When we hear the word valley, we imagine a sprawling green landscape surrounded by high mountains and snow capped peaks. What if I told you about a valley that looks like a rainbow on earth?
The Valley of Flowers that is opening on the 1st July 2021is Uttarakhand’s most popular trek. Even the people who are not trekkers or travellers are aware of it. Valley of flowers lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.This trek can be ended at the Valley of flowers or you can go further up to Hemkund Sahib, one of the most popular Sikh pilgrimages at the altitude of 14,400ft.
The Valley of Flowers was founded by the Indian Government in 1980 and it was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. This is one of the oldest treks known to people in India. Valley of flowers is a moderate trek and requires a minimum of 6 days.
The Valley of Flowers is mostly visited by travellers in the months of July-September. The beauty of the trek is that it changes every day and looks absolutely magnificent yet different every month. You can find more than 80 species of flowers in this valley which stretches for about 10 Kilometers in length and a couple of kilometers wide. It looks like a wide ocean of colours spread for infinity.
A narrow pathway is naturally carved by nature beckoning you to wander into the depths of this vast ocean of flowers. The one thing that you won’t miss is as soon as you start walking down this winding path you can feel the cool breeze coming from the other end of the valley which is covered by the snow capped mountains. The breeze brings with it a cocktail of scents that you will find nowhere else.
When you want to visit the valley the pick-up point is from Rishikesh. You have to first reach Govindghat. Govindghat is just 25 kilometers before Badrinath and is 272 Kilometers from Rishikesh and hence, is a long drive. The best way is to take a taxi.or you can take the Rishikesh-Badrinath bus for cheaper travel. The journey to Govindghat takes you through all the 5 prayags and we strongly suggest that you stop for a moment and enjoy all of these confluences.
Then once you reach Govindghat, you will have to further travel to Ghangaria. From Ghangaria the valley of flowers is a 4 kilometer trek. However, the difficulty starts when you start your journey to Hemkund Sahib, in just 6 kilometers you experience an altitude change of about 4633m.
About the stay, you will find beautiful lodges built in both Govindghat and Ghangaria. Both these places have electricity. However, the last ATM was found in Joshimath. Also, the trek also cuts you off from the world as you will find no network whatsoever.
The Valley of flowers is really as beautiful as you see in all the pictures. Do think of us when visiting. For more information connect with us.