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Welcome to Valley of Flowers

A transit camp at Ghangaria is set at the base of Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib trekking routes offering simple accommodation for trekkers and pilgrim travellers.

Welcome to Valley of Flowers Trek 2022

Valley of Flowers Trek-Paradise on Earth(About Valley of Flowers)National Park, Uttarakhand

The blend of colours with rich alpine and green meadows leaves the beauty of the Valley of Flowers undisputed to date. The Valley of flowers is an ever-phenomenal gift of mother nature to humanity. Trekking such a landmark is a journey full of excitement and adventure. Trek through Alpine Woodland, Pushpawati river and unlimited waterfalls, glaciers, and bridges that caters to the final destination of Valley of Flowers .

Valley of Flowers Opening and Closing date 2022

Valley of Flowers Opening Dates June 1, 2022 July to mid-August is the best time to witness the natural beauty of the Valley. The Valley is closed in October/November due to on and on precipitation and snowfall.

Registration and fee structure:

The registration to this World heritage site opens at 7:00 am every Day and sharply closes at 2:00 pm. A nominal fee of Rs. 150 for Indian nationals and Rs. The Tourism department charges 600 for foreigners.

Special Instructions to the Trekkers and tourists:

  • • Start your JourneyJourney with backpacks with extra batteries for your cameras, socks, torch, and raincoats.
  • • Overnight stay is disallowed, so first-aid kits, medicines and important materials should be taken along with.
  • • Back arrival should be by 5:00 pm.
  • • Accommodations are only available at the transit point ""Ghangaria"" and ""Govindghat"" only, not in the Valley.
  • • Conservation point of view, plastic bottles are not allowed.


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Suggested Schedule plan for the Valley of Flowers

  • DAY 1: Rishikesh-Joshimath

  • Distance by road- 255 Kms.
    Time Consumption- 9-10 Hrs. there at Joshimath.
    Altitude rise: 372 mtr. At Rishikesh to 1875 mtr at Joshimath.
    Start your JourneyJourney to Joshimath early morning from Rishikesh with an approximate distance of 255 Kms. By the evening arrival at Joshimath, an overnight stay is suggested. Both timely bus service and Cabs are available.

  • DAY 2: Joshimath-Govindghat-Ghangaria

  • Distance by road: 20 Kms.
    Trekking distance: 10 Kms.
    Time Consumption: 1 hour by road and 6 Hrs. by trekking.
    Drive to Govindghat with a distance of 22 Kms from Joshimath and start trekking to Ghangaria with packed eatables with a distance of about 10 Kms. Ghangaria serves as the base camp for the ride.

  • Day 3: Ghangaria- Valley of Flowers-Ghangaria

  • Trekking distance: 7.5 Kms. In total
    Time Consumption: 4 Hrs in total.
    Altitude rise: 3049 meters from Ghangaria to 3658 meters. At Valley of Flowers.
    Time to gloom in glory when the destination arrives, completing the trek to the Valley. Trekkers are directed to move back to Ghangaria after the expedition as the overnight stay is disallowed.

  • DAY 4: Ghangaria-Govindghat-Joshimath

  • Time to wrap up the JourneyJourney with 10 Kms trekking to Govindghat and drive to Joshimath by cab or bus.

  • DAY 5: Joshimath-Rishikesh

  • After a memorable journey to the Valley, time to end the Journey with a final drive to Rishikesh by cab or bus.


About Valley of Flowers National Park ?

From the manifold natural world to the rich terrains of The Himalayas, the Valley of flowers has always been a distinctive spot to explore. After its accidental discovery by three British mountaineers in 1931, the Valley of Flowers was declared a national park by the government of Uttarakhand in 1980. Finally, the unblemished beauty got its final appraisal when declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Above 300 indigenous species of plants and a variety of rare and endangered animals is the centrepiece for Biologists, tourists, hikers etc. The Valley stretches to the extent of 87 km2 and is about 8 Km. long and 2 Km. Wide in Chamoli district. Height of approximate 3658 meters above sea level, the charming beauty of the Valley seems to be luring Nanda Devi National Park to the East, creating a transition zone. Diverse alpine forest with green meadows, the Valley will always leave you mesmerized with the number of milky waterfalls and silver glaciers. The last uncrowded village of Ghangaria serves as the base camp for all the travellers, which is 13 Km. from Govindghat. The park is accessible only during summer, from June to October, when the bio-diversity is at full bloom. Travel to the Valley of Flowers is a must-do ride for nature lovers, Botanists, Zoologists, the people who love trek, and wildlife photographers. Countless people globally march every year to witness this world Heritage site.

