Valley of Flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains. Unknown to humans, for centuries this enchanting valley lay frozen during the colder months, and burst into its youthful beauty every year,
as the snow melted with the advent of summer. Every year, the valley was splashed with color as it bloomed with hundreds of kinds of flowers, taking on various shades of colors as months progressed.
For those who love enjoying the aesthetics of nature, Valley of flowers tour is the best option for vacations.Valley of flowers is a mesmerizing place nestled between the stunning snow-clad mountains of Himalayas. Based in Uttarakhand and at a distance of some 50 km from the famous hill station Auli, Valley of flowers is flanked with beautiful flowers, trees, oaks and conifers. The valley is slowly becoming a favorite destination for peace-seekers and nature lovers, though it is the couples who are more enchanted with the aesthetics of this place.The wholesome trek to the places nearby this vibrant natural visit can be smoothly accomplished through aValley of flowers tour package which include serene places like Joshimath, Hem Kund Sahib and many more.
T.G. Longstaff and Frank Smythe for the surface world discovered this enchanting place by chance in 1931, though the local villagers of Bandar valley knew it as Nandankanan since time out of mind . They feared venturing into the valley, due to the spirit and fairies that were thought to be haunting the attractive valley. They feared that the spirits would carry them away.
More than 1000 types of flowers, ferns, and Himalayan herbs grow in the valley. the foremost beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the Blue Primula may be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. the most effective time to see the valley fully bloom is mid-July to mid-September.
This extraordinary valley has invited trekkers for a long time dating back to forever! Trekkers even describe their experiences of losing consciousness because of the sudden more than the sweet aromas of the blooming flowers!
And there are always blooming flowers here, altogether seasons one or the opposite sort of flowers is fully bloom. This place may be a poet’s paradise! And a botanist’s too! There are extraordinary kinds of flowers here including you're guaranteed to see Meadow Geranium, Snake Foil, Hooked Stick Seed, Himalayan Rose, blue poppy, River Anemone, White Leaf Hog Foot and Dog Flower!
This view is certainly enough to overwhelm everyone, and even the nice British mountaineer Frank Smythe couldn’t resist quoting this place as “the most beautiful valley” he’d come across and among “the noblest and purest mountains on earth.”
This trek is more rewarding than most- and that’s why so is that the climbing part more difficult! We’d categorize it into an easy-moderate trek, but the climb to Hemkund Sahib is certainly hard for beginners as well! You’re getting from 9,600 ft to 14,107 ft! So we advise you to arrange well!
The flowers aren't the sole wonderful a part of this trek, though which may be enough on its own. Here’s what we surmised were the opposite incredible parts about the trek!
The Setting of The Valley
The setting of this valley is unlike the other . Your heart’s already jumping amidst the flowers once you notice of the amazing setting of the valley and feel cradled in tall, Snow-covered mountains. Nature has been intricate in designing this valley, you’d realise as you see the calm Pushpavati River flowing through the center of the valley. it's fed by a glacier that's placed 8km at the top of the valley. At this altitude, you’re definitely getting to want to the touch the clouds, as they appear so close! this is often why this setting is super perfect!
Hemkund Sahib Lake
Hemkund Sahib may be a sacred place for Sikhs, and an excellent Gurudwara built at this altitude may be a site that even old people undertake this climb. It rests on a frightening altitude of 14,107 ft. Just behind this Gurudwara may be a beautiful alpine lake. This lake is claimed to be blessed and therefore the calm and meditative atmosphere of the place may be a joy for everybody . The Brahma Kamal flowers growing in abundance are a rare sight too; they need fixed conditions for growth, well, they grow only in altitudes between 10,000 ft. to 15,000 ft. Incredibly pricey, We’d say!
Trekking in Monsoon
Experiencing a trek in Uttarakhand at the time of monsoons may be a sheer chance of excellent luck! a number of the trekkers become reluctant to travel for this trek within the rains, but they’d definitely not do that if they know what’s future for them during this trek! the luxurious green valleys look even more exotic after the breath of freshness that the monsoon brings! and therefore the pleasant petrichor combined with the fragrances of flowers is enough to fill your heart and senses with pleasure! And anyway, the rains don’t last for quite two days at a time, and sometimes it’s only a light-weight drizzle! How a few great cup of chai within the rains and therefore the mountains?
