Valley Of Flowers Trek

The Flowers Valley At High Altitude

Trek Grade

Easy to Moderate

Highest Altitude

14,100 ft

Base Camp

Pipalkoti

Best Time

July, August to mid Sept

Valley Of Flowers Trek

The Valley of Flowers Trek is a popular and enchanting trekking location in the Garhwal Himalayas. It offers stunning views of colourful flowers, green pastures, and the snow-capped Himalayas. Situated at 14,100 ft. above sea level, the Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is mainly known for its gorgeous flowers in different colours and shapes. The trek is best experienced from June to September when the Valley is fully blooming. Visitors can also spot rare species such as blue sheep and red fox during the trek. The Valley is home to over 300 rare and endangered species of flowers, as well as Himalayan animals like blue sheep, black bears, and snow leopards. The trek is not easy, with moderate difficulty and long trekking days. The route includes a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib, challenging trekkers’ endurance. However, the breathtaking scenery and abundant flora and fauna make it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The Valley of Flowers trek is one of India’s most renowned treks, and it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. While it’s a challenging trek, the enchanting beauty of the Valley makes it a top choice for trekkers seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas.

Get ready to explore the astonishing sights of green surroundings, followed by the Himalayas’ gleaming snowy mountains. When it comes to the most fascinating and enthralling Valley in India, this trek is on top because it perfectly displays the abundance of colourful flowers and green pastures. You can find thousands of blue Primula blooming in this Valley, giving you a picture-perfect view. Primula is one of the most gorgeous and lovely Himalayan flowers. The best time to visit this Valley in full bloom is mid-July to mid-August. It would help if you trekked from Govind Ghat to reach the Valley of Flowers, and on the route, you will also pass from Hemkund Sahib. This Valley is about 5km from Ghangaria.

Trek offers a natural walk into the quintessence of flora and fauna. Not only this, but you can also find more than 300 rare and endangered species of flowers in this Valley. Some rare species include Primulas, Calendulas Daisies, Orchids, and Poppies. As you trek up toward the Valley, you can find some fantastic Himalayan animals, such as blue sheep, black bears, and snow leopards. The eye-catching Flora and Fauna make this location a perfect destination for trekking. If you are an adventure freak, you will fall in love with the mesmerizing view of the Valley. Make sure to keep your camera ready because the captivating scenery in this Valley is waiting for you. You need to know that the trek is not easy because the trekking level is moderate, and the trekking days are slightly longer. This trek will challenge your endurance because there is a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib. So, prepare yourself accordingly for the trek.

When you stand at the entry of this Valley, you will see a mesmerizing carpet of colourful flowers ahead, leaving you speechless. Any enthusiast of the Himalayas thinking about a trek in Monsoon will keep this trek at the top of the list. Undeniably, this Valley is one of the liveliest and most tempting places you will come across in the West Himalayas. It is famous for its wide variety of flowers and alpine trees that perfectly add an enchanted feel to the Valley. The scenery is serene, and you will also come across fantastic nature views and waterfalls while trekking. If you love mountain landscapes and breathtaking natural views, you need to go for this trek at least once in your life. 

The Valley of Flowers trek is 1 of India’s hottest treks in the Himalayas. Individuals not stepping into the Himalayas have learned about the Valley of Flowers trek. But there’s a good reason for Valley Of Flower’s renowned recognition – it’s 1 of India’s oldest known treks. In 1980, the Indian government made the Valley of Flowers National Park, and later on, in 2002, it was realized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This pushed Valley of Flowers on the bucket list of trekkers from near the planet. However, remember that the Valley Of Flowers trek isn’t simple. It’s a moderate fitness level trek, with somewhat more time trekking many days, along with a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib designed to challenge your stamina. Thus, make nice for this particular trek. We’ve talked in detail about this trek.

