Senior Citizens in Valley of flowers

Can a Senior Citizen visit Valley of Flowers?

How should senior citizens manage their trip to Valley of Flowers?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers. Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily. They asked me whether they can do this trip of not. The answer is yes. But there are some important things to be taken care of and I will discuss it in following paragraph.

Official notice by Uttrakhand Administration to Senior citizens, Hiper tention, Cardiac Diseases, Diabetic and Asthmatic patients.
Official notice by Uttrakhand Government to Senior citizens, Hiper tention, Cardiac Diseases, Diabetic and Asthmatic patients.

First thing is they should get themselves check from a doctor as they need to trek almost 12-14 kilometers everyday for a minimum of 4 days (although ponies are available for 3 days except the day to Valley of Flowers). Valley of Flowers is at a height of 11000 feet approximately and Hemkund Sahib is at a height of 13500 feet. You should not have had altitude sickness in past.

Ghangaria to valley of flowers by porter.
Ghangaria to valley of flowers by porter.

Following paragraphs tells different ways to skip trekking during Valley of flowers trip:

Use porters/ponies/helicopter from Govindghat to Ghangaria. From Govindghat to Ghangaria a Senior Citizen should not trek as he should conserve his energy for Valley of Flowers day. There are other options from Govindghat to Ghangaria like porters, ponies or helicopter. Porters can carry a person in a Doli or Palki (Palanquin). (Pic Palki). If a single porter carries as seen in the picture it cost approximately Rs. 800 to Rs. 1000. But if four porters are carraying the cost may be Rs. 6000 to Rs. 8000 for a day. A single pony costs Rs. 600 to Rs. 800 per day. Helicopter costs Rs. 3500 between Govindghat and Ghangaria one way. These prices are of 2012 you may add 10% for every year as inflation.

Senior citizens trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria.
Senior citizens trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

On the day to Valley of Flowers you do not have option of ponies or helicopter and you need to be dependent on porters. Porters will take only up to 3 kilometers inside the Valley of Flowers. Out of these 3 kilometers approximately 2 kilometers is a steep but beautiful ascent. Depending upon your strength you may trek or take a porter up to 3 kilometers and trek beyond 3 kilometers for about 2 kilometers. You porter may wait at 3 kilometer for you and bring you back to Ghangaria. You may also come back of your own by trekking as coming back will not be difficult being gradual decent.

On the day when you go to Hemkund Sahib you should take ponies or porters as this is very difficult trek. You may also skip to go to Hemkund Sahib as some of you may be tired after trekking to Valley of Flowers.

Helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria
Helicopter service from Govindghat to Ghangaria

One of our Senior Citizen customers in 2012 has written a Valley of Flowers trek travelogue. You can read his experience with us. This is original unedited version of travelogue by Dr. Tapan Chakarborti (Check name spelling)

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

42 thoughts on “Senior Citizens in Valley of flowers”

  1. I am 63 yr old with high BP since 10 yrs.I walk about 4kms every day at moderate speed.Most people discourage me from visiting the valley.Kindly give me your opinion,and suggestions to make it somewhat easier,and enjoyable.

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  2. Hi, we are a group of four who are planning to go to valley of flowers in July. Out of them two are aged 52 and 53 while others are 47 and 40. Is it possible to do the trek by foot since we want to try going by walk instead of pony or helicopter. When is your next tour starting and please send us the details.

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  3. I m planning to go to valley of flowers with my mother who is a sr.citizen. Would like to know detail about helicopter services and doli. How to avail and from where?

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  4. We are Sr citizens and very keen to visit Valley of flowers. We prefer to skip trekking on foot as much as possible. My wife has not ridden a pony. What would be your suggestion on her clothing to avoid unpleasant pony ride (rubbing of thighs/seat portion).

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

  5. I need to cover valley of flowers, hemkunth & badrinath also ….dates are 13-17 Sep only fixed..
    Only option is pony fr ths…could u share ur inputs & suggestions+ pony rates fr making my budget & to carry money in hardcash along with…thnx in advance

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

  6. which is the best time to travel to valley of flowers.i want to club it with chardham yatra. what will be the total palki cost for the 3 days as read.can u please be kind enough to send itenary with cost

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

  7. A group of 5 of us wish to visit the valley of flowers on our way back from Badrinath and spend about 4/5 hours there. Would it be worth our while? Can you arrange for a guide?

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

  8. Hi… my husband and I along with our son plan to visit the valley of flowers and if possible Hemkund sahib mid August. I am a year short of sixty and my husband is 65…we are reasonably fit…but haven.’t done any treks….what would be the cost diff we were to travel by helicopter between Govind ghat and Ghangria….also do we need a guide?

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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 mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information

  9. Hi, I would want to visit with my father who is a senior citizen. We would like to come over during July-Aug. Can you please send detailed itinerary?

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

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