Things to carry for Valley of Flowers trek

Valley of Flowers trek, things to carry

The following is what we recommend you take, and is a guideline of what to bring. You are responsible for having the necessary personal equipment you need for this trek.

  • One Good quality preferably Reebok/Adidas windcheater or lightweight jacket. or A good thermal (polypropylene) layer consisting of long johns and pullover. Temperatures are very low specially in night time and mornings even in June.
  • Two pairs of lightweight trousers or pants, one for trekking and one to wear at night
  • One pair of shorts.
  • Two light weight fleeces or wool jumpers.
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the mornings and evenings.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A pair of gloves. (optional)
  • A camera.
  • A note book and/or writing paper and pen.
  • Duffel bag or large rucksack to carry to gear while trekking. We recommend you use something strong and sturdy.
  • Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry the gear you will need while trekking. Camera, spare jacket, waterproof jacket, water bottle, pack lunch etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small towel .
  • Toiletries, N.B as little as possible, if you are traveling with friends try to share toiletries.
  • Small torch with spare batteries. (Important). There will be no electricity after 9 pm. You will need it.
  • Walking boots / trekking shoes.  If you are buying new boots for this trip please ensure they are well broken in before hand. Few things will make you more miserable during the trek than blisters. You need to cross some shallow rivers using them (Some time jumping over round stones in shallow rivers). It is better to have shoes which does not get wet easily. (Avoid shoes made of foam and cloth kind of stuff). Our recommendation is take some woodland shoes with a backup of good quality floaters.  Old shoes must be avoided if they are not in good condition as last year two of our clients got their shoes sole removed while trekking right inside the Valley of Flowers. That is something no one would like to happen with himself. You also need to take them off while crossing some shallow rivers. (Kindly talk to me if you want at +91 9991142759)
  • Medicines like muscle relaxant, some antibiotics, one crape bandage, if you are prone to vomiting then some medicine for that.
  • Some dry fruits like Fig, Cashew nut and Almonds. Also some chocolates can be bought, idea is to have high energy low weight food items while trekking.  Food quality available in Ghangria is not so good. So take some fruits / biscuits  for your breakfast and lunch for at least two days.
what to wear on the trek to Valley of Flowers

what to wear on the trek to Valley of Flowers

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.

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.

72 comments on “Things to carry for Valley of Flowers trek
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Bela says:

    hi,do you advise to visit vof in august and sept or one shld wait till next season. how is the weather situation, also advise for female solo traveller.

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan upasana says:

    hi,
    do you recommend visiting Valley of Flowers during this time by a solo female traveller. also, plz send me your best available itineray/package available.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi, We have many solo female traveler coming this year with us you can join them accordingly. I have sent you 21st departure itinerary you can join one of our solo traveler on this departure.

  3. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan upasana says:

    Hi,
    kindly let me know is going to Valley of Flowers right now is recommended for a solo female traveler, and plz let me know with your best available itineray.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759

  4. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan sandip ghatak says:

    May i go to v o f alone ? what is the budget ?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Yes you can, A Detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

  5. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Yakshit Jain says:

    Hey,
    We are 4-5 people looking forward for a high standard trek package in the upcoming month i.e June,2018.
    Kindly send the best itinerary you got.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  6. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Nitin Gupta says:

    Hi..we are four people and we want to come Valley of Flowers on 12-16aug ..can you arrange some group package for us.

  7. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Madhav Oza says:

    Hi Devkant

    Me and my wife are planning to visit Valley of Flowers and Hemkund sahib during 12-16 June,2017.
    Will start trekking from ghangaria. But we have never done such trekking and adventure activities. Is it advisable for us to go or we should avoid solo and join some groups. Also let me know the things to carry for trekking and Do’s and Don’t for the trip.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,

      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check. The trek is till Ghangaria starting from Pulna village (10 kms.). We shall accommodate you in a group of 9-10 people as it is group trekking. These information shall be given to you once you are willing to join.
      Thanks !

  8. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Janhvi says:

    Please send me some more details as i am planning for vof trek with my friend.
    Around sept mid.
    Is this the right time to go?
    Sept mid or october?
    Please let me know.
    Thanks.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Janhvi
      The itinerary for this year has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail. You can come during September mid, it is good of a time. Valley gets close in initial days of October.
      So Sep. mid is a good option, you will be able to witness flowers as well.
      Contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  9. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan kamal dabral says:

    hi sangwan

    we approx 6 to 7 friends planning for Valley of Flowers after 10th june. we visited last year joshimath and auli, that was awesome. planing from last two years to Valley of Flowers but due to time shortage and other issue trip was cancelled.

    Please give some details about our trip on mail id.

