Valley of Flowers Open to Trekkers from July 1st

We have good news and we have, let’s say, ‘something to keep in mind’ news.

This morning the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, along with the Chief Wildlife Warden of Uttarakhand gave the green signal to resume trekking in the Valley of Flowers.

We can start trekking in the Valley of Flowers from 1st July

Valley of Flowers all set to open on July 1st. Picture by Gourab Nandy
You have to keep in mind the pandemic is still on and the Char Dham Yatra has been put on hold.

While this is great news, you need to keep a few things in mind.

1. Everyone is scrambling to get things in order at the last moment: Hotels, our team, the forest department, the entire infrastructure on the trail. While everyone’s doing their best, there could be things that may not be in perfect order. Do take them in your stride.

2. Your designated hotels may not reopen by the time you reach there. While we are making alternate arrangements, do understand that things may not be as “tip-top” as our designated hotels.

3. The gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib may not be open. While we are trying to take permission to go to Hemkund Sahib, if it does not happen, then do understand that the pandemic has put restrictions beyond our control.

The Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara may be closed. Even if the gurudwara is closed, the setting is serene and a climb to the lake is what makes the trek special.

4. Do not expect dhabas to be open on the route. Some may be open, but they are going to be very few.

5. Other than that, enjoy being in the Valley of Flowers this year. Given the pandemic, the crowds are lesser. It does not happen every year, but you will see the valley intimately, largely by yourself. This is one of those rarest of rare moments.

If you have any questions, drop in a comment below. We’ll write back to you!
Suhas Saya

Suhas Saya

Suhas is the head of the Experience Coordinator's team and the Documentation Team. He has been working at Indiahikes for the past 5 years. He graduated as an engineer and corporate offices never excited him as much as the great outdoors! Nature, adventure and wildlife are the top things that get his heart racing. He has done close to 9 Himalayan treks - a few of them are Roopkund, Dayara Bugyal, Buran Ghati, Kuari Pass, and Kashmir Great Lakes. He likes the opportunity to explore treks. He has done a few explorations in the Himalayas, the Western Ghats and around Bengaluru. He explored the Phulara Ridge trek, which is a much-loved trek today! Besides trekking, his interest lies in playing the guitar, learning about birds, insects, and snakes! Write to him on [email protected] to get in touch with him.