Trek to Valley of Flowers

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.

IMPORTANT: Travellers are required to carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek.

Destination

The Valley of Flowers lies deep in the Garhwal Himalayas, and is covered with snow for at least six months of the year. When the summer heat melts the snow, the ground soaks up all the water, and puts forth glorious blooms in the months afterwards. The best time to visit is in July and August, when the rains have begun. During this time, new flowers blossom every few days covering the slopes in flowers, and the waterfalls and streams are full.

Destination highlights

Visit the iconic Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. | See a variety of colourful blossoms across the slopes of the valley. | Cross streams and stop at waterfalls. | Do an easy trek that takes you deep into the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

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14200

6100

38 kms

20 hrs

8 kms

Haridwar railway station

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Haridwar railway station

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Haridwar Railway Station

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06:00

19:00

You'll be picked up at Haridwar Railway Station at 07:00 hrs, and will board vehicles to Joshimath. It's a long drive of about 250 kms, which will take you at least 8 hours, but it's a beautiful drive. En route, you'll pass Rishikesh, and the confluences of rivers at Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag. You'll reach Joshimath late in the evening. Here you'll check into a hotel and will spend the evening exploring Joshimath. Overnight at Joshimath in hotel.

Overnight at Joshimath in hotel.

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

Food

Dinner

Veg

Day 1 Milestone

Haridwar

Joshimath

06:00 AM

Today after breakfast, you'll be driven in a bus to a the small village of Pulna near Govindghat, which is the start point of the trek. You'll begin the trek here and head towards Ghangaria. Almost immediately, you're in the middle of greenery, with waterfalls to admire, streams to cross, and flowers dotting the landscape everywhere. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Deepak Guesthouse or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 2 Milestone

Joshimath

Ghangaria

06:00 AM

Today after breakfast, you'll set out for Hemkund Sahib. This beautiful gurudwara lies along an icy lake, with seven peaks surrounding it, and a river emerging from the lake. It might be crowded at the gurudwara, but the rest of your trek is serene and peaceful. By evening, you'll return to your hotel in Ghangaria, where you can relax for the rest of the evening. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Deepak Guesthouse or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 3 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

06:00 AM

Today you set off to explore the Valley of flowers. It's a fun day of trekking in the valley, visiting the best view points. The mist rolls in every now and then, the mountains surround you, and the whole valley is yours to explore. Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

Overnight at Ghangaria in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Deepak Guesthouse or similar hotel in Ghangaria. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek. All meals will be vegetarian.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 4 Milestone

Ghangaria

Ghangaria

06:00 AM

Today you'll begin your descent to Govindghat, where vehicles are waiting to pick you up. It’s a 14 kms trek, but will take about 3 hours as it's all downhill. You'll stop to visit Badrinath, and then proceed to Joshimath. Please note that a visit to Badrinath is subject to good road and weather conditions. A final call will be taken by the trek leaders on the day of the visit. Overnight in hotel in Joshimath.

Overnight at Joshimath in hotel.

You'll spend the night at Hotel Kamet or similar hotel in Joshimath. You'll be staying in deluxe rooms with attached washrooms on a triple-sharing basis. Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Veg

Day 5 Milestone

Ghangaria

Joshimath

06:00 AM

Today you'll check out after breakfast. You'll be driven on to Haridwar where you'll be dropped off at the railway station. Trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

No meals are included in today's meal package. However, you may visit any of the restaurants en route to Haridwar to have meals at an additional cost.

Food

Veg

Day 6 Milestone

Joshimath

Haridwar

06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Travel arrangements from Haridwar-Haridwar in SUV or Tempo Traveller
  • Accommodation in hotels at Joshimath and Ghangharia on triple/quad-sharing basis (can be upgraded for twin-sharing basis for an additional cost of INR 3,200 per person)
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to dinner on Day 5 (please carry a lunch box for packed food during the trek)
  • Service of experienced trek leader
  • Permit fees, camping charges and entry fees
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Travel costs between base city and Haridwar
  • Any meals during transit
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Adventure travel or medical insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • 2 synthetic trekking pants
  • 2 full-sleeve T-shirts
  • 1 fleece T-shirt
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 down feather jacket
  • 1 wind or waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair of thermal inners
  • 1 poncho
  • 1 sun cap
  • 1 woolen cap
  • 1 balaclava
  • 1 neck-gaiter
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • 1 pair of trekking shoes
  • 1 pair of cotton socks
  • Not to wear - Sandals and floaters
  • Expensive jewelry and gadgets

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Any equipment required during the trek
  • Vehicles for transport
  • Packed lunches
  • First aid and medical kit
  • Oxygen cylinder, if required

You need to get

  • Backpack with rain cover
  • Day pack for essentials
  • Walking stick
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle (2 bottles of 1 ltr each)
  • Snacks like energy bars, dried fruit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Thermals

Medical Kit

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

Cancellation policy

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

For cancellations made 14-24 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 70% refund.

For cancellations made 10-13 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 50% refund.

For cancellations made 0-9 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.