Day 01: Rishikesh - Joshimath drive | 9 hours
Morning after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath (1890 Mt ) which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. The entire drive is along the Alaknanda river. Lunch enroute, Evening arrive at Joshimath and check into the hotel for meals and overnight stay.
Day 02: Drive from Govindghat (6,300 ft) to Poolna (7,200 ft). And Trek to Ghangaria (9,843 ft)
● Altitude: 6,300 ft (1,920 m) to 9,600 ft (2,926 m) via 7,200 ft (2,195 m)
● Time taken: 4 km drive to Poolna. 5-6 hours trek, 9 km
● Trek gradient: Easy to moderate with a gradual ascent throughout on a well- defined trail
After breakfast one hour drive to Govindghat (1828 mt ). Start trekking to reach Ghangaria(3049 mt ) with packed lunch. Ghangaria is also known as GOVIND DHAM, It is the base camp for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.Arrive and camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 03: Trek from Ghangaria (9,600 ft) to Valley of Flowers (11,500 ft) and back; 6 hours, 3.7 km each way
● Altitude: 9,600 ft (2,195 m) to 11,500 ft (3,505 m) and back
● Time taken: 6-7 hours, 3.7 km each way
● Trek gradient: Easy. Flat walk in the valley
Morning after breakfast start trek to Valley of flowers. The frist part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadow. Arrive and explore the area. After encounter rare flowers Brahmkamal , Blue poppy, Potentilla, and hundreds of others, Latter back to camp. Meals and overnight camp.
Day 04: Trek from Ghangaria (9,600) to Hemkund Sahib (14,107 ft) and back; 8-9 hours, 6 km each way
● Altitude: 9,600 ft (2,926 m) to 14,107 ft (4,300 m) and back
● Time taken: 9-10 hours, 6 km each way
● Trek gradient: Moderate to difficult with a steep ascent for about 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib and steep descent all the way back.
Morning after breakfast we trek to Hemkund, One of the finest high altitude lake in the Himalayas, and pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindu as well. The entire trek today is uphill till we reach Hemkund. Explore the area and trace your steps back to the base camp. Meals and over night camp.
Day 05: Trek from Ghangaria (9,600 ft) to Poolna (7,200 ft) followed by a drive to Govind Ghat (6,300 ft)
● Altitude: 9,600 ft (2926 m) to 6,300 ft (1,920 m) via 7,200 ft (2,195 m)
● Time taken: 4 hours, 9 km + 4 km drive
● Trek gradient: Easy descent to Poolna on the same trail that was trekked on earlier.
Morning after breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat. Lunch enroute. Arrive and commence drive to Joshimath. Evening visit the market. Meals and over night hotel.
Day 06: Depart from Govind Ghat. We will reach Rishikesh between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm
Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh, lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh. Tour terminates upon arrival at Rishikes.
● Basic Gear
● Back pack & rain cover (50 – 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
● Day pack + rain cover 20 – 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
● Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
● Head torch 1 Nos.
● Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one litre Carry at least one thermos flask
● Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electoral/ors
● Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
● To Wear
● Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
● Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
● Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair.
● Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris ● Poncho 1 Nos.
● Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
● Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
● Balaclava 1 Nos.
● Woolen cap 1 Nos.
● Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected. People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek) (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
● For your Feet
● Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
● Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
● Cotton socks 5 pairs
● Woollen socks 3 pairs
● Personal Utilities
● Sunscreen cream
● Hand sanitiser
● Antibacterial powder
● Toilet Paper & wipes
● Toothbrush and toothpaste
● Lip balm
● Quick dry towel
Accommodation at road heads in guest houses and tents during the entire trip.
All meals hygienically cooked and served by our specially trained staff for westerners.
Transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by car.
Service of an English speaking trekking guide, cook & camp staff during the entire trip.
