Valley of Flowers Trek and Hemkund Sahib
Valley of Flowers National Trek
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park which was established in 1982. It is located in Chamoli in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora.
History of Valley of Flowers National Park
Valley of Flowers National Park presents an ethereal view and an unforgettable experience for visitors. Spread over an area of 87 sq km in the Chamoli district, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms one of the two core zones (the other being the Nanda Devi National Park) of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The valley is believed to have been discovered in 1931, when three British mountaineers – led by Frank S Smythe – lost their way and chanced upon this spectacular valley. Attracted by the beauty of this place they named it the “Valley of Flowers”.
As the name suggests, Valley of Flowers is a destination where nature blooms in full glory offering a breathtaking experience. Exotic flowers (over 600 species) like orchids, poppies, primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones are an eye-catching spectacle. Sub-alpine forests birch and rhododendron cover parts of the park's area. The trek to the valley offers eye-catching spectacles like cascading waterfalls and wild streams.
Interesting Facts about Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers is a World Heritage Site and is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
The Valley of Flowers was originally called Bhyundar Valley.
It was accidentally discovered and named by three British mountaineers while on the way back from their expedition at Mt. Kamet.
It is home to exclusive alpine endemic flowers, flora and fauna.
In 1939, a botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Joan Margaret Legge slipped and lost her life at the valley while collecting flowers on unsteady slopes. Her sister erected a memorial in her name at the spot.
Professor Chandra Prakash Kala, a botanist with Wildlife Institute of India, has authored two books on the valley; The Valley of Flowers - Myth and Reality" and "Ecology and Conservation of the Valley of Flowers National Park, Garhwal Himalaya.
It is believed that Lord Hanuman had brought Sanjivani from The Valley of Flowers for the ailing Lord Laxman to cure him.The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks are the main source of The Hemkund lake at the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara.
Valley of Flowers Nation Park Bird Watching and Animals
Situated at an altitude of around 3,600 m above the sea level, the valley is also home to such rare and amazing wildlife species like the gray langur, the flying squirrel, the Himalayan weasel, and black bear, the red fox, the lime butterfly, the snow leopard and Himalayan monal, to name a few.
114 species were seen in 1993 in Nanda Devi Park. Species frequently seen in the valley include lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus, Himalayan vulture Gyps himalayensis, Yellow-billed and Red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax graculus and P. pyrrhocorax, koklass pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha, the nationally listed Himalayan monal pheasant Lophophorus impejanus, found in rhododendron thickets, scaly-bellied and yellownape woodpeckers Picus squamatus and P. flavinucha, great and blue-throated barbets Megalaima virens and M. asiatica, snow pigeon Columba leuconota and spotted dove Stigmatopelia chinensis.
Why You Should Go for Valley of Flowers National Park Trek
Valley of Flowers is known for its immaculate natural beauty and a drive from here to places like Haridwar and Joshimath takes people through the mountains creating wonderful experiences. It means one has to come across numerous ghat sections.
Hemkund Sahib – 4,160 m
Shri Hemkund Sahib also known as Hum Hemkunt) This is a place of faith and belief where you will feel peace of mind, which today formally known as Gurdwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, this place There is a Sikh Gurdwara in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India, where people come for their worship and faith and worship wholeheartedly and is a place of pilgrimage. This Gurdwara is dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), and the place finds mention in the Dasam Granth, directed by Guruji himself, where mythological components are present in the work. According to the Survey of India, situated at an altitude of 4,160 meters in the Himalayas, is a glacial lake setting surrounded by seven Himalayan mountain peaks, each adorned with a Nishan Sahib on its rock. It is approached from Govindghat on the Badrinath Highway. It is at a distance of about 19 kms from Govindghat, the nearest main town is Joshimath. The elevation of the lake at Hemkund is about 4,160 m.
- Today people who go for the Valley of Flowers trek, I also like to visit this place, which is also associated with our Valley of Flowers trek itinerary.
