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 Vajradanti, 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 colourful paradise.
Valley of Flowers is a moderate-level trek. Occasionally the amount of snow on the trek during the peak winter and the sheer gradients make trekking a little hard for beginners. Read more – Fitness preparation for the Himalayan trek.
The best time to visit the Valley of flowers (read more in detail ) is from July till September last. August 1-15 is the best time to see Flowers in Valley in full bloom.
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 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.
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.
The temperature at Joshimath in the daytime is pleasant between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 15 to 20 Degree Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 15 to 20 degrees and at night it goes down to 5-10 degrees.
It is a 6 days trek including a road journey from Rishikesh. The total trek distance is approx 40 km from Pulna to Pulna.
We have fixed departures from Rishikesh. Pick up on day 1 is at Natraj Chowk or Tapovan, Rishikesh at 6:00 am.
Nomad Adventures will arrange a vehicle for you from the pickup point in Dehradun/Rishikesh for Joshimath, however, there are additional charges for that. 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 a 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.
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
👉 Woollen gloves and woollen cap
👉 Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
👉 Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
👉 Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
👉 Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
👉 Insulated Jacket
👉 Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
👉 Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
👉 Trekking shoes
👉 Sun Block and Lip Balm
👉 Water Bottles
✖ Camera and Accessories
✖ Ear Plugs
✖ Glacier Glasses
✖ Reading and Writing Materials
🏔 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.
🏔 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.
🏔 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.
🏔 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.
⛺ 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.
⛺ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent trekking poles only.
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.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
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.
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