Due to Auli’s scenic beauty, a lot of tourists visit this ski resort destination in the summer season. Most of these people prefer a trek from Auli to Valley of Flowers due to the presence of a long cable car that conveniently gets them down to Joshimath. Valley of Flowers is only open during the summer season, i.e., May to September.
For the rest of the months, it is covered under snow. The peak season to plan a trek is from mid-July to end of August. However, due to rains, road conditions can be rough. It’s highly recommended to plan your trek with experienced trekkers if you’re visiting during this period.
Auli to Valley of Flowers
Joshimath is a very small village before Govindghat. It’s approximately a 20 km journey to Govindghat that takes about an hour. Most trekkers consider Joshimath to be the first basecamp for a trek to the Valley of Flowers. Taxis ply between Govindghat and Joshimath at regular intervals. Buses are also easily available. Once you take the cable car to Joshimath, you can reach Govindghat to start your trek.
From Govindghat, Valley of Flowers is about 18 km. Ghangaria is 4 km, and is considered to be the final basecamp in the journey. From Ghangaria, you can also plan a trek to Hemkund Sahib, which is one of the most popular Sikh religious sites. The trek from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers is steep. On the way, you pass waterfalls, lush landscape and snowy glaciers.
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