  10. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Dinesh says:

    Hi

    We are planning to visit Valley of Flowers this year in Aug-15.Please let us know if you arrange treks for 2 people as well.We don’t wish to go in any group.

    Thanks

  11. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan ajay singh says:

    Hi Devkant, we are planing a trip to Valley of Flowers around 14th Aug, pls help us solve following query..

    1. Is it possible to bring my 4 yr son on this trek

    2. How is the place and travel conditions after unfortunate flood last year

    3. Is it possible to complete the trek in 5 days, as we are little short on time

    Thanks,
    Ajay Singh
    Gurgaon

  12. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan DD agarwal says:

    Hi Dev,

    we are planning to visit valley on 15th Aug to 17th Aug. valley will be open during these days?
    and can this trip be done in 3 days?

    please provide information about things we can do during these 3 days.

    Thanks

  13. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Mayank says:

    Hi Dev,I am coming to Valley of Flowers this weekend. I am reading that Its still not open. I am still coming there now coz of lack of time & my thirst if adventure. I am traveling alone. Can u confirm if it is safe to travel alone to Valley of Flowers

  14. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Paras says:

    Hi Dev. If I have to choose between 15th July & 15th August, which is the better time to visit the valley for a better view of the flowers?

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Both dates are at par for a first time visitor, there will be different variety of flowers in these dates. In 15th July there is more chance that you will see big size of Glaciers along with the flowers.

  15. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan padmashree says:

    Hi dev,
    I am truly impressed with ur work. I wish to take the Badri and Vof trek this june 24 to 30. Is it a gud time. Will the valley be in full bloom?
    V r 4 ppl. I will contact u in the coming couple of days for more jnfo and advise.

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      Mam Valley of Flowers will be accessible afer 30th june this year and our departures start from 6th of july so kindly choose a date after this from the given departures on our site. For more info kindly contact us on [email protected] or you can call us +91 9991142759.

  16. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Arijit says:

    Hello Devkant, Your blog is truly informative and it is a reader’s delight..Any trip plan to that valley this July to Sept 2014?

  17. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ragini says:

    we are planning to see this place in August last week. How is place at that time? will flowers bloom just like in peak season. Also please send me the cost details..

    • Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Devkant Sangwan says:

      You will find good amount of flowers during this time also. Detailed cost and other details has been sent to you.

  18. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan shubham says:

    Hi Dev…We are a couple & wanted to visit the Valley of Flowers in extended tour of 2 days on 11th july..As spoken on phone..Pls do consider if it can be clubbed with other couple..

  19. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan indira says:

    I want to take the aug 25 trip, but had a couple of queries.
    a) Will it be raining in this time of the year?
    b) is that a good time for Valley of Flowers or is it too late?

    • Hello,
      Weather it will be raining or not no one can tell you. It is not too late but not the best time. Moreover you will find beautiful flowers at Hemkund Sahib during this time.

  20. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Subhra says:

    He Dev doing an awesome job. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you in July.

    • Thanks Subhra,
      You can coordinate with me. Please talk to me on +91 9991142759 before the trip so that I can give you some important instructions. How you will be travelling form Haridwar to Govindghat and back ? Have you booked hotels ?

  21. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Rushi solanki says:

    hi i am planning to visit hemkund sahib and Valley of Flowers between july and august mid, let me know the budget requirted for hemkund and Valley of Flowers from haridwar, days required, accomodation in ghangharia?, online booking at ghanghari possible?

    • Hello Rushi,

      We organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Minimum of 6 days are required for Valley of Flowers trip from Haridwar. The detailed itinerary can be seen on our trek page and to know the cost part of it kindly fill in your details on our contact us form which is available on all pages of this site. You will get a detailed itinerary and cost of the trip along with its inclusions and exclusions. I always accompany all my groups to Valley of Flowers personally. This year we have 10 fixed departures. You can visit our Valley of Flowers tour packages page. to see the departures dates and their details.

  22. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan S. Daya Shankar says:

    hello sir, this is dayashankar (25) from chennai …. !! first of all thanks a lot for providing excellent information… i would like to visit the (Valley of Flowers, hemkund, badrinath as per your itenary) as alone(with you)….!!! by this august or september after settling down at a college (searching for college to do ME)… can you provide cheap and best budget details for me !!! kindly mail me… regards !!!

  23. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Kiran Kashyap says:

    Hello,

    Me and my friends are planning for excursion in the month of Aug. We totally are of 8 people, is there any extra discount provided apart from the rate mentioned in the itenary. Kindly let us know the possibilities.

    Thanks,
    Kiran Kashyap.

  24. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Durba says:

    I am going to visit Valley of Flowers this july and dont have any booking in Ghangria. Is it possible to get a spot booking on arrival there?

