About the Valley of Flower :
Get swept away into a floral fairytale world. A trek to Valley of Flowers greets with an array of colourful blossoms and a charming network of streams lacing dewy meadows. The backdrop of snow kissed mountains further adds to the charm. Huddled in the celestial like West Himalaya, Uttarakhand, the trek to Valley of Flowers opens up around 300 types of endemic alpine flowers and a rich range of flora.
A nature lover's paradise, Uttarakhand allures with a dramatic landscape of quaint lakes, meandering rivers, lofty mountains and rising peaks of Hilamlayas. The serene atmosphere further lends in a distinct character.
Lolling over a good 87.5 square kilometres, the area was declared a national park in 1982. Heralded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the entire valley comes alive when the snow melts. Over here, you will also come across endangered species as such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and also the blue sheep. At 3600 meters above the sea level, the Valley of Flowers makes for an engaging trekking destination.
About the destination:
A gateway to floral paradise, the Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in India, and is privileged the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site! Nestled atop a breathtaking altitude of 14,400 ft., the valley is home to countless exquisite floral species that carpet the trails. A crisscross of white, purple, blue, yellow and red paints the verdant canvas of the trek, while towering Himalayan massifs stand guard throughout. A blend of enchanting aromas from the carpeting flowers swirl through the valley, putting trekkers in a daze.
Enhancing the fantastic beauty of the trail are several streams that wind through the splendid meadows. The landscape of the trek is beautifully woven with stellar grasslands, idyllic lakes and the rising magnificence of snow-clad Himalayan giants. Monsoons breathe a new life into the valley, which morphs into an expansive quilt of blossoming flowers.
Another alluring highlight of the trek is the alpine lake of Hemkund Sahib, huddled high in the laps of the Himalayas. The lake demands a thrilling climb, which you traverse while dreaming away of the delicious hot langar (meal) that awaits you at the Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahib.
The trek to Valley of Flowers begins from a little hamlet called 'Govind Ghat, sitting in close proximity to Joshimath. Experience six days of pure, uninterrupted Himalayan bliss, cocooned in the embrace of nature. A botanist's wildest dream, and a nature lover's paradise, a trek to the Valley of Flowers will leave you with a lifetime of memories, some in your camera rolls, and some forever tucked away in you heart. If you’re looking for your next big Himalayan adventure, the Valley of Flowers will quench your thirst like no other.
Altitude: 14,400 ft
Temperature: Day: 12°C-20°C and Night: 4°C-10°C
Trekking Distance: 37km
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Govindghat
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Govindghat
ATM: Joshimath is the last place where ATM is there.