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  • Trip introduction

    This trek to the Valley of Flowers takes you into an ethereal lush green valley, where a colourful abundance of flowers bloom for only a short window of time every year. You'll trek through a world heritage site, up to beautiful vantage points and higher reaches, and on to Hemkund Sahib, where you'll see the sacred Hemkund Sahib lake.

    This is a moderately challenging trek and can even be attempted by fit first-time travellers with a little effort.

    Destination

    The Valley of Flowers trek takes you to a world heritage site and is part of the famous Nanda Devi Biosphere. It covers 87 sq kms and rises to an elevation of 3250 metres. This national park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand) plays host to many endemic varieties of alpine flowers and plants, as well as many rare and endangered animals like the Asiatic black bear, brown bear, snow leopard, blue sheep and more.

    Peak blooming season is from mid July to mid August. Almost 300 species of wild flowers bloom here, including Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium, Marsh Marigold and primula. There are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, big rivers and quaint villages.

    Destination highlights

    Spend a few days in the gorgeous Valley of Flowers. | Take a dip in the freezing Hemkund Sahib lake if you dare! | Book a budget trek to spend 5 days in the Valley of Flowers.

    Activity Details

    10662

    14202

    8038

    39 kms

    21 hrs

    5 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of Valley of Flowers trek: Drive to Govindghat

    Meet the operator at Haridwar railway station at 07:00 hrs and from here, you'll be driven to Govindghat (near Joshimath). This is a long, interesting drive of 8-9 hours. Most of the journey takes you along the Ganga and Alaknanda rivers. En route you will pass the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag. You'll check in to a standard hotel in Govindghat where you will spend the night in triple-sharing rooms.

    Overnight in Govindghat, in Hotel Badrish or similar. You'll be picked up from Haridwar today and will be driven to Govindghat. You'll check in to triple-sharing rooms with attached washrooms and all bedding. The rooms have hot water geysers, but in case of electricity outage, you will be provided with one bucket of hot water per trekker, in the morning and evening. Today's package includes dinner.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Haridwar

    Govindghat

    07:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Valley of Flowers trek: Trek to Ghangaria
    Day 3 of the Valley of Flowers trek: Trek to Valley of Flowers
    Day 4 of the Valley of Flowers trek: Trek to Hemkund Sahib
    Day 5 of the Valley of Flowers trek: Return to Govindghat
    Day 6 of the Valley of Flowers trek: Drive to Haridwar
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  • Cancellation policy

    If you cancel 45 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 30-45 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 15-30 days before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 15 days or less before departure of the Valley of Flowers trek: No refund.

    Rules on trip

    The operator has a set of guidelines for the Valley of Flowers trek that must be adhered to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader during the trek to Hemkund Sahib.

    Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited on the Valley of Flowers trek.

    While trekking participants must follow a proper waste disposal system.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, the operator will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life.

    If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary of this trip is changed, the extra charges for accommodation, transport, etc, will be borne by the guests. The same will be applicable if a guest decides to change the itinerary due to personal reasons, injury, or bad health.

    Participants will be required to fill up an indemnity form before the Valley of Flowers trek. You are requested to inform the operator if you're suffering from any major ailment and submit your health certificate.

    All fixed departure trips will be run according to a fixed schedule and standard services. In case of individual requirements, the operator may not be able to entertain the request or may have to charge additional amounts. Please be aware of this fact.
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    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Himalayas Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Nature Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Nature Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Nature Uttarakhand
    • Valley of Flowers Trekking Adventure Nature Uttarakhand
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Transport from Haridwar-Haridwar as per itinerary in an SUV/Tempo Traveller, depending on group size

    • Five nights in standard hotel in Govindghat and Ghangaria, in triple sharing rooms
    • In-room: Attached washroom with geyser, all bed linen
    • 1 bucket of hot water provided in the morning and evening, per customer, in case of electricity outage
    • All veg meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 6 (eggs for breakfast, if desired)
    • Jain food, with prior notice
    • Porter/mule charges for carrying common gear
    • 2 guides for the group
    • First aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Entry charges (approximately INR 250-300 per Indian national, INR 650-700 per foreign national, to be paid on the spot)

    • Upgrade to twin-sharing rooms for an additional cost of INR 1365 per person (covers all five nights)
    • Porter/mule charges for personal baggage (can be arranged for INR 700 per 10 kg bag, for the entire trip)
    • Pony/mule to carry trekker up to 80-100 kgs (can be arranged for INR 1000-1200 per day
    • Charge for vehicle to see Badrinath Temple (can be arranged for INR 2500-3000 per car for 6 pax, payable directly to driver)
    • Charges for videos, still cameras
    • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, snacks
    • Any costs arising from delays, road blocks, injuries or mishaps, etc
    • Insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Shirts/t-shirts - 2/3
    • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve t- shirt
    • Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent with an inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
    • Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please) with a proper hood
    • Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
    • Thick fleece/full-sleeve woollen sweater
    • Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
    • Woollen cap (balaclava)
    • Inner fleece gloves
    • Outer waterproof gloves
    • Thick woollen socks and regular socks (4-5 pairs)
    • Scarf/muffler (optional)
    • Comfortable waterproof (goretex) trekking/hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
    • Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
    • Gaiters
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • 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

    • Transport from Haridwar-Haridwar in SUV/Tempo Traveller, depending on group size
    • Standard hotel room on triple sharing basis
    • In-room: Attached washroom with geyser, beds, all bedding
    • One bucket of hot water in the morning and in the evening, per customer, in case of electricity outage
    • Porter/mules for common gear
    • First aid kit

    You need to get

    • Duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack
    • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day with your essentials
    • Small lightweight towel
    • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
    • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
    • Sunglasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
    • Sturdy walking stick/trekking pole
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Books, if you like reading
    • Carry rain cover for your bags
    • Camera (with fully charged batteries)
    • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag (in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain)

    Medical Kit

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