Valley Of Flowers Trek

Trek amidst riot of colours and scents!

  • This valley is a botanist’s delight: numerous flowers in all shapes, sizes and scents blanket the Valley floor
  • Walk among pilgrims to Hemkund Sahib and soak in the serenity of the lake
  • This trail is well-laid, well maintained and is accessible to everyone.

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A trekker capturing the Valley of Flowers

Why This Trek ?


Uttarakhand/ Easy-Moderate/ 14,400 ft


6 days/ Day time temperature 12-20°C Night time 4-10°C

Must read about Valley Of Flowers Trek

Trek Fee Per Person
Rs. 7,950

(Includes all costs of the trek from Govind Ghat to Govind Ghat) Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee

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A trek amidst a riot of colours and scents

Valley of Flowers is a monsoon trek and the drive to Govind Ghat itself offers breathtaking rain-washed landscape as the swollen Alaknanda accompanies you. It is a pleasant walk among pilgrims (young and old alike who are heading to Hemkund Sahib) through lush greenery, streams and hill side hamlets. This Valley is a botanists delight. The entire valley is generally a carpet of colours – green, yellow, red, blue. The flowering pattern of the valley apparently changes every few days.  While the flowers grow in abundance, these flowers are rare. It is surrounded by mountains with trees at lower levels, brown and grey soil in the middle and bright snow at the top!


Whom is the trek meant for?

Valley of flowers is a good trek for people of all age groups. You can go on this trek with your parents and little ones. This trek is for those of you who are uncomfortable with the idea of camping, you stay in lodges at Govind Ghat and Ghangria. It is a popular and well established trail where the flowers provide you with visual delights while the sacred Hemkund Sahib is manna for your spirit.


How difficult is the trek?

Being an easy to moderate trek, Valley of Flowers does not require any prior high altitude trekking experience. On day 4 of your trek, there is a steep climb from Ghangria at 9,842 ft to Hemkund Sahib at 14,100 feet. This portion is quite strenuous.


How to prepare for the trek?

We recommend a fitness regime for the Valley of flowers trek. For those who are unable to jog, regular brisk walking for half an hour will help. Without rains, there are no flowers. Being a monsoon trek,  carry a poncho and backpack cover to avoid wet clothes.

Here is the short itinerary for the Valley of Flowers trek

Day 1 Drive from Haridwar to Govind Ghat.
The pick up is at 6.30 am from Haridwar Railway Station. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.
You  are expected to reach Govind Ghat at 6 pm.
Day 2 Trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangria; 13 km, 5 hours
Day 3 Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back; 10 kms, 6 hours
Day 4 Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back; 6 kms,7 hours
Day 5 Ghangria to Govind Ghat; 13 kms, 5 hours
Day 6 Depart from Govind Ghat. You are expected to reach Haridwar by  6: 30 pm. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.

It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather in the mountains is unpredictable. Rest at Haridwar for the night. You can explore Haridwar the next day and take a train to Delhi when convenient.

Detailed Trek Itinerary

Many tales are spun around the Valley of Flowers – usually about trekkers falling unconscious from the heavy scent of flowers on the valley floor. Whatever the stories, they do have a grain of truth in them, in a good way! It is rare to find a valley so full of flowers. Flowers bloom everywhere in a riot of colours – purple, yellow, white, pink… They blanket the valley in such a way that sometimes, you can’t see the valley floor at all!

Yet, to see the flowers, you need to time your trek correctly. In July and August, during monsoon, is the best time to do the trek. There might be a day or two of rain on the trek but the sight of flowers in full bloom makes up for any discomfort.

Day 1: Getting to base camp, Govind Ghat

  • Altitude: 1,900 m

The trek to Valley of Flowers (VOF) and Hemkund starts a little beyond Joshimath at a pilgrim hamlet called Govind Ghat. Leave Haridwar or Rishikesh early in the morning and travel along River Alakananda on the Badrinath highway. The roads are dangerously cut on mountains edges and at times, you only see the river flowing in the gorge deep below. The journey from Rishikesh to Joshimath takes about 10 hours. Plan to stay at Joshimath for the night. There are a couple of private lodges and a GMVN to choose from.

