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Bhudev Reddy

5.0

It is a wonderful place to visit. I have done the trek to Valley of Flowers right after the monsoon in 2017 because people have told me that there will...

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Lavanya Jha

5.0

This is a must visit place and I have recommended it to all my friends who are real nature lovers. Valley of Flowers National Park is an expansive fiel...

Overview

About the Destination: 

Valley Of Flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for the beauty of bloomed flowers explicitly make the white peaks in the surrounding astounding. Valley of Flowers trek is considered to be a refreshing activity and it will lead one to witness the meeting point of the Himalayan Ranges, Zanskar and Western as well as Eastern Himalayas. Mountaineer Frank S Smith was the one who discovered the valley with untamed blooms. It has some protected medicinal herbs.

Among the beautiful flowers appear here, the blue Primula stands out as it covers a vast space in the valley and from mid July to mid August, the sights of the blooming flowers will be unbeatably enchanting. Valley of Flowers can be considered as an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs since during the trek, one can visit Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple located on the bank of the lake. These temples are protected by seven snow clad peaks and multiple glaciers associated with them. Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi Peaks are the origins of glaciers that feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flowing out of the lake.

About the Trek:

Here comes a six day enchanting valley of flowers trekking package where you would find millions of species of flowers like saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy along with the huge collection of butterflied and insects. The trek starts from Haridwar, taking you to Govindghat and then to Ghangaria which is the base site of the trek. Follow a steep trail to Hemkund Sahib which is the religious site where Guru Gobind Sahib is said to have been meditating for a long time. The package offers you accommodation in camps and hotels, vegetarian food and a qualified guide to accompany you.

Nourish the trek with amazing sights of holy Devaprayag where the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges can be seen. On the third day of the trek, Valley of Flowers gets ready to welcome you and start early morning itself since you need to climb up to 3858 meters to reach the valley. The rich ecosystem created by different wild flowers, birds, insect and butterflies can create the picture perfect setting to redeem your photographic skills.

Hemkund Sahib and Guru Gobind Singh are the major sites you can visit on the trek which are believed to be two significant destinations for tourists. The surrounding snow-capped peaks seem to be meditating along with the people arrive here.

Highlights:

- Be amused by the glorious beauty of the Himalayan wonders in just four days. At the end of this trek, you will have already another plan for your next long Himalayan adventure.

- Select July and August, the monsoon time, if you wish to be in the middle of floral splendor in the valley.

- Enjoy spending time amidst the natural botanical gardens in India. A riot of colours can be seen everywhere here along with some rare birds, butterflies and small insects. If you are a great wildlife enthusiast, then this one can be the perfect option for you.

- Participate in the exhilarating trek to Hemkund Sahib which is another highlight which is an enchanting alpine lake situated at an altitude of 14300 feet. It is a large lake filled with clear water and very hard to measure the depth.

- Savour the special meal known as langar available at Gurudwara and it is worth climbing all the heights. It is a tasty meal filling your tummy and heart equally.

 Quick Facts:

Altitude: 14,400 ft

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

Trekking Distance:  47km

Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Joshimath

Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Base Camp: Joshimath

ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Haridwar - Govindghat via Joshimath and Devaprayag (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)

    Arrive and gather at Haridwar Railway Station around 06:00 am in the morning.

    Start off with an uphill drive from Haridwar to Govindghat.

    Along the way, get the sights of holy Devaprayag to witness the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges.

    After reaching Joshimath, a midpoint for other religious pilgrimage location, you can choose to stay over here or continue to Govindghat in lieu of time for the halt.

  • Day 2 - Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)

    Begin the exhilarating Valley Of Flowers Trekking with a short 14 km gradual ascent trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

    Arrive at Ghangria and check into your hotel room at the base site.

    You will get time to explore the locality in the evening.

    Post dinner, call it a day.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back (Trek 5km, one-way/ 5hrs)

    Today is marked as the D-Day of your trip that is the exciting high altitude trek to the Valley Of Flowers.

    Start your day with a wholesome breakfast and head out to cover 3,858 m to arrive at the Valley Of Flowers.

    Relish the awesome feast offered by the bloomed flowers encircled by the mighty Himalayan Peaks.

    The wild flora creates a rich eco-system for many species of birds, butterflies, and insects too.

