Valley of Flowers

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The Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib Trek is located in the Valley of Flowers National park in the north of Chamoli & Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand, India. The valley was declared as a National Park by the government of India in 1980 to preserve its flora & fauna and later, in 2004 as a UNESCO world heritage site. Ever Since then, the valley of flowers has been on the bucket list of trekkers from all over the globe.

Valley of Flowers Trek, as the name suggests, is famous for meadows and beautiful alpine flowers that are native to this location and are not found anywhere else on the planet. There are an estimated 500+ species of flowers that grow wild in this area.

This is a moderate difficulty trek that will take you up to a high altitude of 14,400 ft. This is mainly because of the distance (37 Km) and the steep ascent that comes at the climb to Hemkund Sahib from Ghangaria.



Short Itinerary

Day 1

Dehradun to Govindghat via Joshimath

The first day of the trek starts early in the morning with a drive to Govindghat from Dehradun. We will cover 310 Km on NH-7 and it will take us around 9 hours to reach our first destination. On the way, you will cross a number of holy places including the famous Devprayag, which is the confluence of the Bhagirathi river and Alaknanda river. We will take ample breaks through the drive including the lunch break. Upon arrival at Govindghat, an overnight stay will be at a hotel/guesthouse. 

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Day 2

Govindghat to Ghangaria

After having breakfast, we will start our trek towards Gangharia which is the base camp for both Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib. The hike is about 12 Km long and will take you to an altitude of 3050 m above sea level. After trekking for 5 hours we will reach Gangharia which is also known as Govind Dham. Overnight stay will be at camps.

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Day 3

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers & back to Ghangaria

Day 3 is the most awaited day of the Valley of Flowers trek. After having early morning breakfast, we will start walking to this majestic valley. Walking on this beautiful trail with green, yellow, red & blue flowers will make your experience unforgettable. Ghangaria to Valley of flowers is an easy 7 Km trek and it will take us about 2 hours to reach our destination which will be filled with exotic & rare Himalayan flowers. After spending some time at the valley, we will trace our steps back to Ghangaria where we will spend the night at camps.

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Day 4

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib & Back to Ghangaria

Early in the morning, we will start our 6 Km hike to Hemkund Sahib. The trail is a stone-paved continuous steep ascent that will take you to the world’s highest Gurdwara at an altitude of 4,330 m. If you are lucky, you might spot the rare Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata) growing wild in this area. The Gurudwara is located beside a glacial lake known as Hemkund which reflects crystal clear reflections of nearby peaks. Lakshman temple is also located near the lake.

By afternoon, we will start trekking back towards Ghangaria where we will relax for the evening and stay for the night at camps.

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Day 5

Ghangaria to Joshimath via Govindghat

After breakfast, we will trek back to Govindghat on the same beautiful trail we came from. Upon your arrival at Govindghat, we will drive back to Joshimath and rest for the night at a hotel or a guest house.

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Day 6

Joshimath to Dehradun

The final day of the Valley of Flowers trek will start from Joshimath & will end after a 296 Km drive back to Dehradun which will take about 8 hours. You are expected to reach Dehradun by evening so make your further travel arrangements accordingly


Trekking Tips

  • Plan your trek with a reputed trekking company as it will allow you to have a hassle-free trekking experience.
  • Trekking gear can be rented but there might be a shortage during the peak season in winters so plan accordingly.
  • Don’t pack heavily for the trek, only carry necessary items and clothes (2-3 layers of light clothing)
  • Carry an insulated water bottle so that you can have access to hot water throughout the year.
  • There is no network available on the Valley of Flowers Trek, make sure to call your loved ones from Govindghat

Best time to visit Valley of Flowers Trek

The Valley of Flowers Trek opens from July to October, but mid July to September is the best time to visit the trek as during this period, the flowers at the valley are fully bloomed which makes it a very different experience to visit this place as compared to other months.


Difficulty level of Valley of Flowers Trek

The valley of flowers trek is an easy - moderate difficulty trek. The moderate part of the trek is due to the long distance you have to cover on the entire trek which is about 37 Km. Apart from this, the steep ascent to Hemkund Sahib which takes you to a height of 4,000+ m above the sea level also contributes to this trek’s difficulty level.


How Safe is Valley of Flowers Trek?

The Valley of Flowers is a safe trek that is frequented by many travellers and pilgrims every year. The trail is well marked and most of the ascents are gradual with the exception of the climb to Hemkund Sahib from Ghangaria. The only issue is the quick height gain from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib. But the properly placed campsites give trekkers enough time to acclimatize which drastically reduces the chances of AMS.

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What to Carry on Valley of Flowers Trek?

This is a brief list of things that you should carry on the trek to make the experience more memorable and much more comfortable - 

  • Woollen clothes like sweaters, thermals, pairs of gloves, caps, mufflers, socks..
  • Windproof jacket
  • Hiking shoes, Snow boots, sandals or slippers
  • Walking stick or a trekking pole
  • Accessories like sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen lotions, lip balm, headlamp, torch with extra batteries.
  • Toiletries: Sanitizer, tissues, liquid soaps, paste and toothbrush
  • Medicines: Diamox for altitude sickness, essential medicines for headache, stomach upset, and regular medication if you are taking any, band-aids, volini spray, and anything else.
  • Power bank
  • Raincoat, extra shirts/t-shirts, and trekking pants
  • Identity card and photocopies.
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Woollen fleece jackets
  • Few poly bags to keep any wet clothes. 
  • Energy bars, biscuits, chocolates, dry fruits to munch, and ORS or Glucose to not drain energy.
  • Camera with extra memory cards, batteries, chargers.

Nearest Hospitals


Joshimath Community Health Center

NH 58, Joshimath, Uttarakhand 246443

Distance from Govindghat: 9 Km.

Time To reach : Approx. 30 mins 

Network & Connectivity

BSNL network available up to Govindghat. No networks are available on the trail.


Last ATM is available at Joshimath, it is advised to take cash from this ATM to avoid any last minute hassles.


Valley of Flowers FAQ’s

Q. Which place is known as the Valley of Flowers?

A. Valley of Flowers is a valley located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Valley is famous for its alpine meadows & 500+ species of rare himalayan flowers that are native to the location and are not found anywhere else on the planet.

Q. Which is the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers?


Q. Is the Valley of Flowers trek difficult?


Q. Is Valley of Flowers worth visiting?


Q. Is Valley of Flowers Safe?