Welcome to Valley of Flowers & Hem Kund Trek
The 300 species of flowers make this World Heritage Site a unique and valuable pharmaceutical resource. Unfortunately, most flowers bloom during the monsoon season in July and August, when the rains make access difficult and hazardous. There’s a widespread misconception that the valley isn’t worth visiting outside peak flower season, but even without its technicolour carpet it’s still ridiculously beautiful. And it's more likely to be sunny.
Overnight stays aren't permitted in the Valley of Flowers or at the sacred lake of Hem Kund so you must stay in Ghangaria. This one-street village shuts down outside the pilgrimage season (1 June to 1 October or thereabouts).