How difficult is Valley of flowers trek : Difficulty level

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

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.

Kunth Khal trek from Valley of Flowers trek opens for public after a long time of 45 years

“Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.” This is Bistorta affinis is found in 2-3 varieties in the Valley of Flowers. It is very attractive flower especially due to twisted stem. It’s stem is tufted and upper leaves are smaller. Flowers at this tufted stem are pale to deep pink in color. In short Bistorta Affinis looks like a long cylindrical spike. It is a common flower and can be spotted easily in the Valley of Flowers from June mid to End of September.

Here is a good news for nature lovers !! Uttarakhand government has opened Kunth Khal Trek route to Valley of Flowers after 45 years. This route was lying closed from last 45 years.

The government says it will be helpful to rescue teams in case a disaster like the Kedarnath flash floods strikes the region again and the adventure lovers will get a chance to explore a new virgin trail.

Brahma Kamal Flowers on Kunth Khal -Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Brahma Kamal Flowers on Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Kunth Khal -Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

SS Rasaily, director, Nanda Devi Biosphere, said “The Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti trek route was since 1970 as people were using the much easier route from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. Because it was lying unused, the trek trail soon became overgrown with dense vegetation. During the recent disaster in Kedarnath, a need was felt for an alternate route which could be used to rescue people. This route is suitable for this purpose.”

Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers

Badrinath is about 10 km from Hanuman Chatti. People can trek to Kunth Khal and Ghangaria to get back to civilization. According to officials people can go for this trek as it offers a lot of natural beauty.

“The 15 km route is spotted with gorges, glaciers and rivers. The ideal time to trek here is from July to October. You can also see the Brahamkamal flower on this trail which is found over the elevation of 4500 meter.

Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route
Kunthkhal-Hanuman Chatti Trek Route

Forest department is also beginning to promote a number of other forgotten treks close to the Valley of Flowers such as the trails leading to the Kagbhushandi Lake, Chanab Valley, Dronagiri Parvat etc.

Valley of Flowers | Heaven on Earth

Caltha palustris

My name is Kunal and I’m basically from Jaipur, India. I have long been dreaming to go to a place which is almost heaven on earth. At least I call it so because until you physically go there you cannot feel the charm it holds. Surfing on the internet I came across to my dream place which is in fact called the ‘Valley of Flower’ in Uttarakhand, India and I realized that this is the place I want to go. After some more research I was able to find few tour operators and after comparing them all I found the Blue Poppy the best. I was really impressed with the amount of information I got from these people and everything is nicely updated on their website. I love the way all information is given segment wise and quite in depth from food to clothes and tiny things. Really great work to have such a nice informative website.

I am really happy with the service of Blue Poppy and would recommend to others as well. Everything was nicely organized and the food was too good. Thanks for everything.

I am a passionate photographer and one of my prime reason to go to this heaven was to do lot of nature photography and I’m very lucky that during my trip the weather was excellent and I was able to get most out of my trip. During my trip I also meet the owner of the Blue Poppy, Mr. Devkant. He’s a nice, calm guy and shared lot of nature and places information with everyone

Finally the trip was excellent, good arrangements, nice people and lovely nature and places. I’m happy to share my snaps on your site.

Trek to Valley of Flowers – A travelogue by Mr. J R Vacchani

One of our group near Ghangaria

Right from the start up at Haridwar till our return, we had lovely time with Blue Poppy Holiday with all their arrangements. It will be difficult to find out any lapses in it.

“All credit to the Blue Poppy Team-the guides and the team leader Devkant!”

So enthusiastic and tireless in all respect like taking care of all the participants, all arrangements and his involvement to be with the group on the way of trek from start to finish!

We had enjoyed the road trip from Haridwar to Govindghat enjoying the natural beauty of Himalayas, Alaknanda and its tributaries.

Stay at hotel was good.

The trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria was enjoyable. It was joyous moments all the way enjoying the nature. We were very close to the nature or were mixed with it.

The booklet of flowers and guidance provided us was good on hand helpful stuff to refer regarding the flowers and what are dos / donts in the valley.

