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Valley of Flowers Trek

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Valley of Flowers Trek Overview

No matter what your experience levels are when it comes to trekking, if you haven’t embarked upon the Valley of Flowers trek of Uttarakhand, you haven’t trekked enough. Nestled in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, the Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most well-known Himalayan treks in the world, and the oldest trek of India. Discovered by a group of British mountaineers in 1931, the awe-inspiring valley is a sight to behold, and lives up to its name in the most enchanting ways.

Open to visitors from the months of June to September, the monsoon-drenched valley spreads through the Himalayas and is a vibrant abode of alpine flora. Home of more than 600 different varieties of flowers, including some rare and exotic variants, Valley of Flowers brings the most beautiful fairytale of nature to life. Located at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet, the serene valley offers a bewitching glimpse into the Himalayan beauty that encompasses tall mountains, lush green valleys, crystal clear streams, and a purity that remains unmatched.

Trek to Valley of Flowers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers trekkers, both experienced and amateur, an adrenaline rush that stunningly contrasts with the soothing spiritual aura of Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and the tranquil blooms of nature.

Highlights of Valley of Flowers Trek

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  • Maximum altitude – 14,107 feet
  • Grade – Easy to Moderate
  • Duration – 6 days & 5 nights
  • Trekking distance – 38 kilometres
  • Trail Type – Walking trail with well-defined pathways and steep ascents and descents at some points.
  • Rail Head – Rishikesh Railway Station, Uttarakhand.
  • Airport – Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. An alternate method is landing at Delhi’s IGI Airport and taking a bus or train to Haridwar.
  • Base Camp – Govindghat
  • Best Season – From July to September
  • Region – Located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in the Himalayan Mountain ranges.
  • Who can participate – Anyone with good fitness levels.
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Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

The itinerary for a standard six-day Valley of Flowers trek package starts from and ends at Haridwar.

Day 1: Reach the base camp at Govindghat.

Day 2: Reach Ghangharia from Govindghat, the first stop en route to Valley of Flowers, via Poolna.

Day 3: Trek to Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria and return along the same path to Ghangaria.

Day 4: Head to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara from Ghangaria and trek back to Ghangaria.

Day 5: Trek from Ghangaria to Poolna and take a ride back to Govindghat base camp.

Day 6: Head back to Haridwar from Govindghat base camp.

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Reaching the base camp at Govindghat

Distance: 300 kilometres

Duration: 10 hours

Elevation: 6,215 feet

  • Assemble at the pre-decided location in Haridwar as per your Valley of Flowers trek package, from where your guide will provide a short overview of the journey ahead.
  • Embark on a 10-hour drive up to Govindghat from Haridwar. Food will be available aplenty on this route so no need to carry some.
  • Drive along the stunning Alaknanda River and also experience the beauty of Devprayag, where the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet to form the holy River Ganges.
  • Pass through Joshimath, which is one of the most popular destinations en route to religious pilgrimages.
  • Stay at Govindghat for the night. Govindghat is the final point where mobile networks are available before the trek, hence make all the calls you need to before starting your journey.
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Facts About Valley of Flowers Trek

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Valley of Flowers is among the most popular attractions of Uttarakhand and is the epitome of Himalayan exquisiteness. From lush greenery to vibrant blooms, experience nature at its finest as you trek through the valley and witness snow-clad peaks, tall mountains, and flowing rivers amidst a sea of flora.

It was in 1931 that a group of British mountaineers, lost on their way to Mt Kamet, stumbled upon a valley full of alpine flowers, and named it ‘The Valley of Flowers’. Locals, however, knew of the valley as a land of the gods and fairies.

The legend also mentioned how when one went to the valley, they were captured by the fairies and never came back. By 1980, the Indian government had recognised this abode of nature as a National Park, and it was in 2002 that the site got its most prestigious tag, that of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While the traditional trek route is known to be the Govindghat – Ghangaria route, there once existed another route that has recently been reopened to visitors. It was in 1970 that the alternate route, known as the Kunthkhal – Hanuman Chatti route, was closed for visitors due to the rising popularity of the Ghangaria route.

After a long period of no human contact, the Kunthkhal route is more adventurous and has stunning visual treats that can’t be found on the traditional route. So, if you are looking for a trek that indulges your explorer instincts, try out this alternate route for your Valley of Flowers trek.

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Know Before You Go to Valley of Flowers Trek

Tips for Valley of Flowers Trek
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Trekking Essentials
How to Reach

Valley of Flowers trek package offers an easy to moderate trekking experience, but it's not that simple! From amateurs to senior trekkers, all those opting to embark on this trek need to remember a few important tips to ensure they make the best out of this journey to the crowning jewel of Himalayan treks.

