Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful treks in India, this also happens to be one of those treks where a lot of trekkers begin their journey of exploring the Himalayas. Located in the Nanda Devi Biosphere, Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also India's largest natural botanical garden. One of Uttarakhand's most scenic destinations are the two adjoining treks, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib conveniently positioned between Joshimath and Badrinath.
Visit the abode of Flowers!
The Valley of Flowers National Park opens up in a floral splendor from June up until September every year. A good 500 different species bloom and carpet the valley during this time. The riot of colors that trekkers get to see during this time period is beyond what words can describe. (Here's a detailed photo album of our trek to Valley of Flowers). For us, the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is anywhere between mid of July - August end.
Acclimatize in Auli
Visit India's most popular and one & only ski destination - Auli on the first two days of the trek. Head out to the beautiful Gorson Bugyal for an acclimatization trek. Check the photoblog here.
Have hot langar by an Alpine Lake at 15,200 ft (4,633 m)
The Valley of Flowers trek is incomplete without an exhilarating climb to the world's highest Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib. Nestled in the backdrop of the pristine Hemkund lake is the holy Gurudwara that is visited by over thousands of devotees and trekkers every year. (Click here to read a detailed photoblog on our Hemkund Sahib Trek)
Travel via the five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnuprayag in the ascending flow sequence of their occurrence.
- Devprayag is the confluence of the two holy rivers, the Bhagirathi - the chief stream of the Ganges and the Alaknanda. It is the first Prayag on the way to Badrinath. Beyond this confluence, the river is known as the Ganges.
- Rudra Prayag is the confluence where the river Alaknanda meets the Mandakini River. The confluence is named after god Shiva, who is also known as Rudra.
- Karn Prayag is the location where Alaknanda River is joined by the Pindar River that originates from the Pindar glacier, below the Nanda Devi Mountain range.
- Nandaprayag is the confluence where the Mandakini River joins the main Alaknanda River.
- Vishnuprayag - The Alaknanda River, which originates from Satopanth glacier is joined by the Dhauli Ganga River near Joshimath (on Joshimath - Badrinath route). Alaknanda flows in front of the Badrinath temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines.
The trail to Gorsan Bugyal gives you a good close up view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Mt. Chaukamba, Mt. Dronagiri, Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and many more. All of this makes this trek a perfect escapade from the monotony of daily life. The landscapes will surely make you fall in love with photography.
Animals that reside in the Biosphere
Endowed with a diverse range of endemic flora, it is picturesque in its beauty. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. You may spot animals like Asiatic Black Deer, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Brown Bear, and Blue Sheep.
Important Valley of Flowers Links:
- For queries regarding the trek: Go to our Valley of Flowers FAQs page and find answers to all your question.
- For a detailed guide on Valley of Flowers: Read this comprehensive Valley of Flowers Guide to help you understand all you need to know about the Valley of Flowers trek!
- To see how the Valley looks during the monsoons: Check out this photoblog of 45 stunning pictures captured during the monsoon trek to Valley of Flowers.
- How to get fit for the Valley of Flowers trek: Click here to read a detailed blog on preparing for the Valley of flowers trek.
- Wondering what to carry for the trek: Read this blog with a detailed list of things to carry for the Valley of Flowers trek.
After due considerations and after understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring the full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.
- Click here more about the safety protocols followed by TrekNomads before, during and after the trek.
With the changing travel advisories and newer regulations coming into the picture, we understand that deciding and booking a trek can get tricky. We have relaxed our cancellation policy, read our new terms and conditions for cancellation here
What is included in the tour
- Transportation to & fro from Rishikesh in a private vehicle
- 2 nights 3-star hotel stay with breakfast at Rishikesh
- 2 nights resort stay at Auli
- 3 nights hotel stay at Ghanghariya
- 1 night hotel stay at Joshimath
- Accommodation on a double/triple sharing basis
- Porter for 1 - 60 ltr Bag (Max 10 kgs)
- Entry Permit Fee, Guide Fee & Driver Bata
- Standard vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner during trek days
- Visit Badrinath and Mana Village (if and only if time and weather permits)
- 9 days trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (Number of guides depending on the group size)
- 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
- Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
- Basic First aid Kit
- Personal accident insurance
- All government, local taxes and service charges
- TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
- Personalized Dri-Fit T-Shirt
- TrekNomads goodies
What is NOT included in the tour
- The cost to reach Rishikesh and back
- Airport Pick up and Drop Off
- Personal trekking gear
- Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
- Excess baggage charges, if it exceeds 10 kg
- Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
- Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
- Hot water for shower, etc, during the trek
- Extra meals apart from inclusions
- Food during travel days
- Lunch and dinner at Rishikesh 3-star hotel stay
- Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
- Any other tickets like cable chair, cable car, etc.
