Valley of Flowers

valley of flowers

A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is an Indian National park, a monsoon trek. When you will be driven to Govind Ghat you will have breathtaking rain-washed landscapes and the Alaknanda will accompany you. You will be passing through lush greenery, hillside hamlets and streams. The Valley of Flowers looks like a carpet of colours – green, yellow, red, blue. The flowering pattern keeps changing in few days. Flowers that grow here are rare and the valley is surrounded by mountains with bright snow at the top, brown and grey soil in the middle and trees at lower levels.

​Valley of flowers trek is a must do trek by every trekker in the Himalayas. Valley of flowers is located in western Himalayan valley in Chamoli district. Trek starts from Govindghat where you can reach by road from Haridwar.

flower valley with snow capped hills

Whom is this trek meant for?

Valley of flowers is a good trek for people of all age groups. You can go on this trek with your parents and little ones. This is a popular and well established trail where the flowers provide you with visual delights while the sacred Hemkund Sahib is manna for your spirit.

The Valley of Flowers ​trek manages to show you a glimpse of the joys of Himalayan trekking in just about four days. Once you finish this trek, it doesn’t come as a surprise when you find yourself planning your next big Himalayan adventure.

valley of flowers

Region: Uttarakhand, Western Himalayas

Duration: 6 days & 5 Nights

Highest altitude: 14,400 ft

Level: Moderate

 

If you have a group of minimum 5 persons, then you can opt any dates till 15th Sept.

If you don’t have a group, then we have our batch starting at Haridwar from 1st Sept.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Getting to base camp, Govind Ghat

10-11 Hrs: Hotel Stay

We will camp at Govind Ghat, little beyond Joshimath. It will take you approx 11 Hours to reach here from Haridwar/Kathgodam. ​

Day 2: Govind Ghat to Ghanghria 

6-7 Hrs: Stay in Tents

Trek starts from crossing the bridge over Alaknanda river. The complete trek goes along the river side and is full of breathtaking views. Once we are at Ghangharia, you will find helipad and space to camp. We will stay at our camp today.

Day 3: Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangria

10 Km: Stay in Tents

We will leave early so we can have whole day to enjoy the beauty of Valley of Flowers. Once you are in the gates of the Valley of Flowers you can imagine yourself to be in a dreamland. Enjoy flowers, lot of flowers, like a carpet on the mountains and then you will find glaciers, bees and nature. Come back to Ghangharia with heart filled with nature’s beauty.

Day 4: Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangria

7-8 Hrs: Stay in Tents

Today will again be an early start to visit the Hemkund Sahib. You will need a poncho and might need a trekking pole as well. We will trek slowly and steadily on the steep path with mesmerizing views all around. Melting glaciers, river stream and waterfall all beautiful… After around 2 Hrs you will be above the tree line. Take numerous breaks as the path is gonna be tough today. Once you are at the Gurudwara, warm yourself with tea and khichdi. The lake is just behind the gurudwara. Enjoy the lake in the midst of mountains at an altitude of around 4300 mts. Will leave by afternoon. Today it’s gonna be tough on knees and toes. Stay at Ghangharia.

Day 5: Ghangria to Govind Ghat 

5-6 Hrs: Stay in Hotel

Let’s trek back with the memories and recognize the things we crossed earlier. Once you are at Govind Ghat, you can plan to visit Badrinath / Auli the next day. Stay at Govind Ghat

Day 6: Govind Ghat to Haridwar 

Drive back to Haridwar/Kathgodam with lots of memories

 

Charges: Just Rs. 9999/- per person including pickup & drop at Haridwar

Inclusions:

1. Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Trek equipments
4. Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Haridwar to Govind Ghat and return

Exclusions:

1. Any kind of personal expenses
2. Food during the transit
3. Insurance
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”

 

To Carry:

1.Trekking shoes 2.Backpack (40-60 litres) 3.Three warm layers 4.Two trek pants 5.Two collared t-shirts 6.Thermals 7.Sunglasses 8.Suncap 9.Synthetic lower 10.Hand gloves 11.Balaclava / Woollen Scarves 12.Socks (2 pairs) 13.Headlamp / LED torch 14.Trekking pole

Whatsapp 9819155259 for details

Maximum only 20 persons will be taken in a batch, so hurry.

