Valley of Flowers Trek

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Description

Valley of Flowers Trek is a trek to a vast valley settled in the vicinity of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The entire valley of flowers is rich in biodiversity and lies in the transition zone between the Greater Himalayas and Zanskar Range. 

The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is in the months of July and August when the blooming of flowers is at peak. Around 300 species of wild-flowers bloom during this season. The prominent species are Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold & Prinula. Apart from a wide range of flora, the valley of flowers national park is also home to rare and endangered animals such as Himalayan Black Bear, Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Foxes, Himalayan Tahrs, Musk deer and Monals.  Also, the valley has to offer much more than flowers. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, gushing rivers and quaint villages.

The landscape of Valley of Flowers showcases the wilderness and raw beauty of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The Valley of Flowers national park covers an expanse of 87.5 square km and about 8 km long and 2 km wide.

The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from a small village named Govindghat located 22 km from Joshimath on the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. The actual trek starts from Pulna, which is 4 km and a 20 minutes drive from Govindghat. The trek from Pulna to Ghangaria is 9 km long and is done on a paved trail. Ghangaria is a small settlement where trekkers can stay and buy some essentials. The route further from Ghangaria divides into two routes, one leading towards Valley of Flowers and the other one leading towards Hemkund Sahib.

Another important destination that will be covered in this trip is Hemkund Sahib, which is a renowned pilgrimage site for Sikhs and also the highest gurudwara in the world, situated at an altitude of 4632 meters or 15200 feet above the sea level. The Trek to Hemkund Sahib also starts from the village Ghangaria. The trek from Ghangaria is about 8 KM long and the trail is fully paved but quite steep. 

Check out the blog on Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat (290 KM, 12 hours drive)

Day 2 : Drive from Govindghat to Pulna and Trek to Ghangaria (4 KM drive and 9 KM trek)

Day 3 : Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back (8 KM trek)

Day 4 : Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back (16 KM Trek)

Day 5 : Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat (9 KM Trek)

Day 6 : Drive from Govindghat to Haridwar

Fixed Departures

11th Jul to 16th Jul Open {11th Jul (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 16th Jul (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

18th Jul to 23rd Jul Open {18th Jul (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 23rd Jul (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

25th Jul to 30th Jul Open {25th Jul (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 30th Jul (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

1st Aug to 6th Aug Open {1st Aug (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 6th Aug (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

8th Aug to 13th Aug Open {8th Aug (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 13th Aug (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

15th Aug to 20th Aug Open {15th Aug (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 20th Aug (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

22nd Aug to 27th Aug Open {22nd Aug (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 27th Aug (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

29th Aug to 3rd Sep Open {29th Aug (Saturday) 07:00 AM to 3rd Sep (Thursday) 07:00 PM}

6th Sep to 11th Sep Open {6th Sep (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 11th Sep (Friday) 07:00 PM}

13th Sep to 18th Sep Open {13th Sep (Sunday) 07:00 AM to 18th Sep (Friday) 07:00 PM}

Itinerary (Haridwar to Haridwar)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat (290 KM, 12 hours drive)

    For Valley of Flowers Trek we gather at Haridwar ISBT in the morning, after that, we start our journey from there. Govindghat is 290 km far from Haridwar and it takes around 12 hours to reach there. We drive through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and Joshimath.

    The drive is scenic and it goes along the Alaknanda river, which is one of the tributaries of Ganges. The interesting thing about the drive is that you will be crossing all five confluences of sacred rivers (also known as Panch Prayag in the local language). These five confluences take place at Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. Don't forget to take photos at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda in the town of Devprayag. 

    We reach Govindghat by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel at Govindghat.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Drive from Govindghat to Pulna and Trek to Ghangaria (4 KM drive and 9 KM trek)

    Wake up, freshen up and get ready. We will take a taxi from Govindghat to Pulna village and then began our trek towards Ghangaria village. The trek is 9 km long and is completely paved.

    The gradient of the trek is easy and is steep at a few stretches. More than half of your trek goes parallel to the river. The whole trek is scenic and is full of scenic views of valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. Ghangaria is a kind of settlement situated at an altitude of 3010 meters and offers some great views.

    The village houses some shops where one can buy daily need stuff. After arriving at the village, relax and enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by conifers covered mountains.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.

  • 3

    Day 3 : Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back (8 KM trek)

    Wake up and get ready for the most important day of the trip. This day you will be trekking to Valley of Flowers. The trek to the valley is around 4 km long from Ghangaria.

    We take the upwards route from the village and after walking for barely 500 meters we will reach a dividing point. The route will be divided into two routes, the straight one going towards Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and the left going towards the Valley of Flowers. We take the left turn and continue our trek and reach the forest check post.

