valley of flowers


What you have in mind regarding a trek is often trudging through rocky slopes in mountains, covered by either forest or snow with an occurrence of lakes or waterfalls sometimes. But the valley of flowers trek is nothing of that kind, while you do need to climb through the slopes similar to those of other treks, but the destination is going to make you fall in love with its wide variety of flora. You will see the rarest flowers here. This definitely is the reason why this trek is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. Even those who are not familiar with trekking have heard this name.


Apart from being the oldest trek in India, this trek has an interesting history. This mountain is believed to be the one where the 10th guru of the Sikh’s Guru Govind Sing meditated till he achieved union with the God. This valley was discovered by Frank Smythe. In 1980 the Government of India created the Valley of flowers National Park and in 2002, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The trek is situated at a height of 15000 meters approximately. The trek is moderately difficult and people usually take longer days to complete the trek. You need to be a bit experienced for this trek and the steepness of the slope may challenge your endurance power. It takes approximately 6 days to complete the trek altogether. Make sure to pack your trekking gears appropriately.


As is already known, this valley is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. You will find rare flowers like blue Poppies, snake foils, etc and it also harbors endangered animals like snow leopard, musk bear, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep,red sheep etc.

You will get to witness huge gorges and streams flowing by during your ascend. The Himalayan alpine meadows and shrubs flourish in this region.

You will also get to witness the world’s highest Gurudwara in here, the Hemkund Sahib ji, lying at an elevation of 4500 meters.

Behind the gurudwara there is a lake called the Hemkund lake where the very rare, Brahma Kamals grow on the banks of the lake.


The best time to explore the valley is during the monsoon season during June to August. The weather during this time is cool but pleasant with temperatures remaining between 6 to 10 degrees during the night and 10 to 15 degrees during the day. During the monsoon season the valley is in full bloom and you will get to witness the meadows and most varieties of flowers.


The nearest and the mostly used railway station near to the base camp is the Haridwar railway station. The base camp for the trek is Joshimath.

First, you need to get to Joshimath from Haridwar, for this either you can book a cab or share your ride with others in a Tempo traveler. The drive takes around 6 hours.

Next day, start early from Joshimath and take a taxi preferably, to Govindghat. You can trek to Ghangaria from here in the same day.

Finally, trek from Ghangaria to the destination, i.e. the valley of flowers. This will take about 7-8 hours. Make sure to pack some snacks for the way.

Next day, set out from Gangaria to the Hemkund Sahib or to Govind Ghat. You can drive from here to Joshimath.


Excluding the travel costs there are many travel agencies that provide trekking packages starting from approximately 7k. They include the fees of certified trekkers and mountaineers, mostly 2 meals per day and rent for trekking gears. They usually assist you from the base camp or sometimes take you to the base camp from other meeting points.


It is advisable to keep handy a certain amount of cash before starting off the trek. The last point where you will get to withdraw cash is the Joshimath market. But it preferrable to withdraw cash from Rishikesh or Haridwar, wherever you are travelling from.

The last place where you can expect good network is Joshimath or Govindghat. The network is quite poor all throughout the trek. So make sure you do not need to make any important calls during this whole time.

Described as being heaven on earth and very much unique than any other treks, you need to visit the valley of flowers at least once in your life. Make sure you add the place in your bucket list and even if you are not an experienced trekker you can still manage to cover the trek, just be determined and do know that the climb will be worth the struggle.




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