Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park and a World Heritage Site located in Western Himalaya, Uttarakhand. It is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora and fauna.
The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in various literature. Local people have been visiting the valley since ancient times including Indian yogis who are known to have visited the valley for meditation.
This richly diverse area is home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, Brown bear, Red fox, and Blue sheep ( spotted only if you are lucky ). The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.
Maximum Altitude: 14,400 ft
Temperature: Day: 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C
Valley of Flowers Trek Distance: 47km
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Valley of Flowers Trek 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 the ATM is.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House)
- All veg meals while on trek (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast)
- Transport from Haridwar to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
What is NOT included in the tour
- What is NOT included in the tour?
- Meals during transit.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- Any fees and permits ( for non-Indians).
- Cost Escalation due to natural reasons/ government restrictions.
- Anything which is not mentioned in above inclusions.
- Cost Escalation due to "Force Majeure" and evacuation charges.
- GST @ 5%
IMPORTANT: Valley of flower falls under UNESCO site, so as an initiative to make area plastic free members are requested to carry water bottles and Tiffin box by themselves.
*Conditions may vary
*Government Guidelines for Covid will apply
DAY 1: DRIVE FROM HARIDWAR TO GOVINDGHAT(6300FT)
We begin the journey from Haridwar in a reserved jeep. No doubt, the panoramic view of the Himalayas are going to be enchanting for the next few days, but still you can have a last look at the plains of Rishikesh. We pass through the lush green mountains and deep down the slopes the Alaknanda river follows us all the way. We reach Joshimath by evening and halt for the night in a guest house and gear up for the next day.
DAY 2: TREK FROM GOVINDGHAT TO GHANGARIA ( 9600ft )
On a chilly morning we leave the comfort of Govindghat and we will begin our climb for Ghangaria. As we climb up, the river Lakshman Ganga, flows down below and comes closer to the level at which it flows. After steep climb, reaching Ghangaria feels like an achievement. After arrival at Ghangaria, explore the surroundings in the evening followed by dinner. Overnight stay in Ghangaria.
DAY 3: TREK FROM GHANGARIA TO VALLEY OF FLOWER (11500FT)
We start the trail and pass gently through a coniferous forest, before descending to a bridge, climbing up a rocky trail, with the forest behind us, the sight of the first flowers begin to appear. The valley is beautiful, and there are meadows of flowers as if it’s a dream locale. Himalayan Balsam, is the most predominant flower of the valley and a thick blanket of these flowers can be seen everywhere. After viewing the God’s natural beauty we start descending to Ghangaria. We spend the night in a guest house at Ghangaria.
DAY 4: TREK FROM VALLEY OF FLOWER TO HEMKUND SAHIB
( 15190 FT)
Today’s climb to Hemkund Sahib is steep at places and will take about 3 – 4 hrs. Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh Shrine built next to the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by wild flowers with Brahma Kamal being the most popular. Pilgrims take a dip in the freezing cold waters of the lake, not an easy task. The hot tea served in the Gurudwara (shrine) is divine to say the least. We will also visit the Laxman Mandir next to the Gurudwara. Towards late afternoon head back to Ghangaria. Overnight stay in the Guest house.
DAY 5: TREK FROM GHANGARIA TO GOVINDGHAT ( 6300FT)
Next day in the morning, we start our downhill trek, back to Govindghat. The climb down is much easier. From Govindghat, drive to Joshimath and check into the guest house for some deserved rest and relaxation.If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening.
DAY 6:DRIVE FROM GOVINDGHAT TO HARIDWAR
Leave Govindghat early for your return journey. Arrive at Haridwar by evening and say goodbye to your trek mates. Valley of flower trek ends here.
Things to Carry:
- Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of Socks
- 2 pairs of woolen socks
- 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- One down feather Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA extra batteries