    We resume our trek through that narrow route, after getting the entry permit. The trail is covered by dense bushes on both sides and soon we start seeing flowers on the way. We cross a bridge over the Bhyundar river and continue our trek on the trail. The waterfall near the bridge looks massive and beautiful. We will reach the main valley after getting out of the forest route.

    The valley of flowers looks amazing. Enjoy the heavenly beauty of the place. We will explore the valley to its fullest and try not to miss any flower. We start getting back to the village by late afternoon and reach there by evening.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house in Ghangaria.

  • 4

    Day 4 : Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back (16 KM Trek)

    We start a bit early today as we have to trek up to Hemkund Sahib, which is the highest gurudwara in the world, situated at an altitude of 4632 meters and 15,200 feet above the sea level.

    The trek is 8 KM long on each side and is quite steep throughout the way. We take the same upwards route from Ghangaria and continue it on the Hemkund Sahib route. After crossing the waterfall, the steep ascent starts and the route continues in a zig-zag way. We could see the village Ghangaria from the route while trekking. After 3 hours of continuous trek, we reach a point from where the tree line ends. It will take us around 4-5 hours to reach our destination.

    The gurudwara is beautiful and offers magnificent views. One can also spot the mighty Nilkanth peak if the weather is clear. We will have Langar there and then start descending back to the village. The downhill trek will take less time and we will reach back by evening.

    Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.

  • 5

    Day 5 : Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat (9 KM Trek)

    Wake up and we start our downhill trek to Govindghat in the morning after having breakfast. We take the same route that we took on the Day 2 while trekking up. It will take us around 3-4 hours to reach Govindghat. After reaching the village, one can visit the famous Badrinath temple and Mana village (Last Indian village at the Indo-China border) if time and weather allow. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel/Guesthouse at Govindghat.

    *The taxi for Badrinath and Mana village is not included in the cost. 

  • 6

    Day 6 : Drive from Govindghat to Haridwar

    We start our drive from Govindghat by morning and take the same route. We will drop you at Haridwar by late afternoon or evening and you can continue your onward journey.

    *It is recommended that you keep the buffer time and book your return bus/train tickets scheduled in the night.

    End of Valley of Flowers Trek

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Inclusions

Accommodation: Stay is included from day 1 to Day 6 – you will be staying at guest house and hotels all days of trekking.

Transportation: Haridwar to Haridwar

Meals: All Meals from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast are included. We provide simple nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.

Camping Charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.

Support Staff: Trek Leader and Local Guide.

Trekking Equipment: you will be staying in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. We provide high altitude sleeping bags which can stand temperatures as low as - 10 deg c. We also provide ropes, micro spikes, gaiters etc. As required.

Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, Stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies. 

Exclusions

Meals apart from mentioned in the Itinerary

Stay apart from mentioned in the Itinerary

Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.

Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.

Any additional expenses caused by a disturbance in the trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.

Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/ roadblocks/landslides/strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Inner Layer

Tshirt or Fleece

Trek Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Trekking/ Hiking Shoes (Forclaz 100 and above or Arpenaz 100. Checkout in Decathlon stores)

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 40L)

Mufflers/ Neck Warmer

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size for Valley of Flowers Trek?

Usually, we take a maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the Valley of Flowers trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on for Valley of Flowers trek?

Once you confirm the trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy for Valley of Flowers Trek?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. Waterproof shoes with ankle support will work well.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the Valley of Flowers trek?

For Valley of Flowers trek, we will be staying in Hotel and Hotel stay/Guesthouse so proper running water washrooms will be available on the trek.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

We will be staying in the Hotel and Homestay/Guesthouse.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book Valley Of Flowers trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in the booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the Valley of Flowers trek?

Yes, we can customize any trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will the doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

It differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s up to you.

Additional Information on Valley of Flowers

The paradise on Earth “Valley of flowers” is an India National Park located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand.

Valley of flowers is located at 3,650 meters above the sea level in Bhyundar Valley and is 8 km long and 2 km wide. Valley of Flowers is considered a paradise on Earth because of its unforgettable and awestruck natural beauty, meadows of endemic alpine flowers and a variety of flora, the lush green dense forest along the Pushpawati river, bridges, magnificent glaciers, and electrifying waterfalls. Valley of flowers is a UNESCO world heritage site that attracts travelers from all over the world.

The nature lovers and adventure lovers are both pulled towards this destination due to its undeniable beauty and the marvelous trek among the beautiful and exotic flora. The Valley of flowers opens from the month of June and closes in the month of October-November however the best time to visit the valley of flowers is mid-July- mid-August when the flowers are in full bloom after the monsoon showers.  

There are no accommodations available in the valley of flowers however the best option for accommodation near the Valley of Flowers is Ghangaria as there are numerous hotels and homestays established there. Valley of Flowers is a must visit for every travel enthusiast out there wanting to experience the true and colourful beauty of nature.

