Valley of Flowers Trek: Beginners Guide

Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is one the most mesmerizing and photogenic parks in India. In 1982 the valley was declared a national park of India. with a stunning backdrop of Himalayan ranges, untouched beauty, and exotic flora, the Valley of Flowers offers a whole new experience to travelers and trekkers. at an altitude of 12,654 feet and 300 different varieties of flowers, make the Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tall wildflowers are a sight on a sunny day, rippling in the breeze and outlined by beautiful glaciers.

Story Behind The Valley Of Flowers

An interesting story is behind the discovery of the Valley of Flowers. British mountaineers Frank Smythe, R Holdsworth, and Eric Shipton lost their way and took rest in the Valley of flowers, in 1931. Mesmerized by the beauty of this place, they decided to name it Valley of Flowers. Smythe wrote a book called “The Valley of Flowers”.

Best Time To Visit 

July and August is the perfect time to do the valley of flowers trek as the flowers are blooming, and the place remains at the peak of its beauty. During winter, the place receives extreme cold temperatures, and trails are covered with snow, making it difficult for travelers to trek

How To Reach Valley Of Flowers

A beautiful natural place is always difficult to reach. by road is Pulna Village you can reach the valley. Pulna village is about 3 km from Govind Ghat towards the Ghangaria route.

By Air: The closest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, and the airport is connected by flights on a daily basis from Delhi. The roads are connected only up to Govind Ghat. 

By Train: The nearest station is Rishikesh, motorable roads are connected only up to Govind Ghat. taxis and buses can be found from here to reach Govindghat.

By Road: it requires a drive to Joshimath from Dehradun/Haridwar, then another one-hour drive to Govind Ghat.

From Govind Ghat, a 13 km trek along a steep with a base camp at Ghangaria. A new road of about 4 km leads up to Pulna village. 

Getting To Govindghat 

Govind Ghat can be reached only by road. There is a new road from Govind Ghat to Pulna village. Travelers who are traveling via car or bike can park their vehicles in Pulna. Usually, a lot of porters and mules are available at the starting point of the trek. preferred to leave your luggage at Govind Ghat and carry only essential items with you for your Trek. 

GovindGhat To Ghangaria (Via Pulna)

There are two options available for you, first is Either you trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria, 14 km or, Trek from Pulna to Ghangaria for about 10 km, which will take 5 hours. There is a 4 km road from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria via Pulna village. Trek is an easy to moderate trek. The path is well laid, and gradual, so do not worry. 

Ghangaria To Gorgeous Valley Of Flowers 

Ghangaria is the base camp for the beautiful Valley of Flowers trek. The Valley is accessible from here with a short trek of 3-4 km. It takes about 6-7 hours two ways. A kilometer there is a scenic bridge across a stream flowing below. Trekking a couple of kilometers on a flat path, and to your right, you can see the valley. The place is magical from any direction you see

Hemkund Sahib Trek 

A 6 km trek from Ghangaria leads to Hemkund Sahib, which is at the height of 4,329 meters above sea level. Surrounded by mountains and Glacier Lake, Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurudwara in the Sikh community. You can hire mules, available in Ghangaria if it is difficult to trek. 

Temperature And Climate 

The region is extremely pleasant for most tourists. Post-summer, it is not very cold. The trek is during the monsoon season. Expect 8-10 degrees during the day and about 3-5 degrees at night.  

Suggested Itinerary

  • Day 1: Reach Delhi. Overnight in Haridwar
  • Day 2: Haridwar to Govind Ghat.
  • Day 3: Govind Ghat to Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers.
  • Day 4: Ghangaria to Govindghat Haridwar.
  • Day 5:Haridwar to Delhi Or Haridwar to Dehradun (road) and take a flight back to Delhi from Dehradun.

Accommodation Options

There are plenty of accommodations available at Ghangaria. There are 20-30 private hotels with a few camps and guesthouses. It has a sizable Gurudwara, which can easily accommodate 5000 people.

The hotels in Ghangaria offer basic accommodations with basic facilities and there are also regular power cuts and water issues in this area. 

Conclusion

High in the grand Himalayas Mountains with captivating mesmerizing scenery, Valley of Flowers is a place that is ideal for travelers. The best advantage of the valley of flowers trek is that the trek is moderate and budget-friendly.

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