Valley of Flowers

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About Valley of Flowers

Valley of flowers is a national park and world heritage site in India and is famous for its wildflowers. Valley of flowers is located in the western Himalayas known for alpine shrub and home of various endangered species of Himalayas. In other words, it's like heaven on earth.

The Valley of flowers trek in the Himalayas was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their mountaineering expeditions. This occurred in 1931 and right up till today this valley moved toward becoming one among the best trekking places in Himalaya and got the name of the valley of blooms of India.

Valley of flowers trek is very famous trek among Himalayas trekking destination in India. The altitude height of valley of flowers is around 14,400ft. The Pushpawati river flows through along the trails of the valley of flowers trek and is the major source of moisture. The soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains.

Valley of flowers is a riot of colours and the best time to visit this valley of flowers is by mid-August where you can see a lot of Himalayan flowers like Balsam, Anemones, Blue poppy, Brahma Kamals, Primulas, Asters etc occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their food through preying on insects, but these can only be identified by a keen observer.

Valley of flowers is an enthralling site which will you enthralling experience.

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Trek to the valley of flowers begins from Govindghat via Joshimath passing through Hemkund lake to the valley of flowers.

The valley of flowers treks will take you to the world of the most good-looking and captivating wildlife which you will cherish for a lifetime. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath and you can observe the meeting of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges while you pass through Devaprayag. You can also look into Auli if you wish in the evening.

During the trails of a valley of flowers, you will come across various picturesque landscapes embracing alluring species of Himalayan flowers. The trail will be a sharp one but the amazing view of the seven snow-capped mountain close to you will definitely make you feel captivated.

Witness the beauty of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks that provide the beauty to the lake and you will find a small stream Himganga which flows out from the lake. It is believed that Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one during the past times.

Location and how to reach :-

For going to this trek you will have to first reach to Rishikesh from where the trek will start. There are various options to reach Rishikesh they are listed below

  • By air  the Dehradun airport called as Jolly grant airport is the nearest airport to Rishikesh which is 35 km away.
  • By Bus- if you are travelling from Delhi or NCR then there is a bus depot in Rishikesh where buses from Dehradun, Delhi all come.
  • By train- the nearest railway station is Haridwar which is 25 km away from Rishikesh. Trains from all over India come to Haridwar and then from Haridwar you can take a bus to reach Rishikesh.
  • By Road- Driving up to Rishikesh is fun as it has got various national highways which is pretty safe to travel.

Best time:-

  • Valley of flowers can be explored astoundingly during the month of July to September.

Route:-

The starting route of this journey will be from Rishikesh. The route of the journey goes like -

Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govindghat - Pulna - Ghangaria - Valley Of Flowers - Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria - Pulna - Govindghat - Rishikesh

Itinerary:- 

Day 01: Rishikesh - Joshimath - Govindghat

  • The journey to this beautiful trek to valley of flowers starts with great zeal, we leave early at 6 am from Rishikesh and drive to Govindghat via Joshimath/Auli.
  • After this satisfying journey, we take overnight stay at a rest-house in Govindghat. The food is included in the valley of flower’s package.

Day 02: Govindghat - Pulna - Ghangaria

  • Early morning we drive to Ghangaria and start the valley of flowers tour by crossing the river Alaknanda over a bridge at Govindghat and from there walk towards the Bhyundar valley through the forest area and a few villages.
  • There are numerous waterfalls and lush green landscape all around. The gradient of the trail is moderate. The 14 km trek to reach Ghangharia takes about 4-5 hrs, one can also rent or hire a mule to reach Ghangharia. We take the stay at night in rest houses at Ghangharia.

Day 03: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria

  • We started the day’s trek with a short ascent to the valley of flowers.
  • A gradient is medium and the landscape soothing to the eye. It will take about a couple of hours to reach the highest peak point of a valley of flowers. There are everlasting meadows with splendid varieties of alpine flowers, the network of streams and big mountains all around.
  • The major species of Himalayan flowers like Brahma Kamal, Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Primula, Lilium, Potentilla, Ranunculus, Inula, Corydalis, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Ligularia, Morina, Impatiens, Saxifrages Bistorta, Anaphalis, Sibbaldia embraces the valley of flowers.
  • One can spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley of flowers and in afternoon you can start your return journey to Ghangaria. This descent will be easier.

Day 04: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria

  • Climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 - 4 hours.
  • Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to a lake. The lake is surrounded by wildflowers. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake. Hot tea will be served in the Gurudwara (Shrine) before retracing steps to Ghangharia.
  • Overnight we stay in rest-house at Ghangharia.

Day 05: Ghangaria - Pulna - Govindghat

  • Once you will be descending to Govindghat you will find yourself caught in the picturesque beauty of the valley of flowers tour and wanted to stay there in the beautiful lap of Himalayas.

Day 06: Govindghat - Rishikesh

  • While on a return journey from a valley of flowers to Rishikesh you will be cherished with the beautiful memories of the trek.

