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  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • Moderate
  • 14,107 ft/4300 m
  • 12 Participants
  • July to September
  • Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers Trek Overview

Valley of Flowers Trek is one of the most coveted treks that opens Pandora’s box of dreamy landscapes for trekkers. An entire valley engulfed in exotic flowers, blooming in shades of pink, yellow, white, purple and more welcome you to the Valley. The gleaming Himalayan ranges act as a stunning backdrop against the valley of flowers. 

It resembles a vibrant carpet weaved with wildflowers sprouting in a variety of hues. As soon as monsoon arrives in the state, the valley springs to life and a vast expanse is dotted with flowers in vivid colours. Add the charm of a lush green forest, in addition to cascading waterfalls and gushing streams in abundance. 

While you are lost in the captivating valley, a thrilling surprise is in store as you navigate a thrilling yet surreal climb to Hemkund Sahib. The trek experience is enhanced when you traverse a steep ascent to reach Hemkund Sahib. Hundreds of devotees frequent the trail to pay their respects at the revered pilgrimage site nestled at 14,107 ft above sea level. The Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib is perched at a staggering altitude, surrounded by Gharwal mountains. It is believed that the tenth Sikh Guru, Gur Gobind Singh, meditated at the location for 10 years.

Home to rare species of flora and fauna, the Valley of Flowers trek is a paradise for nature lovers, anthophiles and photographers. The valley boasts rich biodiversity and houses more than 600 species of exotic flowers. Orchids, Poppies, marigolds, daisies, and primulas are a few of the flowers that bloom in advance, presenting a spell-binding view for the trekkers. 

The trek is located in Valley of Flowers National Park in Chamoli district and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is said that the trail was first discovered by British climbers who wandered off and stumbled upon a vast expanse of valley abloom in vibrant hues. Enchanted by its spectacular beauty, they called it the Valley of Flowers. 

Inclusions

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 6 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom charges 
  • Experienced Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
  • Permits
    • National parks and sanctuaries 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Dome tents 
    • Sleeping bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing accessories
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Travel cost from Pick up point to and from basecamp (Cab fare from Dehradun to Govindghat)
  • Transit Meals (Day 1 and Day 8)
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Offloading Charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Dehradun/Rishikesh/Haridwar to Govindghat

Distance – 300 Km 

Duration – 10 hrs Drive

Govindghat is roughly 300 km from Haridwar (292 km) and Dehradun (299 km) It takes approximately 10 hrs to cover the distance. The journey to Govindghat passes through meandering mountain roads. A picturesque drive begins at Haridwar and traverses along the river Alakanda. On the way you will get a glimpse of Devprayag, where river Alakanda meets Bhagirathi, thereafter flowing as river Ganga. 

Day 2 : Govindghat/Pulna (7,785 ft) to Ghangria (10,520 ft)

Trek Distance – 14km 

Trek Duration – 5 to 7 hrs

Ghangria is the starting point of Valley of Flowers. The distance between Govindghat and Ghangria is around 14 km. The other option to reach Ghangria is from Pulna. Pulna is around 7.5 km from Ghangria. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance. 

Day 3 : Ghangria to Valley ( 10,520 ft ) of Flowers and back (11,550 ft)

Trek distance: 3.7 km (one way)

 Trek Duration: 6 hours

Begin your hike to Valley of Flower after breakfast. The valley blossoms in full glory with flowers enhancing the beauty of the trail. Trekkers are astounded by the ethereal beauty of the valley as the towering mountains surround the valley that stretches for around 6 to 7 km and ends with a glacier visible in the distance. 

It takes around 6 hours to explore the Valley of Flowers and descend to the base in Ghangria. Retrace the same route to Ghangria and rest for the night. 

Day 4 : Ghangria (10,520 ft) to Hemkund Sahib and back (14,107 ft)

Trek Distance –  6 km 

Trek Duration – 8 to 9hrs

The real adventure begins on day 4. The journey to Hemkund Sahib is challenging as the altitude gain is significant. Trekkers trudge through multiple switchbacks to reach Hemkund Sahib, perched at a staggering height of 14000ft. It is a challenging climb to the Gurudwara. Once you reach the Gurudwara, immerse yourself in the peaceful aura of the place. Behind the gurudwara lies the Hemkund Lake where many visitors take a dip in icy cold water. 

The lake is surrounded by mighty mountains covered in snow. Take a round of the gurudwara and you will find Brahmakamal blooming around Hemkund Sahib. After experiencing the tranquil bliss of this place, you can relish a hot plate of Khichdi at the Gurudwara. 

Begin your journey back to the base right after lunch. It is a strenuous descent and weather becomes unpredictable with afternoon showers in the valley.

Day 5 : Ghangria (10,520 ft) to Govindghat (7,785 ft)

Trek Distance – 14 km 

Trek Duration – 7 to 8 hrs 

Follow the same route to reach Govindghat. It takes around 4 to 6 hours to reach the road head. Arrive in your guestroom by the afternoon and explore the village.  