FAQs

1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Accommodation during the trek will be in rooms & tents at different places, where you will be sharing with fellow trekkers.

 

2. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Day time temperatures will range from 12-20ºC and night time temperature will range from 4-10ºC.

 

3. Will there be snow on this trek?

There will be no snow on the trek.

4. Which are the best seasons for the Valley of Flowers trek?

This trek is best done during monsoon, July – September, when the valley comes alive with the alpine flowers that it is known for. After that, the beauty wilts off.

5. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipments available for rent?

There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. We can guide you for the same.

6. Is this a good trek for a first timer?

Valley of Flower trek is easy-moderate and the trail is popular and well established. It is suitable for a first time trekker provided you are fit and prepared (we’ll provide with more details) for the trek before setting off.

7. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

The minimum age requirement for this trek is 8 years. If your child meets this criterion and is physically fit, you can take her/him along.

8. Who will be with us on the trek?

A team consisting of a qualified & experienced Trek leader & support staff will be with you throughout the trek.

Exploring the Wild West of Karnataka

West Karnataka Nature tour Jog falls Murudeshwar Yana Mandagadde bird sanctuary Gajannur Dam Rameshwaram
What a fun day it was in the rains in our last trip exploring Palghar. Travelers didn’t want to leave the beautiful place and just keep enjoying there. This gave us a boost to organize trips to more unique places opening our #ThirdEye . Hence we are coming up again with an exclusive nature tour specially for the long weekend of the Independence Day & Janmashtami.
Pristine Beaches, majestic Waterfalls, world class Caves, Elephants playing at the Riverbank, large Dams, mysterious Ghats, thousands of Birds flocking on an Island, beautiful Forts & Temples, Wildlife Safaris, Rivers traversing scenic Valleys & roads, dense Forests, picturesque Landscapes dotted with waterfalls, swaying Palms, lush Paddy fields, green Dales, breathtakingly beautiful Scenery, rolling Hillocks, Historical places, rich flora & fauna, mouth-watering Cuisine, and the overall peaceful and Serene surroundings, make you want to visit such places each time. And you wonder if such places really exist in India, well yes they do in Karnataka. It’s raw beauty will leave you absolutely enchanted.
With nature in its full bloom, its best time to go for this trip now. The place has earned itself the nickname as ‘Rice Bowl of Karnataka’ with 4 rivers gurgling around adding mystical charm to the region.
We will visit the gigantic Jog Falls, famous Murudeshwar & explore several beautiful places as mentioned above.
Category: Nature Tour
Dates: 12th to 14th August, 3D & 2N (leave on 11th & return on 15th) 
Area: Mangalore
Age group: 7 to 50yrs
Fees: Rs. 5450/-pp till 6th Aug, Rs. 5800/-pp after that. Booking amount Rs. 2800/-, balance at the trip.
Includes: Local travel, shared accommodation, local meals during the trip, entry tickets & sightseeing, safaris, tolls, permit, parking & local guidance.
Excludes: Travel from your city to Murudeshwar & back, food during travel.
We’ll help in arranging travel tickets.
Details & Register: Whatsapp 9819155259
Very Very Limited Seats, so Hurry for bookings

Fun in the Rains

Fun in the Rains trip
The Monsoons are finally here. And its time for us to go for a lovely road-trip and enjoy nature’s abundance, enjoying the weather, getting drenched, soaking in the rains, etc. But places like Lonavala/ Matheran are over-crowded during weekends. Also it becomes too monotonous & boring to visit the same places again & again.
Hence, Third Eye Explorers has arranged a beautiful trip, away from crowds. Let’s visit the Mahabaleshwar of Palghar, a scenic small hill-station. It’s an ideal destination for nature lovers as it has abundance of rich scenic beauty with remarkable river valleys, forests, waterfalls, etc. It offers peace & tranquility in the cradle of nature. This is your best opportunity for rejuvenating this weekend. And the best part is – there is no trekking – so anyone can join!
lake
heavy waterfall in Jawhar
Historical importance, heritage preserved, placid lakes with serene atmosphere, Dams located at naturally scenic places, heavy rainfall & enthralling spots offering beautiful panoramic view of the valley, are a few attractions which attract domestic and foreign tourists to this place.
 winding roads of Jawhar
dam at Jawhar
Category: Off-beat Eco-Tour
Date: Sunday, 23rd July, 6am onwards, Day Trip.
Place: Between Igatpuri & Silvassa, Palghar
Charges: Rs. 1550/- for Females, Rs. 1750/- for Males &
Bookings Friday onwards Rs. 1900/- if available
Includes: Travel by pvt vehicle, breakfast, local cuisine lunch, evening refreshment, entry fees, local guidance.
Register: Booking link or WhatsApp 9819155259
Age group: From 7 to 50 yrs
Contact soon before we go full.
Join for sure if you Love Rains

