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Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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6 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

25 people



About Valley of Flowers  Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek is a vibrant and splendid national park in the Chamoli district. Nestled in Uttarakhand, this enchanting place is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This place has floral pastures, running streams and a beautiful backdrop of the mountains. Yellow flowers like Vajardanti, Potentilla Cuneifolia, Taraxacum Officinale, Bitterwood, blowball, Common Dandelion, Dundee, Kan Phuliya,  Marsh Marigold, Shomalap and many more are found in the Valley of Flowers. It’s a core zone of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. A colossal expanse of 87.5 sq. km and myriad alpine flowers make this place a colorful paradise.

Difficulty level:

Valley of Flowers is a moderate level trek.

What is the Best Time to Visit :

Best time to visit Valley of flowers is July till September last. August 1-15 is the best time to see Flowers in Valley in full boom.

Accommodation at Joshimath and During the Trek:

At Joshimath, trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis and the dormitory will also be there. Female trekkers will share a room with female trekkers only.

Meals on Trek:

Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. On Day 6 early departure after tea and breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Max Altitude/Height:

Maximum trek altitude at Valley of flowers will be 3,505 M | 11,500 ft and at Hemkund Sahib will be 4,632 M | 15,200 ft.

Trek Weather/Temperature:

The temperature at Joshimath in the daytime is pleasant between 20 to 25 Degree Celsius and at night it goes down up to 15 to 20 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 15 to 20 degrees and at night it goes down up to 5-10 degrees.

Valley Of Flowers Trek distance:

It is a 6 days trek including a road journey from Rishikesh. Total trek distance is approx 40 km from Pulna to Pulna.

Departure Points:

We have fixed departures from Rishikesh. Pick up on day 1 is Natraj Chowk or Tapovan, Rishikesh at 6:00 am.

Mode of Transportation:

  • 1-4 Trekkers : Hatch Back – Alto, Swift or Equivalent Vehicle
  • 5-8 Trekkers : Tata Sumo/Bolero or Equivalent Vehicle
  • 9-12 Trekkers: Tempo Traveler

How to Reach:

Nomad Adventures can arrange a cab for you from the pickup point in Dehradun/Rishikesh for Joshimath but you have to pay additional charges for that. The trekkers joining the trek can share the cab cost among them. The scenic route to Joshimath will take around 9-10 hr., the road distance is 250 km. (Trek starting point).Distance: Dehradun to Rishikesh-20 km, Haridwar to Rishikesh, 21 km and Dehradun to Haridwar – 51 km

By Train: The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Dehrdun Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi expresses or Dehradun Express from Delhi. Usually people prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ).  You can easily rely on government/ Volvo buses as they are safe to travel.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport. Taking a flight to Delhi and then a bus/train to reach Rishikesh is also good option.

Note:  Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. Buffer days are kept for unforeseen conditions in the mountains, if not used; you can use them for sightseeing in Rishikesh.

What to Carry on the trek?

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.


👉 Thermals – Tops and Bottoms

👉 Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L

👉 Bag Rain Cover

👉 Fleece pants

👉 Woolen gloves and woolen cap

👉 Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater

👉 Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

👉 Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)

👉 Woolen Socks (4-5 pairs)

👉 Insulated Jacket

👉 Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)

👉 Rain-Coat/Poncho

👉 Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap

👉 Hiking Boots

👉 Sun Block and Lip Balm

👉 Water Bottles


✖ Altimeter

✖ Camera and Accessories

✖ Compass

✖ Ear Plugs

✖ Glacier Glasses

✖ Reading and Writing Materials

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  • Walk on the colourful carpet of flowers laid out in the entire valley.
  • Trek in UNESCO World Heritage site - Valley of Flowers national park.
  • You will get to explore around 300 colourful species including Himalayan Blue Poppy, Brahma Kamal, Potentilla, Aster, Lilies etc.

Day 01: Rishikesh- Joshimath
Day 01: Rishikesh- Joshimath

🏔 Altitude: 6000 ft.
🏠 Stay: homestay/Guesthouse
🚗 Drive: 295 (10 hrs drive via Devaprayag).
⌚ Pick up at 6:30 am from Rishikesh.
🍱 Meal: Dinner.

Arrive early at the Rishikesh bus stand (6:30 am) and drive to Joshimath which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. The drive from Haridwar to Joshimath is a beautiful one. The route passes through many mesmerizing views and the drive goes along hugging the mountainside and you see the forests and valleys of Garhwal below you. We will also be passing by the panchprayag or the five holy confluences of Ganga - Devaprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag.

Day 02: Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria Trek
Day 02: Joshimath - Govindghat - Ghangaria Trek

🏔 Altitude: 10,200 ft.
⛺ Stay: Guesthouse/ Homestay
🚶Trek: 10 km trek, approx. time 8 – 9 hrs to reach.
🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After an early breakfast, we will head off to Govindghat which is around 22 km from Joshimath (Altitude 1828 Mt). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria (3049 m / 14 km Trek) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, it is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 03: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria.
Day 03: Ghangaria - Valley of Flowers - Ghangaria.

🏔 Altitude: 12, 800 ft.
⛺ Stay: Guesthouse
🚶Trek: 6 km trek, approx time to reach 3 – 4 hrs
🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we will trek to the Valley of Flowers National Park. The whole valley is dotted with varieties of exotic flowers like Blue Poppy, Snake Foil, White Leaf Hog Foot, Himalayan Rose, Meadow Geranium, Dog Flower, Hooked Stick Seed, River Anemone and other flora. The Valley is 6-7 km long and ends with a glacier. Return to Ghangaria for an overnight stay in a Guest House.

