Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The valley of flowers lies in the main valley of Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga in the Garhwal Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Pushpawati river flows through this valley which has it’s source in the Tipra Glacier which extends upto Ghori Parbat Peak. It is a flat valley 5km. long and 2km. wide. Its altitude range varies from 3200 to 6675m.The Park is surrounded by Gauri Parbat (6590m) and Rataban (6126m) in the east, Kunthal (4430m) in the west, in the west, Saptsring (5030m) in the south and Nilgiri Parvat (6479m) in the north.
Day 1: Includes a steep trek up to Ghangria, where an overnight halt is required. Ghangria also serves as the overnight halt for trekkers going to Hemkund, a holy Sikh shrine (where Guru Govind Singh is said to have meditated). Since overnight camping is not permitted in either Hemkund or the Valley of Flowers, Ghangria is overcrowded with people and dhabas.
Accommodation is also available at the GMVN guesthouse and several private hotels.
Day 2: Involves a walk down the cobblestone path out of Ghangria, which divides into two about 400m out of Ghangria. The right fork travels to Hemkund and the left to the Valley of Flowers. A little further up is a tollgate to enter the valley. The main floral portion of the valley is about 5km from the tollgate. Mules are not allowed into the valley and the hike in the valley is pleasant. The valley itself is only a few kilometres wide and 10km long. While it is impossible to trek its entire length within a day, much of the four hundred varieties of the flowers can be seen in the initial section. Early August is the best season for the valley.The most famous species found in the valley include the Cobra Lily and the Himalayan Blue Poppy
1931 Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth World Heritage site
|Altitude||3,962 m (Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib)|
|Season||April - October - Summer Trek|
|Difficulty Grading||Grade II Hard|
|Logistic||Is well organized and is procured at Govindghat|
|Access||Rishikesh – Srinagar – Karnprayag – Joshimath – Govindghat –(Distance approx. 270 Km. on/Haridwar- Badrinath highway) 2.Haldwani – Ranikhet – Karnpryag – Johimath – Govinghat (Distance approx. 332 Km)|
|Nr By Places||Badrinath, Hemkund sahib ,Mana|
|Infrastructure||Location Accommodation Eating facilities
Govindghat FRH, NA
Ghangria TB, FRH NA