Valley of flowers
- 6 Days
- 0 Review
- Easy Moderate
- 14500 ft
- 12 to 20°C
- 4 to 10°C
- BSNL works at Govindghat
Have you ever woken up one day and wondered what would it be like to have a better view in front of you?
Going on a morning walk through nature’s own backyard filled with vibrant and lively flowers that fill your lungs with fresh air and your soul with a sense of easing? Have you ever experienced your body soothe and relax just through the fresh breeze flowing around you?
Come with us and let’s travel to the amazing and beautiful Valley of Flowers.
Valley of Flowers is a national park reposing in West Himalayas. Located in Uttarakhand, this location well known for its charming meadows of flowers indigenous to the mountains and surrounded by a river on either side making this view nothing less than tranquil.
If you are a trekker and are in the Valley of Flowers, missing out on the amazing climb to the Hemkund Sahib, a lake sitting at 14,020 ft is almost unforgiving. It is one of those picturesque wonders to have a freshwater lake on the mountain that instills your faith in nature. All of this is of course rewarded with langar (meal) at the Gurudwara.
It takes about 6 days for this trip and the months of July and August during the monsoon are best preferred to soak in this experience. Sign up now!
To hike up to the Valley of Flowers, you must go through the Himalayas surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna. Apart from the 650 species of flora, the area is surrounded by a diverse species of animals, for instance, blue sheep, yellow-throated marten, musk deer, snow leopards, and bears. However, to see the flowers, you will have to time your trek with perfection keeping in mind a day or two of rain. In hindsight, you will have realized that it was completely worth the effort!
Hey, this isn’t for everyone
This trek is apt for someone who likes to overload on adrenaline and yearns to get lost into an unknown valley full of beautiful flowers and a spiritual place at an altitude of 11550 ft.
If you are fresher or already had your fair share of trekking experience in the Himalayas or other mountains. Also, physical fitness and agility goes hand in hand with the trek as it falls under the above average Difficulty category. On paper, it is the minimum required age is 8 years.
The variety of birds you will see in Valley of flowers
Day 1: Haridwar to Govindghat ( 10-11 hr drive; Discovery hike will going to arrange the pickup from Haridwar railway station at 6.30 am.)
Day 2: Govindghat (6400ft) to Ghangariya (9500 ft); 9km
Day 3: Ghangariya (9500ft) to Valley of flower (11550ft) and back to Ghangariya; 8km
Day 4: Ghangariya (9500ft) to Hemkund sahib (14500ft) and back to Ghangariya; 13km
Day 5: Ghangariya (9500ft) to Govind Ghat (6400 ft); 9km
Day 6: Govind Ghaat to Haridwar (Departure day)
Day 1: Joshimat to Govindghat (6400 ft)
Estimation time of completion: 11 hours
Estimation distance of drive: 294 km
Tip: get ready to make memory
We start our trek from a little hamlet called Govind Ghat. An early start from Haridwar in Uttarkhand takes us along River Alakananda on the Badrinath Highway. The roads are dangerously cut hence caution is advised. You can stop at one of the many eateries on the way for a meal. As for the luggage, there are porters available or you can hire a mule from Govind Ghat.
Day 2: Govindghat (6400ft) to Ghangria via Poolna (9600 ft)
Estimation time of completion: 6- 7 hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 9km (9 km trek plus 4 hr drive)
Tip: carry sufficient water with you or refill at the restraunts that come across your way on
Once we start from Govind Ghat we head to Ghangria via Poolna on road. Slightly disappointing to the trekkers as earlier we would have to hike to Poolna and proceed further. However, now we would be taking a cab ride to Poolna and hike the remaining 9kms. After a short break at a roadside dhaba we then ascend towards Ghangria along the river.
Around halfway through the trek, we would be then crossing the river and move to the other bank. After around 6 hours of trekking we would approach close to Ghangria. This hamlet is lined with restaurants, hotels and a Gurudwara. The Gurudwara also offers free accommodation and food to everyone.
Day 3: Ghangria (9600ft) to Valley of Flowers (11550ft) and back
Estimation time of completion: 5- 6 hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 8 km (4 km each way)
Tip: carry sufficient water with you 2 liters each. You can refill from the natural streams that you find on your way.
We depart from Ghangria in the morning at 6 am so that you have an entire day to spend at the Valley. There is gate that offers the tickets to the valley and once purchased, we enter to see.
Small beautiful flowering plants on either side of the pathway leading to the entrance a little ahead is scenic bridge built with a stream flowing below and with the Rocky Mountains standing above you. The path gets less prominent and smaller along the side of the valley. As compared to the previous day’s trek the population is relatively lesser.
