Trek to Paradise-Valley of Flowers

This 6-day trek to 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'll 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. Depending on weather and road conditions, you may also get to visit Badrinath, home of the holy temple of Badrinath.

This is a moderately challenging trek to Valley of Flowers and is perfect for newcomers. The best time to undertake the Valley of Flowers trek is between June and October.

Destination

Located at a height of 12,000 feet above sea level, the undulating meadows of the Valley of Flowers is home to a wide variety of indigenous alpine flowers. Orchids, marigolds, primulas, poppies and many other such flowers carpet the floor of the valley.

This picturesque landscape is also the habitat of several endangered species of animals such as the Asiatic black bear, snow leopards and musk deer. Largely unknown to the outside world until 1931, today the Valley of Flowers trek is not only a great attraction for trekkers but also has tremendous ecological significance.

Destination highlights

Explore the wee Himalayan village of Ghangaria and its surroundings. | Absorb the enchanting beauty of the Valley of Flowers. | Trek up steep slopes to the icy Hemkund Sahib. | Walk around the picturesque town of Joshimath.

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48 kms

28 hrs

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Haridwar Railway Station

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Haridwar Railway Station

Private vehicles

Govindghat

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06:00

20:00

You'll be picked up from Haridwar railway station early in the morning. The drive to Govindghat will take 8 to 9 hours. You will pass through the holy city of Devprayag, at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alakananda rivers. You will reach Govindghat by evening. You will spend the night taking rest and preparing for the trek the next day. Overnight at Govindghat in hotel.

Overnight at Govindghat in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Mangalam or similar hotel in Govindghat. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes only dinner. You may visit any of the restaurants en route to Govindghat to have additional meals at an extra cost.

Food

Dinner

Veg

Day 1 Milestone

Haridwar Railway Station

Govindghat

06:00 AM

You'll trek up along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. It is a 14 kms trek and is pretty easy, except for certain stretches of moderately challenging uphill climbs. It will take you about 4 hours to finish this trek. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Holiday Inn or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Govindghat

Ghangaria

06:30 AM

You'll leave for the Valley of Flowers after an early breakfast. This is a largely easy climb. A 10-km long valley full of unique and beautiful flowers await you when you reach. This sight is made even more amazing by the Pushpawati stream that runs through the middle of it. You will trek back to Ghangaria after taking in this view and spend the night there. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Holiday Inn or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 3 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

06:30 AM

You'll trek up steep slopes to Hemkund Sahib, which is at an elevation of 14,202 feet. It is a more difficult climb compared to the other days. Hemkund Sahib is a Gurdwara that lies on the banks of a glacial lake, surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains. This is an awe inspiring sight. You will start trekking back to Ghangaria by afternoon and stay the night there. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Holiday Inn or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 4 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

06:30 AM

You will trek downhill to Govindghat. It is a fairly easy trek and will take you about 4 hours. At Govindghat, you'll board vehicles and travel to Badrinath to visit the holy temple. Spend some time at the Badrinath temple and drive back to Govindghat. However, this visit to Badrinath is subject to good weather and road conditions. A final call will be taken by the tour leader on the day of the visit. If a visit to Badrinath is not on the cards, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the picturesque little town of Govindghat. Overnight at Govindghat in hotel.

Overnight at Govindghat in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Mangalam or similar hotel in Govindghat. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple/quad-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 5 Milestone

Ghangaria

Govindghat

06:30 AM

In the morning, you will be driven back to Haridwar or Rishikesh. You can have lunch on the way. You will reach Haridwar by evening. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Today's meal package includes breakfast before departure. You may visit any of the restaurants en route to Haridwar to have additional meals at an extra cost.

Food

Breakfast

Veg

Day 6 Milestone

Govindghat

Haridwar

05:30 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Travel arrangements between Haridwar and Govindghat in a Tempo Traveller, SUV or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in hotels for 5 nights on a triple/quad-sharing basis
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6, including morning/evening tea with snacks
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
  • All government permits and charges (for Indian citizens)
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Haridwar
  • Travel arrangements between Govindghat and Pulna on day 2 (arranged at an extra cost of INR 500 per day; one-way)
  • Upgrade accommodation in hotels to twin-sharing basis (arranged at extra cost of INR 1,200 per person)
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks, natural calamities etc.
  • Hot water charges in Ghangaria: INR appox. 50-70 per bucket
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Poncho/rain coat
  • Trekking shoes
  • Trekking poles (one is must)
  • 2 pairs of quick dry tees and track pants
  • 3 pair of socks
  • Full sleeve sweater or fleece jacket
  • One heavy jacket
  • Sun cap
  • One scarf
  • Not to wear - Expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items
  • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • SUV or Tempo Traveller for transport from Haridwar-Haridwar
  • Any technical equipment required for the trek
  • First aid kit (including oxygen cylinders)

You need to get

  • Backpack (min 55 ltr)
  • Floaters or sandals
  • Light towel
  • Lip balm
  • Cold cream and sunscreen (SPF 40+)
  • Water bottle 1 lt
  • Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
  • Personal toilet kit and toilet paper
  • Personal medicine kit
  • Dark sunglasses
  • Gloves

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 24 days or more before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 95% refund.

For cancellations made between 14-23 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 70% refund.

For cancellations made between 8-13 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 50% refund.

For cancellations made less than 7 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: No refund.

No show: No refund.

All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

Rules on trip

Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Valley of Flowers.

Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek to Valley of Flowers.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

A moderate level of health and fitness is required to book this trek to Valley of Flowers. If you have any cardiac or respiratory conditions, or suffer from knee or spinal problems, please inform the tour operator and consult your doctor before booking this trip.

Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.

The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the trek to Valley of Flowers.