How to reach Valley of Flowers from New Delhi:-
Reaching Valley of Flowers from Delhi requires 7 days and 6 nights in total and we can divide it into following segments.
Reaching from New Delhi to Haridwar:
Distance 200 kilometers.
You can reach Haridwar from New Delhi by road or by train. Air-conditioned Volvo buses are available from New Delhi to Haridwar. You can take bus from Anand Vihar Inter State Bus Terminus at New Delhi. If you are not so particular about Air-conditioned bus then you may get a bus every ten minutes from New Delhi. It takes almost 5-6 hours from New Delhi to Haridwar by bus.
The second option is you hire a taxi from New Delhi to Haridwar. It is a bit costly affair as they charge both ways for dropping only. But if you 3-4 people minimum this is also a good idea.
The last option is going by train. If you are starting from New Delhi you can get a train easily from New Delhi but bookings are to be done well in Advance. You can check train availability from New Delhi to Haridwar by clicking here. But if you are coming from other parts of India kindly try to book your tickets for a direct train to Haridwar only.
You should reach Haridwar by evening as you need to start early (not later than 5.30 AM) the next day for the trip. Train is the best option but if you did not have train reservation you can go in for air-conditioned Volvo bus.
Reaching from Haridwar to Govindghat.
Distance 300 kilometers.
This is the day when you have option of going by road only. The whole day you will be traveling along Alaknanda River and the whole journey will be in hills. So take a tablet for vomiting if you are prone to that. Public transport is not so good in this region and since you need to travel for at least 10-12 hrs by road you need to have a comfortable vehicle. Hiring a vehicle from Haridwar is a good idea and they charge for the whole trip of 6 days. Getting dropped and sending them back is not a good idea as while coming back it would be difficult to get a taxi from Govindghat or Badrinath.
The best idea is to go in for an organized trip by a professional organizer or hire a taxi for the trip. (You can contact us for any of the need). Reach Govindghat by evening. And prepare yourself for tomorrow’s trek. Sleep early and divide your luggage in to two parts. You can leave some luggage at Govindghat which you dont need at Ghangaria.
Reaching from Govindghat to Ghangaria.
Total Distance 14 kilometers.
The motor-able road ends at Govindghat. Ghangaria is the common base camp for trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. It is a small village where there are some basic hotels. In 2012 the electricity reached this village and now you can expect some electric charging facility for your camera cells in Ghangaria.
From Govindghat you have got four options to reach Ghangaria. They are:-
- By trekking
- By pony.
- By porter/porters.
- By Helicopter.
Reaching Ghangaria from Govindghat by trekking.
To reach Ghangaria from Govindghat by trekking you should start your trek as early as possible but not later than 8:00 AM. Have a good breakfast before starting and carry fewer luggages or hire a porter. If you are hiring a porter kindly make sure to be with him all the time for your own benefit. You may need things on the way like umbrella, eatables or camera on the way. Do not put any valuable in luggage with porter. Do not be in haste to reach Ghangaria as you will more tired, just enjoy the beauty of nature and keep clicking photographs. You will reach Ghangaria by evening. Stay in a pre-booked hotel. (Contact us to book a hotel in Ghangaria).
Reaching Ghangaria from Govindghat by Pony.
Ponies take approximately four hours to reach Ghangaria. So can have a luxury to start by 9.00 AM from Govindghat. But we recommend you to start early and reach Ghangaria by 12.00 noon and enter Valley of Flowers today only to finish the micro level photography of the first kilometer of Valley of Flowers. This step will give you more time for tomorrow for Valley of Flowers when you will explore the deeper parts of Valley of Flowers. Valley of Flowers entry closes at 2.00 PM so be there at enterance before that.
The entry ticket costs Rs. 150 for Indian nationals and Rs. 600 for foreigners. But good news is that this ticket is valid for three days, so dont need to take a ticket tomorrow. Come out of the gate before 5.00 PM.
Reaching Ghangaria from Govindghat by Porter/Porters.
If you a senior citizen or an old age person you dont want to trek for any reason and the Helicopter is not flying due to bad weather you can hire a porter or group of four porters who can carry a person. Single porter is recommended for a light weight person upto a weight of 50 kilograms. The pictures will explain the facility in a better way. Even you can hire single porter for children with you. Reach Govindghat by evening and stay in a pre-booked hotel. (Contact us to book a hotel in Ghangaria).
Reaching Ghangaria from Govindghat by Helicopter.
This is the fastest way to reach Ghangaria from Govindghat. But in the month of July and August the flying of the Helicopter is very uncertain due to bad weather. So the availability of helicopter is very uncertain. You can not plan your self accordingly. But if you can get a helicopter you can save both time and energy but you will be deprived of the beauty of nature from Govindghat to Ghangaria. We dont recommend this mode as you have come to this place for nature and not for luxury.
Now you have reached the base camp Ghangaria, for the trek to Valley of Flowers.
Reaching Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria :
Basically you need to trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. But for older, physically weak and children porters are available. Ponies are not allowed in Valley of Flowers.
Get up early in the morning the day and get ready for breakfast by 6.00 AM and finish your breakfast by 6.30 AM so as to reach Valley of Flowers entry gate before 7.00 AM. Valley of Flowers entry gate opens at 7.00 AM and you need to be back by 5.00 PM. Today be punctual so as to explore as much as possible. This is the most crucial day of the trip. You should explore the maximum area of Valley of Flowers. Even local guides are not interested in taking you to core and the most beautiful part of Valley of Flowers. Since you are spending a lot of time and taking lot of pain to reach Valley of Flowers, you should not miss the main beauty of Valley of Flowers. We take you to the core area of Valley of Flowers (Provided you have enough stamina and speed). Kindly contact us to book your seat with us at a reasonable price. As this is our hobby turned into profession. We love our job and you can expect the best of the services.
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
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
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
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 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
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
Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?
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
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 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.
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 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.