Trek to Valley of Flowers (Ex-Haridwar)

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.

Destination

The Valley of Flowers is a National Park located between the Zanskar and Great Himalaya ranges. It is home to the Asiatic black bear, the reclusive snow leopard, and the red fox, amongst other endangered species. As you walk, you'll smell the roses blooming, and pick wild strawberries or taking photographs of rare orchids and primula flowers.

Destination highlights

Trek through one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalayas. | Visit the ice-cold lake and gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib. | Stay in hotels in scenic Ghangaria. | Trek along rivers and drink from streams.

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24 kms

14 hours

8 kms

Haridwar

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Haridwar

Private vehicle, shared by all

Joshimath

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06:30

18:00

You'll set off at 06:30 hrs from Haridwar. You'll drive past Devprayag, to see the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers. It's a drive of about 290 kms and will take you almost all day. By evening, you'll get to Joshimath and check into a cosy hotel. Go to bed early so that you can wake up and get a good start on your day. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight in hotel in Joshimath

You'll arrive at Joshimath by late evening today and will check in to the top-rated property in Joshimath. You'll stay in deluxe rooms on twin-sharing basis, with attached washrooms and huge windows. Today’s package includes only dinner.

Check hotel pictures here: www.thehimalayanabode.com

Food

Dinner

Veg

Day 1 Milestone

Haridwar

Joshimath

06:30 AM

Eat a delicious breakfast and jump aboard vehicles that will drive you to Govindghat. This is the start point of your trek. From here, you'll be walking through apricot trees and into the greenery. The trek is about 14 kms to get to Ghangaria, but it's not too hard and will warm you up for the rest of your trekking days. You'll check into a hotel in Ghangaria. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight in a hotel in Ghangaria.

Today you'll finish your first day of trekking and will be happy to check into clean, comfortable rooms in Ghangaria. Today’s package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. Eggs will be served too, when available.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Joshimath

Ghangaria

07:00 AM

Today you set off into the Valley of Flowers. It's a short trek today (only 4 hours one way) and will give you plenty of time to explore the valley and admire the views. You'l cross a small sparkling stream and cross over into a wonderland of gorgeous flowers. Around you, waterfalls gush out over the tops of mountains, and you can see the mist rolling in. You'll spend the day here, and return to your hotel in Ghangaria later. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight in a hotel in Ghangaria.

You'll go trekking into the mountains today and return to the same Ghangaria hotel tonight. Today's package includes a vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eggs will be served if available.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 3 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

07:00 AM

Today's trail is a little harder, and you'll climb upwards to the famous Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. There are seven mountains surrounding the lake, and usually a layer of broken ice still floating on the water. You'll spend some time here and then return to Ghangaria, stopping en route to take in the views. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight in a hotel in Ghangaria.

Spend your last night in Ghangaria tonight.Today’s package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. Eggs will be served too, when available.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 4 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

07:00 AM

Today you begin the trek back to Govindghat. You won't feel like saying goodbye to the Valley of Flowers, with all it's natural beauty and flower-scented air. Vehicles are waiting for you at Govindghat, and will drive you back to Joshimath. Overnight in hotel.

Overnight stay in guest house/ hotel or camp.

Tonight you'll return to Joshimath, to the same hotel you stayed at on Day 1. Today’s package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. Eggs will be served too, when available.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch

Veg

Day 5 Milestone

Ghangaria

Joshimath

07:00 AM

After breakfast, you'll be driven back to Haridwar today, and will be happy to rest your legs after days of trekking. You'll get to Haridwar by about 18:00 hrs, and will be dropped off at the station. Trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

You'll eat a hearty breakfast today before setting off on the long drive to Haridwar. The journey is a long, scenic one. Today's package includes only breakfast, but you'll be able to choose and pay for whatever you want for lunch at restaurants en route. Trip ends at Haridwar Railway Station by about 18:00 hrs.

Check hotel pictures here: www.thehimalayanabode.com

Food

Breakfast

Veg

Day 6 Milestone

Joshimath

Haridwar

07:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Accommodation in deluxe hotel on twin sharing basis for all nights
  • Transport in shared private Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller from Haridwar-Joshimath-Haridwar
  • Personal porter 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
  • Any trekking equipment required
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Stay and food at Haridwar
  • Meals during transit
  • Any cost other than those in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Raincoat/waterproof jacket
  • Fleece innerwear
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Quick-dry t-shirts
  • Trekking pants or leggings
  • Light jacket (woollen)
  • Floaters or sandals for after trekking
  • Four pairs of socks
  • One heavy jacket
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery, watches or electronic items
  • Hard suitcases or strolley bags

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Private Tata Sumo or Tempo Traveller shared by trekkers
  • Any trekking equipment required

You need to get

  • Backpack (min 55 liters) with rain cover
  • Day pack for a water bottle, camera, snacks, raincoat/jacket
  • Personal medicines if required
  • Light towel lip balm
  • Cold cream and sun screen (SPF 40+) recommended
  • Water bottle 1 lt.
  • Light snacks for trekking days (optional)

Medical Kit

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

Cancellation policy

For cancellations made 0-10 days before the departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: No refund.

For cancellations made 11-15 days before the departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 50% of the amount will be refunded.

For cancellations made 15 days or more before the departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 85% of the amount will be refunded.

Rules on trip

Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Valley of Flowers trek.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs during the Valley of Flowers trek is not permitted.

Trekkers must not litter or disturb other trekkers, and must respect the sentiments of religious travellers and places.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary in case of bad weather, political unrest, or other issues that may affect the safety of trekkers.

This package does not include the cost of any changes or delays in the itinerary, and refunds will not be given for the same.

All trekkers will have to sign an indemnity form before starting the Valley of Flowers trek.

Any trek costs are exclusive of any kind of insurances or medical coverage/benefits.