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 Rachit says:

    Hi Devkant,

    I am planning for Badrinath, Hemkunt Sahib, & Valley of Flowers. Can I cover these 3 places in 2 days or max 2.5 days after reaching Govind Ghat. Is this a good trek around mid August?

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ravi says:

    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?
    What would be the cost of hiring a pony for the last trek?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Public transport is available from Rishikesh to Govindghat. You can book your own vehicle for the whole trip. Basic hotels are available in Govindghat and Ghangria, sometime the dates are very tight and you should book them in advance if possible. Porters are available at various places.

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Harish Kumar says:

    We are planning to visit Valley of Flowers in mid-july.
    Can you send the dtailed itinerary for 4-5 days. We will be coming from delhi.

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan zach says:

    What is the cost of hiring a helicopter?

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Arun M says:

    We are planning to visit badrinath, Hemkund Saheb and Valley of Flowers in Jun-17 end. We’ll start on 22-Jun from Faridabad, Haryana and will come back to Faridabad on 26-Jun-17 late night.

    Can you pl. update the possibilities and what we can cover, if not all including cost for everything? If we come by our own car, can that be achieved?

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