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.
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?
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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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.
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 is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers?
As per my opinion Valley of Flowers seems to be beautiful all the times
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 should the Minimum Age to visit Valley of Flowers?
Whether kids can be taken on trip to 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.
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 trek
We also have our own resort in Auli. You can check our Tripadvisor reviews here. Blue Poppy Resorts Auli
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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
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
For best time to visit Valley of Flowers visit Best time to Visit Valley of Flowers
Visit Valley of flowers opened in 2014 page for the latest news about Valley of Flowers.
Would like to know the entire package (including stay, logistics etc) of trekking to valley of flowers including hemkunth sahib , & day wise plan.
I hope you got the answer in your email.
Hi, Please send me information about the trips in July and the costs.
The detailed itinerary has been mailed to you.
I am interested in Valley of Flowers Trek August 17th Batch. Could you please mail me the complete itinerary.
The detailed itinerary has been mailed to you.
Please mail me all the details of the package
Detailed itinerary has been sent to you.
i am a south Indian. i am interested on your packages. whats the approximate expense including food travel,accommodation for flower valley tour?
A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. Please check it.
Do we need to carry our own plate/mug/bowl for the trek?
Hello Suresh Rajwade ji,
No sir you need not. I have already sent you a link for the things to carry.
Thank you for your quick response! Looking forward to a very exciting trail.
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.
How about walking stick? Do you recommend?
Walking stick is easily available at Govindghat and Ghangaria.
Whether govt. servants can get Special Casual Leave which is available only on receiving certificate from YHAI or Mountaneering Federation