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Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Valley Of Flowers Trek

Day 1: Haridwar to Pipalkoti (Drive)

  • Altitude, 1900m/6,200ft; Joshimath is 275km from Haridwar.
  • You will be picked up sharp at 6:30 AM from Rishikesh.
  • It is going to be a long drive of almost 10-11 hours, so get prepared accordingly.
  • In Joshimath, you will get the last ATM point.
  • You will also get a small market in Joshimath
  • You will not face any networks problem all along the way
  • Night stay will be scheduled in a guest house with shared accommodation

 

Driving Route 

  • From Rishikesh to Devprayag, where the Bhagirathi River and Alaknanda River meet. 
  • Continuing from Devprayag to Srinagar. 
  • Proceeding from Srinagar to Rudrapryag, where the Mandakini River and Alaknanda River converge.
  • Finally, journeying from Rudrapryag to Karnprayag, where the Pindar River and Alaknanda River join together.

Your adventure with us commences in Rishikesh, from where we’ll embark on a scenic drive along the legendary Badrinath Road. The 9-hour journey to Pipalkoti may be lengthy, but the breathtaking vistas will ensure that you stay engaged and enthralled throughout. As we ascend, the majestic river flowing alongside us will become increasingly turbulent and captivating.

We’ll pass through 4 of the 5 sacred confluences of Ganga—Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag—offering ample opportunities for photography and unforgettable experiences. So, keep your eyes peeled and your cameras ready to capture the beauty of this divine journey.

Day 2: Pipalkoti to Govindghat-Pulna and trek to Ghangharia

  • 40km drive from Govindghat to Pulna which is located at a height of 2,000m/6,800ft. The drive will be of 4 hours. 
  • Trekking for 9kms from Pulna to reach Ghangharia which is situated at an altitude of 2,290m/9,800 ft. You will reach in 4 hours Ghangharia. 
  • You will trek on a gradual ascent on a stone-paved path along with the river. 
  • Water is available all along the route so you can refill your water bottles easily. 
  • Trekkers will be served with packed lunch 
  • From Pulna, Mule and porter facility is available
  • BSNL network will be available only at Ghangaria
  • Helicopter service is also available from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria if the weather is good (this cost is not included)
  • Night stay in the guest house
  • You will also come across some of the amazing sites such as Govind Dham Gurudwara, Govindghat, Hemkund Gurudwara base, Information Center.

Govindghat is almost 22km from Joshimath. We’ll begin our journey after breakfast and reach Govindghat by 8 am, followed by a 4 km drive to Pulna, which serves as the starting point. Today’s travel is included in the cost. The 9 km uphill route runs parallel to the river Pushpawati and is usually bustling with people. Don’t worry about going hungry, as there are plenty of snack shops selling beverages, hot noodles, omelets with bread, paratha, and other snacks throughout the trail.

You will follow a well-marked path made of stone and stairs during the hike. Once you have walked 5 km, you will reach the village of Bhyundar, which offers a stunning view of Hathi Parvat. Take your time to appreciate the sight, as the challenging uphill climb will begin afterward. By nightfall, you will reach Gangharia, reaching an elevation of 10,000 feet. Accommodation will be provided at a guest house.

Day 3: Ghangaria to Valley of Flower and back to Ghangaria​

  • Elevation or altitude- 3,500m/11,500ft. 
  • Distance- Each way it’s 4km.
  • Be prepared, as you will be trekking for 7 long hours.
  • The valley is almost 6-7km long and ends with a glacier.
  • Till the valley, you will find mixed gradient along with level walk on grassland
  • On the way, you will come across several streams that are perfect for refilling your water bottles.
  • Packed lunch will be served as no food is available in the valley
  • Before the sunset, we will return back to Ghangaria as camping is not allowed inside the valley
  • A night stay will be scheduled in a guest house.
  • In the valley, you will come across beautiful & unique flowers like white leaf hog foot, blue poppy, Himalayan rose, snake foil, dog flower, river anemone, meadow geranium, and hooked stick seed.
 

