Valley of Flowers trek

Valley of Flowers Trek.

Valley of Flowers Trek require you to trek for 4 days from Govindghat. This document will tell you the total distance to be trekked on each day and various options available to skip trekking.

It is a common question; people want to know about the number of kilometers which one need to trek for a trip to Valley of Flowers. Total trek will be approximately 50-55 km in four days. That can be explained below.

Day 1 Valley of Flowers Trek:

Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

Govindghat Altitude: 5500 feet (1676m)

Ghangaria Altitude: 10200 feet (3110m), There is almost an altitude gain of 4700 feet (1432m).

From Govindghat to Ghangaria the trek officially is 14 km but after the flood in 2013 the trek has been rerouted at many places and the total distance has been increased. Although not official but it should be approximately 16 km now. It will take almost 8-10 hours of trekking.

Whether you can skip trekking: Yes, you can easily get ponies from Govindghat for Ghangaria. Other option is to take Helicopter or Palanquin/porter. Helicopter will fly only when weather conditions are ok.

Following are some of the pictures of the trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria. Click picture to enlarge.

Day 2 Valley of Flowers Trek:

Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria.

Ghangaria Altitude: 10200 feet.

Valley of Flowers Altitude: Varies between 11500 feet to 10500 feet.

Distance to be trekked: Depending upon your stamina and speed you can trek between 3 km to 8 km one side in to the valley. The first entry is allowed at 7.00 am and you need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. The trek has become steeper since 2014 as 1 km of the trek has been rebuilt and now we need to go up and come down again. Once we reach 3.5 km inside the valley the trek is almost flat.

Ponies are not allowed to enter the Valley of Flowers however you can hire a porter or take palanquin; you need to bear the entry fee cost of porters also along with their charges.

If you are coming with us for the Valley of Flowers Trek you will be going again to the valley on Day 4.

Following are some of the pictures of the trek from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. Just to give you an idea of the terrain and trek difficulty

Day 3: Valley of Flowers Trek:

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria

Ghangaria Altitude: 10200 feet.

Hemkund Sahib Altitude: 14000 feet.

Distance to be trekked: 6 km one side.

This is quite steep and it is at higher altitude which makes it more difficult. I recommend you to take a pony for sure at least for going uphill. You can come walking while coming back. The trek is continuously uphill as can be seen in the picture. Helicopter is not available this day.

Day 4: Valley of Flowers Trek

Ghangaria to Govindghat.

It is gradual coming down. Just reversal of Day 1. You can take pony just to save some time if you wish to go to Badrinath in the evening. It will take almost 4-5 hours to reach Govindghat by trekking and 3 hours by pony.

Following table explain the availability of porter/palanquin, pony or helicopter on various days along with their charges.


Day 1
Govindghat to Ghangaria

Day 2
Ghangaria Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangaria

Day 3
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangaria

Day 4
Ghangaria to Govindghat

Helicopter Service

Available @ Rs. 3200 per person one side.

Not available

Not available

Available @ Rs. 3200 per person one side.


Available @ Rs. 800 per person.

Not available

Available @ Rs. 600 per person one side and Rs. 800 for both sides.

Available @ Rs. 800 per person.


Available @ Rs. 800 per porter. They can carry luggage or even people.

Available @ Rs. 800 per porter. But you need to take his entry ticket also. Entry ticket is Rs. 150 per person.

Available @ Rs. 800 per porter.

Available @ Rs. 800 per porter.


Available but price is very dynamic as availability is very low. Price varies between Rs. 6000 to Rs. 8000 per day. As 4 porters are needed.

Same price as of Day 1 but you need to pay for entry tickets of the four porters also.

Available @ Rs. 6000- Rs. 8000 for both sides.

Available @ Rs. 6000- Rs. 8000.

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.

2 comments on “Valley of Flowers trek
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan shweta says:

    I want to visit in May n I want to go hemkund sahib also pls send me all details n how much it’s going to charge…

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Shweta Ji,

      You can take a visit to Hemkund Sahib in the May end. It will be open by then.
      The rest of the details have been sent to you via mail. Kindly check it.
      Thanks !

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Fritillaria roylei

Fritillaria roylei

Fritillaria roylei is bulbous herb with opposite and whorled leaves (3-6 per whorl). Flowers are greenish yellow with a hue of pale purple. Flowers are bell shaped, solitary and drooping.

The species roylei has been named in honour of John Forbes Royle, a british botanist.


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