Valley of Flowers Trek

Blessed with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a present of nature, peacefully snuggled in the Western Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. One of the most popular treks in India, the Valley of Flowers was accidently discovered in 1931 by British mountaineers – Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth who lost their way while returning from a successful expedition to Mt.Kamet. In 1980, Government of India created the Valley of Flowers National Park, and later in 2002, it was enlisted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Valley of Flowers is opened for public on 1st June every year till October. The valley is approx. 10 kms long and 1-2 kms wide and situated at an elevation 3200 mts – 3600 mts from the mean sea level. The valley is carved by glacial action of the river Pushpawati and runs east west direction along the river. The valley offers exquisite landscapes while it blooms in alpine vegetation for a period of 15-20 weeks (June till October) as it turns in vivid covers of – pink, white, blue and violet. The Valley of flowers is endowed with 520 species of high altitude plants including about 498 flowering plants, prominent ones being- Brahmakamal, Blue Poppy, Cobra Lily Anemone, Geranium and Marsh Marigold & Prinula. This rich diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, blue sheep & Himalayan Monal.

The trek starts from Govindghat in Chamoli Garhwal district in Uttarakhand to Ghangaria and further up to Valley of Flowers. The trail between Govindghat to Ghangaria is approx. 15 kms primarily along the Pushpawati river. You may also hire a car/taxi from Govindghat to Pulna village which reduces the trail by 4 kms. From Pulna, the trail goes till Bhyundar village (6kms) unto Ghangaria (4kms). The Valley of Flowers National park is approx. 4 kms from Ghangaria village. You can also visit Hemkund Sahib, a sacred pilgrimage for Sikhs, which is 6 kms away from Ghangaria. The entire trail route is well -marked. The best time to visit the valley is late July to late August.

The trek is suitable for beginners and the trails being well marked do not offer much difficulty (except the steep climb from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib). Also being an ecologically sensitive area, camping inside valley is not allowed by the authorities & hence a night stay in valley is prohibited.

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