One of the most notable treks in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers Trek is frequented by trekking enthusiasts between the months of July, August and September when the valley is in full bloom and the views become the epitome of all things beauty. Located in the Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks region, the place has been globally acknowledged for its rich biodiversity and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna such as the Asiatic black bear, blue-throated barbets, snow leopard, Himalayan monal, musk deer, yellow-billed and red-billed choughs, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep.
The landscape throughout the trek is very scenic and urges everyone to try their hand at photography to seize the moments. Also, one of the advantages of the Valley of Flowers trek is that you can access spectacular views at a comparative ease unlike most other treks. So, mentioned below is the itinerary for the trek to guide you for your next adventure!
Dehradun (however the pickup can be arranged from other location as per the client requirements)
Moderate (Beginners can do this trek)
Valley of Flowers Trek is known for its unparalleled natural beauty of valleys, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, etc. On this trek, one gets to see several rare Himalayan flowers that cannot be seen anywhere. There are around 400 species of such flowers that are found in the valley. Apart from the flowers, several rare animals are also found in this region. Once you are on this trek, everyday is a treat to eyes. You will love each and every view of this trek. The Valley of Flowers is encircled by several huge mountain peaks which also enhance the view and make it way more scenic. Hathi Ghoda and Nilkanth peaks can be seen from the trek.
Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is also the part of this trek and is another renowned location. It is the highest gurudwara in the world and is considered like a Mecca for Sikhs. The gurudwara is settled at an altitude of 15,200 feet above the sea level and offers beautiful views of surroundings.
Another attraction of this trek is Badrinath, which is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus and one of the chota char dhams in Uttarakhand. Badrinath is located around 25 km from Govindghat (trek starting point) and can be covered easily by adding one day to the itinerary.
Reach Haridwar as that’s the starting point of this journey and then meet the group and the trip lead before starting on the forward route. Typically, the ride will begin at the earliest hour possible because you will be covering a distance of around 295 km which would take 10 to 12 hours for you to reach Govindghat in the evening. It is a thrilling ride as you will be travelling on the snaking roads of the mountains of Uttarakhand. The views will also please you greatly as you will be traveling through all the confluences of alaknanda rivers (a.k.a panch prayag) such as Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag, so keep an eye for the beautiful confluences at these sacred towns. You can also take a few breaks in between the long journey.
After you reach Govindghat in the evening, overnight stay will be in a hotel.
Start your morning with a nice breakfast as on the 2nd day of the trip, you will start trekking from Govindghat to Ghangharia and it will be an approximately 9 km long trek. The trail is stone-paved and stunningly gorgeous with the river running by your side for the majority of the trail. The climb is easy, except for a few steep patches, and you can also enjoy your packed lunch at a point that you find scenic.
Later, as you reach Ghangharia, you can rest at your overnight stay that will be arranged in a guesthouse/hotel. Ghangharia is a quaint little settlement amidst the green mountains and you can spend some time with your trek-mates before going to sleep.
This day is the most significant one as you will finally trek to the much-awaited Valley of Flowers, a visual delight. It is located at an altitude of 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level and is a 5 km trek from Ghangharia. While on the way to the Valley of Flowers, there will come a point where the road will diverge and that’s where, you have to take the left path because the other one leads to the holy site of Hemkund Sahib. Moreover, you will also need a permit to enter the valley and that permit will be arranged by our representative at the forest check post.
Soon, you will enter the valley bustling with an array of colours and it will be a sight of your lifetime. All the first-time trekkers to the valley are left in absolute wonder by the vista painted by the flowers of the valley. Spend some time there before starting your trek back to Ghangharia. Then, as you reach Ghangharia, call it a day after enjoying a filling dinner with your group.
Start this day a little bit early after having breakfast because today you will trek for around 8 km uphill to successfully visit the world’s highest located gurudwara i.e. Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji. The trail is comparatively steeper than the previous day’s trek but equally rewarding. The gurudwara is surrounded by seven mountain peaks which add grandeur to the already majestic place. It is a very holy site that experiences a large number of devotees every year and once you reach the gurudwara premise, you will feel a sense of calm overcome your being. Spend some time soaking in the divine energy of the place and also enjoy the langar.
Afterward, start the descend towards Ghangharia and rest for the night at the guesthouse/hotel after having dinner.
On this day, you will trek back to Govindghat from Ghangharia and the trail will be the same as it was on Day 2. So, have a hearty breakfast before leaving Ghangharia, the place that served you well during the past few days, and then commence on the descend. It will only take a couple of hours for you to reach Govindghat and then you can also visit one of the Char Dhams i.e. Badrinath as well as the popular Mana village which happens to be the last Indian village on the Indo-China border.
Overnight stay at a hotel.
This being the final day of your trip, you will head back to Haridwar with the group. Also, you will reach Haridwar around evening so keep this in mind before booking your returns tickets from Haridwar.