Valley of Flowers is a high altitude Himalayan Valley. It is situated from altitudes ranging from 11000 feet to 13900 feet. The deeper you go in to the valley the higher the altitude. But it is a very mild ascent. So gradual and slow that you even do not feel once you reach 3.5 km from Ghangaria inside the valley. It is official starting point of the Valley of Flowers.
The variety of the flowers in the valley changes according to the altitude. As you go higher in to the deeper parts of the valley you will find less or but new verities. One flower which you will find in higher altitudes is Epilobium Latifolium. It is also called as river beauty. It is found in abundance on river banks. It paints the rivers in its pink color.
You witness many flowers near the entry gate of the valley itself. The entry gate is near to Ghangaria Village. Entry gate is at an altitude of 10400 feet. Three kilometers from here is official starting point of the valley, which is at an altitude of 11300 feet. If you are visiting in the right season you can find lots of flowers here. You can visit our best time to visit Valley of Flowers page for more information.
One most important thing for everyone willing to go to Valley of Flowers is that you should go in to the deeper parts of the valley. No local guide will tell you about it as they do not want to trek more. And you all are happy because you do not know what you have missed and moreover the nearby area is also very beautiful and everybody is happy seeing that only.