Valley of Flowers Frequently asked questions

Whether Auli should be part of Valley of Flowers tour ?

Auli is only 14 km from Joshimath. Just by adding in your itinerary you can visit Auli and trek to Gorson Bhugyal. The Gorson Bhugyal (alpine meadows) is very beautiful place and a must visit. We have been taking our customers to Auli along with Valley of Flowers since 2014. All our customers liked the idea of adding Auli into the itinerary. Please check following link to see TripAdvisor reviews for Gorson Bhugyal.. Gorson top Auli

Gorson Bhugyal

We also have our own resort in Auli. You can check our Tripadvisor reviews here. Blue Poppy Resorts Auli
Blue Poppy Resorts Auli

Blue Poppy Resorts Auli


What is the cost of hiring Helicopter, pony, porter, palanquin etc ?

Helicopter is available between Govindghat and Ghangaria. Cost per person for Helicopter is approximately Rs 3000 per person per side. It varies every year. In 2017, it was Rs 3240.
Cost of hiring pony, porter, palanquin etc is highly volatile. It depends upon demand and supply but porter take Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 per day depending upon the weight. Since four people carrying a palanquin it is little costly and cost varies between Rs 6000 to Rs 12000 per day. Pony cost Rs 600 to Rs 1200. But during June month these costs may go as high as 200% because of the high pilgrim season.


Does rain spoil trip to Valley of Flowers ?

Valley of Flowers is in full bloom during July and August. This is also the monsoon period. Many people are worried about landslides. But fortunately the road condition between Haridwar and Govindghat has improved a lot. One may have to wait for few hours to get the landslides clear by the Border Road Organization. In rare case, if the landslide are too much then one may have to extend the trip. But this is very rare. People coming to Valley of Flowers normally go to Badrinath also. Between Govindghat and Badrinath there is a place called Lambagad. It rains almost daily in the evening at this place and authority normally clears it next morning. One should go to Badrinath and come back before 3 pm, sooner is better. In Valley of Flowers and Ghangaria it normally rains during night time. Whatever, is written here is our experience and we dont claim it to be right 100 % always.


How much you need to trek for Valley of Flowers tour ?

Valley of Flowers Trek require you to trek for 4 days from Govindghat. This document will tell you the total distance to be trekked on each day and various options available to skip trekking. Read more……


What are the things to carry for Valley of Flowers ?

The following is what we recommend you take, and is a guideline of what to bring. You are responsible for having the necessary personal equipment you need for this trek. Read more…..


How to prepare for Valley of Flowers tour ?

You need to prepare yourself in terms of stamina and you need to carry things on your trip. These things are to be bought well in advance. Please check the following links. Prepration for Valley of Flowers trek. and Things to carry for Valley of Flowers trek.. Apart from this you should consult your doctor before coming to this trip. As you will be trekking to altitudes above 14000 feet.


What is the opening and closing timing of Valley of Flowers ?

Valley of Flowers opens at 7.00 am every day and last entry is allowed till 2.00 pm. You need to get out of the valley by 5 pm. You should be at the entry gate at 6.45 so as to take your entry ticket sooner and enter by 7.00 am. You should start back by 1.30pm so as to reach back by 5.00 pm.


What is the opening and closing date of Valley of Flowers ?

Valley of Flowers opens on 1st June every year and closes on 4th October. However, forest department can change these dates. It is seen in past and Valley of Flowers opened till 10th October. Normally opening and closing date of Valley of Flowers is same as Hemkund sahib.


How to reach Valley of Flowers ?

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. Read more……


How difficult is Valley of Flowers trek ?

he trek begins at Govindghat. Govindghat is 25 kilometers before Badrinath. Govindghat is at the height of 5500 feet and Ghangaria is at the height of 10,200 feet. That is the gain 4700 feet after trekking for 14 km. Read more……


What is the minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers ?

This is a common question coming across for couples having kids and wants to visit Valley of Flowers. The answer is ‘Yes’ they can be taken along but not infants. The minimum age should be such that the kid should at least enjoy. Read more……


Can senior citizen visit Valley of Flowers ?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers. Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily.They asked me whether they can do this trip of not. Read more……


How many days are required for Valley of Flowers tour ?

While going for Valley of Flowers trip one may also cover Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath. Generally most of the people doing Valley of Flowers trip have only one day for the valley. The total trip of Valley of Flowers takes a minimum of 6 days from Haridwar Read more……


What is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers ?

Valley of Flowers is snow clad for most of the year and it becomes accessible only in the month of June. Officially Valley of Flowers opens First June every year. Valley of Flowers is always beautiful. It depends upon your taste that what you would like to see. Read more……

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.

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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