Take a shared taxi to Govind Ghat (20 km and 45 minutes away). The treks to VOF and Hemkund have a common trail till Ghangria. Deposit any extra luggage at the Gurudwara in Govind ghat.

Do not carry food with you as there are plenty of eateries on the way. As a trekker, there is no need to hire porters or mules on this trail but if you need one to carry your backpack, Govind Ghat is the place to hire a porter or mule.

 Day 2: Govind Ghat to Ghangria 

  • Altitude: 1,900 m to 3,000 m
  • Time taken: 7 hours, 13 km
  • Difficulty level: Moderate

Start the day’s trek by walking past the eateries and shops selling trinkets. Cross the bridge over Alakananda. The water below is sparkling blue and crystal clear. The trekking route starts immediately after the bridge.

The trail is well-defined. It is usually full of Sikh pilgrims walking up and down. Notice the cleanliness on the trail despite hundreds treading upon it every day. It’s a heartening and motivating sight. All thanks to volunteers who sweep the trail every day.

The 13 km trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangria goes all the way along the river. Stop by any roadside dabha for a drink or a bite to eat. The trail is alternately sunny and shady. At around the midpoint of the day’s trek, you cross the river and go to the other bank. After this, you no longer trek alongside the river.

The trek takes 6-7 hours and you approach a tabular land. This is when you know you are close to Ghangria. Ghangria has a helipad and some space for camping. Half a kilometer from the helipad is the one-street village of Ghangria, lined with hotels, restaurants and a Gurudwara. The Gurudwara offers free accommodation and food to all.


 Day 3: Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back

  • Altitude: 3,000 m to 3,500 and back
  • Time taken: 10 km
  • Difficulty level: Easy flat walk in the valley

Leave Ghangria early (6 am) to give yourself the whole day to spend at Valley of Flowers. The trail splits in less than a kilometre and there is a gate to buy entry tickets to the valley. Walk inside and notice the small flowering plants springing up on either side.


A kilometre into the gate, there is a scenic bridge across a stream gushing below. Tall rocky mountains rise before you.  Notice that the well-laid-out trail has now become a small footway along the side of the valley. The stream flows below you and there are small, hard snow patches by the side. On the trek inside Valley of Flowers, it’s most likely that you and your group will be the only ones around. This may come across as a big and welcome contrast to the previous day’s trek, where there were hundreds. The scenery has also taken a drastic turn for the better and any direction you turn to looks picture-perfect.


Trek along for a couple of kilometers on the flat path and to your right opens up the valley. Cross another rickety bridge and collect water to drink from below. The entire valley is generally a carpet of colours – green, yellow, red, blue. It is surrounded by mountains with trees at lower levels, brown and grey soil in the middle and bright snow at the top. A bright sunny day will ensure deep blue skies completing the picture and taking it beyond your imagination.


The valley is really a botanists’ dreamland! One can find flowers, leaves, buds of various shapes, sizes, colours, all growing together. Notice various types of bees and insects hovering on these strange flowers.  Walk further into the valley and you will be engulfed with an amazing scent, which unfortunately cannot be captured but can only be felt. The valley stretches 5-7 km further, until it ends with a glacier visible at a distance.  The stream flows all the way through the valley. Take off your shoes and dip your feet into it to experience the icy cold water.


Carry packed lunch from Ghangria on the Valley of Flowers trek day. There is no food available in the valley and overnight camping isn’t allowed either. Plan your return along the same path by early afternoon.

The afternoon sun falling on the valley from a different direction, gives a whole new perspective to the same place you saw in the morning.