  • It is advised that you rest for at least a night at Haridwar before starting your Valley of Flowers trek. This would help you be well-rested and acclimated to the high altitude before your trek.
  • Much of the essentials, like shoes, backpacks, padded jackets, and rainwear, are available for rent at the stores near the base camp, in case you miss out on carrying any of the items.
  • Remember to carry the necessary medications and do not consume any general medications without consulting your trek leader. Also, trek leaders carry a plethora of life-saving drugs in case you need immediate care during the trek.
  • It is always recommended that you wear a minimum of three layers of light woollens on your trek. Carrying and wearing one thick woollen is tiresome and at times inadequate, hence layers are a better solution.
  • Ensure that your belongings are water-resistant or can withstand rains and snow, as the Valley of Flowers trek package offers a monsoon trek, with heavy rains lashing the valley throughout the trekking season.
  • It is highly recommended that you stay hydrated at all times throughout the trek. Carry a few ORS packets and an insulated water bottle so you don’t experience dehydration during the long day hours of the Valley of Flowers trek.
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Why to Go for Valley of Flowers Trek?

If a Himalayan trek is on your bucket list, there’s no better destination than the Valley of Flowers to tick that off the list! Whether you are an amateur trekker or have years of experience, the Valley of Flowers trek offers an unmatched sight for the eyes and an adventure that is one-of-a-kind. Located at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet, the trek has an easy-to-moderate difficulty level, making it the perfect combination of thrilling yet comfortable. While the well-defined Govindghat-Ghangaria route is ideal for regular trekking, if you are looking for something challenging, take the Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti route. And if trekking for you is a way to get close to nature, the Valley of Flowers has everything from the mighty Himalayas and clear streams to flowers that bring to life every colour under the sun.

FAQ's of Valley of Flowers Trek

How Difficult is the trek to Valley of Flowers?

The difficulty level of a trek is determined based on many factors, which range from weather conditions and the nature of the terrain to the distance covered each day and the highest altitude. The Valley of Flowers trek, which at its highest altitude elevates 14,107 feet, has been rated as an easy to moderate level trek. Well paved and defined, the trek has several easy exits, with ponies available for hire if you wish to reduce the difficulty level of the trek.

Recommended for beginners and experienced trekkers alike, those choosing the Valley of Flowers trekking package need to have good fitness levels. If you plan to trek through the enchanting valley and want to know if you meet the required fitness levels, a simple test is running for five kilometres in less than forty minutes.

Make your workout consistent by aiming to complete 20 kilometres of jogging in a week to prepare for your Himalayan trek. Fitness is an important factor as you would have to walk approximately six to eight kilometres every day, walk through tricky patches and small streams, and experience deep ascents and descents.

How long is the Valley of Flowers trek?

The Valley of Flowers trek lasts for four days, excluding the time needed to drive to and from the trek starting point. The trek duration can also be extended as per your convenience. The trek is 38 kilometres long and encompasses exquisite floral blooms, serene water streams, and stunning views of the mighty mountains.

How fit do I need to be to do the Valley of Flowers trek?

The Valley of Flowers trek has an easy-to-moderate difficulty level, but nevertheless requires trekkers to have good fitness levels. The trek has lengthy high-altitude climbs on all days of the tour, so adequate fitness is necessary to ensure trekkers can embark on the journey. You must be able to run for five kilometres in less than forty minutes. Make your workout consistent by aiming to complete 20 kilometres of jogging in a week to prepare for your Himalayan trek.

How safe is the Valley of Flowers trek?

As one of the oldest and most well-known Himalayan treks, the Valley of Flowers is absolutely safe for trekkers of all experience levels. The paths are well-defined and well-laid, although the ascent can get a bit steep at places. Many visitors trek through the valley at all times so that you won’t be alone on your journey. Remember to carry along all the trek essentials to keep yourself ready for the monsoon rains and snow you might encounter on the trek.

What are the opening hours for Valley of Flowers?

The Valley of Flowers opens at 7 AM and the last entry is at 2 PM. It is open on all days during the trekking season.

Is there an entry fee for Valley of Flowers?

A nominal entry fee is charged from visitors to the Valley of Flowers. Indians need to pay INR 150 for three days, while foreigners are charged INR 600 for the same period of time.

Why it is Known as Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India. One of the best and most enchanting attractions nestled in the mighty Himalayas, the trek to Valley of Flowers is one of the oldest and best-known Himalayan treks. Home to a stunning variety of flora, the valley is an abode of colours and splendid views of mountains and their natural beauty.