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Valley Of Flowers Trek - 6 Days

Why you should do Valley Of Flowers Trek?

With the verdant beauty of the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop, the green meadows and the white clouds blend to make a dreamlike terrain, Valley of Flowers trek. Perched at an altitude of 14,400 ft, this trek was a sudden discovery by British traveler Frank Smith in 1931. Step into the bed of flowers while you head out for this one of a kind beautiful trek.

The Valley of Flowers has become a place with a diverse alpine flora that is indicative of the Western Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows ecoregion. The valley’s great biodiversity reflects its placement as a transition zone between the Zanskar and Great Himalayas ranges to the north and south, as well as the Eastern and Western Himalayan floras. Several plant species are considered endangered. Outside of Uttarakhand, only a few have been discovered. In Nanda Devi National Park, two have yet to be discovered. The diversity of endangered medicinal plant species is greater than that seen in other Indian Himalayan protected areas. The Western Himalayas Endemic Bird Area encompasses the entire Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (EBA). The Valley of Flowers National Park is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’s second core zone. Seven restricted-range bird species are endemic to this part of the Endemic Bird Area. They are the Himalayan Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Snow Cock,Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, and Sparrow Hawk. The park serves as home to Tahr, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Common Langur, Bharal, Serow, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Brown Bear, Pica (Mouse Hare) and a huge variety of butterflies. The Uttarakhand State Forestry Department, which is part of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests, manages the park. There are no settlements within the national park, and grazing has been prohibited since 1983. The park is only open from June to October, and the rest of the year it is buried in heavy snow.

About the Trek:
Known as the most beautiful trek in the world with the Blue Primula, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand 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, fauna 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.

Valley Of Flowers Trek

Flowers: The Botanical Survey of India, the Forest Research Institute, and the Wildlife Institute of India surveyed and inventoried the Flowers in 1987, 1992, and 1997, respectively, and discovered five new species to science. At Musadhar, at the site’s entrance, a research nursery and seed/rhizome/tuber bank for propagating rare plants and valuable medicinal herbs has been established. 

Rare and valuable medicinal plants are the subject of special programs. These include Aconitum heterophyllum, Arnebia benthamiiDactylorhiza hatagireaGymnadenia orchidesMegacarpaea polyandraPicrorhiza kurrooaPodophyllum hexandrum and Taxus wallichiana. Research plots have been set up to determine the best way to control the spread of the tall Himalayan knotweed Polygonum polystachium without damaging other plants or the surface of the soil. A first annual survey was conducted in 2004 and is repeated annually.

Oddessemania Valley Of Flowers Trek

Flowers mostly orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones carpet the ground. Sub-alpine  forests of birch and rhododendron cover parts of the park’s area. It has been concludesd that the Valley of Flowers endows with 520 species of higher plants (angiosperms, gymnosperms and pteridophytes), of these 498 are flowering plants. The park has many species of medicinal plants including Dactylorhiza hatagireaPicrorhiza kurrooaAconitum violaceumPolygonatum multiflorumFritillaria roylei and Podophyllum hexandrum.

Overview

Valley of Flowers Trek Summary

  • First pick up from Rishikesh, will be passing by 4 of the Panchprayag or holy confluence of Ganga also known as Jyotirmath,
  • On the second day trek to Ghangharia after reaching Govindghat which will take a duration of 5 hours. The village of Ghangaria is a popular trekking base camp.
  • After leaving Ghangaria early it is time to spend the whole day at Valley of Flowers. The entire valley is like a carpet of flowers which is surrounded by mountains The valley stretches further and ends with a glacier visible at a distance.
  • Trek to Hemkund Sahib which is the highest Gurudwara. Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib. It is a 6 kms distance. The Gurudwara is placed magically beside the mirror like glacial lake Hemkund. Trek back to Ghangaria.
  • Trek back 9 kms from Ghangaria to Govindghat to visit Badrinath temple, explore nearby places and drive back to Joshimath.
  • On day 6 you will come back to Rishikesh in the evening.

When To Plan Valley Of Flowers Trek?