    By the end of creating a wide canvas with millions of flowers in it in your mind, return to Ghangria where you are going to stay tonight.

  • Day 4 - Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib (4,329m)

    Today after breakfast, set out to steep trail to Hemkund Sahib to visit the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh is said to have meditated in a previous life.

    It is surrounded by the seven snow-capped mountains and they will make your day so soothing and clam.

    Take as much as time you want to spend here and meander through the enticing environment.

    Have lunch which will be followed by a late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria.

    Stay at Ghangaria after dinner.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath

    After breakfast, take the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat.

    From Govindghat, get a drive to Joshimath.

    If you desire, you can take a tour of Auli.

  • Day 6 - End of  Valley Of Flowers Trekking journey. Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar

    Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar.

Stay

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  • Accommodation in hotels and camps on triple sharing basis for five days

Meal

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  • Vegetarian meals included in the package

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Trekking equipment
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  • Necessary permits
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  • First aid medical kits
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  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff

Things To Carry

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  • Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T shirt
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  • Water resistant trekking pants
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  • Windproof/ water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
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  • Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve woollen sweater
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  • Thermal inner wear
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  • Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, outer water proof gloves
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  • Thick woollen socks and regular socks
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  • Scarf/ muffler (optional)
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  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
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  • Gaiters
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  • Raincoat/ Poncho
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  • Small light weight towel
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  • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
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  • Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
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  • Sturdy walking stick/ Trekking pole
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  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
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  • Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
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  • Personal medication
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  • Personal toiletries

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes are different from that of the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • You are not allowed to consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
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  • It is better to avoid treks at night.
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  • Before undertaking the trek, check your physique and stamina.
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Bhudev Reddy

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    It is a wonderful place to visit. I have done the trek to Valley of Flowers right after the monsoon in 2017 because people have told me that there will be landslides during heavy rain. I went with my friends and we visited so many beautiful places and towns apart from the valley. There were not just flowers but different fauna and forest ranges near the valley. We spotted some animals like deer, sheep etc. Our guide told that some time we can see black bear and snow leopards too. We have reached the height about 3352 to 3368 meters I guess and the view from the top was mind blowing. We saw some rare birds also here because some of them are accustomed to the high altitudes. A lot of mountaineers were also at the valley observing the flowers. We cannot stay there but have to stay at Ganghria. Our team was a nice one, especially the guide. He was an experienced one as the hotels and restaurants were so familiar for him and the staff had a good relation with us.

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    Story by Lavanya Jha

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    This is a must visit place and I have recommended it to all my friends who are real nature lovers. Valley of Flowers National Park is an expansive field with more than 70 species of blooming flowers in it making it look so beautiful from all sides. But only if you visit after monsoon or till July end, you will be able to witness the exotic beauty of all the flowers together. I went with my cousin brother as both of us are really interested in nature. When we went it was the starting of blooming around May end. Hence, the multi coloured flowers were less. Apart from flowers, you can see the area is inhabited by rare animals like Asiatic black bear, musk deer and others. I would like to spend my whole life there and that how the beauty is preserved here.

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    Story by Ghanashyam Dhawan

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    One-of-a-kind trip was this Valley of Flowers trek happened in 2017, June. It was raining well when we went for this trek and the valley started blooming and different colours were margining the valleys in a beautiful way. I think this is the best part in Uttarakhand during rainy season. We were a group of 12 people of friends from college and we were doing the trek immediately after our college days were over. The starting point was Govindghat, 26 kilometers from Joshimathi. You will get taxi from Joshimath to reach the point. Ganghria is the base point of the trek where you will see the Pushpavati waterway and that is a good place to get fresh air and natural beauty. At the Valley of Flowers, the climate was awesome and it was raining many times there. We got a nice service from the tour operator as well. Thanks to the team.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I reach the base camp?

      You are required to assemble at around 6 AM in the Haridwar Railway Station, from where you will be taken Joshimath, where your base camp is located.

    2. What is the difficulty level of Valley of Flowers trek?

      The Valley of Flowers trek is considered as a moderate level trek. The trek starts with a steep ascent and then slowly becomes easy till you reach Valley of Flowers. It takes around 5 days to complete the trek.

