How difficult is Valley of Flowers trek.

This is very common question from people who wish to come to Valley of Flowers. Valley of Flowers trek needs one track for four days.

Valley of Flowers trek First day:

Govindghat to Ghangaria.

The trek begins at Govindghat. Govindghat is 25 kilometers before Badrinath. Govindghat is at the height of 5500 feet and Ghangaria is at the height of 10,200 feet. That is the gain 4700 feet after trekking for 14 km. The trek is steep in its first 3 km and last 3 kilometers. Today’s trek may be avoided by taking pony or using helicopter. Helicopter service can be used only when weather is clear but the best time to visit Valley of Flowers is the monsoon season. So you cannot rely on helicopter on this day. You may or may not get helicopter but you can easily get pony for Ghangaria. For elderly people even palanquins are available. But I have personally seen that many a times elderly people trek whereas some of the young people in young 30s take ponies.

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers:

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers is not so steep trek as once you reach to the official starting point of the Valley of Flowers it almost at the same level for the next 3-4 kilometers. The official starting point of the Valley is almost 3.5 km from Ghangaria and according to me out of this 50% is steep uphill and the remaining is not so steep. This day ponies are not available as they are not allowed to enter in the valley. But Palanquins and Doli’s are available. But you need to buy the entry tickets for the porters as well. Their help can be taken up to the first three kilometers and after that you can trek as it is almost flat. But I recommend you to trek only or you will miss out lot of flowers on the way while in to Doli or Palanquin.

Valley of Flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.

Valley of Flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.

Palanquins carrying a tourist to Valley of Flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to Valley of Flowers

Palanquins carrying a tourist to Valley of Flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to Valley of Flowers

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib:

This is quite steep and I recommend to take a pony at least while going uphill. This saves time and energy both. If you have booked your trip with us we will be trekking beyond Hemkund Sahib where some of the rare flowers bloom. They are not even available in the Valley of Flowers. While coming back you can walk down.

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.

Ghangaria to Govindghat :

It is purely downhill as opposed to explained in Para 1 but if you want to save time you can use pony or Helicopter.

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Devkant Sangwan is an ardent lover of nature and is a passionate traveler. He belongs to Haryana (India) and is a law graduate by profession. He’s professionally well qualified and is an Associate member of the Institute of Company secretaries. Like many others, Devkant’s heart did not lie in his profession. He was born to follow his dream which is exploring the beauty of nature. He visited Valley of Flowers for the first time in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the splendor of the place. He started pursuing the place more often and adored it over and over again. He even left his job for his travel pursuits and calls the place as his second wife.

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49 comments on “How difficult is Valley of Flowers trek.
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan varsha says:

    The place is so beautiful, I want to visit it.Want your guidance surely.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Sanjay Datta says:

    We a group of 5 is planning for Valley of Flowers in mid August.
    I have some questions..
    What type of vehicle is available from haridwar/rishikesh to govindghat?
    What kind of hotel/lodge is available in govindghat,ghangharia? Do I need to book them prior?
    Will I get a porter to carry our extra luggage throughout the trek?
    Can you give me some idea about expenses in various places?
    Please help us if you give some inputs.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,

      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly have a look.
      Your queries have also been duely answered via mail. Shall follow you up for sure.
      Thanks !

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Lata shetty says:

    Hi we are a family of 3, husband wife and son. Husband 47, wife 45 and son 15. We are planning from 12-17th august 2017. Could you please guide as to how to go about it?

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Avinash & Snigdha Agrawal says:

    Mr. Sangwan,

    We are M69 / F64 and would like to visit char Dham and Valley of Flowers in 2017. How can you help us? We may not be able to take steep climb and also Poni due to back problems for her.

    Look forward to receive your quick reply.

    Thanks

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Shirish says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am planning to visit Valley of Flowers in Mid Aug. I can start from Haridwar (Dehradun actually) on 16th Aug and will have to return by 21st evening at dehradun. Please advise:

    1. Is is possible to cover Valley of Flowers, HemKund & Badrinath between 16th to 21st Aug (to start and to get back Haridwar.)

    2. If the above dates are fixed then what should be tour itinerary. What if instead of 1 day we want to visit Valley of Flowers for 2 days.?

    3. Is it safe for women? 

     

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,

      We are having one departure starting on 16th August, 2015 but in that departure you will be able to get back to Haridwar by 22nd August, 2015. If you want to come back up to 21st August evening then you need to take a local or separate transport.

      Yes its possible to cover Valley of Flowers, HemKund & Badrinath between 16th to 21st Aug (to start and to get back Haridwar.).

      Its totally safe for woman as you can find many solo woman travelers on the trek and even many other women in groups.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Kishore says:

      Hi
      We are 4 men at the moment, may increase, planning to visit Valley of Flowers. Suitable dates 7th August departure.

      • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

        Hi Kishore Ji,

        You have filled in details on our contact form. Hence you must have received a detailed mail regarding cost and other details. Please check and revert.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Gayatri pathapati says:

      Hello Devkant we are group 5 women who wanted to trek to flower valley leisurely. From 20th of agust. Do you have any trek during these days. Could you please send me the details.

      • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

        Hello Gayatri Pathapati

        This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. You can check with your mail. If interested this year, you can contact.
        Thank you !!

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