Number of Days required in seeing 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 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 when you come in July and August Month. 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.

Valley of flowers, Pushpawati river. Deep inside the valley, its 7 kilometers from Ghangaria.
Valley of flowers, Pushpawati river. Deep inside the valley, its 7 kilometers from Ghangaria.

What happens when you enter Valley of flowers for the first time?

As soon as one enters Valley of Flowers entry gate he is welcomed by colonies of flowers and dense forest. Since most of us have never been to such a majestic place we tend to spend lot of time in clicking pictures and we move slowly. By the time we realize that we are slow we would have already been late by 3-4 hours. As one need to come back to Ghangaria by evening and get out of Valley of Flowers entry gate by 5.00 p.m. he has limited time to cover the valley.

Group members of 9th July, 2012 group, clicking the photographs of flowers. This is how we tend to be late and could not finish seeing Valley of flowers in a Day.
Group members of 9th July, 2012 group, clicking the photographs of flowers. This is how we tend to be late and could not finish seeing Valley of flowers in a Day.

I recommend having an extra day for Valley of Flowers so that you can finish first 4-5 kilometers on first day. You may click macro photographs of flowers, bees and landscape pictures. Actually clicking of these macro photographs makes you late. On next day you can enter the valley at 7.00 a.m. and move fast without clicking many photographs and try to penetrate as deep as possible. The thumb rule is start back by 2.00 p.m.

Group members clicking the photographs of flowers.
Group members clicking the photographs of flowers.

We also organize trekking tours to Valley of Flowers. I personally accompany all my groups on the trip at least during the trekking part of it. This year we have three fix departures during 21st July to 10th August. Out of these three departures two have an extra day for Valley of Flowers. To know the fixed departures of 2013 kindly visit our fixed departures page.

Group which started on 29th July, 2012 : on the way to valley of Flowers. This day we went up to 11 kilometers inside the valley of flowers.
Group which started on 29th July, 2012 : on the way to valley of Flowers. This day we went up to 11 kilometers inside the valley of flowers.

Last year one of my groups started on 29th July and was an extended one. We went 11 kilometer deep inside the valley of flowers. We did see many beautiful waterfalls, flowers and untouched natural beauty. You may check this post.
You must see our Deeper Parts Gallery to see what you will miss if you do not go in to the Deeper parts of the valley.

169 thoughts on “Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers”

  1. we are 3 Sr. citizens age 61 to 64. Have trekking experience. Travelled twice to Shri Rudrannath ji.Shall leave Delhi on 3rd Oct.Visit Chopta, Mata Ansuya Devi Temple. Spend 3 days there. Then start for valley trek from Mandal. Kindly advise the route from Govindghat & also whether Ist week of October is OK. Detailed itinerary day-wise from Govindghat to the valley may please be advised.

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  2. I am planning to visit valley of flowers in1st week of september. I will not be covering further i.e. hemkund sahib. So kindly tell can we cover the valley of flowers trip in 3-4 days?

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  3. I am traveling in a group of 10 people and planning to visit vof and hemkund sahib and badrinath from 15th aug to 19th aug. The journey will commence from New Delhi. Please suggest how should I proceed about the trip

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  4. Hi Mr. Sangwan,

    I am a solo traveller and planning to visit vof and hemkund sahib from 15th aug to 19th aug. The journey will commence from New Delhi. Please suggest how should I proceed about the trip and I am little worried about the hotels as I havent done any pre bookings.

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  5. I want to cover the Valley of Flowers, and if possible Hemkund Sahib.
    I can reach Haridwar on 10th Aug late night, and have a window till 15th Aug late night. Please suggest an itinerary if possible.
    +91 9717 0767 91

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  6. Hi

    I am planning to attend the treck for valley of flowers 28th July , Can you please email me the itinerary .

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  7. Hello Mr. & Mrs. Sangwan,

    I am writing this email, with regard to our interest in the trip to VOF & Badrinath in Aug 22 to Aug 28th, 2018.

    I got your contact details from your website, http://www.valleyofflowers.info/number-of-days-required-in-seeing-valley-of-flowers/

    We (3 adults + 5 year boy) are reaching india/Rishikesh on August 22nd to visit VOF & Badrinath. We would like to complete the trip by Aug 28th and return to Hyderabad.

    We would like to take your help & support to visit VOF. Please suggest us the custom made itinerary for us, so that we can start finalizing the trip plan.

    We are open for all the options, our objective is to complete the trip with satisfaction and comfort , as money is not the constraint.

    I have also mailed you from my official mail.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

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