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. The trek from Govindgarh to Ghangharia seems too long and that too steep. 14 KM is a long trek to cover in a day. I walk everyday at home for an hour and longer periods on weekends. But 14 KM appears too much. Please clarify the difficulty of the trek.

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    • We will start from Govindghat and reach Pulna Village by road. Pulna is a small village 3 km from Govindghat. Earlier the trek used to start from Govindghat but now a new road has been constructed between Govindghat and Pulna. From Pulna the trek to Ghangaria is 10 km. You can easily get ponies from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Other option is to take Helicopter or Palanquin/porter. Helicopter will fly only when weather conditions are ok.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it. For more information you can call us on 9991242759 or drop a message so that we can discuss over phone for the Trek.

  2. I am planning to do this trek in august 2018, this will be my first trek is it a good idea to do this trek alone. Is there any accommodation available in ghangria or govindhat.

    Reply
    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it. For more information you can call us on 9991242759 or drop a message so that we can discuss over phone for the Trek.

  3. I and my family are interested in the trip to valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib (3-4 days)in the month of August (roughly between 5th till 15th August)
    Kindly provide me detailed itenerary from the nearest railway station(we will come from Lucknow).
    Can you please let me know where to stay if we visit the places.
    We may include stay in Mahindra Binsar Valley Resort (near Almora). Is it quiet near to Govindghat and should include it in the tour

    Reply
    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it. For more information you can call us on 9991242759 or you can message us your contact number so that we can discuss over phone about the trek.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  4. My family of 3, myself 54years, wife 45 & son 19 years old, from Mumbai planning to visit in month of July, please send me your details.

    Reply
    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  5. We are planning to visit valley of flowers n Hemkund sahib by last week of may. Will we able to get glimpse of flowers during that time.

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  6. Hello Devkant,

    I am planning to visit VOF in the month on July (End), is it a good time? I have around 6-7 days can you please share an itinerary.

    Reply
    • We have sent you all the itinerary please check or revert us back on our mail or you can call us on 9991242759.

  7. Dear Mr Sangwan, I am planning to reach Haridwar by the 1st week of June and Planning a valley of flower trek in Mid June. Do you have any tours around that time? Also can you please mail me the itinerary with the cost included and things to be carried for the trek?

    Reply
    • We have sent you the mail as per your requirement. Please check and revert by mail or you can contact us on 9991242759.

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