For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun. Train travel is recommended as there are many options available. You can also take a bus from Delhi, including Volvos.
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.
IMPORTANT: This trek also takes you to Badrinath. However, the visit to Badrinath is subject to good weather conditions. A final call will be taken by the trek leader on the day of the visit.
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.
Trek to Valley of Flowers, one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalayas. | Visit the ice-cold lake and gurudwara of Hemkund Sahib. | Stay in scenic Ghangaria in hotels. | Trek along rivers and drink from streams.
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 at Joshimath in hotel.
You'll spend the night at The Himalayan Abode or similar hotel in Joshimath. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes only dinner. You may visit any of the restaurants in Joshimath to have additional meals at an extra cost.
Check hotel pictures here: www.thehimalayanabode.com
For cancellations made 0-10 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: No refund.
For cancellations made 11-15 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 50% refund.
For cancellations made 15 days or more before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 85% refund.
No show: No refund.
If the Valley of Flowers trek itinerary has to be aborted/rescheduled for extreme weather/safety of the trekkers and crew, there will be no refunds.
All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.
Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Valley of Flowers.
Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.
Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.