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Valley of Flowers Trek
The Valley of Flowers Trek is renowned for being one of the oldest treks in India, and it is no surprise why it remains so popular. Its majestic beauty in the Himalayas has made it a must-visit for many, even those who have never ventured into the mountains.
Legends say it was in the Valley of Flowers where Hanuman obtained the life-saving herb to revive Lakshman in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The enchanting aromas of the various flowers will take your breath away when you enter this paradise-like location. At an elevation of 14,400 feet, the Valley of Flowers houses a secret lake where numerous species of wildflowers, such as lilies, daisies, saxifrages, poppies, petunias, geraniums, sedums, calendulas, zinnias, can be seen in abundance.
You should know that the Valley Of Flowers trek is not a walk in the park. This is a challenging hike, with extended walking periods and a steep climb to Hemkund Sahib that will test your endurance. Therefore, make sure to prepare thoroughly for this trek. We have given an in-depth analysis of the difficulty levels involved in this trek in the ‘difficulty’ section of the trek guide. Get in touch with Universal Camper for amazing trek packages.
The walk through the Valley of Flowers is more than simply a walk; it is an adventure that will captivate you and leave you speechless. The walk is an excellent way to experience both the thrill of adventure and the splendour of nature. The trail’s overall difficulty is considered to be moderate, and while there are some steep ascents and descents, it is nevertheless appropriate for hikers of all skill levels. When you go out on foot from Govind Ghat, the first few km of the journey take you through thick woodlands and along the Puspawati river.
In order to get to the valley, you will have to go through a number of bridges and waterfalls. The valley is a beautiful place to visit because of its luxuriant green meadows that are covered in a carpet of colourful flowers. Over 600 distinct varieties of alpine flowers may be found in this valley, including the Himalayan blue poppy, Himalayan bellflower, Himalayan cobra lily, and Himalayan primrose. The National Park is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the Himalayan monal, snow leopard, black bear, red fox, flying squirrel, grey langur, and Himalayan weasel, to name just a few. Remember to keep a sharp lookout for these wondrous animals as you make your way down the trail.
Travel from Dehradun to Govind Ghat, the beginning site of your trip, on the first day of the hike. Govind Ghat will serve as your destination. As you travel out from Dehradun and go in the direction of Govind Ghat, you will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas of the Himalayas along the road. You will be able to get a feel for the way people live in the area as you make your way through the picturesque villages and towns that the meandering roads will take you through. It is even possible that you may see some of the locals going about their daily tasks or tending to their farms. As you get closer to Govind Ghat, the landscape surrounding you will undergo a profound transformation. As you go closer to the mountains, the temperature will drop and the air quality will improve. You will be surrounded on all sides by soaring peaks, and in the distance, you will be able to make out the sound of cascading waterfalls. When you finally make it to Govind Ghat, the first thing you'll do is check into the lodging where you'll be spending the night. After a strenuous voyage, you will be able to kick back, relax, and rejuvenate while taking in the breathtaking scenery. While watching the sun set over the horizon of the mountains in the evening, relax with a steaming mug of tea or coffee.
Acclimatisation to the high altitude and preparation for the journey that lies ahead are the primary focuses of the first day of your walk. Spend some time investigating the area around Govind Ghat and the cliffs themselves. You may stretch your legs by going to one of the surrounding temples or going for a short stroll nearby. After the sun has set, make your way back to your warm and inviting accommodation where you can enjoy a restful night's sleep before beginning your journey the following day.
On the second day of your trip through the Valley of Flowers, you will begin a journey that will take you from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria by way of Pulna. This will be a rather short day. As soon as you leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, the peaceful splendour of nature will envelop you. The walk ranges from simple to intermediate difficulty and provides unique access to the Uttarakhand Himalayas, which are characterised by a large portion of the valley being covered with flowers.
When you first begin your journey towards Pulna, the path you follow leads you through thick woods and along the Pushpawati river. It is possible to reach Pulna via traversing a number of bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls along the way. As you make your way through the verdant surroundings, the rushing stream and the twittering of birds will fill your ears with sound. Along the route, you will pass through a number of quaint little towns, and the residents there will be more than happy to show you some hospitality. The hike from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria through Pulna is around 10 km long and may take anywhere from five to seven hours to complete, depending on how much time is spent taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way. The path is well signposted and simple to navigate through its whole.
