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Valley Of Flowers Trek

 4 Nights 5 Days   Uttarakhand, India 

Valley Of Flowers Trek  

 4 Night 5 Days  Uttarakhand, India 

Valley Of Fowers trek takes you to the beautiful flowered valley which is also known as “Bhyundar Valley”. Valley Of Flowers is a world heritage site known for its seasonal blossom of more than 500 different type of flowers every monsoon season.

Valley Of Flowers was discovered by Frank Smythe and his team of mountain explorers. In 1931, Frank S. Smythe was one of the six British mountaineers who climbed Kamet Peak. On his return to the plains, he crossed the Bhyundar Pass, standing at 5,086m, “with the intention of exploring the mountainous region at the sources of the two principal tributaries of the Ganges, the Alaknanda and Gangotri rivers.” The next day, Smythe descended to “lush meadows . . . embordered amidst flowers. The Bhyundar Valley was the most beautiful valley that any of us had ever seen. We camped in it for two days and we remembered it afterwards as the Valley of Flowers” (The Valley of Flowers, Frank S. Smythe, Hodder and Stoughton, 1947).

Starting  7,750* per person 

Inclusions

  Food    Camp accommodation    Trek Equipment

Who can do Valley Of Flowers trek ?

  Valley Of Flowers is an ideal Himalayan multi-day trek for trekkers looking for a moderate level trail. On most parts, its just an easy gradient valley walk except for some patches. On the whole, its suitable for people with average fitness level, for beginners and even kids ( 10+ years ).

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Valley Of Flowers

A Ramble In Eden

As Smith explored the Valley Of Flowers trek, the first flower that he noticed in some profusion was the primula, coloured “a blue so intense it seemed to light the hillside . . . At the most it stood six inches high, but its flowers were enormous for its stature, amd ample in number – sometimes as many as thirty to the beautifully proportioned umbel.” His camp, he recalled was surrounded by flowers – white anemones, golden nomocharis (which resemble lilies), marigolds, globe flowers, delphiniums, violets, eritrichiums, blue coridalis, wild roses and rhododendrons. Higher up, near the moraine, were saxifrage, yellow and red potentilla, geranium, asters and gentians, so many that “it was impossible to take a step without crushing a flower.”(Frank S. Smythe)

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Valley Of Flowers in full glory

The valley had long held a place in local legend, and was called Nandan Kanan – the garden of Lord Indra. But Smythe’s name stuck, and the Valley of Flowers trek, as it’s known today. Though the Himalayas are home to countless alpine meadows, called bugyals in Uttarakhand and thatch in Himachal, the Bhyundar Valley has come to occupy the popular imagination as the place to see alpine blossoms in the Himalayas. If you stand at the foot of the valley, grassy meadows run down to the cleft of the stream, which, even in August, is still fringed by ice. On both sides, green slopes turn to dark rock as they vault into deep blue skies. Rising gently, the valley ends as a notch on the horizon, crested by the snows of the Rataban (6,166m) and Nilgiri (6,474m) peaks. And underfoot, the flowers that give the valley its name.

Mercifully, you don’t have to climb Kamet Peak to get to the valley – the next time Smythe visited the region, it was via Joshimath, which is today a major army station, and on Badrinath route.

Trip Itinerary

Suggested trek itinerary for Valley Of Flowers trek starting from Govindghat, the closest road head to Valley of Flowers. Ideally, this trek should be done in 5 days i.e 4 nights 5 days from Govindghat. TrailHikers recommends that you should stay a day at Govindghat on arrival to acclimatize and a day on return to rest so the trek requires a week to undertake.

Day 1 Govindghat-Ghangaria
Distance: 13 km Time: 4-5 hrs Level: Moderate

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Starting from Govindghat

Govindghat (1,828m) is a humongous parking lot, catering to the thousands of Sikh pilgrims threading up to the Hemkund Lake (locally known as Lokpal). The pilgrim traffic, and those catering to it, completely dominate the landscape and the walk is unending ribbon of stalls, providing tea, refreshments, full-fledged meals, phone calls and, as you climb higher, even massages ! Leave your transport on the right bank of the Alaknanda. The ascent begins as soon as you cross, and join the cheerful groups heading up to Ghangaria – now also known as Govind Dham.


