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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 rega...
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 trek...
About the 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 forth. 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 trek 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 14,300 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 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: Joshimath
ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.
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.
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. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath. If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening. Overnight stay at Joshimath.
Trip ends here
Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Haridwar. Take back a mosaic of unbelievable memories with you.
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Rated : 5.0
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.
Rated : 5.0
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.
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.
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 !!.
Rated : 5.0
very nice experience, the valley was so beautiful...and rejuvenating... the organizer was helpful and the trek was nicely executed.
Rated : 5.0
[too many short reviews]Heaven on earth indeed. Very well conducted and executed trek.
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.
Rated : 5.0
Valley of flowers is gradually becoming popular thanx to so much post that we get online…but what you’ll see from your eyes and the feeling of touching these beautiful flowers cannot be explained through a photograph
Rated : 5.0
Is the Valley of Flowers as beautiful as it claims to be? Yes it actually is! I discovered all this and more during the trek to the National Park. My friends and I actually tried to count the number of types of flowers, but there were just so many!
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.
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 best time for Valley of Flowers trek?
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.
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 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 Velly 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 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 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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