When you reach Pulna, a picturesque town that is tucked away in the midst of nature, give yourself some time to relax and recharge your batteries. You will get the opportunity to talk to natives and gain insight into their culture and way of life. Continue on your trip towards Ghangaria after a short break at Pulna.
When opposed to the section that came before it, the path leading from Pulna to Ghangaria is noticeably less difficult. As you make your way towards Ghangaria, the vista opens up to reveal a stunning landscape that is bursting with the vivid colours of flowers that are flowering all around you. The valley seems like it was lifted from out of a children's storybook.
When you reach the little town of Ghangaria, which is located at an elevation of 3,100 metres (10,200 feet) above sea level, give yourself some time to unwind and take in the breathtaking scenery surrounding you. You have the option of wandering about the town or just relaxing and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
As you awake on Day 3 of the Valley of Flowers hike, the fresh mountain air fills your lungs, and you can feel the excitement rising up inside of you. Today is going to be an incredible day. You are about to go on a voyage that will take you from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers and back again, and it is a trip that promises to be nothing less than enchanted.
Your day begins with a substantial breakfast, and then you go out on your walk, following the meandering road that takes you through the thick forest and then along the rushing Pushpawati river. You can't help but stop and stare in awe at the breathtaking natural beauty that is all around you as you walk.
There are towering mountains that are shrouded in mist, gushing waterfalls, and brilliant wildflowers that seem to spread as far as the eye can see. An overwhelming feeling of amazement and wonder overcomes you as you get closer to the entrance of the Valley of Flowers National Park. The park is home to more than 500 different types of wildflowers, some of which are quite uncommon, such as the Himalayan bellflower and the Himalayan cobra lily. It is almost as if one were strolling through a painting since the colours are so vibrant and diverse.
You lose track of time as you amble aimlessly down the valley, soaking in its breathtaking scenery. You see exotic birds flying about in the trees, and you get fleeting glimpses of creatures scurrying through the undergrowth. You decide to have lunch near a babbling creek, which is surrounded by the abundance that nature has to offer. As the sun moves closer to setting, you should begin making your way back to Ghangaria. The scenery on the way back is every bit as spectacular as it was the first time, with fresh vistas to be seen around every curve in the route. It's time for supper, and after a long day of excitement and new experiences, you definitely deserve some relaxation after all that you've accomplished today. Take some time to think about what an amazing adventure Day 2 has been before you turn in for the night. Day 2 has been quite the adventure. You have experienced something that very few people ever have the chance to do in their lifetime: you have been up close and personal with some of nature's most stunning wonders.
As we continue our walk across this breathtaking environment tomorrow, we will encounter new challenges and exciting opportunities. But for the time being, just close your eyes and let yourself drift off into dreamland as you imagine fields of wildflowers.
You are going to begin your journey from Ghangaria and end it at Hemkund Sahib, a sacred location for Sikhs that is situated at an elevation of 4,100 metres (13,650 feet). The walk is difficult but ultimately rewarding, and the scenery along the route is nothing short of breathtaking. When you first start climbing up towards Hemkund Sahib, you will find yourself surrounded by verdant trees and streams that sparkle in the sunlight. The route is both steep and rocky, but the stunning scenery that surrounds you will make the effort more than worthwhile. Along the route, you will go through a number of little villages, and the people who live there will give you kind grins and perhaps offer you some tea or food.
