Beautiful Glacier on the way to Valley of Flowers. This Glacier is 2 kilometers inside the Valley of Flowers.

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.

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  1. Hi – I am planning a trip to VoF with my wife starting Aug 12 for a week and intend to cover both Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib trek. Kindly share a detailed itinerary along with the cost inclusive of stay and meals (do mention cost for potters, ponnies, etc. if needed)

    Looking forward to a prompt response so we can book our train tickets from Delhi to Haridwar.

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    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

  2. Interested for this trek. Me and my wife. Around 20-23 August is what we prefer. Kindly mail me the complete itinerary and the charges.
    My wife and myself both are bulky, so please suggest whether we can take this up.

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    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759

  3. Hi
    Pls send me detailed itinerary.
    Pls sujjest weather it one can go from Auli or not.
    Also pls let me know weather one can join alone.

    Reply
    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

    • A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

  4. We cannot trek as me and my over 65 yrs old mom have arthritis but want to visit valley of flowers this July . Is it possible in anyways ?

    Reply
    • Hello Mam, You can take helicopter from Govindghat to Ghangaria and pony, portors, Palanquin are also available there. A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it you can call us on 9991242759 anytime.

    • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information

    • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information

    • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information.

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