Himalayan Slipper Orchid

Himalayan Slipper Orchid in Valley of Flowers

Himalayan Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium himalaicum) is a Terrestrial orchid. Its height varies from 20-25 cm. Leaves are 5-10 and size varies from 3-4 cm only. Flowers of Himalayan Slipper Orchid are fragrant and elegant. Flowers are marked with purple and brown streaks densely. Flowers have an ovoid hanging lip streaked with purple. The mouth of the lip is saw-toothed or wavy. The lip is larger than the petals. Petals and sepals are of green color with red veins. Petals are oblong and spread outward.

English Name


Local Name

Himalayan Slipper Orchid, Himalayan Cypripedium, lady’s slipper, moccasin flower, slipper orchid, camel’s foot, Venus’ shoes, squirrel foot, steeple cap, and whippoorwill shoe.



Flowering time

June to July


Mountain Slopes and Alpine meadows.


This plant has a great ornamental value and is used used for animals.

Location in the Valley of Flowers

This is a rare flower found in Valley of Flowers. Although the flowering time is June to August, you can find it from July first to third week of July in Valley of Flowers after some effort only. Provided you know the exact location of the flower. This is so rare that you need some guide who knows about its location. You may find it just before crossing the wooden bridge next to the official starting point of Valley of Flowers, you can see small colonies of Cypripedium Himalaicum on your left side. You need to walk on your left few yards (Away from the main path), it is not available right on the way.

Following are some of the pictures of the Himalayan Slipper Orchid,hope you will like them all. If yes do not forget to comment or share with your friends.

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We have made a database of more than 140 flowers found in Valley of Flowers and nearby areas; you can find flowers according to timing, location, color, availability and size of flowers. You can use one or more filters given below to get desired search results.

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Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

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