This lets you enjoy the view more exclusively. Next, we trek along for a couple of kilometers along the valley until you approach a bridge. Once you cross this, collect the water while surrounded by an amazing carpet of various colors on all sides. Surrounded by snowcapped mounts and trees, the view will reach something deep within you.
For a flower enthusiast, this is heaven with various colors shapes and sizes or flowers, leaves and buds growing altogether. You can also find different species such as River Anemone, Hooked Stick Seed, reptile Foil, mountain Rose, Blue Poppy, White and blue Leaf Hog Foot and Meadow tiny toss flowers. What this also attracts is a variation of bees and insects.
That hovers over the flora. While you engrossed in this incredible view, walking a little further will open the valley for another 7kms after which it ends with a glacier seen at a distance. Enjoy the most stunning view of valley of flower from here and experience the vibrant colors of nature.
We advise that you pack lunch before departing from Ghangria since food will not be available in the valley. We aren’t allowed to camp overnight either and will be returning to Ghangria late afternoon. The setting sun provides a different perspective on the valley while returning which is unarguably mesmerizing.
Day 4: Ghangria (9600ft) to Hemkund Sahib (14500ft) and back
Estimation time of completion: 8- 9 hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 13 km (6.5 km each way)
Tip: carry sufficient water with you. You can refill from the restaurant that come across your way.
As is normal, we depart early in the morning considering the weather can be a bit unpredictable in the noon. There is chance of rains and this can cause you to be stranded during the trek. Waking up at 5 to prepare for the journey is made easier as we would be at the Gurudwara which is wide awake by 4 am. After a hot cup of tea we depart to go to Hemkund Sahib. You will need a trekking pole to climb towards the lake. You will be passing through the Valley of flowers and continue the steep path. This path should take you to a waterfall on the right on the way to Hemkund.
The scene gets much better during the 2 hours of the walk. Ensure that you generously climb with full steps and be brisk without being too fast during this climb as you will notice the oxygen levels getting lower. It is highly recommended that you do not take rests at the pit stops as this allows your muscles to relax and getting back on track can be harder than expected. You keep climbing swiftly for an hour till you reach the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara.
The lake is just behind it now and is not far from reach. After relaxing with a cuppa and porridge at the Gurudwara you can take walk to the other side of Hemkund. The lake remains frozen six months a year but during this trek you will notice that the lake with all its beauty. The water is pristinely clear and undisturbed.
Enjoy the full view of the lake as it mirrors the surrounding ice capped mountains on its surface.
We depart from Hemkund early afternoon. The walk down the hill can be taxing on the knees hence the journey of 6 kms will take roughly around 5 hours to complete.
Day 5: Ghangria (9600ft) to Govindghat (6400ft) via Poolna
Estimation time of completion: 5hrs
Estimation distance of trek: 9km (9 km trek plus 5 km drive)
Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters
This journey is the same as one on Day 1. After breakfast we travel back to Poolna and then drive down to Govindghat.
Day 6: Govind Ghat to Haridwar (Departure day)
Estimation time of completion: 10-11 hrs
Estimation distance of drive: 300 km
Tip: left Mountain and trail clean
Drive from Govind Ghat to Haridwar to complete the experience.
Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face
Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.
Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking
- Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
- Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres
Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.
Type: This is 10litres – 15litres Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.
Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.
Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees.
Fleece Jacket – You will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.
Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.
Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.
Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.
Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.
Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.
Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.
- Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.
- Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.
Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)
Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes.
Mandatory Documents to bring:
Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.
You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.
Risk and challenges are the part of life, without taking risk and facing the challenges one cannot become what one wants to be. It teaches and inculcates life skill needed to work and survive in advance conditions of life. It is the motto of company to prepare a person to feel risk of life, challenges coming on the way of life and how to overcome it. Trekking is one of the best way to develop leadership quality, take quick decisions as per the circumstances, lead the life in advance and create situation. It is also a best possible source of learning that how does nature behave and what is the impact of environment one one’s life, what is the role of man to maintain the harmony with godly nature.
The pat experience, research and feedback from different possible sources, it is most important to enlighten our trekkers that these are some risk and challenges that they meet with on the way of either of any trekking route or any other route.
But these can be avoided or faced effectively if we have pre information of those. The company has all arrangements and precaution to avoid these risk and challenges. Lets discuss some common risk and challenges and way to avoid them.
The following possible risk/ challenges many come across in the trek of Valley of Flowers.
Risk of slip/skid-
Valley of Flowers is a moderate trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience and planning strategy.
While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow and especially in case of rain in may and june as weather is unpredictable in Himalayas.
The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems.
There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.
