The Valley of Flowers, as the name suggests, is abundant with flowers. Valley of Flowers Trek will captivate you and endow you with eternal bliss. Although demanding a high-level physical endurance and stamina, it is one hell of a trek which can make you feel really rejuvenated.
It is a heavenly abode away from modern civilization in the close proximity of the pristine divinity. We will highlight here the peak time to visit for the Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand and how to reach there.
The Valley of Flowers Trek is considered moderately difficult.
History of the Valley of Flowers Trek
In the year 1931, British mountaineers had lost their way and had an encounter with this gorgeous valley blooming with a variety of flowers. At an altitude of 3600 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers was declared a National Park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.
The valley of flowers is not only rich in flora but also has a faunal diversity. However, the density of wild animals is not too much. 13 species of wild mammals have been recorded, out of which, only 9 have been sighted. You can also see a variety of bird species in the valley.
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Best Time For Valley of Flowers Trek
Though it is open from mid-May to the last week of September, the best time to visit is during the monsoons, that is July and August.
The Valley always looks beautiful, but it depends on you what you would like to see. In the month of June, snow starts melting and the Valley of Flowers begins to change its color from pure white to lush green.
You can witness the shining colony of Golden Lily from June to the second week of July. During July, the Valley is in its youth and is blooming with greenery and a variety of flowers.
The Pushpawati River bed is soaked with romantic pink-colored Epilobium latifolium flowers.
With the arrival of August, there is a reduction in the number of flowers and the color of the Valley starts turning from green to yellowish peach.
The Valley is home to the most beautiful flower of the Himalayas – the blue Primula, which blossom from mid-July to Mid-August.
You can also find Ladies Slipper Orchid during mid-July and August. September is the last month when you have access to this paradisiacal land. The valley gets matured and changes its colors in a dramatic way. It is said that the flowers change their colors almost every day, leaving the onlookers with a craving to visit again.
How to Reach the Valley of Flowers
It is located approximately 300 km from Rishikesh. You can reach the nearby town, Govindghat, which also acts as the base camp for the trek, either by sharing a taxi or by a private vehicle or state transport.
For those coming from faraway places, there are well-connected flights and trains to Dehradun, from where you can hire taxis or board the state transport. You can stop in Govindghat for some rest and begin your trek the next day.
A long yet pleasant trek of 14 km will take you to Govind Dham. You can either book a hotel room or stay in the Gurudwara. The Valley of Flowers opens at 7 in the morning , so it is a good idea to leave early, as you will not find much crowd.
The bridge on the Pushpawati River will lead you to the valley. There is an ascending trek for about 4 km which is the real adventure and challenge part of the trek.
This enchanting land is associated with many legends. It is believed that Hanuman found Sanjeevani, the magical herb, in the Valley of Flowers, which helped revive Lakshman in the Ramayana.
Some people also believe that this charming valley belongs to none other than Lord Indra, hence it is also known as Nandan Kanan, meaning “the mystical and magical garden of heaven.”
While you are trekking to this charming land, do visit Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib .
It is a seat to Dashwi Pathsahi Guru Gobind Singh and is one of the most important Sikh holy places of worship. It was this place where the Guru did intense meditation until he attained salvation and became one with his holiness.
Tips and Useful Information
No Mobile Network
As you will reach Govindghat the mobile signals will be weakened, and as you ascend further, the signal will descend. You will find wireless phones at various shops on your route but they are overpriced.
Carry sufficient cash. You will not find ATMs after Joshimath and most of the time either they are crowded or are out of cash. We recommend that you withdraw cash well before you reach Joshimath.
You will find food at a soaring price. Try and carry snacks which can be stored for 2-3 days.
You will not find many luxury hotels. Price for a normal room is around Rs. 500 per night. You can also stay at the Gurudwara in Govindghat and Govind Dham.
Carry two pair of woollens. You may start sweating during the trek but during the night you will require a good pair of woollens.
Umbrella and Raincoat
It can rain anytime during the trek, so pack an umbrella and a raincoat.
Pack only necessary items. Do not overpack as it will add to the weight you will have to carry during the trek.
Take extra camera batteries and memory card. You may exhaust your memory cards and batteries while capturing the scenic beauty.
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As mentioned above, the hike to this breath-taking Valley of Flowers Trek is categorized as moderately difficult .
However, if you wish to visit Hemkund Sahib, then the last leg i.e. from Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib is a strenuous steep climb.
This valley is a botanist delight. The carpet of varied flora makes this monsoon trek an unforgettable voyage which you will want to relive as many times as possible.