Why THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS Trek?
Valley of Flowers: 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.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located at a height in West Himalaya. It is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora found there. It is located in Uttarakhand state.
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.
Destinations Covered in the Valley of Flowers Trek : Haridwar, Rishikesh, Govindghat, Ghangaria
What’s Included :
- All Veg Meals from Dinner on Day 1st Dinner to Breakfast at on Day 6th.
- 02 Nights Basic Hotel accommodation on triple/quad/dorm sharing basis at Govinghat /Pandukeshwar
- 03 Nights Basic Hotel accommodation on triple/quad/dorm sharing basis at Ghangaria .
- Basic First Aid Medical kits, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi meter.
- Morning evening Tea served with light snacks.
- Valley Permit Fees For Indians.
- Day 5th Badrinath visit will subject to weather/ road condition.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.
- Surface Transfer from Haridwar – Govindghat / Joshimath – Haridwar by Qualis / Sumo / Bolero/ Max / Tempo Traveler depends on the number of trekkers.
What’s Not Included :
- Any meal during transit.
- Drive form Govindghat/Pandukeshwar to Pulna and return (Vehicle will be arranged by Renok Representative at an extra cost of Rs. 500 one way)
- Hot water per bucket @ Rs. 50/- in Ghangaria.
- Valley permit fees for Foreigner
- Porter / Mule for carrying personal luggage.
- Packaged water bottles or any other beverages.
- Unscheduled stay due to the landslide.
- Anything not mentioned in above above inclusions.
- Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
Here’s a short itinerary of Valley Of Flowers Trek:
Day 01: Drive from Haridwar – Govindghat/Pandukeshwar via Joshimath and Devprayag (290 kms/Approx 9 -10 hours drive)
Day 02: Drive from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar to Pulna (Approx 5 kms drive) Trek from Pulna – Ghangaria (9 kms/ Approx 4-5 hours)
Day 03: Trek from Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers and back to Ghangaria (10 kms/ Approx 6-7 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back to Ghangaria (12 kms/ Approx 6-7 Hours)
Day 05: Trek from Ghangaria – Pulna (9 kms / 4-5 hours ) – Pulna to Govindghat/ Pandukeshwar ( Approx 5 kms drive)
Day 06: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar (290 kms/ Approx 9-10 hours)
Detailed trek itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat/Pandukeshwar (5,998 ft.) via Joshimath (6,150 ft.) 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 and 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.
Day 2: Drive from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar to Pulna (Approx 5 kms drive) Trek from Pulna – Ghangaria (9 kms/ 4-5 hours)
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.
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers and back to Ghangaria (10 Kms /6-7 hours)
Today after an early breakfast we start our trek towards the Valley Of Flowers (3,858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh etc. The valley is 10 km long, 2 km 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.
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back to Ghangaria (12Kms/ 6-7 Hours)
In the morning we trek to Hemkund Sahib (4,329 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 and Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria – Pulna (9 km / 4-5 hours ) – Pulna to Govindghat/ Pandukeshwar ( Approx 5 kms drive)
We trek back to Govindghat and from here we drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Govindghat / Joshimath check into a hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore this picturesque area.
Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar (290 kms/ 9-10 hours)
Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute.Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colourful memories.
Fitness Required for Valley Of Flowers Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptation to an altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Valley Of Flowers Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness
Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.
Fitness Required: The Valley Of Flowers Trek falls in the category of easy treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there a may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 km in 30 minutes as per the schedule is given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Valley Of Flowers Trek
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): Good quality backpack from a reputed brand and try it before buying.
Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely
Trekking Shoes: Always invest in a good quality trekking shoes, we recommend Forclaz 500 by Quechua. They are light weight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India.
3 Quick Dry Tees
2 Track Pants
1 Pair Thermals
1 Poncho/ Umbrella
1 Windproof Jacket
3 Pair of Cotton Socks
1 Pair Woolen socks
1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
1 Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with the fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
What is the Valley Of Flowers Trek?
Valley of Flowers Trek is an easy high altitude trek done primarily during the monsoon. The trek is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
What is the Valley of Flowers Trek best time ?
The Valley Of Flowers Trek best time is during the monsoon months of July August and September. June the Valley of flowers is covered in snow and once it starts melting it gives way seeds germinates with in few weeks entire Valley is covered with beautiful alpine flowers. Valley of flowers best time to see flowers is from mid July to Mid August when you get to see most flowers in the valley.
How to reach Valley of Flowers Trek?
To reach Valley of flowers first you need to drive from Haridwar to Govindghat and then it’s a trek of 13 Kilometers till Ghangaria and another 3 kilometer trek to reach valley of flowers.
What are your Valley of flowers Trekking Packages includes and different options of Valley of Flowers trekking packages?
Our Valley of flowers trekking packages are from Haridwar to Haridwar and we have two options of valley of flowers trekking packages one which is our fixed departure have standard hotels in Pandukeshwar and Ghangaria while the other one is customized valley of flowers trekking packages which we design as per the requirement of trekker. We provided luxury hotels at Govindghat and Ghangaria Hotels and Camping in luxury tents.
