On a trip to Rafting in Rishikesh a fellow rafter told me about Valley of Flowers and this was the first time I heard of this trek and till date I have done this trek more than 15 times but my first trek is still the first and as fresh as I have done it yesterday. My preparation for this trek was just buying a 50mm 1.8 Nikkor lens.
To start the Trek you need to reach Haridwar first by train or by bus best is train because you get your sleep before the long hilly drive for some this is unbearable but I always enjoy the twists and turns of great Himalayan roads. I reached Haridwar early morning and met my fellow trekkers then we started our journey by comfortable Tempo Traveller from Haridwar to Govindghat, enroute we stopped for lunch our first stop was Govindghat. Govindghat is a small town about 18kms from Joshimath which serves as the base location for Hemkund Sahib Yatra and Flower Valley trek.
Next day we started our trek of around 14 kms from Govindghat to Ghangaria. The trek is easy with gradual slopes and numerous shops the Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers trek route is same till Ghangaria so you have to bear with ponies and their riders. We reached Ghangaria around 3 pm and had our lunch. Ghangaria is a small town with a Gurudwara and around dozen hotels most people come for Hemkund Sahib and very few goes to Flower Valley.
Day 3 of Flower Valley trek trek is the day to witness the sheer beauty of nature in pristine form The Valley is a heaven. After trekking for about 1km there is gate for Valley after taking the ticket we entered the park and our botanist guide started taking the names of various flowers few which I remembered. After trekking for 3 kms there arises a huge rock which signifies the starting point of the Valley of Flowers. We went upto the grave of and returned,
I cannot describe the beauty of Flower Valley in words best you visit it yourself. If you visit the valley of flowers you will become a poet just describe what you see. Valley of flowers is a must do trek for first time trekkers. Valley goes through various changes is a short period of two to three months. Till June it is packed with snow and when it melts the seeds beneath it germinates and during monsoon these plants grow and blossom at slightly different time that is the reason that entire Flower Valley color changes every fortnight and when monsoon gets over all plant dies leaving their seeds behind for next season.
Here are the important facts about the Trek
Valley Of Flowers Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers best time to visit from End of Juen to Mid Septembe, Valley of Flowers in June is covered under snow. Valley of Flowers Trek in July and August is the best when you see the most of the flowers bloom. Valley of flowers in September is all green trek but little less flowers. How to Reach Valley Of Flowers is take Haridwar – Govindghat taxi early morning and then trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria and then to Valley.
Valley Of Flowers Temperature remains in the range of 20 degree to 5 degree and you will require good jacket in the night. Valley Of Flowers Trekking Packages: We provide various trekking packages please fill the enquiry form and we will get back to you. Valley Of Flowers Trek Difficulty is a moderate trek but if you ask anyone they will call it a easy trek the reason behind is the facilities available during the trek. Valley Of Flowers Hemkund Sahib should be done together as Hemkund Sahib is as beautiful as valley
Himalayas are the youngest and tallest mountains on earth. Indian Himalayas spread from northern most part of India i.e. Jammu and Kashmir to Eastern most part Assam. The design or spread of Indian Himalayas makes them home to variety of flora and fauna. Northern most part is barren land and known as cold desert while eastern Himalayas receives highest rainfall and are kind of humid subtropical. The lower Himalayas called Shivaliks fall in the category of subtropical climatic zone.
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli Garhwal in the state of Uttarakhand, in NDBR region (Nanda Devi Bioshpere reserve). About 595 kilometres from Delhi, the altitude of valley Uttaranchal varies from 3,200 m to 6,600 m.
The stunning landscape of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve in northern India’s state of Uttarakhand, bordered by Nepal and Tibet, comes alive with the monsoon rain. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers, which appear as a bright carpet of color against a mountainous snow capped background.
Few details for those who are planning to go for this beautiful Monsoon Trek in the Himalayas
What is the Valley of Flowers Best time?
Valley of Flowers Best time is from July August and September. Valley of Flowers trek in June the entire valley is covered under thick snow as the snow starts melting the plants germinate and by the time monsoon arrives they start blooming.
What is the Valley of Flowers Trek difficulty
Valley of Flowers trek difficulty level is of moderate because of the given distances and challenges of monsoon trekking. Valley of flowers trek facilities make it suitable for everyone as you will be staying in Hotels in Govindghat and Hotels in Ghangaria. The Hemkund Sahib Trek route have lot of eateries and restaurants.
What is the Valley of Flowers Height?
Trek starts form Govindghat and you trek for 14 kms and reach Ghangaria and after staying one night you trek to Valley or Hemkund Sahib. Valley of Flowers height is around 3400 meters and Hemkund Sahib Height is 4633 meters.
Do Valley & Hemkund Sahib are done together?
Hemkund Sahib Trek starts from Ghagaria or Govinddham, Hemkund Sahib distance from Ghangaria is 6 KMs. Hemkund Sahib trek Difficulty is challenging as it a steep trek of 6 Kms one side.
Brief Itinerary Day 01: Rishikesh – Govindghat (276kms/8hr) Day 02: GovindGhat – Ghangaria (13kms/6hr Trek) Day 03: Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers – Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs) Day 04: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek and return to Ghanghria (6 Kms one side 6 Hrs) Day 05: Ghangaria – Govindghat (13kms trek down) Visit to Badirnath (Optional) Day 06: Govindghat – Haridwar- (280kms/10hr)