Why This Trek?

Valley of Flowers is part of Nanda Devi Bio-Sphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley lies between the transition zone of Zanskar Ranges and Greater Himalayas of the Western Himalayas in the State of Uttrakhand. It was named Valley of Flowers by Sir Frank Symthe a British Mountaineer who lost his way while coming back from his successful summit of Mt. Kamet in 1930’s and ended up in the valley. The place is mystical with many mythological stories associated with it, it also forms part of famous Sikh Pilgrimage of ShriHemkund Sahib.

  • DIFFICULTY : Easy.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 11200 ft

  •  BASE CAMP : Govindghat

  • DURATION : 6 Days 5 Nights

  • BEST SEASON : Mid June – August

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 10,050

Trek Cost: Rs.10,050 + 9% Service Trek.

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Valley of Flowers is part of Nanda Devi Bio-Sphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley lies between the transition zone of Zanskar Ranges and Greater Himalayas of the Western Himalayas in the State of Uttrakhand. It was named Valley of Flowers by Sir Frank Symthe a British Mountaineer who lost his way while coming back from his successful summit of Mt. Kamet in 1930’s and ended up in the valley. The place is mystical with many mythological stories associated with it, it also forms part of famous Sikh Pilgrimage of ShriHemkund Sahib.

Destinations Covered in the Valley of Flowers Trek : Haridwar – Rishikesh – Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers – Hemkund Sahib

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in Guest House/Hotel during the trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner only while on Trek
  • Permits
  • First Aid and Medical Kits
  • Certified and experienced Trek Leaders
  • Support Staff Experienced and well versed with the region
  • Local Guides
  • Meals Not Included in Govindghat

Exclusions:

  • Any Deviation or Change in Itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Personal Gear like Trekking poles, Gloves, Jackets, Shoes, Etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
  • Mineral Water, Cold Drinks aerated drinks and alcohol.

Here's a short itinerary of Valley of Flowers:

Day 1: Haridwar – Govindghat (250 Km, 8 to 10 Hours)
Day 2: Govindgaht – Ghangaria (14 Km Trek, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 3: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (12 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 4: Ghangaria – ShriHemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (14 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 5: Ghangaria – Govindghat (14 Km, 5 to 7 Hours)
Day 6: Govindghat – Haridwar (250 Km, 8 to 10 Hours)

Detailed trek itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar – Govindghat (250 Km, 8 to 10 Hours)

We assemble at Haridwar Railway Station where our transport will be waiting for us, today is aalong drive and can take upto 10 Hours. One the way we will be passing all the Confluences of Alakhnanda River right from DevPrayag till VishuPrayag after Joshimath, we reach Govindghat by evening, check into the hotel. Evening is to relax. Please note dinner is not included in the package.

Day 2: Govindgaht – Ghangaria (14 Km Trek, 6 to 8 Hours)

After breakfast we start our trek towards Valley of Flowers. We cross the bridge over Alakhnanda River.

We have an option of taking a sharing cab till Pulna Village which saves 4 Kms of Trek. The trail starts after Pulna and is Well laid and maintained path.

After every 2 Km there are refreshment stall where one can have tea or eat anything they feel like, The trail is a combination of steep, gradual and descends till Bhyundar Village after which we cross the Bhyundar Ganga and a steady steep climb through Oak, Pin, Fir and Maple Forest takes us to Ghangaria.

We check into the Hotel and overnight at Ghangaria.

Day 3: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (12 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)

The gates of Valley open to Trekkers at 7 Am in the morning we have an early breakfast and head towards the Valley, the trail is well laid stone path and takes us through thick pine forest, one can start spotting flowers from here only however the Valley is still 4 Km from here.

We cross the Pushpawati River and walk along the valley on the left hand side, after ascending for 3 Km through thick Silver Birch Forest we come above the tree line the next 1 Km is level walk and after crossing a foot bridge we enter the valley.

A fragrant and vibrant valley with numerous flowers awaits, most common of all are Potnetilla, Geranium, Sulcata& Himalayan Snow Fleece.

The Valley Extends for another 10 Km’s from here however we venture another 1 Km to reach MargeretteLegge’s Grave a Botanist who lost her life in Valley in the 1930’s and return back the same route to Ghangaria. After dinner overnight at Ghangaria

Day 4: Ghangaria – ShriHemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (14 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)

After breakfast we start for a steep and winding climb towards the pristine Hemkund Lake and Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, at 14,200 Feet the Hemkund Lake is peaceful and calm places with Gurbaani flowing from the speakers add to the serenity of the place. We spend some time at the lake and descend towards Ghangaria. The views are amazing as you get a bird’s eye view of Ghangaria Village far below at the bottom of the Valley. After Dinner, Overnight in Ghangaria

