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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

If you want a change in your busy life and want to explore the beauty of nature then the Valley of Flowers trek is perfect for you. Carpeted with the alluring and fascinating flora kingdom of the Himalayas, the Valley of flowers is situated in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. This majestic valley is abode to many endangered and rare species including the snow leopard,brown bear,musk deer, red fox, Asiatic black bear, and blue sheep. Beautiful birds are also found in the areaincludingthe Himalayan monal pheasant and some other high-altitude birds.Famous for its amazing grasslands regional alpine flowers and different ranges of flora, this divergent valley is a mesmerizing bouquet of Himalayas. One of the most popular Himalayan treks, Valley of Flowers is also one of the oldest treks in India and the area comes under the National Parks. Created by the government in 1980, the Valley of Flowers National Park, and later, it was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The breathtaking beauty of flowers and canvased landscapes enacting the role of an enchanting backdrop and the cascading waterfalls make it one of the favorite spots for trekkers. Located at an altitude of 11811ft from the sea level and encompassed with the abundant beauty of nature, the Valley of Flowers is a 6 days trek witha 37 km long journey. The less challenging trek, suitable for beginners and children also with the beauty ofthe exotic floralvalley, and scenic landscapes, is a must-experience, that surely be a memorable trip for life long.

A mesmerizing Journey to Behold

The Valley of Flowers trek is a captivative journey filled with majestic flowers, picturesque and alluring landscapes,and fresh waterfalls is a dreamland to explore.

The trek to the Valley of flowers goes through dense oak forests, along with the Pushpawati river, and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls on the way. Starting from the Govindghat to Ghangaria embarking on the snow-carpeted mountains, lush green grasslands, shimmering streams, and overflowing waterfalls, the path leads to the beautiful heavenly Valley of Flowers. After exploring the Valley of Flowers, a downward path back to Ghangaria, and from there getting ready for the toughest part of the trek which is to climb upwards towards the way to Hemkund Sahib. The place is known for having the sacred Gurudwara of Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji located at the glacial lake encompassed by splendid seven mountain peaks.

Important Information on Roopkund Trek

Difficulty Level

The Valley of flowers trek is a moderate-level trek with an upwardclimb from Ghangaria Village to the Valley of flowers and a downward trek back to the Ghangaria Village and again an upward climbing to the Hemkund Sahiband then coming back to the Ghangaria Village. On Day 3 trekkers should need to be cautious while crossing the dense oak tree forest as it might be smooth and slippery and the only toughest part of the trek is on Day 4, during theHemkund Sahib Gurudwara as here the trekkers are required to climb nearly 4500 feet within 6 hours.The path of the trek is less challenging and is suitable for beginners and children also. Although like any other trek here also, oneneeds to be mentally and physically fit.

Altitude to Cover

  • Govindghat – 6000 ft
  • Ghangaria– 3049 ft
  • Valley of Flowers – around 11811 ft above sea level
  • Hemkund Sahib – 15200 ft

Weather Conditions

During the month from January to March, the area used to be covered with snow with a maximum temperature of minus 2 to 4 degrees, and April comes with a chance of snowfall. June to August is the most preferable for its pleasant weather, having a maximum temperature of 5 to 8 degrees. July to September comes with heavy rainfall followed by pleasant and clear weather from October to December.

Trek companies

Some famous trekking sites organize trekking camps to Valley of Flowersand other beautiful sites. These are:

  • Trek The Himalayas – INR10,900/person (info@trekthehimalayas.com)
  • Himalayan Climber – INR6,700/person (support@himalayanclimber.com)
  • Himalayan Trekkers – INR 9,800/person (info@himalayantrekker.com)
  • Treks and Trails – INR 6,999/person (highfive@treksandtrails.org)
  • IndiaHikes – INR 9,850/person (info@indiahikes.com)
  • Thrillophilia – INR 6,500/person (thrillophilia.com
  • IndiaHikes – INR16,450/person (info@indiahikes.com)
Things to Keep
  • Necessary accessories – Raincoat or Umbrella, water bottle, torchlight, toilet paper, and wet wipes.
  • Refreshments likedried fruitsandnuts, biscuits and chocolates, and Packets of instant foods, in case of any emergency.
  • Good quality trekking shoeslightweight with enough grip, and a pair of sandal floaters and slippers.
  • Suitable clothes including a warm jacket, waterproof trek pants, warm thermals, waterproof gloves, woolen, and regular socks
  • Personal medical kit with pills for headache, fever, cough, motion sickness, spray for sprains, band-aid, cotton, and mosquito repellent cream
  • A notebook and pen for writing any important notes.
  • Fully charged camera, extra battery backup.
Food Stops

The Valley of Flowers is also facilitated with delicious and welcoming food stalls. Dhabas or roadside stalls serve generic Indian food on the Valley of Flowers path to Ghangaria, and during the route to Hemkund. There might be a possibility of not finding foodnon-vegetarian food but the locals serving vegetarian food is indeed tasty, although if you are on a trekking trip you may have to be ready for everything coming your way.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Drive from Rishikesh to Govindghat(269 km and 11 hours drive).
  • Day 2 – Drive from Govindghat to Poolna (4 km and 1 hour drive). Trek to Ghangaria.(9 km and 5- 6 hours trekking distance) .
  • Day 3 – Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back(3.7 km each and 6 hours).
  • Day 4 – Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back(6 km each and 8 to 9 hours).
  • Day 5 – Trek from Ghangaria to Poolna (9 km and 4 hours). Drive to Govind Ghat(4 km and 30 minutes).

Best Time to do Valley of Flowers Trek

The Valley of Flowers looks beautiful in May, June, and September. But if you want to witness the abundant valley of flowers at its peak, then the preferred time is between July and August. If anyone wants to visit this place during the monsoon season, thenyou must first enquire about the exact temperature before planning the trip.

How to Reach Kathgodam for Roopkund Trek
  • By Train: Kathgodam can be reached from Delhi and Dehradun easily and trains ply everyday from there. From Delhi, you can take Ranikhet Express or Uttar Sampark Kranti and from Dehradun, the Doon Express departs to Kathgodam.
  • By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi and Dehradun to Kathgodamthat you can take from the ISBT.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the best time to trek in the Valley of Flowers?

The preferred time to visit the Valley of Flowers trek is between July and August.

Is Valley of Flowers Trek suitable for beginners?

The trek to Valley of Flowers is less challenging and is perfectly suitable for beginners as well as children above 10 years.

Is the Valley of Flowerstrek tough?

No the trek to Valley of Flowers is a moderate-level trek.

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