Valley of the Flowers and Hem Kund
Key information: Valley of the Flowers and Hem Kund
- A famously lovely trek which combines both a pilgrimage trail to a sacred lake and a large and magnificent glacial valley with floral life considered to be outstanding even in Himalayan terms - to the extent that it is a National Park.
- Hem Kund is sacred to Sikhs, and you will not be alone in pilgrimage season. Revel this classic high lake surrounded by 7 peaks - although you may regret following the pilgrims into its waters.
- The Bhyundar Valley (Valley of the Flowers) is a wide glacial valley around 10km in length and around 3,950m at its high end, which is full of a huge variety of wildflowers - although many would argue that it is not better than other meadows, just more famous for having been 'discovered' by the explorer Frank Smythe.
- Other than the altitude, this is a moderate trek, and you don't need to camp. Briefish info in Lonely Planet's Trekking in the Indian Himalaya and a chapter in the now quite old Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya by Harish Kapadia.
- Best months: June to mid-October. July and August see the best flowers - and also the monsoon, so June is probably he best compromise month, although clearer skies will be seen in Autumn.
- Altitude can cause real problems: Hem Kund is at 4,330m, and the trek starts at 1,830m. Take at least 2 days to get to Hem Kund.
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- Walkopedia rating88
- Natural interest17
- Human interest8
- Negative points2
- Total rating88
- Note: Neg: altitude, crowding
- Length: 4 days
- Maximum Altitude: 4,330m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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