Valley of Flowers Trek

Trek to UNESCO world heritage site

6 Days
Trek Altitude
13,780 Feet
Trek Distance
38 KM
Group Size
12 Persons
Best Time

Valley of Flowers Trek Overview

A mystical walk through the valley that opens up to a flower bed, with peaks and glacier in background and a river bed;

Valley of flowers is an ultimate destination for nature lovers. Situated between the Zanskar and the Great Himalayan ranges, Valley of Flowers is a renowned World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was discovered by Frank Smythe, Holdsworth & Shipton while returning from one of their mountaineering expeditions. This happened in 1931, after coming back from a successful Mt. Kamet expedition, the team of six mountaineers stumbled upon the Bhyundar valley while returning and to this very day this valley continues to attract trekkers, naturalists, botanists, nature lovers and mountaineers. The discovery of the valley was unintentional yet has now turned into a sensational destination.

Part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve , Valley of Flowers Trek is an important site for botanists, mountaineers and trekkers. It is a region full of rare Himalayan plants and flowers as well as birds, rare in nature; only to be found at a specific altitude. The flora and fauna of the valley is highly fragile and endangered. The national park is surrounded by peaks like Gauri Parbat (6590m), Rataban (6126m) and Kunth Khal (4430m). The Pushpawati River flows through the valley, and joins Lakshman Ganga at ghangaria. It is the major source of moisture and as the soil here does not hold a lot of water and hence the flowers bloom immediately after the first rains.

The valley is a riot of colors by mid-August with balsam, anemones, blue poppy, brahma kamals, primulas, asters etc. occupying the valley floor. There are certain carnivorous species as well who get their source of nutrition from the insects, but these can only be identified by a keen observer. For a nature lover, this valley opens brilliant vistas and panoramic views. It is an enthralling site to walk among a path laid out between flowers.

Valley of Flowers Trek Route:

The Valley of Flowers trek usually begins from a small village called Govindghat, which is easily accessible by road from Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Govindghat, you need to trek approximately 13 kilometers to reach the village of Ghangaria. The next leg of the trek involves a 4-kilometer ascent from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers. You can also visit Hemkund Sahib , a Sikh pilgrimage site located near Ghangaria. It requires an additional 6-kilometer trek from Ghangaria.

Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers Trek:

The Valley of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand is best experienced during the months of June to September when the valley is in full bloom. During this time, the region experiences pleasant weather with moderate temperatures and clear skies, providing an ideal environment for trekking. The monsoon season adds to the allure of the valley, as the rain showers enhance the vibrant colors of the flowers. It is advisable to avoid visiting during the winter months when the region is covered in snow, making it inaccessible for trekking. Plan your visit during the best time to witness the breathtaking beauty of this floral paradise.

Valley of Flowers Opening:

Valley of Flowers National Park Opening Month: June
Valley of Flowers National Park Closing Month: October

How difficult is Valley of flowers Trek?

The Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand trek is considered moderately difficult. It involves a gradual ascent through mountainous terrain and requires a decent level of physical fitness. The trail can be steep and uneven at times, requiring careful footing. However, with proper preparation, including regular exercise and acclimatization, most moderately fit individuals can complete the trek comfortably. It is advisable to consult with local guides and carry essential trekking gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

How to Reach Valley of Flowers?

The Valley of Flowers is located in Uttarakhand. The nearest town to the valley is Govindghat. There are primarily two routes to reach Govindghat:

By Road : You can take a bus or hire a taxi from major cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Dehradun to reach Govindghat.
By Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.

Once you reach Govindghat, it serves as the base camp for the trek to the Valley of Flowers. The town provides accommodation options and other facilities for travelers. The trek to the Valley of Flowers starts from Govindghat. It is approximately a 16-kilometer (10-mile) long trek and it usually takes two days to complete.

