Valley of Flowers trek

#1 Jan 25th, 2018, 14:54
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Hi from The Netherlands, Europe!

this summer (july) I will travel with my family to Uttarakhand. We want to visit the beautiful valley of flowers.
I've been reading several threads about this. To walk up to Ghangria and te next day to the valley of flowers ....can anyone tell me more about this trail? Is it a steep climp? How narrow are the paths? Is there also an abyss along which we have to walk? Because two of us have fear of heights.
From what I have read Ghangria is not to reach by car....is that correct?

thanks for response!

Vince
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Hi Vince,

I have been to the Valley of Flowers 7-8 years ago, circa 2010. It was a surreal experience to say the least. Refer below the details which might help you plan your trip:

1. From Rishikesh you first have to travel to 'Govindghat' which will be the starting point for your trek to the 'Valley of Flowers'. Motorable road ends at 'Govindghat' so your trek starts from this point onward...

2. It takes a good 12 hours to reach 'Govindghat' and the roads are overall in pretty good shape (by Indian Standards). You can either hire a Taxi or if you are more of an adventurous kind (& want to save on cash) you can hop onto a State Transport bus which typically leaves the bus-stand early in the morning at 5 am.

3. The journey traverses through small towns of 'Srinagar' (not to be confused with Srinagar in Kashmir) and 'Joshimath'. You will also witness the Ganges, Bhagirathi and Alakananda rivers at different stages of your journey.

4. Route Overview: Rishikesh >> Govindghat >> Ghangria >> Valley of Flowers (day trip) >> Ghangria >> Hemkund Sahib (day trip - optional) >> Ghangria >> Govindghat >> Mana Village (day trip - optional) >> Govindghat >> Rishikesh

5. You can find accommodation at Govindghat as well as Ghangria without much of an issue so advance booking is not compulsory as such. Please note that most hotels here are pretty basic so do not expect a 'star' accommodation.

6. I would also strongly recommend you to travel to the "Mana Village" - a super pristine & a beautiful hamlet which is around 1.5 hours from Govindghat and is also known as the "Last Indian Village" - its essentially at the border of India & China...it is a day trip from Govindghat, ample transport options available. (Motorable road is present from Govindghat to Mana village via Badrinath.)

7. The trek from 'Govindghat' to Valley of Flowers and back is fairly easy on the body. But if you also include the Holy Sikh Shrine of 'Hemkund Sahib' in your itinerary in that case the trail for this leg is a bit steep - but can be easily done. I have seen 60 year old's complete it - albeit with frequent breaks and a steady pace.

8. On your way to the 'Mana Village' you will come across the famous Hindu Shrine of "Badrinath". If you want - you can visit this mesmerizing temple also.

Hope you find this information useful - all the very best!

Cheers,
Amit
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

(Chandrashila/Deoriatal, Chadar Trek, Goecha La, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Roopkund, Sandakphu-Phalut, Spiti-Lahaul, Naneghat, Harishchandragad, Rajmachi, Chanderi, Tornagad, Rajgad, Tung, Tikona, Kalsubai, Sagargad, Dhak Bahiri)
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Thank you Amit! For these practical notes about the trek to Valley of flowers. Good to read that the trek is easy for the body. And how is the trek for people who suffer for fear of heights? There are no abyss along the paths?
Can you also recomment a good roadmap for Uttaranchal? I'm trying to find one to buy on the internet but I can't find it.....

Thanks again for your comments!


Friendly regards , Vince
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Hi Vince,

1. For the majority of your trek (say roughly 80%); the path is well laid out for the pilgrims visiting Hemkund Sahib. So the trail is not very narrow and you will not find an abyss like situation...so a person with vertigo will not have much of an issue.

2. That said, there will be some sections where the trail becomes narrow and then there might be a ravine (not too deep) on the edge. During these sections a walking stick will come in handy. I suggest you rent a guide & a porter who can help you all along the trail and keep you extra safe!

3. If you have a good mobile connection Google Maps works just fine all the way from Rishikesh to Govindghat - though access can be a bit sketchy.

4. Uttarakhand Map: There are several options available in Google Search...just type in "Uttarakhand Map" and go to Google Image Search.
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Read Best maps available for North west India? for the help on road map.

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