A long yet scenic drive crosses major towns of Uttarakhand before we reach our destination of the day, Joshimath, after crossing some of the Prayags. We start early from Dehradun to reach Joshimath by late afternoon. Crossing Rishikesh, Devprayag, which happens to be the final prayag (confluence) between Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, and consecutively Srinagar, we follow along the Alaknanda river the entire time. The distance from Dehradun to Karanprayag is 210 km which takes 7 hours to complete. We arrive at Karanprayag, which is one of the Panch (five) Prayag (confluence), where Alaknanda meets Pindar river. It will be our overnight stop for the last day of the trek. We continue to Joshimath and check into hotel by evening. We can explore around the town in the evening.
Post breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head towards Govindghat. The drive ahead to Govindghat takes about 45 minutes from where we switch vehicles and drive towards Pulna. From Pulna, we start trekking towards Ghangaria. The distance to be covered on this day is 11 km, which takes about 5-6 hours to complete. While trekking towards Ghangaria, the path is laid, which makes the trek relatively easier. However a continuous elevation may become strenuous. The trek route till Ghangaria is dotted with small dhabas, pilgrims heading towards Hemkund Sahib and a ferocious outlet of the river Pushapavati. You are also going to be surrounded by the forest the entire route, which reduces the heat and makes the hike pleasant. The route till Ghangaria is a busy one as it is also the route to Hemkund Sahib. You will spot helicopters often if the weather is clear and innumerable spots to eat. Before reaching the actual village of Ghangaria, you will hit the camps. We check into our hotel and spend the rest of the evening in leisure.
Meals: B, L, D
Today is the day you’ve been anticipating for! The Valley of flowers welcomes you with a view that only the lucky ones can stumble upon. We start early from Ghangaria to reach the valley by 0900- 1000 hours. The trek begins with a small path covered by forest from all the sides; and there is a clear gradual increase in the number of flowers on the path. You will cross a bridge which will then lead to a sudden ascend. Continue walking on the path and within sometime the path will open up into a vast valley. From here the Valley begins. The first view is of the peaks in front of the path that you’ve been trekking upon. Once you look to your right, you can see the valley and the Tipri glacier. The valley is laden with rare species of Himalayan flowers, including blue poppy, orchid, primulas and Himalayan bell flowers. The valley of flowers is not only relevant in today’s context but has had interesting admirers since forever. One such individual Lady Joan Margaret Legge who lost her life in the valley when she slipped. Her grave is marked and trekkers often hike up till her grave. You can also trek till the river bed of Pushpavati river. The river is named in accordance with the significance of the valley of “flowers”. You can spend your time observing the flowers, clicking photographs or simply doing nothing! The valley doesn’t disappoint you a bit. After spending 1-2 hours at the valley, we head back towards Ghangaria post lunch. The descend is relatively easier however may become strenuous on the knees. After reaching Ghangaria, you can spend the evening exploring around.
Meals: B, L, D
The next day we embark on a pilgrimage journey. Post breakfast, we start trekking towards Hemkund Sahib. The distance from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is 6 km which takes about 5 hours to complete. The path, again, is well laid and dotted with small eating joints; which is not the case while you trek towards the Valley. The path to Hemkund sahib is also blessed with flowers that you may have seen in the Valley of flowers. The hike to Hemkund Sahib is challenging yet magnificent. You can see pilgrims all motivated to reach the gurudwara, some even complete the journey barefoot. On reaching Hemkund Sahib, you can enter the gurudwara and then enjoy some ready to eat hot Halwa and chai. You can also sit by the Sarovar for a while and enjoy the views around. After spending an hour at gurudwara, we head back towards Ghangaria taking the same route. After reaching Ghangaria, we rest for a while and spend the evening in leisure.
Meals: B, L, D
Post breakfast breakfast, we bid adieu to Ghangaria and check out of our hotel. Heading back towards Pulna, we take the same route and start trekking early in the morning to reach Govindghat on time. At Govindghat, we board our traveller and head towards Badrinath, which happens to be one of the "Char Dham" or the four Holiest Temples. After visitng the Temple we set out for Karanprayag, where we arrive by early evening. We check into the hotel for an overnight stay. We can set out for witnessing the Aarti in the evening at the confluence.
Meals: B, L, D
Post breakfast, we leave from Karanprayag and start our drive towards Dehradun; crossing towns Devprayag and Rishikesh en route. We check out early from our hotel to reach Dehradun by late afternoon. On reaching Dehradun, your trip ends with a backpack full of amazing memories! Alternatively you can plan a stay at Tapovan or Rishikesh for yet another marvelous experience in these amazing towns, for that perfect conclusion to an already splendid journey.
When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter, after he had to forego his long journey as a Trek Leader at one of the finest Outdoor Activities organizer in India, in 2013, following Kedarnath Disaster which led to dwindling tourist influx, crippling the tourism sector in Uttarakhand. A native of Village Osla, of the majestic Har Ki Dun valley, where daily commute to the nearest roadhead is 14 Kilometers trek even today, Bachan with his two decades of experience in the outdoors industry as Mountain Leader started Himalaya Shelter with an aim to provide an authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas, keeping in mind to safeguard the fragile ecology that the Himalayas inherit. Today we have since come a long way but our vision remains the same "To provide access to Trekking in the Himalayas, while maintaining low impact, sustainable trekking practice, passing the benefits to the inhabitants of these remote trekking destinations." More than 80% of our teammates are locals from far off villages of Uttarakhand & we support our teammates by getting them trained professionally to further their skills for their roles. We are striving to build an ecosystem where we can maximize the benefits of trekking for the Trekkers and the Locals, meanwhile minimizing the impact of Trekking on Himalayan Biodiversity.
