Valley of Flowers Trek 2022 - 6 Days

Valley of Flowers Trek From Govindghat @ ₹6499/Only

Valley of Flowers Trek From Haridwar @ ₹8599/Only

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Valley Of Flower Trek Overview :

Start Point/End Point: Haridwar / Govindghat

Duration: 6D/5N

Maximum Altitude: 14,400 ft

Valley of Flowers Trek Distance: 47 km

Temperature: Day 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C

Best Time: June end to mid-September

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Valley Of Flower Trek Package Inclusion :

TransportationHaridwar / Govindghat

Accommodation – Guest house/Home stay/Camping

 Meals – While on trek (Veg.)

Trekking equipment – Comfortable sleeping bag, thick mattress, separate kitchen & dining tent

Permit – All necessary permits and entry fees

First Aid Kit – Oxygen cylinder, first aid medical kits, and stretcher

Trek Leader – Mountaineering qualified Guide, and Support staff.

Other – Staff insurance and all other necessary things

What Our Customers Say About Us

Ankit Jha
Ankit Jha
2022-07-11
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Had a really great experience. Awesome location and great service.
Naveen Panwar
Naveen Panwar
2022-07-10
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Good arrangements by whole team of digital uttrakhand . Best tour operator
Amit Kulshrestha
Amit Kulshrestha
2022-06-04
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Awesome experience end to end.. We got everything planned and discussed.. All the guys were very supportive and the food quality, tour guide, driver etc were great..
Nitin Chandani
Nitin Chandani
2022-04-27
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What a wonderful experience!! I love everything about this trek. Thank you Digital Uttarakhand❤
Gargie Sharma
Gargie Sharma
2022-04-18
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Excellent service at such a far off location, these guys made our trek simpler. We met the best guide ever and the sweetest staff who offered us The Pahadi Drink for free 🙂
oshin gupta
oshin gupta
2022-03-22
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It was an amazing and wonderful experience. Hospitality and arrangements were very good. Food quality and taste was also great. Loved it 😊.
rekha goswami
rekha goswami
2022-03-22
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The arrangements were fabulous. Simple pahadi food with spacious tents n bedding and hygienic washroom. To and fro transportation was provided from Dehradun. View of galaxy from nib tibba is something to start this trek at 3am via dense forest in the cloud of darkness.

Overview

The Valley of Flowers trek is one of India’s most popular treks in the Himalayas. People who haven’t even stepped into the Himalayas, have heard about the Valley of Flowers trek.

But there is a solid reason behind Valley Of Flower’s legendary popularity – it is one of India’s oldest known treks.

In 1980, the Indian government created the Valley of Flowers National Park, and later in 2002, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This pushed Valley of Flowers on the bucket list of trekkers from around the world.

Having said that, you must note that the Valley Of Flowers trek is not easy. It is a moderate-level trek, with slightly longer trekking days and a steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib that will challenge your endurance. So, prepare well for this trek. We have talked in detail about this in the ‘difficulty’ section of this trek guide.

The biggest reason for me to love and remember the trek is the beautiful valley itself. When you stand at the entry of the valley you see ahead of you a colourful carpet laid out.  The valley is at least a couple of kilometres wide and more than 10 kilometres long. In front of me was the carpet with waves of pinks, blues and yellow flowing along with the breadth and width.

A narrow path in between the flowers beckons you to go deeper. You now start seeing a variety of flowers. Not only in colours but in shapes, sizes, textures and smells. A few tens of steps bring you to a new variety of flowers. You wonder who got them here. What made the variety change? It was also interesting to see the big fauna change along with the changing flora.

Itinerary

Day 1
(Pick-up Day): Getting to base camp, Govindghat

The trek to Valley of Flowers (VoF) and Hemkund starts a little beyond Joshimath, at a pilgrim hamlet called Govind Ghat. Leave Rishikesh early in the morning and travel along River Alakananda on the Badrinath highway. The roads are dangerously cut on the mountain’s edges and at times, you only see the river flowing in the gorge deep below. Do not carry food with you as there are plenty of eateries on the way. As a trekker, there is no need to hire porters or mules on this trail but if you need one to carry your backpack, Govindghat is the place to hire a porter or mule. BSN network is available in Govindghat, so make all your calls here before you set off on the trek.

Day 2
Govindghat to Ghangaria via Poolna

There is now a motorable road to Poolna. This reduces the distance trekked today to 9 km from the earlier 13 km. Start with a 4 km cab ride to Poolna. The trail is well-defined. It is usually full of Sikh pilgrims walking up and down. Notice the cleanliness on the trail despite hundreds treading upon it every day. It’s a heartening and motivating sight. All thanks to volunteers who sweep the trail every day.

The 9 km trek from Poolna to Ghangaria goes all the way along the river. Stop by any roadside dhaba for a drink or a bite to eat. The trail is alternately sunny and shaded. At around the midpoint of the day’s trek, you cross the river and go to the other bank. After this, you no longer trek alongside the river.

