About Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most visited trekking places. “Foolon ki Ghati” the Valley of Flowers is one of the lovely treks that can be taken during the monsoon season. It is wonderfully tucked away in Uttarakhand’s west Himalayan zone and is located at an altitude of 3600 mt above sea level. The Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most familiar treks above sea level. As it offers the opportunity to witness the incredibly rare and beautiful blue Primula.
The miraculous plant that Hanuman used to revitalize Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayan is believed that it was sourced from the Valley of Flowers. As you walk into the valley, the lovely blend of flowers and fragrances takes you to paradise itself. Various species of wildflowers such as lilies, sedums, calendulas, daisies, geranium, petunia, and zinnia have a secret home in the 14,400 ft high hidden lake.
Best time to visit Valley of Flowers trek
Valley of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand is only approachable between the months of June and October, but if you want to see a full flower bloom the best time will be mid-July and mid-August.
In June the snow starts to melt and the seeds of last year’s plants begin to rejuvenate, you can see little sprouts and plants which will turn into beautiful and vibrant flowers.
In the month of July, you can view one of Uttarakhand’s most stunning sceneries during this time. You would be walking through the ocean of various floral species, including huge rows of Epilobium. Hence July would be a perfect option to explore the Valley of Flowers.
Highlights of Valley of Flowers trek
You can relax your mind and get some peace at the Sikh Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib, which is situated next to the highly elevated magnificent lake popularly known as Hemkund which means “The Lake of Snow”.
The Valley of Bloom trek could also be renamed a floral fairytale because it is very faithful to its name and magnifies you with eternal flowers bloom.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site by traveling along the beautiful floral carpet that is covered in the rare and exotic Himalayan flora.
Make some efforts to ensure your safety and checking of all equipment to provide a trouble-free trek.
Some facts about Valley of Flowers trek
Beginning/ending spot: Haridwar
Altitude: 14,400 ft
Total time: 6 days/5 nights
Trek distance: 47km
Temperature: Day 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C
Valley of Flowers trek Itinerary
Day 1: Haridwar to Govindghat
Total distance: 300km
Get ready to begin a long journey with beautiful scenery on your way to Govinghat. On your way, you will witness the holy fusion of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers.
Day 2: Govindghat to Ghangaria
Total distance: 13 km
Start your day with a good meal to gather energy for the adventurous trek watching some amazing green mountain views. Then drive down to the nearby village named Poolna, from here you will start your trek to Ghangaria. Walk through the trails which take you to the beautiful forest along the Lakshman Ganga river. Get some refreshments on your way as various dhabas are located on the way. After walking the elevation of 9 km you will reach Ghangaria, a village tucked between mountains.
Day 3: Excursion to the Valley of flowers trek
Total distance: 4km
On this day of the trek, you will scale the elevation of 3,505meters to reach the Valley of Flowers trek. Just a glimpse of lush scenery will make you feel relaxed like you are in heaven itself. Take a short break to please the magnificent view of nature at its best. Climb more to see the beautiful vibrant flowers in full bloom.
Day 4: Excursion to Hemkund Sahib
Total Distance: 6km
On this day as you trek towards Hemkund Sahib, it will be hard to trek because of the steep path. Don’t run or walk fast and take frequent breaks as the oxygen level is low in the air. Then you will approach Hemkund Sahib where the Sikh community believes that Guru Gobind Singh has meditated here in his life. Around you, you will witness the seven snow-covered mountains alongside the beautiful Hemkund lake. As the sun comes above your head, start to trek down your way back to Ghangaria.
Day 5: Ghangaria to Govindghat
Total Distance: 13 km
On this day you will trek down to Poolna on the same path you trekked before. When you reach Poolna take any public transport to Govindghat.
Day 6: Govindghat to Haridwar
Total Distance: 300km
Head back to Haridwar leaving Govindghat behind and take some beautiful memories of the magnificent Valley of Flowers trek and Hemkund. Your trekking journey ends here.