Valley of Flowers , Uttrakhand trek opens on 1st June 2014

 

Valley of Flowers Uttrakhand

Valley of Flowers Uttrakhand a World Heratage site , opens for the visitors every year along with the opening of trek for Hemkund Sahib , Lokpal temple after the melting of snow at Bhyunder Valley ( 3658 mtr.) .This year the trek opens on 1st June 2014 .

One can reach here from Rishikesh/Haridwar by road up to Joshimath and then 21 km to Gobind Ghat , the 13 trek to Ghangharia the base camp for Valley of Flowers , Hemkund Sahib and Lokpal Temple , starts  after crossing the river Alakhnanda . Mules , Palki and Pittho are available and there is also a helipad for flights up to 1 km short of  Ghangahria.

Three Km. from Ghangahria the Valley of Flowers starts and the narrow path starts after crossing the river Laxman Ganga which originates from Lake Hemkund. One leave for  Valley of Flowers from Ghangharia early as one is to return the same day.

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Sri Kedarnath Helicopter Service 2014

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The last year June 2013 floods had destroyed many flat lands which were regularly used at helipad in the Guptkashi , Sirsi, Sitapuri and Phata , the helipad at Sri Kedarnath was full of rocks and stone as the flood  water flowed  over it and then to the river Mandakini There were lots of speculations if Yatra will be allowed for Sri Kedarnath in the year 2014.

The hard labor put in by the Disaster Management team and the other Govt. Agencies worked in adverse conditions facing  rains , snow and bad weather  along with the low Oxygen at high  altitude prepared a new trekking route 14 km from Gaurikund  till Linchauli and then 6 km to Sri Kedarnath , a 21 km trek is quite difficult to climb as compared to the earlier trek. It is difficult for the Senior Citizens to do this trek The opening of main shrine doors this year the PAWAN HANS helicopter service was started from Guptkashi to Linchauli and onward 6 km trek steep in climb is to be done with same day return to Linchauli . Govt. of Uttrakhand with the help of private helicopter services offered free travel for the senior citizens .

The permission to operate the private helicopters up to  Sri Kedarnath valley was granted on 21 MAY 2014 and now the helicopter will land just 350 meters from the main shrine , it is a big relief to the pilgrims who were earlier walking 6 km to reach the Sri Kedarnath Shrine main temple and had to return same day.

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Kedarnath New trekking route 2014

Opening ceremony Sri Kedarnath Temple 2014

Opening ceremony Sri Kedarnath Temple 2014

Please note this route is changed and new route is being constructed which will be allowed for pilgrims from April 2015 . for more details check for Yatra Chardham year 2015 New route to Sri Kedarnath

The floods in Uttrakhand in June 2013 had a major impact on the roads and bridges , many places bridges were swept away and roads got damaged due to land slides or got washed away near the river banks , the major impact was in and around the roads to Guptkashi , Gauri Kund and trekking route Gauri Kund to Sri Kedarnath. Most of the places roads and bridges are repaired and few places work is still going on .

Till last year 2013  the Gauri Kund – Sri Kedarnath route was of 14 km and one could do it in a day with having rest and refreshments at Rambara . this route near was at places completely washed away in the floods and due to land slides the hill was not found to be safe for re construction of trek .

Year 2014 the Sri Kedarnath ( 11750 ft) is approachable through a new trekking route which starts from Gauri Kund is now of 21 km. The best part is one can reach Sonprayag  by any transport , from here onward the Govt. agencies have taken over for the all arrangements Govt. vehicles are available to take the pilgrims up to Gaurikund . All pilgrims are medically checked up to make sure that they are able to climb and walk in the high altitude area , after the registration they are allowed to start the trek  from Gauri Kund . 7 km. trek first stop is Bhim Bali where the refreshments are available, next halt is after 7 km at Linchauli ( 11000 ft)  from Bhim Bali , free tented accommodation , free food is available from the Uttrakhand Govt . Mules are available to take the pilgrims on payment basis till Linchauli

The next day the pilgrims are just 6 km short of Sri Kedarnath main temple , pilgrims are to visit the temple and return same day for a night stay at Linchauli ,it is a steep climb and quite exhausting,   for Senior Citizens free helicopter service is available , this year Uttrakhand  Govt. is taking all precautions and not allowing any one except for the priests and security personal to stay in the temple area and the Kedarnath Valley .

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