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Valley of flowers trek: Best monsoon trek in India

INTRODUCTION:

Trekking in India has been growing as an industry fast. Young individuals are very much fascinated by trekking activities these days. They would just need a bag, a few friends, or sometimes even not that to go out and explore the world. The valley of flowers trek is an easy to moderate trail that offers rare access to the Uttarakhand Himalayas which has an expanse of valley fully covered with beautiful and surreal flowers. It is also an ideal trek for beginners because the ascent is not too high so you don’t need any prior experience for going on this trek. You will also get a chance to visit the highest pilgrimage location of Hemkund Sahib.

OVERVIEW:

The valley is about 2 km wide and 8 km long and the best time to visit is between July to mid-September. The temperature remains between 5 to 20 degrees so you need to carry warm clothes along. The valley has a thick cloud cover throughout the year so you would experience moderate rainfall almost throughout the year. This is why this is the best monsoon trek in India.

The valley was first discovered accidentally by a group of mountaineers in 1931.They had just returned from a trip to Mount Kamet.Valley of Flowers was declared a national park in 1980 and 2000, and Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve added it as the second core zone. Now it is a part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere ( MAB) program. There are about 500 varieties of flowers and some plants have medicinal properties. Animal grazing is strictly prohibited in this region because some plants are threatening. On this trek, you will get to visit the memorial of Joan Margaret.

There are no luxurious stay options on this trek. There are basic lodges and you have to manage your bit. You should keep a buffer day because roadblocks often happen due to heavy rains. You should carry a good quality rain jacket or a poncho while on this trek. Waterproof trekking shoes are also recommended. Carry several pairs of socks because the monsoon rains are surprisingly unbelievable.

Itinerary

On the first day, drive from Rishikesh to Govindghat. It is going to be a very long drive with a distance of 269 km to cover and the duration of the drive would be 11 hours. On the second day, you drive from Govindghat to  Poolna which is a short drive followed by a 9 km trail.

The valley of flowers trek is a well-known trek throughout the world. There are varieties of flowers on this trek and you will love the view.

Hemkund Sahib is also known as the highest Gurudwara in the world. Although it is a hard elevation, the hike to Hemkund Sahib provides a peaceful, spiritual atmosphere. You will find people of all ages praying over there. It is a surreal feeling. The bonus is you will get to eat halwa if you reach before lunch. The route to the valley of flowers is a beautiful one full of glass meadows with unique leaves and varying flowers.

Beginning in June, the Valley of Flowers’ gates open. But July through September is the ideal time to travel.

You need to carry some mandatory documents for this trek. Your passport or original Aadhar card, one passport-size photo, and a disclaimer certificate. Additionally, you ought to have your medical licence.

On Moderate treks like this, you can easily cover about 6-8 km each day. The ascents and descents might get steep. The highest altitude will range between 13,000 ft to 14,000 ft. There are frequent tricky patches in between so you need to be careful. 

The valley of flowers is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve blessed with numerous cascading waterfalls, silvery glaciers, and thickets that greet the visitant at every step.

Conclusion

It is the best opportunity to go on a trek if you are planning to begin your trekking adventures. However, you should go about without any hesitation and take your time to discover the place. Also if you have any medical conditions which would make this trek dangerous for your health then don’t go for it. This is one of the most beautiful treks in India and monsoon treks are rare. Here you can witness the best sites ever which will be a treat to the eyes. So go out and have fun.

 

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