Officially, Frank Smythe is credited with discovering the Valley of Flowers in 1931, but in some circles it is believed that Richard Holdsworth, a botanist member of Smythe's successful Kamet Expedition was the real discoverer of the Valley. Smythe got the information from him and went to see and work on it. Of course, the local people had always known about the Valley, but they would rarely venture into it because of a prevailing superstition that the valley was the abode of fairies and anyone venturing into it alone would be taken away by them.
Frank Smythe camped in the valley for one month to collect material for his book "The Valley of flowers" and took with him seeds for the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. In furtherance of Smythe's work, Joan Margarent Legge went to the Valley in 1939 to study and collect more flowers. She camped there for a few days, and unfortunately lost her life when she slipped from a rock while picking flowers. Later in 1944, her sister visited the Valley and built a small memorial in the shape of a tombstone. As a reminder of the great love she had for the Himalayas, inscribed on her marble tombstone are the following words.
"I shall life my eyes up to the mountains, from whence cometh my help"
Set amidst majestic snow clad mountains that stand in bold relief against the skyline, the Valley of Flowers is nearly 10 km in length, 2km in width and concave in shape. It is divided along its length by a small river called the Pushpawati and several tiny streams and waterfalls rush down from the glacial deposits to merge with it. The Pushpawati joins the Laxman Ganga, flowing from Hemkund Sahib at Ghangria. This combined stream retains the name Laxman Ganga till it meets Alaknanda at Govind Ghat.
A massive mountain mantled with snow and called Ghoradhungi , blocks the valley at the other end. There is however, a traditional route which passes across a glacial pass at an altitude Valley and eventually leads to Niti, the last Indian village on the border with Tibet.
Best Time for Visit Valley Of Flowers
Best season for valley of flowers National park , Uttarakhand ,India Himalayas
I have seen the valley without flowers and also with abundance of flowers and each time the valley looked beautiful as if it is the garden of Gods. During the months of April and May, the glacial deposits melt to make room for the plants to come up. Mid even to mid June the buds start showing and some early varieties even start to bloom. In the lower reaches anemone and premula are the early species to flower. Rhododendron of course is an early flowering tree. Mid June to mid July to third week of August which is the best time to visit, the valley gets bedecked with several colours of flowers. The assorted varities of flowers adorning the valley, and wafting their fragrance around, are a sight to behold. By mid September, the flowers begin to wither and die, but the valley, with its spectacular surroundings mountains still holding the remaining glacial deposits, is still a sight to be seen and admired.
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Trekking valley of flowers
Some of the flowers which can be seen in this garden valley are: Pink Primula, Pedicularis, Golden Lily, creamy Anemones, large purple Asters, the rare white Androsace, the blue Borage, the rosy-petalled Cypripedium, blue-Forgetme-nots, green and chequered Fritillaries, pink Geraniums, purple and dwarf Irises, dwarf Larkspurs, the indigo-coloured Nomocharis, blue and yellow Pansies, mauve Polermomiums, the blue Poppy (Mecanopsis)- petals as blue as the ocean, white and red Potentillas, golden lilly, dwarf Rhododendrons Primulas in pink and blue and deepest purple, Ranunculus, pink Epilobium and the heavily perfumed Brahma Kamal.
Trekking fee and permit for valley of flowers
Entry fee has to be paid for entering in to the Valley of Flowers. The rates as on the date are as under:-Rs 150/- per head, Foreign Tourists Rs 600/- per head
The Trek to the Valley of Flowers National Park
|Place||Altitude (m)||Distance (km)|
|Govind Ghat||1829 -||20 motorable|
|Pulna||1920 -||3 trek|
|Bhyundar||2439 -||7 trek|
|Ghangaria||3049 -||5 trek|
|Valley of flowers||3352 (lowest point)||4 trek|
|Valley of flowers||3658 (highest point)||10 trek|
|Hemkund Lake||4210 (highest point)||10 trek|
Govind Ghat , which is 270 km from Rishikesh and 20 km from Joshimath, is the motor head for the Valley of Flowers. At Govind Ghat porters and ponies are available for the 15 km trek to Ghangria. The trek begins after crossing Alaknanda by a suspension bridge and then along a mountain path on the right bank of Laxman Ganga. The trek passes through dense vegetation and whispering forests and Laxmanganga always appears to be hurrying down to meet Alaknanda down below. Then at 10th km is the bhyundar village from where a beautiful valley branches to Kagbhushandi. The trek to Valley of Flowers continues along the Laxman Ganga and at 3km from the village, Laxmanganga has to be crossed and then begins the final zig zag climb to Ghangria. Ghangria, nestled amidst the giant deodars, is the halting place for both Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. Camping in the valley is not permitted, visitors have to spend the nights at Ghangria only. As the path from Ghangria gradually ascends to the Valley of flowers , glaciers, snow bridges, alpine flowers and wildlife begin to appear along this 4 km trek. At 4 km, one only touches the valley and the colourful patterns lie ahead up to a distance of 10 kms.
