Valley of Flowers Trek: Beginners Guide

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INTRODUCTION:

The Valley of Flowers in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand is a stunning natural area that has attracted photographers from all over the world. In 1982, the Indian government designated the valley as a national park.

The Valley of Flowers is a unique destination for tourists thanks to its breathtaking natural setting against the Himalayan Mountains and its abundance of rare and exotic flora.

This book has all the information you’ll need to visit this stunning valley, including how to get there, when to go, what to see and do, and where to stay.

GARDEN VALLEY

Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its location at a height of 12,654 feet (or 3,858 metres) and the 300 different species of flowers that can be found there. On a bright day, the towering wildflowers are a spectacular sight, swaying in the wind and beautifully framed by the surrounding glaciers.

THE LEGENDS OF THE FLOWERING VALLEY

The tale of the Valley of Flowers’ discovery is fascinating. In 1931, British mountaineers Frank Smythe, R Holdsworth, and Eric Shipton got lost in the area (on their way back from Mount Kamet) and discovered the Valley of Flowers.

They were so taken aback by the splendour of the area that they gave it the name “Valley of Flowers.” Smythe wrote a novel called “The Valley of Flowers” after he came back from his trip.

WHERE TO FIND THE VALLEY OF FLOWERS

It’s always a little bit of a challenge to get to an area that’s so stunningly natural. Pulna Village is the closest location you can get to in terms of being “on the road” to the Valley of Flowers. About three kilometres down the trail to Ghangaria (base camp) will take you to the settlement of Pulna.

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest major airport and has multiple daily connections to Delhi. There are roads that can be driven on, however they only go as far as Govind Ghat.

Rishikesh is the closest train station, although the roads only go as far as Govind Ghat. From here, you can catch taxis and buses to get to Govindghat.

When travelling by car, the nearest access point to the Valley of Flowers is at Govind Ghat. It’s a two-hour trip from Dehradun/Haridwar to Joshimath, and then another hour to Govind Ghat.

The base camp is located in Ghangaria, some 13 kilometres from Govind Ghat, and the journey there is rather strenuous. There is now a paved road that may be driven on all the way to the village of Pulna from Govind Ghat. The distance has been reduced to roughly 4 kilometres.

WHEN TO GO THE MOST IF YOU CAN

The rest of the year brings bitterly cold weather and snow to the region, making travel impossible.

Traveling there in July or August is ideal because that’s when the flowers are in full bloom and the scenery is at its most stunning.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

For the most part, visitors find the area to be very pleasant. The weather is mild once summer ends. This hike takes place during the dreaded monsoon. At daytime highs of 8-10 degrees and nighttime lows of 3-5 degrees, you can plan accordingly.

As the snow melts off the bridges in July, it makes for a picturesque scene.

8-DAY PROPOSED ITINERARY (OPTION 1)

On Day 1, you’ll fly into Delhi. Staying the night in Haridwar or Dehradun.

Second day: drive from Haridwar to Joshimath to Govind Ghat (9 hours total, plus 1 hour of breathtaking scenery).

Third day of hiking: Govind Ghat to Ghangaria (Trek 14 km).

Day 4: Hike from Ghangaria to the Valley of Flowers (8 km round trip).

On day five, you have the option of making the 6-kilometer trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and back again.

Going from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat on Day 6 (Trek 14 km).

Trip Day 7: Govind Ghat to Joshimath to Hardiwar/Dehradun.

Travel day 8: Delhi to Haridwar/Dehradun.

FURTHER ITEMS TO BRING

What to bring on your trip to Valley of Flowers:

One, a backpack (from Amazon, perhaps?)

Our favourite is the backpack. A reliable backpack to hold your gear is a must for every hike.

The Second: Footwear/Shoes (AMAZON)

Spend your money on a sturdy pair of lightweight sneakers with a decent grip. Waterproof ankle-high sneakers are a fantastic choice. In addition, bring some slip-on shoes or floaty sandals to wear at the campsite so you can move around comfortably.

Medicines, Third

Bring the essentials such as pain relievers, anti-nausea medication, antacids, anti-diarrhea remedies, anti-itch cream, and insect repellent.

In addition to any medication you may need to take, remember to bring the necessary prescription.Take aware that in Ghangaria, there is only one pharmacy to choose from. Unless it’s an absolute need, always keep some medicine on hand rather than scrambling to find some at the last minute.

Put on some clothes!

Being prepared for the wide range of temperatures in the mountainous region is essential. Among the many possible articles of apparel, here is a quick rundown:

Bring two sets of lightweight clothing; one for the hike, and another for the evening at the campsite. You can, of course, bring more if you like.

A high-quality, heat-trapping coat with a lightweight windbreaker

Safety gloves

– Head Wraps

– Socks

An item of headwear

5. Hiking pole or staff (for Hemkund trek)

The use of a trekking pole or stick is highly recommended for those who must traverse challenging terrain. Although you could use a stick, there’s no need to buy one because you can get one for less than INR 100.

6. Water

Remember to bring plenty of water. Water bottles can be refilled at any of the restaurants or stores along the trailhead.

Sunglasses, sunscreen, a flashlight, and any other odds and ends you may need.

By Khizar Akhtar

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