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Valley of Flowers

The   world   famous Valley of Flowers is situated in the upper expansions of Bhyundar Ganga in the far interior of Garhwal Himalayas. Spread over an area of 87.5 sq. kms., the valley is at an altitude of is 3250 m to 6750 m above mean sea level. Many a legend are associated with this vibrant and eye catching Valley, and are often in the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharat.
 
The Valley of Flowers National Park starts from Ghangharia but the main valley starts after crossing the gorge and the stream starting from Nar Parvat, 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. 
 
Below the forest are meadows and the River Pushpavati flows through the valley and there are many waterfalls enhancing the beauty of the valley. The bloom starts immediately after the melting of snow 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 Braham Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia. The myriad shades of the valley have attracted lots of travellers through the years. 
 

 

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Activities : Trekking
 
Eligibility : Above 18 years
 
Weather Details  
 
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 June 15 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 a lot of mist. Day temperatures could fall down to 10 - 15 deg. There is possibility of sunny days also and in this case your day temperatures could go up to 20 - 23 deg. Evenings and nights are going to be moderately cold with temperatures around 6 – 14 degree. 
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.     
 
List Of Essentials 
 
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. 
  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3 
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2 
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood  
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater  
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)  
  6. Woollen cap 
  7. Woollen gloves 
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3 – 4 pairs) 
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional) 
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended) 
  11. Light weight floaters/sandals/chappals 
  12. Raincoat / Poncho  
  13. Small light weight towel 
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)  
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face 
  16. Sun glasses  
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole  
  18. Sunscreen Lotion 
  19. Lip Balm 
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries) 
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication 
  22. Personal toiletries 
  23. Book, if you like reading 
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it 
  25. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries) 
  26. LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE 

All the items : 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 trip.

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.

Equipment Rental/Purchase :

EQUIPMENT RENT
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth) 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day
*Taxes extra

Registration: Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.

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. Also remember that the bag which will be carried by the porters can have a maximum wt. Of 15 kgs so pack sensibly 
 
Disclaimer While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. Reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

Dates 2020:

MONTH DATE
June 06,20,27
July 04,07,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31
August 03,06,09,10,12,15,18,21,24,27
September 05,12
  • We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Haridwar and drop them on the last day of Trek at  Haridwar.

Rates :

Standard Package Rates:
Triple occupancy: Rs 9600/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST
Double occupancy:  Rs 10900/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST

Deluxe Package Rates:
Triple occupancy: Rs 10900/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST
Double occupancy:  Rs 12900/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST

Premium Package Rates:
Triple occupancy: Rs 12900/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST
Double occupancy:  Rs 14900/-+ 2500/- Transport + 900/- Porter + 5% GST

Registration: Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Package Cost Includes :

Transport:
•    Transport from & back to Haridwar as per the itinerary

Accommodation:
•    Standard package - In 360-degree tents in Auli, Standard rooms in Ghangaria and Standard tents in Jayalgarh
•    Deluxe package - In Orchard rooms in Auli, Standard rooms in Ghangaria and Standard tents in Jayalgarh
•    Premium package - In Himalayan View rooms in Auli, Deluxe tents in Ghangaria and Standard tents in Jayalgarh

Meals:
•    Meals beginning with dinner on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 06. Morning & Evening tea.
•    Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety, more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
•    Valley of Flowers entry fees (Only for Indians)
•    Basic first aid kit

 PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDES:
•    Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag, If you require a porter/mule to carry your personal bag on the trek (Day 02 & 05), the cost would be Rs. 900 per bag not weighing more than 10 kgs
•    Any meals/services not mentioned above
•    Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
•    Bottled water, alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
•    Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
•    Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
•    Insurance
•    5% GST

PLEASE NOTE:
•    If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. Same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons ANALA OUTDOORS will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
•    Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
•    We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
•    On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
•    In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons ANALA OUTDOORS will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements

Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks

Porter / Mule chargesfor carrying camping equipment & rations

Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee (if Any)

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Payment terms & Condition All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows:

  • Minimum: 10%
  • between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
  • between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
  • Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note :Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.



 

SKETCH ITINERARY
Day 01: Haridwar - Joshimath / Auli (2450m) (Drive / 280 Kms / 8 - 9 Hrs)
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. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Joshimath / Auli (2450m) - Govindghat - Ghangaria (3050m) (Drive / 1 Hr) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
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 Ghangaria takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangaria. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 03: Ghangaria (3050m) - Valley Of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria (3050m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
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 spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon head back to the hotel at Ghangaria.

Day 04: (Option 1): Ghangaria(3050m) - Hemkund Sahib (4329m) - Ghangaria (3050m) (Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)
Today's climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 - 4 hrs. Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake, not an easy task. The hot tea served in the Gurudwara (shrine) is divine to say the least. We will also visit the Laxman mandir next to the Gurudwara. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangaria. Overnight in the hotel at Ghangaria. (Option 2): Ghangaria(3050m) - Valley Of Flowers (3600m) - Ghangaria(3050m) (Trek / 4 - 5 Hrs)
You can do a leisurely hike today and spend more time taking pictures and documenting the flower species. Towards afternoon head back to Ghangaria. Overnight in the hotel at Ghangaria.

Day 05: GHANGARIA - GOVINDGHAT - JAYALGARH (TREK / 3 - 4 HRS)(DRIVE / 6 -7 HRS)
Today we trek back to Govindghat retracing the same route . After arriving here, we will drive to Jayalgarh. Overnight in tents.

Day 06: JAYALGARH - HARIDWAR (DRIVE / 110 KMS /4 HRS)
After breakfast drive down to Haridwar. Trip ends here

 

Reporting : Participant has to report at Haridwar on the day first at giventime.and we will drop back to Haridwar the last day of the Trek.  

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note :

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
  • You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – HARIDWAR– DELHI)
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, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet.  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. 200-700 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.

Weather Condition
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there will be snow along the latter part of the trail which generally melts by end June. Days are going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Oct) there is hardly any snow at the start with possibility of snowfall towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (10-16 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 5 to 5 °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.

When is the best time to go Kuari Pass?
Kuari Pass in the winter offers the opportunity to trek through snow. Snow can be found on the trail from late December, all the way till April. Spring is a great season to do this trek to see the rhodendrons in bloom. In September-October, the sky clears up after the rain and you get outstanding views of the Garhwal mountains. Whatever the season, you will get to witness the glory of the Nanda Devi peak right from Auli, where the trek begins.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained.
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
Kuari Pass is an easy-moderate trek. Once you reach Gorson Bugyal from Auli, the ascents are not too steep. This is a good trek for a first timer. The rewards that it offers in terms of view for the effort that one puts in are tremendous. However, it still requires a good amount of fitness so make sure that you prepare before setting off on the trek.

Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! 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 trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.

  • Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’
  • Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.
  • Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.
  • The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
  • Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
  • In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
  • It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
  • The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.
  • In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .
  • Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
  • We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
  • The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
  • Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer: While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.

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