Customize Your Trek:

In Himalaya Shelter, we provide you with the option to customize your trekking experience. Whether you're a solo traveler, a group of friends, or a family, you can opt for our personalized tailor-made trekking program. This customized trek will be exclusively designed for you, taking into account your specific requirements for transportation, accommodation, meals, and any other premium facilities you may need during the trek. No other participants will be added to your group. Choosing a customized trek will enable you to fully enjoy the trek with your loved ones.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary:

Drive: 295 km, 8-9 hrs

Altitude: 2,100 ft (640 m) – 9,544 ft (2,909 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Meals: Dinner



A long yet scenic drive crosses major towns of Uttarakhand before we reach our destination of the day, Auli, 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 Auli and check into hotel by evening. We can explore around the town in the evening.

Drive: 14 km, 45 min

Trek: 11 km, 5-6 hrs

Altitude: 9,544 ft (2,909 m) – 10,003 ft (3,049 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner


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.

Trek: 8 km, 5-6 hrs

Altitude: 10,003 ft (3,049 m) – 11,432 ft (3,500 m) – 10,003 ft (3,049 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner



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.

Trek: 12 km, 6-7 hrs

Altitude: 10,003 ft (3,049 m) – 15,000 ft (4,572 m) – 10,003 ft (3,049 m)

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner



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.

Trek: 11 km, 5 hrs

Drive: 147 km, 5-6 hrs

Altitude: 10,003 ft (3,049 m) – 2,821 ft (860 m)

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Evening Snacks + Dinner


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.

Drive: 210 km, 7-8 hrs

Altitude: 2,821 ft (860 m) – 2,100 ft (640 m)

Meals: Breakfast


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.

Upcoming Treks

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Valley of Flowers Trek FAQs:

The Valley of Flowers trek can be moderately difficult, requiring a decent level of fitness and stamina. The challenges include steep ascents and descents, high altitude (3,658 meters) and unpredictable weather conditions. Proper acclimatization, physical preparation, and carrying essential gear are crucial for a successful trek.

The best time to do the Valley of Flowers trek is during the summer months of June to September. The weather during this period is usually pleasant with mild temperatures and clear skies, making it ideal for hiking and enjoying the stunning floral beauty of the valley.

The Valley of Flowers located in the western Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand is situated at an average altitude of around 3,658 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level.

The trekking distance from Govindghat to the Valley of Flowers is approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles). The trek typically takes around 4 to 6 hours.

The Valley of Flowers is located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) away from Dehradun, which is the capital city of Uttarakhand. It takes around 9 to 10 hours to reach the Valley of Flowers from Dehradun.

The river that flows through the Valley of Flowers National Park is called the Pushpavati River.

The Valley of Flowers will be open to visitors and hikers on June 1, 2024

There is a gurudwara near the Valley of Flowers called Hemkund Sahib, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

The Lakshman Temple, also known as Lokpal Temple, is a Hindu temple near Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, a world-high gurudwara at 14,107 feet above sea level.

Ghangaria, a small village, is 6 kilometers away from Hemkund Sahib, a popular Sikh pilgrimage site with a steep 2-3 hour trek to the world-high gurdwara.

<span class=”text-with-replacments”>Yes, on the route, it is possible to find palkies and mules that can help out. Moreover, there is a helicopter ride from Govindghat to Ghangaria for travelers wanting to travel in the air or who have the need for speed.

If there is an emergency or any walk becomes contested, the presence of palkies as a kind of porter-carried palanquin can be helpful. The various means of transport in which they were carried comfortably, even on land might prove hard or impracticable.

Pushpawati River is the river that originates from the Valley of Flowers and merges into Laxman Ganga, which later joins the Alaknanda, is the Pushpawati River.

The Valley of Flowers is home to 520 high-altitude plant species

  1. Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 6.
  2. All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast.
  3. Guest House accommodation throughout the trek on twin sharing basis.
  4. Guide, cook and support staff fee.
  5. All Permits
  1. Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  2. Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  3. Accommodation in Dehradun
  4. Any Add Ons apart from the inclusions above
  5. Personal Luggage Offload charges. INR 400 per day per bag weighing up-to 12 KG.
  6. Lunch box for packed lunch/breakfast. To avoid using polythenes and Aluminium foils. Keeping the Himalayas clean is our own responsibility. Reduce the use of Plastic when you are in the abode of the Sacred Himalaya.