Exploring the Wild in City

SGNP forest stream

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Mumbai is a city of contrasts. One such element is the presence of a National Park with pristine wilderness in the midst of what is India’s busiest metropolis. Which other metropolis in the world can boast of such a privilege? Aren’t we blessed enough?

The first 2 weeks of the monsoons is the most characteristic period when the forest undergoes a sudden and very pleasant transformation, making a perfect time to have a walk in the woods. The dry forest floor is now occupied and bursting with herbs, various lilies, arums which chiefly dominate this first fortnight of the monsoons. Vast portions of the park are restricted and can only be accessed with the permission of the Forest Department. It is in these areas that the park has tucked away the best of its treasures.

Shilonda nature trailInstead of the usual tar road to Kanheri, we will explore inside the forest the muddy unpaved trail which makes for excellent nature watch – plants, butterflies, bugs, spiders, birds, flowers, wild fruits, monkeys and other varieties of insects, making Shilonda an ideal place for nature and macro photography. This trail is one of the most pleasurable walks as it criss-crosses a small forest stream at many points and wading across this crystal clear water is nothing less than therapeutic for a city-sick soul. It is purely a nature walk with the expert naturalists of BNHS leading you, in literally a zero pollution zone right in the heart of one of the most polluted cities in India.

Shilonda trail board

This trail is organized by BNHS.

Naturalist Experts from BNHS: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Sanal Nair

Reporting: Meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at Sunday, 25th June, 7.30am

Charges: Rs. 325/- (includes Forest Department permission fees and Naturalist Expertise)

For further details & Registration: Whatsapp 9819155259

Prior registration is mandatory, kindly do not just RSVP. More than 40ppl have already registered. Hurry

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30am, participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However, entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online from http://www.bit.ly/sgnponline , Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30am. Be prepared for rains.

Lovely Lilies Trail

Lilies trail

Monsoon is synonymous with abundance of wildflowers. They create a riot of colours in the bright green as they bloom and fruit profusely in the short monsoon season to complete their life cycles. We are lucky to find several species here in Mumbai itself! These include a range of lilies such as Crinum lilies, Glory Lily, Hill turmeric, Pancratiums and more. Besides, this is also the time the local vegetable vendors sell wild vegetables such as wild yam, kantoli, cockscomb, pot cassia and other range of leafy vegetables; all these only grow in the wild and only during monsoon.

To learn all fascinating facts about these monsoon special lilies, iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a short trail. The path is undulating and terrain is covered with range of monsoon special plants, the trail ends with waterfall view.
So, join us to witness these lovely lilies before they are gone with the heavy rains!

lily-pic

Date: 18th June 2017
Time: 7.30 am – 9.30 am

Venue: Kharghar Valley Trail, Kharghar Driving Range, Near Golf Course

Meeting point: Next to Convent of Jesus & Mary High School & Jr. College, Opp to Navjivan Hospital, Sector 6, Kharghar.

How to reach: Board a train to Kharghar Railway Station. Take Rikshaw for Convent of Jesus & Mary High School.

Our Expert: Isaac Kehimkar, Chairman and Author of Wildflower of India

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: Rs.150/- per head
Adults: Rs. 250/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

More than 35 people already booked.

Registration : http://www.inaturewatch.org/registerforevent.php

REGISTRATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT IS MANDATORY, kindly do not just RSVP.

For Queries: Whatsapp at +91 9819155259

You can make online payments directly to them using IMPS/PayU:https://goo.gl/Zr08W8

Hurry, before we get Full.