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. Hello Devkant,
    I am planning for a trip to valley of flowers in July 2018(preferably 14th July departure). Please send me complete charges (including pickup and drop from Haridwar to base camp). It would be great if you can send the complete itinerary.

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  2. My friends and I from Bangalore, 9 of us, plan to visit the Valley of Flowers in the first week of August 2018. Your help for a suitable itinerary in this regard would be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

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  3. i would like to visit the valley of flowers in july 2018 with family would you tell me how many days should i plan for this trip for visiting. am from hyderabad how should i reach the uttarakhand from hyderabad best possible approach for short travelling so that i can spend as much time as possible

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  4. Hi i will be at Srinagar, Uttrakhand on 11th of Aug, would a trek to Valley of flowers and back be possible from 12th to 14th of August?

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  5. Hi we a group of 5 ladies in da age group of 40 are planning a trip to valley of flowers in end of July. Is it a very difficult trek considering our fitness level is not much. Please give us details

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  6. I am aged 62 years, height 167 cms weight 72 kgs, walking/slow jogging for average 5 kms a day. take medicine for blood pressure but my pressure remained 120-125 and 80-85 for a very long time. I want to visit Badrinath, valley of flowers and hemkund sahib during Jul-Aug 17 with my elder son aged 27 years who is very fit. Whereas I have not undertaken any trekking so far, I am quite eager. Can you suggest a detailed itinerary and cost. I can spare about 10 days or so. Regards

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  7. Hi,

    We (3 senior citizens in 55-65 age bracket are planning a trip to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib from Govindghat from 11 June to 13 June this year (as a part of our Char Dham Yatra). Can you help us in getting following information:
    1. Is there any regular helicopter service between Govindghat and Ghangaria? If so can you send us the contact details of the service provider.
    2. Can you recommend some good hotels in Ghangaria as the reviews on the net are quite mixed.

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    • Hi,
      Yes regular helicopter service will be available between Govindghat and Ghangaria. Deccan air operates there. You need not book the ticket in advance. According to us hotel Krishna Palace and Priya are good in Ghangaria. You can contact us for the booking there.

  8. Me and my husband wish to see the valley of flower by the end of june this year. We will be accompanied by my parents aged 62 and 67 (Dad had a heart attack last year but is completely fit as of now) and two kids aged 4 and 6 years. Need your advice about the following:

    Is June end a good time to see blooming flowers in the valley of flowers?

    Is the trekk possible and easy for senior citizens who are otherwise fit?

    Can we easily get porters to help carry kids whenever required, or do we need to book them in advance?

    How many days should we plan for a good experience at the same time not stretching too much for parents and kids?

    What is the cost of this trip? Can you please email a detailed plan for me?

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  9. Hi, I’m Dr Rakhi. We are a group of 25 women in our forties planning a trip in late July or early August. Kindly guide. We liked your website.

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    • Hello Ma’am,

      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Other information has also been provided.
      Thanks !

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