Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers National Park is located in Uttarakhand state of northern India. While on an expedition to Mt. Kamet, Frank S. Smith an English mountaineer, explorer and Botanist, discovered this enchanting place by chance in 1931. His book “The Valley of Flowers” lifted the veil of this hidden beauty for the outside world, though the local villagers of Bhuiyndar valley knew it as Nandankanan since time immemorial. This valley is a floral dreamland for a nature lover. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005, the Valley of Flowers National Park is famous for its stunning beauty and wide variety of flowers. Bustling with beautiful, lively and vibrant colours, this park spread over an area of 87.50sq km has the largest collection of wild flower species in India. Every year, over 300 species of wildflowers bloom across the valley, including rare species of orchids, poppies, Cobra Lily, anemone as well as the elusive and rare Blue Poppy, and Brahmakamal. Apart from this, there are waterfalls, glaciers, towering mountains, mighty rivers and quaint villages to be seen. Thus it has become a favored trekking attraction for people from all walks of life and from across the world.
Valley of Flowers Opening Hours
Entry to the Valley of Flowers starts at 7.00am, with the last entry to the park being at 2pm. One should plan on leaving by 5pm. You need to come back to Ghangaria the same day for camping as overnight stay is not allow in Valley of Flowers.
Valley Of Flowers Location
Valley of Flowers National Park is located in Chamoli District of Garhwal region, close to Nanda Devi National Park. It is about 500 kilometers from New Delhi.
Valley of Flowers Trek Details
The journey to the Valley of Flowers starts at Govindghat, a small place near Joshimath, from where there is a 14 km trek to the Ghangaira, a small settlement located about 3-4 km from the Valley. A number of waterfalls and beautiful greens cape lies along the way as you walk through a few villages and some forest area. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. It is a must-visit place for all those who love serenity combined with nature's beauty.
*The trek from Govindghat to Ghangharia is moderately tough. Porters and mules can be hired at Govindghat and are also available en route.
Day1: Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun to Joshimath/Govindghat (Drive)
Distance: 290 km
Route: Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Karnprayag – Chamoli – Joshimath – Govindghat
Leave early at 5-6 AM and drive to Joshimath/Govindghat. Along the way, pass Devaprayag to witness the holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers to form the River Ganges. Arrive at Joshimath, a midpoint for other religious pilgrimage locations. You could stay over here or proceed to Govindghat in lieu of time for the halt. The entire distance is 290 Km and can take around 12/13 hours. There are number of private hotels and lodges serving to the tourists and pilgrims.
Day2: Govindghat to Ghangaria (Trek; 14km)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. From Joshimath to Govindghat the distance is 22km. This is the starting point of the trek. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. The trek is 14 km long and is completely paved. The whole trek is scenic and is full of scenic views of valleys, mountains, and waterfalls. Ghangaria is a kind of settlement situated at an altitude of 3010 meters and offers some great views. The village houses some shops where one can buy daily need stuff. After arriving at the village, relax and enjoy the beauty of the place surrounded by conifers covered mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.
* One can also use helicopter service or hire a mule to reach Ghanghria.
Day3: Ghangaria to Valley of flowers and Back to Ghangaria (Trek)
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The journey to Valley of Flowers is a distance of 4 km. The valley is 6-7 km long, ends with a glacier return. The distance travelled in the valley depends on how the trekkers want to explore the valley. Valley of Flowers is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. One can spend 3-4 hrs exploring different corners & vantage points of the valley and towards late afternoon retrace steps to Ghangharia. Dinner and overnight stay at Ghangaria.
*Please DON’T touch and trample any flower or plant, and always stay on the well defined track.
Day4: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and Back (11km)
Get ready early in the morning to start trekking for "HEMKUND SAHIB". Today after breakfast, you’ll follow a steep trail to Hemkund Sahib to visit the religious site where Guru Gobind Singh is said to have meditated in a previous life. Surrounded by seven snow-capped mountains this place is no doubt soothing and calming. The Hemkund Sahib, the World’s Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,329 meters. During clear skies, one can witness the flawless reflections of the adjoining Saptrishi peaks.Spend time here. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangariya for an overnight stay. And after lunch, start a late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/guest house at Ghangaria.
Day5: Ghangaria to Govindghat/Joshimath
After breakfast, take the same trek route from Ghangaria to Govindghat, trek on the same path retracing your foots while returning to Govindghat from Ghangaria. On arrival, check into hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the area.
*After reaching Govindghat, one can visit the famous Badrinath temple and Mana village (if time and weather allow). If you desire, you can tour Auli in the evening (depending on accommodation).
Day6: Govindghat/Joshimath to Rishikesh/Haridwar/Dehradun
After an early departure from Govindghat/Joshimath, you can have breakfast and lunch on the way (Excluded).Post your arrival at Dehradun/Rishikesh/Haridwar from Govindghat. You are free to choose your respective destinations. Trip ends here.
The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is from mid July to mid August as far as number of flowers is concerned.
In the months of May and June, only the early varieties can be seen
By late September the flowers have withered and died, but still the spectacular, exciting and awesome mountain and glacial country can be appreciated.
Temperature: Remember, the temperatures at this height are lower than what you would expect in plains. The air, however, is very much breathable. The acclimatization stretch, i.e. from Govindghat to Ghangaria, is enough to prepare you for the heights to be scaled. But, yes, the trek does require an optimum level of stamina and physical fitness.