Valley of Flowers trek
In the very Northern part of the Indian, in the remote state called, Uttarakhand, lies The Valley of Flowers. The state itself has countries outside border with Tibet and Nepal.
During the rain season, this magnificent valley alive with more than 500 varieties of mountain flowers and the entire National Park flourish with a carpet of all the rainbow color flowers.
Surrounded by the Himalayas mountain snowy peaks, Flower Valley is absolutely magical. No doubt it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The park is situated at a height of 3,500 meters above sea-level and spreads around 90 square kilometers.
With numerous treks for hiking, this valley is worth to visit if you are in good shape for high altitudes.
- The scenic Valley of Flowers trek begins from Haridwar, yet the actual hike starts from the base camp of Govindghat.
After a relaxing road journey, your arrival in this peaceful town marks the starting point of your wonderful and vibrant trek. Visible after crossing the bridge over the Alaknanda River is the last stop for pilgrims heading to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib, and for tourists crossing through the Valley of Flowers.
- Located at an elevation of 1830m, Govindghat was catastrophically destroyed by flash floods in 2013, but now is almost restored, in the price of its original grace. With harsh weather changes all year long, this historical town is open from May to October and is closed for access in the winter.
The Valley of Flowers Trek leads from the lovely city of Haridwar through the uninhabited Govindghat and continues through Ghangaria and then Hemkund.
As I mentioned earlier - the weather in this altitude remains good for trekking and visiting during the May to September.
When to go
- The last weeks in May is when snow from the high peaks starts to melt. Still limited flowers but there will be minimal or no rain to make your trek more pleasant.
June is the high season in the valley.
Hundreds of pilgrims going to the Hemkund Sahib yet without rainfall the trek will be more calm and enjoyable.
July and August mark the perfect time with flowers blooming
September mark the end of the season, and the last chance in the year to visit the "paradise on earth".
Uttarakhand, the charming state, is blessed with beautiful temples that are the pride of the locals.
- The sacred city of Haridwar reaches the Himalaya mountains.
It lies in the valley of the holy River Ganga.
Observing the culture of this town, you will discover the ancient and sacred traditions and practices, which are still alive.
Very friendly and open and with an increasing tourism since the past decade, the people of the region have learned to accept the foreigners.
With their compassion and respect for travelers, they will make sure that your expedition is filled with memorable experiences.
Permits and costs
- The entry fee is 650 rupees for foreigners and 150 rupees for Indians for a 3-day pass.
- Each additional day is 250 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for Indians.
There’s a Forest Department checkpoint less than a kilometer from Ghangaria, which marks the official beginning of The Valley of Flowers. This is where you pay the money and get your permit. (Make sure you carry appropriate ID).
- It costs around 700 rupees to hire a porter or a mule (depending on demand) at Govind Ghat, for the trek to Ghangaria.
- Cheap plastic raincoats are also available for purchase.
- A guide will cost 2,000 rupees.
Travel by helicopter one way from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria (or the opposite direction) costs about 4,000 rupees per person.
Please plan your trip before as camping inside is not permitted and it is only
open from 6 AM to 6 PM. 3 PM is the last entry to the park.
This trek is the perfect experience to enjoy the vibe of the Himalayas. It has some extreme conditions and is
- rated between moderate to hard level of difficulty.
- Prepare thoroughly with good clothing and other protective gears to survive the unpredictable mountain weather, as it may get very cold.
- Keep most important things such as a wind-proof jacket, dry socks and caps at hand.
- Make sure you have good quality hiking shoes.
- Carry a strong sleeping bag that is durable and comfortable.
- Carry a good quality backpack
New Treks Near the Valley of Flowers National Park
In order to attract more tourists after the park's closure, the Forest Department is adding a number of new trekking routes around the Valley of Flowers National Park.
15-kilometer trek from Kunthkhal (in the Valley of Flowers) to Hanuman Chatti, which has been opened to tourists again after 45 years.
21-kilometer trek to Dibrugheta from Lata Village.
13-kilometer trek in the rocky mountains of Dronagiri.
- trek through Chenab Valley, at a height of 3,200 to 4,000 meters above sea level.
Plan for 6-day trekking
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath (1,874 m/25 km)
Day 2: Drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (1,828 m/22 km) and trek to Ghangaria (3,049 m /14 km Trek)
Day 3: Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund (7 km) and back to Ghangaria
Day 4: Trek from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria
Day 5: Trek from Ghanaian to Govindghat (14 km) and drive to Joshimath via Badrinath
Day 6: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar