Valley Of Flowers Trek:

Upcoming Valley of Flowers trek 2023 in July and August as per the given itinerary.  Customised private tours are possible from early July till end of September. Only available group tour is starting on 20th August 2023 from Rishikesh. Submit the Booking form to get all relevant details in email.

Valley of Flowers trek is a chart topper, when you are considering a monsoon trek. Below is your Complete Guide to Valley of Flowers trekking tour 2023. Click on a link to jump to a specific part of information.

Valley of Flowers: Current Status, News & latest updates 2022
Brief itinerary
Notes on itinerary
Why it is special
About the trek
Trek distances, altitude gain and profile
Trek difficulty
Safety and risks during monsoon
Things to bring
Best time to visit
Package and trek cost
Biodiversity, flora & fauna
How to reach trek basecamp?

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Start from Rishikesh by 6 a.m. and drive  to Govindghat (~1815 m/5950 ft) – 265 Km  – 10 to 12 hours. Lodge or hotel accommodation.
Day 2: Drive from Govindghat to Pulna  (~ 2050 m/6725 ft) – 4 Km and then trek to Ghangaria (~3050 m/10000 ft) – 10 Km – 5 to 6 hours. Lodge or hotel.
Day 3: Trek to the Valley of Flowers, (~3450 m/11320 ft) explore around and back to Ghangaria – 8 to 10 Km – 6 to 8 hours. Lodge or hotel.
Day 4: Trek to Hemkund Sahib (~4160 m/13650 ft), explore the adjacent lake and back to Ghangaria – 12 Km – 7 to 8 hours. Lodge  or hotel.
Day 5: Trek to Pulna – 10 Km – 4 to 5 hours. Drive 4 Km to Govindghat. Lodge or hotel accommodation.
Day 6: Drive from Govindghat to Rishikesh – 265 Km – 10 to 11 hours. You will reach Rishikesh by 6 to 7 pm. From here, Haridwar is ~ 20 Km, Dehradun (DED) Jolly Grant Airport is also 20 Km away and an hour’s drive.

Important notes on travel and the itinerary:

  • You may opt for shared transportation with other group members (NOT included in the TREK FEE) from Rishikesh on Day 1 at 6 a.m. Pickup spots in Rishikesh are Natraj Chowk and Tapovan Police Checkpost on Badrinath road. Otherwise, you are free to reach basecamp independently. Similarly, you will return to Rishikesh on Day 6 evening by 6 to 7 p.m. Arrange your travel tickets accordingly.
  • Cab fare is ₹ 8,000 and ₹ 11,500 for a Tata Sumo and Tempo Traveller one way respectively. This is shared equally by the team members and paid directly to the driver.
  • Often, it is convenient to reach Rishikesh anytime on Day 0. Either you can fly to Dehradun (DED, Jolly Grant airport) which is only 1 hour’s drive from Rishikesh. Otherwise, you can take Uttarakhand state transport volvo bus services (afternoon and overnight) from ISBT Kashmiri Gate Delhi to Rishikesh (5/6 hours). Arrange your stay in Rishikesh accordingly.
  • The last ATM is at Joshimath, ~20 Km before Govindghat. Withdraw cash well in advance either in Rishikesh, Srinagar, or Karnaprayag.
  • Major mobile networks work at basecamp Govindghat. You will get some or intermittent mobile connectivity at Ghangaria.

Why Valley of Flowers is special:

Already you may be in love with the just wow photos, typically a slope of a mountain covered with wild flowers. You can see somewhat similar flower covered slopes or ground  in some other valleys on the Himalayas as well. However this valley is not special due to a few varieties in abundance during monsoon. But it is the sheer variety and the amount of flowers together that make Valley of Flowers a unique and a must to visit place for a nature lover.

Valley of Flowers: Himalayan Balsam in bloom (PC – Soumik)
Variety and amount of flowers in the valley is unique

About Valley Of Flowers trek:

Legend and myths met reality when three British mountaineers Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton and Romilly Holdsworth lost their way and reached this piece of paradise on earth. They went to Mt. Kamet expedition (First ascent) and entered into Bhyundar valley during their dramatic descent. Unknowingly the trio found this valley instead of as planned to reach Mana village. Hence the outer world knew that the valley exists.

Shipton and team came down following the valley

According to Hindu mythology this is the Nandan Kanan, garden of Lord Indra. A high altitude valley carved by glacial action of the river Pushpawati and runs east west direction along the river. According to a legend, the river was named Pushpawati by the Pandavas when they saw flowers floating on the waters of this snow fed river.

Pushpawati River forming this special valley

A gigantic snow clad ridge hems this valley from almost all sides. On an average the valley is around 5 Km long and 1 Km wide. Altitude varies between  ~ 3200 m to 3600 m. The area blooms in alpine vegetation for a period of 15-20 weeks (June to October). Rataban peak and Tipra glacier mark the boundary of the valley in the upstream direction. This National Park is truly an all-in-one as a botanist’s dream, an ornithologist’s charm, a photographer’s excitement and a hiker’s delight.

The valley turns in pink, white, blue and violet cover during monsoon (July-August). Anemone, Balsam, Angelica, Bell Flower, Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy, Forget Me Not, Cobra Lily, Marsh Marigold and Birch are a few common types abundant inside the valley.

Pushpawati flowing through the valley and Laxman Ganga coming from the Hemkund Sahib meet below Ghagaria. From here on it is called Laxman Ganga or sometimes Bhyundar Ganga which in turn meets Alaknanda at Govindghat.

Ghangaria: Valley Of Flowers on left and Hemkund on right
Ghangaria from Hemkund track
Hemkund lake and the Gurudwara

The initial trail from Govindghat to Ghangaria is a long walk of 14  Km, though it’s mostly gradual along with Pushpawati River. Now a motor able road is constructed further till Pulna village, 4 Km ahead. You may hire a car and share with the fellow trekkers. This reduces the trail to around 4 Km and the initial climb from the bridge on the Alaknanda River. Second and the last climb is from Bhyunder village to the Helipad ground from where Ghangaria is another Kilometre walk. You will get tea-stalls/small dhaba throughout the trail within short intervals.

Trek begins: Govindghat and Alaknanda after initial climb

Although the paved walk till Ghangaria isn’t worth much, things change dramatically  from here  onward. We will visit two valleys on two separate days in our tour. The trail to our left goes inside the Valley of flowers. This trail is pristine and no nuisance of horses inside. This very special valley is indeed very charming for the experienced Himalayan hikers as well. We will walk to the head of the valley and return to Ghangaria.

Call of the valley: Pushpawati gorge 
The valley is indeed a special one (P.C. Partha)

Next we will visit Hemkund Sahib, a moderate climb to a large high altitude lake and the holy shrine. You may think of hiring a horse on the paved way, if you don’t wish to test your endurance. This track is different from the one inside the valley, but indeed worth a visit. As you gain altitude you will get some snow sections even as late as July. As we approach ~ 4000 m/13000 ft, the terrain gets rocky and is ideal for Brahmakamal bloom.

Snow on the way to Hemkund (June)
Brahmakamal: The holy flower

Valley of Flowers trek distance and altitude profile:

Now the track is motorable from Govindghat to Pulna, 4 Km on the way to Ghangaria. This reduced the distance to around 8 Km than it was a few years back. Pulna to Ghangaria, to and fro is around  20 Km. Take 8 Km, to and fro to Valley Of Flowers from Ghangaria and another 12 for a return trek from Hemkund. You need to walk around a total 40 Km or so on mostly paved track and trail inside the valley.

Below figure will give you an idea of the Valley Of Flowers trek distance and corresponding altitude profile.

Valley Of Flowers trek: Distance and Altitude profile

Valley Of Flowers trek difficulty level: Is it suitable for first timers?

Yes, certainly this is a Himalayan trek which is ideal for the beginners. We categorise it as an “Easy” grade trek.

Although the entire trail length is longer than our many Easy grade treks, at the same time it’s pretty gentle till Bhuydar village. A moderately steep climb for an hour or so from Bhundar bridge is the only climb till you reach Ghangaria.

The trail is concrete or paved track and well marked throughout.  The climb to Hemkund Sahib can be tiring and slow ascend is recommended. Being a “Tea-House” trek you will stay in a lodge throughout the trek and may be convenient for the beginners.  However you should keep in mind that this is a trekking trail, where you need to walk 6/7 hours a day and need basic physical fitness to complete the Valley Of Flowers trek comfortably. If you are not sure about carrying your own backpack, you have the option to offload the bag and carry it by horse. This will be arranged with additional charges, on spot.

Safety and risks on the Valley of Flowers during monsoon: What is expected?

As this is a Himalayan trek, the adventure components will have their uncertainties and associated risks. But there is nothing to be worried of or can’t be dealt with. This section will help you on what to expect on an adventure tour in monsoon meanwhile getting ready for the same.

Valley of Flowers and Hemkund is perhaps one of the safest Himalayan treks. Most of it is a paved concrete trail essentially the type one gets in the Yatri/Pilgrims routes. Only Ghangaria to the valley and return, one day you will get the usual easy grade trekking trail with some cobble stoned path. rocks etc. In case of an emergency horses can be used to return quickly. Additionally there is a Helipad at Ghangaria with flights from and to basecamp Govindghat. Note that during inclement weathers Helicopter will not fly.

At the same time monsoon brings some risks. Usually you will not trek in the monsoon unless there is a special reason. Flowers are the reason that you travel during monsoon.

Be it during the road travel/drive to basecamp and return or in the trek, mentally prepare for some delays, unexpected situations, hindrances etc. For example minor landslides or rockfalls and subsequently a road block/road diversion for a couple of hours is common. Similarly on the trek if it continues to rain for long hours, sometimes entry to the Valley/park is closed for a day. This is a precautionary measure and to quickly check and fix the trail. Here in such a situation we will visit Hemkund first and wait to visit Valley of flowers next day.

Pro tips: Adding a buffer day to the itinerary makes sense here. Surely this will help during the monsoon and in particular groups coming together in private/cutomised tours.

To conclude, even with the above risks it is completely safe to trek on this trail during the monsoon season.

Do I need special clothing or shoes for this trek? Things to carry for Valley of flowers tour:

As this trek is best during monsoon, you will need to bring adequate waterproofing. Either you can carry a raincoat/poncho or a waterproof windcheater to fully protect yourself from rain. Make sure that your waterproof gear has a hood that protects your head during rain.

It is always better and recommended to get specific warm clothing and trekking shoes for any Himalayan treks. However you can reuse your existing warm clothing and good quality rubber soled sports shoes for Valley Of Flowers trek. You may have to use more than one layer of warm clothing.

So you need to bring at least:

1) Waterproof jacket/raincoat/poncho.
2) Warm clothes – jacket, sweaters, hoodies, thermals (use couple of layers), anything which may keep you warm.
3) A rucksack to carry your stuff. Pack clothes etc, inside plastic packets and put inside your backpack to keep things dry.
4) A decent rubber soled sports shoe to give you some grip on the trail. A waterproof shoe is a better choice during monsoon season. Trekking show (with wateproofing + ankle support) is a plus.

Check here for the detailed List of things to carry in a Himalayan trek. Do check the list as there are other essentials which you need to take in Valley Of Flowers trek. Also you can download the list as PDF.

Best time to visit Valley Of Flowers? When should I visit to get maximum flowers?

The seasonal bloom in the national park area begins as early as June. Some flowers remain as late as the end of September. So it spans over a period of 16 weeks or so when you will get to see some flowers.

However you will get more species variety and flowering as the monsoon sets in properly. As in this area, monsoon sets during early July and extends till late of August. In this way it is good to visit Valley Of Flowers anytime in July or August. Even if you visit during early September, you will get a green valley and some flowers.

Considering this it is best to plan Valley of Flowers trek between mid July to late August.

Valley of Flowers trek tour packages and cost inclusions:

Fixed Group departures: Our usual scheduled Fixed Departure Valley of Flowers treks are of Economy/Budget type. The accommodation at lodge/hotel in Govindghat and Ghangaria is usually on twin/quad sharing basis. We will provide separate rooms for male and female trek members. Meals are simple vegetarian and nutritious.

One or more local expert trekking guide(s) will accompany you depending on the strength of the group. He will be carrying a basic medical kit as required. You are protected with accidental insurance coverage aiming for evacuation and hospitalisation which covers the full itinerary of 7 days.

The TREK FEE is ₹ 10,950 + 5% GST per person, Govindghat to Govindghat.

On request we may arrange your transportation from Haridwar to Govindghat and return. This is on an actual basis and payable directly to the driver. Check the COST INCLUSIONS tab for more detailed information.

Ghangaria one street lodge/bazaar cluster

Customised private tour packages: This is more flexible in nature as you can choose any date to start. TREK FEE depends on group size and type of accommodation. You can either opt for Economy/Budget type or avail the option of Standard/Premium type accommodation on twin sharing basis.

Expect a matching TREK FEE as of our Fixed Departure when you are a group of 8 to 10 persons. Inclusions will be the same as the COST INCLUSIONS tab.

In standard & premium package we provide twin/triple sharing type rooms at Govindghat. Premium package includes Swiss cottage tents instead of rooms at Ghangaria. This is mainly for families or small groups of people, however we can arrange for larger groups as well.

Luxury Swiss tent accommodation at Ghagaria

Valley of Flowers National park and it’s Biodiversity:

Cuddled on the high Himalayan peaks in Chamoli district of Garhwal, Valley of Flowers National Park is always noteworthy for its floral diversity and unmatched natural beauty. This biome is home for more than 500 species of vascular plants, 160 + species of birds and other insects and mammals.

The Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park are exceptionally beautiful high-altitude West Himalayan landscapes with outstanding biodiversity. Both the parks form the core zones of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and listed under UNESCO: The Park is declared as a UNESCO heritage site of biosphere reserve in 2005.

A memorial of botanist Joan Margaret Legge

Flora inside Valley Of flowers:

This valley boasts more than 520 species (recorded and identified) of plant and flowers of which many are endemic to this area.  Here are some of these:

Himalayan Rose (Rosa Macrophylla); Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa); Woolly Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis Triplinervis)Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis bella); Himalayan Mini Sunflower (Cremanthodium ellisii); ; Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata); Himalayan Cinquefoil (Potentilla Atrosanguinea) 8) Silky Woundwort (Stachys emodi) 9) Whiskered Commelina (Commelina benghalensis) 10) European Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) 11) Himalayan Thyme (Thymus linearis) 12) Woolly Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis triplinervis) 13) Himalayan Rhodiola (Rhodiola himalensis) 14) Whorled Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum verticillatum) 15) Devendra’s Balsam (Impatiens devendrae) 16) Purple Stalked Gentian (Gentiana pedicellata) 17) Showy Inula  (Inula orientalis) 18) Jacquemont’s Cobra Lily (Arisaema jacquemontii) 19) Large Bellflower (Campanula latifolia) 20) Himalayan Milk Vetch (Astragalus himalayanus) 21) Himalayan Monkshood (Aconitum ferox) 22) Purple Stalked Gentian (Gentiana pedicellata) 23) Creeping Aster (Aster diplostephioides) 24) Himalayan Typhonium (Typhonium diversifolium) 25) Himalayan Thimbleweed (Anemone obtusiloba)





Fauna inside Valley Of Flowers National Park:

This National Park together with Nanda Devi National Park forms one of the most bio diversified regions on the Himalaya. This area is the home of many mammals including Asiatic black bear, Leopard, Snow leopard, Brown bear, Civet cat, Musk deer, Blue sheep, Serow and others.

The bird type includes, Snowcock, Partridge, Monal, Pheasant, Vultures, Eagles, Laughing- thrushes, Warblers, Yuhina, Nuthatch, Honeyguide, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Magpies, Robins and Redstarts, Sunbirds, Accentors, Rosefinches etc. One can observe many species of colourful butterflies, moths and bees. Birding enthusiasts can check the list of available species in Valley of Flowers National Park from here.

Concise Flowers of the Himalaya, illustrated edition by Adam Stainton & Oleg Polunin, ISBN: 9780195644142;
Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subontinent, Grimmett & Inskipp, ISBN: 9780195651553;
Birds of India, Om Field Guides by Krys Kazmierczak, ISBN: 9788187107040;
National parks of India by R.S.Bisht, ISBN: 8123001789;
EDC (Eco Development Committee), Bhyundar;

Updates from 2022:

As we update this section in mid July, Valley Of Flowers is open i.e. the forest department is issuing national park entry permits/tickets. Valley was closed on 10th July and reopened again the very next day. Here are the photos after reopening the park on 11th July.

Valley of Flowers after reopening on 11th July

Note that it is not uncommon to close the valley temporarily for a day due to precautionary measures. For example if heavy rain continues during night and even in the morning then the forest department may not  issue entry tickets on that day. Usually their staff will inspect the route on the same day and quickly fix any risk of rockfall/slides on the trail. In this case we will visit Hemkund Sahib on this day and Valley of flowers the next day so that we can cover both.

Valley Of Flowers: Early July 2022

There are speculations of early bloom due to intense heat throughout the summer. However we found the valley is still in the early bloom stage with a few flowers as one can expect in early July. As the monsoon is picking some momentum now, we can expect more flowering in mid and late July.

All travellers are required to fill Hemkund Sahib Registration Form on the E-Portal. Save the PDF file and take a print. There is a cap of 5000 entries per day to the Gurudwara this year. Fill the form as per the dates of your itinerary. Additionally carry your COVID vaccination certificate(s) and a Photo ID card along with a photocopy of  each.

Access to Valley Of Flowers trekbase – Govindghat:

To reach the trek base Govindghat you need to reach Rishikesh on your own arrangements. Nearest airport Dehraun (DED, Jolly Grant) is only 20 Km from Rishikesh (1 hour).