What all includes in your Valley of Flowers Trek Cost?
Our Valley of Flowers Trek cost is Rs 9950 plus applicable taxes and as mentioned above our Valley of Flowers trek cost includes All Transportation, meals, Trek leader for details please check our inclusion exclusion section above.
What are the options of Ghangaria Hotels?
Ghangaria Hotels there are number of options are available but all the hotels are with basic amenities. We use Devlok hotel Ghangaria, Holiday Inn Hotel Ghangaria depending upon the availability. We share the Ghangaria Hotel name in confirmation mail.
What is Valley of Flowers Trek difficulty Level?
Valley of Flowers Trek difficulty Level is considered by comparison an easy high altitude trek though the trekking distance is around 50 Kms Including Hemkund Sahib which is quite long in 4 days in comparison to other treks like Hampta Pass. So you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the Valley Of Flowers trek temperatures?
During the Valley of Flowers temperatures vary between 0-20 degree celcius. There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
What is the valley of flowers trek distance?
The Valley of flowers trek distance is around 50 kilometers including Hemkund Sahib. Valley of Flowers Trek distance on day 2 is around 13 Kilometers from Pulna Village to Ghangaria Hotels. Valley of Flowers Trekking distance from Ghangaria is 3 Kilometers to the big rock which marks the start of Valley. Ghangaria to Hemkund Trekking distance is 6 Kilometers of uphill climb.
When should I go to Valley of Flowers?
You should go to Valley of Flowers during the monsoon months of July, August and September. Best time for Valley of flowers is from Mid July to Mid August. Valley of flowers in June will covered under snow and there will be very less flowers. Flowering start once the snow in Valley melted and full bloom season of Valley of flowers from July to Mid August.
How do you get to the Valley of Flowers?
To go to Valley of flowers just book our Valley of flowers packages from Haridwar or else you have travel to Ghangaria from Haridwar and Trek to Ghangaria and then Valley of Flowers.
Is Valley of Flowers safe?
Yes the route to Valley of Flowers is safe but there are always dangers from natural calamities. Valley of flowers trek happens during the full monsoon months of July and August so there are chances of landslides so you should always keep buffer time to avoid accidents.
Is Valley of Flowers open in October?
No, Valley of flowers in October will be closed due to snowfall.
How can I reach Govind Ghat?
To reach Govindghat you can hire a cab from Haridwar taxi stand or take Government or Private bus from Haridwar Bus stand. It takes around 10 to 12 Hours to reach Govind ghat from Haridwar via Devprayag, Rudraprayad, Joshimath.
How can I reach Ghangaria from Govindghat?
To reach Ghangaria from Govindghat one needs to trek for around 12 Kilometers, you have an option of mules, Palki and Helicopter to reach Ghangaria from Govindghat. Helicopter service to Ghangaria ticket cost is Rs 3500 and you should book it once you reach Govindghat no need to book in advance as Helicopter from Govindghat only operates when the weather is clear.
What is Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Package?
Our Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Package includes All transport from Haridwar to Haridwar, Accommodation in Basic Hotels, All Meals while trekking and Expert Trek Leader to lead the group and our Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Package Cost is around Rs 9950 plus applicable taxes.
How is Valley of Flowers weather?
Valley of Flowers is a monsoon trek so Valley of Flowers weather remains rainy during the valley of flowers season from July to Mid September. You can expect rains during the trek so pack accordingly.
What is Valley of Flowers Height?
Valley of Flowers height is 12,001 feet, i.e. 3,658 meters above sea level. Due to this, it remains closed during winter season. During this period, the entire region is covered in snow.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
How do monsoon affects the valley of flowers trek?
Valley of flowers trek is possible only during the month of July & August which are the full monsoon months. If the road gets closed due to landslide BRO normally opens it up as soon as the rain stops.
What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control then an additional charge may apply.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male: Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 250 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes.
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Valley Of Flowers trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers, they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies, we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek, it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Valley Of Flowers Trek?
Yes, Valley Of Flowers Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for the private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever, there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Getting There(Valley Of Flowers Trek)
Haridwar is the base location for our Valley of Flowers trek and not Govindghat or Joshimath. Our meeting point in Haridwar is railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Govindghat. The entire drive from Haridwar to Govindghat takes around 10 Hours.
Reaching Haridwar by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Haridwar and is situated 36 Kms from Haridwar. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Haridwar.
Reaching by train
Haridwar is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach Haridwar from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Haridwar by Road (Bus)
Haridwar is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Haridwar which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.
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Here’s a short itinerary of Valley Of Flowers Trek:
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar – Govindghat/Pandukeshwar via Joshimath and Devprayag (8-9 hrs).
Day 2: Trek from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar to Pulna – Trek from Pulna – Ghangaria (14 kms , 3-4 hrs).
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers and back. (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs).
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back ( 6 kms and back)
Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria – Pulna and drive back from Pulna to Govindghat/Pandukeshwar
Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat/Pandukeshwar