The Kartik Swami Trek is a short 3 KM trek from a village called Kanachauri to the temple dedicated to Kartikeya, son of Shiva at a hilltop slightly higher than 3000 metres. It is a good complementary trek with Chopta-Tungnath or Kedarnath.
Valley of Flowers (Uttarakhand) blossoms every summer for a few weeks only. But it is a Himalayan trek that you should do at least once in your lifetime. Here I am describing my journey for the benefit of future backpackers.