Valley of Flowers is one of the best trekking destinations in Uttarakhand Himalayas. This heavenly valley is located at Chamoli district. The Chamoli is one of the districts of Gharwal Mandal, Uttarakhand. The base camp for trekking into Valley of Flowers is Ghangharia which is the small picturesque town near Govindghat, Joshimath. The valley is blessed by the several species of flowers where some of them are rare to rarest.
The valley is a conservative area for endangered and rare species of animals like blue sheep, leopards, snow leopards, Himalayan bears, musk deer & many more. The attitude range of valley is 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level. This area comes under Nanda Devi Biosphere reserve and considered to be one of the core zones. The whole valley stretched at the length of 8 kilometres and it is 2 kilometres wide in terms of land.
Valley of Flowers – A Wonderful Trek in Uttarakhand
It is the high altitude valley and cast spells on the visitors by showing its full spectrum of flowers. This valley is administered by the Forest Department of Uttarakhand. It is just as the paradise for trekkers, photographers and a kind of research lab for botany students. The discovery of valley is quite interesting in 1931 it was discovered by the British citizen Mr Frank S. Smythe. He and his team members were coming from an expedition then after losing the way they reached there and got influenced by its beauty they named it as –The Valley of Flowers.
In 1982 this valley had been declared as Nanda Devi National Park then later it becomes the Nanda Devi Biosphere and world heritage site by UNESCO in 2004. The other nearby place to the valley is a sacred site named as Hemkund Sahib. It is the only gurudwara which is located at the high altitude. This is the place where Sri Guru Govind Singh ji meditated and established the Khalsa methodology. There is a high altitude lake is also situated near the gurudwara which is known as Hemkund.
Itinerary Day Wise
Arrival at Joshimath
Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghnagharia
Ghnagharia – Valley of Flowers Trek
Ghangharia – Hemkund Sahib trek
Ghangharia – Govindghat-Joshimath
Joshimath – Haridwar
Departure from Haridwar
Best Time to Go in Valley of Flowers Trek
The best time for trekking at this valley is from June to October. After 31 October the valley remains closed. During the full swing of winters whole valley is covered with the snow. When the snow starts melting down then from that time flowers bloom. Till the end of the June valley again becomes the beautiful landscape. To reach Joshimath, Haridwar and Rishikesh are the nearest major cities from there you can find various modes of road transportation. Also Visit: Hampta Pass Trek: An Enthralling Experience
Things to Carry
- Lip Balm, Body Lotion
- Camera, Extra Batteries for Camera
- Binoculars Sunglasses
- Dry Fruits and Snacks
- Woollen Gloves, Socks and Clothes
- Led Flashlights
- Identity Proof
- Trekking Shoes, Poles and Bag
- First Aid Kit
- General Medicine Kit
- Personal Toiletries
- Small Garbage Collection Bags
- Water Bottle, Thermo Flask
- Solar Charger
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Do not litter
- Carry a personal garbage bag with you.
- Obtain all the permits before the trek commencing. It will save time.
- Do not indulge in any activity which is against the Law of India.
- Do not carry any kind of weapon in the valley.
- Try to avoid plastic materials as much as possible. In case you have used it during trekking then do not leave it behind and put it in your personal garbage bag.
- Try to avoid bad comments on co-travellers. If you face any issues then notify your team/group leader.
- If you face any health issue then tell your team leader immediately.
As Shop/ Restaurants are not allowed in the valley, carry some snacks/dry fruits with you.