- All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
- 5 Treks in one trip
- Acclimatization trek to Gorson Bugyal in Auli
- Trek to Hemkund Sahib - The highest Gurudwara in the world
- Trek to the Valley of Flowers - Explore the depths of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Witness over 500 different species of alpine flowers during the Valley of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand
- 2 Night stay in Auli - Ski destination of India
- Travel via the Holy Confluences of River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag, Vishnuprayag).
- Visit one of the four Char Dham's - Badrinath & India's last village Mana (Photoblog of the trip to Badrinath & Mana)
- Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
- Auli: 8,366 ft (2,550 m)
- Gorson Bugyal: 10,544 ft (3,214 m)
- Govindghat: 5,997 ft (1,828 m)
- Ghangariya: 10,003 ft (3,049 m)
- Hemkund Sahib: 15,200 ft (4,633 m)
- Valley of Flowers: 12,002 ft (3,658 m)
- Badrinath: 10,828 ft (3,300 m)
- Mana: 10,561 ft (3,219 m)
- Trek Gradient: Moderate
- Trek Distance: 40+ Km
- Assembling Point: Rishikesh
- Average Temperature: 5°C to 20°C
- Travel Distance: 720+ Km
- Best Months to trek: June, July, August, September
- Day 1 - Arrive at Rishikesh
- Day 2 - Travel to Auli (Travel via the 4 holy confluences of River Ganga - Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag)
- Day 3 - Acclimatization trek to Gorsan Bugyal
- Day 4 - Drive to Govindghat via Joshimath and Trek to Ghanghariya
- Day 5 - Trek to Hemkund Sahib - Highest Gurudwara in the World
- Day 6 - Trek to Valley of Flowers - UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Day 7 - Trek to Govindghat from Ghanghariya and travel to Badrinath and Mana* (Travel via the 5th holy confluence of River Ganga - Vishnuprayag)
- Day 8 - Travel to Rishikesh
- Day 9 - Travel back to your city
Day 1: Rishikesh
Altitude: 1,030 ft (312 m)
Arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati at the Triveni Sangam and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Rishikesh.
The revered Ganga Arati is something that we do not miss during our treks in Uttarakhand.
Day 2: Auli
Altitude: 8,202 ft (2,500 m)
Travel Distance / Duration: 270 kms / 8-10 hours
On day 2 you start your journey from Rishikesh to Auli. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you're about to arrive in Auli. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Auli.
The drive from Rishikesh to Auli is super rewarding with views of endless mountains and rivers flowing alongside.
We thrive for sunrises, and the sunrise on your first morning in Auli is something you should definitely not miss!
Day 3: Gorsan Bugyal
Altitude: 10,544 ft (3,214 m)
Trek Distance / Duration: 7-8 kms / 5 hours
On day 3, wake up early in the morning and head out on an acclimatization trek to the extremely beautiful Gorsan Bugyal. Pass through one of India's high altitude man-made lakes - Chenab Lake and also get a good view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and Mt. Dronagiri. Stay the night in Auli.
The trek to Gorson Bugyal is quite a sight to behold as seen in the picture. The further you trek, the more the snow clad mountains open up.
One of the attractions of the Gorson Bugyal trek is the man-made lake you see on the way.
The view after reaching Gorson Bugyal is incredibly satisfying.
