About the Valley of Flowers:
The trek ranks as one of the most beautiful treks in the world with the blue PRIMULA flowers, and is aptly called as the “VALLEY OF FLOWERS”. The peak in high altitudes is a perfect spot for Mountaineers and adventure seekers. This place has a variety of flora and fauna, attractive flowers and the splendid views which will transport the trekkers to a different world with a background of majestic high cliffs and snow-capped mountains. This is the high grand Himalayas of the Garhwal District, Uttarakhand which surrounds this exquisite valley. The perfect time for Valley of Flowers Trek is during the months of mid-July to mid-August.
Valley of Flowers trek starts from an ascending to Govindghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib and finally till the Ghangaria which is a challenging and an exciting climb. Trekkers capture a grand view of the majestic Himalayas. After reaching an altitude of 14,300 ft trekkers see a huge clear water lake which is a sheer treat to the eyes and surely everyone will watch the same with awe for a long time. This secret crowning jewel is a unique habitat and home to different kinds of species of wildflowers like saxifrages, seams, lilies, poppy, calendular, daisies, geranium, zinnia and petunia.
Trekkers also encounter a variety of colorful butterflies during the Valley of Flowers trek. The valley is situated at an altitude of over 3250 m and serves as a main zone to the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve spread over a lush expanse of 87.5 sq km which is a colorful paradise on earth full of alpine flowers. Mythological legends believe it to be a place where Lord Hanuman had gone to collect the Sanjeevini Buti with healing properties to cure Laxman. Trekkers can listen sounds of different birds chirping and also the buzzing sounds of streams in full flow. The peaceful and captivating beauty attracts nature lovers and photographers. This ” VALLEY OF FLOWERS” was declared as a National park in 1982 and is considered a “WORLD HERITAGE SITE”. Trekkers see different kinds of endangered species like an Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard and blue sheep. The tranquil backdrop of the majestic mountains, and the picturesque track, will definitely give trekkers a feeling of being amidst ” LAND OF FAIRIES”.
About the Valley of Flowers Trek:
An amalgam of dazzling snow capped Himalayan mountains, green and lush meadows, and silver-white clouds make up the “VALLEY OF FLOWERS”. Located at an altitude of 14,400 ft Valley of Flowers trek was first discovered by a British Traveler Frank Smith in 1931. The trek route is filled with flowers and starts at Govindghat, and then passes through Joshimath and the trekkers finally reach Hemkund Sahib. The Valley of Flowers trek is suitable for beginners as well as enthusiastic trekkers. The streams that meander through the valley, and the high altitude tranquil lake, “HEMKUND” at 4329 mts gives an exotic and exquisite overview of the flora and fauna of the region. This lake is a spiritual place for both “SIKHS AND HINDUS”.
The trails will be steeper but the beauty of the seven (Saptarishi) snow-capped mountains will make trekkers feel more charmed and thrilled. Capture the beauty of the of the Hathi parvat and Saptarishi peaks and see the beautiful small stream of Himganga that originates from this lake. The spiritual leader “GURU GOVIND SINGH THE TENTH GURU OF SIKH SAINT“, had kept deep penance on the banks of this lake. In the final lap, the trekkers go from Ghangaria to Govindghat and then to Joshimath. The trek from Ghangaria will be steep but gives trekkers some of the most splendid views of the region. This Valley of Flowers trek takes trekkers to see some of the worlds’ most enchanting and splendid wildlife that will be a cherished throughout their lifetime. While driving from Govindghat to Joshimath trekkers can see the confluence of “ALAKNANDA AND BHAGIRATHI” rivers to form the river “GANGES” while passing through the “DEVPRAYAG”. During the trek, it will be good to explore “AULI” if time permits. In short, the valley of flowers provides an unending surprise package for the trekkers. One can spend a quiet time in the lap of nature to re-energize with pleasant thoughts and memories.
Some of the highlights of this trek are:
- Valley of Flowers trek has the abundant beauty of exotic flowers and this will lead trekkers to small streams and rivulets.
- Trekkers get a chance to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region like saxifrages, sediams, lilies, poppy, calendula, daisies, and wildlife like brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep (Bharal).
- See the giant and majestic peaks of Hathi parvat and Saptarishi peaks.
- Interact with the local people to learn about their culture.
- At the Hemkund Sahib, many trekkers take a holy dip to purify their soul.
- Enjoy and get amazed by the lakeside camping and spend the night here.
- Key Facts About the Trek:
- Region: Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
- Starting Point: Joshimath
- Ending Point: Joshimath
- Duration: 6 Days and 5 Nights
- Ideal Time: June. Flowers are in full bloom during the first week of June every year which is the right time to visit this place. The region is not accessible during other months due to dense snowfall.
- Level: Easy- Moderate
- Total Distance: 47 Km.
- Maximum elevation: Valley of Flowers Trek at an altitude of 14,100 feet at Hemkund Sahib and around 6,240 ft at Govind Ghat. This is a high altitude trek and requires acclimatization before undertaking the trip.