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Reaching Ghangaria

Tracing the path of Laxman Ganga, the mule track climbs past the terraced fields and vegetation, to the hamlet of Pulna (3km). From here, the trail is a little wider, and more forested, with occasional glimpses of snow peaks, and of the cascading waters that feed the Alaknanda. The 7 km from Pulna to Bhyundar Village are a steady ascent and, mercifully, the altitude is moderate, so your lungs should have no problem coping.


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Blossoms on the way

Shortly after Bhyundar, the trail crosses the Laxman Ganga, over a bridge elevated by giant boulders. The going is somewhat harder now, but Ghangaria is only 3 km away. During the short season ( Jul-Sep ), Ghangaria (3,050m) can be enormously crowded. You can always find a place to shelter – including a Forest Rest House, gurudwara, and associated dharamshalas. But if you want some solitude, there is ample camping spots both before and after Ghangaria.


Day 2 Ghangaria-Bhyundar Valley-Ghangaria
Distance: 8 km Time: 7-8 hrs Level: Easy

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Valley Of Flowers in full bloom

Leave Ghangaria with the stream of pilgrims heading to Hemkund. You need to veer left (north-west) as they climb east to the lake. The trail is well marked, and is a delightful ramble as it climbs gently through a coniferous forest, before dropping down to a bridge, shack and check-post that mark the official beginning of the Valley of Flowers trek ( Bhyundar Valley, 3,858m). Pay your entry / permit fee (Indians: Rs150, foreigners: Rs650 – for 3 days) here and climb up a rocky trail.


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White flowers in the valley

The forest is now behind you, and the flowers begin to appear. As the trail levels out and turns right (east), you begin to get a sense of the valley. To the right, just below the trail, a marble slab marks the death of Margaret Legge, a botanist from Edinburgh who fell to her death here in 1939: “I will lift mine eyes unto the Hills from whence cometh my strength.”


The Valley Of Flowers is exquisite and it seems a shame not be able to spend the night here – depending on the weather, snow bridges may still span the river below, and scrambling up-valley, crossing its numerous feeders, is a delight. In any case, do try and reach there early – both to catch the morning dew on the blossoms, as well as to make the most of the day.

Valley Of Flowers - Hemkund trek

On the way to Hemkund

Day 3 Ghangaria-Hemkund-Ghangaria
Distance: 6 km Each way Time: 4 hrs each way
Level: Hard

Crossing the bridge over the Hem Ganga once again, head east up the heavily trafficked path. It is a challenging ascent, but derive some strength from the perseverance of the thousands of pilgrims who make the climb uncomplainingly. And if you have done the Valley of Flowers the previous day, you will be better acclimatised than most others. If you nevertheless feel drained when you reach the glacial lake (4,329m), you could try joining the more abiding in faith, who swear by the restorative powers of a dip in its clear waters.


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Hemkund lake

Day 4 Ghangaria-Govindghat
Distance: 13 km Time: 4-5 hrs Level: Moderate

Return the same way !

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  Getting There & Out 

From Rudraprayag to Joshimath, it’s 114 km/4 hrs by car or 6 hrs by bus, on the Badrinath Road via Chamoli.

Joshimath to Govindghat is another 20 km/45 mins by taxi or 1 hr by bus on this route.

Return the same way from Govindghat. This narrow road from Joshimath to Govindghat is one-way only and traffic is governed by ‘gates’, time slots that regulate departure in each direction, so look for the earliest time which you can leave. Direct buses (13 hrs) to Haridwar between 4 and 7 am. Taxis take 11 hr

Trek Cost

 7,750* per person

04 Night / 05 Days

(Govindghat to Govindghat)

* 5% GST applicable on trek charges 

Trek Dates

14 Jul to 18 Jul (Full)

15 Jul to 19 Jul (Full)

21 Jul to 25 Jul (Open)

22 Jul to 26 Jul (Open)

28 Jul to 1 Aug (Open)

29 Jul to 2 Aug (Full)

4 Aug to 8 Aug 2018 (Open

5 Aug to 9 Aug 2018 (Open

11 Aug to 15 Aug 2018 (Open

12 Aug to 16 Aug (Open

18 Aug to 22 Aug (Open)

19 Aug to 23 Aug (Open

25 Aug to 29 Aug (Open

26 Aug to 30 Aug (Open

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Govindghat-Ghangaria
Distance: 13 km Time: 4-5 hrs Level: Moderate