The gates to Valley Of Flowers open at the beginning of June. But the best time to visit is between July and September. You can extend it to the end of September. Even in the best months between July and September, the trek is not the same every month.

In July

It’s a beautiful shade of green. The blossoms are just starting to open up. After mid-July, the peak flowering season begins. A few old snow bridges and melting snow patches can be found. Expect a kaleidoscope of colors. After mid-July, the rains become more frequent. In July, the valley is the least populated.

Valley Of Flower trek
Akasnsha Sharma

In August

Though there is a lot of rain at Govindghat, the first 15 days of August witness a lot of blooms. However, it is not always heavy at higher altitudes. Weekends are very busy. During the other hand, you won’t have to worry about crowds on weekdays.

valley of flowers trek
Photo by Oddessemania Local Guide

In September

Flowers have wilted by now and valley is swelling with a crowd of pilgrims.

Itinerary

Day 1
Pickup from Rishikesh to guest house in Joshimath

Pick up from Rishikesh bus stand at 6:30 am. Distance 250km, Driving Duration – 11 hours.
We will be passing by 4 of the Panchprayag or the five holy confluence of Ganga —Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, and Nandaprayag. Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is one of the places where Adi Shankaracharya established one of the Mutts in the 8th century. It is also the winter residence of Lord Badri, whose idol is transported from Badrinath to Vasudev temple. You will be staying at a guest house in Joshimath (Shared Accommodation).

Day 2
Joshimath to Ghangaria

Drive 25 km from Joshimath to Govindghat through Pulna. Trek to Ghangharia which is a 9km stretch in a duration of 5 hours. Gradual ascent on a stone-paved path, all the way along the river. The little village of Ghangaria, located in the Chamoli district is a popular trekking base camp. It is the confluence of the Pushpawati and Hemganga rivers, which run together as the Lakshman Ganga. Ghangaria is a bustling village with a popular gurudwara, and it is the last human settlement on the way to the Valley of Flowers. Stay in guest house at Ghangaria (Shared Accommodation).

Day 3
Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers

Leave Ghangria early (6.00 am) to give yourself the whole day to spend at Valley of Flowers. The trail splits in less than a kilometre. There is a gate to buy entry tickets to the valley. Walk inside and notice the small flowering plants springing up on either side. A kilometre into the gate, there is a scenic bridge across a stream gushing below. Tall rocky mountains rise before you. Notice that the well-laid-out trail has now become a small foot way along the side of the valley. The scenery has also taken a drastic turn for the better and any direction you turn to looks picture-perfect. Trek along for a couple of kilometres on the flat path and to your right opens up the valley. Cross another rickety bridge and collect water to drink from below. The entire valley is generally a carpet of colors – green, yellow, red, blue. It is surrounded by mountains with trees at lower levels, brown and grey soil in the middle and bright snow at the top. A bright sunny day will ensure deep blue skies completing the picture and taking it beyond your imagination. The valley is really a botanists’ dreamland! One can find flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes, sizes, colors, all growing together. Walk further into the valley and you will be engulfed with an amazing scent, which unfortunately cannot be captured but can only be felt. The valley stretches 5-7 km further until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance. The stream flows all the way through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into it to experience the icy cold water.

Day 4
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib

Trek to Hemkund Sahib 6km. Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurudwara of the Sikhs, located at an altitude of 4,329 meters. Gradual and steep mixed ascent on a stair welled stone-paved path. Mule ride service is available till Hemkund Sahib. The Gurudwara is placed magically beside the mirror like glacial lake Hemkund. Trek back to Ghangaria 6km, total Duration 7-8 hours. Night stay in Guest house will remain same.

Day 5
Ghangaria to Joshimath

Trek Back 9km Ghanagaria to Govindghatpulna duration 4 hours. Drive 25km Govindghat to Badrinath. Visit Badrinath temple, explore nearby places. Badrinath is one among the four Char Dham. This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Many Hindu devotees are smitten by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture. Drive back to Joshimath 50 km From Badrinath. Guest house stay in Joshimath (Shared Accommodation).