All tourist taxes and others during the trip.
Visit to all important Temples and places during the entire trip.
Camping equipment on trek e.g tents, mattresses, sleeping bag and others.
Porterage of food, vegetable, kitchen, fuel etc.
Certified trekking guide and necessary staff.
Travel and Medical Insurance
Expenses of personal in Nature
Any personal porters or ponies
Any kind of alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks
Hard drinks & Aerated Beverages at the camp
Expenses arising out of any unforeseen circumstances like rain, landslides and situations beyond our control
Items of personal nature e.g table drinks, telephone, insurance, medical and evacuation and others
Riding ponies on trek (can be arranged on actual by the guide)
Anything other than mentioned in the inclusions
From July 1, 2021 tourists will not only be able to see the priceless heritage of nature but also the wildlife. In the midst of the Corona epidemic, the Forest Department has also decided to open the Valley of World Heritage Flowers for tourists. Top officials of the Forest Department visited the valley for three days and took stock of the arrangements. Along with the repair of roads and culverts in the valley, the work of uprooting Polygonum grass has also been done.
To take stock of the arrangements of the Valley of Flowers, Amit Kavar, the Director/Forest Conservator in charge of Nanda Devi Viosphere, and Nanda Ballabh Sharma, the Conservator of Forests of Nanda Devi National Park, reached with the team. DFO Shri Sharma, who returned after taking stock of the arrangements, said that along with the improvement of the roads inside the Valley of Flowers, culverts have been constructed. Now the valley is completely ready for tourists. He told that these days about 45 varieties of flowers have blossomed in the valley. And the valley will be opened for tourists from July 1, 2021. During this, it will be necessary to follow the Kovid rules. Forest officers Anoop Kumar and Manoj Uniyal, besides forest personnel like Ramesh Singh and Jaspal Singh, were also present along with the officers who arrived for the three-day tour in the valley.
It is worth noting that the World Heritage Valley of Flowers is opened for tourists on 1 June every year. But last year and this year also due to covid-19, the valley is being opened only after the scheduled time. However, on August 15 last year, the valley was opened for tourists. This crossing is being opened 45 days ago on July 1, 2021. Apart from this, NTCA has already given permission to open zoos and parks across the country.
SOP issued for Valley of Flowers Tour
The Department of Forests has issued a departmental guide line by opening the Valley of Flowers National Park, Nanda Devi National Park and other track routes.
According to the departmental SOP issued by Nanda Ballabh Sharma, Deputy Conservator of Forests of Nanda Devi National Park, directions issued by the State Government and the Government of India to the persons reaching the park and all the track routes for prevention and prevention of infection of Kovid-19. - Instructions to be followed. People going on Park and Track route will have to compulsorily provide RTPCR, TrueNat negative report to the divisional office before permission maximum 72 hours before, all persons going on National Park and Track routes must wear masks and maintain social distance. have to comply. Along with this, the people reaching these places will have to follow all the rules prevailing in the past related to tourism.
It is worth noting that the Forest Department has decided to open the World Heritage Valley of Flowers as well as Nanda Devi National Park and various track routes. With this, traffic will definitely start in these areas and youth associated with tourism, trekking business will get its benefit. The tourism business has been crippled for the last two years due to the Corona epidemic, NTCA- "National Tiger Conservation Authority" had already given permission to open zoos and parks across the country, in view of this, the Forest Department has approved other parks in Uttarakhand. Along with this, now it has been decided to open Valley of Flowers National Park, Nanda Devi National Park and various track routes, and now from July 1, the park and track routes will be duly operated. Decision to open Valley of Flowers National Park by Forest Department After this, the business turmoil has started in Ghangaria, the main stop of the valley. Cleanliness work has started in hotels, restaurants and shops. According to Vijendra Singh Chauhan, former sarpanch of Bhudar, the forest department has taken the right decision, so at least some nature-loving tourists will reach the Valley of Flowers. Shri Chouhan said that there is no sign of opening the doors of Hemkund Sahib. In such a situation, if it has been decided to open the Valley of Flowers