Day 5: Ghangaria – Govindghat (14 Km, 5 to 7 Hours)

We start early, after breakfast we begin our descend towards Govindghat, the trail we take is the same that we took to come up, it takes around 4 to 5 hours on an average to reach Govindghat. After reaching you have an option of planning a round trip to Badrinath Temple which is subjected to road conditions.(Not Part of the package). Overnight in Govindghat Hotel (Dinner and Breakfast are not Included here)

Day 6: Drive back to Haridwar

Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colourful memories

Fitness requirements for Valley of Flowers:

Basic fitness is a must for all trekkers (First timers as well as experienced) the effects of High Altitude can be experienced from 7000 Feet above sea level. As we gain altitude the atmosphere thins and availability of Oxygen in the air drops.  However a gradual ascent along with proper precautions makes it easier for human body to acclimatize to High Altitude.

Valley Of Flowers Trek is at an approximate height of 14200 Feet AMSL it is an easy trek and is suitable for first time trekkers.

Experience: Suitable for first time trekkers.

Fitness required for Valley of Flowers: The trail is more or less laid out path, with few steep ascents and descents , with availability of water is more or less frequent. But not to face last minute upsets we advise to keep certain things in mind. We plan our itineraries in a way that our trekkers will have to walk 8 to 9 Kms and approximately 6 to 8 Hours a day. Which means approximately 1.5 Kms in an hour. However given the terrain and the altitude its considered to be equivalent of 3 Km in 1 hours in Plains.

If you can run or cover 3 Km in 1 Hour you are fairly fit for the trek, however we have a 3 week schedule that can be followed to prepare your body for the trek:

Training Schedule:

Stretch your arms and legs following some basic stretching exercises before your training every day.

A Month Before The Trek: The curriculum should follow a 10 Minute Brisk walk, 10 Minutes Jog and 10 Minutes Brisk walk to end the session. Follow this for a week

3 Weeks Before the Trek: We go one notch up and start 5 Minutes Brisk walk, 15 to 20 Minutes of Jog and  Minutes of easy walk to end the session. Follow this for one week.

2 Weeks Before the Trek: Repeat the schedule followed in the previous week

1 Week Before the Trek: Brisk Walk for 5 Minutes and 25 Minutes of Jog, after the Jog cool down your body. Follow this regime till the beginning of the trek.

List of Things to Carry for the Trek:

Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
One Heavy Jacket
Floaters or Sandals
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Lip Balm
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Light towel
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Gloves
Trekking Pole
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

FAQ

What is Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers is a must do trek for all, though its rated as an easy trek is one of the kind experience, the Valley itself is home to over 500 Species of Plants and many rare Himalayan Mammals. As part of trek we even get to visit a famous Sikh Pilgrimage of ShriHemkund Sahib.

When is the best time to go for the Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers is one of the few treks in the Himalayas which is done only in Monsoons as the flowers in the Valley are in Full Bloom only during the monsoon Period

How difficult is the Valley of Flowers?

Good physical fitness is must for all treks and so it is for this trek, doing regular walks and jogging for 25 Minutes every day is recommended, please check the fitness section for more information on the same, Valley Of Flowers is considered to be a High Altitude and an easy trek.

What are the temperatures during the Valley of Flowers?

The day time temperatures are pleasant and can be upto 20 Degrees however in mornings and evenings single digit temperatures can be expected and it might drop below zero in the nights.

How much we have to Trek Each day?

The itineraries are designed in a way that we cover 9 to 10 Kms in a day or walk for about 6 to 7 Hours is the average time taken by a trekker to cover this distance, enabling us to reach the camp site by lunch time.

What Medicines should I carry for the trek?

 

Tablets:
Digene – 10 tablets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Avomine – 4 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Cotton – 1 small roll
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Betadine cream
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Moov spray

ORS – 5 packets

Is Diamox advisable?

Diamox is a medicine which is helps in acclimatization, but it also has certain side effects not recommended to people allergic to Sulpha Class of medicines, we advise otherwise and instruct all trekkers to consult a physician before taking any such medicine.

Who will lead and who all will go with us?

All our treks are accompanied by certified and experienced Trek leaders, following the principal of sustainable tourism we source our local teams from neighbouring villages who also are familiar with the region, along with the trek leader our support staff consists of Cooks, Helpers, Mules and Local Guides, the size of the team depends on the group size.

How Big are the trekking groups?

Our Group size seldom crosses 15 Pax, we ensure that we keep the group sizes below the said number as it’s the best way to enjoy the trek and have better team bonding among the trekkers.

What is the minimum number of trekkers required for Fixed Departures?

If you have booked on a date of one of our fixed departure. We ensure that the trek goes on even if there is only one person who has booked a trek. Our fixed departures are our promise to our customers and taking a loss in fulfilling the same is something  we are willing to bare to ensure customer satisfaction.