The trek was wonderful though it was a bit hard one at starting. We enjoyed every second we spend there with hills, glaciers, trails, streams, flowers, river and mystic peaks. The best of all was the company of Devkant all along the trek rout.

The second day was more better as we went to the extreme deeper of the valley! Devkant will say how deep we were! It was just wonderful trek.

This is a unique valley where you will see – peaks, streams, glaciers, river, lush greenery, flowers and lot more.
Next trip was to Hemkund Sahib and the trek was again wonderful.

We preferred to take all the treks by ourselves only without any pony supports. We enjoyed it.Enjoyed the dip at the holy pond.

On the return to Govindghat and trip to Badrinathji was again
Sone pe suhaga!

In short, I personally had experienced the best of my days in the valley and would love to be again!
All the praise for Blue Poppy Team and the all participants from all over the country and from abroad for this wonderful experience.

Photos Contributed by Mr. J R Vacchani

All women trek to valley of flowers

This post is written by Mrs. K Haritha and her group who has gone on the trek between 12th July, 2015 to 18th July, 2015.

“Me and my 7 friends, an all women group went for the trek between 12th to 18th amidst many apprehensions and warnings from loved ones and friends. Very early in the tour, we realized that all the fears were unfounded. Everything was beautifully organized and the weather would not have been more perfect. Cut off from the regular world, the trek to the valley and Hemkund Sahib was absolute bliss. Though we expected to see many more types of flowers in the valley(we were told that the flowering is delayed by 15 days this time), we were simply awed by the sights around. The natural flower blooms on the way to Hemkund sahib more than made up for any little disappointment that was there. In all, a life time experience. I am glad I did it.”

Why is Valley of Flowers trek a perfect family holiday

Smart travelers try to pick a destination for their vacation that will provide something for everyone in your family or group of friends! A place that can give a pause to your whirring minds, strive for a happier heart and charged up physic. A multi-day journey that offer variety into your holiday because most of us feel better if we have some structure to our time off.

We have announced new tours that will be available this coming Summer. This is your chance to visit some of the undiscovered beauties of India and have a holiday that is completely new and exciting. For those of you who enjoy active holidays this is a good opportunity to get a change. Our tours are one week long and we welcome people from all walks of life.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

Valley of Flowers is undoubtedly energetic, exotic and beautiful location, so it is worth spending more than just a couple of days with your family and loved ones. With much to do in Valley of Flowers, we have picked a few inviting imperatives spotlighted here.

Serene and virgin nature of this botanical garden” Valley of Flowers” brings forth the absolute sense of freedom in you as the promised land is primarily celebrated for its glamorous efflorescence! Many uncommon flowers like Brahma Kamal, Geranium, Marsh Marigold, Prinula, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta can be seen in abundance here. Calm but liveliest mornings would fill your kids with nectar of life, chasing birds would surely tickle their alleviated excitements.

These heights into The Himalayas witness heaven where time stands still. Leisure lies in every single step of walking and trekking. Far ahead of the civilization, you, part of a primeval nature and have adventure in mystical peaks of this wonderland! Merrily marching by the banks of River Pushpawati would pour gallons of pleasure that no thoughts could over power the presence of the moment in you. A devoted visit to famous temple of Badrinath ji and Hemkunth Sahib would fill the sacred space in one’s heart.

This world heritage has also been long known for its intense beauty surrounded by over 400 inconceivable breeds of plants and animals. To experience the unique corollary of this place at the countryside is what allures many travellers of all ages. It would be truly overwhelming memories that being together with your kids and elders in the family, you can cherish being with this Perfect Creation of God.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

One can involve in rich exposure to photography. The experts would present a comprehensive view of nature, beliefs of locals and related mythology and traditions. Moreover, trekking in Valley of Flowers is fairly an easy rut and can be achieved with a gentle fitness level. Helicopters or porter services for the convenience of elderly people and kids are added features of this destination. And, obviously, the importance of Dhabas is well acclaimed which are the best stopovers on the pathways.

Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday
Valley of Flowers Trek- Complete Family Holiday

It can be your lucky chance to spend time just chilling and talking to your family. You can often make good decisions about your future and build closer ties when you have time just to be together and chant about your feelings.

Valley of flowers opened in 2014

Valley of flowers opened in 2014 at the end of season

All the bridges and trek has been built

Valley of flowers was finally opened to public on 4th October, 2014 after 16 months of floods on Uttarakhand. The flood washed off most of the bridges connecting Govindghat and Valley of Flowers. The first bridge was at Govindghat itself, now the PWD (Public Works Department) has constructed a huge motor able bridge. This bridge was completed by September 2nd week. You can see the picture of the bridge below.

Bridge at Govindghat on Alaknanda
Bridge at Govindghat on Alaknanda

Another important bridge was constructed inside the Valley of Flowers near Ghangaria Village. This bridge was completed by end of July, 2014. But even then the Valley of Flowers could not be opened due to the fact that the trek beyond this bridge was also washed off for about a kilometer. The trek has to be rerouted and new trek has to be constructed. The matter was stuck in senior officials of PWD and forest department.

Valley of Flowers Reopened
Valley of Flowers Reopened

A local going to Valley of flowers using the new trek
A local going to Valley of flowers using the new trek

Will valley of flowers open in 2015

The answer is yes, as the valley of flowers was opened to public for 6 days at the end of season in 2014. Finally the forest department got the budget in end of August, 2014 and the construction of new trek started in September, 2014. Local villagers were assigned the contract of construction of the trek. They worked very hard and completed the work by end of September, 2014. The forest department opened the Valley of Flowers for general public on 4th October, and 11 people entered on the first day. Valley of Flowers remained opened for 6 days and it was closed on 9th October. Following are some of the pictures of the new trek route in the Valley of Flowers. The new trek is 1km longer than the old one. You need to go higher and then come down to reach valley. Following picture taken from way to Hemkund Sahib will explain it.

Beautiful view of valley of flowers after the construction of trek
Beautiful view of valley of flowers after the construction of trek

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers
Newly constructed trek to valley of flowers

How to deal with Altitude Sickness

As lack of Oxygen is very common at high altitude areas. But before it becomes severe need to know about the remedies.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

Symptoms of altitude sickness

Drowsiness
Shortness of breath upon exertion
Nausea or vomiting
Persistent rapid pulse
Loss of appetite
Fatigue or weakness
Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet, and face)
Insomnia
Dizziness or light-headedness
Pins and needles

Remedies for altitude sickness

    Drink Plenty of Water
    Drink Plenty of Water

  1. You need to drink plenty of water as altitude sickness may be due to dehydration as the lungs lose high amount of water vapours at higher altitudes. If you are losing water due to perspiration then maintain a proper electrolyte balance by having some sports drinks.
  2. If you are having headache then have one litre water and take the medicine named acetaminophen (Tylenol). If your headache disappears rapidly then you are not suffering from altitude sickness its just dehydration.

  3. Acclimatizing means to get used to a specific climate. It takes some time to Acclimatize in a new climate. Here are some steps to Acclimatize fast. Well the “golden rule” for high altitude Acclimatizing is climb high and sleep low- Once you’ve made your way up past 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), do not ascend more than 300 metres (1,000 feet) per day to sleep. You can climb as high as you want, just make sure that you come back to a base camp that’s no more than 300 m (1,000′) higher than your previous night’s sleeping elevation. This is a useful guideline to keep in mind if you’re driving to a high altitude, as well.
  4. Climb High Sleep Low
    Climb High Sleep Low

  5. If you are not having the enough time for golden rule. Like if you are flying to a destination which is thousand feet above the departure site. Then you can reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness after reaching there.

    Simulated altitude equipmentthat produce hypoxic (reduced oxygen) air. Portable hyperbaric chambers are especially useful if inclement weather or other factors could make the climb or drive down to base camp impossible.