The terrain changes drastically as you go higher into the mountains. After passing through the forest, you will arrive at an alpine meadow that is covered with wildflowers of every colour conceivable. In front of you, as far as the eye can view, you will see carpets of blue poppies, pink primroses, yellow daisies, and purple orchids. The latter part of the hike is where you'll find the greatest difficulty, but also the highest rewards for your efforts. You will make your way up to Hemkund Sahib over a winding path that has many challenging switchbacks. As you near the summit, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of a glacial lake that is encircled by snow-covered mountains. At this elevation, the air is thin, but the feeling of achievement and amazement that comes with reaching this point makes it all worthwhile. You are welcome to pay your respects to Guru Gobind Singh Ji by paying a visit to the gurudwara (Sikh temple) that is located inside Hemkund Sahib. The recitation of hymns and the giving of prayers by the devotees has created an environment that is calm and quiet. Following the conclusion of our time spent in Hemkund Sahib, it is now time to make our way back down to Ghangaria. The descent may be equally as difficult as the climb owing to the loose rocks and steep fall that can be found in some locations. However, as you make your way back down through the fields of wildflowers and past the waterfalls that are pouring once again, you will be thankful that you were able to enjoy such a magnificent day.
You will say your goodbyes to the enchanted valley on Day 5 of the Valley of Flowers trek, and then begin your descent from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat. As you make your way out of the Valley of Flowers, you will be overcome with feelings of melancholy and admiration for the breathtaking natural scenery that has around you during your time there. The trip back to Govind Ghat is around 10 km long and takes between four and five hours to complete. The path leads through thick woods and down the Pushpawati river as it makes its way downhill. down the way, it passes various bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls. As you make your journey back, the crisp mountain air and the sound of rushing water will energise you and give you a sense of renewed vigour. As you make your way through the verdant undergrowth, stop every so often to take in the breathtaking vistas of the snow-covered mountains that surround you. In all of their splendour, the Himalayas stand tall, serving as a constant reminder of how little humans are in relation to the majesty of nature. The descent might be difficult at times due to the steep slopes and rocky terrain that it includes. But have no fear! Your knowledgeable guide will be at your side during the whole journey to watch out for your well-being and keep you safe. Take some time to think back on your adventure up to this point as you approach Govind Ghat. You have seen the Valley of Flowers in all its splendour, which is often considered to be one of the most breathtaking sights that nature has to offer. Your spirit has been permanently changed as a result of the stunning surroundings, the aromatic flowers, and the brilliant colours. In conclusion, Day 5 may be the final day of your walk, but it is also the beginning of a new chapter in your life — a chapter in which you take with you memories that will last a lifetime.
During the sixth day of your hike through the Valley of Flowers, you will have the bittersweet experience of finally departing from the valley and its breathtaking scenery. Take one final glance around as you make your way back to Dehradun from Govind Ghat; these magnificent mountains and the verdant landscape have been your constant companions for the last few days.
As you prepare to leave the Valley of Flowers, pause for a few moments to think back on all of the memories you formed while you were hiking around the area. You won't forget the dazzling hues of the flowers, the roar of the waterfalls, or the crisp mountain air for a very long time after you've left. As you make your way back to Dehradun, stop to soak in the breathtaking vistas that Uttarakhand has to offer. You will travel through picturesque villages and towns that are tucked in the foothills of the Himalayas as you make your way down the twisting roads. with the distance, you may even be able to make out some mountains that are covered with snow.
As you approach Dehradun, it will soon be time to part ways with your other travellers and the guides who have grown to feel like members of the family along the way. Please do not forget to express your gratitude to them for all of the assistance and direction they have provided along this journey. Even after your journey is over, the sights, sounds, and smells will be ingrained in your mind for the rest of your life. In the Valley of Flowers, you were able to experience nature in its purest form; here, every inch is covered with colourful blossoms, and every breath is filled with the clean air of the surrounding mountains. As you make your way back to your house, take a little bit of the Valley of Flowers with you in your heart. Always keep in mind that no matter where life leads you, there will always be a spot where nature is at its most beautiful and thriving - just waiting for you to come back.
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The best time to visit or book Valley of Flowers trek package is Mid of July to Mid of August
Valley of Flowers trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Any age group from 10 to 17 is good to apply for a first-time trekking experience. Adults and seniors should carry doctors' notes for their fitness requirements for the journey. They should be fit enough to cover a 4 km distance in 30 minutes and should be able to carry at least a 10 kg backpack.
Temperature is generally between 13-20 degree Celsius.