Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers in different Seasons

Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful natural wonder. It changes very rapidly with time. So it is very important to know the best time to visit Valley of Flowers. At time people asks about going to Valley of Flowers in January. It seems funny for them who know that this is not the right time to visit Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers is snow clad for most of the year and is accessible only from June to September. It means we have only four months in a year to visit Valley of Flowers. It means nature has only four months to complete its cycle at Valley of Flowers. Snow starts melting in April and the seeds put down by plants last year start germinating. By June first week when Valley of Flowers is opened for public you see some small plants and very few flowers. As time passes more and more variety comes and you see different colors of flowers and the valley.

We can divide the total period of four months in to five parts.

Valley of Flowers in June
Valley of Flowers in July first half
Valley of Flowers from mid July to Mid August
Valley of Flowers in second half of August
Valley of Flowers in September


Valley of Flowers in June:

This is the time when you see very less number of flowers and lot of glaciers. These glaciers were responsible for floods in Uttrakhand. The floods occurred on 17th June, 2013. The glaciers melted heavily due to rains and caused massive damage. If you want to see lot of flowers in the valley, June is not the right time to visit. Moreover June is holiday season in India and therefore the peak season for Hemkund Sahib Pilgrims and therefore the base camp village is too much crowded by Sikh Pilgrims. Even the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria is filled up with lot of people, ponies and porters.

Below is video showing the scenes of the Valley of Flowers in June

Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers in June:

  • It rains very less in June and so there is no disturbance while trekking. There are fewer landslides on your road journey between Haridwar and Govindghat.
  • If you are fond of seeing lot of Glaciers and snow it is a good time to visit the Valley of Flowers.

Negative points in going to Valley of Flowers in June:

  • Most important on is that there are very less number of flowers.
  • The cost of hotel is also is higher due to high demand at Ghangaria.
  • Vehicle cost is also high as it is peak time for Char Dham.

Our call whether this is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ? : No.

Following are some of the pictures taken in Valley of Flowers in June.

Huge Glacier in Valley of Flowers in June

Huge Glacier in Valley of Flowers in June

Golden Lilly

Golden Lilly

Huge Glacier in Valley of Flowers

Huge Glacier in Valley of Flowers


Valley of Flowers in July First Half:

By July 1 half the monsoon starts in northern India. The huge glaciers you saw in the month of June melts to half of its original size but still you can see lot of glaciers on the banks of river Pushpawati and small torrents. Sometimes it also happens that these small torrents are semi frozen that is they cannot be walked over and neither a temporary bridge can be made over it. So you may get stuck at some point in the middle of the valley and from their you may not go further. But definitely you will see huge colonies of Golden Lily, Anemone Tetrasepla and Geraniums. You will also see a very beautiful and very rear flower called ladies slipper Orchid. But it is so rare that you won’t spot it
unless you know it’s location. We give 7/10 points to this period.

Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers during July first half

  • During this time you can see lot of flowers along with glaciers. So it
    is good time for people want to see some glaciers as well as flowers .
  • Since the holiday season in northern India is over by 30th of June the
    peak season for Hemkund Sahib is also over by 30th of June. So
    Ghangaria village is less crowded as compared to June month.

Negative points in going to Valley of Flowers during July first half

  • The number of flowers is not maximum and an monsoon is spoilspot while trekking.

Our call whether this is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ? : 7/10 Points

Following are some of the pictures taken during July first half.

colony of anemone tetrasepla in the month of july

colony of anemone tetrasepla in the month of july

colony of anemone tetrasepla in the month of july

colony of anemone tetrasepla in the month of july

geraniums in the Valley of Flowers

geraniums in the Valley of Flowers

ladies slipper orchid

ladies slipper orchid



Valley of Flowers from second half of July to first half of August.

During this time the Valley of Flowers is in its full-bloom. You will see maximum number of flowers and some small glaciers till July end. By maximum number of flowers we mean maximum in terms of variety and quantity both. During this one-month also the valley changes very rapidly. The variety of flowers which is available during third week of
July may not be available in August 1 week. But all in all the total number of flowers is maximum during this time. For example in third week of July you will see a good number of geraniums it paints the valley in violet colour but by second week of August the geraniums mature and the valley is filled by Impatians Davendre. It paints the valley in pink
colour. So you can say the valley changes colour almost every day due to change in the variety of flowers or came in the leaves colour or due to change in weather (for eight months valley is full of snow and remains white in colour). We have seen the valley almost every day of four months in which it is accessible. One important thing that most of the people are more concerned about going to Valley of Flowers and gives less to preference to Hemkund Sahib. But we tell you that there are some beautiful flowers which are available at Hemkund Sahib and not even in Valley of Flowers as there is a height in defence of about 1000 m in valley and Hemkund Sahib. You can see Bistorta Affinis, Braham Kamals and Blue Poppies at Hemkund Sahib. You can see some of the pictures of Valley of Flowers during mid July to mid August below.

Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers during this time.

  • This is the time when Valley of Flowers it in its full bloom and you see maximum number of flowers. Moreover it is not the peak time for Pilgrims going to Hemkund Sahib so village Ghangaria is not so crowded. However during in recent years we have seen increase in the number of visitors to the Valley of Flowers.

Negative points in going to the Valley of Flowers during this time.

  • This is peak monsoon time and in this area lot of landslides occurs during this time. These landslides sometimes may disturb your itinerary and you may need an extra day to complete your trip.

Our call whether this is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ? : Yes 9/10 Points

Following are some of the pictures taken in Valley of Flowers during Mid July to Mid August.

corydalis on the bank of a stream

Corydalis on the bank of a stream

Epilobium Latifolium on the bank of shallow stream

Epilobium Latifolium on the bank of shallow stream

Morina Longifolia in the middle of the Valley of Flowers

Morina Longifolia in the middle of the Valley of Flowers

Phlomis Bracteosa inside Valley of Flowers

Phlomis Bracteosa inside Valley of Flowers

Bistorta Affinis in the Valley of Flowers

Bistorta Affinis in the Valley of Flowers

Below is video showing the scenes of the Valley of Flowers in July


Valley of Flowers in August second half.

During this time the flowers get converted into seeds slowly but still you can see a good number of flowers and the shade of the valley starts changing from lush green colour to yellowish green colour. You can see some berries and flowers as well. Most of the glaciers melt by
this time. You can see some of the pictures of Valley of Flowers in August below.

Our call whether this is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ? : 6/10 Points

Following are some of the pictures taken in Valley of Flowers during second half of August.

cobra lilly near ghangaria village

cobra lilly near ghangaria village

corydalis at hemkund sahib in August

corydalis at hemkund sahib in August

himalayan knotweed in Valley of Flowers august

himalayan knotweed in Valley of Flowers august

Valley of Flowers in August

Valley of Flowers in August

bistorta affinis in the month of august

bistorta affinis in the month of august


Valley of Flowers in September.

This is the time when most of the flowers are matured and you see more berries than flowers. You can see some flowers at Hemkund Sahib and they are really very beautiful we have put some pictures taken on 16th September 2012 at Hemkund Sahib. This is not the best time to see flowers in the valley but during this time generally the sky is clear
and the peaks are snowclad again. You can see some of the pictures taken by us during September.

Positive points in going to Valley of Flowers during this time.

  • You will see very less number of tourists and generally Ghangaria is deserted.
  • It generally does not rain in this period.

Negative points in going to Valley of Flowers during this time.

  • During this time you will see very less number of flowers.
  • You will not see glaciers also as they are all melted by this time .

But overall the Valley of Flowers and surrounding areas are so beautiful that they are even worth visiting during September and you can see vertical peaks, beautiful waterfalls and rivers.

Our call whether this is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ? : 5/10 Points

Following are some of the pictures taken in Valley of Flowers during September month.

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

saxifraga brunosis in the Valley of Flowers

saxifraga brunosis in the Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers in September

Valley of Flowers in September

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

berries in the Valley of Flowers

Our old article on best time to visit Valley of Flowers is also worth reading.

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

5 comments on “Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Shruti says:

    Hey.. Can u please tell me whether it is worth visiting Valley of Flowers in september end and how much does it cost fr two persons. Thank you

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Valley of Flowers is beautiful any time, in September you will find less number of flowers in the valley but weather will be very nice, You will find beautiful flowers at Hemkund Sahib.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Naveen says:

    Hi Dev,

    Thanks for this blog, it is very informative indeed. I wish to know the package rate for a couple.I do not wish to take transport and would prefer to come to govind ghat by my own transport, I know it can be tiring but i will take one day for rest.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Naveen

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Raj Verma says:

    Hi Devkant,
    First of all i would like to thank u for such a beautiful blog covering all d aspects of this place. Well, we group of four members are planing to visit Valley of Flowers,hemkund,badrinath in the first week of Aug. Can you pls share d itenary and costing.

    Thanks
    Raj verma

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      thanks, detailed itinerary has been sent to you on your mail, can you please send your phone number on my mail id.

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