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Valley of flowers Trek 2022 opening and closing dates:

Opening:

The Valley of flowers lies in the lap of the Himalayas. The higher altitude and unfavourable weather conditions are only the obstacles. In summer, June to October is the time of opening of the Valley, and the Valley opens exactly on the 1st of June 2022.

Closing:

Due to unpredictable precipitation and pulse dropping temperature, the JourneyJourney halts from the month of October and resumes in the month of June next year. Simply the Valley is closed in winter from October.

Activities in Valley of Flowers

Trekking

Voyagers and nature admirers march to the gorgeous Valley of flowers, which offers them to magnify the jam-packed beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls and prettiness in the form of multicolour flora and exuberant dense timberland. The Valley always seems to be glistening in glory. Trekking over such a masterpiece is something like heading towards eternity with the endless feeling of joy.

Pilgrimage

Hemkunt Sahib is one of the most popular Sikh shrines. Connected to Hindu mythology even, every year, jam-packed visitors of both the community travel every year. The spread of eternal vibes and the Himalayan glimpse motivate the pilgrims to overcome the long-haul passages to reach the house of the Lord. The shrine's popularity attracts travellers globally in the summers. Most popular among these shrines is Hemkund Lake. The holy dip is believed to cure different ailments of the body. Therefore the pilgrims never miss the opportunity to take a holy bath.

Village Tourism

Being the last colonized village on the way to the Valley of flowers, Ghangaria has gained seeming popularity among the tourists. Visitors have a chance to explore the beauty of the village, their customs and beliefs and above all, their local music. Ghangaria also serves as the base camp for the Valley of flowers. Another adjoining village that can be added to the explorable JourneyJourney is Byundar village, enrooting Ghangaria from Govindghat .

History of Valley of Flowers

The glowing masterpiece of nature with varied 600 above floral species and nesting some rarest of the rare endangered species of animals make it an exemplary site to explore. Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is an Indian National Park established in 1982. Located in district Chamoli in Uttarakhand. The Valley remained hidden until 1931, when accidently discovered by 3 Britishers, Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth, who lost their way during an accomplished expedition of mt Kamet. They tend to meet at a point full of flowers. Driven through the charming beauty, they named it ''the Valley of flowers. Later after the discovery, one of the visitors ''Frank Smythe'' also mentioned the Valley in his book ''Valley of flowers''. In 1939 a renowned botanist Joan Margret Legge died while carrying out her research on some grave floral species. A memorial was laid down by her sister with local rituals. In 1982 the Valley of flowers was declared a national park by the government of Uttarakhand. In 1993 Prof. Chandra Prakash Kalia carried out the research and listed above 520 alpine plants and later on authored 2 books ''the valley of flowers myth and reality'' and ''Ecology and Conservation of the Valley of Flowers National Park, Garhwal Himalaya.''

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Valley of Flowers Travel Tips and Guide

Valley of flowers is publicly accessible from 1st June onwards every year. The Valley remains operative from the month of June to the month of October. Before planning any expedition, the travellers should carefully read the advisory issued by the government of Uttarakhand. Start afresh early in the morning from the transit point Ghangaria to spend ample time in the Valley. Being a world heritage site, registration is obligatory. The visitor needs to share his/her initials, including a fixed entry fee. Most importantly, plastic bottles are impermissible to carry along with to the Valley. Travellers can start their excursion to the Valley in early morning at 7:00 am. to the last allowable applicant by 2:00 pm. Travellers are advised to plan their return by 5:00 pm. evening before sunset to get plan their night halt. Travellers, hikers or trekkers should always carry the emergency medicines, first aid kits and an extra pair of shorts, mackintosh, socks as well extra batteries (for the visitors carrying a camera) along with to avoid any inconvenience due to unpredictable weather. With no food outlets in the Valley, eatables should be planned with respect to the stay in the Valley. High altitude sites are always prone to low oxygen levels, so the Bronchitis patients, asthmatics or patients with any kind of allergy-related to lungs are advised to cancel this jaunt. The Valley spreads its charm throughout the season, but the most favoured is in the month of July and August when a majority of floral species are of ripe age. Travellers or tourists are advised to seek every update about the climatic conditions before planning a visit to the Valley of flowers.

