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

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  1. 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 🙂 …

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

  3. 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.

    1. 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

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  5. 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

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

  7. Any trip in end Aug/Sep? Very interested.

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

    1. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

  13. 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?

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

  14. 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.

    Kiran Kashyap.

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

  15. 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 !!!

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

  16. 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?

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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 ?

  18. 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?

    1. 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.

  19. 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..

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

  20. 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..

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

  21. 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?

    1. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. 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 or you can call us +91 9991142759.

  23. 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?

    1. 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.

  24. 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

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

  25. 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.


    1. 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.

  26. 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

    Ajay Singh

    1. Hi,
      The season is over and the valley was not open, but following are the answers to your questions.
      1. You can bring your 4 year old son, next year he will be 5 year. Read Minimum age to visit valley of flowers, Whether kids can be taken for Valley of flowers trek..
      2. Valley opened after the floods and you can come in 2015.
      3. Read this page for Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers. I will never recommend you to come to valley of flowers if you are short of time. Its kind of once in a life time trip.

  27. 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.


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

  28. 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.

    1. Hello Kamal Ji,

      A detailed itinerary is mailed to you. Please check.

      Thank You!!

  29. 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.

    1. 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 !!

  30. 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.

    1. 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 !

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

    1. Hi,
      A detailed itineray has been sent to you.

  32. 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.

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

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

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

  34. 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.

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

  35. 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.

    1. 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.

  36. 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.

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

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