Day 6 : Govindghat to Haridwar/Dehradun

You will follow the same route to Haridwar or Dehradun, depending on your onward journey. Be careful while on the road journey, especially if you are driving. The monsoon season in Uttarakhand is notorious for landslides and roadblocks.

How to reach the base camp of the Valley of Flowers trek?

The Valley of Flowers trek starts from Ghangria. The Basecamp of Valley of Flowers trek is a remote hamlet of Ghangria. To reach the base camp, plan your travel to the nearest airport or the railway station well in advance. The base camp in Ghangria is around a 10 to 12-hour drive from Dehradun city. You can divide your journey to Ghangria into two parts. 

Haridwar/ Dehradun/Rishikesh to Pipalkoti/Joshimath

On day 1, you can plan your travel to Pipalkoti or Josimath. You will find many state-run and private buses from Dehradun or Haridwar. However, the buses and the shared cabs start early from both locations. The bus stand is right outside Haridwar Railway station. Get on a bus going towards Joshimath or Chamoli.  You will also get a shared sumo from the same location in Hardiwar. You can board a bus from near the Haridwar Bus Stand. The bus leaves at 7.45 am and drops you in Joshimath at around 7 pm. 

Click here for bus options from Haridwar to Joshimath.

If you are travelling from Dehradun, go to Rispuna Pool for shared Sumo. if you want to travel by Uttarakhand Roadways bus, head to ISBT Dehradun. Most of these shared cabs and buses leave as early as 5 am. So make sure to reach there by 6 am. 

 It takes about 10 hrs to cover the distance of over 250 km. The next day you can drive further to Govindghat or Pulna and 

Drive from Pipalkoti/Joshimath to Govindghat followed by a trek to Ghangria

Govindghat is the last place with a road connection. Another option is to drive to Pulna and then begin your hike to Ghangria. Ghangria is around 14 km from Govinfghat and 10km from Pulna. 

Travel Plan to Dehradun

The base camp Raithal is around 293 km and is a 10- 11 hrs drive from Dehradun.  Dehradun is easily accessible by air, train and road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport in Dehradun. You can book your tickets well in advance till Dehradun to avail of tickets at cheaper rates. You can choose to travel by air from any metro city to Dehradun. The other option is to reach Delhi by air and travel by train or bus from Delhi onwards. 

Here is a guide on how to plan your travel step by step to reach Dehradun

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities. You can book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jollygrant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. A flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than a flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Redbus. Another option is to go to Kashmere Gate and book a bus offline. Try to board a bus or train which will arrive in Dehradun on the evening of Day 0. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

The trek is 6 days long, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 3. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 8 pm. 

While returning you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 7, (Day 8, if you keep one buffer day). 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. 

If you prefer the second option, book a flight that leaves in the late morning or early afternoon of Day 5. Get an overnight bus or train from Dehradun then reach Delhi in the early morning. You will have enough buffer time if you have booked an afternoon flight. 

Some trekkers prefer to stay back for a day and use the buffer day to explore Rishikesh or Mussories. You can either stay for a night and explore Dehradun city or proceed home the same evening if flying out of Delhi. 

Valley of Flowers Trek FAQ

Where is Valley of Flowers Trek located?

Valley of Flowers Trek is located in Uttarakhand. The trek starts from Ghangria in Chamoli District. 

What is the starting point of Valley of Flowers Trek?

Ghangria is the starting point of the Valley of Flowers Trek. 

What is the distance of Valley of Flowers Trek?

The total distance of the Valley of Flowers trek is 38 km with a total of trekking days. You will walk for 6 to 7 hours daily on the trek. 

What is the duration of Valley of Flowers trek?

It takes 6 days to complete the Valley of Flowers trek, including travel to and from the base camp. 

Is Valley of Flowers Trek suitable for beginners?

Beginners can attempt the Valley of Flowers Trek. Work on your fitness to traverse the challenging trail comfortably. 

What is the altitude of Valley of Flowers Trek?

The trek takes you to an altitude of 14107ft when you reach Hemkund Sahib. 

 

What will be the temperature in Valley of Flowers trek?

Valley of Flowers trek temperature ranges between 10°C to 15°C during the day. The temperature plummets at night and registers a minimum of 3°C to 5°C. 

What is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers Trek?

The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers trek is from June to September.  During these months, the valley springs to life and the entire valley is abloom with vibrant flowers. 

Will there be snow on the trek?

No, there will be no snow on the trek. 

How difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek?

The trek can be categorised as moderate but has a challenging trail and distance to cover with significant altitude gain. 

Can we do Valley of Flowers Trek on our own?

You can do the Valley of Flowers Trek on your own. Remember to do thorough research on the trek route before attempting the trek. Valley of Flowers has a well-trodden trail. You will find many fellow trekkers on the trail. However, it is advisable to hire a guide to do the trek safely. 

