Valley of Flowers Trek Travelogue by Aditya Chinchewadi

This Valley of Flowers Trek Travelogue is written by Aditya Chinchewadi (12 years) Bangalore

Hi, I am Aditya! (Aged 12) let me tell you how my trek plan started to Valley of Flowers Trek. My father and some of his friends were ready to go for the trek. But suddenly everyone cancelled. My father was not happy that he was going alone. One day my mom and my dad sat in the night and were discussing about should he go or not as he was alone. My mom suggested an idea to take me also to the trek. The very next day my dad asked Devkant uncle if I could also accompany him. The reply was yes!!! I was very happy to listen that. The same day I asked my father if we could take my sister too (aged 10). My father again asked Devkant uncle and guesses what would have been the reply? It was yes!!!! My sister and I were dancing around the whole house.That day we went to the shop to purchase the requirements for the trek with my father’s friend who is excellent at trekking, Bharath Uncle. We bought many things there and even a new football. The next day it was Sunday, at morning 9:30pm my sister, my dad and myself started packing our bags. We took our clothes, arranged them in pair and rolled them. This occupied less space, so we could get some gifts for our family.

After a week it was time for us to leave the house and arrive at Bangalore international airport. It was the first experience for my sister and me in the Aeroplane. We arrived at Dehradun and from there we went to Haridwar. The same day evening we went for the Ganga Aarti.

Me and My sister on Ganga Ghat for  Aarti

Me and My sister on Ganga Ghat for Aarti

The next day in the early morning at five we were ready to leave for Govindghat. There were two foreigners who accompanied us. One of them was from Portugal, he was Mr. Rui and the other one was from Ireland, he was Mr. Edward. Edward was very tall, he was around 6.7 feet. At 8am we stopped at hotel called Shiva where we had our breakfast.There we saw an Australian talk very good Hindi. After an hour’s interval we reached at Devprayag. There we saw a village which was very beautiful. The place where two rivers join is called Prayag. Here we could see the color difference of the water very clearly. Then we headed towards a temple where we had to climb steps to reach it. Many kids were playing there, seeing the tall man; they started shouting ‘lambu’. The tall man did not understand what they were shouting, but he was still smiling. Then they started discussing his height, some said he was 2 meter, some said he was 10feet and some were like 10 meters.

Me at Devprayag

Me at Devprayag


Me, My Father and sister near Hemkund Saheb

Me, My Father and sister near Hemkund Saheb

Me and My Sister near a waterfall at the entrance of Valley of Flowers

Me and My Sister near a waterfall at the entrance of Valley of Flowers

Me and My sister crossing a Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

Me and My sister crossing a Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers

Then after few hours we saw Rudraprayag. At 1pm we stopped at a hotel called Krishna were we again meet the Australian. She sat with us to have lunch. After the lunch when we went out, we saw some fellows riding the cycle. We had seen them almost 3 hours ago. Then we again started our journey to Govindghat. After few hours my sister and I had started a game to play where in the turning one should go and squeeze the other and it was very interesting. Then after an hour we had reached at Vishnu Prayag. Here it started raining suddenly, but still we were able to see the spot. At this spot we saw many huge rocks which are believed to have flowed when it flooded. At 5:30 we arrived at Govindghat. There we rested for half an hour and then had some snacks. Then we called our home and said we reached Govindghat safely. The next day morning we started our trekking. At first we saw some places which was destroyed by the flood. At 12 we stopped at a stall and had our lunch and again started our trek.

My sister and I got went to the Alaknanda River. We could stand in the water for only 10 to 15 seconds as the water was ice cold. At 3pm we had to stop at another stall due to rain. At around 5pm we were at Ghangaria. The same night we called our family at a rate of 10 rupees per minute at a particular point. The next we left for Valley of Flowers. First we went to a spot which was opposite the Valley of Flowers and contained many beautiful flowers and even a falls was situated. Next we went to Valley of Flowers which had not many flowers due the last year’s destruction. We could see the first 1 and a half km. The main valley we could not visit because the road was cut. The next day at 6am we left for Hemkund Sahib. At 8am we had our breakfast. We reached Hemkund sahib at 10am. There we spent 4 hours. We visited the Laxman temple and the Gurudwara. We even found some unique flowers like Brahma Kamal and the rarest flower Vishnu Kamal. We had the khir(langar) which they make there. It was really awesome.

At 5:30pm we were back at Ghangaria. The next day we started our journey to Govindghat. At 12 pm we had our lunch at the same spot, while trekking to Ghangaria. At 2;30 we reached Govindghat. We took some rest and went to mana village which is the last village of India and Badrinath. This was not a part of our trek. At Mana village we saw the starting point of the Saraswati River and a bridge made by Bheem so that Draupadi could cross the river to reach the heaven. Then we visited the Badrinath temple. After visiting we had to cross through a land slide area.

Luckily nothing happened to us because the driver was well experienced. The next day we left for Haridwar. After half an hour we were stuck due to land slide. We waited there for 5 hours and then it was cleared by a jcb. In the evening at around at 4 we actually faced another land slide, but this just took 10 minutes. Night at 8pm we reached at Haridwar. The next day we went to Rishikesh. There we visited Vashistha Gufa. My grandfather had gone to this spot. It was his wish that we should also gathered and come, so we went. After that we went to Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. There the temple we had to climb a winding steps to reach the top. Then we came back to Haridwar. My father went to Ganga snan at 6pm that day. The next day at 11am we were at the Dehradun airport ready for our departure. At 4pm we reached Bangalore. After returning at our house my family members gave us a surprise.
This was my greatest trip ever!!!!!!!!!! After a few days I wished that I could stay there for lifetime. I still miss the hills.
Hope you all you all to experience this once!!!!!!

My family, Rui, Edward and Devkant Uncle near a waterfall at the entrance to Valley of Flowers

My family, Rui, Edward and Devkant Uncle near a waterfall at the entrance to Valley of Flowers

Hemkund Sahib Lake by my camera

Hemkund Sahib Lake by my camera

Edward and Rui Uncle at Hemkund

Edward and Rui Uncle at Hemkund

Braham Kamals at Hemkund Saheb

Braham Kamals at Hemkund Saheb

Blue Poppy near Hemkund Saheb

Blue Poppy near Hemkund Saheb

Beautiful view of Hemkund Saheb

Beautiful view of Hemkund Saheb

A JOURNEY INTO MINI HEAVEN ON EARTH – VALLEY OF FLOWERS

Sanskruti

Hi I am Sanskruti (aged 10 years). I want to tell how my trek plan started. First my dad was going with some of his friends. But due to various reasons they told that they can’t come. My mom gave an idea that my brother can give company to him. Then I also told I will also go with my brother & my father.

Minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

This is a common question coming across for couples having kids and wants to visit Valley of Flowers. 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.

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.

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Valley of Flowers Departures 2017

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017
  • Sunday, June 25, 2017
  • Saturday, July 01, 2017
  • Sunday, July 2, 2017
  • Saturday, July 08, 2017
  • Sunday, July 9, 2017
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017
  • Saturday, August 05, 2017
  • Sunday, August 06, 2017
  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • Saturday, August 26, 2017
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017
  • Sunday, September 03, 2017
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • Sunday, September 24, 2017

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