We may arrange a pickup  from Rishikesh to Govind Ghat and return. This will be on a cost to cost basis and shared by the availing team members. You pay directly to the driver, sharing equally.  The fare is ₹ 8,000 for a Tata Sumo, one way and can accommodate 5 to 6 people. Whereas a Tempo Traveller charges ₹ 11,500 (10 to 12 seats) one way. Approximately, ₹ 2500 per person when you avail both ways. This cost is not included in the TREK FEE.

Or else you may reach Govindghat independently and join us here. Below is a road map with major points en route to Govindghat.

The route to reach basecamp Govindghat
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Tour Reviews

4.90 based on 10 reviews
July 27, 2022

This trek to Valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib between 15 – 20 July 2022 was organised by Himalaya Trekkers. Though Saptarshi had prepared us mentally for this trek it was a bit hard. But it was worth the effort with the ever helpful Mahipat, who was our guide. He not only knew the area well, but sections where we found it difficult, he held our hand to descend.
To top it we got wonderful weather and all in all, it was a beautiful experience.
I would recommend Himalaya Trekkers for organising your treks.

September 2, 2021

Hi I completed the Valley of Flowers trek with them. Had a great time. The entire trek was well conducted. Hats off to Mr Saptarshi and the management team and the trek leaders and guides. Everyone in the group had so much fun. We were provided with the best stay and food possible. Thank you so much Himalayan trekkers for providing an atmosphere were in the trekkers can bond and enjoy themselves without having to worry about the quality of the services being provided. Looking forward to going on many more treks with you guys soon kudos keep up the good work

August 28, 2021

Valley of flowers was 1st ever trek me and my frenz had taken and with HT team it was made easy and with awesome experience.. All the things were perfectly planned hotel locations, food and overall arrangements.. Thanku HT team.. Looking forward for another trek in future.

August 19, 2021

Valley of flowers and Hemkundsahib trek was my first trek with Himalaya Trekkers (HT) during 8th to 13th August 2021. They organised this group trip nicely from the day of pickup till the drop to Haridwar. It was a wonderful experience. I profusely thank both of our guides, Mr. Mahipat and Mr. Chandra Prakash for their kind support and encouragement during trek, since we three (me and my school friends Mr. Gautam Sengupta and Mr. Prabir Karmakar) were senior citizens in the group, one of our guide was always with us like shadow while trekking. Our accommodation and food were excellent in Gobindoghat. But only the downside was the accommodation arranged in Ganghariah for gents in Gangotri lodge. It was not good at all, although the food was good. However, overall it was a wonderful trip. All credit goes to our trekking organizers Mr. Saptorshi and Mr. Rikh. Personally I would like to go with HT for many more treks in near future. Thanks to everyone including my fellow trekkers once again.

August 8, 2021

Excellent team. This was our first trek and we were a group of 19 and was very well taken care by team Himalayan Trekkers.
Thank you. Will highly recommend them if you are looking for an agency to plan your treks

November 30, 2019

Did my first properly planned trek with HT. Had an amazing experience throughout. Very reasonably prized package, brilliant guides, excellent food. Overall a very good experience!! Would love to do more treks with them in future!

September 8, 2019

Thanks a lot everyone for creating such beautiful memories together. It was an amazing trek and beyond my imagination. Things happened in the last few days are inscribed in memory for ever, and I miss you all guys.

September 6, 2019

A great experience with Himalaya trekkers in Valley of flowers trek! The arrangements were amazing. Apart from cozy rooms they offered us some delicious foods that we never expected from a trek. A special thanks to Dev Singh ji, our guide. He is a person with great personality. He motivated us throughout the trek. He is a very disciplined and experienced person. Looking forward to have some more experience with Himalaya trekkers!!

August 7, 2017

We 15 people went on Valley of Flowers Trek with Himalaya Trekkers from Jul 30 2017 to 4th August 2017. Experience was very very nice. HT staff including tour manager guides was very cooperative, helping nature. They helped the old people in our group on the trek route, taken care of every member. Nice food in Govindghat and also in Ghangaria at the height nearly 10000 ft and packed lunch was also nice. Because of the tour guides of HT we enjoyed the nature in the Himalaya very peacefully. They guided us in such a way that in all 4 days we enjoyed the Trekking in Himalaya without any difficulty. So I will prefer HT for Himalayan Trekking in future also. Thanks to HT Staff. Thank you very much.

August 20, 2016

Planning since a year, “Valley of Flowers” finally off my bucket list and what an experience !!! Kudos to team HT.My initial concerns with the first trek; thousands of unnecessary queries of a first timer; all were accommodated aptly by Saptarshida.Safety is their first concern, and they make sure that its the first thing to be taken care of. So every person matters, the experience is very personal indeed.Looking forward to more such experiences in near future …

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