Valley Of Flowers Trek

Camp Thrill Level Extreme
Camp Tour type Group
About the Valley Of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most renowned Indian treks all across the continents. It is famous not only amongst the Indian community of trekkers but also amongst the Europeans.

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The trek happens within the Valley of Flowers National park which was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. It is also one of India’s oldest trek that makes it super popular.

It is a valley that radiates with innumerable colors of charming flowers. Red, pink, purple, and yellow are a few of the colors of the wildflowers.

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Along with the beauty of flowers also comes the spirituality of Hemkunnd Sahib Gurudwara. Nestled deep in the valley of flowers, Uttarakhand at a height of 14,000 ft, it is one of the most beautiful sights to witness.

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The Gurudwara inhabits a beautiful crystal clear lake that is snow-fed by the glaciers sitting on the sides and in the backdrop. In post-monsoon time with clouds hovering just above the building, the landscape almost looks like a paradise hidden in the mountains.

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Right before the route towards the valley of flowers starts, there is a route that diverts to the Hemkund Sahib. The 6 hours long hike that instantly takes you from 9,400 ft to 14,100 ft exceptionally fulfilling. With peaceful Sikh pilgrims buzzing the way to the Gurudwara, the trail stays lively and joyous.

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The valley of Flowers trek is an ideal trek that vaults the beauty of blooming flowers, lush green meadows, snow-clad mountains, and the spirituality of Hemkund Sahib. To get so much beauty all in one place is an exception in itself.


How is the weather like?

The Valley of Flowers is a typical monsoon and post-monsoon trek of India. The best time to visit the valley of flowers is in July, August, and early September. It is during this time, most of the flowers bloom and glow under the warm sun. If you are there at the correct time, you get to trek through an entire field of blossoming bright colored flowers.

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As it is post-monsoon, the temperature doesn’t dip too much. On average, the day temperature swings between 5 - 10 degree celsius and in the night goes maximum between 0 - 5 degree celsius.

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One of the best perks of this season is that the weather stays pleasant all around the day. During the time of drizzling, even a bunch of clouds comes down and hover just above your head.

Overall, as far as the weather is concerned, you will have the most pleasant experience of your life. The valley is at about 10,000 ft. above sea level that gives it the benefit of being a colder region.


Where are you going to stay?

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The only thing you will miss out on this trek is the thrilling camping experience. But guess what, to give you the exceptional experience possible, we have sorted a few of the best guest houses in the valley.

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On all days, you will be allotted rooms on a sharing basis in the reserved guesthouse. Once you are there with us, you don't have to worry about your stay and food. One of the added perks of the guesthouses in the attached washroom facilities which you miss in the camp stays.


How difficult is the Valley of Flowers trek?

This trek comes under the easy to moderate category. The trail in the valley is fairly easy and plain. Especially during the autumn because of the meadows and flowers, you don't face any problems while trekking through.

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The only part where you might feel exhausted or face difficulty is when you climb the Hemkund Sahib trail. The sudden change in altitude from 9,500 to 14,100 is due to the steep trail. But what’s best is that the trail is complemented by enormous views of the entire valley of flowers (Phoolo ki Ghati) and the great Himalayas.

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As far as overall difficulty is concerned, this trek is also accessible to kids above 5 years of age to elders up to 75 years of age.

Valley Of Flowers - 6D/5N

 

Day 1: Arrive at Govindghat

 

Altitude: 6,300 ft

Drive: 270 km (10 Hours)

Meal Included: Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

  • The first day is all about a long drive from Haridwar to the base camp at Govindghati. Report at the railway station not later than 7 am. Once you have reached, wave us a ‘Hi’ and hop in the car.
  • The 11 hours long drive goes through the Bhagirath highway and runs beside the gushing Alakhnanda river. Because of the river, the drive is exceptionally beautiful and refreshing.
  • As the drive is long, we will stop for short breaks for your body to adjust to the climate and the altitude.
  • Once you have reached the base camp, check-in with the guest house, and settle in your respective rooms. It will be late evening by the time we will reach the base camp.
  • But if you wish, you can go for a short walk around the guest house. We will have your dinner sorted, so come and have your luscious meal and sleep a good night.

 

Day 2: Govindghat to Ghangria


Altitude: 9,600 ft.