    3. What is the best time for Valley of Flowers trek?

      Valley is flowers is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. Ideal time to go for the trek is between July and September, post the first monsoon rains and when the flowers are in full bloom.

    4. What kind of clothes and equipment should I carry during Valley of Flowers trek?

      Here is the basic checklist which should help you with your packing. As a general rule, it is advised that you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. It is ideal to carry a backpack [40-60 L] and include the following – Trekking shoes, Thermals, Synthetic Trek pants, T-shirts, Top and bottom thick Fleece, wind-proof jackets, sunglasses, LED Torch, Head Torch, Trekking pole, Socks [2-3 pairs], synthetic hand gloves. You need to also carry a day pack of around 20 L which will hold all the toiletries – Light towel, Sunscreen [with high SPF formulation], moisturiser, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitizer, water bottle, Garbage bags, dryflo tube/buff, Poncho, Power bank, warmees [in case you feel cold] and medicines – Diamox 10-15 tablets, Crocin 5-6 tablets, Band-aid pack of 10, Cotton roll, soframycin, O2 [Diarrhoea], Moov/Relispray, ORS/Electral 8-10 packets, Avomine [Motion Sickness]. It is advisable to consult a doctor for medicine before packing.

    5. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      Valley of Flowers trek is considered an easy to moderate level trek. Physical preparation is mandatory, for all treks. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time. Taking the stairs without any breaks is extremely helpful to keep yourself fit. Yoga and Pranayama exercises prove really helpful to regulate your breathing.

    6. Will food and water be provided during this trek?

      Freshly cooked food will be served during the trek. Vegetarian food will be served to the group keeping both health and taste in mind. Tea and Coffee will be served during the breaks. All the members are encouraged to eat well. Safe drinking water will be provided for drinking.

    7. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      Consumption of any type of liquor or narcotic substance should be avoided and it can lead to dangerous implications. Alcohol also leads to dehydration, which you cannot afford during the trek. Smoking will cause heavy breathing problems at high altitude.

    8. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

      During the trek, everyone will be sleeping in tent. One tent will be accommodated to three trekkers.

    9. What type of shoes is appropriate for Valley of flowers trek?

      One needs proper trekking shoes during the trek and should strictly avoid sports shoes or sneakers. Since you have to walk in dense forests along with steep ascent and descent, it is advisable to have high ankle all-terrain water proof shoes. These are easily available. It is also advisable to walk in these shoes and get your feet used to it before the trek. Here are some brand recommendations – Forclaz, Columbia. Quechua, Zamberlan, Lafuma, Conquest and The North Face.

    10. What is minimum number of days required to trek the Valley of Flowers?

      Trek to The Valley of flowers lasts for about 6 days. Haridwar is start to end point if this trek. You will be transported to Joshimath from Haridwar where actual trek begins. It is almost 8-10 hours’ drive from Haridwar to Joshimath, which is known for its scenic views.

    11. What kind of weather is expected in the Valley of Flowers?

      Weather is more or less pleasant during the trekking season. 16-18 degrees is the average temperature in the area. During the trekking season, snow and rains will not play the spoil spot. During winters, weather can be harsh and can face snowfall.

    12. Can we visit Hemkund Sahib during Valley of Flowers Trek?

      Hemkund Sahib, is a must visit attraction and it is known for its vibes being serene and peaceful. One can visit Hemkund Sahib on their trek to Valley of Flowers. It falls on route on 3rd day of the trek. It is also world’s largest Gurudwara located at the altitude of 13.9K feet and is also one of the most esteemed Sikh Shrines.

    13. Will there be Mobile connectivity in the Valley of flowers?

      Mobile network is inconsistent during the trek. Most of mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. BSNL is the only mobile network that works in patches along the way (but is inconsistent).

    14. Is Diamox advisable during the trek?

      While you are trekking in high altitude region, you are prone to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) whose symptoms are – headache, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping. To overcome this Diamox is helpful. It is advisable to keep it handy or to have 1/2 a tablet in the morning and 1/2 a tablet 30 minutes before bed [kindly consult your doctor before taking any kind of medicines].

    15. Is this a good trek for a first timer?

      Valley of Flowers is an easy to moderate level trek. Even first timers with proper fitness training can opt for this trek. There are steep trails for initial few kilometres, you can easily trek through those trails. Helicopter and pony services are available for this trek.

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