If your idea of an ideal trek is walking through rolling hills dotted with vibrant and alluring flowers, while the wind blows under the big blue sky, then the Valley of Flowers trek is just for you.
Located in Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers was inscripted as a world heritage site by UNESCO as early on as 1988. One look at the picturesque valley and you are going to know exactly the reason why. Nestled deep in the Garhwal Himalayas the valley is spread across 87 sq km, at an elevation of about 11,980 feet, these alpine slopes hold not just the vibrant flowers but fresh streams, glaciers, quaint villages and many more pristine locations. The best part though, is that this is one of those pleasant treks that can be completed and enjoyed by people of all categories. No matter a novice or an old timer, the Valley of Flowers disappoints none!
What is the Valley of Flowers trekking distance?
The trek starts from Govindghat, a small town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand which is the last motorable town before the trek starts. You will have to partake in an easy trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria that is 12 kms one way. After reaching Ghangharia, the road splits into two, one that leads you to the valley of flowers, which is approximately 3-4 kms trek one way. And the other that leads you to Hemkunt Sahib is 5-6 kms one way. So the total Valley of Flowers trekking distance is 20-22 kms including Hemkunt Sahib.
How difficult is the Valley of Flowers trek?
To the relief of all the newbies here, the Valley of Flowers trek is quite easy. Except for a few steep patches here and there, the remainder of the trek is comfortable and enjoyable. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see school children and families walking along sides with an equal zeal, it goes without saying that’s how doable it is.
What is the duration of the trek?
Going by the above mentioned Valley of flowers trekking distance, it may take you 10-12 hours approximately to reach from Govindghat to the Valley of Flowers one way. Add another 5 hours if you are going to Hemkunt Sahib as well. But, before you start stressing, there is mandatory halt in Ghangaria between Govindghat and the Valley of Flowers which gives you a much needed break and an energy boost to start the next day.
Other important tips:
- Overnight stays are prohibited in the Valley of Flowers hence you need to come back to your Ghangaria hotel by the end of the day.
- The trek can be completed by people of all age groups making it an amazing family activity.
- It is completely safe for solo travellers, male and female alike.
- If you like to march along fellow travellers, mid-July to mid-august is the time for you to visit. But if you like things quiet, mid-august to the end of September is when you should aim to reach.
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