Drive: 4 km

Trek: 9 km

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

  • Good morning fellow trekkers. Wake up to a beautiful morning and get excited as it is your first day of trekking. Today we will trek from the base camp to Ghanghariya which is about 7 hours long trail.
  • The initial trail is mostly motorable and you might see a few Sikh pilgrims making their way to the Hemkund Sahib. But the best thing is that the route also has several authentic traditional dhabas that serve amazing food.
  • We would recommend you not to carry any food with yourself and rather taste some local cuisine.
  • Till halfway, you will trek along the charming river and then will cross over to reach the destination for today.
  • After you have reached Ghangharia, check-in with the guesthouse and relax. You will also have some time left for the evening, so if you wish, you can come out and enjoy yourself with the other fellas too.
  • After having steamed dinner, sleep a good night.

 

Day 3: Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers

 

Altitude: 11,500 ft

Trek: 8 km

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

  • Good morning dear fellow trekkers. Get excited because today you will be trekking to one of the prime locations of the entire trek. The Valley of Flowers National Park.
  • Once you have had your breakfast, we will start and head towards the national park. The duration of today’s trek is 7 hours in total. Make full use of them.
  • The national park opens up with a beautiful bridge, and once you cross that, you enter a long garden full of vivid flowers. It is from there our main attraction starts.
  • Throughout the entire region, you will have the chance to witness amazingly gorgeous flowers along with blooming meadows.
  • By lunch, we will reach our end spot. Have your lunch and then start the trek back to Ghangharia.
  • Do your luscious dinner and sleep a comfortable night in your guesthouse.

 

Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib & Back

 

Altitude: 14,107 ft

Trek: 12 Km

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

  • Wake up to a beautiful morning. If you can wake up early, then go to witness the beautiful tangerine sunrise. Come back, and have your breakfast. Today we will trek to the magnificent Hemkund Sahib.
  • The route to the Hemkund Sahib is pretty steep and rocky and takes about 10 hours to reach the Gurudwara. But the views it offers you is just stunning. You can see almost the entire route of the valley of flowers along with the mountains in the backdrop.
  • On the way, you will pass through a waterfall which is also a resting spot. If you wish, we can stop for a while and rest.
  • After an exhausting trek, you will reach the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. Take your time and explore the beautiful lake and the Gurudwara.
  • After you have had your merry time near the lake, we will start the trek back to Ghangharia. The route will stay the same but with extended views of the Himalayas.
  • Once you have reached back, savor your dinner and sleep a warm night in your guesthouse.

 

Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat via Poolna

 

Altitude: 7,200 ft

Trek: 9 km

Drive: 4 km

Meal Included: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Stay Type: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis.

  • It’s time to say goodbye to Ghanghariya. Wake up and get ready to trek back to Govindghat. After you have savored your breakfast, hop in with the group, and start.
  • The route remains almost the same. Enjoy walking through beautiful meadows and blooming flowers.
  • On this route, you will also find a lot of authentic dhabas where you can stop once in a while and taste some local cuisine food.
  • After you have reached the Govindghat, settle in your guest house. You will be served your hot dinner after the evening falls. Sleep a good night.

 

Day 6: Departure

 

Drive: 270 km (10 Hours)

Meal Included: Breakfast

  • Wake up fresh to the morning. Have your breakfast and get ready to drive back to Haridwar.
  • Though the drive is fairly long, in case if you wish to stop in between to eat some food, we will be happy to serve you.
  • Once you have reached Haridwar safely, our trip ends there. Moustache sincerely thanks you for choosing us and giving us this chance to serve you well.

(For queries regarding The Valley of flowers altitude, The Valley of flowers trek cost, the Valley of flowers season, and The Valley of flowers best time to visit call us or write to us today!)

Air: Book a flight to Dehradun airport and take a cab to Rishikesh.

Road: Rishikeh has a good road connectivity. There are regular buses from Delhi to Rishikesh which takes arround 5-6 hours.

Rail: Rishikesh has a railway station, you can book a train direct to Rishikesh or book a train to Dehradun / Haridwar and take a cab or bus from there to reach Rishikesh

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small light weight towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses, Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team with a welcome drink on your arrival to Govindghat.

2. All stays included from Govindghat to Govindghat on a sharing basis at Guest House.

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 6 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability.

6. All fee included -

(i) Forest Permit fee included

(ii) Entry fee to Valley of flowers

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 6 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made within 48 hours prior to the start of the trek, 100% advance will be charged as cancellation fee.

2. If cancellations are made between 2-7 days prior to the start of th trek, either 75% of paid amount will be returned to the guest or whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 6 months.

3. If cancellations are made prior to 7 days from the start of the trek, 100% of total advance will be refunded.

4. If you book the trek by paying 25% of booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 25 days from date of travel. In this case your booking will get cancelled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availibility of slots.

5. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

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