The trek takes 5-6 hours and you approach a tabular land. This is when you know you are close to Ghangaria. Ghangaria has a helipad and some space for camping. Half a kilometre from the helipad is the one-street village of Ghangaria, lined with hotels, restaurants and a Gurudwara. The Gurudwara offers free accommodation and food to all.

Day 3
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back

Leave Ghangaria early (6.00 am) to give yourself the whole day to spend at Valley of Flowers. The trail splits in less than a kilometre. There is a gate to buy entry tickets to the valley. Walk inside and notice the small flowering plants springing up on either side. A kilometre into the gate, there is a scenic bridge across a stream gushing below.

Tall rocky mountains rise before you. Notice that the well-laid-out trail has now become a small footway along the side of the valley. The stream flows below you and there are small, hard snow patches by the side. On the trek inside Valley of Flowers, you see very few people around you. This may come across as a big and welcome contrast to the previous day’s trek, where there were hundreds. The scenery has also taken a drastic turn for the better and any direction you turn to looks picture-perfect. Trek along for a couple of kilometres on the flat path and to your right opens up the valley. Cross another rickety bridge and collect water to drink from below.

The entire valley is generally a carpet of colours – green, yellow, red, blue. It is surrounded by mountains with trees at lower levels, brown and grey soil in the middle and bright snow at the top. A bright sunny day will ensure deep blue skies completing the picture and taking it beyond your imagination. The valley is a botanist’s dreamland! One can find flowers, leaves, and buds of various shapes, sizes, and colours, all growing together. Notice various types of bees and insects hovering on these strange flowers.

Walk further into the valley and you will be engulfed with an amazing scent, which unfortunately cannot be captured but can only be felt. The valley stretches 5-7 km further until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance. The stream flows through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into them to experience the icy cold water.

Prominent flowers that you will see in July-August include Meadow Geranium, Snake Foil, Hooked Stick Seed, Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, River Anemone, White Leaf Hog Foot and Dog Flower. Carry packed lunch from Ghangaria on the Valley of Flowers trek day. There is no food available in the valley. Overnight camping isn’t allowed either. Plan your return along the same path by early afternoon. The afternoon sun falling on the valley from a different direction gives a whole new perspective to the same place you saw in the morning.

Day 4
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back

Start your day early. The weather can be impulsive in the afternoon and sudden cloud cover and rain can get you stranded if you do not get down on time. The thought of getting up before 5.00 am can be daunting but the Gurudwara makes it easy. Their day starts at 4.00 am with the singing of bhajans.

By 5.00 am, you hear people outside the gate of the Gurudwara chanting in the chorus and the horses being readied to go up to Hemkund Sahib. Get up and grab a hot drink of chai. A poncho (light raincoat) and a trekking pole can be handy on the trek to Hemkund. Pass the deviation to Valley of Flowers. Continue to trek up the steep path slowly but steadily. Spot a pretty waterfall on your right falling through the rock walls on the right. After about 2 hours of walking, you are higher than the tree line and the views begin to get better. Mark the route to Valley of Flowers on the mountain in front of the river gorge. After another hour of slow walking with numerous breaks, you begin to feel reduced oxygen levels in the air. A melting glacier lies on the way. Take generous breaks while climbing up the steep path. These breaks are important as going up very fast could only mean inviting altitude sickness. Do not sit down during these breaks. Sitting down causes your muscles to relax and getting back on track can be very difficult. An hour of stiff climbing brings you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. The lake lies just behind it. The Hemkund Sahib lake remains frozen for six months. Warm yourself in the Gurudwara and have generous helpings of hot tea and khichdi.

Walk around to the other side of Hemkund Lake. It exudes an aura of peace and serenity. It’s crystal clear, undisturbed and reflects the mountains surrounding it. The lake and the Gurudwara in this setting are a sight to watch. Around Hemkund, the Himalayan flower, Brahma Kamal grows abundantly. This flower grows only at heights of 10,000 ft to 15,000 ft. Leave Hemkund by early afternoon. The walk down can be strenuous on the knees and toes. It takes 4- 5 hours to walk down the 6 km.

Day 5
Ghangaria to Govindghat

The trail back to Poolna is on the same path that you took on Day 1. Drive from Poolna to Govind Ghat. Start after breakfast and reach Govind Ghat by 2.00 pm.

Day 6
Govindghat to Haridwar

Drive down to Haridwar and trek end

Inclusion

  • Transportation – Dehradun to Sankri and Return
  • Accommodation – Guest house/Home stay/Camping
  • Meals – While on trek (Veg.)
  • Trekking equipment – Comfortable sleeping bag, thick mattress, separate kitchen & dining tent
  • Permit – All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First Aid Kit – Oxygen cylinder, first aid medical kits, and stretcher
  • Trek Leader – Mountaineering qualified Guide, and Support staff.
  • Other – Staff insurance and all other necessary things

Exclusion

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Food during the transit.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Insurance.
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

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Valley of Flowers Trek 2022