Snow clad for most of the year, this is a trek that’s on every nature lover’s bucket list. To tick it off, make sure you choose the best time to visit the valley of flowers. A not-so-difficult trek, this serene destination is best known for its abundant alpine flowers, which are in full bloom during the monsoon season.
When a journey in the north seems tough during the rains, choose the Valley of Flowers instead, and be ready to get mesmerized by its sheer beauty and grandeur. The road conditions may be challenging for novice drivers, and it’s recommended to let seasoned trekkers plan the trip.
Best Time to Visit the Valley of Flowers
Closed from October to May, flowers in the valley start blooming during the month of June. By this time, the snow starts melting, giving way to roads for better transportation. The temperature also starts improving. Quite important if you’re not a seasoned backpacker.
From mid-July to the end of August, the valley is in full bloom. As the rainy season arrives, acres of lush green landscape is occupied with hundreds of flowers in many different colours.
Valley of Flowers Trek in July
If you’re fond of looking at snow clad glaciers, try to visit the valley of flowers during the first week of July. This is also the period when you’ll find the famous Ladies Slipper Orchid flower in full bloom, along with many other species of flowers.
Valley of Flowers Trek in August
As the season proceeds, until the end of August, you can see the valley of flowers going from the brightest of colours to yellowish and peachy tones. Since monsoon’s the best time to visit the valley of flowers, we get quite a few bookings during this period. Plan your stay ahead with a single click here.
Closed from October to May due to a thick blanket of snow, Valley of Flowers is the most scenic trek in northern India. During this period, the valley remains cut off from other parts of India. A not-so-difficult trek that remains open from May to October, several Valley of Flowers trekking packages are available as per your preferences.
The peak season for a trek to the valley is from second half of July to end of August. However, due to rainy season, road conditions can be challenging. Thus, it’s highly recommended to plan your trek with experienced trek leaders. Our Valley of Flowers trekking package includes everything you need for a great journey.
Valley of Flowers Trekking Packages – Cost & Inclusions
Ranging from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 10,000, the average Valley of Flowers trek cost usually depends on many different factors. Some of these include kind of car/tempo traveller, accommodation type, facilities etc. Though it’s not a very difficult trek, it’s important to plan this trip under the supervision of highly experienced trek leaders. In fact, during the peak season, road conditions aren’t favourable for novice drivers, which makes it even more important to plan the trip with experienced trekkers.
Our Valley of Flowers trekking packages include travel via road from Haridwar to Govindghat, and back from Joshimath to Haridwar. We also provide 3 nights accommodation in Ghangaria, 2 nights accommodation in Govindghat, all vegetarian meals, oxygen cylinder, medical kits, fees, permits etc. In case you want to know more about our packages or get some tips to plan your trek, click here. You may also consult one of our experts to get all the information you need.
Most trekkers wonder about the Valley of Flowers trek difficulty. The main reason being that this trek is often planned during the rainy season, which may lead to tough road conditions. A not-so-difficult trek, it starts from Govindghat, which is 5,500 feet above sea level. From Govindghat, you embark on a journey of 14 km to Ghangaria (the basecamp), which is 10,200 feet above sea level.
The Valley of Flowers trek is pretty steep in the first and last 3 km between Govindghat and Ghangaria. These days, elderlies and kids can even take ponies or helicopter rides up to Ghangaria. However, from the basecamp, there’s no choice but to trek. Moreover, during the peak season, which is the monsoon season, helicopter service is often interrupted.
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers
The journey from Ghangaria to the valley isn’t too steep. The 4 km trek is almost at the same level. Since the Valley of Flowers is a biological reserve, ponies aren’t allowed to enter the valley. The only way to reach the valley from Ghangaria is to trek. However, these days, doli’s and palanquins are available to take elderlies and kids from Ghangaria to the valley. You’ll also have to purchase tickets for the porters.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib
The Valley of Flowers trek difficulty with respect to Hemkund Sahib is more challenging. The trek to Hemkund Sahib is steep, and it’s recommended to take a pony on your uphill journey. This region has some of the rarest flowers blooming during the monsoon season.
For a better idea about the geography in Valley of Flowers, you should read some important information in one of our posts. If you’re interested in planning your trek, just click here.
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)
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29th July 2018(Open)
30th July 2018(Open)
5th August 2018(Open)
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12th August 2018(Open)
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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)