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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 9268319339)
  • 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

48 comments on “Things to carry for Valley of flowers trek
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Mayank says:

    Hi Dev,I am coming to VOF 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 VOF

  2. 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.

  3. 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 trekforall@gmail.com or you can call us +91 9992756910.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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..

  7. 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.

  8. 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 9992756910 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 ?

  9. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Rushi solanki says:

    hi i am planning to visit hemkund sahib and VOF between july and august mid, let me know the budget requirted for hemkund and VOF 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.

  10. 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 !!!

  11. 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.

  12. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Durba says:

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

  13. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Alok says:

    We are planning to visit valley of flower 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 9992756910 any time. I can also help you getting a room in Ghangaria and Govindghat and vehicle from Haridwar.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 VOF 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.

  16. 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 VOF & 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Vandana Thapar says:

    Any trip in end Aug/Sep? Very interested.

  19. 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.

  20. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan ankur says:

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

    • 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.

  21. 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 VOF! Advise me in the (+) please, n would like to make it in Aug ’13.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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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Fix Departures in 2014

All these departures are starting on Sunday.
  1. 6th July to 11th July(Full)
  2. 13th July to 19th July(Full)
  3. 20th July to 26th July(Open)
  4. 27th July to 2nd August (Full)
  5. 3rd August to 9th August(Full)
  6. 10th August to 16th August(Closing Soon)
  7. 17th August to 23rd August (Open)
  8. 24th August to 30th August (Open)
  9. 31st August to 5th September (Open)
  10. 14th September to 19th September (Open)
  11. 21st September to 26th September (Open)
First 8 departures have one extra day for valley of flowers and we will go into deeper parts of the valley. These tours are of 7 days so that we have one extra day for Valley of Flowers.
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