Day 4: Ghangariya
Altitude: 10,003 ft (3,049 m)
Trek Distance / Duration: 10 kms / 5-6 hours
On Day 4 you start your journey towards Govindghat via Joshimath and then start your trek to Ghangariya.The route all through to Ghangariya from Govindghat is man-made with rest stops, shops all along the way. You will also find a lot of pilgrims trekking up to Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib. Get a good glimpse of the confluence of Bhyunder Ganga and river Pushpavati which forms the Lakshman Ganga. Stay the night in Ghangariya.
The well-made trail to Ghangariya offers many rest stops, dhabas and washrooms/water fill-up points.
The first glimpse of Ghangariya
A birds-eye view of the small town of Ghangariya nestled amidst the mountains. This view can be seen from the Hemkund Sahib trek trail.
Day 5: Hemkund Sahib
Altitude: 15,200 ft (4,633 m)
Trek Distance / Duration: 14 kms / 7-8 hours
Today's trek to the Gurudwara is tedious yet the whole vibe is extremely pious and positive. You can hear the chants from the Gurudwara all through the trail. The winding trail also passes through a forested region before opening up and giving you a glimpse of the surrounding peaks. After paying your respects at the Gurudwara you can also visit the gorgeous alpine lake - Hemkund, behind the Gurudwara. Stay the night in Ghangariya.
The highlight at the start of the Hemkund Sahib trek is this perennial waterfall. What you see on the extreme left is the trail to Hemkund Sahib.
In early June and July, you can find ice on the Hemkund Sahib trail, making this trek even more thrilling.
The long and steep trail to Hemkund Sahib, this is where your endurance gets tested.
The first glimpse of the Gurudwara and you can see a small sneak peek of the lake Hemkund behind the Gurudwara.
The pristine and diving Hemkund Lake.
Day 6: Valley of Flowers
Altitude: 12,002 ft (3,658 m)
Trek Distance / Duration: 7-8 kms / 5-6 hours
Trek to the UNESCO's World Heritage site, the Valley of Flowers. Visit the famous Legge's grave and some of the most picturesque spots in the valley. Stay the night in Ghangariya.
The iconic bridge that you cross at the start of the Valley of Flowers trek.
The rocky trail that you have to climb through a small forest before reaching the opening.
The trail once the rocky path opens up.
Entering the gorgeous Valley of Flowers!
Carpeted in flowers.
At Legge's grave.
Day 7: Badrinath/Mana
Altitude: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
Trek Distance / Duration: 10 kms / 3-4 hours
Travel Distance / Duration: 60 kms / 3-4 hours
Trek back to Govindghat from Ghangariya and visit the holy Badrinath Temple and India's last village, Mana (this depends on the time taken to descend back to Govindghat from Ghangariya and only if weather permits). Stay the night in Joshimath.
The Badrinath temple, one of the Char Dhams in India.
A short visit to Mana before we head back to Joshimath.
Day 8: Rishikesh
Altitude: 1,030 ft (312 m)
Travel Distance / Duration: 250 kms / 8-10 hours
On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Joshimath via road giving you the final few glimpses of the white peaks and the beautiful Himalayas. You will reach Rishikesh by night time or late evening. Stay the night in Rishikesh.
Day 9: Your City
Today you travel back to your city.
Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.
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Risk and Liability
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness
High-altitude/Himalayan treks require every participant to maintain a certain form of physical fitness that will help them trek with ease. A good fitness regime followed by a healthy diet can help you get fit for a Himalayan/high-altitude trek. However, it is advised that you consult with your doctor and then participate in a Himalayan/high-altitude trek.
- Begin your training about 6 weeks before your departure
- Focus on building your stamina through Aerobics, Running, Stair Climbing, Swimming or Cycling about 3 - 4 times a week
- Build your core strength with resistance training through Squats, Lunges, Hip Hinging, Step Ups, Planks at least 3- 4 times a week
- Work on developing a breathing rhythm and expanding your lung capacity with deep breathing and Yoga
- As your trek approaches, head out on smaller treks to help you acclimatize yourself
- Don't miss out on exercising if you can help it, even a 30-minute workout regime followed religiously can take you a long way.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
- Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
- A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
- Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
- If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
- Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
- Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
- If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
- Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
- To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek