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Valley of flowers trek, things to carry

The following is what we recommend you take, and is a guideline of what to bring. You are responsible for having the necessary personal equipment you need for this trek.

  • One Good quality preferably Reebok/Adidas windcheater or lightweight jacket. or A good thermal (polypropylene) layer consisting of long johns and pullover. Temperatures are very low specially in night time and mornings even in June.
  • Two pairs of lightweight trousers or pants, one for trekking and one to wear at night
  • One pair of shorts.
  • Two light weight fleeces or wool jumpers.
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the mornings and evenings.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A pair of gloves. (optional)
  • A camera.
  • A note book and/or writing paper and pen.
  • Duffel bag or large rucksack to carry to gear while trekking. We recommend you use something strong and sturdy.
  • Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry the gear you will need while trekking. Camera, spare jacket, waterproof jacket, water bottle, pack lunch etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small towel .
  • Toiletries, N.B as little as possible, if you are traveling with friends try to share toiletries.
  • Small torch with spare batteries. (Important). There will be no electricity after 9 pm. You will need it.
  • Walking boots / trekking shoes.  If you are buying new boots for this trip please ensure they are well broken in before hand. Few things will make you more miserable during the trek than blisters. You need to cross some shallow rivers using them (Some time jumping over round stones in shallow rivers). It is better to have shoes which does not get wet easily. (Avoid shoes made of foam and cloth kind of stuff). Our recommendation is take some woodland shoes with a backup of good quality floaters.  Old shoes must be avoided if they are not in good condition as last year two of our clients got their shoes sole removed while trekking right inside the Valley of flowers. That is something no one would like to happen with himself. You also need to take them off while crossing some shallow rivers. (Kindly talk to me if you want at +91 9991142759)
  • Medicines like muscle relaxant, some antibiotics, one crape bandage, if you are prone to vomiting then some medicine for that.
  • Some dry fruits like Fig, Cashew nut and Almonds. Also some chocolates can be bought, idea is to have high energy low weight food items while trekking.  Food quality available in Ghangria is not so good. So take some fruits / biscuits  for your breakfast and lunch for at least two days.
what to wear on the trek to valley of flowers

what to wear on the trek to valley of flowers

72 Comments

Niko Holmen · May 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I couldnt have said it any better to be honest! keep up the awesome work. You are very talented & I only wish I could write as good as you do 🙂 …

Anil Ingale · July 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

This is very informative. i am planning for trek for the end august 12. this will help me plan it better.
thanks.

Ajay · July 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

Dear friend, I happen to notice your blog while searching for information pertaining to VoF. I m planing to visit Valley in month of Aug (probably 10-15). I m from Chandigarh. I wanted to know more about the road connectivity between Rishikesh to Joshimath and further. Which is the best mode for this travel State Buses or Shared Taxis? I would not prefer to take my own vehicle. Kindly share this information if it is not a botheration for you.

    Devkant Sangwan · July 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hello Ajay, You are most welcome to accompany my group from 10th August to 15th August for Valley of flowers. The road connectivity is fine. Much better then last year. Your own vehicle is not recommended. If at all you are booking you seat in my group you need not worry about your transport and stay, I will be taking care of everything and I will personally accompany the group. However if you want to go of your own you can hire a taxi or use public transport. You can contact me to book a taxi or Hotel in Ghangaria. Thanks. All the best for your upcoming trip to heaven on earth i.e. Valley of flowers

      Hina · August 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Are you still up for the Aug 2012 trip despite the weather?

      Devkant Sangwan · August 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Yea, weather is very much fine. I am starting my trip tomorrow morning.

rosemary · August 13, 2012 at 5:46 am

i shall be 67yrs next march but go on annual trips all over india, been to hilly/mountainous places like HP, this Sep to
Uttarakhand, I’m sceptic about learning about the treckking part as i’m not a trecker but its been my long cherished dream of visiting The VOF! Advise me in the (+) please, n would like to make it in Aug ’13.

    Devkant Sangwan · August 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I would be pleased to take you with me to Valley of flowers. Kindly contact me whenever you feel like visiting valley of flowers

ankur · August 18, 2012 at 5:09 am

hi,
my family is going to hemkund shaib and valley of flower last of august , can you tell about weather condition .Is the time to good for valley of flower

    Devkant Sangwan · August 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats. Weather condition is fine. Its ok time for going to valley of flowers. There will be lot of flowers but valley of flowers will not be at its best as far as number of flowers are concerned.

promila · August 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hai Dev,u r so lucky,aqs u live among flowers most of the time.I m really greatful and gratitude dat u r doing superb and tremounds work.could u pls tell me can we reach direct flower valley by train from rishikesh. bcoz I can’t travel in bus,taxi,or cab.I m planning to come there on coming week.would u pls help me.

    Devkant Sangwan · August 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Promila, thanks for nice comment. But I am sorry that there is no getting away from traveling by road after Rishikesh. You need to travel at least for 10 hrs. from Rishikesh.

Vandana Thapar · August 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

Any trip in end Aug/Sep? Very interested.

samir kumar · August 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

thanks 4 providing precious informations about Valley of flowers . we are planning to visit Valley of flowers in 1st week of September but afraid of weather conditions. are flowers still there? can u tell about the temperature around.

    Devkant Sangwan · August 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Hello Sameer,
    Most welcome. Dont be afraid of weather conditions. Land slide is a common phenomenon specially in Chamoli district. But Border Road Organization clears them. There will be flowers but there number will be less. Temperature at Ghangaria will be very less about 4-5 degrees in evenings and mornings. All the best for your trip.

Basanta sahoo · August 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Hi,
Is it advisable to visit valley of flowers at end of september ?
We have planned to visit both VOF & Hemkund on Sep 30. What you say?

    Devkant Sangwan · September 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Valley of flowers will be entirely in a different color. Although there will be very less number for flowers but the sky will be clear. You may witness fresh snowfall at Hemkund Shahib and peaks at valley of flowers. There are many landscapes other then flowers in valley of flowers.

Anamika · September 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

This is such a amazing place…I wish I could get a chance to visit here, but I guess I missed to visit VOF for this year, what will be the next suitable time for visiting? So that I can make a plan in advance 🙂 you are doing a great job! I’ll surely take your help while visiting valley of flowers.

    Devkant Sangwan · September 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Thanks Anamika. You may plan for next year July first week. You should start exercising daily to make yourself fit for the trek. I will pleased to help you in your planning.

Deepak Mishra · September 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

Devkant Sangwan,..
Sir i want to do dissertation on wildlife of valley of flowers.
is it will be possible to sart now.?
pls mail what is best possible. if I can start my dissertation now.

    Devkant Sangwan · December 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Kindly talk to me for this matter at +91 9034907825 or +91 9991142759.

Alok · February 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

We are planning to visit valley of flower around 25may 2013,Will there be any hotel open in ghangaria.

    Devkant Sangwan · February 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Dear Alok,
    Is there any specific reason that you wish to visit valley of flowers during this time. Kindly read the best time to visit valley of flowers page before taking this decision.Valley of flowers opens on 1st June every year. There will be very less number of flowers during May last week and you will not be allowed to enter the valley before 1st June. However there will be lots of snow on Hemkund Sahib trek. Yes you will find some hotels open on 25th May who may be getting prepared for the upcoming season. To book your room you may contact me at contact us page or call me at +91 9991142759 any time. I can also help you getting a room in Ghangaria and Govindghat and vehicle from Haridwar.

Durba · April 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

I am going to visit valley of flower this july and dont have any booking in Ghangria. Is it possible to get a spot booking on arrival there?

    Devkant Sangwan · April 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    If you are going alone there may not be problem. Try to reach Ghangaria before 3 pm to get a nice room.

Kiran Kashyap · April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

Hello,

Me and my friends are planning for excursion in the month of Aug. We totally are of 8 people, is there any extra discount provided apart from the rate mentioned in the itenary. Kindly let us know the possibilities.

Thanks,
Kiran Kashyap.

    Devkant Sangwan · April 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Kindly talk to me over phone for this on my mobile at +91 9991142759.

