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One of the best things that the British gave us is this chanced discovery on a lost path called the Valley of Flowers. This was discovered by the Briti...
Valley of Flowers is in full bloom from mid August to Early September. So when I arrived Ghangharia on 18th August I was told that the valley needs at ...
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About the Valley of Flower :
Get swept away into a floral fairytale world. A trek to Valley of Flowers greets with an array of colourful blossoms and a charming network of streams lacing dewy meadows. The backdrop of snow kissed mountains further adds to the charm. Huddled in the celestial like West Himalaya, Uttarakhand, the trek to Valley of Flowers opens up around 300 types of endemic alpine flowers and a rich range of flora.
A nature lover's paradise, Uttarakhand allures with a dramatic landscape of quaint lakes, meandering rivers, lofty mountains and rising peaks of Hilamlayas. The serene atmosphere further lends in a distinct character.
Lolling over a good 87.5 square kilometres, the area was declared a national park in 1982. Heralded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire valley comes alive when the snow melts. Over here, you will also come across endangered species as such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and also the blue sheep. At 3600 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers makes for an engaging trekking destination.
About the destination:
A gateway to floral paradise, the Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in India, and is privileged the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site! Nestled atop a breathtaking altitude of 14,400 ft., the valley is home to countless exquisite floral species that carpet the trails. A crisscross of white, purple, blue, yellow and red paints the verdant canvas of the trek, while towering Himalayan massifs stand guard throughout. A blend of enchanting aromas from the carpeting flowers swirl through the valley, putting trekkers in a daze.
Enhancing the fantastic beauty of the trail are several streams that wind through the splendid meadows. The landscape of the trek is beautifully woven with stellar grasslands, idyllic lakes and the rising magnificence of snow-clad Himalayan giants. Monsoons breathe a new life into the valley, which morphs into an expansive quilt of blossoming flowers.
Another alluring highlight of the trek is the alpine lake of Hemkund Sahib, huddled high in the laps of the Himalayas. The lake demands a thrilling climb, which you traverse while dreaming away of the delicious hot langar (meal) that awaits you at the Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib.
The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from a little hamlet called 'Govind Ghat, sitting in close proximity to Joshimath. Experience six days of pure, uninterrupted Himalayan bliss, cocooned in the embrace of nature. A botanist's wildest dream, and a nature lover's paradise, a trek to the Valley of Flowers will leave you with a lifetime of memories, some in your camera rolls, and some forever tucked away in you heart. If you’re looking for your next big Himalayan adventure, the Valley of Flowers will quench your thirst like no other.
Altitude: 14,400 ft
Temperature: Day: 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C
Trekking Distance: 37km
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Govindghat
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Govindghat
ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.
Meet at Haridwar Railway Station at 7am and get transferred to Govindghat by a vehicle. Making its way along Ganga and Alaknanda rivers, the drive is an engaging one. Cross holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag. Reach the destination and relax in a beautiful lodge. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.
Today, wake up early morning for a trek to Ghangaria.
Savour the trail through forest area and villages and the sights of waterfall and verdant landscapes. After covering 11km in 4-5 hours, reach Ghangaria. If you wish, you can also hire a mule or use the helicopter service to reach Ghangaria.
This balmy day, look forward to a short climb to the valley, moderate gradient and fetching landscapes. It will take you around 2 hours to reach the famous Valley of Flowers. Feast your eyes on vast meadows dotted with vibrant alpine flowers, many streams and lofty mountains.
Right at the entrancestands the snowy Ratban Parvat Peak, on the left is Nar Parvat and on the right is the dense Birch Forest. Unravel the charms of the region over a good 3-4 hours. Head back to the camp at Ghangria.
Ascend to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh Shrine built next to the mesmerising lake (ringed by wild flowers with Brahmkamal being the most popular) over 3-4 hours. Expect steep climbs at some places. Once there, soak in the beauty of the place as sip on the piping hot tea served at the Gurudwara (shrine). Visit Laxman Mandir next to the Gurudwara. By noon, retreat to Ghangria.
Overnight will be spent in the campsite.
On this day, you will trek back to Govindghat. Plonked on the banks of holy Alaknanda and with Neelkanth Peak as the backdrop, this place of worship makes for a riveting destination especially for those into spirituality. In here are sulphur water pools and fresh air.
Later in the evening, you head to the lodge in Govindghat. Take a shower and dig into a delectable meal. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.
Dig into breakfast and drive down Haridwar.
Trip ends here.
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Rated : 5.0
One of the best things that the British gave us is this chanced discovery on a lost path called the Valley of Flowers. This was discovered by the British traveller Frank Smith in the early 1930s. I read his book titled Valley of Flowers. It quite created something inside me. I being a nature lover, this made me feel so nice, and I ended up taking this trek. The Valley Of Flowers Trekking is one of the most sought after and the best treks to take ever.