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The mythology of Valley of flowers

There are a bunch of stories that keeps on prevailing in Indian mythology for quite a long time. Historical records claims, that the Valley remained untouched till 1937. The Hindu mythology upholds that before the exploration, this place was repeatedly visited by the Hindu Gods and Pandavas and was under their influence. Some of them believe this Valley to be in possession of unlimited fairies and spirits. Thereby human interference at a particular time is prohibited. Anyone who visits the Valley after sunset never comes back. Few believers tend to connect this Valley to Ramayanakal, where Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama, meditated beside a lake in this Valley for many years. Finally, in the battle of Ravan and Lord Ram, Lakshman was injured and fainted. The Lord Hanuman took away the Sanjeevni Booti (a rare herb with magical medicinal properties) from this Valley and saved the life of Lakshman restoring his strength through the odour of the herb. Simultaneously, Sikh mythology shares their words of experience about the holy Gurudwara Shri Hemkunt Sahib. They believe that their tenth and last Guru- Shri Guru Gobind Singh meditated here for years until eternity and finally united with God in this Valley. Shri Guru Gobind Singh, the holy saint of Sikhs who did self, attests himself to be reincarnated, has mentioned in his holy book that he meditated in the Himalayas by an adjoining frozen lake surrounded by seven peaks. The place was known as ""Sapat Shring"" in the holy dasham granth book. The Sikhs started searching the place mentioned and kept on searching the mentioned place. They kept their hunt on from 1884 to 1936, when the first-ever Gurudwara (the Sikh holy shrine) was built. With lots of changes over a period of five decades until the last Gurudwara was constructed in the shape of an inverted lotus. Another belief is the dip in the holy Hemkund Lake. The holy lake is said to possess some medicinal properties and blessings of their Gods, which cures many diseases in no time. Lots of beliefs are deeply connected to this Valley and the holy lake, but one undeniable fact is that the Valley of flowers is truly a blessed spot and a God's gift to mankind.

  • Best Option Stay in the Valley

    Travelling to the Valley of the flower is a 5-6 days journey from Rishikesh or Dehradun until you reach Ghangaria, The transit spot to the Valley. Before landing in Ghangaria, visitors have bounteous options to strike a halt after every milestone is achieved. Innumerous star rating deluxe hotels are available before Ghangaria. Night stay in the Valley is forbidden. Visitors are advised to commence their JourneyJourney early morning at 7 am. and conclude by 5 pm before sunset. By the end of their charismatic journey, visitors can prefer to find accommodation at Ghangaria or Govindghat on the very same Day. Private single rooms, small private lodges and hotels are available at Ghangaria.

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  • Food options near Valley of flowers

    The whole expedition to the Valley of flowers depletes a maximum of 8 hours. With no food outlets or fast-food services, visitors are advised to carry packed meals and refreshments along with. Dry fruits are the best options to carry. Dry sweets and candies can also be part of the expedition. Hotels and restaurants are only available at the transit point "Ghangaria" where the visitors can enjoy the north Indian vegetarian dishes in conjunction with a few prominent global dishes accompanied by some Punjabi-Garhwali dishes.

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  • Valley of flowers news and updates

    Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is now open for travellers under covid guidelines from 1st July. Travellers are directed to accompany with their Covid- negative RT-PCR report and strictly follow all the Covid-19 rules of conduct by the government of Uttarakhand.

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  • Trekking update:

    A rapid trek route to the Valley of flowers has been modelled to guide you easily to the floral Valley. To make your "peg out" more gratifying, a new motorable bridge has been towered in Govindghat, linking 4 Kms. Towards the Valley of flowers till Pulna village. Tourists, hikers, mountaineers now have to trek only 10 Kms. to reach the base camp "Ghangaria"

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  • Valley of Flowers Entry Fee

    Indian National: Rs. 150
    Foreign National: Rs. 600

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Valley of Flowers Trekking and Tour Packages

Book your Valley of Flowers Trek tour package 2022 Trekking always includes glee and elation. But when the destination is ''Valley of flowers Tour Package Uttarakhand, then the trip became more angelic participation. Valley of flowers trek in the Himalayas is the most admirable terminus to checkout. The voyage to the Valley begins at Govindghat or Pulna village after bisecting the well-known Alaknanda River through a hanging bridge. Having to face the crooked path early but slowly, the track sheers through an arising valley of lush green fields. The JourneyJourney becomes more enthusiastic when the graceful Ganga becomes swifter, and walking through the Valley, the glimpse of the mountain in white attire makes the JourneyJourney memorable. The 7 km passage from Puna to Bhyundar village is jammed with some overwhelming art of nature to capture. Most ravishing is when we cross the tumbling down waterfalls and cold-water springs. The pink and dark red colour of Rhododendrons all over the area makes the trip blissful. Trekkers can pause their journeys to enjoy the tea at small wayside stalls all over the route. Young enthusiastic tourist guides are available at Bhyundar village. Halting to rest awhile, the JourneyJourney begins again on the right bank of Lakshman Ganga until a log bridge supported on huge boulders is reached. Bisecting the bridge to the left bank, the walking passage becomes sheerer and tougher. After 2kms run, you will get over to Ghangaria, the base camp for the hikers to the Valley of Flowers package price 2022 and Hemkunt Sahib.

