Deep in the heart of the Himalaya is the spectacular Valley of Flowers, a mountainside meadow at an altitude of 11,500 feet (3500 m.). The valley turns into a riot of colors in August and September, with over 1000 varieties of flowers, shrubs, orchids, and other plants carpeting the valley. With its diverse flora and fauna and dazzling snow-capped peaks around, the valley is a naturalist’s heaven and a trekker's delight. On this four-day trek (within a 10-day itinerary) you can witness its splendor for yourself.

Highlights

  • View colorful wildflowers in the well-named Valley of Flowers
  • Soak in the spiritual atmosphere in Rishikesh
  • Trek to sacred Lake Hemkund, surrounded by snow peaks
  • Push yourself on a trek in the Indian Himalaya

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Delhi Delhi
Day 2 Drive Delhi to Rishikesh Rishikesh
Day 3 Rishikesh to Joshimath Joshimath
Day 4 Drive Joshimath to Govindghat - Trek to Ghangaria Ghangaria
Day 5 Trek Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and Return to Ghangaria Ghangaria
Day 6 Trek Ghangaria to Lake Hemkund and Return to Ghangaria Ghangaria
Day 7 Trek Ghangaria to Govindghat - Excursion to Mana - Drive to Joshimath Joshimath
Day 8 Drive Joshimath to Rishikesh Rishikesh
Day 9 Drive Rishikesh to Delhi Delhi
Day 10 Depart from Delhi  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi

Delhi Airport
Delhi Airport

Arrive in Delhi, where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, you may want to rest up at your hotel, or go for a wander around your neighborhood and find a hearty meal to prepare you for the days of trekking ahead.

Day 2: Drive Delhi to Rishikesh

Tera Manzil Temple, Rishikesh
Tera Manzil Temple, Rishikesh

In the morning, drive to Rishikesh, a journey of about six hours. Situated on the banks of the River Ganga, Rishikesh is said to be the birthplace of yoga.

In the evening, visit the ghats on the Ganga to see the evening aarti (worship) ceremony, where you'll find a spectacle of sights, sounds, and chanting. Flanked by the Shivalik Range of the Himalaya, Rishikesh is well-known for its scenic beauty and spiritual experience.

Day 3: Rishikesh to Joshimath

View from Joshimath
View from Joshimath

Today you leave for Joshimath, deeper into the mountains. En-route, stop at Devprayag to see the confluence of the Rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which together form the holy River Ganga. Reach Joshimath after 7-8 hours' driving, in the evening.

Day 4: Drive Joshimath to Govindghat - Trek to Ghangaria

Ghangaria
Ghangaria

In the morning, leave for Govindghat by road. From Govindghat, trek about 8 miles (13 km) down to Ghangaria, base camp for the Valley of Flowers trek. Reach Ghangaria late in the afternoon. 

Day 5: Trek Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers and Return to Ghangaria

The Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers

Set out for your ultimate destination, the Valley of Flowers, this morning. It's about 1.8 miles (3 km) from Ghangaria. This beautiful meadow is covered with a carpet of colorful flowers and surrounded by the dazzling snow-clad Himalaya. Almost 300 species of wildflowers bloom here. After taking time to appreciate the stunning beauty of the place, return the same way you came to Ghangaria.

Day 6: Trek Ghangaria to Lake Hemkund and Return to Ghangaria

Hemkund Lake
Lake Hemkund

Today, hike to Hemkund Sahib, a revered Sikh shrine on the banks of Lake Hemkund. The bluish-green lake is flanked by snow-covered peaks as tall as 15,196 feet (4632 m.). The 3.7-mile (6 km) trek to Hemkund Sahib is a steep climb along the Laxman Ganga River, which flows from Lake Hemkund. After visiting Hemkund Lake, return to Ghangaria by the evening.

Day 7: Trek Ghangaria to Govindghat - Excursion to Mana - Drive to Joshimath

Chamoli district
Chamoli district

Begin your descent today, trekking from Ghangaria back down to Govindghat. Make a short excursion to Mana village, in the district of Chamoli. Mana is the last village before the Mana Pass, and just a few miles from the India-China border. The village is very scenically beautiful.

After checking out Mana, drive to Joshimath.

Day 8: Drive Joshimath to Rishikesh

Rishikesh
Rishikesh

Today involves a long day of driving (about 6-7 hours), from Joshimath back to Rishikesh. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains on the way. After arriving in Rishikesh, perhaps check out some of the sights that you missed during your first visit, and join the evening aarti worship ceremony for a second time. 

Day 9: Drive Rishikesh to Delhi

India Gate, Delhi
India Gate, Delhi

After breakfast today, return to Delhi by car, a journey of about 5-6 hours. After arriving in Delhi there may be time for some final sightseeing or shopping.

Day 10: Depart from Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi
Red Fort, Delhi

Today you'll be transferred to the international airport in good time to check in for your flight home. Farewell Delhi!

Map

Map of Himalayan Valley of Flowers Trek - 10 Days
Map of Himalayan Valley of Flowers Trek - 10 Days