Day 6
Joshimath to Rishikesh

After Morning Tea/Coffee it’s time to end the trip. You’ll arrive on Rishikesh between 5-6:00 pm. You can book further travel any time after 7:00 pm, and the trek ends with a lot of memories.

Includes

  • . Accommodation, Guest house. Joshimath on Day 1 and Day 5
  • Ghangharia on Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4
  • . Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg). ( from the Day 1st Dinner to the Day 5th dinner) .
  • . Transportation Rishikesh to Rishikesh.
  • . All necessary entry fees and permits.
  • . Porters/mules to carry central equipment.
  • . Transport Joshimath to Govindghat and return.
  • . Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.
  • . First aid kit.

Excludes

  • . Food during the transit.
  • . Any kind of personal expenses.
  • . Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • . Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  • . Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Valley Of Flowers is a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Valley of Flowers Trek?

On average, you walk about 4-5 hours per day.

What about battery charging ?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. You can also carry a power bank.

What about internet access?

No. Internet cannot be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems.

These are the important items you should carry during the trek. Other than this Oddessemania team will provide you the necessary item required during the trek.

CLOTHING
1.  6 Pairs of clothing (t-shirt + trousers)
2.  Woolen Cap, Sun Cap, Face Mask/Buff
3.  Raincoat/Poncho
4.  Normal Jacket & & Feather/warm Jacket
5.  Woolen Socks
6.  Thermal wear
7.  Hand gloves
TREKKING
1.  Small Backpack (during trek use)
2.  Trekking shoes
3.  Sunglasses
4.  Sunscreen at least 40+SPF
5.  Lunchbox & Spoon
6.  Water bottle & Mug
7.  Energy bars, energy drink
8.  Extra cloth Bags for wet clothes
PERSONAL
1.  Prescribed Medicine
2.  Camera + Charger + Power bank
3.  Cold Cream
4.  Personal sanitization & essential toiletries
5.  Mask, Id card and Medical Certificate

Is Valley Of Flower Trek Is Safe To Do?

Yes. Because it is one of the most well-known treks in the Indian Himalayas and has well-laid routes frequented by pilgrims, the Valley of Flowers trek is quite safe. However, you must use cautious because it is slippery particularly when it rains. You should be aware of the altitude rise when walking from Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib since AMS might strike trekkers such a height.

Terrain Wise

When it comes to terrain, Valley of Flowers can be considered as highly safe.

  • The entire route is marked with distinct trails
  • Well trodden routes
  • Most ascents are gradual except the climb to Hemkund Sahib.
  • Well placed campsites (important when considering AMS)
  • Easy exit points

There are very few parts of the trek that are difficult and need technical help. The ascent to Hemkund Sahib is the only difficult part. Even this portion, however, does not need technical help.

Altitude Wise

As discussed above, you are exposed to the risk of AMS during the stiff climb from Ghangria to Valley of Flowers.  Stay alert for any signs of altitude sickness.

Pay attention to your discomfort and take steps to alleviate it. Check your oxygen levels, start a Diamox treatment, drink plenty of water, and relax. Do not continue on the journey if you do not feel normal after a few hours or overnight.

If you experience any symptoms of AMS, even in the slightest, start taking steps to treat the sickness.

Weather Wise

During the monsoon season, the trek is very safe. Rains might make some areas slippery. It’ll be taken care of with good hiking shoes. As a result, pick your hiking shoes carefully.
Apart from that, be aware of strong river currents when crossing bridges on the hike (view difficulty section for details). Trek during the first half of the day, when the rain isn’t too strong, to be safe.

Closest Hospital To Valley Of Flowers

The nearest hospital in case of a medical emergency is the army hospital at Joshimath.

Joshimath Community Health Center

 NH 58, Joshimath, Uttarakhand 246443

The above are the monthly batch details , You can book according to this date and if you are private group and want to book on your own customized way you can contact our travel expert.

July Month

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Trip Facts

  • July to October
  • 10-12
  • 14,400 ft
  • Professional
  • Sumo or car
  • Trek
  • Medium
  • Delhi
  • Valley of Flower
  • Camping/Home stay/Guest house
  • You can join our fixed group departure
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