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Valley of Flowers tour Itinerary

Planning to visit the Valley of flowers but still in the middle, we can lend a helping hand. Take a look over the detailed travel plan for the Valley of flowers trek.

  • 1st Day:

  • Rishikesh to Joshimath
    Distance Covered: 255 Kms.
    Time Consumption: 9 Hours
    Altitude Rise: 372 meters at Rishikesh to 1875 meters at Joshimath.

    With the first brightening, leave for Joshimath from Rishikesh. It is a safe and long journey of 255 Km from Rishikesh. Joshimath is the dwelling place of Lord Badrinath. By the arrival at Joshimath in the evening, plan for an overnight stay in a hotel. Avail direct bus service to Joshimath from ISBT Rishikesh if you prefer to go by bus. For a comfortable ride to Joshimath, private taxis or cabs are also available from the Rishikesh Taxi stand.

    Valuable tip:

    For more economical journeys use public transport. If you are unable to find any direct public transport to Joshimath, break your JourneyJourney to smaller destinations or opt for share away transport like jeeps, tata sumo and max. Road route is broken to smaller destinations:

    Rishikesh-Devpryag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnapryag-Chamoli-Joshimath
  • 2nd Day:

  • Joshimath-Govindghat-Ghangaria
    Distance Covered by Road: 20 Km.
    Trekking Distance: 10 Km.
    Time Consumption: One hour by road and 6 hours by trekking.
    Altitude Rise: 1828 mtrs at Govindghat to 3049 mtrs at Ghangaria.

    After breakfast, steer to Govindghat with a distance of about 22 Kms from Joshimath. Time to trek towards Ghangaria with cram-full meals. Ghangaria, otherwise known as Govind Dham, serving as a base camp, is the transit point to the Valley of flowers and Shri Hemkunt Sahib shrine. Post completion of 10 Kms, Ghangaria arrives. Travellers should have an overnight stay here. Hotels and rooms are available for night halt.

    Special Update:

    A new route was developed after the 2013 flood calamity. You can also opt to follow this new route from Govindghat to Pulna village, distancing 4Km, which is vehicle driven. Earlier the walking distance was 14 Kms.

    Valuable tip:

    If the travellers find it difficult to trek, then the ponies are available at Govindghat. Book your pony and make your ride easy and comfortable else, use the pony to carry your luggage or any carriable goods.

  • 3rd Day:

  • Ghangaria-Valley of Flowers-Ghangaria
    Trekking distance: 7.5 Kms in total (both departure and arrival covered)
    Time Consumption: 4 hrs. in total (both departure and arrival covered)
    Altitude Rise: 3049 meters. At Ghangaria to 3658 meters. At Valley of Flowers.

    Time to fasten your backpacks and start trekking to the Valley of flowers. The trek is an easy one while overpassing through dense green woodland and beautiful alpine species of silver fir, juniper and birches to gaze. Walking by green meadows, the Himalayan floral vegetation creates an alluring natural art by mother nature. The number of cascading waterfalls, small rivulets, colourful, rare insects and birds makes you feel out of the world. One of the most ravishing places to find is the shelter of numerous species of birds and rare colourful butterflies after the angelic halt in the valley time to wrap the trip. Return to Ghangaria and find a hotel for an overnight stay.

  • 4th Day:

  • Ghangaria-Govindghat-Joshimath

    After a nutritious breakfast, commence your journey with 10 kms trek to Govindghat and then a motor ride to Joshimath via Badrinath. Halt your JourneyJourney at Joshimath for a night stay in the hotel available.

  • 5th Day:

  • Joshimath-Rishikesh

    Drive to Rishikesh after morning refreshments and be prepared to say goodbye to the Valley and thanks to the government of Uttarakhand for a pleasant trip.


    Kindly Note:

    You can prolong your stay in Ghangaria for a day or two and visit the prominent Sikh Shrine Shri Hemkunt Sahib as well, which is exactly 6 kms from Ghangaria.

Valley of flowers FAQ's

  • Q.What is the best time to visit the Valley of flowers?
  • A. The Valley of flowers opens from 1st June to the month of October but the best time to visit this world heritage site is from June to August when the nature glooms in glory and has the opportunity to find the 300 plus species in ripe age.

