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About the Valley of Flowers Trek:
With the verdant beauty of the snowcapped mountains in the backdrop, the green meadows and the white clouds blend to make dreamlike Valley of Flowers trek. Perched at an altitude of 14,400 ft, this trek was a sudden discovery by British traveller Frank Smith in 1931. Step into the bed of flowers while you head out for this one of a kind beautiful trek. You will start this trek from Govindghat via Joshimath which will lead you to Hemkund Sahib on day fourth. The trek is considered as an easy to moderate trek and is a favourite among the beginners as well as avid trekkers. Feast your eyes with the thousands of flowers in full bloom.
You will come across several streams casually meandering through the valley. Next, you will come across the high altitude serene lake, Hemkund 4329 metre. This lake is considered as a holy site for both Hindus and Sikhs. The trail will be a steep one but the amazing view with the seven snow-capped mountain around you will definitely make you feel enchanted. Witness the beauty of Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks that feed the lake and you will find a small stream called Himganga which flows out from the lake. It is believed that Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one during the ancient times.
On your fifth day, you will take the same trek route Ghangaria to Govindghat and then to Joshimath. Your trek will be a steep one from Ghangharia while enjoying some amazing view of the regions. The valley of flowers treks will take you to the world of the most beautiful and enchanting wildlife which you will cherish for a lifetime. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath and you can witness the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges while you pass through Devaprayag. You can also explore Auli if you wish in the evening. There are lots of valley of flowers trekking packages which will take you through the beautiful land. Spend some time with nature and capture the scenic images in your heart.
About the Destination:
Known as the most beautiful trek in the world with the blue Primula, Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand is a must do trek for you. Tucked up at a high altitude this trek is renewed with the Mountaineers and adventure seekers. Blessed with exotic flowers, faunas and magnificent views this trek will take you to the world of snow clad mountains and high cliffs. High in the grand Himalayas of the Garhwal district sprawls this captivating valley. The best time to do this trek is during the month of mid-July to mid-August.
For this trek, you will have to trek from Govindghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, up to Ghangaria which is quite an exhilarating climb. Catch the glimpse of the Himalayan beauty while you head out on this trek. At an altitude of 14,400 ft, you will come across the large clear water lake which will make you stare at it for long. This hidden jewel is a unique habitat and home to millions of species of wildflowers such as saxifrages, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia. Not just this you will come across varieties of colourful butterflies as you continue your trek.
This valley is at an altitude of 3250 m and above. This valley is also a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve with an expanse of 87.5 sq km which is just a colourful paradise with alpine flowers. According to the legends, it is believed that this is the place where Pawan Putra Hanuman had collected Sanjeevani Buti to cure Laxman. Listen to the sound of birds chirping and the musical sound of the stream during the trek. The soothing breeze and the enchanting beauty lure away the nature lovers and the photography lovers.
This valley was also declared as a National Park in 1982 and is a world heritage site. One can also find a variety of rare and endangered species of animals like Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more. With the backdrop of the mountains and the scenic trail, you will feel as you have definitely landed in the land of fairies.
Valley of Flowers Trek Highlights:
- Blessed with the verdant beauty of the meadows, and the exotic flowers this will be trek which will take you through small streams.
- Get a chance to witness the vivid flora and fauna of the region like saxifrages, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendula, daisies and brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep.
- Catch the glimpse of the famous Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks while you head out on this trek.
- Meet the local people and learn about the culture of this region. Also, do share a cup of tea with them.
- While at Hemkund Sahib take a dip in the holy water and purify your soul.
- Also, enjoy a lakeside camping and spend the night under the clear night sky.
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: Govindghat
ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.
Uphill Drive, Joshimath, Devaprayag
Around 7am, assemble at Haridwar Railway Station. Begin a long distance, uphill drive from Haridwar to Govindghat. Along the way, pass Devaprayag to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. Arrive at Joshimath, a midpoint for other religious pilgrimage locations. You could stay over here or proceed to Govindghat in lieu of time for the halt.
Today begins Valley Of Flowers Trekking in Uttaranchal with a short 14km gradual ascent trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Arrive at Ghangaria. Hotel check-in or camp out. Explore the surrounding. Have dinner and call-it-a-day.