 Day 4: Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back

  • Altitude: 3,000 m to 4,300 m and back
  • Time taken: 7 hours, 6 km
  • Difficulty level: Difficult

Start your day early. The weather can be impulsive in the afternoon and sudden cloud cover and rain can get you stranded if you do not get down on time.  The thought of getting up before 5 am can be daunting but the Gurudwara makes it easy. Their day starts at 4 am with singing of bhajans. By 5 am, you hear people outside the gate of the Gurudwara chanting in chorus and the horses being readied to go up to Hemkund Sahib. Get up and grab a hot drink of chai. A poncho (light rain coat) and a trekking pole can be handy on the trek to Hemkund. Pass the deviation to Valley of flowers. Continue to trek up the steep path slowly but steadily. Spot a pretty water fall on your right falling through the rock walls on the right.


After about 2 hours of walking, you are higher than the tree line and the views begin to get better. Mark the route to Valley of Flowers on the mountain in front across the river gorge. After another hour of slow walking with numerous breaks, you begin to feel reduced oxygen levels in the air. A melting glacier lies on the way.


Take generous breaks while climbing up the steep path. These breaks are important as going up very fast could only mean inviting altitude sickness. Do not sit down during these breaks. Sitting down causes your muscles to relax and getting back on track can be very difficult. An hour of stiff climbing brings you to Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. The lake lies just behind it. The Hemkund Sahib lake remains frozen for six months. Warm yourself in the Gurudwara and have generous helpings of hot tea and khichdi.


Walk around to the other side of the Hemkund Lake. The lake exudes an aura of peace and serenity. It’s crystal clear, undisturbed and reflects mountains in it. The lake with crystal clear water , set amidst tall mountains and reflecting them and the Gurudwara is some sight to watch. Around Hemkund, the Himalayan flower, Brahma Kamal grows abundantly. This flower grows only at heights of 10000 ft to 15000 ft.  Leave Hemkund by early afternoon. The walk down can be strenuous on the knees and toes.  It takes 4- 5 hours to walk down the 6 kms.

Day 5: Ghangria to Govind Ghat 

  • Altitude: 3,000 m to 1,900 m
  • Time taken: 5 hours, 13 km
  • Difficulty level: Easy

Start early by 6 am to be down at Govind Ghat by 11 am. Once you reach Govind Ghat, choose to proceed to Badrinath/Joshimath-Auli* or stay back at Govind Ghat and leave the next day.

Day 6: Govind Ghat to Haridwar

Drive down to Haridwar. It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather in the mountains is unpredictable. Rest at Haridwar for the night. You can explore Haridwar the next day and take a train to Delhi when convenient.

Additional Options

Having come all the way to Govind Ghat, there are two options that you could explore if you add a day to your trip.

Option 1: Govind Ghat to Mana Village and Vasudhara Falls via Badrinath

From Govind Ghat, Badrinath is just 36 km away. It takes around two hours to cover this distance. The scenery en route can take your breath away. Do not fail to read the boards along the road put up by the border roads organization. They are meaningful and humorous.

From Badrinath, take a shared cab to Mana (3 km), which is the last village within Indian territory across the border from Tibet. It’s a very picturesque village, with small streams and a small waterfall. The views from here of Neelkant peak are gorgeous.  The village also has a lot of folklore associated with. The Pandavas are said to have rested here during their exile. Befriend a localite here and chat him up to learn more about the village.

From Mana, you could also trek to Vasudhara Falls, which is an easy 6 km trek that takes around 2 hours. Vasudhara is a milky-white waterfall that plunges from a height of 400 ft. The best part about it is that if the water isn’t too forceful, you could go stand underneath it and enjoy a refreshing shower.

Trek back to Mana or Badrinath from here before sunset.

Option 2: Visit Auli from Govind Ghat via Joshimath

If you’re looking for a more relaxing excursion after your trek to Valley of Flowers, you could visit Auli. Auli is a popular ski destination. It is stark white with snow in winter and full of green meadows in summer. It’s also called Auli Bugyal. It’s more of a leisurely holiday to Auli and it’s a tad bit expensive.

After reaching Govind Ghat, drive down to Joshimath, which is an hour’s drive away. Auli is situated above Joshimath and is accessible via a cable car. This ride in the cable car is a wonderful experience.

