Trek to Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, India

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About the Valley of Flowers, India

The beautiful Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, India is a must-see world heritage site and is located within the Nanda Devi National Park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas. It covers 87 sq kms and rises to an elevation of 3250 metres or 11,980 feet.

The Valley of Flowers in India opens for tourists between June to September, and peak blooming season is from mid-July to mid-August. During this season, over 300 species of wild flowers such as orchids, poppies, Cobra Lily Anemones as well as the elusive and rare Blue Poppy, and Brahmakamal bloom here. Besides this, the Valley of Flowers is also home to animals such as the snow leopard and the endangered Asiatic black bear, amongst others.

About the Valley of Flowers trek

The Valley of Flowers trek is a moderate trek and is great for both first timers as well as experienced trekkers looking to visit. Despite the ease and popularity of this trek, the beauty of the valley remains pure and untouched. Every few days, some blooms fade, while new buds open up, creating a rainbow of perpetually changing colour. The sight of the Valley of Flowers, full of colourful blossoms of various hues and shades, nestled between rugged Himalayan slopes, is one that you will cherish forever. Apart from this, there are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, mighty rivers and quaint villages to be explored.

Itinerary for Valley of Flowers trek

The Valley of Flowers trek has a bouquet of itineraries, allowing you to customise your trek to suit your preferences. Nature-lovers can choose to spend more time in the valley, soaking up its breath-taking beauty and taking photographs or trekking through to beautiful vantage points with sweeping, panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range.

For the more adventurous, you can extend your trek and visit the serene Hemkund lake, with its emerald green waters, and the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara on the banks. This is an important pilgrimage spot for Sikhs, and you’ll be awed to see ageing and frail devotees breaking the ice on the lake to take a holy dip in the freezing water.

Valley of Flowers Weather

The climate in the Valley of Flowers is what makes it so special. The valley receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon, and freezes almost immediately afterwards, when the snow begins. The valley remains snowbound for at least six months. After this, once the snow melts, the flowers burst forth in successive stages, eager to be out of the cold ground.

During the Valley of Flowers trekking season, the temperatures are mild, with cooler nights and chances of rain.

Highlights of Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand
  • Trek amidst waterfalls, streams and a vast mountain range with an experienced local guide to see rare alpine flowers blossom just once a year.
  • Take a dip in the freezing waters of the holy Hemkund Sahib lake, if you dare.
  • After a tiring trek through the Valley of Flowers, visit the famed Badrinath Temple and enjoy the hot sulphur springs.
  • Camp in a charming lodge in an apple orchard in Auli.
  • Explore the wee Himalayan village of Ghangaria.
  • Walk around the picturesque town of Joshimath.
  • Witness the magnificence of the majestic Ganga and Alaknanda rivers en route to the start point of your trek.

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Trek to Valley of Flowers
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The Valley of Flowers trek is known to be one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your trek takes you into a valley that fills with carpets of flowers for just a few weeks every year. You'll trek past waterfalls and small streams, over verdant meadows, past the snowy peaks of mountains around.

The Valley of Flowers trek is beautiful all year round, but the prime blooming season is between mid-July to mid-September. During this time, you'll see the most famous flower, the Blue Primula, amongst other Himalayan wildflowers.

This trek is a fairly easy one, but it includes the thrill of visit to Hemkund Sahib, a sacred gurudwara that lies beside a glacial lake, which is a bit of a steep ascent. You'll also stop on your way back to visit Badrinath temple.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar-Joshimath-Govindghat-Joshimath
  • Accommodation on triple/quadruple sharing basis in economy-class hotels/guesthouses or campsites
  • All meals starting from evening snacks on Day 1 to morning tea on Day 6 (veg only)
  • Permit and entrance fees for Indian nationals
  • First aid box
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Experienced guide and support staff
  • Porter and mule support to carry common camping equipment (if required)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Accommodation in Haridwar
  • Porters or mules to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 500 per bag, per day.)
  • Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included
  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Packaged water, soft drinks etc Any costs arising out of unforeseen
  • circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
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Trek to Paradise-Valley of Flowers
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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This 6-day trek to the Valley of Flowers is not just a treat to the eyes but also a balm to the heart. Rich in biodiversity, this high altitude Himalayan valley is picturesque to say the least. The sight of a valley full of colourful flowers of various hues and shades, nestled between rugged Himalayan slopes, is one that you will cherish forever.

Starting from Govindghat, a small town located at the confluence of the Alakananda and the Lakshman Ganga rivers, you trek to Ghangaria, the last human settlement in the Bhyundar Valley. You also visit Hemkund Sahib, a Gurdwara on the shores of a glacial lake.

