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Valley of Flowers - 6 Days

The beautiful Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, India is a must-see world heritage site and is located within the Nanda Devi National Park in the far interiors of Garhwal Himalayas. It covers 87 sq kms and rises to an elevation of 3250 metres or 11,980 feet.

The Valley of Flowers in India opens for tourists between June to September, and peak blooming season is from mid-July to mid-August. During this season, over 300 species of wild flowers such as orchids, poppies, Cobra Lily Anemones as well as the elusive and rare Blue Poppy, and Brahmakamal bloom here. Besides this, the Valley of Flowers is also home to animals such as the snow leopard and the endangered Asiatic black bear, amongst others.

About the Valley of Flowers trek

The Valley of Flowers trek is a moderate trek and is great for both first timers as well as experienced trekkers looking to visit. Despite the ease and popularity of this trek, the beauty of the valley remains pure and untouched. Every few days, some blooms fade, while new buds open up, creating a rainbow of perpetually changing colour. The sight of the Valley of Flowers, full of colourful blossoms of various hues and shades, nestled between rugged Himalayan slopes, is one that you will cherish forever. Apart from this, there are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, mighty rivers and quaint villages to be explored.

Destination The Valley of Flowers is a national park and a world heritage site, known for the undulating meadows of rare alpine flowers and flora. Home to a number of endangered animals like the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and blue sheep, the valley is a slice of paradise in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Destination highlights

  • Visit the beautiful and holy Hemkund lake
  • Observe and photograph rare species of Himalayan flora
  • Trek through spectacular landscapes

Day 1
Depart for Govindghat

Participants meet at 5 a.m. and are driven to Govindghat - the start point of the trek. On arrival at Govindghat, you check into your hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Stay in Hotel/ Tent's - Food: Dinner (Veg)

Day 2
Govindghat - Ghangaria

Wake up early and begin the trek to Govindghat, crossing the swinging bridge over Alaknanda river. The zig-zag trekking trail straightens through an ascending valley full of apricot trees, terraced fields and vegetation. You also pass two small villages, cascading waterfalls, and natural water springs en route. On reaching Ghangaria, you have a light dinner before retiring for the night.

Stay in Hotel/ Tent's - Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Veg)

Day 3
Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria

After an early breakfast you begin your trek towards the Valley Of Flowers from Ghangaria. After a 3 kms stretch, you reach a small stream which marks the start of the Valley of flowers - a truly enchanting sight with an array of rare alpine wildflowers like blue poppy, cobra lily, geranium, and many more. You spend some time exploring the valley, trek up to the Joan Margaret Legge and return to the first stream where you break for lunch. After taking in the beauty of the Valley Of Flowers, we trek back to Ghangaria.

Stay in Hotel/ Tent's - Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Veg)

Day 4
Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib - Ghangaria

Get ready for bit of an arduous trek to Hemkund Sahib today, which is a 6 km steep stretch, that takes around 6 hours. The Hemkund Sahib trek is full of enchanting views of the Himalayas, with numerous waterfalls and streams en route.

Stay in Hotel/ Tent's - Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Veg)

Day 5
Ghangaria - Govinghat

Today, you begin your trek back to Govindghat via the same route. Upon arrival at Govindghat, you can check into the hotel and rest.

Stay in Hotel/ Tent's - Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Veg)

Day 6
Govindghat - Rishikesh

Wake up early and drive back to Rishikesh, and have your lunch enroute. You arrive in Rishikesh by evening.

Trip ends here - Food: Breakfast, Lunch (Veg)

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation (guest house/homestay/tents)
  • Transport from Haridwar to Govindghat and return
  • Meals as specified
  • Trekking and safety equipment
  • Permits
  • First-aid kit and oxygen cylinder where required
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Any other costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions
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Frequently asked Questions

What to Wear ?

Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve t-shirt, Water resistant trekking pants (dri-fit), Windproof/water resistant jacket, Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating, Thick fleece/full-sleeve sweater, Thermal inner wear, Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer waterproof gloves Thick dri-fit woollen socks and regular socks, Scarf/ muffler/multifunctional headwear (optional), Comfortable waterproof trekking/hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes, Gaiters, Raincoat/poncho

What not to Wear ?

Sandals, chappals, floaters & Do not carry any sling bags, side bags, suitcases, trolley bags etc.

What Equipment / Gear We Provide ?

Accommodation as per the itinerary, Any technical and safety equipment required for trekking.

What Equipment / Gear You Should Carry ?

Identity proof (compulsory), Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional), Cap/ floppy, Sunglasses, Sturdy walking stick/trekking pole, Sunscreen lotion, Lip balm, Torch/ flashlight (with extra batteries), Personal medication, Personal toiletries, Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Overview

Destination The Valley of Flowers is a national park and a world heritage site, known for the undulating meadows of rare alpine flowers and flora. Home to a number of endangered animals like the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and blue sheep, the valley is a slice of paradise in the Garhwal Himalayas.

Destination highlights

  • Visit the beautiful and holy Hemkund lake
  • Observe and photograph rare species of Himalayan flora
  • Trek through spectacular landscapes

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