When I embarked on my first Himalayan trek to Kedarkantha with India Hikes in early spring this year, all I was dreaming was about snow-capped peaks, deep gorges, the company of the rivers Tons, Supin Yamuna and Ganga all along the way from Haridwar, the night trek on the summit day, camping under the blanket of a million stars, witnessing the splendour of the milky way as it emerges from beneath the snow slopes and pinewoods, sliding the snowy slopes from the Kedarkantha peaks and not to forget the awesome food provided by IndiaHikes. I had read about the experiences of the Kedarkantha Trek on numerous blog. I was prepared for everything I had read about. Since a lot of bloggers had praised galore about the trek, I had set pretty high expectations from the trek. All my expectations were met much beyond anticipation but there was one thing that came as a sweet surprise for me during the trek. While I had expected to witness beautiful snow covered peaks, green meadows and gushing rivers in the pristine valleys; least did I know that the trekking trails and campsites on the Kedarkantha trek were home to the vibrant variety of flora. The trails and campsites on Kedarkantha trek are considered as some of the most beautiful in the Himalayas. Witnessing the colourful blossoms was like an icing on the cake. Here are some pics of the colourful vegetation that I captured during the trek.
The best thing that happened to me on the trek apart from my first encounter with snow and the camping experience was finding a little valley of flowers at every place I went on the trek. While I feel nostalgic about roaming amidst the pine woods and rhododendron forests, I am already planning to make new memories on my next trip.
After reading this post, If you think it is only the flowers that make the Kedarkantha trek special, you should check the Postcards from Kedarkantha before making an opinion. Also, read a complete account fo our trek to Kedarkantha.
PS: While I was clicking the pictures of the flowers, I hardly knew their names. It was a herculean task identifying and searching for their names online. The catalog of Himalayan flowers was of great help in identifying most of the flowers. I hope I have identified them correctly. If you notice that I have wrongly identified the flowers, do let me know and help me identify the correct name.