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Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Valley of flowers national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand State in India. This valley was discovered by Frank S Smythe in the year 1931. Nature lovers, botanist, photographers, mountaineers all come to valley of flowers from across the globe.
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Pavan Punaroor
Bengaluru, India56 contributions
Heaven on earth
Sep 2021 • Friends
Rains had taken a break and hence the trek was relatively easy for the first 5–6 kms. We did finally reach our destination Ghangria at 7:30pm which was our base camp. Ghangaria is the last human habitation in Bhyundar Valley, and a base camp to visit Hemkund and the Valley of Flowers. However, it remains snowbound during winters, and remains accessible only between the months of May and September. The beds in the tent (Swiss tent style) was comfortable and had an attached bath with running water. We were given hot soup, tea and hot water in a bucket to get fresh. The camp was very cozy, we had 2 blankets to keep us warm with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees centigrade with the rain. After having a nice dinner we hit the bed and were fast asleep dreaming about what’s in store for the next day.

It was a bit chilly and there was just a bit of drizzle that wasn’t too bothersome. We learnt how to share a bucket of hot water while we got ready for our trek to Valley of flowers which is around 6 kms one way from our camp. We left after having breakfast and getting packed lunch. We were accompanied by Pankaj who was normal by now. Pradeep was still fast asleep as we started the trek at around 8 am. The first stop was the small town of Ganghria where there were many places to stay, places to eat and purchase some emergency supplies.

We continued our trek past the town and slowly started climbing as we passed the forest check-post where we had to pay entry fees. The Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. The trek here would be considered a medium trek since there is some climb but the landscape keeps changing and every 10 minutes you see something more fascinating that the next. We did reach the spot from where the entire valley could be seen around 4 hours after we started the hike. Though the flowers were a bit less, the valley looked very majestic with its lush green abundant land, mountains and numerous waterfalls. We had the packed lunch at the top, spent an hour more just admiring the scene and then decided to trek back. The valley is located at around 3600 meters above sea level but we didn’t find it too difficult to breathe while walking. The weather was perfect.
Written October 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai, India138 contributions
Hectare upon hectare of heart – achingly beautiful flora
Oct 2020
Although categorised as a ‘moderate’ trek, the trek to the Valley of Flowers (and Hemkund Sahib, which is on the same route) is reasonably steep and difficult in parts. Having said that, it is worth exploring Valley of Flowers, Mana & Badrinath.

Valley of Flowers. The very phrase conjures up images of undulating meadows, carpeted with flowers of different colours and hues, going up the side of a gentle mountain. Once you get to THE Valley of Flowers, it’s not exactly that! Firstly, getting there is a 3.5Km trek from Ghangaria through some stunningly beautiful ruggedly wooded mountains. You cross over from one mountain face to the other. Finally, you exit from a heavily wooded thicket to emerge into the valley. And yes, it is carpeted with flowers, making exploring Valley of Flowers an immensely joyful experience.

You have to see the valley to believe it. It’s not just a meadow. It is hectare upon hectare of heart – achingly beautiful flora. The valley is stretched over mountains, dotted with gurgling streams and even a glacier!

Amazingly, once we got INTO the Valley of Flowers, it wasn’t cold. On the contrary, with the protection that the surrounding mountains offered, it was quite pleasant. So much so, that all the time we were exploring the Valley of Flowers, we’d removed our jackets altogether.

I haven’t ever come across such a surfeit of orchids. As far as the eye could see, they stretched away creating an unbelievable carpet of riotous colour. It was like something out of a fantasy, too beautiful to be real! To this day, I don’t know which emotion is stronger. Was it the joy that I could see something so magnificent in my life? Or the nagging sadness that nothing one sees from hereon can ever live up to this?!
Written January 8, 2021
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ganaraj
Bangalore27 contributions
Valley of flowers-One of the must visit place in India
Aug 2019 • Couples
Mesmerizing place. The entry gate ticket counter opens at 7 am and closes at 12pm.One can see and feel Nature at it's best if the weather permits as the weather here changes frequently.One can visit You Tube channel The true beckon for crisp and detailed informative video on valley of flower trek.
Written March 15, 2020
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Prajakta Satpute
13 contributions
Mountains, Valley and A Flower Bed - Ultimate Visual Spectacle
Aug 2019
I had heard a lot about the Valley of Flowers trek - A UNESCO World Heritage site and about the myth that how there were some who even fainted due to the strong fragrance of flowers in the Valley. Being a mountain lover, I decided to take up the challenge of this beautiful trek. It is basically a 4-Day monsoon trek (Mid June - Mid Sept) where you stay at Ghangaria for 3 nights. Out of the 4 days, you have to trek for 2 days to go to and fro to Ghangaria from Govindghat which is ~9.5 km each side.
In the remaining 2 days , you visit the Valley of Flowers 1 day (~9 km to and fro) and Hemkund Sahib on the 2nd (~12 km to and fro). The initial hour of the trek is a normal route through the forest and that's where you start seeing glimpses of what's in store in the Valley - numerous varieties of flowers that you've never seen before. There is a small river crossing after which you will start the actual climb towards the Valley. It takes about 3 - 3.5 hours to reach the valley, but you would have already seen a lot of colourful varieties by then. Make yourself comfortable on one of the rocks and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the far stretched flowers and distant snow covered mountains. I was able to click 50+ species of flowers which was incredible. You'll immediately forget your fatigue and get rejuvenated by this spectacle. This was an experience to savor for lifetime.
Written March 5, 2020
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Visit India
India2 contributions
Amazing and Beautiful View
Aug 2019
The best time to visit is after July and before September because after monsoon the valley covers full of flower. The view was amazing and anyone who wants to seat in a peaceful environment and enjoy the mountain view with flower. Once in a life, should be visited this place. Also, anyone can go there every easily first go to Rishikesh then Badrinath. The distance from the Badrinath is around 33 km and from Rishikesh is 273 km approx in gharwal district.
Written October 28, 2019
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ganaraj
Bangalore27 contributions
Mesmerizing valley of flowers
Aug 2019 • Couples
The entry gate ticket counter opens at 7 am and closes at 12pm, also this is open from July to October.One can see the beautiful flowers in the valley and feel Nature at it's best if the weather permits as the weather here changes frequently.One can visit YouTube channel The True beckon for crisp and detailed informative video on valley of flower trek.
Written October 14, 2019
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suvayuchatterje2018
Kolkata (Calcutta), India25 contributions
Valley of Flowers
Aug 2019
Place is totally serine with beauty close to heaven. Once You go there you will not feel the pain of trekking rather you will feel blessed and feel that you are close to God.
Written October 9, 2019
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Vikas B
138 contributions
Walk in heaven.
Oct 2018
Hemkund and Valley of flowers are twin treks so best planned after monsoon. It starts late almost May end. Valley of flowers is not open then still under snow. VoF is only open before Monsoon start and treks here can be done in monsoon, but risky. So Mid August to October is when both can be done.
Day 1: Reach Pandukeshwar-Govind Ghat after Joshimath start early morning 10 km trek to base camp Ghangaria. Now shared jeeps drop you at start trek point. Ghangaria is your base for both places.
Day 2 and 3 take your pick. 7 Kms Hemkund Sahib and return same day total 14 kms. 5 Kms valley of Flowers and return trek same day total 10 kms.
Day 4:Trek down early return Joshimath/Haridwar.

