Hiking The Valley of Flowers National Park
The 18th most popular hiking trail in India.
Thursday 11 August 2016 06:00 GMT
Near Ghangharia, the Valley of Flowers National Park is known for hiking and trekking in the India state of Uttarakhand. It is a 87 square kilometer national park known for snow leopards and musk deer. The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.
The village of Badrinath provides access to a popular trekking area known as the valley of flowers for which a map with hiking routes is available.
To reach Valley of Flowers National Park by air, use the airport at Jolly Grant (315km). Use a bus to get to Govindghat.
To reach Valley of Flowers National Park by train, use the railroad station at Rishikesh (285km). Use a bus to get to Govindghat.
To reach the Valley of Flowers National Park from Govindghat, cross the Alaknanda river and climb the bridle path along Bhyundar Ganga for 13km to Ghangharia. The Valley of Flowers National Park is another 3km from Ghangharia.
Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km. The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from railheads such as Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km from Joshimath.
From Joshimath, a vehicle can be hired to take you to within 17 km of the park, to the settlement of Gobindghat. The route from Joshimath to the Valley of Flowers goes along the main road to Badrinath; roughly midway along this road, a minor road branches off to Gobindghat, the roadhead for the Valley. From Gobindghat, a trek of 14 km brings hikers to the tiny settlement of Ghangaria. Valley of flowers is about 3 km from this place. Hemkund Sahib is around 5 km from Ghangaria.
Overall, Valley of Flowers National Park is the 18th most popular hiking trail of all 42 hikes in India.