Difficulty level:-

  • Valley of flowers trek is categorized as an easy to moderate trek and is a favorite among the beginners as well as enthusiastic trekkers.

Weather:-

  • The valley of flowers has pretty moderate conditions and you will not find Weather as an issue. The nights although are pretty cool but if you are in full swing for the trek it will not stop you from having fun.

Meals:-

  • Every Meal from Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 breakfast is included under the cost of the trek to valley of flowers. Freshly prepared and delicious food will be served in the morning & night time. During trekking hours the packed food will be provided.

Accommodation:-

  • Accommodation for the valley of flower trek is in Hotels/Guest Houses and not in camps

Inclusions

  • Guide and cook fees.
  • Forest entry charges and permits
  • Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.
  • All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. We provide hot breakfast and hot dinner. On trekking days, packed lunch will be provided. Accommodation throughout the valley of flowers tour.

Exclusions

  • The valley of flower trek cost doesn't include transport support to and fro Rishikesh.It will be arranged upon request at an estimated cost of 2500 per person or can be paid directly to the driver.
  • Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Accommodation in Rishikesh.
  • Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules at an estimate of @ Rs 350 per day per bag. One person is allowed to offload a maximum of one bag.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 t-shirts/shirts – preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Personal medical kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the our service partner will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity.
  • For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard earned money.

Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

FAQ

The best time to do the Valley of Flowers trek is from July to September. The flowers start blooming only during this time of the year. The temperatures are also moderate during these months. During winter the temperature drops and most of the area is buried under snow.

Beginners who don't have any prior trekking experience can easily do this trek. The path is well defined and other than a few steep portions, the rest can be easily done.

This is a trek that will be easy but will test your endurance. If you are a person who is not physically fit and mostly leads a sedentary life, then it is advisable to indulge in some form of physical activity like exercises or sports to make yourself fit for the trek. Legs and calf muscles need to be worked upon especially. People who are not very comfortable with treks at such high altitudes can do some form of yoga as it helps in building mental and physical confidence.

You should be fit enough physically to do this trek.Carrying basic first aid kit with yourself during the trip is also compulsory. Consult your doctor before coming to this trek and ensure that you are medically fit to go for this trek as the trek does have some difficult terrains and climatic conditions. It is also a must to buy raincoats and umbrellas prior to the trip as the trek happens in the monsoons season. Also make sure you have sufficient warm garments for the trip.

A rucksack is which is sturdy and can accommodate a sufficient amount of things is required. It should also be waterproof as the trek happens during the monsoon season and this would protect your belongings.

Porters and mules will be present to carry the camping equipment and this is included in the package. However if you want porters to carry your personal luggage, then you can easily hire them at your personal cost.

A good pair of trekking shoes is essential for this trek. There might be portions where you might have to walk through small streams or rocky portions, so a sturdy pair of shoes is a must.

A guide is necessary for this trek as a guide is well versed with the route. It will more convenient to hire a guide as you do not have to worry about directions or anything like that. A guide also might know some shortcuts to the destination and can help you save time.

Valley of flowers trek is a trek of easy to moderate trek level of difficulty. Beginners and enthusiastic trekkers both can easily do this trek. It has a well defined and wide walking trail and is not a risky one. However it does test your endurance and patience at times but at same time fills you up with adrenaline rush and vigour . Some of the portions have steep gradient.

The Valley of Flowers trek can be very easily done as a solo trek as the path is well defined and the trail is not too steep or risky. There are a lot of trekkers and pilgrims who you will find in large numbers on the way. Travelling solo will give you the flexibility to plan your own schedule. There are a lot of dhabas and shops on the way for food and the Gurudwara offers free accommodation. There are a number of small hotels also for budget solo backpackers.

Reviews(10)

