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Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Valley of flowers national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand State in India. This valley was discovered by Frank S Smythe in the year 1931. Nature lovers, botanist, photographers, mountaineers all come to valley of flowers from across the globe.
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chandrassekhar
Mumbai, India114 contributions
Sep 2021
How to Reach: Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh to Govindghat via Joshimath, by
road. The distance is around 300 km and takes around 10-12 hours
depending on road and traffic conditions. One can take night halt at
Joshimath or Govindghat. From Govindghat to Pulna village is nearly 5
km and shared sumo is available which costs Rs. 200 per head or
Rs.500/600 for full vehicle. From Pulna village it is around 10 km on foot
or one can take horse ride which costs between Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1800
per person or one can go by pitthu (man carrying you on back).
Depending on the mode of Travel it takes 2 hours to six hours. The last
4 and half kilometer is too steep. So one need to be mentally prepared
for the same and the road is paved with stone which tends to slip
during rain. Then you reach Ghangria. Night halt at Ghangria. From
Ghangria one can leave in the morning for Valley of flowers ( Phoolon
Ki Ghati). The gate opens at 7 in the morning and the entry fee is Rs.
150 per head. This entry pass is valid for three days. Thus one can
enter the park three consecutive days by buying one pass of Rs.150.
From the gate the valley is 3 km trek and once again it is a steep trek.

Altitude : Govindghat is at 6000 feet, Ghangria is at 10000 feet and valley of
flowers is at around 12000 feet and Hemkund Shahib is at 15000 feet.
Valley of flowers is over two and half kilometer spread.

Time to Visit: The best time to visit valley of flowers is in the month of July. Though it
will be raining but one can get to see the valley at its best. From mid
August the flowers will start dropping and by September middle, it will
be all over.

What to carry: As the time to visit is peak monsoon, so one must have a good rain
coat, a good trekking shoe, cap rather a hat will be better, sunscreen
lotion is must otherwise skin will burn due to strong UV rays. One should
preferably carry mosquito/insect repellent cream as all hotels are
infested with insects. Ghangria is normally warm during day time but
after evening the temperature starts falling rapidly. So one should
carry warm cloths accordingly. Day temperature hovers around 12-
18/19 but the night temperature goes down to even 5/6 degree
centigrade.

Mobile Connection: Only Jio has a mobile tower, rest no other service provider has
any tower. Hence except Jio and on rare occasion one can get Airtel
connectivity. Rest no other mobile network is available there. Secondly,
only two/three hotels provide Wi-Fi connection, rest majority of the
hotels do not provide Wi-Fi facility.

Guide: Valley of flowers has over 520 types of plants and of those nearly 500
are flowering plants. So it is always advisable to have a proper good
guide who knows the flowers and its characteristics. Though there are
many but hardly few who are from Ghangria. I was lucky to come
across two such local guides who are exceptionally good in their
knowledge and equally good companion. One is Eshwar
(+91 9458927294) and the other one is Rupesh (+91 7579000228).

The Valley: If one wants to see maximum no of flowers then one day is not
enough. In any way the entry-pass allows one to enter three
consecutive days inside the valley. Though it may be physically
strenuous to trek three days continuously but it can be cherishing
experience if one can do. I could do two days. Secondly, the more one
goes higher altitude from valley one can see more rare flowers. The
higher the altitude the more beautiful and rare flowers. Like
Bramhakamal and Blue Poppy can be seen more, near Hemkund
Shahib. Kunth Khal which is in the range of 3700 – 4500 mtr, has to be
trekked further from Valley of Flowers. The flowers which can be seen
in Kunth Khal are not available in the valley nor around Hemkund
Shahib. So if anyone really wants to enjoy and feel the beauty of this
heaven in earth then one must go between mid July to first week of
August and spend 7/8 days based at Ghangria and trek different
routes to explore the entire valley in totality. But I must say, every
nature lover must go once in his life to see this beautiful gift of mother
nature to India. Please don’t miss it.
Written 16 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pavan Punaroor
Bengaluru, India60 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Rains had taken a break and hence the trek was relatively easy for the first 5–6 kms. We did finally reach our destination Ghangria at 7:30pm which was our base camp. Ghangaria is the last human habitation in Bhyundar Valley, and a base camp to visit Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers. However, it remains snowbound during winters, and remains accessible only between the months of May and September. The beds in the tent (Swiss tent style) was comfortable and had an attached bath with running water. We were given hot soup, tea and hot water in a bucket to get fresh. The camp was very cozy, we had 2 blankets to keep us warm with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees centigrade with the rain. After having a nice dinner we hit the bed and were fast asleep dreaming about what’s in store for the next day.