S. Daya Shankar · April 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

hello sir, this is dayashankar (25) from chennai …. !! first of all thanks a lot for providing excellent information… i would like to visit the (valley of flowers, hemkund, badrinath as per your itenary) as alone(with you)….!!! by this august or september after settling down at a college (searching for college to do ME)… can you provide cheap and best budget details for me !!! kindly mail me… regards !!!

    Devkant Sangwan · April 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the compliments. I have explained you everything over phone.

Rushi solanki · May 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

hi i am planning to visit hemkund sahib and VOF between july and august mid, let me know the budget requirted for hemkund and VOF from haridwar, days required, accomodation in ghangharia?, online booking at ghanghari possible?

    Devkant Sangwan · May 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Hello Rushi,

    We organize trekking tours to valley of flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Minimum of 6 days are required for valley of flowers trip from Haridwar. The detailed itinerary can be seen on our trek page and to know the cost part of it kindly fill in your details on our contact us form which is available on all pages of this site. You will get a detailed itinerary and cost of the trip along with its inclusions and exclusions. I always accompany all my groups to valley of flowers personally. This year we have 10 fixed departures. You can visit our valley of flowers tour packages page. to see the departures dates and their details.

Subhra · May 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

He Dev doing an awesome job. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you in July.

    Devkant Sangwan · May 13, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Thanks Subhra,
    You can coordinate with me. Please talk to me on +91 9991142759 before the trip so that I can give you some important instructions. How you will be travelling form Haridwar to Govindghat and back ? Have you booked hotels ?

indira · June 5, 2013 at 9:06 am

I want to take the aug 25 trip, but had a couple of queries.
a) Will it be raining in this time of the year?
b) is that a good time for valley of flowers or is it too late?

    Devkant Sangwan · June 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Hello,
    Weather it will be raining or not no one can tell you. It is not too late but not the best time. Moreover you will find beautiful flowers at Hemkund Sahib during this time.

shubham · June 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hi Dev…We are a couple & wanted to visit the valley of flowers in extended tour of 2 days on 11th july..As spoken on phone..Pls do consider if it can be clubbed with other couple..

    Devkant Sangwan · June 17, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I will see if I get one couple interested for the trip with you.

Ragini · April 28, 2014 at 7:49 am

we are planning to see this place in August last week. How is place at that time? will flowers bloom just like in peak season. Also please send me the cost details..

    Devkant Sangwan · May 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    You will find good amount of flowers during this time also. Detailed cost and other details has been sent to you.

Arijit · May 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

Hello Devkant, Your blog is truly informative and it is a reader’s delight..Any trip plan to that valley this July to Sept 2014?

    Devkant Sangwan · May 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hello Arijit Ji,
    Thanks dear, WE have departures every sunday from July to September. Please go through our Valley of Flowers Tour Package 2014 page for more details.

padmashree · May 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Hi dev,
I am truly impressed with ur work. I wish to take the Badri and Vof trek this june 24 to 30. Is it a gud time. Will the valley be in full bloom?
V r 4 ppl. I will contact u in the coming couple of days for more jnfo and advise.

    Devkant Sangwan · June 1, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Mam Valley of Flowers will be accessible afer 30th june this year and our departures start from 6th of july so kindly choose a date after this from the given departures on our site. For more info kindly contact us on trekforall@gmail.com or you can call us +91 9991142759.

Paras · June 12, 2014 at 7:13 am

Hi Dev. If I have to choose between 15th July & 15th August, which is the better time to visit the valley for a better view of the flowers?

    Devkant Sangwan · June 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Both dates are at par for a first time visitor, there will be different variety of flowers in these dates. In 15th July there is more chance that you will see big size of Glaciers along with the flowers.

Mayank · June 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

Hi Dev,I am coming to VOF this weekend. I am reading that Its still not open. I am still coming there now coz of lack of time & my thirst if adventure. I am traveling alone. Can u confirm if it is safe to travel alone to VOF

    Devkant Sangwan · June 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    There is no problem in traveling alone. But the valley is closed as of now.

DD agarwal · June 26, 2014 at 7:24 am

Hi Dev,

we are planning to visit valley on 15th Aug to 17th Aug. valley will be open during these days?
and can this trip be done in 3 days?

please provide information about things we can do during these 3 days.

