How difficult is Valley of flowers trek : Difficulty level

This is very common question from people who wish to come to valley of flowers. Valley of flowers trek needs one track for four days ex Govindghat. It is not so difficult trek. The valley of flowers trek is well-defined and well paved. Although it is steep at many places, but except the day you go for trek to valley itself you can hire pony to reduce the difficulty level of the trek. Valley of flowers trek difficulty level is moderate to easy. Please read our Valley of Flowers trek itinerary page for detailed itinerary of valley of flowers trek.

Valley of flowers trek First day:

1. Govindghat to Ghangaria trek : Distance 10 km by trek. Helicopter and ponies are available to skip trekking.

Earlier the trek used to began from 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. Now you can drive for four kilometers from Govindghat till village Pulna. That is the gain 3700 feet after trekking for 10 km. The trek used to be steep in its first 3 km (now made motor-able) and last 3 kilometers. Today’s trek may be avoided by taking pony or using helicopter. Helicopter service can be used only when weather is clear but the best time to visit Valley of flowers is the monsoon season. So you cannot rely on helicopter on this day. You may or may not get helicopter but you can easily get pony for Ghangaria. For elderly people even palanquins are available. But I have personally seen that many a times elderly people trek whereas some of the young people in young 30s take ponies.

2. Ghangaria to Valley of flowers: Distance : 6 km one side by trek

Ghangaria to valley of flowers is not so steep trek as once you reach to the official starting point of the valley of flowers it almost at the same level for the next 3-4 kilometers. The official starting point of the Valley is almost 3.5 km from Ghangaria and in my opinion out of this 50% is steep uphill and the remaining is not so steep. This day ponies are not available as they are not allowed to enter in the valley. But Palanquins and Doli’s are available. But you need to buy the entry tickets for the porters as well. Their help can be taken up to the first three kilometers and after that you can trek as it is almost flat. But I recommend you to trek only or you will miss out lot of flowers on the way while in to Doli or Palanquin.

Valley of flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.
Valley of flowers is almost flat after its official starting point.

 

Palanquins carrying a tourist to valley of flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to valley of flowers
Palanquins carrying a tourist to valley of flowers, they charge almost Rs. 6000-8000 rupees per day. The services are handy for people who are unable to trek but still want to go to valley of flowers

3. Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib: Distance 6.5 km one side, porters and ponies are available.

This is quite steep and I recommend to take a pony at least while going uphill. This saves time and energy both. If you have booked your trip with us we will be trekking beyond Hemkund Sahib where some of the rare flowers bloom. They are not even available in the Valley of flowers. While coming back you can walk down.

Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.
Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib Trek is bit steep. Almost 1 km altitude is to be gained by trekking for about 6 kilometers.

Ghangaria to Govindghat : Ponies and Helicopter available.

It is purely downhill as opposed to explained in Para 1 but if you want to save time you can use pony or Helicopter. Difficulty level of valley of flowers trek is moderate.

113 thoughts on “How difficult is Valley of flowers trek : Difficulty level”

  1. Hi Dev

    We are a group of 4 friends. We are planning to trek valley of flowers to hemkund sahib from 12th May to 15the may….

    We don’t have any other time slot ..so how is this gonna be possible….

    Thanks

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  2. hi devkant I want to visit valley of flower in may or June. My wife had ligament surgery 2 years ago. What is the difficulty level in this trek? Please send detailed itinerary of this trek?

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  3. Dear Devakant,
    I want to visit valley of flowers from Haridwar and back to Haridwar.please mail me itenary and also cost. Thanq. Please give information about going valley of flowers by Helicopter.

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  4. Sir,
    we are planning for last week of october so is it recomended to visit valley of flowers in end of october. how can we book helicopter in advance. Also do let us know the weather conditions in october.

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  5. What exactly does ‘steep’ mean with respect to Hemkund Sahib? Will we need to do actual mountaineering type of climbing? Is it recommended for beginners who have never trekked before?

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  6. Hi Devkant,

    I am planning for Badrinath, Hemkunt Sahib, & Valley of flowers. Can I cover these 3 places in 2 days or max 2.5 days after reaching Govind Ghat. Is this a good trek around mid August?

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  7. I have some questions..
    What type of vehicle is available from haridwar/rishikesh to govindghat?
    What kind of hotel/lodge is available in govindghat,ghangharia? Do I need to book them prior?
    Will I get a porter to carry our extra luggage throughout the trek?
    Can you give me some idea about expenses in various places?
    What would be the cost of hiring a pony for the last trek?

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    • Public transport is available from Rishikesh to Govindghat. You can book your own vehicle for the whole trip. Basic hotels are available in Govindghat and Ghangria, sometime the dates are very tight and you should book them in advance if possible. Porters are available at various places.

  8. We are planning to visit Valley of flowers in mid-july.
    Can you send the dtailed itinerary for 4-5 days. We will be coming from delhi.

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  9. We are planning to visit badrinath, Hemkund Saheb and Valley of flowers in Jun-17 end. We’ll start on 22-Jun from Faridabad, Haryana and will come back to Faridabad on 26-Jun-17 late night.

    Can you pl. update the possibilities and what we can cover, if not all including cost for everything? If we come by our own car, can that be achieved?

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