Want to go trekking? Yet, worried about all the strength it takes to climb up the hilly terrains and the snow-covered valleys? Well! Cheer up because the trail on the Valley of Flowers Trek is tailor-made for you. A perfect definition of what we call “off-beat”, with awe-inspiring meadows draped in vibrant flowers. Now that it has triggered a thought in your mind, let me highlight the reasons that make the Valley of Flowers an adventure of a lifetime.
An Offbeat Travel Destination
Known for its trek, flora & fauna and vegetation spread over an area of 87.50 sq km, Valley of Flowers is a paradise for a lover of offbeat destinations. It is a perfect destination for those keen on spending their vacation at a place where humans don’t supersede the natural vistas. The aroma of thousands of blooms fusing into the atmosphere embraces the serenity of the valley. The trail is so filled with beauty and fragrance that rumours of people getting unconscious are spread all over. So you do not only need to have strength but a strong heart too to take in all the abundant beauty of this must-visit offbeat trek.
A Not So Difficult High Altitude Trek
At an altitude of 11,900 feet, Valley of Flowers forms one of the finest treks in term of difficulty. Unlike other high altitude treks that require a minimum of 4to 5 days, a trek through the valley of flowers can be comfortably covered over a period of three days. There could be nothing better than this 17 km trek to cleanse your body and the soul.
Literal Paradise for Photographers
Are you a photography enthusiast? Are you on a constant hunt for scenic landscapes to capture? Then how can you not plan a trip to Valley of Flowers? The entire valley embedded in colours and awaiting your perspective vision. Once you are done enough with the floral shoot just look up in the sky and the Himalayan Peaks will be majestically posing at you. Another luxury that makes it a paradise for photographers is the Pushpawati River that gushes out of the woods and runs alongside the trek as you make to your final destination atop.
The mighty Himalayas at its best
Surrounded by the mighty Himalayan Peaks bordering China and Nepal on two sides is the Valley of Flowers. The valley is guarded by the Zanskar and Greater Himalayan ranges in North and South. So imagine yourself being in a valley brimming with colours and snow clad peaks surrounding you. Isn’t it intriguing enough to trigger a call for the trek? Well, if not then don’t worry it’s just the overview and being there in real time will make you feel like living your dream.
A love for all Animal Lovers
Now a UNESCO world heritage spot, 1982 was the year when the Valley of Flowers was titled as a National Park of India. This makes it not just any other place to be called beautiful but one that will steal your heart away. This splendid park is home to a rich wildlife including exotic animals like brown bear, Asiatic black bear and red fox. Claims of spotting a snow leopard have also been made so you might be just lucky enough to spot one. Hidden in the hamlet of flowers and whooshing through the valley are a number of high altitude species of birds. Be camera ready to capture the Scaly-bellied Himalayan monal pheasant, picus squamates, yellow-nape woodpeckers and more. If you’re admirer for seeing these exotic birds and animals then you must have your bags packed by now.
A Trek that has no age barriers
Of the very few high altitude treks in Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is one such trail that can be taken by anyone. A trek where age is not a barrier. No matter how old you are, this is one trek is made for you enjoy its enchanting vistas. Life is too short if not lived fully, and so don’t let your age be an obstacle in it.
Best destination for Solo and Budget travellers
Though the Valley of Flowers trek sounds demanding in terms of strength, endurance and passion but something it won’t ask you, is to loosen, your pockets. Yes, it ought to be one of those budget-friendly destinations that attract every kind of traveller especially solo wanderers. The starting point of the trek being easily accessible through public transport and availability of wallet-friendly stays all through the trail is also something that attracts people travelling on a shoestring budget. So just pack your zeal to travel, wear your never give up attitude and head for a trek that’s on every trekker’s bucket list.