This is a moderately challenging trek and is perfect for newcomers. The best time to undertake this trek is between June and October.
    Inclusions
  • Travel support from Haridwar to Govindghant and back.
  • Stay for 5 nights on triple sharing basis in hotels
  • Vegetarian meals during the trek - breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • First aid kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide
  • Permit fee for Indians
    Exclusions
  • Meals during the drive and during the stay in Govindghat
  • Porter/mules charges for carrying personal luggage
  • Increase in expenses due to unforeseen natural curcumstances
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The unique itinerary for this Valley of Flowers trek is different from the regular itineraries. You'll be staying in a lodge in the midst of a beautiful apple orchard in Auli on the first day, instead of at a hotel in crowded Govindghat. You'll trek through the Valley of Flowers, up to beautiful vantage points and higher reaches, and on to the lakeside gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib. On your way back, you'll also stop to visit Badrinath Temple and can take a dip in the hot springs, if you like. The trek to Valley of Flowers is moderately challenging and can even be attempted by fit first-time travellers with a little effort.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in a hotel with attached W/C in Ghangaria on triple sharing basis
  • Accommodation for two nights in eco lodge (Auli) in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on triple sharing basis
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • Meals as specified (Jain food can be arranged on prior request)
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
  • First- aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first-aid situations)
  • Visit Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath temple
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar-Haridwar (can be arranged for INR 2830 per head)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 760 per person)
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
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Trek to Valley of Flowers
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most beloved treks in India. It takes you through the most gorgeous valley, filled with rare flowers, birds, waterfalls and streams, and misty views. You will spend six days in the fresh mountain air, walking along easy trails, and exploring the many viewpoints in the valley. This Valley of Flowers trek also includes a visit to Badrinath and to Hemkund Sahib, which is the world's highest gurudwara, at 14,200 feet. The gurudwara lies along the banks of an ice-covered lake, with snow-capped mountains all around, yet you'll see aged pilgrims taking dips in the freezing water.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in hotels on triple sharing basis
  • All meals on trekking days
  • Any trekking or safety gear, if needed
  • All permits required
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules/porter for personal luggage
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions
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Trek to Valley of Flowers (Ex-Joshimath)
Joshimath, Uttarakhand
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There are many reasons to go to the Valley of Flowers: the gorgeous, multi-coloured carpet of flowers that covers the slopes around; the mist swirling around the tops of peaks; the waterfalls that dot the landscape; but the most important reason is that you have a small window of time when the Valley of Flowers is open to trekkers, and that's why you should book your trip now.

This easy trek is suitable for first-time trekkers, families with kids, or groups looking for a fun outing in the mountains. Your Valley of Flowers trek itinerary also takes you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, a famous Sikh pilgrimage spot on the banks of the Hemkund lake, where devotees take a dip in the ice-covered water.

NOTE: This trek takes you up to about 15,000 feet at Hemkund Sahib. Please do consult your physician about taking suitable preventive medication for high altitude sickness if necessary.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotel on twin sharing basis for all nights
  • Transport in shared private Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller from Joshimath-Ghangaria-Joshimath
  • Mules to carry client's soft luggage (1 piece, max 10 kgs per person) from Govindghat to Ghangaria and back
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Evening snacks on all trekking days
  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders, guide
  • First aid treatment/facilities
  • Entry fee to Valley of Flowers
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Meals during transit
  • Any cost other than those in inclusions
  • Hot water charges in Ghangaria: INR 50 per bucket
  • Trekking sticks or any trekking equipment if required
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Trek to Valley of Flowers (Ex-Haridwar)
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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There are many reasons to go to the Valley of Flowers: the gorgeous, multi-coloured carpet of flowers that covers the slopes around; the mist swirling around the tops of peaks; the waterfalls that dot the landscape; but the most important reason is that you have a small window of time when the Valley of Flowers is open to trekkers, and that's why you should book your trip now.

This easy trek is suitable for first-time trekkers, families with kids, or groups looking for a fun outing in the mountains. Your Valley of Flowers trek itinerary also takes you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, a famous Sikh pilgrimage spot on the banks of the Hemkund lake, where devotees take a dip in the ice-covered water.