Get up early in the morning and have your breakfast till 07:00 AM. Day 3 is going to be quite exciting as we will be trekking from Ghangaria to Valley of Flower and then back to Ghangaria. This day will definitely refill your memories with some amazing & lasting views of dreamland. The trek to Valley will help you to experience the solace of nature without the hustle & bustle of city life because this valley is a true beauty as well as the paradise of nature.

The journey to the trek from Ghangaria is almost 4km. The valley is 6-7km long and the distance traveled in the valley is going to depend upon how the trekkers want to explore the valley. However, it is also going to depend upon the stamina of trekkers. After 30 minutes, when you start from Ghangaria, the forest check post will arrive. Although, you might not find the check post interesting but just before this check post there is a gushing waterfall known as the Laxman waterfall. The next attraction will arrive, after trekking for 20 minutes in the greenery.

This is the point where you will find the Pushpavati river flowing below the wooden bridge, giving a perfect example of beauty. Though it is common but still something unique and mesmerizing to capture in your camera. The trail is steep and stone-paved just like the before days. As you enter inside the valley, you will find several bridges and landslide areas.

Right after entering the valley, you can hear the melody chirping sounds of the birds as well as flowing water. The perfect natural beauty offered at this trek is different and takes you to another world. The valley is going to offer you amazing experiences and beautiful views that are just beyond your expectations. The views of Himalayan peaks are quite relishing and sparkling that you cannot miss.

You will also find some native flowers at Valley of Flowers trek like blue poppy, hooked stick seed, White leaf, meadow geranium, hog foot, Himalayan rose as well as dog flower. After a 5 km stretch at a glacier, all these eye-catchy colorful blossoms will come to an end. In order to make the trek more pleasurable and unforgettable, you can quickly wind up and reach the Pushpavati River because this is something you cannot afford to miss. Near this river, you can find breathtaking views of nature and even relax in the lap of nature.

If you are lucky enough and the weather is good then you can also enjoy famous Himalayan peaks such as Gauri Parvat, Nilgiri Parvat, Rattaban, Bhyundar Khal, and several others. Before the sunset, we will be trekking back to Ghangaria and enjoy lip-smacking dinner.

Day 4- Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria

  • Located at an altitude of 4,300m/14,100ft.
  • The distance is 5.5km each way; it is going to be a 7 hours long trek.
  • The trek path has a gradual and steep mixed ascent.
  • Till Hemkund Sahib, a mule ride service is available.
  • From road side dhabas, you can easily refill your water bottles.
  • You will be served with hot lunch at Gurudwara langar.
  • On the way to Hemkund Sahib, you can find Himalayan blue poppy; Brahma Kamal.
  • A night stay will be scheduled in the guest house at Ghangaria.

Early in the morning, we will start our trekking after having breakfast in order to visit the famous holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib. It is located at a height which is alpine as well as above tree line. The track is quite wide and also well-defined because several pilgrims from across the globe visit Hemkund Sahib in order to seek blessings.

While trekking from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib, you can find several tea stalls as well as Dhaba. Around this trail, while approaching the height of 4000m, you will find that Brahma Kamal blooms in plenty. With a moderate incline, the climb is continuous. It is going to take almost 3 to 4 hours for reaching Hemkund Sahib. You need to know that The Hemkund Sahib is one of the most valuable shrines for every Sikh and is also considered the world’s highest gurudwara which is located at an altitude of 4,329 meters.

The lake is definitely a treat for your eyes that remains misty in the monsoon season. Don’t forget to spend some quality time around the lake and enjoy a cup of tea which is specially served by the Gurudwara committee.; This place is located between the snow-clad mountains as well as a beautiful serene lake that offers a mesmerizing view of the mystical location.

