6 Frequently asked questions about the Valley of Flowers Trek?

Valley of Flowers is a national park in Western Himalayas, located in Uttarakhand state in India. It is part of Nanda Devi biosphere reserve. Nanda Devi National Park Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The place is known for its flora and fauna. The place is home to endangered animals like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk dear and blue sheep.The Valley of Flowers has many different colorful flowers, of various shades.It’s about 595 kilometers (370 miles) from Delhi. This is one of the places for Trekking in Uttarakhand, which is not so hard physically.


  1. What is the best time for valley of flowers trek?

May to October is the best time to visit Valley of Flowers. The place, being a snow-clad valley practically consistently, is open to travelers just in the monsoon season, between the months of June and September. During rest of the months the cold weather conditions does not makes the place unfriendly for tourists.

  1. How to reach Valley of flowers?

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 295 kilometers (183 miles) away, and the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh, 276 kilometers (171 miles) away. The closest you can get to the Valley of Flowers by road is GovindGhat. Alternatively you can also book a trek to Valley of Flowers from Trek the Himalayas and they will guide you throughout the trek.

  1. How is the trek to Valley of Flowers?

Access to the Valley is restricted to daylight hours (from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and camping is prohibited. You’ll need to go from, and return to, Ghangaria on the same day. Reaching to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km (10.5 miles). The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km (168 miles) from Joshimath. Govindghat is a small place close to Joshimath (around one hour distance), where the trek begins. From Govindghat, a trek of 14 km (8.6 miles) brings trekkers to the Ghangaria, a small settlement located about 3 km (about 2 miles) from the valley.  The valley of flowers trek is an ideal way to trek close to the nature with vibrant colourful flowers in full bloom during their season.

  1. Where to stay in Valley of Flowers?

It’s best to stay overnight in Joshimath before continuing to Ghangaria. Both government and private hotel options are available.

  1. What are the attractions in Valley of Flowers?

Hemkund Sahib, Ghagaria, Gaurikund are other attractions in the place apart from the National Park.


  1. What are the places that can be covered around valley of flowers?

Auli, Joshmimath, Badrinath, Chamoli and Govindgath are close to valley of flowers and can be explored by extending the stay.


Valley of Flowers offers an interesting off-beat destination for trekking. Sports activities like mountain climbing, rock climbing make it an adventurous off-beat tourist destination. Many tour operators operate packages for Uttarakhand trekking to Valley of Flowers and a wide variety of options are available.

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