Frequently asked Questions about Valley of Flowers

FAQ’s about Valley of Flowers

How is Valley of Flowers after Floods?

Valley of flowers is a place which is deep into nature and people from all over the world come here to enjoy nature. There are lot of frequently asked questions about Valley of flowers which are common for all. We have listed them here and we will keep on adding as and when we received new questions.

An account of real pictures of the Valley of flowers after floods in Uttrakhand

I went personally to the valley of flowers after floods and the pictures in this post are all real and taken by me.

2013 is the worst year in the known history of Uttrakhand. In the month of June there were huge floods and countless people lost their life in Kedarnath. Valley of flowers and nearby area was also affected by the floods.

Valley of flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.
Valley of flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.

So friends the Good News is that the flowering area of the Valley of Flowers is totally intact after floods and only a bit of the trek is damaged from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. It will be rebuilt by the next season in 2014. If someone wants to visit Valley of Flowers then surely they can, as you all know our departures for 2014 have already been announced so friends Hurry Up! Book Your Seats now with as the service will be on first come first serve basis. This post has video of the valley after the floods.
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Can Senior Citizens visit Valley of Flowers?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers and their question was same that can they visit Valley of Flowers?

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily. They asked me whether they can do this trip of not.
So friends the answer is surely they can visit Valley of Flowers. But there are some important things to be taken care of and I will discuss it in below link.
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Can Senior Citizens visit Valley of Flowers


What type of shoes are appropriate for the trip to Valley of Flowers?

This is very important question as life can become hell if you are not carrying right type of shoes on your trek to Valley of Flowers.

Trying to repair shoes
One of our client Mr. Kunal Sarin trying to repair his shoes.

There are various options for shoes like sports shoes, leather shoes or floaters. I have seen some crazy people even trekking bare foots into the Valley of Flowers. When I asked about it the answer was that they lost their shoes near Hemkund Shahib Gurudwara. Those Sikh people even walked bare foot over glaciers. But everybody of us can not be so rough and tough. Already we will be working very hard while trekking and right type of gears are very important specially shoes.
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What type of shoes are appropriate for the trip to Valley of Flowers


What is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers?

As per my opinion Valley of Flowers seems to be beautiful all the times

Valley of flowers after floods - No damage to the flowering area is seen.
Valley of flowers after floods – No damage to the flowering area is seen.

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.Valley of flowers is snow clad in the month of May and almost inaccessible as depicted in the picture below. You are not allowed to visit valley of flowers during this time.
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What is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

What should the Minimum Age to visit Valley of Flowers?

Whether kids can be taken on trip to valley of flowers.

A Japanese lady being carried by porter in valley of flowers
A Japanese lady being carried by porter in valley of flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers, Whether kids can be taken for Valley of flowers trek.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. There is no problem as far as the trekking part is concerned as porters are available throughout the trek at a very reasonable cost of Rs. 700-1000 per day (Prices in the year 2012) depending upon demand and supply.
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Minimum Number of days required to visit Valley of Flowers?

While going for Valley of Flowers trip one may also cover Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath.

Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.
Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.

The total trip of Valley of Flowers takes a minimum of 6 days from Haridwar and for the people coming from far areas of the globe the trip becomes 8-12 days.It is an irony that people spent so much time in reaching Valley of Flowers and still spend only one day in it. By no means can one see its real beauty in a day especially between 21st July to 10th August. This is the time when you will find maximum number of flowers in the valley. By maximum I mean total quantity of flowers in quantity and in variety.
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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.

Gorson top trek


View from restaurant at Blue Poppy Resorts Auli


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

Blue Poppy Resorts at Auli in Winters

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 don’t 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. Detailed analysis of Valley of flowers trek is here.

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. What to carry for Valley of flowers trek.

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. Preparation 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. Getting to Valley of flowers.

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek ?


The 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. Valley of flowers trek Difficulty level.

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. Minimum age to visit valley of flowers, Can kids be taken to valley of flowers.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib trek This is not the picture of trek, actually these children wanted to stand on this glacier. Picture was taken in September 1st week.

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. Senior Citizens in valley of flowers, can they visit valley of flowers, how to take senior citizens in Valley of flowers.