At the time of clear skies, you can also observe perfect imprints of the butting Saptrishi tops. This lake is mainly taken care of by dissolving ice masses of Saptrishi tops as well as Hathi Parvat. Not only this, but you can also find a strict Laxman sanctuary close to the lake. It is important for you to know that the area surrounding the lake is so enthralling that it will definitely blow away your mind with its picturesque attractiveness and fascinating sights of beautiful flowers such as Brahmakamal, blue poppy as well as Vajardanti.

Since the weather can turn bad at any time, so by the evening, we will be returning back to Ghangaria & where you will be served hot and delicious food. A night stay will also be scheduled here. Get ready to enjoy the impeccable experience and collect some unforgettable memories along with you.

Day 5- Ghangaria to Govindghat and Drive back to Pipalkoti (Badrinath optional)

  • The trekking distance from Ghangaria to Govindghat is 13km which will take a 5-hour time.
  • It is just a 20-minute drive from Govindghat to Joshimath.
  • All the trekkers will be served with hot and delicious packed lunch on the way.
  • A night stay will be scheduled in the guest house at Joshimath.

Note: You need to know that during the Monsoon time, Govind Ghat to Badrinath is a landslide prone area. So, if our leaders will find that your safety is at risk because of the bad weather condition, landslides, or road blockage then we will not drive to Badrinath and drive directly to Pipalkoti.

After having your breakfast in the morning, you start descending to Govindghat and then finally drive back to Joshimath. From here, Badrinath is almost 25km which will take 1 hour to reach. If the weather and road are good then we will also visit Badrinath. On day 5, the trek will move in the reverse direction i.e., from Ghangaria to Govindghat. The trek is easy and offers you a perfect view of nature that you might not have even expected. After reaching Govindghat, we will head towards Badrinath only if the weather and road are good. The journey to Badrinath is really amazing because it offers a lovely view of waterfalls as well as a gorgeous river.

Note: You need to know that Govindghat to Badrinath is a landslide prone area at the time of monsoon. So, if our trek leaders find that the safety of trekkers is at risk because of the bad weather condition or monsoon then we will directly drive back to Pipalkoti. You will be reaching Pipalkoti by evening or night and then a night stay will be scheduled in a guest house.

Day 6:- Pipalkoti to Rishikesh

  • After having tea or coffee, we will depart to Rishikesh from Pipalkoti.
  • You will be reaching Haridwar in the evening around 6 to 7 PM.
  • Get your bookings and tickets done accordingly. 
  • You can also do the tickets for your hometown after 8:30 PM

This is the last day of the trip so make sure to make the most of it. We will drive back to Rishikesh early in the morning by 6 AM so that we can reach by 6-7 PM. Breakfast and lunch on the way by your own expences.

All the trekkers can get their bookings done for their hometown accordingly after 8.30 PM.

Valley Of Flowers Trek Route Map

We’ve prepared a comprehensive Trek Route Map for your upcoming adventure to Valley Of Flowers Trek, which outlines the entire journey including all stops and trails. This map provides detailed information on the terrain, distance between points of interest, and estimated travel time to help ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. We’ve carefully curated the map to ensure that you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Please take a moment to review it thoroughly, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Valley Of Flowers Trek Altitude Chart

The Trek Altitude Chart is a useful tool for Trekkers to monitor their altitude changes during their rides, allowing them to plan their routes more efficiently and track their progress over time. This Valley Of Flowers Trek chart is beneficial for both casual and experienced Trekkers, helping them make the most out of their Trek experience.

