How do I plan a trip to Valley of flowers?
How To Plan a Trip to Valley of Flowers?
Valley of flowers is a monsoon trek and remains open for only about 4 months i.e from June to September. You have the following options to plan your journey:
- Solo or your friend group without the help of a guide only if you are well versed with Himalayan terrains.
- Trekking groups ( can be booked online ) Now days you can find reasonable options with very competitive prices trek to valley of flowers.
It would take about 5–6 days for the whole trip from Delhi and back
Day 1:. The journey starts from Gobindghat, which is a 15-16 hour drive from Delhi. If you want to trek in the higher altitude in India, there is no other way but to travel by bus. No flights or trains ply.
Day 2: The trek to Ghangaria from Gobinghat is 13 km but you can take a shared cab to Poolna which decreases the distance to 9 km.
Day 3: Trek to the valley of flowers. Around 4–5 kms and back.
Best Time to Visit Valley of Flowers
1. Valley of flower is just about flowers..
We heard a lot about valley of flower and read a lot too. Valley of Flower is not just about Flowers. Set your expectation right. If you are going for some mughal garden kind of experience. then it is not for you. Valley of Flower is a different eco system in itself. Flora and Fauna as well as animals which is found only in Valley of flowers. No where else in world. Starting from May end till September you will find different varieties of flowers. Every month has different flower and view. Every month has its own charm and short comings.
2. Best Month to visit is July & August..
I really do not know which fool expert gave this advice..Every month starting from June to October presents a very different view. every month has its own speciality.
May end and June:
Every year Valley of flowers open on June 1 and sometime as early as 27th May. Before going make sure to be doubly sure when it opens. it changes little bit every year. June 1 and 2 is the earliest safest date.
July and August
This is the time when Flower is bloomed fully of red color. Totally green, full of flower.
Day 4: Trek to Hemkund Sahib and back. Since you are travelling such a long distance, a visit to this picturesque gurudwara is highly recommended.
Day 5: Trek back to Gobindghat. (I made the trek back early in the morning and made the road journey to Delhi the same day. It can be exhausting but then you save a day)
Day 6: Travel back to Delhi if you opt to stay at Gobindghat on day 5.