4.7
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Ankit
02 Feb, 2018
Himalayas is so beautiful. It is highly rich in flora and fauna. But the valley of flowers is the most beautiful trek as it has got a valley of just wild flowers. This is so beautiful that you don’t want to come out of this place. It dosen't seem reality. It has got very rare flowers like blue poppy, balsam, anemones etc. To add on the the beauty of this place a river stream also flows. The altitude height of valley of flowers is around 14,400ft. I had an alluring experience.
Himalayas is so beautiful. It is highly rich in flora and fauna. But the valley of flowers is the most beautiful trek as it has got a valley of just wild flowers. This is so beautiful that you don’t want to come out of this place. It dosen't seem reality. It has got very rare flowers like blue poppy, balsam, anemones etc. To add on the the beauty of this place a river stream also flows. The altitude height of valley of flowers is around 14,400ft. I had an alluring experience.
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Paro
03 Jan, 2018
we had contacted an organization to manage the whole trek. They were really good in doing their job. They had arranged for a very comfortable stay and the food was also pretty good. The trek seemed to be really enjoyable and fun loving becayse of them . At night we used to have bonfire. We enjoyed a lot in the 7 day long trip. I had the perfect vacation.
we had contacted an organization to manage the whole trek. They were really good in doing their job. They had arranged for a very comfortable stay and the food was also pretty good. The trek seemed to be really enjoyable and fun loving becayse of them . At night we used to have bonfire. We enjoyed a lot in the 7 day long trip. I had the perfect vacation.
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Samuel
28 Oct, 2017
I had planned this trip with a group of friends from Dehradun. We started our trekking from Govindghat and reached Ghangharia in around 5-6 hours. The trek was not too hectic as the ascent was moderate. We rested at Ghangharia for the night and then trekked to Valley of Flowers next morning. Surely it is wonderful to witness this beautiful valley. So many varieties of alpine and wildflowers grow in this valley during this time. It was surely a riot of colours out there. We went to Hemkund Sahib next which has the holy Gurudwara. Having a guide was really helpful and the organising team arranged us places for night stays. A highly recommended trip which you should definitely take.
I had planned this trip with a group of friends from Dehradun. We started our trekking from Govindghat and reached Ghangharia in around 5-6 hours. The trek was not too hectic as the ascent was moderate. We rested at Ghangharia for the night and then trekked to Valley of Flowers next morning. Surely it is wonderful to witness this beautiful valley. So many varieties of alpine and wildflowers grow in this valley during this time. It was surely a riot of colours out there. We went to Hemkund Sahib next which has the holy Gurudwara. Having a guide was really helpful and the organising team arranged us places for night stays. A highly recommended trip which you should definitely take.
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Pulak
21 Sep, 2017
I had gone to this trek in the month of February and it proved to be the perfect time for the trek. The spring got new flowers and leaves in the valley. The view is just mesmerizing. The perfect blend of colors and the wild flowers is jaw dropping experience.
I had gone to this trek in the month of February and it proved to be the perfect time for the trek. The spring got new flowers and leaves in the valley. The view is just mesmerizing. The perfect blend of colors and the wild flowers is jaw dropping experience.
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Abhirup
15 Sep, 2017
I was not initially very sure to go for this trip as the whole distance one has to cover on this trek one way is 18 kilometers but decided to finally go here with a bunch of friends. Seems like it was one of the best decisions I had taken in a while as I thoroughly enjoyed this trek. Being a beginner did not pose any challenges as the trek was of moderate difficulty. We could witness beautiful alpine meadows, small villages, lush green forests, glacial rivers and waterfalls on the way. Staying at a Gurudwara was also a memorable experience. Got to witness some rare and beautiful type of flowers blooming here in the valley. A memorable experience that is still etched in my memory. A super trip it was totally!
I was not initially very sure to go for this trip as the whole distance one has to cover on this trek one way is 18 kilometers but decided to finally go here with a bunch of friends. Seems like it was one of the best decisions I had taken in a while as I thoroughly enjoyed this trek. Being a beginner did not pose any challenges as the trek was of moderate difficulty. We could witness beautiful alpine meadows, small villages, lush green forests, glacial rivers and waterfalls on the way. Staying at a Gurudwara was also a memorable experience. Got to witness some rare and beautiful type of flowers blooming here in the valley. A memorable experience that is still etched in my memory. A super trip it was totally!
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Rupak
05 Aug, 2017
Valley of flowers was discovered in the year 1931 by a bunch of mountaineers. This place is like pandoras box which has got so many things yet to be seen. It is so much beautiful and breathtaking that I cannot explain it in words.
Valley of flowers was discovered in the year 1931 by a bunch of mountaineers. This place is like pandoras box which has got so many things yet to be seen. It is so much beautiful and breathtaking that I cannot explain it in words.
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Deepak
26 Jul, 2017
Valley of flowers is heaven on earth. I have not seen a place so beautiful ever in my life.
Valley of flowers is heaven on earth. I have not seen a place so beautiful ever in my life.
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Aniruddha
05 Jul, 2017
Picturesque views, beautiful landscapes and some memorable experiences are essential elements in this trip. This place is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and houses some of best species of flora and fauna. The view of the valley with the flowers was a sight to behold. Still cherish the sights and memories of this trip.
Picturesque views, beautiful landscapes and some memorable experiences are essential elements in this trip. This place is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and houses some of best species of flora and fauna. The view of the valley with the flowers was a sight to behold. Still cherish the sights and memories of this trip.
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Geeta
17 Jun, 2017
The Valley of Flowers provides captivating views of a beautiful valley laden with flowers in a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The region also has two beautiful rivers namely- Bhuyandar Ganga and Pushpawati which flow by the side of this trail. The whole trek route is very structured and the whole organizing team planned everything beautifully. An enthralling experience indeed!
The Valley of Flowers provides captivating views of a beautiful valley laden with flowers in a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The region also has two beautiful rivers namely- Bhuyandar Ganga and Pushpawati which flow by the side of this trail. The whole trek route is very structured and the whole organizing team planned everything beautifully. An enthralling experience indeed!
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Shyam
10 Jun, 2017
The Valley of Flowers trek was surely a memorable trip and the place is heavenly. The whole landscape is just so beautiful. Still cannot forget the charming views.
The Valley of Flowers trek was surely a memorable trip and the place is heavenly. The whole landscape is just so beautiful. Still cannot forget the charming views.

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