Valley of Flowers Trek
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
1st Day: Rishikesh to Govindghat (290 Kilometers, 12 Hours Drive)
2nd Day: Govindghat to Pulna Drive (04 Kilometers) | Ghangaria Trek (09 Kilometers)
3rd Day: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers Trek and back (08 Kilometers)
4th Day: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek and back (16 Kilometers)
5th Day: Ghangaria to Govindghat Trek (09 Kilometers)
6th Day: Govindghat to Rishikesh (270 Kilometers, 09 Hours Drive)
Itinerary (Rishikesh to Rishikesh)
1st Day : Rishikesh to Govindghat (290 Kilometers, 12 Hours Drive)
- The group will assemble at the pick-up point by 8 AM.
- The trek leader will be introduced here followed by a group introduction and tour breifing.
- Later on, we'll head towards Govindghat.
- Midway, we'll cross Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath, and Panch Prayag.
- We'll be reaching Govindghat by the evening.
- Post-check-in, dinner will be served followed by an overnight stay in Govindghat.
The pickup point is Rishikesh ISBT (tentative).
2nd Day : Govindghat to Pulna Drive (04 Kilometers) | Ghangaria Trek (09 Kilometers)
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Pulna village.
- Upon reaching our destination, we'll start trekking towards the first checkpoint, Ghangaria Village.
- We'll reach Ghangaria Village by the afternoon.
- Lunch will be served after checking into our accommodation.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Ghangaria Village.
3rd Day : Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers Trek and back (08 Kilometers)
- After an early breakfast, we'll head out for a Forest Check Post.
- Midway, we'll have a packed lunch during one of the break sessions.
- On reaching Forest Check Post, we'll move towards Valley of Flowers, which is the main attraction of the whole trek.
- After a while, we'll trek down from Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria village.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Ghangaria Village.
4th Day : Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek and back (16 Kilometers)
- Breakfast will be served in the morning.
- After which, we'll head out for a trek to Hemkund Sahib(World's Highest Gurudwara).
- Midway, we'll be having a packed lunch during one of the breaks.
- We'll reach our destination by the afternoon and will stay for a while before trekking back to Ghangaria Village.
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Ghangaria Village.
5th Day : Ghangaria to Govindghat Trek (09 Kilometers)
- After an early breakfast, we'll head towards Govindghat.
- Upon reaching Govindghat, we'll check into our respected accomodation.
- Lunch will be served here.
- Post lunch, the rest of the day is at leisure and you're advised to go for a visit to Badrinath temple and Mana village (The last Indian village at the Indo-China border) (personal expense).
- Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay in Govindghat.
6th Day : Govindghat to Rishikesh (270 Kilometers, 09 Hours Drive)
- Post breakfast, we'll head out for Rishikesh.
- We'll reach Rishikesh by the evening.
- The group disassembles here.
- The Valley of Flowers Trek ends here.
Transportation during the journey from the pickup on day 01 to drop on day 06 is covered.
Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary.
Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 06 Breakfast)
Trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.
Local Guide will be present at all times during the tour.
All kinds of Permits
First Aid Kits
Early check-in at the hotel.
Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delay travel.
Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Manali or Srinagar.
Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
Any other services not specified above in inclusions.
Additional help such as mules, porters for carrying luggage/personal stuff will be on a personal expanse.
Additional gears such as jackets, warm clothes, shoes, walking stick, raincoat/Poncho or more is to be brought/rented by the individual only.
No cancellations will be taken over the call or WhatsApp message. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
Free Cancellation up to 60 days before the departure date (Booking amount is non-refundable)
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 59 days to 45 days of the Departure Date then only 10% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 44 Days to 30 Days of the Departure Date then only 25% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 29 Days to 15 Days of the Departure Date then only 50% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within15 Days to 8 Days of the Departure Date then only 75% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
If you're canceling the trip and opting for a refund within 7 Days from the Departure Date then 100% of the total trip cost (calculated after subtracting the booking amount) along with the booking amount (non-refundable) will be charged as a cancellation fee and remaining sum would be refunded.
You are not applicable for a refund if you fail to show up on the day of departure under the given timeline that has been provided to you beforehand.
There would be no refund provided in case there occur some problems due to government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances. On the occasion of any such happenings, we have a backup plan ready most of the time and we'll be moving onto that. There are times when we would have to cancel some activities mentioned in the itinerary but it's only due to the reason that we would be bound by a circumstance that is not in our control.
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.) then the participants would be provided with a travel voucher for the same amount that can be used within 365 days of the issuance date for any package worth the same amount.
If a trek/trip has to be aborted midway due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). In that case, no refund would be provided.
JustWravel will not bear any extra expense due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.).
Cancellations policy differs for popular destinations and also during peak season, kindly confirm with your operator once.
Things To Pack
Rucksack (40 Liters+)
Backpack Rain Cover
Inner Thermals (2 pairs)
Comfortable Pants (Trek Pants)
Down Jacket/Main Jacket
Socks (2 Woolen/2 Cotton)
Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100/Arpenaz 100 or better)
First Aid Kit
Mobile Charger/Travel Charger
Sunscreen Lotion(SPF 40+)
Documents – ID(Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
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.
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. The minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Yes, it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Well, it totally depends from 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 a problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Yes, we can customize any trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
No, but our trek leaders are certified in the Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry a first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purposes, 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.
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
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.
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are an odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
We will be staying in the Hotel and Homestay/Guesthouse.
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees.
For the 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.
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.
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.
Once you confirm the trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
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.
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.
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.
It differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then does bring the pole. Some people think that the trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s up to you.
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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 :
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 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 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 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.
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.
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