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 Minimum number of days required for Valley of flowers trek.

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. Best time to visit valley of flowers. The best time to visit valley of flowers is July and August.

40 thoughts on “Frequently asked Questions about Valley of Flowers”

  1. Hi there,

    I’m arriving at Delhi on 15th August 2016.
    And departure from Delhi on 28th August 2016.

    I would like to follow your trip, however i cannot find any suitable date on your website for me to joining your trip.

    I just want to ask whether is there any trip that you will manage on 17th Aug – 24th Aug 2016.

    //Asraf

    • Hello Asraf
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  2. Hi,
    Is there any effect of the recent forest fires at Valley of Flowers. Do let me know as I am planning to visit Vof this year in August.

    Thank you
    Prachi

    • Hello Prachi ji,

      There is no effect of fire in valley of flowers. The Valley of Flowers is on higher altitude and covered with snow these days. The fire was only in lower region and due to rain its almost put off. The tours are after July month. So you need not worry about that.

      Thank You!!

    • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. There is no specific limit of batch, but we divide the group in small batches of 9-12 each.

  3. Hi Sir,

    I wanted to know the feasibility of the below schedule (September) :-

    12 : Day 1 : Flight reaches @1p.m. at jolly grant, jolly grant to Rudraprayag
    13 : Day 2 : Rudraprayag – Gaurikund 
    14 : Day 3 : Kedarnath (Gaurikund)
    15 : Day 4 : Gaurikund to Badrinath to Govind Ghat
    16 : Day 5 : Govindghat to Ghangaria
    17 : Day 6 : Valley of Flowers (Ghangria)
    18 : Day 7 : Ghangaria to Govindghat
    19 : Day 8 : Govindghat to Haridwar
    20 : Day 9 : Jolly Grant

    And how can I get reservations to the hotels ?

    Is there any tour package/ itinerary which includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Valley Of Flowers, which could be completed in 13th(Rudraprayag)-19(Rishikesh)th i.e. 7 days ?

    Thanks

    • Hello Sir,

      We dont operate on this route. You can come with us in our regular departures otherwise we can also customize your trip on the same route that we follow.

      A detailed itinerary for regular departure has been sent to you on mail. Kindly check and revert.

  4. Dear Sir

    We are the group of 4 persons and we are willing to visit valley of flowers, will you kindly inform me about when the valley of flower become in Full Bloom and what are your charges for 4 perosns. And what are the posibilities for camping near valley is it possible of not.

     

    • Hi,

      Camping is not possible near the valley, camping is allowed near the helipad. Valley of flowers will be in full bloom in the month of July and August,
       

  5. Please let me know if the valley of flowers trek is fully funtional and send me the trip package details. We wish to leave on 14th of August from Delhi..

  6. Wonderful site!
    I would like to do valley of flowers trek with my 9.5 yrs old son.
    We are from Mumbai.
    Please suggest suitable dates and how can we plan this trek?

    • Hello Mam, Yes definitely you can visit Valley of Flowers with your Son. 2015 departures for Valley of Flowers are :-
      28 June to 4th July
      5th July to 11th July
      12th July to 18th July
      19th July to 25th July
      26th July to 1st August
      2nd August to 8th August
      9th August to 15th August
      16th August to 22nd August
      23rd August to 29th August
      30th August to 5th September
      6th September to 12th September
      13th September to 19th September
      20th September to 26th September

  7. Dear Sir

    I am planning trip to valley of flowers in mid aug-2014,can you tell me the it is best time to visit there.I heard that this year valley of flowers in closed for public is it ture or not.can you guide me for this

  8. Would like to know the entire package (including stay, logistics etc) of trekking to valley of flowers including hemkunth sahib , & day wise plan.
    Thanks

  9. Hi,
    I am interested in Valley of Flowers Trek August 17th Batch. Could you please mail me the complete itinerary.

  10. i am a south Indian. i am interested on your packages. whats the approximate expense including food travel,accommodation for flower valley tour?

  11. How much weight we are expected to carry with respect to our personal belongings? If we do not want to take a porter or pony.

    • I do not recommend you to not to take porter. Please hire a porter at least if you really want to enjoy the trek. Else keep it as less as possible. We will be trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria from 5500 feet to 10200 feet.

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