible measures to provide you a safe & enjoyable trip. We believe in direct communication with our clients regarding the possibilities of unforeseen circumstances, like landslides, bad weather & natural calamities. So, incase of any such happening on the trip you choose, Northern Pinnacles will not be liable for any injuries caused during a mishap. All our trips require the clients to fill an indemnity bond
Which they will have to duly fill as per the norms of the High Court.
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