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
Join us on the Valley Of Flowers trek. In this adventure we trek to the enchanting Valley Of Flowers and the famous Hemkund Sahib
The snow on the Himalayas adds majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flower patches of vivid colors add to its beauty. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smythe first discovered this place. In 1931, Smythe wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Kamet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties. Thus, was born the Valley Of Flowers Trek.
Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 nights
Destinations Covered in the Valley of Flowers Trek : Joshimath, Govindghat, Ghangaria, Haridwar, Rishikesh
Valley of Flowers Trek Cost : Rs 8950 + 5% GST (Haridwar to Haridwar)
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (5 Nights Hotel Accommodation on triple sharing basis)
Meals while on trek (Veg) (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek guide
What’s Not Included :-
Transport from Haridwar to Govindghat (Extra Rs 2000 Bothways)
Permit Fee for Indian Nationals
Meals in Govindghat and during the drive
Cost Escalation due to natural reason
Unscheduled stay due to landslide
Fixed Departures for Valley of flowers trek 2018
(All departures for The Valley of flowers trek are ex Govindghat)
Valley of flowers trek 2018
1st July 2018 (Open)
2nd July 2018(Open)
8th July 2018(Open)
9th July 2018(Open)
15th July 2018(Open)
16th July 2018(Open)
22nd July 2018(Open)
23rd July 2018(Open)
29th July 2018(Open)
30th July 2018(Open)
5th August 2018(Open)
6th August 2018(Open)
12th August 2018(Open)
13th August 2018(Open)
19th August 2018(Open)
20th August 2018(Open)
26th August 2018(Open)
27th August 2018(Open)
2nd September 2018(Open)
3rd September 2018(Open)
9th September 2018(Open)
10th September 2018(Open)
Valley of flowers trek Photos:
Govindghat Day 1 – Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat via Joshimat and Devprayag (8-9 hrs)
We pick you up early in the morning at Haridwar Railway station. There are many ways to reach Haridwar by train,bus and by air (Reaching Haridwar). We drive to Govindghat from Haridwar via Joshimath and Devprayag. Devprayag is a holy city which is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, after this the rivers become the holy Ganges. We Arrive at Joshimath by the evening and check into a hotel. Dinner & overnight stay. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow our Valley Of Flowers trek starts. We will also try and reach Govindghat and stay in Hotel Bhagat Govindghat or similar to start the valley of flowers trek next morning.
Ghangaria Day 2 – Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria (14 km, 3-4 hrs)
At Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into a hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Valley Of Flowers Trek Day 3 – Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back. (5km one side/4-5 hrs)
Today after an early breakfast we start our trek towards the Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh etc.. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After absorbing the beauty of the Valley Of Flowers we trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Hemkund Sahib Day 4 – Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back.
In the morning we trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized as Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Joshimath Day 5 – Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat. Then drive back to Joshimath
We trek back to Govindghat and from here we drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into a hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore this picturesque area.
Haridwar Day 6 – Drive back to Haridwar.
Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colorful memories.
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)