Rated : 5.0
Valley of Flowers is in full bloom from mid August to Early September. So when I arrived Ghangharia on 18th August I was told that the valley needs at leaset two visits interspread with a visit to Hemkund. I have been there at a very early age and the vibrant colours still ring a bell in my mind. The old route was washed away by flash floods of 2013 so the army has bought up another route ( quiet steep at times ) and mended the bridges over Pushpavati River. The walk from Ghangharia to the gate of the valley is itself mesmerising. There are hundreds of different types of flowers on way which makes ones jaw drop. Such is the riot of colours in this route that you keep asking yourself what new will confront you in the valley. The walk from the valley gateway to Mary's grave opens up to a huge number of unknown flowers and orchids. My guide Sanjay Sathi religiously noted me the names of each flowers encountered. The towering Rathovan over the valley is also a treat to watch.
Rated : 4.0
It was a graceful and a nice trip. I had a great and a nice time. The beauty of the towering Himalayan peaks is gigantic. I had a really great time. It was so beautiful as if the mountain is protecting the tranquil environment. the trek was also really good and challenging at the same time. one of the most beautiful place in the world
Rated : 4.0
The trip starts from Haridwar and we depart to Govindghat via Joshimath and the Devaprayag. we were 4 friends together who were very excited about this trip. and it all started with a beautiful 250 kms drive. From there we rested over at the Govindghat for the night. The next day, we trekked for 14 kilometers. It was awesome. We reached Ghangaria and had a relaxed evening. The next day was tedious we trekked to Valley of Flowers and got back. While this day was awesome and amazing, it was definitely very tedious for us. That night we had a nice camp stay. It was good. The 4th day started with a trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib trekking. This was a holy spot of the Sikhs. The visit to the seven snow-capped mountains was the highlight. It was the best ever day of the trek. Fifth day was trek back to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath from there. The next day we went back to Haridwar where our trek travel ended. it was avery memorable trip for all of us. we would definately recommened this place
Rated : 4.0
With some amazing species all around, this trek is so worthy. There are a millions of species of wild flowers. Some of the worthy flowers were saxifrags, lilies, sediams, poppy, daisies, calendular, geranium, zinnia and petunia. The trip leader was very friendly and nice enough to explain all these to us. This valley also holds many gurgling streams that adds on to the exciting natural beauty. Another noteworthy thing about this is the rich bio diversity of this place. This place also serves as a home for several species of butterflies and insects too. It was all amazing sight to see. I had a great time.
Rated : 4.0
The trekking was an amazing experience. The trek was very well organized and nicely executed. I liked it totally. The visit to Auli in between our tour was a value added plus. This trek is one of its kinds.
Rated : 4.0
The trekking was great. The inclusions in the rate were accommodation, food, trek equipment, and the services of a trek leader and safety staffs. This was pretty much a deal. We had a great time. S the meeting point was Haridwar station, we did not have to roam around a lot too. It was quite a nice experience to say the least. I wish to take more such treks in the future. The trekking trails were such a beauty to our eyes. I am so in love with this trek. Strongly recommending. The stay was also well arranged.
Rated : 4.0
The trek was awesome. My favourite was day 3. This is the day and the very reason that I loved this trek. The entire high altitude Valley Of Flowers was trekked. Starting day to beautiful nature, and then having the day filled with a wholesome breakfast was a bright start. This place is a sight that is a feast to the eyes and treat for one’s soul. what an experience. even camping at beautiful location was also a really great part. loved it completely.
Rated : 4.0
The trekking to valley of flowers is an amazing experience. You will love it no matter what. It was quite amazing and enticing too. It was like walking in dreams. I had a great time with the trip. I wish to do more such treks soon in my life. My friends also enjoyed it, but our unianimous opinion was that there was a lot of drive and very less trek.
Rated : 4.0
The trip was definitely awesome and enjoyable.The trek leader and organizers are all super friendly and very helpful. even the food was really good. it was a very beautiful experience just beacuse of the place.
How do I reach the base camp?
You have to reach Haridwar Railway Station at around 7am, from where you will be taken to the base camp located in Govindghat.
What is the best time to go?
Valley of flowers is beautiful all year round, the best time to visit includes the months of May to September. July is peak time for spring when the snow starts to melt and new plants start to grow creating a beautiful image. By September the autumn season sets in and is the last month to visit the valley of flowers before everything is covered with snow again.
Is it safe for solo female travelers to go for this trek?
Yes, this trek is definitely safe for a woman solo travellers and you can request separate accommodation for men and women. If you face any issues the trek leader will always be at your service to help you.
How cold does it really get on the trek?
This destination boasts cool and amazing weather throughout the year especially during the summer months of June to October the temperature is pleasant at 17 degrees. Although during the winter months it can go as low as -1 degree.
What clothes and equipment should I carry?
Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip.
Will food and water be provided during this trek?
You will be served Indian vegetarian food during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
No, these substances are strictly prohibited.
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