Valley of Flowers Trek
Valley of flowers trek has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. The Idea of watching a valley flooded with flowers of all variety and colors can be tempting for any nature lover. The local folklore also complements the aura of this valley. They go to the extent that at times the scent of flowers can be so strong that the visitors fall unconscious. We haven’t experienced anything like this but it definitely has some truth in it. It was declared a national park in 1982 and it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is between July and August when the wildflower blooms are the most vibrant of any found throughout India in the rest of the year. We recommend that you should do Valley of flowers trek yourself i.e. without any trek operator's help as the logistics of the trek are very simple and can be easily done by any trekker - beginner or seasoned. Read this blog to know more about why you should do it yourself and how! https://www.bikatadventures.com/Home/Blog/valley-of-flowers-trek-be-done-without-any-tour-operator
This trek is ideal for both beginners and experienced trekkers. For the novice, it is a great start to enter the world of trekking. It can get a bit rigorous for the first-timers. Therefore, it is recommended to the first timers to maintain good physical stamina and read extensively. Any trekker would love to go on this trek for the love of its views and trekking.
This trek is apt for the first-timers. Those coming for the first time should prepare and read extensively about the trek. Basic knowledge about trekking and mountain mannerisms will come in handy.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
The best time to visit Valley of Flowers trek is between July and August when the wildflower blooms are the most vibrant.
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Valley of Flowers is not connected by any motorable road. The nearest place is Govindghat (near Joshimath) which is approximately 17 km from Valley of Flowers. This distance can be covered by trekking. Reaching Joshimath is not a tough task as it is well connected to Dehradun and New Delhi.
By Road: There are frequent buses from ISBT Kashmere Gate in Delhi to Dehradun, followed by taking a shared taxi or a local bus to Joshimath or Govindghat. The journey from Dehradun to Joshimath takes approximately 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Dehradun to Joshimath or Govindghat.
By Rail: There is no direct rail connectivity to the Valley of Flowers. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to the same, 272 km away from the Valley. Regular buses ply between Rishikesh and Govindghat.
By Air: There is no direct flight connectivity to the Valley of Flowers. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest commercial airport. You can hire a cab from the airport which will take you directly to Govindghat.
BSNL network is available till Ghangria.
Around 14kms from the Valley is the beautiful hamlet of Govindghat, a favorite among pilgrims. Some 30kms away, nestled in the mountains of Chamoli, lies the town of Joshimath which is a gateway to the sacred town of Badrinath, one of the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites in India. Approx. 40km away is the quaint village of Mana, the last Indian village from the border of India and Tibet in the Himalayas. It’s been designated as a “Tourism Village” by the Uttarakhand government. Another popular destination for any tourist is the hill station of Auli.
There are plenty of guesthouses/hotels on the trail. Accommodation will not be a problem at all. However, during peak season the rooms will get sold out soon. So, plan accordingly.
Monsoon, from mid-July to end of August, is the best season to visit the valley. Days remain pleasant, with highs of 17 degrees Celsius, while the nights are cool, with a minimum temperature of 7 degrees celsius.
There will be snow only in the winter months of November to April during which the valley cannot be accessed.