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The start of the main valley, where all the flowers are, is a further 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from Ghangaria. The trek has become steeper since the flood, as part of the path has been rebuilt. Inside the valley, you’ll need to trek for a further 5-10 kilometers to see all the flowers. When to Visit

The Valley of Flowers is only open from the beginning of June until the end of October as it’s covered in snow the rest of the year. The best time to visit is from mid July to mid August, when the flowers are in full bloom after the first monsoon rain. If you go before July, you’ll find hardly any flowers at all. However, you will be able to see snow and melting glaciers. After mid August, the color of the Valley changes quite dramatically from greenish to yellowish, and the flowers slowly die.

To prevent trekkers and livestock from taking too much of a toll on the park, access to The Valley of Flowers is restricted to daylight hours (from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and camping is prohibited. The last entry to the park is at 2 p.m. You’ll need to go from, and return to, Ghangaria on the same day. Entry Fees and Charges

Each additional day is 250 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for Indians. There’s a Forest Department check point less than a kilometer from Ghangaria, which marks the official beginning of The Valley of Flowers. This is where you pay the money and obtain your permit. (Make sure you carry appropriate ID).

It costs around 700 rupees to hire a porter or a mule (depending on demand) at Govind Ghat, for the trek to Ghangaria. Cheap plastic raincoats are also available for purchase. A guide will cost 2,000 rupees. Travel by helicopter one way from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria (or the opposite direction) costs about 4,000 rupees per person. Where to Stay

There are plenty of other options to choose from though. One of the best is Himalayan Abode Homestay, as the host is an experienced mountaineer and owns an adventure travel company. Nanda Inn homestay is recommended as well. You can also check out current Joshimath hotel deals on Tripadvisor.

At Ghangaria you’ll find both basic hotels and camping facilities. However, comforts are minimal, and the electricity and water supply are erratic. The Sri Nanda Lokpal Palace is the best place to stay there. Alternatively, the more adventurous can camp as close to the entry of the park as permitted near Ghangaria. Travel Tips

The Valley of Flowers requires a strenuous hike but you’ll feel on top of the world in this magical and enchanting place. Exotic flowers and foliage can be found all along the route from Ghangria to the main valley. Make sure you pack plenty of clothes in case you get rained on (which is likely), and carry some food with you for the hike. Govind Ghat and Ghangaria get quite crowded from July to September with Sikh pilgrims on their way to Hem Kund, so it’s a good idea to book accommodations in advance. Hiring a porter at Govind Ghat to carry you luggage to Ghangaria is also recommended to make the trek easier. Also, note that there are very few toilets along the trekking route and none in the valley. Expect to relieve yourself in nature.

Blue Poppy Holidays has more than 10 years experience in trekking to The Valley of Flowers. They run many premium fixed departure tours every year from Haridwar, and their website is full of helpful information. The tours are priced higher than other companies (and not everyone is satisfied with the service. You can read about some issues in this review). However, they allow two days at the Valley of Flowers instead of one, and are the only company that does this. Their first tour departs on June 17, 2018 and there are frequent departures up until September 23, 2018.

Other local tour companies that are recommended include Nandadevi Trek n Tours and Himalayan Snow Runner. Popular adventure company Thrillophilia also offers trips. Make sure you check out the details of what each provides in comparison to the cost.

Government operated tours run for seven days from Rishikesh (see Tour 12). The tours are well-organized and fun but have basic accommodations. The holy Hindu town of Badrinath is only 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) from Joshimath and can easily be visited on a day trip from there, and as a stop on the tour. The town features a colorful temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It’s one of the Char Dham (four temples) popular with Hindu pilgrims. New Treks Near the Valley of Flowers National Park