valley of flowers trek



The Valley of Flowers trek is at an altitude of approx. 3600 meters is located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal, Himalayas. It is a high altitude trek which has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers and botanists. A unique monsoon adventure set in the Himalayas where you uncover rare alpine flowers and other diverse flora. The valley of flowers national park is also home to some rare and endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer, the Asiatic black bear and the Blue sheep. Birds found in the park include Himalayan monal and other high altitude birds.

Valley of Flowers was discovered in 1931 by some British mountaineers where they lost their way while returning from an expedition and happened upon a valley, full of flowers. Frank Smythe one of the british mountaineers later authored a book by the same name.

As you trek along the way, you can see variety of wildflowers, including rare species that bloom exclusively in this sanctuary. Valley of flowers trek is an expedition into the heart of botanical bliss.

Valley of flowers trek is about 17 kms from Govindghat, a small  town close to Joshimath where the trek begins.  One is greeted by fields of perfumed wild flowers, wild rose bushes and wild strawberries by the sides of the path.

Valley of Flowers trek requires a permit from the Forest Department, at Ghangaria. The permit is valid for three days. Only visiting and trekking are allowed during the day time.Visitors are not allowed to stay inside the National park.The best time to visit is between July and early September, when the valley is full of flowers, just after the onset of monsoons.

This beautiful Valley of flowers trek also entails visiting the Gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib, pilgrimage to the Sikhs, one can encounter many sikh pilgrims also on the route.

The Valley of Flowers National Park is alongside the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve which is further surrounded by a buffer zone and is together declared as the UNESCO world heritage site.

hemkund sahib



   Number of Days: 06 Days

   Valley of flowers Trek distance : 17 kms

   Valley of flowers Trek difficulty : Easy to Moderate Adventure

   Area: Gharwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

   Highlights: Rare Alpine flowers, hemkund sahib gurudwara, UNESCO world   heritage site

   Highest point: 4300 m

   Valley of flowers Trek Best Time: July to August

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary ( 5 Nights / 6 Days)


Day 1: Rishikesh to Govindghat (265 kms / 8 -9 hrs drive)

We start our journey from Rishikesh early in the morning. Travel by road to reach Joshimath and then Govindghat, a scenic town nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Check into a comfortable hotel, relax, and acclimatize to the altitude. Enjoy the evening exploring the local surroundings and have a dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Govindghat to Ghangaria Trek (13 kms Trek, 5-6 hrs)

Today morning after breakfast, start trek towards Ghagaria, the base camp for the Valley of Flowers trek. Begin your trek to Ghangaria, a charming village situated amidst lush greenery. The trek is moderate in difficulty and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Reach Ghangaria, rest, and prepare for the next day’s adventure. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3: Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and Back (4 kms trek)

Today embark on an exciting trek to the Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the vibrant meadows adorned with a myriad of colourful flowers. Marvel at the diverse flora and fauna unique to this region. Take photographs, enjoy a packed lunch, and soak in the natural beauty. Return to Ghangaria in the evening, relax, and relish a warm dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and Back (5 kms trek)

Trek to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh pilgrimage site surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Visit the pristine lake and the Gurudwara (Sikh temple) situated on its banks and Laxman ji temple. Experience the spiritual ambiance and breath taking views of the surrounding Himalayas. Descend back to Ghangaria, unwind, and spend a peaceful night, Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat / Badrinath Ji(13 kms trek, 5-6 hrs) (Badrinath Optional)

Today after breakfast, Trek down back to Govindghat from Ghangaria. From Govindghat, drive to Badrinath, one of the holiest Hindu shrines in India. Visit the ancient Badrinath Temple and take a dip in the holy Tapt Kund. Explore the picturesque surroundings and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight stay in a hotel in Badrinath.

Day 6: Badrinath to Rishikesh (300 kms , 11/12 hrs drive)

Today wakeup early morning and start drive back to Rishikesh from Badrinath, breakfast and lunch on the way. Arrival at Rishikesh by evening later drop at Hotel / Airport. Trip concludes here with sweet memories. 😊

Note- This itinerary may vary change on weather conditions and the trekking group’s pace. It’s essential to follow the guidance of your trek leader and stay hydrated throughout the trek. Enjoy your trekking experience in the Valley of Flowers!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Valley of Flowers Trek with Mapping The Himalayas

Planning a trek to the enchanting Valley of Flowers can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help you prepare for this captivating adventure, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions tailored specifically to the Valley of Flowers trek.

  1. Why Choose Mapping The Himalayas for the Valley of Flowers Trek? At Mapping The Himalayas, we take pride in our safety measures, knowledgeable guides, eco-conscious practices, and personalized trekking experiences. We are dedicated to ensuring your safety and providing an authentic Himalayan adventure.
  2. How Do I Decide if the Valley of Flowers Trek is Right for Me? Our website offers detailed information about the Valley of Flowers trek, including its difficulty level, duration, and key attractions. Additionally, our expert team is just a message away, ready to assist you based on your preferences and fitness level, helping you make an informed decision about this unique trek.
  3. When is the Best Time to Embark on the Valley of Flowers Trek? The Valley of Flowers is at its most spectacular during the monsoon months of July to September when the meadows are in full bloom. This period provides a vibrant display of colors and is the ideal time for the Valley of Flowers trek.
  4. What Should I Pack for the Valley of Flowers Trek? Essentials such as comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothing, a rain jacket, a first aid kit, and a backpack.
  5. Is Altitude Sickness a Concern during the Valley of Flowers Trek? While the Valley of Flowers trek is relatively moderate in altitude, it’s essential to be aware of altitude sickness. Our itineraries are designed to allow for gradual acclimatization, minimizing the risk. Stay hydrated, listen to your body, and follow the advice of our experienced guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
  6. What Kind of Accommodation Can I Expect During the Valley of Flowers Trek? Accommodation options during the Valley of Flowers trek include comfortable lodges and guesthouses. These accommodations are selected to ensure your safety and comfort, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate after a day of trekking amidst the breath taking Himalayan landscape.
  7. How Do I Book the Valley of Flowers Trek with Mapping The Himalayas? Booking your Valley of Flowers trek with us is simple! Visit our website, select the Valley of Flowers trek, and complete the booking form. Our dedicated team will assist you throughout the booking process, providing information on payment options, necessary documents, and essential preparation tips. Once your booking is confirmed, we’ll provide all the details you need for this unforgettable adventure.

We hope these FAQs address your concerns. Should you have any more questions or require further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us. We’re excited to guide you on an incredible journey through the mesmerizing Valley of Flowers!

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