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Valley of Flowers: Beginners Guide

Valley of flowers is a 6 day trek that starts at Rishikesh towards Joshimath. It is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations and the most coveted trek by the travel and adventure enthusiasts. It is a famous Indian National Park situated in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Additionally, it is acknowledged as a World Heritage Site.

Valley of Flowers

It is recognized by renowned botanists and mountaineers for its beautiful and diverse flora and fauna. It is known for its endemic alpine flowers and varieties of fauna and flora. Its rich biodiversity, especially endangered species, catch the attention of thousands of visitors every year. One can see the wonderful mountains of Nanda Devi park to the east of the Valley of flowers. 

Location

Valley of flowers is located in Chamoli in Uttarakhand. It is located close to the snow clad mountains of himalaya like hindu deity parvat, kunt khal, nilgiri parvat and saptashrungi. You can reach the valley by travelling from delhi to haridwar, haridwar to joshimath and then to govind ghat. 

Best season to visit

The valley of flowers is a national park and can be visited at all times in the year. But the time when it is in its  full bloom is monsoon. Valley of flowers is blooming with life and fresh fragrance in the months of monsoon in July and August. 

Itinerary

The Valley of flowers trek is a 5-6 day long trek which starts from Haridwar and ends at Valley of Flowers. 

Day 1  

Day 1 of the valley of flowers trek starts from Haridwar. Haridwar is the city of spirituality and purity. The journey starts on the road to the small village of Auli. It’s a 315 km long road journey covered in 10-12 hours by a car. Majority of the journey is covered alongside the river Alaknanda. The journey offers beautiful views of emerald rivers and natural verdure. One reaches Govind ghat by the evening. 

Day 2

On Day 2 you shall travel from Auli to ghangaria. It begins with trekking 7 km towards Gangharia village, walking through the mesmerising snow-clad mountains and beautiful Kag Bhusandi lake. 

Day 3

Day 3 of trekking is the most awaited trek for these are the footsteps that are going to take you to your coveted destination. The day begins with an enthusiastic head start towards the valley of flowers. Entering the valley, you can feel the fresh air and sweet aroma entering your body. Everywhere around is abound with beautiful flowers and exotic vegetation and sweet scent. You can hear the melodious chirping of birds and gushing noise of water in the youthful river. The surroundings are wonderful. 

Day 4 

You head towards the spot along the Pashupati river ahead of a valley of flowers. It is 6 km away from the valley and is a beautiful spot to spend time. From the Pashupati river you head back.

Day 5 

Day 5 of the journey is marked by return towards Sri Hemkund sahib. It’s a river that is peaceful and forms a picturesque landscape amidst the greenery. It’s a high altitude lake situated at a height of 13500 feet above the sea level. By the end of the day you’ll be at Gangharia. 

Day 6 

Heading from Gamharia to the pulna trek, you’ll take a drive to Badrinath and reach Auli by the evening. 

Day 7

On the last day you’ll reach haridwar by the evening. This marks the end of the beautiful journey. 

Flora, fauna and birds 

The valley of flowers is known for its fauna and flora. There are around 498 flowering plant species in the valley. The most common flowers found here are blue himalayan poppy, maple, brahma kamal, rhododendron, himalayan birch blue primula, daisies, rampant weed and himalayan Bellflower. These flowers deck the landscape with their charm and fragrance. The wildlife in the region consists of red giant squirrel himalayan musk deer, brown beer, himalayan mondal and yellow nape woodpecker. 

Things to carry

  1. Durable trekking shoes
  2. Camping shoes for crossing water bodies
  3. Thick woollen warm socks
  4. Thermal inner wear to protect against the cold. 
  5. Heavy blanket

6.torch, power bank, mobile phone, earphones, charger, a whistle. 

  1. Plastic bags to cover your electronics
  2. Winter jacket and waterproof coats
  3. Comfortable pants for trekking
  4. Sunglasses to prevent UV rays while trekking. 
  5. Water bottle, tiffin box, eateries, nutritious food items, chocolate, etc. 
  6. First aid kit with dettol, pain relief, volini, aspirin, etc. 
  7. Swiss knife to be used while trekking for various purposes.
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