This day marks the very reason for your entire high altitude Valley Of Flowers trek. Start your day with a wholesome breakfast. Scale a height of 3,858m to arrive at the Valley Of Flowers. This sight is a feast to the eyes and treat for the soul.
Admire one of nature’s finest creations as you are left speechless witnessing an array of thousands of flowers in full bloom. The myriad palette with a multitude of colour shades rests against the watchful eyes of the mighty Himalayas. Creating an alluring canvas, the valley has several streams casually meandering through it. The wild flora creates a rich eco-system for many species of birds, butterflies, and insects too. Several soulful moments later begin your return trek to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
Trekking, Holy spot of the Sikhs, Seven Snow-capped Mountains
Today after breakfast, you’ll follow a steep trail to Hemkund Sahib to visit the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh is said to have meditated in a previous life. Surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains this place is no doubt soothing and calming. Spend time here. And after lunch, start a late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel/ camp.
After breakfast, take the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening.
Trip ends here
Leave Govindghat early for your return journey home from Haridwar. Take back a mosaic of unbelievable memories with you.
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Rated : 5.0
This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
Rated : 5.0
it was incredible experience. VOF is famous for its 80 and more rare flowers species. trek was 12000 ft above from the sea level. It was not easy but when I saw the colors of flowers it inspired me to go ahead and explored more..
Rated : 5.0
once in a lifetime journey, must visit place and wonderful experience with Thrillophilia
Rated : 5.0
If a passing cloud, a sight of a waterfall, lush green landscape, or a cool breeze makes you crazy, then this is the perfect trek for you. If you dream about walking through green forests, valleys, trekking by the side of flowing rivers, touching mountain tips and snow peaks enveloped in rain and clouds, then this trek will make all your dreams come true. No camera or video cam can catch even 10 percent of the actual beauty of the pure serene wonderful landscape created by God with special care to be a feast for the eyes of nature lovers. So all you see in photos and videos is nothing when compared to what actually one feels during the trek. Don't forget to taste the purest coolest tastiest spring water which takes away the strain n tiredness from your body. But don't worry. a guide is always with you throughout the trek to tell you all the details and to watch your every step. Thanks to Thrillophilia for making the trek most comfortable and memorable. But more care can be taken about the food provided during the stay. Overall it's a compulsory trek which none of the nature lovers can miss.
Rated : 4.0
The valley of flowers of uttrakhand is spread in an area of 87.5 sq. kms , so large covering area and crowded by thousands of different flowers. People consider uttrakhand for its himalayan mountains but actual appreciation should be given to these sites. It is absolute heaven and athe land of paradise for nature lovers. The valley is surrounded by mighty mountains and is well maintained by authorities. It will be great to spend a day staring at the flowers, buds and butterflies.
Rated : 5.0
Wao What a view it was!!!!! Can you imagine millions of species of flowers such as saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia all at one place!!! sounds exciting right??? Thats exactly hw i felt when i first heared about the place, i was very desperate to make a visit there. we went there with my best friend,clicked hundreds of photos, wao it was so nice to be there. in could feel the aroma of the enchanting place, its wonderful. The place is surrounded by the Himalayas mountains, like someone is trying to protect those beautiful flowers. Its the most attractive place i had ever seen.
Rated : 5.0
truly amazing experience. Beautiful place. good organizer. Food could have been better
Rated : 4.0
I had read about the valley of flowers,of uttrakhand long ago and finally i had this fortunw to see what i have read in books...uttrakhand is a gift of nature and absolute heaven. just imagine a place where you are surrounded by beautiful flowers, beautiful sky and the majestic himalayan mountains...
Rated : 4.0
Paradise on earth or the orchids of fragnances!!! My mother still takes its name, she always use to say that we should go ther again, it was last year when i had gone there with my entire family and sinc then everyone from our family has been a great fan of valley.