- The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially design to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
- Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware to the team members about the situation.
- While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip
Risk related to AMS
There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Valley of Flowers trek as the altitude gradually changes from 6400fts to 14500fts in 6 days duration. There are chances of AMS, HAPE and HACE at higher altitude campsite. It is an easy moderate trek as there where no cases of AMS till date.
Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent.
The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite
Risk related to blister, cuts and cramps:
Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.
If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.
To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.
For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with you and also with the trek leader.
Risk related to harsh weather conditions:
It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in Himalayan region is unpredictable, it many turn into worst condition.
The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remains harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though company has provision to provision to provide all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.
Risk related to communication:
On the trek of Valley of Flowers the altitude raises from 6400 ft to 14500 fts the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Valley of Flowers and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking.
To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of wakie -takie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.
Emergency/ immediate rescue
These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately
The situation becomes serious any point of time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps , illness , breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately movalise the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is stand by at different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.
Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude
It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arises, it doesn’t with trekker.
If someone come across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company have a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders are with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or decent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.
You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s
Trek fees = Rs. 7700 + 5% GST.
1) Accommodation (guest house, home-stay, camping)
2) All meals during trek
3) Forest permits and allowance
4) First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
5) Qualified and experienced trek leader services
6) Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
7) Trekking equipment (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)
1) Transport from Haridwar to Govind ghat and back
2) Food during transit
3) Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
4) First and last day stay at Haridwar
5) Anything not mentioned under Services Included
Option1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.
The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on email@example.com
If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.
If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons then these are the parameters under cancellation policy.
|Prior to 25 days||Full refund|
|Cancellation between 20-25 days to start of the trek||50% refund|
|Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek||No refund|
Backpack offloading policy
If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.
|If informed well in advance||Rs. 550 + 5% GST|
|Informed on the day of the trek day||Rs.375 per day plus 5% GST|
Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)
The transportation charges for the trek amounts to Rs.1200 which needs to be paid separately on the payment link which Discovery Hike sends you via email (GST is only applicable on trek and not on transport).
The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers
The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers
Most vehicles used are owned by Discovery Hike
On- Trek Policy
- If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
- If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
- If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
- The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.
NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/she is not fit under the criteria set by us)
- If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
- Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
- If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses
Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost
Discovery Hike transport departs from Haridwar Railway stationat 6.30am. You are expected to arrive and contact the driver before the departure from Haridwar station to ensure that there is no inconvenience caused for other trekkers
Delhi -> Haridwar -> Govindghat
For the Valley of Flowers Trek, the vehicle arranged departs from Haridwar. You will have to gather at the Haridwar station in the morning. The station is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Varanasi and Kolkata. It is highly recommended that you book your tickets well in advance as Haridwar is a very popular tourist destination.
Delhi -> Haridwar
Train Name: DDN NZM AC EXPRESS
Train Number: 12055
Departure: Delhi at 3.20 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 7.50 pm
Kolkata -> Haridwar
Train Name: Doon express
Train Number: 13009
Departure: Howrah Jn at 8.25 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 04.45 am
Mumbai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 19019
Departure: Mumbai at 00.05 am
Arrival: Haridwar at 12.45 pm
Chennai -> Haridwar
Train Name: Dehradun express
Train Number: 12687
Departure: Chennai at 9.40 PM
Arrival: Haridwar at 03.00 am
Please ensure that your dates of arrival are before the date of the treks. Do note that all of these are overnight journeys.
Delhi -> Haridwar
There are frequent busses that depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station.
It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. Please do note that if you leave around 9 pm from Delhi you will reach Haridwar by 5.30 in the morning.
you can also book online ticket in advance from Red bus app
Air Travel Options
You can also book flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant. The distance between Jolly Grant and Haridwar is approximately 50 kms.
We recommend that all trekkers first meet at Haridwar and opt for the Discovery Hike travel arrangement before proceeding towards the base camp. This also helps in adapting to the different members of the expedition.
Fitness Tips for the Mountains:
The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.
We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.
What is the SSS, you ask? It is:
Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.
You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.
Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day
Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.
Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.
Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.
Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.
Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.
Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.
Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.
Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.
Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation
Soak in a warm bath
Listen to soothing music
Practice mindful meditation
Sleep early and Rise Early
Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.
BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.
BMI cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||BMI For easy trek||Not above 29|
|2.||BMI for moderate trek||Not above 28|
|3.||BMI for difficult trek||Not above 27|
BP CUT OFF
BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.
BP cut off for high altitude trek
|1.||Systolic reading||Not more than 160|
|2.||Diastolic reading||Not more than 100|
We shall see you soon
– Discovery Hike Team