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.

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.

Please note a minimum of 4 guests are required for this booking. Extra charges apply for a lower group size.

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 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.

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48 kms

28 hrs

12 kms

Haridwar Railway Station

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Haridwar Railway Station

Private vehicle, shared by all

Joshimath

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06:30

08:00

You'll set off at 06:30 hrs from Haridwar Railway Station. 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

Food

Dinner

Veg | Egg

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 12 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 at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Nanda Lokpal or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll stay in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian. When available, eggs will be served as well.

Check hotel pictures here: www.hotelnandalokpal.com

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Egg

Day 2 Milestone

Joshimath

Ghangaria

07:00 AM

Today you set off into the Valley of Flowers. It's a short trek today (only 5 kms or 3 hrs one way) and will give you plenty of time to explore the valley and admire the views. You'll 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 at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Nanda Lokpal or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll stay in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian. When available, eggs will be served as well.

Check hotel pictures here: www.hotelnandalokpal.com

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Egg

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 at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Nanda Lokpal or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll stay in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a twin-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian. When available, eggs will be served as well.

Check hotel pictures here: www.hotelnandalokpal.com

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Egg

Day 4 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

07:00 AM

Today you begin with a 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. Upon your return to Joshimath, time permitting, you can stroll in the small but busy Joshimath local market area, visit the famous Shankaracharya Math (shrine), Kalpavriksha and Narsimha temple. 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 breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner. All meals will be vegetarian. When available, eggs will be served as well.

Check hotel pictures here: www.thehimalayanabode.com

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg | Egg

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 Railway Station by about 18:00 hrs, and will be dropped off at the station. Trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Today's meal package includes only breakfast. You may visit any of the restaurants en route to Haridwar to have additional meals at an extra cost. Your trip ends here.

Food

Breakfast

Veg | Egg

Day 6 Milestone

Joshimath

Haridwar

07:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Accommodation in deluxe hotel on twin sharing basis for all nights
  • Transport in Xylo, Innova, or Tempo Traveller from Haridwar-Haridwar as per itinerary
  • 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

Excludes

  • Stay and food at Haridwar
  • Meals during transit
  • Any cost other than those in inclusions
  • Hot water charges in Ghangaria: INR 50-70 per bucket
  • Trekking sticks or any trekking equipment if required

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

  • Xylo, Innova, or Tempo Traveller as per itinerary
  • Mules to carry client's soft luggage (1 piece, max 10 kgs per person) from Govindghat to Ghangaria and back

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 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.

Rules on trip

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.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

This trek takes you up to about 15,000 feet at Hemkund Sahib. Please consult your physician about taking suitable preventive medication for high altitude sickness.

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.

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

Travellers will be required to sign an indemnity form before departure of the trek to Valley of Flowers.