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The legendary popularity of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most compelling reasons to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site. This popularity stems from the intoxicating mix of fragrances arising from some of the rarest Himalayan flora as well as the calm, quaint lake nestled at the height of 14,400 meters.
The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Trek opens for the public on 1st June each year. The national park remains open from the month of June to October. Though the Valley starts transforming into its beautiful self from May, with June and September being the peak months attracting tourists, July and August are the months where the flora bloom. Hence, you will find the Valley of Flowers to be highly alluring during these months, with beautiful and rare flowers growing all around.
It is advised to start early from Ghangaria when you are entering the Valley of Flowers. Since it is an acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site, you need to enter your names in the register, pay the required entry fees, and declare all plastic items you are carrying along with you. The Valley of Flowers opens for tourists at 7:00 am each day, and the latest entry is allowed till 2:00 pm. It is recommended to start back by 1:00 pm so that you can reach your campsite or lodge by 5:00-6:00 pm.
You should always carry extra pairs of socks, ponchos or raincoats, a torch, and spare batteries for your camera while trekking the Valley of Flowers. The weather above 3500 meters is quite unpredictable, and hence you should do careful research before embarking on this trek. Take note of the weather and the road conditions, particularly during the monsoon season.
If you face any kind of emergency while trekking the Valley of Flowers, you should contact the following.
- Uttarakhand Glacier burst helpline- 1070/9557444486
- Police: 112
- Ambulance: 108/102
- Fire: 101
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women helpline: 1090
- NDMA (Disaster management): 1070/1078/9711077372
- Anti poison helpline- 011-1066 (Delhi)
This depends on your itinerary in the Valley of Flowers. However, to fully experience the majesty and beauty of this region, a typical itinerary is between 5-6 days. The first and final days are usually spent travelling to and from the valley, and then you have 3-4 action-packed days in-between to explore this area.
The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand Trek is not considered a particularly tough adventure. On average it has a low to medium difficulty rating. In terms of physical activity, you will need a decent level of fitness, and walking experience is also beneficial. The hiking trails are not particularly difficult; however, you will cover a decent distance of up to 13km on some days.
The Monsoons are the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers. You can catch a glimpse of the beauty of the mountainous flora and vegetation in its full bloom during this time. The national park remains open to trekkers from the first week of June to the first week of October.
During June, July, August, and September, temperatures remain mild considering the Himalayan climate. It might rise as high as 20°C during the day and drop down to 5°C at night. The rainy weather has an inherent humidity level in the air, and when coupled with the cool winds, it creates a nippy feeling.
The best months to embark on this trek are July and August. During early June, melting snow can be seen finding its way into the Hemkund lake. By the end of August, the rain clouds retreat, and you get to experience a clearer sky.
Starting from Rishikesh, take a direct bus, or book a cab to reach Joshimath 225 km away. Following an overnight stay here, start early for Govindghat by booking a car – an SUV charges around INR 7000 (USD 100 approximately) while a tempo traveler charges around INR 10,000 (USD 140-150) (rates may change). This is a journey of around 22 km. From Govindghat, take a car to Pulna village 4 km away via the recently built motorable bridge. Trek to Ghangaria from Pulna for another 10 km. It's the starting point of the trek to Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers is among the most famous and oldest treks in India. This trekking trail has been well-explored by expert trekkers. The trails are demarcated clearly and frequented by pilgrims and locals to ensure their safety.
Since the monsoons are the peak season for trekking here, you must be careful of the slippery slopes during rainfall. Altitude sickness is another factor, but with patience and the proper medication when necessary, that can be overcome. You have got nothing much to worry about if you are physically and mentally ready for this trek.
The entire trekking path of the Valley of Flowers is around 17 km. You will be covering 10 km from Pulna village to Ghangaria village on the first day. From here, you will trek to the Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria village, covering a distance of 7.5 km in total. On the next day, you will be traveling for a total of 12 km to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria. The entire trip from Rishikesh to the Valley of Flowers, exploring Hemkund Sahib, and back to Rishikesh takes less than a week.
If you have geared up well for the rainy season in the Himalayan climate, it is perfectly okay for you to embark on this trek. Valley of Flowers has been classified as a moderate-level trek, so you can cover it on your own on a solo trek or visit with a group of fellow trekkers according to your comfort. If you are careful about the slippery terrain during rainfall, this trek is not too dangerous.
As the name suggests, you can witness the true beauty of Himalayan monsoons through the endemic alpine flowers that are in full bloom at this time of the year in the Valley of Flowers. This region consists of several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. There are thousands of nearly extinct medicinal plants that are found in this valley. The picturesque valley is also dotted with rapids and waterfalls. You can interact with the warm and welcoming local people here going about their rural lives.
Rishikesh | India
Rishikesh | India
Rishikesh | India
Rishikesh | India
Rishikesh | India