- You can get 360 degree view from Hemkund sahib
- Its distance from Ghangaria Base Camp is 6 kilometers on one side, it is about 12 kilometers on both sides.
- It is said that those who go here to ask for something from their heart, their every wish is fulfilled.
- Going to Hemkund Sahib is also very special because here you also get to see flowers like Brahmakamal and Fankamal, which are not found in the Valley of Flowers trek. You can find these flowers only in a place at an altitude of 13000 feet. above
Valley Of Flowers Trek : The Floral Dreamland!
Enter the divine valley and colorful heaven “Valley of Flowers”, its impeccable beauty is enough to leave you speechless because the carpeted alpine flowers spreading their magical scents together make the valley more like a dreamland.
Moreover, it is believed that from here Lord Hanuman collected Sanjeevani Buti to cure Laxman and according to the local beliefs, this valley was inhabited by fairies. No wonder, it’s a fairyland.
So, the prominent flowers which can be seen here are – Blue Poppy, Dog flower, Hooked stick seed, Snake foil, Meadow Geranium, and Himalayan Rose.
In Short, the peak months to visit Valley of Flowers are July and August. So, do not miss the trek this monsoon!
Why To Choose Valley Of Flowers Trek?
Certainly Valley Of Flower is an Indian National Park, located in the Chamoli district, in the state of Uttarakhand.
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing the Valley of flowers trek.
First of all, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 568 Km and on foot 42 km which is to be covered into 5 nights 6 days.
Valley of flowers is the best monsoon trek Uttarakhand Himalayas trek.
This is the best trek for family, Students, Beginners, Altitudes is 12140 feet – (3700 Meter). Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature winter?
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, Valley of flowers, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and culture.
Do spare time in Interaction with locals, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology. And our Garhwali Cultures
Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.
The backpack should not exceed 10 to 12 kg only
Read more about Valley Of Flowers Trek
Valley Of Flower is an Indian National Park, located in Chamoli district, in the state of Uttarakhand.
The Valley of Flower discovered by British Mountaineer, Frank Smyth, in 1931.
The Valley of flower declared as a national park in 1980.
Hence In 1982, the park renamed Nanda Devi National Park and now it is a World Heritage Site
The Valley of Flowers extends over a region of 87.50 sq km– a territory.
Also Smyth authored a book called the “valley of Flowers.”
It is in the middle of the Nar-Var and Gandhi -Maidan Mountains.
Frank Smyth carried 250 seeds of different flower species with him, and he exposed
That there are more than 2,500 species of flowers.
Altitude we are going to cover in Valley Of Flowers Trek
Joshimath Altitude -6152 ft)
Govindghat Altitude- 5906 ft
Ghangaria Altitude – 10101 ft
Valley of flowers Altitude – 12,140 ft
Hemkund Sahib Altitude – 14100 ft
What should you keep in mind for the Monsoon Valley of flowers Trek ?
Valley of flowers trek is as good as it is said, you also need to be prepared., Valley of flowers trek is a Easy moderate trek which starts from Govindghat and ends after trek same point ,
So what are the special things to keep in mind before coming on this trek?
- During the monsoon season, it rains occasionally during the Valley of flowers Trek, especially in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, so if you have dry clothes here, it is very good, even when wet, it dries quickly.
- At this time you have to bring at least 3 pairs of clothes, for monsoon trek you do not have to bring too warm clothes, at this time you, hiking pants and t-Sart, I can trek
- It’s only a little cold in the morning and evening and the day is a good temperature for you
- Before going on any trek, it will be easy for you to take information related to each season.
- Trekkers need to know about these, you can ask us anytime like, trek route, trek map, temperature, weather condition, difficulty level, trek starting point, end point, transport, view of the trek, best time to visit, How to reach, trek distance etc, Trek Location, keep this information before going
Why you should choose us for Valley of flowers
We’re local here to give you the greatest experience possible through the eyes of highly skilled and qualified specialists who have a passion for adventure sports. We are community members attempting to promote our favorite adventure sports while also supporting local businesses. We, at The Hidden Himalaya, dedicate ourselves to providing you with an unforgettable experience.
