Day 01: Rishikesh- Joshimath
Early morning leave for Joshimath from Rishikesh. It is located at a distance of 254 km away from Rishikesh and is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. You’ll reach Joshimath by evening, check in at a hotel and have an overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath – Govindghat - Ghangaria
Post breakfast, drive to Govindghat about 22 km away from Joshimath. Start trekking towards Ghangaria with packed lunch. Ghangaria also known as Govind Dham is the base camp for Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers Trek. After completing 10 km trek, you will reach Ghangaria, where you will spend the night in.
Day 03: Ghangaria- Valley of Flower- Ghangaria
Today all your hard work will finally pay off as you will hike to the Valley of Flowers. The swift trail will walk past the thick vegetation consisting of the exotic Himalayan flowers and the wild flora, creating an alluring canvas. You can see several bubbling streams casually meandering through the valley. This beauteous place is a hub of various birds, butterflies, and insects. After exploring the valley, return to Ghangaria and have an overnight stay.
Day 04: Ghangaria – Govindghat –Joshimath
Post breakfast, start off by commencing the 10 km trek to Govindghat and then drive to Joshimath via Badrinath. On reaching Joshimath, check in at a hotel and have an overnight stay.
Day 05: Joshimath- Rishikesh
After having a nutritious breakfast, drive to Rishikesh and say goodbye to the hills.
What is the Valley Of Flowers Trek?
Valley of Flowers Trek is an easy high altitude trek done primarily during the monsoon. The trek is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
When is the best time to go to for the Valley Of Flowers Trek ?
The best time for Valley Of Flowers Trek is during the monsoon during the months of July and August.This is the time when the flowers in the valley are in full bloom.
How difficult is the Valley Of Flowers trek?
Valley Of Flowers Trek comes under an easy high altitude trek. But you need to have the good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the temperatures during the Valley Of Flowers trek?
During the Valley Of Flowers, Trek temperatures vary between 0-20 degree Celsius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-7 kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
How does monsoon affect the valley of flowers trek?
Valley of flowers trek is possible only during the month of July & August which are the full monsoon months. If the road gets closed due to landslide BRO normally opens it up as soon as the rain stops.
What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which are beyond our control then an additional charge may apply.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers, and Porters.
How big are the groups?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single Trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe?
We generally have a ratio of Male: Female of about 2:1. Mountains, on the whole, are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing do we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter? What are the charges for the same?
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness, as well as mental fitness, is required for the Valley Of Flowers trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into the optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek?
We serve wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers, they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in the case of other medical emergencies, we rescue the Trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek, it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness check-up by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Wheel Wanderers reserves the right to change the itinerary depending on the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Valley Of Flowers Trek ?
Yes Valley Of Flowers Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.