PLACES TO BE EXPLORED NEAR VALLEY TO FLOWERS :

HARIDWAR:

An ancient city and important Hindu Pilgrimage site “Haridwar” is in Uttarakhand located at the point where the Ganges River emerges from the Himalayas and is among the seven holiest cities in India. The holy city is known for its magnificent temples, ashrams, food, culture and narrow lanes across the city. The worshipers fill the city during the major festivals, Haridwar receives thousands of visitors every year.

GOVINDGHAT:

Govindghat is a town in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India located on the way to Badrinath where Alaknanda & Ganga River are confluence located on an altitude of 1800 meters above the sea level. Govindghat is adorned by both pilgrimage and adventure lovers as it is the starting point of two of the most famous treks in Uttarakhand that is Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is known for its alpine hills, refreshing views and the pleasant weather throughout the year however it remains closed from the month of November to April as the winters can be really harsh.

PULNA:

Pulna village is located at a distance of 3 km from Govindghat on the way to Gangharia is a beautiful stopover while traveling to Gangharia from Govindghat.

GHANGARIA:

Ghangaria is a majestic village in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand at an elevation of 3050 meters above the sea level, at a distance of 3km from Valley of flowers and 6km from Hemkund Sahib. Ghangaria is also the last human habitation center on the way to Hemkund sahib and it is the starting point for the Valley of flowers trek trail.

HEMKUND:

Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand located at an elevation of 4,200 meters above the sea level. Hemkund lake is located near to the Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara and the devotees who visit Hemkund Sahib take a dip in the sacred lake. The best time to visit Hemkund Sahib is between the months of May to October as winters can be really harsh and the trek to Hemkund Sahib may be closed down due to snow.

Reviews

Divya Durbade
Divya Durbade

It was a nice experience with justwravel.good for Budget travelling.

Vatsal Malik
Vatsal Malik

It was my first trek and i am so glad that i choose Justwravel for the same. The arrangements were amazing and the trek leads were so good that they seemed more like friends than trek leads. They had their own amazing stories to tell which was awesome to hear. Special shoutout to Manu sir and Rahbaar. Both were amazing. Hope to see you again soon.

sharma Rakesh
sharma Rakesh

It was super trekking and camping as well as adventures in a new place they had every kind of facility it was my 1st tour and i hope if i get chance to go so i will again join your company's

Shyamal Kesarwani
Shyamal Kesarwani

Best organised trip. Everything was perfect.

Trouvaille Channel
Trouvaille Channel

Best Travel Group for almost all types of travellers.. The focus is primarily on quality of services and that is quite evident. Excellent option for solo travellers too..

Mehul Kashmiria
Mehul Kashmiria

I had an amazing trek organised by justwravel it was a hectic week and my week end was just amazing because of this trek. Perfectly organised. Just loved it.

Freesoul Wanderer
Freesoul Wanderer

I came to know about justwravel from my friend who have been travelling with them from last 2 year and till now i had done 4 trips with them. Justwravel is simply superb they provide best service and they have very professional staff and everybody knows there job and responsibility. The best part is that they give big attention to all small things and deal with every things related to the trip. They proactively respond to every question of my and are clearly very professional, knowledgeable, friendly staff. Thank you for making my travel experiences always the best and giving me wonderful memories always. Looking forward to many more trips with you guys.

himanshu kumar
himanshu kumar

I came in touch with Justwravel in the last year when i booked deoriatal chandrashila-trek with them. We couldn't complete the trek due to sudden change in weather and snow blocked the route. Though it was a failed trip but the experience I had on that trip was one of the best experiences I ever had. It was a memorable trip. Since then I have been traveling with Justwravel. I traveled to Chandrashila, Valley of flowers, Kedarkantha, Ladakh and kareri lake. Everytime i had the best experience in terms of people, food, stay, travel, other services and ofcourse the unforgettable experience. Looking for more trips with you guys. Cheers

Ashok Garg
Ashok Garg

It was great experience

sai chandana
sai chandana

I went on a trek to valley of flowers and hemkunt sahib with justwravel. Our trek coordinator Manu was more like a friend rather than a stranger you just met. On the whole I had a great experience in terms of people, food and everything. This was my first trek. Thank you for making it memorable. Looking forward to doing this again.

Vasudha Arora
Vasudha Arora

Well organised and planned! Enjoyed a lot :)

Gagan Kinra
Gagan Kinra

Amazing experience in travelling with justwravels...Loved to travel again & again with this group specially coz the trip leaders and coordinarors are like a family... Nd special congrats for having coordinators like Nishant Bhardwaj...they are the real assets for this group...

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