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.
When is the best time to go to for the Valley Of Flowers Trek ?
The best time for Valley Of Flowers Trek is during the monsoon during the months of July and August. This is the time when the flowers in the valley are in bloom.
How difficult is the Valley Of Flowers trek?
Valley Of Flowers Trek is considered by comparison an easy high altitude trek. But 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 temperatures during the Valley Of Flowers trek?
During the Valley of Flowers, Trek 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.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-7 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
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 monsoona 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