Valley of Flowers Trek: Beginners Guide

Valley of Flowers Trek: Beginners Guide

Overview

Valley of Flowers also known as “Phoolon ki Ghati” is one of the delightful trekking spots that can be enjoyed during the monsoon season. It is huddled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand and lies at a gigantic height of 3600m above sea level. The Valley Of Flowers trek is one of the best-known treks in the world where you can get a chance to spot the very rare blue Primula.

The Valley of Flowers is also acknowledged to be the spot from where Hanuman brought the magical herb to revive Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Just as you put your foot into this valley, the intoxicating combination of scents emitted from the blossoms will give rise to a feeling of bliss. The hidden lake at the height of 14,400 ft, has a hidden coop for multiple species of wildflowers like the sedums, lilies, poppy, calendulas, daisies, geranium, zinnia, and much more.

  • Starting Point/Ending Point: Haridwar
  • Duration: 6D/5N
  • Maximum Altitude: 14,400 ft
  • Distance: 47 km approximately 
  • Best Time: End of June to mid-September

Itinerary

From Rishikesh, you have to ride almost 250 kilometres to Govindghat. It is said that you reach Govindghat early from Rishikesh so that you can have a sound sleep in Govindghat. From Rishikesh to Govindghat, the trip has the most remarkable routes to look into as on the route you will be beholding the Panch Prayag, the conjunction of 5 sacred rivers. 

On day 2, the real trek goes to Ghangaria, which is a base camp of the Valley of Flowers. From Govindghat you’ll take a shared cab to Pulna village, which is just 4 kilometres away. Then start trekking to Ghangaria, which is a 10 kilometres trek. The way is put with extraordinary sight at the surroundings.  Also, you must not forget to buy requisites like raincoats, umbrellas etc. In Govindghat as the option of buying them in Ghangaria is difficult because the weather is unpredictable. 

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers Trek is hardly a small trek of 3 to 4 kilometres and also an easy one. However, if you want to stretch it, you can do that but after this, the officials will not permit you to trek as it will take more time for you to reach down from the valley in the evening. As there are no alternatives to camping inside the valley as it is a pure National Park. Apart from this, if you start early from Ghangaria, you will get more time in the valley to explore as it is 8 kilometres wide.

Inclusions/Exclusions in the package

Inclusions

  • All the essential entry fees along with permits
  • Transport fees from Rishikesh / Haridwar to Govind Ghat and Return
  • First aid kits, oxygen cylinder as well as stretcher
  • Meals during the trek
  • Charges for accommodation in the lodging, homestay, and camping
  • Hiking skilled and proficient trek leader, cook, guide, and assisting staff
  • All the trekking related equipment like a sleeping bag, utensils, mattress, tent, toilet tent, and crampon.

 

Exclusions

  • The meal at the time of transit
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Anything that we have not mentioned beforehand
  • Any sort of emergency clearance charges

 

Way to Haridwar by Flight/Train/Road

By Flight: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun operates as the nearest airport to Haridwar. Tourists can take a direct flight to Dehradun from Mumbai or Delhi or any flight connected from anywhere in India. You’ll easily get local vehicles outside the airport to reach Haridwar by road from Dehradun.

By Train: Haridwar Junction Railway Station is well-connected to all the encircling main cities. Tourists can effortlessly find trains to Haridwar from Delhi and Dehradun.

By Road: Haridwar is interlinked by roads to all the main cities and towns. So tourists as per their preferences and conveniences can take buses to reach Haridwar smoothly. Haridwar is linked to Chandigarh, Delhi, Dehradun, and Nainital through a good network of roads.

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