Valley of Flowers Trek: Best Monsoon Trek in India

Overview

The monsoon season is when the Himalayas see prolonged periods of heavy rainfall. The majority of the world’s destinations are thus closed. However, this Valley Of Flowers Trek happens to be one of the few places that is open during the monsoon. With its brilliant flowers, rich green meadows, and rushing water flows, which spread throughout the valley, the monsoon season brings life to the entire valley. 

British mountaineers Eric Shipton, Frank S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth made the discovery of the Valley of Flowers in 1931 in the monsoon season. They gave the valley the name “Valley of Flowers” because they were astounded by its beauty. The Valley of Flowers was designated a national park by the government later in 1982. Then in 2002, following numerous investigations, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  As a result, tourism in the valley increased and drew travellers from all over the world. The greatest time to observe the valley in bloom is from the beginning of June until the end of September, when the park is typically open. For the rest of the year, it is a meadow covered with snow and is closed. It is situated 11800 feet above sea level and is well-known for its natural flowerbed that blooms throughout the monsoon season.

The intriguing prospect of hiking in July and August:

  • The best months to go on this hike are July and August, although it can be visited from June to September. Being well-prepared is the key to enjoying this hike to the fullest. If properly prepared, trekking during the rain may be really fun. 
  • If done in the proper season, the Valley of Flowers trip can be one of the most gratifying treks for your senses. This journey has it all, from the numerous colours of flowers, trees, and sunsets to the heady aroma of wildflowers and the earthy smell of new drizzle to the humming and tweeting of life in the Himalayas. 
  • During the monsoons, the valley changes. Trekkers are frequently treated to the blooming of uncommon flower species such as Snake Foil, Meadow Geranium, River Anemone Hooked Stick Seed, White Leaf Hog Foot Brahma Kamal, Dog Flower and Blue Poppy etc.  

When and the extent to which does it rain?

It’s crucial to remember the fact, the Valley of Flowers hike experiences some rain during the monsoon season. This indicates that while it frequently rains lightly or not at all, there are sometimes days when it pours fiercely. 

As a general rule, you might get rain for 1 to 2 days out of every 6 (though this can vary a little). It normally begins to pour in the afternoon, usually just as you finish your day’s worth of hiking. 

Things to carry:

  • Ponchos, made of plastic sheeting, which you can get in Govindghat.
  • Walking boots that are water-resistant
  • Spectacles
  • A gloves set
  • A torch or lamp.
  • Power supply
  • Trekking pole (wooden sticks are available in Govindghat)
  • Footwear
  • A woolly cap 
  • Tiny first aid kit
  • A set of wool socks

The Trek Route:

From base camp, it is a 4 kilometer trek to this location. To go to the VOF, it can take you close to 4-5 hours one way. The river belt is then 1.5 kilometers away. You may begin at around 7am and begin your return walk at 1:30pm, getting to the bottom by five in the evening.  By the VOF check post office, one can see many varieties of plants and flowers. The bridge with Lakshman Ganga streams coursing through it is located in the middle. Now begins the difficult ascent through the rocks. Another 2 km will be covered. On this path, there are traces of snow. When you go to the valley, you may see flowerbeds. Mountains line all sides of the meadows.

The only way to go back is to hike 10 kilometers to Pulna, where you may take a vehicle to Govindghat. Then board the vehicle to return to Rudraprayag. Take a day off to relax, then travel to Rishikesh the following day. As Rishikesh is only 30 minutes far from Jolly Grant airport, this is the perfect choice for travellers traveling out of Dehradun. You could go shopping and witness the Ram Jhula bridge & Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh. Every evening, the Parmarth Niketan Ashram along the shores of the Ganga River hosts the hugely popular Ganga Aarti. A must-visit location to feel Rishikesh’s serenity. Another well-known site is the Ram Jhula, a suspension bridge that joins the Ganges at two distinct locations.

While hiking in the monsoon, there are few things to remember: 

  • Get ready to get a bit wet. In the end, isn’t that the whole idea of going on a trip during the monsoon? You may avoid getting wet and protecting your possessions by using a poncho. But be prepared for unexpected splashes that could get your limbs a little wet. 
  • Use a poncho instead of a raincoat to protect yourself and your possessions. It covers your rucksack with ease. Additionally, it is small enough to store in your rucksack when not in use. You can comfortably travel over the mountains with the flexibility provided by a poncho. 
  • On a monsoon walk, stay away from wearing cotton t-shirts or heavy trekking trousers. While you’re on the trek, these typically never dry up. Instead, put on breathable, quick-drying clothing. Both at campsites and while you are travelling, these will dry out quickly.
  • Always have an entire set of dry clothes on hand to wear while camping. Get rid of your damp clothes right away as you arrive at a campsite. Additionally, change into dry socks.
  • If you own any high-end cameras or phones, making this investment is wise. Waterproof phone cases let you use your phone in the rain. This is a wonderful purchase for monsoon hikes.

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