  6. Acetazolamide(Diamox), medication will be very useful as it’ll reduce the recovery time to half and don’t drink alcohol and drink a plenty of water.
  7. Diamox
    Diamox

  8. Coca leaves can be chewed to deal with mild altitude sickness.
  9. Coca Leaves
    Coca Leaves

  10. Ginkgo Biloba is fossil tree and an inexpensive herbal supplement. You can use 120 mg per day to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  11. Ginkgo Biloba
    Ginkgo Biloba

  12. Gamow bag is a portable plastic pressure bag inflated with a foot pump. It can reduce the effective altitude by 5,000 feet.
  13. Gamow Bag
    Gamow Bag

  14. Take it easy. You need not to push yourself too much. Don’t try to breathe too fast and too quick. Resting at the altitude at which you became ill is often the most effective remedy for altitude sickness. You’ll usually feel better in 1-2 days.
  15. Take it Easy
    Take it Easy

  16. If you are moving in a car never look in to the valley. As you are not habitual of seeing this kind of scenes. So when you’ll look down in to the valley it’ll look very deep and if you’ll be looking into the Valley when the car is moving it can be resulted in to vomiting whenever you look in to the valley from the car.
  17. Kindly consult your doctor before taking the above medicines. We Blue Poppy Holidays are not responsible for any harm or side effects

Will Valley of Flowers open in 2014? When does Valley of Flowers open ?

Will Valley of flowers open in 2014 ? What is the current Position of the Valley of flowers? Is the bridge near Ghangaria constructed to enter the valley of flowers?

This post is necessary to answer the questions of many people who want to come to valley of flowers in 2014 but saw a post on Times of India. This post stated that the Valley of Flowers may not open in 2014 at all. This is very unfortunate that one of the leading news paper is writing this type of wrong news. I could not go to Valley of Flowers personally this season till date, but I sent one of my associates to click pictures of the work done by the authorities in the area. The progress is discussed as follows.

Progress of work between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

They have done a lot of work between Govindghat and Ghangaria and in fact the current trek condition is better than the condition before the floods. They have constructed new bridges at various locations. They have constructed new bridge at Govindghat and another bridge is under construction and this bridge will be motor-able. They also have constructed a new bridge at Bhyuandar Village. Another bridge is under construction at Bhyuandar village, in case the older bridge is not able to stand the river. So there are three bridges at Bhyandar now. Pictures of these bridges along with trek are given below.

Trek netween Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib, there are no damage to this part of the trek.
Trek netween Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib, there are no damage to this part of the trek.

Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria

Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria

Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria, the pilgrims are coming is good number.
Newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria, the pilgrims are coming is good number.

newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria
newly constructed trek between Govindghat and Ghangaria

New Bridge at Govindhat.
New Bridge at Govindhat.

Helipad near Ghangaria
Helipad near Ghangaria

Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,
Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,

Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,
Govindghat to Ghangaria trek,

Bridge at Bhyuandar, Newly constructed bridge at Bhyuandar
Bridge at Bhyuandar, Newly constructed bridge at Bhyuandar, you can see two completed parallel bridges and the third one under construction.

Other side of the Bridge at Bhyuandar
Other side of the Bridge at Bhyuandar

Two Bridges at Bhyuandar and the third one the biggest one is under construction,
Two Bridges at Bhyuandar and the third one the biggest one is under construction

Position of the Valley of flowers? Will the Valley of Flowers open in 2014

Now the question is what is the position of the bridge which is required near Ghangaria Village to enter the valley? In fact the Times of India says that the Valley of Flowers will not open as there is no bridge. The authenticated news is that the bridge is already under construction and unfortunately the pictures of the same could not be taken by my associate. But that bridge will be constructed by June 25th as per PWD officials. Now the biggest question is about the trek after the bridge. Actually some 1.5 km trek has to be laid after the trek by forest department. As per my sources that trek will also be completed latest by July 10th, and the Valley of Flowers will be opened for general public after that.

Disclaimer : I have written everything to the best of my knowledge and belief, but neither Blue Poppy Holidays Private Limited, Me or our staff will be responsible for any loss due to actions taken by you after reading this page. Please take your decisions carefully.