Thanks

    Devkant Sangwan · November 5, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Valley of Flowers trip is not possible in 3-4 Days at least you need 6-7 Days. Valley of Flowers was opened this year for only 6 Days in Oct, 2014. Visit Valley of flowers opened in 2014 page for the latest news about Valley of Flowers.

ajay singh · August 3, 2014 at 4:01 am

Hi Devkant, we are planing a trip to VOF around 14th Aug, pls help us solve following query..

1. Is it possible to bring my 4 yr son on this trek

2. How is the place and travel conditions after unfortunate flood last year

3. Is it possible to complete the trek in 5 days, as we are little short on time

Thanks,
Ajay Singh
Gurgaon

Dinesh · January 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Hi

We are planning to visit valley of flowers this year in Aug-15.Please let us know if you arrange treks for 2 people as well.We don’t wish to go in any group.

Thanks

    Devkant Sangwan · January 23, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Hi,
    We do organize trek for two people. I will contact you on your email.

kamal dabral · May 17, 2016 at 5:23 am

hi sangwan

we approx 6 to 7 friends planning for VOF after 10th june. we visited last year joshimath and auli, that was awesome. planing from last two years to VOF but due to time shortage and other issue trip was cancelled.

Please give some details about our trip on mail id.

    Devkant Sangwan · May 17, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Hello Kamal Ji,

    A detailed itinerary is mailed to you. Please check.

    Thank You!!

Janhvi · August 6, 2016 at 8:00 am

Please send me some more details as i am planning for vof trek with my friend.
Around sept mid.
Is this the right time to go?
Sept mid or october?
Please let me know.
Thanks.

    Devkant Sangwan · December 15, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Hello Janhvi
    The itinerary for this year has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail. You can come during September mid, it is good of a time. Valley gets close in initial days of October.
    So Sep. mid is a good option, you will be able to witness flowers as well.
    Contact if intersted this year.
    Thank you !!

Madhav Oza · March 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Hi Devkant

Me and my wife are planning to visit valley of flowers and Hemkund sahib during 12-16 June,2017.
Will start trekking from ghangaria. But we have never done such trekking and adventure activities. Is it advisable for us to go or we should avoid solo and join some groups. Also let me know the things to carry for trekking and Do’s and Don’t for the trip.

    Devkant Sangwan · March 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Hello Sir,

    The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check. The trek is till Ghangaria starting from Pulna village (10 kms.). We shall accommodate you in a group of 9-10 people as it is group trekking. These information shall be given to you once you are willing to join.
    Thanks !

Nitin Gupta · April 19, 2017 at 4:08 am

Hi..we are four people and we want to come valley of flowers on 12-16aug ..can you arrange some group package for us.

    Devkant Sangwan · April 19, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Hi,
    A detailed itineray has been sent to you.

Yakshit Jain · May 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Hey,
We are 4-5 people looking forward for a high standard trek package in the upcoming month i.e June,2018.
Kindly send the best itinerary you got.

    Devkant Sangwan · May 10, 2018 at 5:17 am

    A detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly go through it and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

sandip ghatak · June 18, 2018 at 7:03 am

May i go to v o f alone ? what is the budget ?

    Devkant Sangwan · June 19, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Yes you can, A Detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759.

upasana · July 3, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Hi,
kindly let me know is going to valley of flower right now is recommended for a solo female traveler, and plz let me know with your best available itineray.

    Devkant Sangwan · July 4, 2018 at 5:49 am

    A detailed itinerary has been sent to you please go through it or you can call us on 9991242759

upasana · July 3, 2018 at 6:02 pm

hi,
do you recommend visiting valley of flower during this time by a solo female traveller. also, plz send me your best available itineray/package available.

    Devkant Sangwan · July 4, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Hi, We have many solo female traveler coming this year with us you can join them accordingly. I have sent you 21st departure itinerary you can join one of our solo traveler on this departure.

Bela · August 19, 2018 at 9:50 am

hi,do you advise to visit vof in august and sept or one shld wait till next season. how is the weather situation, also advise for female solo traveller.

    Devkant Sangwan · August 20, 2018 at 6:04 am

    We have every Saturday Sunday departure till September end. You can join us accordingly.

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