Day 04: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib- Ghangaria
Day 04: Ghangaria - Hemkund Sahib- Ghangaria

🏔 Altitude: Hemkund ( 15,200 ft) – Ghangaria ( 10, 200 ft).
⛺ Stay: Guesthouse
🚶Trek: 11 km, it will take around 7 hrs.
🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early in the morning start the trek of 11 km to reach "HEMKUND SAHIB". One of the most revered of all Sikh Shrines, The Hemkund Sahib, the World’s Highest Gurudwara, is situated at an altitude of 4,633 m. In the afternoon trek down to reach Ghangaria for an overnight stay. The evening is free for rest & relaxation. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.

Day 05: Ghangaria - Govindghat - Joshimath
Day 05: Ghangaria - Govindghat - Joshimath

⛺ Stay: Guesthouse.
🚶Trek: Trekking distance of 10 Km, Trekking time around 4-5 hours.
🍱 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On Day 5 we will trek back to Govindghat, which is a 14 km/5 hours trek. Be careful while you descend, for good support always use trek poles. After reaching we drive back to Joshimath and stay overnight at a local hotel/guest house.

Day 06: Joshimath- Rishikesh
Day 06: Joshimath- Rishikesh

⛺ Stay: Guesthouse
🍱 Meals: Breakfast
🚗 Drive: 295 (10 hrs drive).

You will start on an early morning ride downhill; we will reach Rishikesh at sundown, around 6 in the evening.

  • Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast. On Day 6 early departure after tea and breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals which include breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the guesthouse/homestay.
  • Accommodation: During the trek, you will be provided rooms on a triple sharing basis or quad sharing basis. Separate accommodation for females and males.
  • Forest permits.
  • Experienced Outdoor leader, guide and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Transport is available from Rishikesh to Joshimath and back at an additional cost.
  • Hot water bucket charges are ₹100 per bucket at Ghangaria.
  • Govindghat to Pulna (3km) cab charges are ₹500 which will be shared among the trekkers.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack 🎒 you can give it to porter/Mules🐴, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1000/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

6 – 7 Days

Monsoon (Jul-Sep)

Tour's Location

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

How long do we trek every day?
On average we will be trekking for 9 - 10 km every day for four days. The path is quite broad and the surface is either cemented or stones have been laid over it. Overall, the trail can be covered within 6-8 hours at a leisurely pace. The trek starts from Pulna village followed by a steep ascent from Ghangaria and then slowly becomes easy till you reach the Valley of Flowers. Route to Hemkund Sahib is a bit challenging, but it's all worth it when you will pass the scenic views. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the trek, you will be staying mostly in a guesthouse or homestay so a proper concrete washroom will be provided. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
What will be the accommodation?
Valley of Flowers is a 6-day trek. The stay from Day 1 to Day 5, will be in a guest house, where you will share rooms with fellow trekkers. Females will be sharing rooms only with females and the same applies to other trekkers. Rooms will be on a triple or on quad-sharing basis.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Our accommodation will be in a homestay/guesthouse on this trek, so blankets will be provided that can withstand temperatures as low as -5 ºC.
Which are the best seasons for the Valley of Flowers trek?
The Valley of flowers trek is best done between July to mid-September
What if it rains while trekking?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
On average, the day temperature swings between 5 - 10 degrees celsius and at the night goes maximum between 0 to minus 5 degrees celsius.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' section on the main page of the trek to check the essentials required.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent trekking poles only.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 60 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
Valley of Flowers is a moderate trek but requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!. It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.
At what time should we reach Rishikesh?
It is advisable to reach the Rishikesh bus stand by 6:00 am on Day 1. Nomad Adventures pick-up is lined up at that time. From there 9-10 hr journey takes us to Joshimath. Please be on time to avoid any delays during that day. It is going to be a long journey, and if we reach on time at the homestay, we will get more time for rest.
What kind of vehicle will be there?
1-4 Trekkers: Hatch Back – Alto, Swift or Equivalent Vehicle
5-8 Trekkers: Tata Sumo/Bolero or Equivalent Vehicle
9-12 Trekkers: Tempo Traveler
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Valley of Flowers is graded as a moderate trek. Beginners can attempt this trek provided they stick to the fitness schedule and meet the health requirements. You need to ensure that your legs and calves are in great shape to undertake a long uphill walk.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
Mostly all networks work till Joshimath. Jio and Airtel get signals till Ghangaria, ahead of that signals can be erratic. Electricity charging points are available at lodges. However, you need to be mindful of the fact that there could be power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consists of a qualified Trek leader, guide, and a porter who will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions like Badrinath, Mana village, Vasudhara falls and Auli. Please note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent/room with a male?
No, female Trekkers will share a room with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others. There is separate accommodation for males and females.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?
Since your starting and returning point is the same on the trek, it is possible for you to leave some luggage behind at the base camp in Joshimath. Our group leader from Nomad Adventures will guide you regarding this on the trek. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and maximum 25 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
If you want to offload your backpack, you can inform our outdoor leader in Joshimath. Extra charges would be around 1000/- per person for the whole trek. Please avoid carrying trolley bags. Only a Rucksack is allowed for offloading. Make sure your Rucksack has good shoulder support and hip support.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.
What kind of shoes required for this trek?
The shoe is the most important aspect of walking and surely it needs a special emphasis when you have to walk uphill for 6-8 hours and more on the subsequent days. Valley Of Flowers is not a technical trek, you can also use any sturdy, well-cushioned and waterproof shoes and if it's a trekking shoe then that's the best. Quechua Forclaz 500/100 from Decathlon is the most popular trekking shoe in India.


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