Do we need prior experience for the trek?

If you are fit enough then you do not require prior experience. However, attempting shorter hikes before Valley of Flowers is recommended

FAQ

How should I prepare to avoid AMS?

The most important thing to do on a trek to avoid AMS is to drink water, more than your daily intake. Water is an excellent way to avoid AMS. Along with this, you should also have all the nutritious meals we provide on the trek. If you still are sceptical about getting AMS, we would advise you to carry Diamox tablets with you. However, according to the situation your Outdoor leader will advise whether or not you should take it.

I have a medical condition. Can I join the trek?

We encourage everyone to trek, even if or not they have a medical condition. We have an in-house doctor at OWLS with whom you can discuss your medical condition and accordingly, we can help you better prepare you for the trek.

What document do I need to carry?

ID proof

Health form (for all participants of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh treks) and (for all participants <15 and > 60 years of age)

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

Although we provide filling breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with morning tea and evening snacks, you can carry some light snacks for munching on the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Who will be leading my trek?

All our Outdoor Leaders are trained and experienced leaders. They have completed basic Mountaineering Course, and are equipped with basic first-aid knowledge. Our leaders are certified Wilderness First Responder course

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

You can prepare a kit of your personal medicines. 

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

The accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. One tent will be shared by two trekkers. 

Is there any arrangement for offloading on the trek?

Yes. Communicate your requirement to the trek leaders beforehand, as it will be difficult to arrange to offload at the last minute. The offloading charges will be Rs 350 per bag, and your bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. 

Note: At OWLs, we suggest our participants carry their backpacks and avoid offloading. However, in case of pressing circumstances, you can opt for offloading.

Is there any option to keep our luggage at the base camp?

Yes, you can leave the extra luggage at the base camp. However, do not leave valuables like laptops, jewellery, or any other expensive items in the base camp. 

What will be the toilet facilities on the trek?

The OWLS team will set up a toilet tent near the campsites. The toilets will be dry toilets and you will have to use toilet paper. There will be a pit dug by the team and you will have to cover your nature’s call with dry soil. Avoid using wet wipes, as they are not biodegradable. At OWLS, we thrive to leave no trace in the mountains. 

At the base camp, you will have regular concrete toilets.

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

The food offered will be as per the nutritional requirements. As you will be walking every day for 4-6 hours, you will be burning a good amount of calories. The team makes sure that the food you will be offered is healthy and helps you sustain through the day. The regular meal comprises eggs, locally grown vegetables, rice, roti, and pulses. The menu changes from day to day. 

What will be the status of the mobile network on the trek?

The mobile networks become scanty once you cross Joshimath. We suggest you make calls from Joshimath. There will be no signals throughout the trek.  

 

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

The last ATM will be in Joshimath. We recommend withdrawing cash in Dehradun.

How to prepare for the Valley of Flowers Trek?

Getting fit for a Himalayan trek of moderate categories like the Valley of Flowers trek demands better strength and stamina. On these treks, you navigate challenging terrain for 6 to 8 days. These treks will take you to altitudes ranging from 13,000ft to 15,000ft.

Note – The time duration of each workout is 45 minutes with medium intensity. Along with strength-building exercises, improve your cardiovascular endurance and try to run 5 km in 35 minutes. 

Sample Workout for Moderate Treks

Day 1 

15 minutes Lower Body Strength Training Exercises + 20 minutes Aerobic Exercises + 10 mins Core Exercises 

Day 2 

Recreational Exercises (Swimming, Cycling, Walking etc.)

  Day 3

Rest Day

Day 4

15 minutes Lower Body Strength Training Exercises + 20 minutes Aerobic Exercises + 10 mins Core Exercises 

Day 5

Yoga and Stretching 

Day 6

15 minutes Upper Body Strength Training Exercises + 20 minutes Aerobic Exercises + 10 mins Core Exercises 

Day 7

Rest Day

 

What to pack for Valley of Flowers Trek?

Here is a list of trekking gear you need to pack for your trek

The Must-Haves

  • Trekking Backpack( 50/60 ltrs) -01
  • Trekking shoes -01

Trekking Clothes

  • Down Jacket -01
  • Raincoat/Poncho -01
  • Thermals -01 (If trekking in Winter)
  • Fleece -01 (If trekking in Autumn/winter)
  • Dry Fit Tshirts -02
  • Trekking pants/trousers -02
  • Woollen socks -02
  • Dry Fit socks – 02
  • Woollen cap -01
  • Sun hat -01
  • Spare undergarments – As per the requirement

Trek accessories 

  • Trekking poles – 01
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Lunch box, spoon, mug
  • First aid kit or personal medication
  • Small biodegradable bags to take the waste/ used clothes 
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • Toiletries – Lip balm, Mouisteriser, Lightweight towel, toothbrush, toothpaste