Auli is situated at a height of 3,049 m. It is surrounded by lovely oaks and coniferous forests. It offers are 270 degree view of Mt. Nandadevi, Kamet, and even Neelkant.

From Auli, you can head back to Badrinath the next day or the same day.


How to get fit for the Valley of Flowers trek

The Valley of Flowers trek is classified as a moderate trek. You trek up to an altitude of 14,100 feet at Hemkund Sahib from 6,234 ft at Govind Ghat. That is a huge altitude gain and you have to make sure your lungs are strong enough to acclimatise to thin air for more work.

Cardiovascular endurance
On the Valley of Flowers trek, you have huge altitude gains on your first day (6,234 ft to 9,842 ft) as well as the day to Hemkund Sahib. This requires a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday.  Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. Make sure you are able to jog 4 km in 20 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. 

This is another area you should work on. Hemkund Sahib is quite a stiff climb and the descent from Hemkund Sahib is quite brutal to your knees. You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Valley of Flowers trek

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: The climb to Hemkund Sahib is especially steep and you need shoes with ankle support. Sport shoes won’t be comfortable enough.  You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.  You can get Forclaz 600 from Decathlon.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Daypack (20 litres): You will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks for your trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. 

The Valley of Flowers trek happens during monsoons so make sure you take a poncho for this trek.


  1.  Three  Warm Layers: You will be trekking and staying at high altitudes. So make sure you have the apt clothes for the climatic conditions. It will be cold at the higher altitudes so make sure you have at least three layers of warm clothes to protect yourself.
  2. Two trek pants: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. But you can carry one spare pair in case the first one gets wet. Wear one pair and carry one pair. 
  3. Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one.
  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.


  1. Sunglasses: Mandatory/
  2. SuncapThe sun is more harsh at high altitudes so wear a suncap to protect your face and neck.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.


  1. Toiletries (Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 
  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  3. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  4. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  5. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  6. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
  7. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  8. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  9. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band aid – 10 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 10 packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. 
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer- Download PDF




Trek fee: Rs. 7,950/-*

*Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee


  • Accommodation during the trek (lodges- 3 people per room)
  • All meals – vegetarian
  • Trekking permits and forest camping charges
  • Trekking equipment (ice axes, ropes, etc.)
  • Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher)
  • Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
  • Services of an expert trek team  (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)


  • Transport to and from the base camp. Transport cost from Haridwar to Govind Ghat and return is additional, and is to be paid directly to the driver.
  • Backpack offloading charges – Rs. 500* plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
  • Stay at Haridwar on the last day
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything apart from the inclusions

 Terms & Conditions

1Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please e-mail us at Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.

The cancellation charges are as under:
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. 

2.The trek fee includes all cost from the start of the trek at Govind Ghat to the end of the trek at Govind Ghat.

3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Haridwar railway station at 6:30 am.Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels to the base camp together in shared cabs.

4. Transport: The cost of transport from Haridwar to Govind Ghat and return from Govind Ghat to Haridwar has to be borne by the trekker and paid directly to the driver. The transport is arranged through local operators in shared cabs/mini bus. Each shared cab costs approximately Rs. 6000/- one way and mini bus costs Rs.10,000. Trekkers are expected to share the cost likewise.

Note: In case you do not want the Indiahikes pick up, please let us know at least 20 days in advance.

5. Backpack carrying: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 500 (exclusive of taxes). Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.

7. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.


8. Non – liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of any of your gears/equipment on the trek.

9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.

10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation will be terminated with immediate effect.

11. Safety Protocol: 

      a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

How safe is the Valley of Flowers trek?

At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.

The Valley of Flowers trek by is of moderate difficulty. The only place where you have to be wary of is the high altitude gains is Hemkund Sahib- so you have to watch for signs of Acute Mountain Sickness. It is advised to be on a preventive course of Diamox.

About Diamox:

Diamox is a tablet that is available off the counter. You can start your course one day before the trek. Take half a tablet once in the morning and once at night (after your meal). It reduces chances of AMS by 80%. There are almost no side effects of Diamox, except a tingly feeling at your finger tips. You might also feel the need to urinate more often, which is normal as Diamox makes you drink more water. You can learn more about AMS, its symptoms and treatment here.

