Himalayan/High Altitude Trekking

7 Reasons Why Valley of Flowers Should Be In Your Bucket List

“Valley of Flowers” – Who knew the result of a lost route would led to the discovery of this unique and beautiful valley which remained unexplored by the very own locals and inhabitants.The Valley of Flowers trek was discovered by a team of 6 British mountaineers in the year 1931 including R.L. Holdsworth and Frank S. Smith who lost their route on their way back from mount Kamet and happened to come across the beautiful Bhyundar valley. After returning Frank S. Smith wrote his book ‘Valley of Flowers’ which gave this name to the valley.

Below are some of the reasons why we think every adventure lover should keep this trek in bucket list.

1)     A beginners trek:

This trek is one of the popular Indian treks and has gained huge popularity as a beginners trek in the Uttarakhand region as it a moderate level trek.

[Route details of Valley of Flowers Trek]

Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers

2)     A World Heritage site

In 1982, the flowery heaven was declared Valley of Flowers National Park preserving more than 600 plant species and many animals, birds and butterflies.  Valley of Flowers National Park is declared as World Heritage site by UNESCO along with Nanda Devi National Park.

[Other Adventure activities with Valley of Flowers Trek Rafting at Rishikesh and Bungee Jumping]

Valley of Flowers

Glimpse of Valley of Flowers

3)     Himalayas

If you are a Himalayan lover, you will love this trek. Wandering among the snow covered mountains and drinking nectar off numerous waterfalls in the valley is an experience of a lifetime. This valley is also surrounded by Zanskar and Greater Himalayan ranges in North and South.

[Similar Himalayan Treks]

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers Trek Route

4)   Colorful Paradise

The best time to visit Valley of flowers trek is from July till end of August when the flower blooms to its youth. During this time, visitors get to witness different colors and shades in Valley of flowers changing from white, green, yellow and brown. Pink, blue and purple are the dominant colors.

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers Trekking trail

5)     Hemkund Sahib

This trek also takes you to the Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib JI, a worship of worship and pilgrimage for the Sikhs. Located in the Himalayas at a height of 15197 feet, every year, more than 150,000 pilgrims reach here to offer their prayers on the banks of still the blue Hemkund lake.

Valley of Flowers

Hemkund Lake

6)     A package Trip

One amazing trek that takes you to religious and cultural trip to Haridwar, Rishikesh, Joshimath, Kedarnath and Badrinath, making it an ultimate trip with Adventure + spirituality + Culture, how interesting isn’t’ it?

Valley of Flowers

Flowers in valley of flowers

7)     A budget trip

This trip gives all the possible options for the budget travelers who look for cheap transport, stays and keep an eye on the money they spent. Autos, jeeps and other shared options are easily available for reaching from Haridwar to Joshimath. Some cheap guest houses can be picked up here for an overnight stay before heading to Govindghat from where the trek to the Valley begins.

[Budget Trip]

Valley of Flowers route

Valley of Flowers : Trek trail

Best Time to Visit

This Valley is accessible only from June and by the end of June the flowers start reaching its youth and blossoms fully. This is when the Valley transforms from  “white snow capped” to Valley of flowers” showing new colors every day. Best time to visit is between July to September.

Location :

State: Uttarakhand, India District: Chamoli Nearest town: Ghangharia, after Joshimath

How to reach: One has to reach Haridwar, and take bus to Joshimath or  Badrinath

Route: Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria – Haridwar – Rishikesh

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About the Author


Polomi is passionate traveler and a Blogger who takes time out to travel, meet people, explore places, apart from doing the 9 hours thing. Anything about food, culture and places is always a yes. Writing is a hobby and she does it as much as she can.



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