Valley of Flowers is a heaven on Earth that offers majestic views, breath-taking landscapes, colorful flowers, an enchanting valley, and a lot more. It is among the most beautiful treks in the world. Nature lovers, trekkers, and tourists will surely enjoy this paradise located in Uttarakhand India.

The place is open to tourists only in the monsoon season, which is from June to September. During these months, flowers have already started to bloom. Flowers in different colors like red, white, blue and green are everywhere, that’s why it is called Valley of Flowers. The valley lies in the West Himalayas. Once you visit the place, you will know why it is known as “Dev Bhoomi” or Land of the Gods.

Valley of Flowers Trek Highlights

  • See the thousands of flower species blooming in the Valley.
  • Purify your soul by visiting Hemkund Sahib.
  • Explore Laxman mandir.
  • Witness Epilobium Latifolium blooming along the river banks.
  • Be amazed by the famous Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks.
  • Meet new friends in the village, and learn about their wonderful culture.

Location of Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers is a world heritage site located in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. Usually, visitors coming from Haridwar take a minimum of three days to reach this National Park. It is 300 km. from Haridwar and 500 km. from New Delhi. It is 300 km. from North of Rishikesh which is 6 hours drive from New Delhi.

Best Time to Trek Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers is accessible only from June to September. It is closed for the rest of the year due to snowfall that makes the site hostile. During monsoon season, this place really shines for its beauty and serenity. The colors of the valley change every month due to different flowers blooming in different times. The perfect time to visit Valley of Flowers will depend on your interest.

Valley of Flowers in June

In June, snow and glaciers start to melt. The valley’s white color due to glaciers will change into green as small plants start to grow. This is the time when the valley is said to be heading towards its youth.

Valley of Flowers in July

If you want to witness glaciers in the valley, you can try visiting in the first or second week of July. In mid-July, the valley is covered by beautiful lush green. Green grasses and budding flowers are everywhere. Let your eyes feast on beautiful flowers like Ladies Slipper Orchid. You can also see the Brahmakamals that can only be found on the way to Hemkund Sahib. During this time, you can also see the Epilobium Latifolium. This beautiful flower gives river banks a pink shade.

Valley of Flowers in August

The Valley of Flowers keeps changing colors with the passage of time. Different types of flowers come and go. This is the month when the maximum number of flowers is in full bloom. When flowers start to mature and die, the color of the valley changes from green to yellowish peach.

Valley of Flowers in September

September is the last month when the valley is open to the general public. The number of flowers is reduced, and the valley’s color changes in a dramatic way.

After the monsoon season, snow will start to fall in October. The valley will then be officially closed for visitors. The plants and seeds will be buried under the snow and will wait until next year to germinate and continue their life’s cycle.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary :

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Day 01 - Haridwar to Govindghat (Drive 260km/ 10hrs)

Be at the Haridwar Railway Station by 6:00 am. An uphill drive will begin from Haridwar to Govindghat. That is about 260 km away. It will be a long journey, so enjoy the view like the rivers of Ganga and Alaknanda. You will also pass Devaprayag and witness the holy union of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
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Day 02 - Govindghat to Ghangaria (Trek 14km/ 4hrs)

You can start mountain trekking from Govindghat on the second day. Different modes of transport like mule and helicopter are available to reach Govindghat. You will cross the river Alaknanda using a bridge and head towards Bhyundar valley. If you will hike, you will enjoy the amazing view of waterfalls and green sceneries along the way. You will also walk through villages and forests. This will be a moderate level trail. When you reach Ghangaria, you can already check-in at the hotel or explore the other beautiful spots in the area.
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Day 03 - Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers to Ghangaria (Trek 5km, one-way/ 5hrs)

The day will be marked by high-altitude trekking. You should be well-prepared for this. The valley’s altitude is 14,400 ft. and its scale of height is 3,858m. Your journey will start at the Valley of Flowers National Park by buying a ticket. You will find a trail inside that is lined with different colorful flowers. After a kilometer walk, you will reach a bridge across a stream. Here, towering mountains and rocky paths are already visible.
You will enter the valley and you will surely enjoy the wonderful sights. Let your eyes feast on thousands of blooming flowers. You will also cross another river. From here, you will see the distinct vegetation zones of the Himalayas. You will definitely enjoy the trip as there will be lots of bird and butterfly species around. You will go back to Ghangaria in the evening, so can you have your dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
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Day 04 - Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib to Ghangaria (Trek / 4,329m /6 - 7 Hrs.)

After breakfast, your trip to Hemkund Sahib will start. The religious site was where Guru Gobind Singh meditated. On the way, you will see a waterfall. You will continue trekking until the tree-lined path ends. After several hours of trekking, you will reach Hemkund Sahib. Seven snow-capped mountains surround the place, which makes it soothing and calming. A lake will also be visible from here. You can also try exploring the Laxman Mandir, which is located right next to it. By late afternoon, you will start trekking back to Ghangaria.
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Day 05 - Ghangaria to Govindghat to Joshimath (Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs.)(Drive / 4 Hrs.)

On day 5, you will trek the same route from Ghangaria to Govindghat. From Govindghat, there will be a 4-hour drive to Joshimath. You can also have a tour of Auli in the evening, and spend the night at Joshimath.
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Day 06 - Joshimath to Haridwar (Drive / 8-9 Hrs.)

This will be the end of the Valley of Flowers Trek. You will be driven back to Haridwar Railway Station. Bring home all the exciting and happy memories you capture in this wonderful adventure.

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