In the captivating scenery of the stunningly fine valley with colorful flowers, I could hear my heart running, yet my soul was ecstasy. It felt like time had stopped for a while. All these days of climbing up the treacherous terrain, what emotion, what a vision! The Flowers Valley trek is more valuable than I thought. The view is so calm that even a fool will plunge into its beauty. I watched my colleagues deepen the splendid view when I returned from the euphoria.
The Valley of Flowers National Park is known in India for its endemic alpine flora and flora meadows. This richly diverse area, located in the North of Chamoli in Uttarakhand, is home to a large number of rare and endangered species including Asian black bear, snow leopard, Musk deer, Brown Bear, Red Fox and Blue Sheep. The Himalayan monal pheasant and other high-altitude birds are also to be seen in this valley, covering an area of 87,50 km2.
The gentle landscape is surrounded by the tough mountain wilderness of Nanda Valley National Park to the east at an average elevation of 3500 m above sea level. The transition area between the Zanskar mountains and the Great Himalaya covers a unique one.
I woke up to my mother’s shouting sound, it was a common Sunday morning. I took my phone for my social media accounts after the regular tasks. As I swept through the usual posts, my vision caught the picture of a luxuriant and green valley adorned with colorful blossoms. As I dug deeply, it revealed an amazing experience on a climb. The experience moved me so much that I thought I was there for a moment.
We took a taxi and headed to Govindghat, our first destination on the road to the Flowers Valley, when we reached Haridwar Railway Station. The 295 Kilometer long journey led to the confluence entre the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, Joshimath and the holy city of Devprayag. They’re like the holy Ganges, post here. We reached our destination after approximately 10 to 11 hours on the picturesque landscape decorated by majestic peaks.
The sun set on Govindghat when we arrived and the cool evening breeze shook our spinal cord. We were a nice and cozy night-time place to sleep. We went around the road for some time and came back to our warm blankets after having grabbed a quick bite in one of the nearest restaurants.
We have awakened to the wonderful view of the orange-red sun, which illuminates in tints of red the lush green peaks. The view was so attractive that the majestic scenery was quiet and enjoyed. Returning to our senses, we set out to walk to the flowers valley. We bind our laces and went on to conquer the trail after a traditional local breakfast. The journey to Pulna, from where the trek begins is 5 kilometers long.
Pulna to Ghangaria
We stopped to catch our breath when we reached Pulna. We say goodbye to the paved roads from here and we sing a welcome song from the mighty path across the hills. We will reach Gangharia on the ten kilometers uphill trail along the Pushpavati River. The trail houses many restaurants that serve hot drinks, noodles, omelets, bread and paracha mostly overcrowded. So you can constantly energize yourself.
We have reached the village of Bhyunda on a five-kilometer walk through the well-defined paved stone path. We found here a perfect spot to take in the majestic Hathi Parvat’s amazing view. A scene to behold is a view of the powerful peaks rising above the white puffy clouds. The picturesque scenery has a serene atmosphere. Although the location is crowded, the peaceful atmosphere is magical.
The picturesque view sent us in a trance and it felt like we were in a fantastic country. We started the ascent towards Ghangaria after enjoying the attractive view to the full. The steep slopes are physically challenging and tiring so that after a certain period of time we had to stop. However, the spectacular views provided us with this extra boost and we went on to look for a more panoramic view. We reached Ghangaria at an altitude of 10,000 ft after about 2 hours of an attractive ascent.
By the time we reached the faint young moon the bright sun had replaced. In one of our guesthouses in the town, we found shelter. We drank in the comfort of our blanket after a quick, satisfying dinner.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers
No happiness is left over by the birds chirping and by the fresh and chilly air-breathing. We prepared to begin the second phase of our arduous trip to the beautiful Flowers Valley, following a delicious breakfast. As you leave Ghangaria, we were warmly welcomed by the untouched hilly woods and green trees and shrubs.
The mighty Laxman caught our attention for a few minutes on the trail. A fantastic view is the aggressive stream of water and the downfall that hits the rocks below the hill. We resumed our trip after having enjoyed the beauty of the waterfall. The forest control post appeared to us as we moved forward. Astonishing panoramic views of the trail and this extra mettle were provided for our trip to complete.