Valley of flowers Tour package
This easy grade 4 km uphill hike to Gorson Bugyal starts from Auli top. The trail passes through deodar (cedar) tree forest. Rhododendrons bloom in April here. Enroute there is a beautiful local temple. Gorson Bugyal is a spectacular lush green meadows with expansive 360 degree Himalayan Panorama and stunning views of Nanda Devi on one side and Barmal on the other. Meadows adorn a carpet of tiny wild flowers post monsoon. Sparkling white, snow- covered meadows is a different but spectacular sight in winters. Day hike to Gorson Bugyal is almost a 'must visit' if you are in Auli anytime of the year.
Fixed Departure dates
|Valley of flowers trek in June 2016||5th to 10th||12th to 17th||19th to 24rd||26th to 1st July|
|Valley of flowers trek in July 2016||3rd to 8th||10th to 15th||17th to 22nd||24th to 29th|
|Valley of flowers trek in August 2016||7th to12th||14th to 19th||21st to 26th||28th to 2nd Sep|
|Valley of flowers trek in September 2016||4th to 9th||11th to 16th||18th to 23rd||25th to 30th|
Summarized itinerary for Trip in July - August 2016
Duration: 05 nights /06days, Valley of flowers Trek - 2016
- Day1 : Drive from Rishikesh/Haridwar to Joshimath (250 kms.; 9 hrs.)
- Day2 Drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (1828 mts./13 kms.; 1 hrs.) to Ghangeria (5-6 hoursTrek )
- Day3 visit to Valley of Flowers on foot(4km -3-hr)
- Day4 Gangharia to Hemkund and back to Gangharia (4210 mts./6 kms.; 4 hrs each way)
- Day5 Gangharia to Govindghat (3 hours)then Drive to -Joshimath
- Day6 Joshimath to Haridwar /Rishikesh railway station
Valley of flowers Trek 2016 - Best Package
Summarized itinerary 5 Nights 6 Days, Ex-Haridwar/Rishikesh
Early morning (5:30 am-6:30 am) arrival and pick-up from Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway Station. We start our drive to Joshimath (via Devprayag, Rudraprayag Karanprayag and Nandprayag) in an air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Breakfast and lunch on the way.
Reach Joshimath and evening free to relax and acclimatize. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Joshimath is a small town in the Uttarakhand Garhwal hills on the banks of Alaknanda River. This place is very famous for Sankracharya temple and is also the hub for many mountaineering and trekking expedition in Garhwal Himalayas.
Post early breakfast, you drive from Joshimath to Govindghat (a small hamlet situated on the confluence of Alaknanda and roaring Laxman Ganga and start point for the fully escorted treak). Govind Ghat to Ghangharia (base village for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib) is a beautiful trek route with magnificent views and river accompanying you throughout. Hot lunch on the trek route.
In the late afternoon, arrive at Ghangharia on the banks of Laxman Ganga. Dinner and overnight stay in Ghangria.
Post breakfast, start our fully escorted trek to Valley of Flowers. The first part of the trek is through thick forest along the Pushpavati river. Later we trek in the open meadows. Arrive and explore the area. Witness several varieties of rare flowers including Blue Poppy, Potentilla, Geranium and and hundreds of others. Packed lunch, flasks full of hot beverages as well as assorted refreshments will be arranged. Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast today we start our fully escorted trek to Hemkund - internationally acclaimed, one of the finest high latitude lakes in Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is also a place of worship for Sikhs and Hindus. Its an uphill trek to reach Hemkund.See the crystal clear lake with astonishing views of surrounding peaks, visit Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara and Lakshman Temple on the banks of the lake.Return to Ghangharia in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast, we start our trek back from Ghagharia to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath. Hot lunch on the trek route. Dinner and overnight stay in Joshimath.
Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for sightseeing in Joshimath and/or Auli this afternoon .
Post early breakfast, we start our drive from Joshimath to Rishikesh in air-conditioned shared private vehicle. Lunch on the way.Post dinner, drop at Haridwar/Rishikesh Railway station. Trip ends with fond memories. Note: Time permitting, we will arrange for city sightseeing in Haridwar/Rishikesh in the evening.
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Important advisory & things to carry:
1. Being monsoon, weather in Ghangharia, Valley of Flowers and Hemkund could be rainy and cold, with temperature ranging from max 20 degrees celsius to min - 10 degrees celsius. It is recommended that clients carry suitable warm clothing, protective gear for rainy season and good shoes
2. Clients are advised to consult their physician and take suitable preventive medication (if prescribed) as a precaution for high altitude sickness
3. Trekking on any particular day may be aborted or cancelled in case of extreme / unfavourable weather conditions, keeping in mind safety of the clients. Himalayan Snow Runner trip leader's decision on this will be final and binding on clients. No refund of costs or any compensation will be paid to clients in such case
4. All clients will have to complete and sign Himalayan Snow Runner's mandatory Client Information and Waiver Form before starting the trek