The trek to valley of flowers begin from Govindghat, around 19Km from Joshimath. Joshimath to Govindghat is a motorable road. From Govindghat, tourists should either trek or hire a pony or porter to Ghangaria. The route is 14Km steep hill with breathtaking beauty. Laxman Ganga river in one side and tall Himalayan range on the other side, trekkers find it difficult to distinct between physical pain of trekking in the steep mountain terrain and from the joy of enchanting Himalayas, mesmerizing rivers and the sweet smell of flowers. Trekkers need to be careful in this trekking route to keep themselves on the safe side – the side of Himalayan ranges or else the pony may dash them down to the river. This route is usually crowded as it being the route for Sikh pilgrims paying visit to Hemkund Sahib.
Ghagaria is the spot for night rest during Valley of Flowers trek, read where to stay in valley of flowers to get more details. There is no provision of camping or staying in the national park, banned for grazing and settlement from 1983. Tourists need to take permission from Uttarakhand state forestry department at Ghagaria for entrance to Valley of flowers. After buying the ticket, a journey of 3Km should be covered to reach the valley. From far off, the sweet smell of flowers and occasional flowers on the route speed up the trekkers.
Valley of Flowers | Best Time to Visit
Valley of flowers blooms to its youth from mid July till end of August. This is the best time for valley of flowers trek to see the nature’s magical beauty. During winter, the national park remains officially closed and visitors are not allowed. Due to snowfall the valley becomes inaccessible. During monsoon months, rainfall disrupts the travelers but enough visitors come to valley of flower in monsoon as well.
Weather in Valley of flowers is unpredictable. Rainfall may occur any time or the sky may get all cleared with bright sun within few minutes. Raincoat is an essential part of the luggage.
Valley of Flowers | How to Reach
First the tourists to Valley of Flowers need to reach Rishikesh and the journey begins on bus or taxi from Rishikesh to Joshimath. Govindghat is the next spot through roadways from Joshimath, 19Km away. From Govindghat begins the trekking to Gangharia, 14Km and from Gangharia Valley of Flowers is only 3Km.
By air: Jolly Grant Dehradun is the nearest airport 21Km from Rishikesh and 268Km from Joshimath.
By rail: Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead 251Km from Joshimath.
By road: Joshimath is well connected by roadways to most parts of Uttarakhand state. Joshimath leads to Govindghat, Chamoli through motorable road.
Ghangaria: Ghangaria is the village that works as base camp for trekkers to Valley of Flowers as well as Hemkund Sahib. The toute to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib divert from Ghangaria the village with hotels and almost no houses.Much crowed during June-July and August, Ghangaria is 3Km from Valley of flowers and 5Km from Hemkund Sahib.
Joshimath: Gateway to several mountain climbing expeditions, trekking route to major Char Dham pilgrimage Badrinath, Joshimath in Chamoli district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is 6,150 meters above sea level. The Narsinha temple of Bhavishya Badri denoting the future Badri and one among Panch Badri sits majestically at Joshimath. Trek for 10Km and you will reach Tapovan with hot water spring and enthralling beauty of Dhauliganga comes to your sight.