- Weather: Day temperatures are usually warm between 12*C-20*C and pleasant, and nights are cold. (-4°C – -10°C).
- Communication: Connectivity is very limited and trekkers experience weak signals of BSNL network in Ghangaria. Other networks are only occasionally available.
- ATM Points: The last ATM point in this route is Joshimath
Haridwar - Govindghat (3050 m) via Joshimath and Devprayag - 260 Kms - 10 Hrs
Govindghat - Ghangaria - 3050 m - 14 Kms - 4 Hrs
Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back - 4300 m - 10 Kms - 5 Hrs
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib - 4329 m - 18 Kms - 8 Hrs
Ghangaria to Govindghat - Joshimath - 3110 m - 14 Kms - 11 Hrs
Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar - 1900 m - 152 Kms - 5 Hrs
Hotel/ camp stay is provided on a triple sharing basis. The most famous hotel The Himalayan Eco Lodge, Ghangaria is convenient for travelers. This is available nearby Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Some of the most prominent hotels in Chamoli where travelers can stay include :
- Hotel Kedar Dev
- Monal Resort
- AR Resort
- Clifftop Clubs.
- Sri Nanda Lokpal palace
- Valley of flowers holiday home.
- Kuber annex, Priya, Kuber, Devlok.
e- Uttaranchal gives a variety of choices for online bookings. There are 1-5 star hotels, ranging from low budget economical cost to luxury ones. Choose the best to get some discounts on hotel room rates and packages
Only vegetarian meals are provided, and sometimes dinner is served at many nearby Punjabi restaurants. But, since there are no canteen/ dhabas or any kind of food facility on the way, trekkers are advised to carry packed foods and other eatables.
The other inclusions that are provided during the trek are:
- Accommodation- 5 nights on a triple sharing basis.
- Vegetarian meals
- Necessary permits
- Trekking equipment
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staffs.
The Jolly Grant Airport at a distance of 292 km from Joshimath and is well connected with New Delhi. From Joshimath, Govindghat is at a distance of around 16 Kms with an approx. the travel time of 1 Hr. There is good road connectivity to Govindghat. Even taxis, are easily available from the Dehradun Airport to Govindghat.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead which is about 273 Kms away from Joshimath with an approximate travel time of around 10 Hrs. Rishikesh is well connected with many cities. From Joshimath, Govindghat is well connected by roads. Joshimath is also well connected with Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Srinagar, Chamoli etc.
Govindghat is well connected by road with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Buses and are available from Uttarakhand like Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Srinagar, Ukhimath, and Chamoli. The approximate travel time is around 10 hours. From Delhi- Meerut- Haridwar-Rishikesh- Rudraprayag- Joshimath- Govind ghat- Pulna village. There is one more route via Haldane Ranikhet ( Kumaon region) i.e- Haldwani- Ranikhet- Karnaprayag- Joshimath- Govindghat that is around 332 km. Volvo and Deluxe buses are available from Delhi NCR- Joshimath and are around 496 km and take around 13 hours. Travelers have to book in advance to get cheap discounts and fares at a decreased price.
The Valley of Flowers trek starts at Joshimath and can be reached by road from many places in Uttarakhand. There are regular bus services from the Delhi, Kashmiri ISBT gate and buses and taxis are easily available from major destinations of Uttrakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli. Distance / Travel time to Joshimath from some important cities are as follows:
- Dehradun – 292 Km / 8 Hrs.
- Delhi – 500 Kms / 13 Hrs.
- Haridwar – 277 Kms / 8 Hrs.
- Karnaprayag – 84 Kms / 2 Hrs.
- Rudraprayag – 115 Km / 4 Hrs.
- Ukhimath – 55 Kms / 2 Hrs.
- Srinagar – 1,050 Kms / 27 Hrs.
- Chamoli – 250 Kms / 8
- Rishikesh – 250 Km / 8 Hrs.
Joshimath is situated on the NH58 highway. Public Transport / Private Taxis are available to reach Joshimath from many cities as listed above. Besides, deluxe and Volvo buses are also available from prominent cities.
The best time to visit The Valley Of Flowers is a monsoon, (June – September) when the flowers are in full bloom, and the snow has completely melted away. The temperature is 7*C – 10*C. Weather is pleasant during these months. During summer the temperature is 12*C – 20*C, (March – June) and the snow starts melting. This is a good time for a trek to nearby hotspots. The winter starts from (October – February) and is not advisable to visit this region and the temperature drops to -4*C -10*C. There is extreme cold as the snow starts falling and the night temperature is extremely cold.
Valley of flowers provides an out of the world experience to travelers with an abundance of flowers in full bloom in the background of Saptharishi peaks, lush meadows, and lakes!. This place is no less to the scenic beauties of Europe and other foreign countries. A visit to the valley will be a positive energy booster. The tranquility experienced in such regions will free the mind from the shackles of daily monotonies and to experience immortal peace of mind! The trip is sure to provide the best rejuvenating, refreshing and relaxing experience which last a lifetime! Rush to the Valley of Flowers for a Volley of Delightful Experience!!