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I reached Govind Ghat Gurudwara, ahead of Joshimath, which was my first stop for the trek to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib, after a long day of a journey that included three halts for roadblocks due to the landslides. Govind Ghat looked like a tiny hamlet at the foot of the mountains. The town consists of less than 50 homes and two main streets. I got out of the shared jeep contemplating on…

Want to do the Valley of Flowers Trek? Then you have come to the right place. I did the Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib independently traveling solo for 6 days. There are many Valley of Flowers package tours, especially in recent years, which offer group tours with guide. But is it required? Because I managed to complete the Valley of Flowers trip in 4000 INR, traveling totally on a budget from Bangalore. Don’t believe…

After making it to the base camp, i.e. Ghangaria, I had to decide on which hike to do first – the Valley of Flowers or Hemkund Sahib trek. I asked many locals about what’s the best order, and most of them suggested me to do the toughest first, which was Hemkund Sahib trek. So I went ahead and did it. And believe me, it was an amazing & exhausting experience! It was more challenging than the…

I woke up to a cold morning in the quaint village of Ghangaria. I walked upstairs with sleepy eyes to do a quick weather check. I hoped for a better weather, especially wished that it didn’t rain. Because I had braved the rain and trekked to Hemkund Sahib the previous day, and let me tell you, it’s exhausting to trek in a heavy downpour. Add to that heavy winds, rapid gain in the altitude and…