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About the Destination: 

  • A chanced discovery on a lost path made by British traveller Frank Smith in 1931 resulted in the world welcoming the enchanting Valley Of Flowers. His book by the same name created a stir among nature lovers, making the Valley Of Flowers Trekking one of the most sought after since then.
  • Perched gracefully under the watchful eyes of the towering Himalayan peaks protecting the tranquil environs, the valley is situated at an altitude of 3,858m. 
  • With millions of species of wild flowers such as saxifrags, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia, the valley also holds many streams that add on to the natural beauty. The rich bio diversity is also home for several species of butterflies and insects too.

Altitude: 12,763ft

Itinerary

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

    Uphill Drive, Joshimath, Devaprayag

    Around 6am, 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.

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

    Mountain Trekking

    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.

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

    Blossoms, Flora

    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.

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

    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.

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

    Trekking

    After breakfast, take the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath. If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening. Overnight stay at Joshimath.

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

    Trip ends here

    Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar. Take back a mosaic of unbelievable memories with you. 

Stay

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  • Hotel/Camp on triple sharing basis

Meal

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  • Veg

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Accommodation (5 nights on triple sharing basis)
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  • Veg meals while on trek
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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 vary from 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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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
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  • Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
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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.

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 Kshitiz Jain

     Rated : 5.0

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    This place is bliss.

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    Story by Ramaa Malik

     Rated : 4.0

    I visit this site in 2015 middle with my friend Vally of flower and Hemkund Sahib both are good destination for a traveler

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    Story by Gopaal Asan

     Rated : 4.0

    The valley of flowers trek is something that any trekker would easily love to trek. I am a first time trekker, and I wanted to try a trek that was not so tough, yet a trek that was nice and beautiful to watch the surroundings. This trek was the best option. Firstly, I got to trek in the most nicest trails. Secondly, the trek was very much in budget. Finally, the trek was surrounded by beautiful flowers all over. If you go in the right season, then you would absolutely enjoy this trek. WOW! Amazing trek! Highly recommended for all.

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    Story by Achalesvara Khanna

     Rated : 5.0

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    A trek to the valley of flowers was something I have been looking forward to do for a long time. Finally, it happened in this July. I am a regular trekker, but Valley of Flowers was a new experience apart from every other trekking expeditions I have done. I went alone there. The most important thing I noticed here is the number of people who come to visit the valley. There were old age people also who were more energetic than the youngsters. Bikers were also there, mostly Royal Enfiled riders. I did not book through any tour operator but alone. I heard that going with a guide will help us very much to know more about the place but still I decided to go alone and I planned it for one week. Hence I visited some other places in the Himalayas. From different websites I understood the things to be taken during the tour. July was not that cold and the snow cover was comparatively less. Yet the wind was slightly cold so that I had to wear jackets throughout. Valley of Flowers was really beautiful. I have not seen so many flowers as in the pictures of it found somewhere online yet there were a lot of meadows with different flowers. The surrounding was actually soothing. I took hundreds of photos in my mobile phone. The names of flowers I saw there were unknown to me but I enjoyed the beauty very well. Since I have gone in my bike, some portions were difficult for me to cross but still I sought help from some of the people I met on the road to get the correct direction. I went to Leh also after the trip. But I got to know that many of the troupes coming to visit the Valley of Flowers seek the help of different tour organizers to make the tour easy. I am also thinking to do an extensive Himalayan trip next time with the help of some tour organizers. Also, I recommend Valley of Flowers from the bottom of my hearts to everyone.

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    Story by Ahalya Talwar

     Rated : 5.0

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    No words to comment about the Valley of flowers. Except there was a situation when the tour was postponed the first time I booked, everything else regarding this trip was good. The group we joined was helpful. We shared water and food with each other. I found the food provided by the service providers not enough to conquer the challenges in front of us. Many of the times, we ate Maggi noodles which do not provide any nutrient. But we carried biscuits and energy bars. So, we were feeling better at the end of each day. To be true, Valley of Flowers is a must visit. During the season, we can see a lot of flowers even though the names are not familiar. Different colours will be all over the valley without showing the greenery. One of my friends who is a photographer clicked thousand photos I think. The tour organizers had one back up vehicle coming behind the trekking group. Anyway, continuously we could not climb the altitudes. We had to take several breaks in between. The seven day trip was full of energetic climbs and camping was also nice. Maggi, eggs, tea, rice and roti, dal etc were the food items provided by the service providers. At night, it was so cold and many of the team members fell sick and had to take medicines to continue the trip. Boots, jackets, warm clothes, altitude sickness preventive medicines etc should be carried any time you visit the Himalayas. And be fit before you head out to do trekking otherwise, you will be really tired. If you plan the trip according to your budget and time, Valley of Flowers trek can be the best team trip.

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    Story by Satish Satish

     Rated : 5.0

    The trek to the valley of flowers was my first in the Himalayas although I had trekked a lot in the Western ghats. Overall it was easy as there was a well laid out path and lots of fellow trekkers of all ages although there were some minor problems in breathing and due to rain. The support provided by the organizers Hike to Himalayas was excellent. They advised on the outfits needed like shoes, ponchos and helped people shop for the missing items. The support provided by the guides was wonderful and we never felt lost or overcome by the situations. During our return from Badrinath to Joshimath, the road was blocked by landslide and we were forced to trek over a hill to reach the other side where vehicles were waiting for us. The only suggestion for improvement is to pre-allot the rooms at the hotels so that check-in formalities can be simplified. Also, the Himalaya Hotel at Ghangria may do well by cleaning the rooms in the evening. Overall, I was glad that I used their services rather than doing it on my own and it was worth it. Going through them also gave us several companions and our group was able to enjoy better together whereas going on our own would have been lonely and boring. The scenic views of the Himalayas and the valley of flowers were breathtaking. Some tourists complained that it was nothing like the unrealistic photoshopped images that you see on the internet/thrillophilia like advertisements but it is not the fault of the Himalayas !!.

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    Story by Surya Narayana

     Rated : 5.0

    This is a perfect trip for someone who is looking to spend good quality time, who wants to see a mix of Glaciers and lush green vegetation. It indeed is my guarantee that people will make a lifetime memories here. Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath where the former one is a pristine beauty and the latter ones are holy shrines. All these with a mix of happiness, adventure and surprise filled tour makes it really a complete trip. And with the responsible and experienced guides, nice and decent hotel accommodation makes it worth each penny you pay towards the trip. People have to understand the fact that being a place where every facility cannot be available, we have to adjust with whatever is available because of lack of transportation facilities from GovindGhat to Ghangria. But still it was better than what i have expected atleast.

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    Story by Shubha Kaniyar

     Rated : 4.0

    Valley of Flowers is in full bloom from mid August to Early September. So when I arrived Ghangharia on 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.

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    Story by Bankim Kaur

     Rated : 5.0

    If you're a nature lover, then valley of flowers is one place you certainly cannot miss. The trek isn't really easy though its a short one. The paths were destroyed during the floods two years back. They have been temporarily fixed using rocks. Great experience, beautiful place, lovely company and hell lot of pictures.

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    Story by Bhagvan Devar

     Rated : 5.0

    If there is any place that can be called as paradise on earth then it is certainly Valley of Flowers. Nature unlimited. Fresh Air, colorful flowers, clear white water streams and rivers, result of melting glaciers, chilled river water off-course. Trails with flowers both the sides. Would definitely like to visit again sometime.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I reach the 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.

    2. What is the best time to go?

      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.

    3. How cold does it really get on the trek?

      With the maximum temperature reaching the 17 degrees during the summer, the morning and the nights are a bit cooler.

    4. What kind of clothes and equipments should I carry?

      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.

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

      Though the level of trek is from beginner to moderate, we recommend that you have a high level of physical fitness.

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

      Yes, vegetarian meals and safe drinking water throughout the trek are provided.

    7. 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.

    8. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

      The camps provided during the trek can accommodate three people in one tent.

    9. 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.

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

      Flowers in the Valley trek is one of the moderate difficult treks of Himalayas. The main attraction here is the valley of Primula 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.

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

      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 Flowers of Valley 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.

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

      Of course, you can visit Hemkund Sahib on your trek to Valley of Flowers Trek. 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. You just have to go there. Don’t miss.

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

      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 nut 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.

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