Thursday, January 3, 2013

Valley of Flowers National Park (June`13) Batch I


Weather Bhyunder Valley deserves the title 'Valley of Flowers', others will visit, analyse it, probe it but whatever their opinion, to me it will remains as "Valley of Flowers", a valley of piece and perfect beauty where human spirit may find repose – Frank Smythe

We did Valley of Flowers National Park in 2012 and covered with more then 180 species of flora, 20 species of butterflies, one mammal and 10 species of birds. This was the first experiment which brought a very good response with 23 participation from all parts of the country. Now in 2013 we are doing it again. In two batches . June and August. June is the time to see the flowers freshly blooming . This is also the time when tourism in this Himalayan protected area is little away to start. Probably less crowd and more sightings. Precisely orchids, climbers and trees are the target for this batch. 

Schedule-
10th June`13 
06.00 AM - Departure from Haridwar by private vehicle
07.00 PM - Arrival at Govind Ghat, hotel stay and dinner

11th June`13
07.00 AM - Start trekking for Ghanghariya (VoF base camp) - 14 Kms uphill
06.00 PM - Reach Ghanghariya, hotel stay & dinner

12th June` 13
07.00 AM - Start exploring VoF, trek ( 4 Kms uphill trek with packed food)
05.00 PM - Reach Ghanghariya base camp (night stay & dinner)

13th June`13
07.00 AM - Start exploring Hemkund Saheb (5 Kms uphill steep trek with packed food)
06.00 PM - Reach Ghanghariya base camp

14th June`13
08.00 AM - Start trekking down to Govind Ghat (14 Kms)
06.00 PM reach Govind Ghat, stay and dinner

15th June`13
05.00 AM - Travel from Govind Ghat to Haridwar
06.00 PM - Arrival at Haridwar.

Those travelling by train from their origin are advised to keep a buffer day before and after the departure and arrival from Haridwar.

Anyone having reasonable interest in Himalayan Flora is welcomed to join in. Though this is not a commercial event but neither is volunteer work. Tentative charges for this event would be Rs 10,000 per head . That includes travel from Haridwar to Govind Ghat (base of Valley of Flowers) & return. Food during the travel. Stay at Govind Ghat with food. Mule charges for carrying luggage from Govind Ghat to Ghanghariya. Stay at Ghanghariya & food (for 2 nights). Park entry fees for Valley of Flowers National Park. Mule charges for carrying luggage from Ghanghariya to Govind Ghat. Stay at Govind Ghat with food. Travel from Govind Ghat to Haridwar , and food. This also includes very much nominal VoF event organising charges. 

This doesnt include anything above then mentioned. Please note that this is a nature outing hence the kind of stay and food would be very local and not luxurious. Participants having stamina to walk/trek above 3000 mtrs altitude and are physically fit can opt for this trek. Those willing to hire helicopter or mule for lifting can do it at their own expenses. 

For more details with regards to registration etc, please email to rajeshdsachdev@gmail.com or call on 9890255616