Day 2 Ghangaria-Bhyundar Valley-Ghangaria
Distance: 8 km Time: 7-8 hrs Level: Easy

Day 3 Ghangaria-Hemkund-Ghangaria
Distance: 6 km Each way Time: 4 hrs each way
Level: Hard

Day 4 Ghangaria-Govindghat
Distance: 13 km Time: 4-5 hrs Level: Moderate

Note : Cost includes accommodation on arrival at Govindghat. Stay on all days will be in lodges during this trek. Trek cost does not include the stay at Govindghat on departure. 

Transport : TrailHikers arranges transport from Haridwar to Govindghat.

Transport Cost

Tempo Traveller (11-12 seater) ₹ 9,000 one way / vehicle (to be shared among trekkers)

Small jeep (7-8 seater) ₹ 6,500 one way / vehicle ( to be shared among trekkers )

* Transport costs are subject to change from time to time due to change in local taxi association fares. 

** TrailHikers does not deal in road travel or transport. We just help arrange the transport for you. You pay directly to the driver / travel vendor 

*** TrailHikers does not own any commercial transport vehicles 

Quick Facts

  Duration
04 Nights 05 Days

  Level
Easy-Moderate

  Ideal Season
Jul-Sept

  Distance
46 km

  Location
Bhyundar valley, Uttarakhand, India

FAQ’S

Who can do this trek ?

Valley Of Flowers trek is an ideal trek for beginners who are looking for a trail on an easy to moderate gradient. Any physically active & healthy person can do this trek.

How to physically prepare for this trek ?

Valley Of Flowers trek involves hiking almost 8-10 km daily, so its better if you include jogging or walking in your daily routine at least a month before the trek. 

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

Valley Of Flowers trek is recommended for persons aged 12+ years. The trek involves at least 8-10 km of daily walking which can be very strenuous for children below 12 years.

What is the best season to do this trek ?

The best season to do Valley Of Flowers trek is monsoon & autumn. It is a high altitude trek so its not recommended for extreme winter season when there is too much snow on the upper reaches. 

What is the ideal duration for this trek ?

Valley Of Flowers trek can be done in 4 nights 5 days from village Govindghat. The trek itinerary also requires 1 night stay on arrival at Govindghat and 1 night stay on departure, so the trek requires almost a week if you are coming from Delhi NCR region. 

Valley Of Flowers Trek Blog

A series of short blogs on Valley Of Flowers trek from July to September 2018 providing rich insights into valley, trail, weather and the trekker’s experiences from the trek.

3rd July 2018

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Flowers start to blossom

Valley Of Flowers Gears Up for New Season

” Monsoon showers, cloudy fog, flowers starting to blossom, all indicate that the Valley Of Flowers is gearing up for a new season “. With the early onset of monsoon this year, the valley has already turned into a lush green carpet embedded with colourful blossoms. With the flowers blossoming early, the Valley Of Flowers trek will be a true delight for the trekkers as they will witness the valley in full bloom for a longer time this year.

It is expected that trek to Valley Of Flowers will run till mid September this year as the meteorological department has predicted normal to above average rainfall in Uttarakhand this year. However, the 45-day period from 15th July to 30th Aug is still the best time to visit Valley Of Flowers of you want to witness all flowers in their prime.

How’s the trail ?

The local villagers and forest department people based in Govindghat and Ghangaria maintain the trail to Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib in good condition. In June end, a team consisting of locals have already done checks on the trail, also done patch work & cleared gravel on some patches. Thanks to the locals & forest people, a good condition trek trail will ensure the safety of all the trekkers.

What’s New ?

Nice Clean Lodges 

Lodge owners at Govindghat & Ghangaria are making every effort to provide a clean and quality stay for trekkers this year. With the growing footfall of trekkers to Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib every year, the local business owners have realised the importance of providing quality service to customers.

Health Check Post at Ghangaria

Forest and tourism department of Uttarakhand is planning to set up a health & safety check post at Ghangaria from this season of Valley Of Flowers trek. The plan is to set up a camp to give a general health check up for all trekkers & pilgrims. The health camp will have BP / Blood sugar testing alongwith a heart rate monitor and supplymental oxygen.

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