Frequently asked Questions about Valley of Flowers

FAQ’s about Valley of Flowers

How is Valley of Flowers after Floods?

An account of real pictures of the Valley of Flowers after floods in Uttrakhand

I went personally to the Valley of Flowers after floods and the pictures in this post are all real and taken by me.

2013 is the worst year in the known history of Uttrakhand. In the month of June there were huge floods and countless people lost their life in Kedarnath. Valley of Flowers and nearby area was also affected by the floods.

Valley of Flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.

Valley of Flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.

So friends the Good News is that the flowering area of the Valley of Flowers is totally intact after floods and only a bit of the trek is damaged from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. It will be rebuilt by the next season in 2014. If someone wants to visit Valley of Flowers then surely they can, as you all know our departures for 2014 have already been announced so friends Hurry Up! Book Your Seats now with as the service will be on first come first serve basis. This post has video of the valley after the floods.
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Can Senior Citizens visit Valley of Flowers?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers and their question was same that can they visit Valley of Flowers?

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily. They asked me whether they can do this trip of not.
So friends the answer is surely they can visit Valley of Flowers. But there are some important things to be taken care of and I will discuss it in below link.
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What type of shoes are appropriate for the trip to Valley of Flowers?

This is very important question as life can become hell if you are not carrying right type of shoes on your trek to Valley of Flowers.

Trying to repair shoes

One of our client Mr. Kunal Sarin trying to repair his shoes.

There are various options for shoes like sports shoes, leather shoes or floaters. I have seen some crazy people even trekking bare foots into the Valley of Flowers. When I asked about it the answer was that they lost their shoes near Hemkund Shahib Gurudwara. Those Sikh people even walked bare foot over glaciers. But everybody of us can not be so rough and tough. Already we will be working very hard while trekking and right type of gears are very important specially shoes.
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What is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers?

As per my opinion Valley of Flowers seems to be beautiful all the times

Valley of Flowers after floods - No damage to the flowering area is seen.

Valley of Flowers after floods – No damage to the flowering area is seen.

Officially Valley of Flowers opens First June every year. Valley of Flowers is always beautiful. It depends upon your taste that what you would like to see.Valley of Flowers is snow clad in the month of May and almost inaccessible as depicted in the picture below. You are not allowed to visit Valley of Flowers during this time.
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What should the Minimum Age to visit Valley of Flowers?

Whether kids can be taken on trip to Valley of Flowers.

A Japanese lady being carried by porter in Valley of Flowers

A Japanese lady being carried by porter in Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers, Whether kids can be taken for Valley of Flowers trek.The answer is ‘Yes’ they can be taken along but not infants. The minimum age should be such that the kid should at least enjoy. There is no problem as far as the trekking part is concerned as porters are available throughout the trek at a very reasonable cost of Rs. 700-1000 per day (Prices in the year 2012) depending upon demand and supply.
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Minimum Number of days required to visit Valley of Flowers?

While going for Valley of Flowers trip one may also cover Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath.

Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.

Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.

The total trip of Valley of Flowers takes a minimum of 6 days from Haridwar and for the people coming from far areas of the globe the trip becomes 8-12 days.It is an irony that people spent so much time in reaching Valley of Flowers and still spend only one day in it. By no means can one see its real beauty in a day especially between 21st July to 10th August. This is the time when you will find maximum number of flowers in the valley. By maximum I mean total quantity of flowers in quantity and in variety.
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Minimum Number of days required to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

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.

40 comments on “Frequently asked Questions about Valley of Flowers
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Yogesh says:

    Can you please mail me itinerary and total cost for VoF.
    Also what is the limit of batch??

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. There is no specific limit of batch, but we divide the group in small batches of 9-12 each.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Harinath says:

    Hi Sir,

    I wanted to know the feasibility of the below schedule (September) :-

    12 : Day 1 : Flight reaches @1p.m. at jolly grant, jolly grant to Rudraprayag
    13 : Day 2 : Rudraprayag – Gaurikund 
    14 : Day 3 : Kedarnath (Gaurikund)
    15 : Day 4 : Gaurikund to Badrinath to Govind Ghat
    16 : Day 5 : Govindghat to Ghangaria
    17 : Day 6 : Valley of Flowers (Ghangria)
    18 : Day 7 : Ghangaria to Govindghat
    19 : Day 8 : Govindghat to Haridwar
    20 : Day 9 : Jolly Grant

    And how can I get reservations to the hotels ?

    Is there any tour package/ itinerary which includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Valley Of Flowers, which could be completed in 13th(Rudraprayag)-19(Rishikesh)th i.e. 7 days ?

    Thanks

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,

      We dont operate on this route. You can come with us in our regular departures otherwise we can also customize your trip on the same route that we follow.

      A detailed itinerary for regular departure has been sent to you on mail. Kindly check and revert.

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Vineet Singh says:

    Dear Sir

    We are the group of 4 persons and we are willing to visit Valley of Flowers, will you kindly inform me about when the Valley of Flowers become in Full Bloom and what are your charges for 4 perosns. And what are the posibilities for camping near valley is it possible of not.

     

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,

      Camping is not possible near the valley, camping is allowed near the helipad. Valley of Flowers will be in full bloom in the month of July and August,
       

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Shalini says:

    Devkant,

    Can you share 19th Jul to 25th july schedule day wise.

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Vivek says:

    Please let me know if the Valley of Flowers trek is fully funtional and send me the trip package details. We wish to leave on 14th of August from Delhi..

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Valley of Flowers Departures 2018

  • Sunday, June 03, 2018
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Sunday, July 01, 2018
  • Saturday, July 07, 2018
  • Sunday, July 08, 2018
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Saturday, August 04, 2018
  • Sunday, August 05, 2018
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018
  • Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018
  • Sunday, September 02, 2018
  • Sunday, September 09, 2018
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018

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