I am the Only Girl on the trek, is it Safe?

Mountains are safer in these terms compared to Plains, people are always helpful and respectful. However we try and maintain a ratio of 2:1 on all treks and its ensured solo female trekkers either share tents with other solo female trekkers or are provided a separate tent.

What things we need to carry for the trek?

Kindly refer to things to carry section for more information.

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same?

We recommend to carry what is needed while on the trek and leave excess stuff behind, in case you want to offload your bags we provide that option to all trekkers, the charges for the same are Rs 250/- Per Bag Per Day with a weight limit of 9 Kgs or Less.

Which type of Shoes should I Buy?

Good trekking shoes are recommended for all treks, read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”

How Many Trekkers will be in One Tent?

Tents provided are 3+1 which comfortably accommodates 2-3 trekkers.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?

This trek can be done by the first time trekkers who want to familiarize themselves with High Altitude treks. However Deodital Trek will need basic fitness level both physically and mentally.  However to achieve the recommended level of fitness please refer to our article “How to Prepare for a High Altitude Trek”.

What is there in food menu during the trek?

Vegetarian meals are provided all three times during the trek, Vegetarian food is recommended as it is easy to digest vegetarian food in high altitudes, we provide Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner.

Is Water of Trek Safe?

The water found in Himalayan streams is generally safe to drink, and you have plenty of them when you are trekking Himalayas, your trek leaders/local guides know where to fill your water bottles, in case you are still unsure about drinking the water we recommend you carry your own purifying pills.

Can we change the itinerary?

Our operations/treks take us to remote regions with more or less zero connectivity and extreme conditions, right next to harshest elements that nature can throw at us. There are possibilities of unforeseen circumstances which may forces us to change the itinerary. In such cases your trek leader will inform you about the change in plan and best available options similar to existing itinerary. In these events Renok Adventures LLP reserves right to change the itinerary which can be due to various different factors.  Any additional cost which is incurred due to these changes will be borne by the trekkers and the same will be communicated to the trekkers beforehand.

What Type of Vehicles are used for Transportation?

Depending on the group size the transport vehicles are determined and can be anything from a Sumo, Xylo or similar vehicles and in certain case tempo travellers.

What do we do if we encounter a medical emergency?

We have certified and experienced trek leaders who have loads of experience in dealing with illness at high altitude. Our teams are experienced in handling such situations. However we carry a basic medical kit along with oxygen cylinders with us for situations of emergency and our first objective is to rescue the trekker to the road head and the cost for the same is to be incurred by the trekker. In addition to this it’s a trekkers responsibility to get our medical fitness certificate filled and duly attested by a certified physician indicating that you are medically fit for the trek.

Can you customize Valley of Flowers?

Yes you have an option of always customizing the trek, the cost for the same is decided as per the number of pax in your personal group, trek style and region where the trek will be conducted.

What if the trek is cancelled last minute due to ‘force majeure’?

In such events we provide you an alternate trek option of similar value depending upon weather conditions if the trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. As all our arrangements are prepaid and pre planed.  In case of non-completion of trek for any reason whatsoever, there will be no refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

 

What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing at least 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek: – 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Getting to Valley of Flowers:

The trek starts from Govindghat in the Gharwal Region of Uttrakhand:

Haridwar:

One can easily reach Haridwar by overnight buses which ply from New Delhi and other northern states. Among the options trains are also available. From Haridwar you can opt for Buses or Shared cabs which leave early morning, if you wish you can opt for the transportation that is organized by us.

How to reach Haridwar (Bus)

Haridwar being a famous Holy town has regular Volvo/Deluxe Bus service plying from Delhi, these buses leave from Cashemere Gate ISBT in New Delhi and are operated by both Govt. and Private Operators, the journey is around 8 to 10 Hours.

How to reach Haridwar (Air)

Dehradunis the nearest airport to Deharadun, which is connected by air from Delhi. Please check the availability of the same with online Air Ticket Selling Companies like Make My Trip, Go Ibibo etc.

AVAILABLE DATES

1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30

5,6,12,13,19,20,26,27

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Here’s a short itinerary of Valley of Flowers:

Day 1: Haridwar – Govindghat (250 Km, 8 to 10 Hours)
Day 2: Govindgaht – Ghangaria (14 Km Trek, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 3: Ghangaria – Valley of Flowers – Ghangaria (12 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 4: Ghangaria – ShriHemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (14 Km, 6 to 8 Hours)
Day 5: Ghangaria – Govindghat (14 Km, 5 to 7 Hours)
Day 6: Ghangaria – Govindghat – Haridwar (250 Km, 8 to 10 Hours)

Facilities

Accommodation
Meals
Permits
First Aid
Guide & Support
Experienced Leader