It was a bit chilly and there was just a bit of drizzle that wasn’t too bothersome. We learnt how to share a bucket of hot water while we got ready for our trek to Valley of flowers which is around 6 kms one way from our camp. We left after having breakfast and getting packed lunch. We were accompanied by Pankaj who was normal by now. Pradeep was still fast asleep as we started the trek at around 8 am. The first stop was the small town of Ganghria where there were many places to stay, places to eat and purchase some emergency supplies.

We continued our trek past the town and slowly started climbing as we passed the forest check-post where we had to pay entry fees. The Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. The trek here would be considered a medium trek since there is some climb but the landscape keeps changing and every 10 minutes you see something more fascinating that the next. We did reach the spot from where the entire valley could be seen around 4 hours after we started the hike. Though the flowers were a bit less, the valley looked very majestic with its lush green abundant land, mountains and numerous waterfalls. We had the packed lunch at the top, spent an hour more just admiring the scene and then decided to trek back. The valley is located at around 3600 meters above sea level but we didn’t find it too difficult to breathe while walking. The weather was perfect.
Written 7 October 2021
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RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai, India138 contributions
Oct 2020
Although categorised as a ‘moderate’ trek, the trek to the Valley of Flowers (and Hemkund Sahib, which is on the same route) is reasonably steep and difficult in parts. Having said that, it is worth exploring Valley of Flowers, Mana & Badrinath.

Valley of Flowers. The very phrase conjures up images of undulating meadows, carpeted with flowers of different colours and hues, going up the side of a gentle mountain. Once you get to THE Valley of Flowers, it’s not exactly that! Firstly, getting there is a 3.5Km trek from Ghangaria through some stunningly beautiful ruggedly wooded mountains. You cross over from one mountain face to the other. Finally, you exit from a heavily wooded thicket to emerge into the valley. And yes, it is carpeted with flowers, making exploring Valley of Flowers an immensely joyful experience.

You have to see the valley to believe it. It’s not just a meadow. It is hectare upon hectare of heart – achingly beautiful flora. The valley is stretched over mountains, dotted with gurgling streams and even a glacier!

Amazingly, once we got INTO the Valley of Flowers, it wasn’t cold. On the contrary, with the protection that the surrounding mountains offered, it was quite pleasant. So much so, that all the time we were exploring the Valley of Flowers, we’d removed our jackets altogether.