The Hidden Himalaya always make the trek from Trekkers memorable, I insist that you do not face any problem in any trek and you can always have a pleasant experience.
Key Points of Valley of Flowers Trek
Duration: – 5 Nights 6 Days from Haridwar to Haridwar
Base camp: – Joshimath Market
Monsoon Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C) Night (6° C to 12° C)
Valley of flowers – Altitude: – (12,140 feet)
Best Time: – July, August,
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 33 Km – By taxi 544 km
Valley of Flowers cost: Per person 9500/- from Haridwar to Haridwar
Pickup and Drop Service:-We provide pickup and drop service from all parts of Dehradun and Haridwar and Rishikesh
Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Weather of Valley of flowers trek always changes from time to time, so you can bring clothes for yourself according to the season in which you want to come. If possible, you can inform us about it
Short Itinerary of Valley of Flowers Trek
Day 1– Pickup to you from Haridwar Railway station 6:00 am drive to Joshimath by taxi (287 Km) (11/12 Hours) (1,878 m/ 6155 feet)
Day 2– after breakfast Drive from Joshimath to Govindghat by taxi (18 km) (01 Hours) same day trek to Ghangaria (09 km) (5/6 Hours) (Altitude –10102 feet
Day 3– Trek from Ghangaria to Valley of flowers (9.5km) (6/7 Hours) Altitude – 12141 feet back to Ghangaria Hotel
Day 4– Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib (12 km) (7/8 Hours) 14,100 feet) back to Hotel
Day 5– Trek from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat (09km) (5/6 Hours) / same day drive to Joshimath (18 km) (01 Hours) overnight stay hotel
Day 6– Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar via Rishikesh by taxi (258 km) (9/10 Hours) reach evening 6:30 pm
Your Travel Plan for Valley of Flowers Trek
You can book trains, air flights, and bus tickets for your journey only according to the information given by us.
The Valley of flowers trek will be of 4 days and 02 days of your journey total of 06 Days from Dehradun to Dehradun
First of all, all the trekkers will have to book their flight and train bus according to our time table as our pick up is from 6 am to 7 am, you will have to reach Dehradun in the morning.
A taxi from The Hidden Himalaya will link you to the Dehradun railway station. morning 6:00 am
In the Dehradun or Haridwar railway station you will get our staff that will arrange transport for you. The contacts no Transport coordinator or our office team will give you a week ago to your departure
Please you guys book your transport facility according to your own time table, after The Hidden Himalaya take all the responsibility of Haridwar to Haridwar, that you will not face any problem.
Option 01:- By Train
All trekkers booked yourself the,
Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train no is 12206 Departure 11:30 pm: – Reached Dehradun 5:45
Dehradun Express- to Dehradun (Train no is 12687 Departure -9:10 pm:- Reached Dehradun 5:00 am
Take both overnight trains Dehradun to from new Delhi- Dehradun Special A/C train from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station the best option to you. The train reached at Dehradun railway station morning 5:45 to 6:30 am if you Meet to Our office Member – joining to our upcoming batches and Group.
Option 02:- By Air –
Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport in Rishikesh or Haridwar, Located about 21 km for the Rishikesh city. There are flights available from all states to Dehradun Airport, you can go online and book your tickets. These are easy and easy ways for you and you also save your time, Taxis are available from the airport to Rishikesh or Haridwar at all time costs Rs. 1000/* one-way pay to directly
Option 03:- By Bus
You can reach Haridwar from Delhi by a bus, board it from (Delhi) Kashmiri Gate ISBT; it is good if you are booked the seats.
(Reach Haridwar Railway Station or bus stand between 5:00 am to 6:00 am and the vehicle will be arranged from there.)
- Forest Permit and entrance fee
- Accommodation in Hotel on twin share basis
- All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and Dinner
- Good Experience Local Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
- Medical Kit
- Oxygen Cylinders
- Personal Insurance
- Medical Certificate
- Personal toiletry Items
- Personal Medicine kit