Why it is important to plan Valley of Flowers Trek well in Time
Valley of flowers trek is one of the most preferred treks in Garhwal Himalayas. It offers a incredible view of some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. The world famous Blue Popeye can be seen in thousands when the valley is in full bloom. Some of the other exotic flowers like Marigold, Daisies, Lilies, Sediams, Geranium and Zinnias.
Valley of flowers is part of the Nanda Devi Bio Reserve and is also UNESCO World Heritage Site. The valley expands to about 88 Sq Kms in its size and offers undoubtedly a magical view of colorful flowers amidst the snow clad mountains.
The trek from Govind Ghat (which is the starting point for valley of flowers trek) and back is about 48 Kms in total. The trekkers also get to cover the highest Sikh Temple in the world known as the “Hemkund Saheb”. The trek from Haridwar to Haridwar is a 5 nights and 6 days Trek. The first night is spent at Govind Ghat, the second, third and fourth night at Ghangharia followed by the fifth night at Govind Ghat.
The Valley of flowers opens for trekkers from June and remains open till mid-October. The best time to visit and to see the valley in full bloom, the best time to plan for the valley of flowers trek is mid-July to mid-august. Although, the trek to valley of flowers as well as Hemkund Sahib is beautiful throughout the season, it is more about seeing the valley in full bloom. It is about when you get to experience the valley, is it the right time? As Valley of flowers has only a few months to cater to thousands of trekkers, it becomes all the more important to plan your trek well in time and with a well experienced and enthusiastic organizer.
Ghangharia which serves as the base location for the trekkers has only a handful homestays or hotels with limited options. When you plan your trek well in advance, you get to stay at a better place with a lot of other trekkers where you get to socialize and learn from each other. At Wanderers, we think it is an extremely essential part of the entire experience.
It is important to plan and book the trek (with a trusted organizer) in the beginning of the year. At Wanderers, we take about 5-6 batches every year and the batch size does not exceed 12 trekkers. So the months of February, March or April is the right time to book for Valley of flowers. While you plan to book it, also try and book a slot for a batch in mid-july to mid-august as it is at this time, a trekker gets the most out of the trek.