Note: Diamox is a sulfa-based tablet. If you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, don’t take the tablet. If you do not know whether you are allergic to sulfa-based drugs, take a Diamox around ten days before your trek and look out for any reactions, If there are none, you can safety take the tablet on the trek.

Valley of Flowers, being a pilgrim’s trail, is well-laid out and has easy exits.

If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.

Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. There are plenty of exit points throughout the trek so any evacuation needed is taken care of. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.

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How to get Base camp Govind Ghat

Delhi → Haridwar → Govind Ghat

govind ghat

Govind Ghat is a small town 20 kms from Joshimath. Joshimath is a city, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is the gateway to Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers. Take an overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar. We will organise pick-up vehicles from Haridwar railway station at 6:30am. The total cost of transportation one way is Rs. 6000 for the SUV and 9,500 for the Tempo traveller (to be shared among the trekkers). The journey to Govind Ghat is approximately 10-12 hours.

 If you are trekking independently

Reach Haridwar via overnight train from New Delhi. Buses run from Haridwar to Joshimath and Badrinath early morning. There is a bus every 30 minutes. You can also take a shared taxi from Haridwar to Joshimath or Govind Ghat. In case you are coming from Rishikesh, shared jeeps are available near the GMVN Bharat-Bhoomi Guest House. Stay at Joshimath/Govind Ghat for the night.

There is a GMVN and a couple of private lodges to choose from at Joshimath.  There are lodges in Govind Ghat. In case of emergencies and if there is a need to break journey then one can halt overnight at Rudraprayag or Srinagar. The next day you can take  a shared taxi to Govind Ghat ( 20 kilometres and 45 minutes away) which is the starting point of our trek to Valley of flowers and Hemkund.

Getting back

You can choose to stay overnight or head to Badrinath or you may hire shared cabs which will take you to Haridwar/Rishikesh.


Here is what our trekkers have to say about the trek!


“Indiahikes offers the best of all I have seen in other groups! I must admit it that for the first time in my life I did something which took me out of my comfort zone. Not only this trek helped me to learn a lot of things but also helped me to inculcate discipline in my life.”-Abhishek Jain, batch of May 2016

“The trek was really awesome. I personally learnt a lot from the trek. Indiahikes provided us with good services, even at the time of emergencies. Also, the entire team is a group of concerned nature lovers!”-Aishwarya, batch of May 2016 

“Indiahikes is by far the most organized and caring trek company I know, if safety is the point then Indiahikes is the best, also you have routes throughout the country.”-Paramahamsa Kolagani, batch of May 2016

“Locations, guides, group and general itinerary were fantastic!” – Dinesh, batch of July 2015

“The entire experience was just incredible.Walk to the fairyland that is Valley of flowers is unmatchable- the snowpeak mountains, the misty views , glittering waterfalls starting from the clouds , old young all aged people struggling to watch the beauty of the flowers everything is just amazing. And I was pleasantly surprised by the haridwar world hemkund Sahib. Loved everypart of the trek” – Vinaya, batch of July 2015

“The Valley of Flowers and the Hemkund were very beautiful ,the weather was also very pleasant” – Sunil, batch of July 2015

“The views are awesome!” – Seemanthini, batch of July 2015

“Location of the trek was very good. The variety of flowers and birds that we came across was just unbelievable. I was very happy to be at such a heavenly place.” – Supriya, batch of July 2015

“The Valley and Hemkund Sahab are the high points of the trek.” – Nistha, batch of July 2015

“Trek was evenly divided over 4 days. Stay, Food and transportation are taken care or arranged. We get a lot of information form the trek Leads regarding locality, types of plants and animals, suggestions on what is better to be done and so on.” – Vijay , batch of August 2015

“The valley was fantastic!” – Deepak Kasthwal, batch of August 2015

“-The location -The trails -Weather -Flora -Other trekkers in the IH group -The people I encountered during the trek -The initiative to clean the trails -Maggi and boiled eggs -Amar (the trek sweeper)” – Paras Chaudhary, batch of August 2015