  • Q. Is it safe to travel to the Valley of flowers?
  • A. The Valley of flowers is safe to travel. People are soft-spoken, humble and down to earth. The state of Uttarakhand is known for its hospitality and rich language. Talking about the travel to the Valley of flowers, June is the best time to visit when the climatic conditions are in favour. Before planning a long and high-altitude journey, one has to be medically fit or consult a doctor before hitting the road. Secondly, enquire about the weather conditions. Thirdly pack every essential required in the JourneyJourney. Fourthly read the advisory generated by the government of Uttarakhand.

  • Q. What kind of weather can be expected in the Valley of flowers?
  • A. Valley of flowers is a high-altitude hilly area. Weatherly conditions are unpredictable. Unseasonal rainfall, chilling winds, fog, lack of adequate oxygen level over higher altitude areas, and landslides make the JourneyJourney tough. Summers is the best season to enjoy vacations.

  • Q. Is there any ATM facility in the Valley of flowers?
  • A. There is no ATM facility or cash counters in Valley of flowers. ATM and banking services are available at Govindghat and Ghangaria nearby.

  • Q. What are the nearby places in the Valley of flowers to visit?
  • A. Nearby places to visit in the Valley of flowers are Hemkunt Sahib and Badrinath.

  • Q. If one has to visit Hemkunt Sahib and the Valley of flowers, how can these places be covered in a single trip?
  • A. Both the destinations cannot be covered in a single visit. They can be covered one by one only. Although the transit place to visit both the destinations are same known as ""Ghangaria"". As the visit is time-bound and overnight stay in the Valley is restricted therefore after reaching Ghangaria are divided into two rides for two days. Distance of Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria: 3.2 Kms. Distance of Hemkunt Sahib from Ghangaria: 2.1 Kms.

  • Q. How many days are sufficient to explore the Valley of flowers?
  • A. Valley of flowers is the complete destination to explore. There are two or three places to visit, like Hemkunt Sahib and Badrinath. If exploring all the destinations at the same pace, it requires 3-4 days to visit all the sacred places. The 16 Km journey starts from Govindghat to Ghangaria and finally to see all the destinations one by one where Ghangaria is the transit point to all the destinations.

  • Q. What are the health issues one has to deal with during high altitude trips?
  • A. First of all, the high-altitude trips can be completed successfully on if the traveller is medically fit and able to walk and run and moreover mental fitness is also essential in any kind of expedition. Higher the altitude and lower is the oxygen level. Due to a lack of adequate oxygen supply, the asthmatic person or a visitor with any kind allergy of lungs is not allowed to participate in such kinds of trips.

  • Q. What are the road conditions in the Valley of flowers?
  • A. After the 2013 disaster, roads are prone to landslides during higher precipitation. The visitors are therefore advised to read the advisory released by the government of Uttarakhand or enquire the climatic conditions favorable for any kind of long, high altitude journey before moving forward.

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Valley of Flowers Photos Gallery

Our Photo Gallery below will be of great help to those who want to travel the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. Sometimes in photos, you find what you really want to find. The weather, the view here and why this place is so famous worldwide. You can get an idea of this from the photos provided by us. All photos are of our former customers who planned their booking with us.

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Important facts about Valley of flowers national park

Location : Near Badrinath, in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand. National Park : It was declared as National park in 1982. World Heritage Site : Declared as World Heritage Site on July 14, 2005 by UNESCO. Best time to visit : July and August Hotels : Blue Poppy Swiss Cottage camps and Blue Poppy Resorts in Auli. Entry Fee: Rs. 150 for Indians and Rs. 650 For non-Indians Entry Timings : 7 am to 5 pm Opening Date : 1st June Closing Date : 4th October Time needed for Valley of flowers trek : 7 days Ex Haridwar.

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Opening and Closing dates of Valley of Flowers in 2022

Valley of flowers will open on 1st June 2022 and will close on 4th October, 2022. It remained closed for public in 2013 after the floods in June 2013 till 4th October, 2014 as the trek between Ghangaria and the valley was damaged. It was reconstructed by September, 2014 and valley was opened for public for 6 days from 4th October to 9th October, 2014. You can visit out best time to visit to know what will be best time among these four months of accessibility of the valley.

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Opening and closing time for visitors

The usual and the most official time for visiting starts at 7 am till 2 pm in the noon. It requires you to start trekking back to the camp by 1:30 pm and touch the place safely by 5 pm. It is advisable to reach the entry gate by 6:45 am to get the first-hand ticket into the Valley and enjoy it to the maximum time. Trekking from the entry to the place you have to go takes time as everyone has their pace. It is hence better to keep a margin to avoid bad experiences.