  25. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Alok says:

    We are planning to visit Valley of Flowers around 25may 2013,Will there be any hotel open in ghangaria.

    • Dear Alok,
      Is there any specific reason that you wish to visit Valley of Flowers during this time. Kindly read the best time to visit Valley of Flowers page before taking this decision.Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June every year. There will be very less number of flowers during May last week and you will not be allowed to enter the valley before 1st June. However there will be lots of snow on Hemkund Sahib trek. Yes you will find some hotels open on 25th May who may be getting prepared for the upcoming season. To book your room you may contact me at contact us page or call me at +91 9991142759 any time. I can also help you getting a room in Ghangaria and Govindghat and vehicle from Haridwar.

  26. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Deepak Mishra says:

    Devkant Sangwan,..
    Sir i want to do dissertation on wildlife of Valley of Flowers.
    is it will be possible to sart now.?
    pls mail what is best possible. if I can start my dissertation now.

  27. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Anamika says:

    This is such a amazing place…I wish I could get a chance to visit here, but I guess I missed to visit Valley of Flowers for this year, what will be the next suitable time for visiting? So that I can make a plan in advance 🙂 you are doing a great job! I’ll surely take your help while visiting Valley of Flowers.

  28. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Basanta sahoo says:

    Hi,
    Is it advisable to visit Valley of Flowers at end of september ?
    We have planned to visit both Valley of Flowers & Hemkund on Sep 30. What you say?

    • Valley of Flowers will be entirely in a different color. Although there will be very less number for flowers but the sky will be clear. You may witness fresh snowfall at Hemkund Shahib and peaks at Valley of Flowers. There are many landscapes other then flowers in Valley of Flowers.

  29. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan samir kumar says:

    thanks 4 providing precious informations about Valley of Flowers . we are planning to visit Valley of Flowers in 1st week of September but afraid of weather conditions. are flowers still there? can u tell about the temperature around.

    • Hello Sameer,
      Most welcome. Dont be afraid of weather conditions. Land slide is a common phenomenon specially in Chamoli district. But Border Road Organization clears them. There will be flowers but there number will be less. Temperature at Ghangaria will be very less about 4-5 degrees in evenings and mornings. All the best for your trip.

  30. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Vandana Thapar says:

    Any trip in end Aug/Sep? Very interested.

  31. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan promila says:

    Hai Dev,u r so lucky,aqs u live among flowers most of the time.I m really greatful and gratitude dat u r doing superb and tremounds work.could u pls tell me can we reach direct flower valley by train from rishikesh. bcoz I can’t travel in bus,taxi,or cab.I m planning to come there on coming week.would u pls help me.

    • Hello Promila, thanks for nice comment. But I am sorry that there is no getting away from traveling by road after Rishikesh. You need to travel at least for 10 hrs. from Rishikesh.

  32. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan ankur says:

    hi,
    my family is going to hemkund shaib and Valley of Flowers last of august , can you tell about weather condition .Is the time to good for Valley of Flowers

    • Congrats. Weather condition is fine. Its ok time for going to Valley of Flowers. There will be lot of flowers but Valley of Flowers will not be at its best as far as number of flowers are concerned.

  33. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan rosemary says:

    i shall be 67yrs next march but go on annual trips all over india, been to hilly/mountainous places like HP, this Sep to
    Uttarakhand, I’m sceptic about learning about the treckking part as i’m not a trecker but its been my long cherished dream of visiting The Valley of Flowers! Advise me in the (+) please, n would like to make it in Aug ’13.

  34. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ajay says:

    Dear friend, I happen to notice your blog while searching for information pertaining to VoF. I m planing to visit Valley in month of Aug (probably 10-15). I m from Chandigarh. I wanted to know more about the road connectivity between Rishikesh to Joshimath and further. Which is the best mode for this travel State Buses or Shared Taxis? I would not prefer to take my own vehicle. Kindly share this information if it is not a botheration for you.

    • Hello Ajay, You are most welcome to accompany my group from 10th August to 15th August for Valley of Flowers. The road connectivity is fine. Much better then last year. Your own vehicle is not recommended. If at all you are booking you seat in my group you need not worry about your transport and stay, I will be taking care of everything and I will personally accompany the group. However if you want to go of your own you can hire a taxi or use public transport. You can contact me to book a taxi or Hotel in Ghangaria. Thanks. All the best for your upcoming trip to heaven on earth i.e. Valley of Flowers

  35. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Anil Ingale says:

    This is very informative. i am planning for trek for the end august 12. this will help me plan it better.
    thanks.

  36. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Niko Holmen says:

    I couldnt have said it any better to be honest! keep up the awesome work. You are very talented & I only wish I could write as good as you do 🙂 …

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