Frequently asked Questions about Valley of Flowers

FAQ’s about Valley of Flowers

How is Valley of Flowers after Floods?

An account of real pictures of the Valley of flowers after floods in Uttrakhand

I went personally to the valley of flowers after floods and the pictures in this post are all real and taken by me.

2013 is the worst year in the known history of Uttrakhand. In the month of June there were huge floods and countless people lost their life in Kedarnath. Valley of flowers and nearby area was also affected by the floods.

Valley of flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.
Valley of flowers after floods, Pushpawati river near the entry gate.

So friends the Good News is that the flowering area of the Valley of Flowers is totally intact after floods and only a bit of the trek is damaged from Ghangaria to Valley of Flowers. It will be rebuilt by the next season in 2014. If someone wants to visit Valley of Flowers then surely they can, as you all know our departures for 2014 have already been announced so friends Hurry Up! Book Your Seats now with as the service will be on first come first serve basis. This post has video of the valley after the floods.
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Can Senior Citizens visit Valley of Flowers?

Recently I have been called up by many senior citizens who are willing to go to Valley of Flowers and their question was same that can they visit Valley of Flowers?

Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony
Govindghat to Ghangaria by Pony

Generally they have maintained good health and doing some physical exercises daily. They asked me whether they can do this trip of not.
So friends the answer is surely they can visit Valley of Flowers. But there are some important things to be taken care of and I will discuss it in below link.
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Can Senior Citizens visit Valley of Flowers


What type of shoes are appropriate for the trip to Valley of Flowers?

This is very important question as life can become hell if you are not carrying right type of shoes on your trek to Valley of Flowers.

Trying to repair shoes
One of our client Mr. Kunal Sarin trying to repair his shoes.

There are various options for shoes like sports shoes, leather shoes or floaters. I have seen some crazy people even trekking bare foots into the Valley of Flowers. When I asked about it the answer was that they lost their shoes near Hemkund Shahib Gurudwara. Those Sikh people even walked bare foot over glaciers. But everybody of us can not be so rough and tough. Already we will be working very hard while trekking and right type of gears are very important specially shoes.
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What type of shoes are appropriate for the trip to Valley of Flowers


What is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers?

As per my opinion Valley of Flowers seems to be beautiful all the times

Valley of flowers after floods - No damage to the flowering area is seen.
Valley of flowers after floods – No damage to the flowering area is seen.

Officially valley of flowers opens First June every year. Valley of flowers is always beautiful. It depends upon your taste that what you would like to see.Valley of flowers is snow clad in the month of May and almost inaccessible as depicted in the picture below. You are not allowed to visit valley of flowers during this time.
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What is the Best time to visit Valley of Flowers

What should the Minimum Age to visit Valley of Flowers?

Whether kids can be taken on trip to valley of flowers.

A Japanese lady being carried by porter in valley of flowers
A Japanese lady being carried by porter in valley of flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers, Whether kids can be taken for Valley of flowers trek.The answer is ‘Yes’ they can be taken along but not infants. The minimum age should be such that the kid should at least enjoy. There is no problem as far as the trekking part is concerned as porters are available throughout the trek at a very reasonable cost of Rs. 700-1000 per day (Prices in the year 2012) depending upon demand and supply.
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What should the Minimum Age to visit Valley of Flowers


Minimum Number of days required to visit Valley of Flowers?

While going for Valley of Flowers trip one may also cover Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath.

Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.
Epilobium Latifolium at Pushpawati River bed.

The total trip of Valley of Flowers takes a minimum of 6 days from Haridwar and for the people coming from far areas of the globe the trip becomes 8-12 days.It is an irony that people spent so much time in reaching Valley of Flowers and still spend only one day in it. By no means can one see its real beauty in a day especially between 21st July to 10th August. This is the time when you will find maximum number of flowers in the valley. By maximum I mean total quantity of flowers in quantity and in variety.
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Minimum Number of days required to visit Valley of Flowers

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