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.

Fixed departures to valley of flowers 2013 announced.

Fixed departures to Valley of flowers for the year 2013 are announced. We will have our fixed departures from Haridwar on following dates.

  1. Sunday, June 30, 2013
  2. Sunday, July 07, 2013
  3. Sunday, July 14, 2013
  4. Sunday, July 21, 2013
  5. Sunday, August 04, 2013
  6. Sunday, August 11, 2013
  7. Sunday, August 25, 2013
  8. Sunday, September 01, 2013
  9. Sunday, September 15, 2013
  10. Sunday, September 22, 2013

All the trips will be for six days and five nights except for 5th departure on July 21. This will be of seven days and six nights. This will be an extended tour by a day. We will be going to valley of flowers for two days instead of just one day. Last year also we had an extended tour and that was a great one. I have been going to valley of flowers since 20o4. I personally accompany all my groups at least on the day we trek to valley of flowers from Ghangaria.

Last year we organized trips to valley of flowers and following were the dates when we started our trip from Haridwar.

Following were the tours to Valley of flowers conducted in 2012.

First      :-  9th July to 14th July 2012

Second :-  29th July to 3rd August.

Third     :-  10th August to 15th August.

Fourth     :-  19th August to 24th August.

Fifth :-  2nd September to 7th September.

Sixth :- 16th September to 21st September.

Our 29th July, 2012 group in depper parts of valley of flowers. This was the day we trekked the deppest parts of valley of flowers
Our 29th July, 2012 group having lunch in the deeper parts of valley of flowers. This day we trekked 11 kilometer inside the Valley
Our 9th July, 2012 group on the way from Haridwar to Govindghat.
Our 9th July, 2012 group on the way from Haridwar to Govindghat.

Reaching upto the end point of Valley of flowers

This group is one of my favorite one. We managed to trek up to nine kilometers inside the valley of flowers. Generally people visit only up to 4-5 kilometers inside the valley of flowers.
We all were so tired that after having lunch except me all other members of my group fall asleep. But only for five-seven minutes. As we need to trek back to Ghangaria. While they were sleeping I was busy clicking pictures. I was feeling very good about the fact I bring people to such a natural wonder and make them happy. Below is a picture while every member of my group is sleeping.

Valley of flowers trekkers group
valley of flowers trekkers group

Soon I realized that its getting late and we need to reach back to Ghangaria by 6 PM. I woke up all of them and we were ready to trek again. I was really not willing to trek back from this heavenly place. I said bye bye to valley of flowers a minimum of 4-5 times and thrown flying kiss to it. I am really mad after this place. Below is a picture just before starting our trek back to Ghangaria.

Valley of flowers trekkers group
Valley of flowers trekkers group

At the end every one was happy about the fact that we made it till the end of Valley of flowers

Present Road condition for trip to Valley of flowers.

Reaching Valley of flowers- Present road condition.

I have just reached back from my trip to valley of flowers and was flooded by calls on this topic. Some people have cancelled the trip to valley of flowers starting from 10th of August. The present weather condition is nice and there is no problem at all. Whatever all the TV NEWS channels are showing is about Uttar kashi, which is too far from our way to valley of flowers. Although I was also stuck at Badrinath for a Day with my group but situation now is OK. There was no causalities or accident on our way to Valley of flowers. The situation is totally under control on the way to valley of flowers. And you all can really visit valley of flowers. I am giving no guarantee of future weather condition (no one can give) but the condition now is fine.

Gultheria, Creeping snowberry, East wintergreen, checkberry, Himalayan Snowberry
Gultheria, Creeping snowberry, East wintergreen, checkberry, Himalayan Snowberry

12 feet Snow, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers

12 feet snow on the way to Hemkund Sahib

 

12 feet snow on the way to Hemkund Sahib
12 feet snow on the way to Hemkund Sahib

Way to Hemkund Sahib, Just a day before its opening…..

This year valley of flowers and its surrounding area witnessed a good amount of snowfall. I went to Hemkund Sahib on 31st May this year. The amount of snow which I saw was huge. I was facing difficulties in opening my eyes as snow was shining in bright sunlight. But it was a very nice feeling, walking between these two huge walls of snow. There were places where these walls were as high as 12 feet. Snow in summers……! But all this will change in a matter of a months time. You will lush green on the both side of this path. Lots and lots of Brahamkamal and Blue Poppy Flowers. I am again visiting this place on 12th July. Actually starting from Delhi on 8th July, 2012. If you want to accompany me to this true wonder of nature and Valley of flowers kindly fill in your contact details at Contact Us. I will contact you personally.

 

Coming back from Hemkund Sahib, This is 30th May 2012

This is summer season in Himalayas.

While coming back from Sri Hemkund Sahib on 30th May, 2012. If you want to see maximum number of snow you should visit at this time. As time will pass the snow will melt and the new plants will come up. By 15th July it will be full of Brahamkamals, Blue poppies and Vajardanti Flowers. Brahamkamal is found only in this part of the area. It is not visible in Valley of flowers. To watch this beautiful flower you need to visit Sri Hemkund Sahib. The next trip to valley of flowers, Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath will be organized from 9th July ( and on 10th Aug 1012 after this) from Rishikesh. To book your seats kindly contact us

Hemkund Sahib

Feel like touching this flower found in Valley of flowers ….?

Beautiful white flower in Valley of flowers.

This is a beautiful glacier found in Valley of flowers. This picture was taken on 2nd July 2011 by us on our trip to Valley of flowers. There are around 600 different type of plant species found in valley of flowers.  This flower is generally visible in first and second week of July. This year we are going to valley of flowers on 9th July from Rishikesh. To book your seats kindly contact us

Gauri Peak as seen from Auli
To visit valley of flowers, Hemkund sahib and Badrinath kindly contact us