Hemkund trek is bit hard and steep. Lots of rest and easy deep breathing may be needed. Use good Rubber soled trek shoes. Carry dry fruits, chocolates for energy. Camphor to breathe if you feel breathless. Emergency oxygen cylinder and medicines as per your fitness. Good walking breathing practice 2 months in preparation. Adequate cold and waterproof wear with thermal inner wear. In May - June 4-5 layers must as it is more cold.
Written September 23, 2019
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Kamal Gupta
6 contributions
Seniors trek to Valley of Flowers
Aug 2019
Ten of us, aged 60-70, decided to trek to Valley of Flowers this August (2019). We were apprehensive, given our age. We drove up to Govindghat (having stayed the night in Auli), and took the 5-minute helicopter ride to Ghagaria, the base for the trek to VoF (and Hemkund Sahib, a different direction from Ghagaria).

Ghagaria is at 3,050 meters. The trek to VoF takes you to 4,040 to 4,150 meters, within a space of 6.1 kms. Over a path paved with loose stones, and with a steep gradient at most places.

We had taken coolies just in case. There are "pitthu" who carry you in shoulder slung baskets, then there are "palki bearers" where a team of four carry you. However, most of us walked almost all the way, except two of us who had sedentary life styles and weighed over 100 kgs!

We had a tour guide, who had recommended proper clothes (rain wear, three layers for cold and wind protection, appropriate shoes, trekking stick, proper caps that covered the neck as well). We made it. Took us between 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours to climb, 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 to descend.

The flowers are there, but hugely over hyped. Expectations are over built. Nevertheless, the scenery is amazing. The wild river, at times rapids, at times waterfall, with its spray rising a hundred meters to form a moving wall of droplets and mist. The steep cliffs of the Himalayas. And even in mid-August, we saw glaciers. The greenery was amazing. We were lucky it did not rain that day.

The wonderful thing was we seniors could do it. Trek that much, at those elevations. We did feel breathless at times, but a few minutes rest was enough to recover. Even for two of us who have asthma problems.
Written September 5, 2019
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saurabh joshi
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India28 contributions
Trek to Valley of flowers,Hemkund and Badrinath
Aug 2019 • Solo
A must visit place “Valley of flowers”it’s in Chamoli,Uttarakhand,Best time to visit August.
Day 1 - Haridwar to Pundekeshwar ( near joshimath) 300 kms,it took us 11 hrs in SUV as road expansion work in progress.

Day 2 - Pundekeshwar to Gangria, it’s 11 km where first 4 kms will be covered through local transport.
7 kms trek will take 4-6 hrs, depending on your stopages and ability to trek..(leave excess baggage in Pundekeshwar only)

Day 3 - Gangria to valley of flowers and back to Gangria -5 kms one way+ walk in valley as per wish. only option to reach is to walk.(carry lunch,water bottle and raincoat),

Day 4 - Gangria to Hemkund and back to Gangria-This one is the tuffest trek of 5 kms one way, you can take horse while going up to Hemkund and walk while coming down,Don’t forget to take a dip in the
Pond.

Day 5- Gangria to Pundekeshwar-7 kms walk downhill will take 4 hrs.
Pundekeshwar to Badrinath + Manla (village)to Pundekeshwar

Day 6 Pundekeshwar to Haridwar

Important things to carry
Trek Bag pack 2- 50- 60 lts and 10-20 lts
1Trek shoes - it really works well in monsoon else nice anti skid sports shoes will also work.
1Anti skid sleepers
3 trek pants
3 trek t shirts half sleeves
3 trek T shirts full sleeves
2 Cap 🧢 one with hood and one woolen
1 Ponchu/rain coat
1 Jacket take light,warm and waterproof
2 warm pajamas
Sunscreen, lip balm,glasses
1 Trek pole

Take enough cash with you as limited ATM availability
Take basic medicines
Take some Health snacks (dates,health bars)

I am sure you will love Magic Valley.

Written September 5, 2019
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