“The trek took us to Valley of flowers through a beautiful route and that was the best part of trek. The second guide, Amar helping Salman was a friendly chap and special thanks to him for staying with me till end of each leg. The food was tasty at both Ghangria and Govindghat. My trek mates were really cool people and I thank India hikes for bringing so many amazing people to trek on this scenic route.” – Rohit Talekar, batch of August 2015

“Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Trek was the second with India hikes and the highest I have done so far. It was an amazing experience in the lap nature which was made unforgettable by the great hospitality of Indiahikes team both Dineshji and kaushal. The stories from the indiahikes team made the hike to 14,400 feet easy and memorable.” – Monika Agarwal, batch of August 2015

“The trek leaders were amazing, guided us really well. Met a group of awesome people who gelled really quickly.. Lot of fun memories attached to this trek. But the best part of the trek was THE HIMALAYAS. The valley of flowers with its enchanting beauty just took my breath away.. Those myriad of flowers dotting a carpet of green was the best sight I’ve caught in my life.” – Shruthi.N.R, batch of August 2015

“The Hemkund trip It didn’t rain on that day We reached the top only to see the lake covered with fog. But just before we left the fog cleared and we saw a great view. It was quite fantastic. That day while coming down we got to talk with Dineshji about the birds and flowers of the valley which was another great experience” – Sumeet KD, batch of August 2015

“Trek to Hemakund sahib lake. though the trail was steep ascent, the valley vies were amazing and fantastic.” – Guruprasad, batch of August 2015

“The beauty of nature, the people around!” – Nayana Bhat, batch of August 2015

“Rejuvenating Experience after a year. Loved the Himalayas. All the co-trekkers were friendly and enthusiastic. Will be surely doing more treks in Himalayas in the coming months.” – Ravindra Nayak, batch of August 2015

“Everything about the trek was absolutely fantastic!” – Shubhankar Roy, batch of August 2015

“It was a wonderful experience for a first time trekker to Himalayas. The dip at hemkund sahib lake just vanished all the tiredness. The views we get to see were amazing and it kept changing frequently. The carpet of flowers were beautiful.” – Nitesh Bothra, September 2015

“Every thing during the Trek was Fantastic, as it iwas the first ever trek I undertook!! The leader, the group and the arrangements for stay & food were all very good!!” – Dheerendra, September 2015




Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Govind Ghat. The pick up is at 6.30 am from Haridwar Railway Station.
You are expected to reach Govind Ghat at 6 pm. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.
Day 2: Trek from Govind Ghat to Ghangria; 13 km, 5 hours
Day 3: Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back; 10 km, 6 hours
Day 4: Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back; 6 km,7 hours
Day 5: Ghangria to Govind Ghat; 13 km, 5 hours
Day 6: Depart from Govind Ghat. You will reach Haridwar between 6 pm and 7 pm. The cab costs approximately Rs.1100 per person.

What Other Trekkers Are Saying About Valley Of Flowers Trek

“Indiahikes has always been a trendsetter. It is the Eco-friendly trekking company. The team really makes some honest and conscious efforts in maintaining balance with nature be it the green trail concept, the eco bags or the wood ash or the coco-peat toilets and every trekker returns home more aware and wiser. The team at field is very efficient. The quality of food is just too good and its only getting better.”

-Rashna Brahma



“Starting from day one of my trek till the last day everything was perfect and in place. The arrangements by Indiahikes, The Indiahikes team that was with us was extremely good, supportive and cooperative in every aspect of the trek. The kitchen staff was amazing so was the ground support team who kept us informed well in advance about the details of the trek. Thanks for everything..looking forward for another trek with Indiahikes.”

Jatinder Singh

“From the beginning till the end, Indiahikes has proper modernized set up for an amazing trekking experience. They have proper leaders and guides and technical team to encourage and support you on tough trails. You don’t have to worry about any logistics. One of the most memorable experiences i have ever had.”

Saee Rohankar


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