NOTE: This trek takes you up to about 15,000 feet at Hemkund Sahib. Please do consult your physician about taking suitable preventive medication for high altitude sickness if necessary.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in deluxe hotel on twin sharing basis for all nights
  • Transport in shared private Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller from Haridwar-Joshimath-Haridwar
  • Mules to carry client's soft luggage (1 piece, max 10 kgs per person) from Govindghat to Ghangaria and back
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Evening snacks on all trekking days
  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders, guide
  • First aid treatment/facilities
  • Entry fee to Valley of Flowers
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Stay and food at Haridwar
  • Meals during transit
  • Any cost other than those in inclusions
  • Hot water charges in Ghangaria: INR 50 per bucket
  • Trekking sticks or any trekking equipment if required
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5
Trek to Valley of Flowers
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The Valley of Flowers is as close as humans can get to paradise in this lifetime. With dozens of new flowers blooming every day, the colours in the valley change every day. This 5 day trip is the perfect introduction to the state of Uttarakhand. Starting off from the holy city of Haridwar, trekkers will drive along a scenic route with the Ganga and Alaknanda rivers for company along the way as you pass through Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Joshimath and other towns to reach Govindghat.

Your trek offers sweeping, panoramic views of the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range, but the highlight is undoubtedly the Valley of Flowers. This is a moderate trek and is great for both, first timers as well as experienced trekkers, looking to visit the Valley of Flowers.

IMPORTANT: This is a private trip and requires a minimum of 6 people to make a booking.
    Inclusions
  • 04 nights in hotels in Govindghat / Ghangharia
  • Service of experienced and qualified trek leader
  • Vegetarian meals while on trek
  • First Aid and medical kit facility
  • Permit / Forest Permits
  • All taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar to Haridwar (can be arranged for INR 2000 per head)
  • Meals at Govindghat
  • Any kind of personal expenses like beverages, personal toiletries, tips, phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 350 per day per bag)
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Trek to Valley of Flowers
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
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The Valley of Flowers trek is arguably one of the most gorgeous treks in India, if visited in the right season. There are carpets of flowers to walk on, in a riot of colours, all releasing their delicate fragrance into the cool air around you. From geraniums to marigolds to rhododendron, this adventure is real floral festival. The best time to visit is after the snow has melted, when the valley springs to life. It's not just the flowers; you'll see streams trickling down from the slopes all around, creating small waterfalls all around. There's a fine mist in the air, and you'll be walking along cobbled paths that lead you through lush greenery. In the distance, you can see snow-capped peaks.

This itinerary gives you a full day to explore the valley, and also takes you to Hemkund Sahib, the holy pilgrimage spot for the Sikh community. The gurudwara stands beside a lake that has ice floating in it, but the freezing water doesn't deter devotees from taking a dip. You'll also visit Rudraprayag and Devprayag, to see the glorious river confluences that these riverside towns are famous for.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in twin or triple sharing tents
  • Sleeping bags and roll-on mattresses
  • Kitchen/dining tent with all utensils
  • Toilet tent equipped with handwash and toilet rolls
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6
  • Qualified and experienced trek leaders, guide, support staff
  • First aid treatment/facilities
  • Any permit charges, forest entry fee and camping charges
  • Any trekking equipment required
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transport from Haridwar-Joshimath-Haridwar (can be arranged for INR 1200, to be paid on the spot)
  • Stay and food at Haridwar
  • Meals during transit
  • Porters or mules for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 1400 per person, for the entire trip)
  • Any cost other than those in inclusions
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Six Days in Valley of Flowers
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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The Valley of Flowers is one of the most scenic treks in India, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. Famed for the riot of wild flowers that emerge after a long, cold winter, this valley attracts trekkers, naturalists, botanists, nature lovers and mountaineers from around the world.

For trekkers and adventure seekers, this valley offers brilliant vistas and panoramic views. You'll walk along path blanketed with bright flowers, with the air heavy with fragrance. This 6-day medium-intensity trek is dotted with numerous waterfalls, and is surrounded by lush green landscape all over. Apart from exploring the flora of the valley, this trek also includes a visit to Hemkund Sahib (a Sikh pilgrim site), and Badrinath Temple.
    Inclusions
  • Transport support from Dehradun - starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6
  • Experienced guide and cook
  • Forest entry charges
  • Porter and mule support to carry trek equipment (Please note porters and mules will not carry personal luggage)
  • Meals as specified
  • Guesthouse accommodation throughout the trek
  • Visit to Badrinath temple on day 5.
    Exclusions
  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
  • Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included
  • Any meals during the travel journey to Govindghat and back from Badrinath to Dehradun
  • Accommodation in Dehradun
  • Sightseeing in Badrinath except temple visit
  • Porters for personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 200 per person per day)