Senior Citizens in Valley of Flowers

Can a Senior Citizen visit Valley of Flowers?

How should senior citizens manage their trip to Valley of Flowers?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers. Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily. They asked me whether they can do this trip of not. The answer is yes. But there are some important things to be taken care of and I will discuss it in following paragraph.

Official notice by Uttrakhand Administration to Senior citizens, Hiper tention, Cardiac Diseases, Diabetic and Asthmatic patients.

Official notice by Uttrakhand Government to Senior citizens, Hiper tention, Cardiac Diseases, Diabetic and Asthmatic patients.

First thing is they should get themselves check from a doctor as they need to trek almost 12-14 kilometers everyday for a minimum of 4 days (although ponies are available for 3 days except the day to Valley of Flowers). Valley of Flowers is at a height of 11000 feet approximately and Hemkund Sahib is at a height of 13500 feet. You should not have had altitude sickness in past.

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers by porter.

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers by porter.

Following paragraphs tells different ways to skip trekking during Valley of Flowers trip:

Use porters/ponies/helicopter from Govindghat to Ghangaria. From Govindghat to Ghangaria a Senior Citizen should not trek as he should conserve his energy for Valley of Flowers day. There are other options from Govindghat to Ghangaria like porters, ponies or helicopter. Porters can carry a person in a Doli or Palki (Palanquin). (Pic Palki). If a single porter carries as seen in the picture it cost approximately Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000. But if four porters are carraying the cost may be Rs. 6000 to Rs. 8000 for a day. A single pony costs Rs. 600 to Rs. 800 per day. Helicopter costs Rs. 3500 between Govindghat and Ghangaria one way. These prices are of 2012 you may add 10% for every year as inflation.

Senior citizens trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

Senior citizens trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

On the day to Valley of Flowers you do not have option of ponies or helicopter and you need to be dependent on porters. Porters will take only up to 3 kilometers inside the Valley of Flowers. Out of these 3 kilometers approximately 2 kilometers is a steep but beautiful ascent. Depending upon your strength you may trek or take a porter up to 3 kilometers and trek beyond 3 kilometers for about 2 kilometers. You porter may wait at 3 kilometer for you and bring you back to Ghangaria. You may also come back of your own by trekking as coming back will not be difficult being gradual decent.

On the day when you go to Hemkund Sahib you should take ponies or porters as this is very difficult trek. You may also skip to go to Hemkund Sahib as some of you may be tired after trekking to Valley of Flowers.

Helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria

Helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria

One of our Senior Citizen customers in 2012 has written a Valley of Flowers trek travelogue. You can read his experience with us. This is original unedited version of travelogue by Dr. Tapan Chakarborti (Check name spelling)

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

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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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16 comments on “Senior Citizens in Valley of Flowers
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan BIPIN CHANDRA says:

    What is the cost of trek for normal trek and one extra day at valley trek?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Bipin Ji,

      A detailed trip itinerary as per your requirement is mailed to you. Please check.

      Thank You!!

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Manini says:

    Hi,
    May I know how many people can the helicopter seat? And how far in advance to we need to book the trip? We are hoping to come in August(2015).

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      6 people can sit in the helicopter and bookings are going on you can book your trip with us. I have sent you a detailed itinerary.

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan shubhadarshini singh says:

    I want to film the Valley of Flowers and surroundings do I need special permission?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      You need to pay fees according to the camera used and purpose of the film. Please check the following image. Valley of Flowers entry fee and camera charges

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Sangita says:

    Hi, This is such a helpful relevant post, thanks a lot.
    I am founder of a Sr. Citizen Travel Club and was looking for info on Valley of Flowers whether the trek is suitable for Sr. Citizens.
    Can you tell me after the flood in that area is infrastructure reconstructed for tourists and is it ok to plan a trip to Valley of Flowers in July-Aug 2015 ?

    Also can I use some of your pictures from this post in my website ?

    Thanks,
    Sangita

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      Thanks for the appreciation, Please visit Valley of Flowers opened in 2014 itself to see the full news about the opening of the valley. All the treks have been reconstructed and everything is fine. You can also read Valley of Flowers trek travelogue by Mr Tapan Charkarborty, he is a senior citizen. Please feel free to contact me whenever help is required. You can use the pictures without removing the site name from the pictures. I will be thankful if you provide our website link on your site to help people.

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan prasad says:

    You are really doing a wonderful job by giving support and guidance to many people who wanted to visit Valley of Flowers. I am planning to visit Valley of Flowers on 15th July., alone. Whether porter services are available from Govindghat to Ghangaria, if so what will be the charges. Since I am alone
    whether you can suggest name of a hotel at Ghangaria. IS there any problem in getting accommodation at this place

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