The Valley of Flowers 6 nights, 7 days

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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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Duration

6 nights, 7 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

100 people

Languages

English, Hindi

About this tour

The Valley of Flowers is located in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude ranging from 3,200 to 6,675 meters above sea level. Accessible only during the summer months from June to October, this pristine valley remains covered in snow for the rest of the year, adding to its mystique and allure. Its rich biodiversity earned it the status of a national park in 1982 and later UNESCO recognition in 2005.

Floral Paradise

As the name suggests, the valley is renowned for its vibrant display of alpine flowers that carpet the meadows in a riot of colors. Over 500 species of flowering plants, including orchids, poppies, daisies, and primulas, adorn the landscape, creating a surreal and ethereal ambiance. The bloom peaks in July and August, painting the valley in hues of red, blue, yellow, and pink, attracting botanists, photographers, and nature lovers from around the world.

Trekking Through Paradise

One of the most popular ways to experience the Valley of Flowers is through a trekking expedition. The trek begins at Govindghat, a small town near Joshimath, and continues through lush forests, gurgling streams, and picturesque villages. The route is challenging yet rewarding, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and terraced fields along the way.

Spiritual Significance

The Valley of Flowers holds immense spiritual significance for the locals, who believe it to be the abode of Lord Hanuman, a revered deity in Hindu mythology. According to legend, Hanuman discovered the valley’s mystical herbs while searching for a rare flower to heal Lord Ram’s brother, Laxman, during the epic Ramayana. This mythological connection adds a layer of mysticism and reverence to the already enchanting landscape.

Conservation Efforts

Despite its protected status, the Valley of Flowers faces threats from human activities such as overgrazing, littering, and unregulated tourism. To preserve this ecological gem, conservation efforts have been initiated, including strict visitor regulations, waste management systems, and awareness campaigns. Sustainable tourism practices aim to balance the valley’s preservation with responsible tourism, ensuring its beauty remains intact for future generations.

Wildlife Encounters

Apart from its floral splendor, the valley is also home to a variety of wildlife species. Visitors may spot Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, musk deer, and numerous bird species such as Himalayan Monals, Griffon vultures, and Himalayan golden eagles. These sightings add an element of excitement and adventure to the trekking experience, offering a glimpse into the region’s diverse ecosystem.

Included/Excluded

  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Activities
  • Well experienced trekleader and support staff
  • Accomodation
  • Medical team
  • Permits & Registration
  • personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
  • Any cost or services not mentioned in the Inclusions Accommodation in any other destination (not mentioned above) Cost arising due to unforeseen incidents like bad weather, medical evacuation, road blocks etc
  • Porter/mule charges to carry personal luggage can be arranged at an additional cost of as per local rate per day (1 soft bag per person < 12 kg)

Itinerary

Take an evening flight or cab from Delhi to Dehradun. Once in Dehradun, check into your hotel, have dinner and rest as you will need to leave early the next morning.

  • Dehradun is connected to the rest of India with a wide network of roads. From Delhi, the distance is around 240 km and it takes about 6 hours by road. The route from Delhi to Dehradun is quite smooth.
  • Dehradun Railway station is connected by trains with the rest of the country.
  • Jolly Grant Airport is 24 km from Dehradun city. It connects to all major cities in India.

Have an early morning breakfast and take the road towards Govindghat. You will be driving along the Alaknanda river. Do not carry food with you as there are plenty of eateries on the way. Once there, stay overnight in guest houses or hotels.

  • The road from Dehradun to Govindghat of around 310 km takes about 10 to 11 hours to cover by car and is quite adventurous. You'll cross well-known places like Haridwar, Devprayag, Nandprayag, Karnprayag etc. Be ready for twists and turns on the hilly roads, which are very smooth and scenic.

This is where the trek begins. Once you are done with your breakfast, start your trek to Ghangaria, the base camp for both Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. A 15-km trek, you will witness enchanting views all along. From unnamed waterfalls to small lakes and from flitting birds to small wild animals darting by, the route takes you through the heart of nature. Once you reach Ghangaria, stay overnight in a tent, which you or your trek support team provided by the tour operator you have booked with will be carrying. If you want to experience local warmth and hospitality, stay at a homestay. If you want, you can add a day to your trek and walk the next day to Hemkund Sahib. Visit Laxman Mandir next to the Gurudwara. Head back to Ghangria after lunch. Stay in a campsite.

After an early morning breakfast, start your trek to the Valley of Flowers. The majestic Valley of Flowers is approximately 4 km from Ghangaria. The winding trail passes through dense forests and goes uphill. On the way, you will see flowers of all colours spread all around. The valley is at least a couple of kilometres wide and about 10 km long. There is a stream too that flows all the way through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into it before returning to Ghangaria. Have dinner early and sleep.

Have an early morning breakfast and trek down to Govindghat by the same trail. Drive to Joshimath from Govindghat, and then stay overnight in Joshimath. You'll surely be tired after two days of trekking.

  • The drive from Govindghat to Joshimath is just 21 km and will not take you more than 1.5 hours. While the road is full of twists and turns, but it's quite smooth.

Start early so that you can reach Dehradun by evening. Stay overnight in a hotel or homestay. Take a cab or a flight to reach Delhi the next day. Your trip ends here.

  • The distance from Joshimath to Dehradun is 275 km and it takes about 10 hours by road. Stay overnight in Dehradun, if you plan to take the road to Delhi.

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English
Hindi

Tour's Location

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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