Trek Cost Inclusions

  1. Stay: 5 Nights of Hotel & Guest House accommodation on multi-sharing.
  2. Meals: Trekup India will provide freshly cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 1 to  Tea, cooffe on day 6 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian) 
  3. Transport (Optional): From Rishikesh & Return. ( 1600 extra )
  4. Trek Insurance (Optional): Trekup India recommends that all trekkers consider getting trek insurance. This is optional, but highly recommended. Trek insurance covers unexpected events that may occur during your trek. The cost of the insurance starts from INR 210. Please read more about what is included in the coverage and why it is mandatory on treks.
  5. Trek Equipment: Kitchen tent, Dining tent.
  6. Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  7. Health & Safety: First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  8. Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  9. Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  10. Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusions

  1. GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  2. Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  3. Trekkers are responsible for covering any extra expenses resulting from landslides before or after the trek.
  4. Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  5. Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  6. Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  7. Any still / video camera fee 
  8. Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  9. Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 365 per day, per bag if paid online (at base camp 2,550). Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  10. Any emergency evacuation charges
  11. Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

What should you pack for the Valley Of Flowers Trek

Valley Of Flowers Trek is a high-altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus, read this whole segment. There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below, we have provided the details on everything you should take; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

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Head Gears

When trekking it's important to carry headgear to protect your head and face.

Heading out for a trek? Don’t forget to carry headgear to protect your beautiful face and head from the sun, wind, and dust! It’s an essential accessory that keeps you safe and comfortable throughout your adventurous journey. So, make sure you pack it before you step out into nature!

  1. Head Lamps – When trekking at night, headlamps are essential to illuminate your path while keeping your hands free. Headlamps come in different sizes and lumens, so it is essential to choose one that suits your needs.
  2. Hats or Cap – Caps or hats are also necessary when trekking in different weather conditions. Caps protect your head from the wind and freezing temperatures at night, while hats provide shade and protection from the sun during the day. It’s essential to ensure that your hat has a strap to prevent it from being blown away by the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are also essential for trekking. Your sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and fit your face perfectly to avoid falling off while climbing, jumping, or crossing obstacles. The glass of your sunglasses should also be designed for different weather conditions to provide optimal visibility.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – Lastly, a buff or balaclava is a must-have to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep them warm. Buffs and balaclavas come in different materials, thicknesses, and designs, so it’s important to choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Depending on the weather conditions and your activities, you can wear them as neck warmers, face masks, or headbands.
With these essential items, you can enjoy trekking safely and comfortably, no matter the weather or time of day.

Clothes

When trekking in high altitudes, prepare for cold weather by wearing layers. Layering traps heat, keeps you warm, and allows you to easily adjust your clothing as temperatures fluctuate.

Layering is important for different seasons when trekking. When planning a high-altitude trek, it is important to prepare for the cold weather. Wearing layers is the best approach as it provides both protection and flexibility when the weather changes frequently in the mountains. Layering helps to trap heat and keep your body warm, while at the same time allowing you to easily adjust your clothing as the temperature fluctuates. By wearing layers, you can enjoy your trek comfortably and stay safe in the unpredictable mountain weather

  1. For spring, summer, and monsoon treks, consider wearing three layers: a woollen sweater, a fleece, and a padded jacket.
  2. For autumn treks, add one more fleece layer to make it four layers.
  3. For winter treks, you may need five layers with thermals, a woollen sweater, two fleeces, and a padded jacket.
  4. T-shirt/sleeve shirt– Bring three T-shirts and two quick-dry trek pants, wearing one and carrying the others. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays. We recommend synthetic T-shirts as they get dry quickly when they get wet.
  5. Hiking / Trekking Jacket– down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or two-three-layer jackets.
  6. Thermals– at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  7. Undergarments– you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  8. Gloves– 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  9. Trek Pants– Bring 2 to 3 comfortable trekking pants. Trekking pants play a significant role, as they are designed for comfort and mobility, making trekking easier. It should be Synthetic so that it gets dry quickly when wet.
  10. Rain Wear– you can carry a raincoat or Poncho. During long rains and snowfalls, the waterproof jackets start leaking. Still, the Poncho and raincoats keep you dry, so choose accordingly.

Tip: If you choose a raincoat on your trek, carry a small waterproof cover so things inside your backpack can’t get wet. If you carry a Poncho, you don’t need to worry. It protects both you and your backpack.