Valley of flowers is accessible for only four months in a year and weather and the looks of the valley changes almost on the daily basis. Valley of flowers is such a remote place that it is very difficult to again and again. So it becomes very important to know what is the best time to visit valley of flowers.
In fact there is not such best time for valley of flowers, it depends upon the taste of the visitor what he likes. I will explain the valley of flowers monthly basis. After reading this page you can decide your best time to visit valley of flowers.
Best time to visit valley of flowers | Valley of flowers in June.
Valley of flowers opens on 1st June every year. In the month of June you will fine very huge glaciers in the valley and at Hemkund Sahib. You will find very less number of flowers but you will find some flowers definitely. The number of flowers increases as you come on a later date. As the plants will grew up. But there is one more matter of concern when you are planning to come to valley in the month of June.
Valley of flowers in June
June is the holiday season in India and so most of the tourist places are overcrowded. Since we share the common base camp for valley of flowers trek as well as Hemkund Sahib, you will be encountered with lots of Sikh pilgrims at Ghangaria and Govindghat. Pilgrims also attracts other commercial activates like ponies, porters etc. The trek will be full of ponies, porters and pilgrims especially between Hemkund Sahib and Ghangaria. Since you will find very less number of flowers during this time, we do not recommend you to go to the valley in the month of June. At least avoid in the first half of the month. You should only go to the Valley of Flowers only if you are willing to see huge glaciers.
Best time to visit valley of flowers | Valley of flowers in July.
This is the time when the Valley of Flowers will be in full by mid July. You can go any time in this month you will see lot of flowers as well as glaciers. As you go on a later date the glaciers size will reduce and number of flowers will increase. This is also the monsoon season in Himalaya. So be prepared accordingly.
Following is a video showing the valley of flowers in July.
Best time to visit valley of flowers | Valley of flowers in August.
The valley is in full bloom during first half of this month. Slowly the flowers start maturing and the number of flowers starts reducing. But you will find flowers at the end of August also. This is also the monsoon season in the valley so be prepared for that.
Best time to visit valley of flowers | Valley of flowers in September.
In the month of September the Valley of Flowers is almost maturing and by the end of month you will find very less number of flowers. You will see lot of berries instead of flowers. The better part is that you can see clear snow clad peaks. Even Neelkanth peak can be seen from Hemkund Sahib. Some of the flowers are seen at Hemkund Sahib in the first half of September.
Conclusion : What is the best time to visit valley of flowers ?
If you are going there to see the valley in full bloom then you should go on any date between mid July to mid August. If you want to see lot of Glaciers and snow then you should go in June. If you want to see both flowers and glaciers you should go in first half of July.