Rated : 5.0
wao this heavenly place has many stories associated with it, like the british mountaineer discovered it and wrote his book valley of flowers, which is very famous among the international tourists. one woman name Miss Margaret Lague came to see this valley and ahe was tryinv to pluck a flower but unfortunately she got slipped and fell in the valley and died. in her memory there is a tombstone on hwr grave and all people who visits this valley of flowers must visit this tombstone. The local guide explores all other details of the flowers and the valley. Well it is a one day trip and people having time must come and witness the heaven on earth.
How do I reach the Valley of Flowers National Park base camp?
You have to assemble at around 6 AM in the Haridwar Railway Station, from where you will be taken to the base camp located in Govindghat.
What is the difficulty level of Valley of Flowers trek?
The Valley of Flowers trek is considered as a moderate trek. The trek starts with a steep ascent from Ghangaria and then slowly becomes easy till you reach Valley of Flowers. It will take around 5 days to complete the trek from Haridwar.
What is the Valley of Flowers trek best time?
The location has a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, the best time to go for the trek is from July to September, after the first monsoon rains and when the flowers are in full bloom.
What kind of clothes and equipments should I carry during Valley of Flowers trek?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
The valley of flowers trek is easy to moderate trek. But since you will have to do some steep climbing it is advisable that you prepare yourself for this. You can start with walking for at least 1 hour a day and climbing around 7-8 staircases. Also, do yoga and pranayam which will help you to regulate your breathing while you are trekking at high altitude. You can also do some stretching and sit-ups every day which will help you later while you climb the steep trails.
Will food and water be provided during this trek?
Yes, vegetarian meals and safe drinking water throughout the trek are provided.
Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?
Consumption of alcohol or other types of intoxicants during the trek is strictly prohibited.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
The camps provided during the trek can accommodate three people in one tent.
What type of shoes is appropriate for Valley of flowers trek?
Valley of flowers trek is one of the most beautiful Himalayan treks. It is a 47 Km long trek that starts from Haridwar, Uttrakhand. Though difficulty level of Valley of Flowers trek is of medium to moderate level, it requires all the precautions and pre requisites for a Himalayan trek. You need to strictly carry trekking shoes, which are water proof and they must be high ankle and must also have high grip. Carry a minimum of 4 pairs of cotton socks.
What is minimum number of days required to trek the Valley of Flowers?
The trek starts from Haridwar and ends at Haridwar. Minimum time for this Haridwar - The Valley of Flowers – Haridwar trek is six days. On this trek, the trail on the foot begins after Joshimath. Haridwar to Joshimath can be reached by bus. Distance on road is 235 Km and it is a scenic drive of 8-10 hours.
How is the Valley of Flowers weather?
Weather is generally not much of spoil spot for a trek Valley of the Flowers. The average temperature here is 16 to 18 degree Celsius. Snowfall or rain fall is not expected on Valley of Flowers trek in the Himalayas. This may not be the case if you decide to do the trek in winters. The ideal season for the trek is from July to mid-August. In winter weather conditions can go adverse.
Can we visit Hemkund Sahib during Valley of Flowers Trek?
Of course, you can visit Hemkund Sahib on your trek to Valley of Flowers. It is a must visit attraction. En-route Valley of flowers, Hemkund Sahib falls on the route on the 3rd day. It is one of the most revered Sikh Shrines. Hemkund Sahib is the world’s largest gurudwara situated at 4239 meters altitude. The whole vibe of the place is so serene and peaceful.
Will there be Mobile connectivity on the Valley of flowers Uttarakhand trek?
When you are interior parts of Himalayas you can hardly be sure of cell phones networks. One can get telecom networks till Haridwar and if lucky than till Joshimath but after that your cell phone won't have any network connectivity. So forget calls and WhatsApp. It’s only you and beautiful scenic beauty – the colourful flowers from the Valley of the Flowers trek.
Is Diamox is advisable during the trek?
No, Diamox is not advisable during the trek. The trek is quite suitable to people who are beginners and you can easily acclimatize well with daily ascend. But if you find any symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) which includes a headache, nausea and vomiting then inform your trek leader. Every campsite has first aid kit and fully equipped cylinders for such situations.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes, the trek is perfectly fine for the ones who are trekking for the first time. Although there are steep trails for first 3 km you can easily trek through those trails. There are also pony and helicopter services during the trek. Also, keep yourself fit and active before you head out for this trek.
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