The Valley of flowers trek is the most popular trek of Life Away from Life...Read More
Instruction language: English
All meals included
Airport transfer included
Home to a variety of exquisite flora and fauna, the Valley of Flowers national park in Chamoli, Uttarakhand is a repository of nature’s resplendence in the Himalayas. Countless species of endemic alpine flowers bloom in this region with the coming of spring, and in the autumn, after the rains wash away the flowers, the area becomes a visual treat with multivariate gradients of green, brown, and ochre grass. Rare and endangered fauna are found in the vicinity-- an absolute delight for naturists. Asiatic black bear, the elusive snow leopard of the Himalayas, musk deer, red fox, blue sheep or bharal and a very diverse birdlife are found in the heart of the valley. The valley is like an oasis of blossoming life in the summer, contrasting splendidly with the rugged mountains of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. The trek is often coupled with another day’s hike in a different route to Hemkund Sahib- a place of worship of Sikhs, perched at a height of 15,200 feet.
A trail handpicked for beginners, the way to Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand Chamoli district is profusely beautiful, as it is deliciously adrenalin pumping. A hidden wonder, the valley is tucked away in the midst of rugged mountainsides, home to a large variety of birds, beasts, and exotic flowers! The path uphill starting from the village to Govindghat to Ghangaria and to a long way beyond is conveniently staired. One can also find many shops and men offering mule transport for goods carriage, palanquins for old people etc. This is mainly because the way to the Valley to some extent shares the route to Hemkund Sahib-- a popular pilgrimage of the Sikhs. Travelers of naturist interest must come to the valley to acquaint with millions of species of pretty flowers which are also known to hold medicinal properties. Coupling VoF with Hemkund Sahib, it makes one of the most enriching journeys in the dreamy Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
The valley lushly nestles at a height of 12,001 ft up high. Hemkund Sahib- which is often made to on the day next to the trek to VoF, is higher, at 15, 200 ft. The two major stops on the way, Govind Ghat is located at 6,300 ft, and Ghangaria at 9, 600 ft.
Valley of Flowers is good to visit from June to October. Here is how the valley transforms over this duration--
June: Glacial melt flows through the Valley, little plants bob their heads up, and at the end of the month flowers start to bloom aplenty. You can see glaciers in the park during this time.
July: Lush green and flowers engulf the earth during this time in the valley. Colony of golden lilies in the deeper parts of the valley and the very pink Epilobium Latifolium are found on the river banks.
August: Catch the ‘Ladies Slipper Orchid’ in the valley during this time.
September-October: The rainwashed valley post-monsoon during this time is almost wiped clean of flowers but the green, ochre, and brown gradients of grass is something to enjoy.
By Air: The airport closest is Delhi, from where you can travel to Haridwar and further, or access the region by reaching Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport.
By Train: Haridwar is the railway station closest to the base camp of the trek, alternatively, it could be Dehradun railway station.
By Road: You can find buses from Delhi to Haridwar and Dehradun, from where connecting vehicles could be found to the base camp of the tre
Are There Any Shops Available On the Valley of Flowers Trek?
You can find shops till Gangharia- the second night’s top on the trek, no shops in the Valley, and stores for memorabilia purchases at Hemkund Sahib.
How Long Does It Take to Complete Valley of Flowers Trek?
It takes 8 days to make the journey and the trek from Haridwar to the Valley and back to Haridwar.
Altitude Sickness is not common on this trek, though the organic acclimatization ground rules strictly apply for trekkers.
June, July, August and September happen to be the seasons for Valley of Flowers trek. This is the best time to witness the valley in full bloom. As a result, plenty of trekkers from different parts of the country and the world over can be seen accessing the valley during these three months. From 1st of October, the valley is closed by the authorities since the valley is engulfed by snow from October onwards.