The prime motivation to undertake Nanda Devi Outer Sanctuary (Dharansi Pass) trek in June 2010 was to see high mountain ranges, numerous peaks from the close range, the deep valleys and gorges. Thanks to good weather conditions throughout the trek, we could see all these as per our expectations. But what came as a surprise bonus for us during the trek was getting to see lots of wildflowers some of which I had never seen during my earlier treks including Valley of Flowers and Har-ki-Dun. The pre-monsoon showers which had been almost regular feature in the afternoons and evenings for the last 10 days or so resulted in lot of greenery and early blooming of wildflowers.
A mere presence of wildflowers on our trekking paths has no meaning unless one has a keen eye in spotting such flowers. Fortunately, Sohan Singh Bisht, our guide on this trek was not only a keen spotter of wild flowers for us, he had also had a good knowledge of such flowers including their botanical names. Most of the wildflowers were spotted on the Lata summer village-Lata Kharak route. With the change of scenarios from dense forest to rugged rocky and stony surface after Lata Kharak, we thought that the days of spotting wild flowers were over. But it was not be as some of the rarest flowers including Himalayan Blue Poppy were spotted in Lata Kharak-Saini Kharak-Jhendidar-Dharansi route.
I am sure that during the peak blooming season of July-August, there would be riots of wildflowers in this route. Also there are many herbal plants having food and medicinal values on which the local villagers had relied upon for centuries. Sadly very few will venture into trekking in this part of Chamoli district during rainy season unless one is a avid botanist.
I have uploaded here some of the pictures of wildflowers I shot during the trek. I have given botanical names in the captions for some wildflowers as identified by Sohan Singh Bisht, our guide.
Wild roses on way to Bhelta. There were hundreds of such wild rose plants of white, pink and yellow colours.
Wild Jasmine flowers on way to Bhelta. Unlike wild roses, these flowers gave good fragrance.
Looks like from cobra lily family.
Primrose - on way to Bhelta
Looks like Leucas aspera - on way to Bhelta.
From Aquilegia family - on way to Bhelta.
Same flower with upside down.
Front view of the same flowers.
These mass blooming wildflowers were found near Lata Kharak.
Side view of the same flower.
Dwarf Rhododendron flower
Photo of the same orchid taken from different angle.
Rhododendron flower - on way to Jhendidar.
Himalayan blue poppy - on the jungle trek to Tolma.
Wildflower - No idea as to which family it belongs.
These bunch of wildflowers were found just below Jhendidar ridge. Same bunch of flowers were also seen in red and orange colours.