I haven’t ever come across such a surfeit of orchids. As far as the eye could see, they stretched away creating an unbelievable carpet of riotous colour. It was like something out of a fantasy, too beautiful to be real! To this day, I don’t know which emotion is stronger. Was it the joy that I could see something so magnificent in my life? Or the nagging sadness that nothing one sees from hereon can ever live up to this?!
Written 8 January 2021
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ganaraj
Bangalore27 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Mesmerizing place. The entry gate ticket counter opens at 7 am and closes at 12pm.One can see and feel Nature at it's best if the weather permits as the weather here changes frequently.One can visit You Tube channel The true beckon for crisp and detailed informative video on valley of flower trek.
Written 15 March 2020
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Prajakta Satpute
13 contributions
Aug 2019
I had heard a lot about the Valley of Flowers trek - A UNESCO World Heritage site and about the myth that how there were some who even fainted due to the strong fragrance of flowers in the Valley. Being a mountain lover, I decided to take up the challenge of this beautiful trek. It is basically a 4-Day monsoon trek (Mid June - Mid Sept) where you stay at Ghangaria for 3 nights. Out of the 4 days, you have to trek for 2 days to go to and fro to Ghangaria from Govindghat which is ~9.5 km each side.
In the remaining 2 days , you visit the Valley of Flowers 1 day (~9 km to and fro) and Hemkund Sahib on the 2nd (~12 km to and fro). The initial hour of the trek is a normal route through the forest and that's where you start seeing glimpses of what's in store in the Valley - numerous varieties of flowers that you've never seen before. There is a small river crossing after which you will start the actual climb towards the Valley. It takes about 3 - 3.5 hours to reach the valley, but you would have already seen a lot of colourful varieties by then. Make yourself comfortable on one of the rocks and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the far stretched flowers and distant snow covered mountains. I was able to click 50+ species of flowers which was incredible. You'll immediately forget your fatigue and get rejuvenated by this spectacle. This was an experience to savor for lifetime.
Written 5 March 2020
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Visit India
India2 contributions
Aug 2019
The best time to visit is after July and before September because after monsoon the valley covers full of flower. The view was amazing and anyone who wants to seat in a peaceful environment and enjoy the mountain view with flower. Once in a life, should be visited this place. Also, anyone can go there every easily first go to Rishikesh then Badrinath. The distance from the Badrinath is around 33 km and from Rishikesh is 273 km approx in gharwal district.
Written 28 October 2019
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ganaraj
Bangalore27 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The entry gate ticket counter opens at 7 am and closes at 12pm, also this is open from July to October.One can see the beautiful flowers in the valley and feel Nature at it's best if the weather permits as the weather here changes frequently.One can visit YouTube channel The True beckon for crisp and detailed informative video on valley of flower trek.
Written 14 October 2019
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suvayuchatterje2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India25 contributions
Aug 2019
Place is totally serine with beauty close to heaven. Once You go there you will not feel the pain of trekking rather you will feel blessed and feel that you are close to God.
Written 9 October 2019
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Vikas B
138 contributions
Oct 2018
Hemkund and Valley of flowers are twin treks so best planned after monsoon. It starts late almost May end. Valley of flowers is not open then still under snow. VoF is only open before Monsoon start and treks here can be done in monsoon, but risky. So Mid August to October is when both can be done.
Day 1: Reach Pandukeshwar-Govind Ghat after Joshimath start early morning 10 km trek to base camp Ghangaria. Now shared jeeps drop you at start trek point. Ghangaria is your base for both places.
Day 2 and 3 take your pick. 7 Kms Hemkund Sahib and return same day total 14 kms. 5 Kms valley of Flowers and return trek same day total 10 kms.
Day 4:Trek down early return Joshimath/Haridwar.

Hemkund trek is bit hard and steep. Lots of rest and easy deep breathing may be needed. Use good Rubber soled trek shoes. Carry dry fruits, chocolates for energy. Camphor to breathe if you feel breathless. Emergency oxygen cylinder and medicines as per your fitness. Good walking breathing practice 2 months in preparation. Adequate cold and waterproof wear with thermal inner wear. In May - June 4-5 layers must as it is more cold.
Written 23 September 2019
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Kamal Gupta
6 contributions
Aug 2019
Ten of us, aged 60-70, decided to trek to Valley of Flowers this August (2019). We were apprehensive, given our age. We drove up to Govindghat (having stayed the night in Auli), and took the 5-minute helicopter ride to Ghagaria, the base for the trek to VoF (and Hemkund Sahib, a different direction from Ghagaria).

Ghagaria is at 3,050 meters. The trek to VoF takes you to 4,040 to 4,150 meters, within a space of 6.1 kms. Over a path paved with loose stones, and with a steep gradient at most places.

We had taken coolies just in case. There are "pitthu" who carry you in shoulder slung baskets, then there are "palki bearers" where a team of four carry you. However, most of us walked almost all the way, except two of us who had sedentary life styles and weighed over 100 kgs!

We had a tour guide, who had recommended proper clothes (rain wear, three layers for cold and wind protection, appropriate shoes, trekking stick, proper caps that covered the neck as well). We made it. Took us between 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours to climb, 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 to descend.

The flowers are there, but hugely over hyped. Expectations are over built. Nevertheless, the scenery is amazing. The wild river, at times rapids, at times waterfall, with its spray rising a hundred meters to form a moving wall of droplets and mist. The steep cliffs of the Himalayas. And even in mid-August, we saw glaciers. The greenery was amazing. We were lucky it did not rain that day.

The wonderful thing was we seniors could do it. Trek that much, at those elevations. We did feel breathless at times, but a few minutes rest was enough to recover. Even for two of us who have asthma problems.
Written 5 September 2019
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