Valley of Flowers

Departure Date

01th, 02th, 08th, 09th, 15th, 16th, 22th, 23th, 29th, 30th of every month

Duration

6D / 5N

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4671

Review Ratings

5/102

Maximum Seats

15

Why This Trek?

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.

  • DIFFICULTY : Easy – Moderate

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 11,483 ft.

  •  BASE CAMP : Govindghat.

  • DURATION : 6 Days 5 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON : July – Mid. September

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 9,500

(GST 5%)

Book Before 15th November Rs. 8950 + (5% GST)

(Haridwar to Haridwar)

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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.

Valley of Flowers Trek Map

Destinations Covered in the Valley of Flowers Trek : Joshimath, Govindghat, Ghangaria, Haridwar, Rishikesh.

 

What’s Included :

  • All Veg Meals from Day 1st Dinner to till Day 6th Breakfast.
  • 02 Nights basic Hotel accommodation on triple/ quad sharing basis at Govinghat / Joshimath.
  • 03 Nights basic Hotel accommodation on triple/quad sharing basis at Ghangaria .
  • Basic First Aid Medical kits, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi meter.
  • Morning evening Tea served with light snacks.
  • All Fees and Permits for Indians.
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.
  • Surface Transfer from Haridwar – Govindghat / Joshimath – Haridwar by Qualis / Sumo / Bolero/ Max / Tempo Traveller depends on the number of trekkers.

What’s Not Included :

  • Any meal during transit.
  • All Fees and Permit for Foreigner.
  • Any cost incurred due to natural reasons.
  • Porter / Mule for carrying personal luggage
  • Packaged water bottles or any other beverages.
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide or any other natural calamity.
  • Anything not mentioned in above above inclusions

 

More Information On Valley of Flowers:

Here’s a short itinerary of Valley Of Flowers Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Haridwar – Govindghat (5,998 ft.) via Joshimath (6,150 ft.) and Devprayag (8-9 hrs).

Day 2: Trek from Govindghat (5,998 ft.) – Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) (14 kms, 5-6 hrs).

Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Valley Of Flowers (10,998ft. – 12,001 ft.) and back. (5 kms one side/3-4 hrs).

Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) to Hemkund (14203 ft.) and back to Ghangaria ( 6 kms and back) (3-4 hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Govindghat (5,998 ft.) (14 kms) (3-4 hrs)

Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Haridwar – Govindghat (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.
Valley of Flowers Trek

Day 2: Trek from Govindghat (5,998 ft.) – Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) (14 kms, 5-6 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.

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Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Valley Of Flowers (10,998ft. – 12,001 ft.) and back. (5 kms one side) (3-4 hrs).

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.

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Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) to Hemkund (14,203 ft.) and back to Ghangaria ( 6 kms and back) (3-4 hrs)

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

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Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria (10,003 ft.) – Govindghat (5,998 ft.) (14 kms) (3-4 hrs)

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.

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Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat

Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute.Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colourful memories.

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Valley of Flowers Trek

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 adaptations to 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 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 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule 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): A good quality backpack from 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

Woolen cap

Gloves

Sun Cap

One Scarf

Light towel

Lip Balm

Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)

Water Bottle 1 Lt

Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries

Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper

Personal Medicine Kit

Dark Sunglasses

Trekking pole

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
Betadine cream
Moov spray

Tablets:
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 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 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 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
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 via Joshimath and Devprayag (8-9 hrs).
Day 2: Trek from Govindghat – 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 – Govindghat / drive to Joshimath.
Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar from Govindghat / Joshimath.

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102 Reviews
  • Akhila
    August 14, 2015

    hey for first time trekkers (two girls)is valley of flowers easier or hampta pass? what would u suggest ? please reply.

    • August 16, 2015

      For first timer both treks are good but my personal preference would be Hampta pass trek as its proper trek where you stay in camps and it is little uncrowded as Valley of flowers trek share the same route to Hemkund Sahib.

  • Gargi
    June 4, 2015

    Hi,
    We are two of us who want to visit the valley of flowers for atleast 2 days….also, we would like to do river rafting at rishikesh if possible. Please could u draw up the best itinerary for us and mail back along with the financials. Thanks

    • June 5, 2015

      Rafting is not possible as all rafting Camps in Rishikesh are closed.

  • MOhan Naik
    May 23, 2015

    HI Renok Team ,

    We a group of around 4 wud like to visit in the month of July 2015 ( prob July end ) Please share the itinerary for the tour and include badrinath and hemkund sahib as well . We wud like to start thr trip from rishikesh .

  • Mukul
    May 17, 2015

    Hi Renok Team,

    Please share the charges for a person, also the facilities provided by renok. Is there is any other cost such as transportation cost , please share upfront.

    Regards
    Mukul

  • Sandeep
    May 6, 2015

    Dear Renok.. I have two things to enquire..
    1. Is it possible to see the whole VOF within one day? Because I have heard that it is better to visit VOF for two days to see its real beauty.
    2.Do you accommodate single person in the trek? because I don’t have any friend free during the month of July and August to go with me.

    • April 27, 2015

      Hi
      Have sent you the details of Valley of Flowers trek 2015

    • April 27, 2015

      The bridge is repaired and in case if it’s not then we will go for alternate trek or the money will be refunded subject to our terms and conditions.

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