Hemkund sahib is a pilgrim site which is situated in Chamoli district.This scared shrine of Sikhs and hindus is situated on the bank of the Hemkund lake which is above 4320mtrs above the sea level.It is devoted to the tenth guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh Ji,it is said that Guru Gobind singh did prolonged meditation here in previous , Havldar Mohan singh and Sant Sohan Singh rediscover this place.
Hemkund is a trek of 15 km from Govindghat, Govindghat is the gateway to the Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga valley.This trek is full of natural surprises like dense forest of pine ,wild flowers can amuse the trekkers. The last 5km trek is little tough because it is steep,from here we climb from Ghangharia, which is a platform for visiting Hemkund.
The circumference of Hemkund Lake is about 2km,this lake is surrounded by seven mountains,water is clear, the peaks of seven mountains can be seen in the this clear water.floating ice can be seen in this kund during July to October, and it is the best season to visit Hemkund sahib.
Hemkund Sahib History
Hemkunt is a Sanskrit name which means Snow bowl , it is a Sikh place of worship and highest shrine of Sikhs placed in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh,the tenth Sikh Guru,Hemkund sahib is surrounded by seven snow cladded peaks .A gurudwara hemkund sahib is situated here which is a symbol of faith for Sikhs and Hindus.
Hemkund Sahib Trek Difficulty
Hemkund sahib trek is considered as one of the toughest trek of Uttarakhand.The main points that makes it tough are as, Hemkund sahib is the highest Sikh shrine in the world at and it is placed in the height of 15,200 ft,and the temperature is very cold and freezing here,the climb to hemkund sahib is continuously upward,and the level of oxygen continuously decreases.These things make this trek difficult to every one.
Hemkund Sahib Trek Distance
Hemkund sahib trek starts from Rishikesh,the distance of hemkund sahib from rishikesh is around 292 kms,But the trek starts from govind ghat,and the distance of govind ghat to hemkund sahib is around 8.1 kms.
How to reach Hemkund Sahib
The trek of Hemkund sahib starts from Govind ghat,to reach govind ghat one should come to Rishikesh.Rishikesh is well connected by roadways,and railways,and the nearest airport from Rishikesh is jolly grant at Dehradun,The distance of Rishikesh from Dehradun(jolly grant) is 20.7 kms.Road transports are easily available for Rishikesh from Dehradun.
Hemkund Sahib Tour Package
Hemkund Sahib Trek – Itinerary
Day 01: Rishikesh to Joshimath ( Distacne-265kms Time-8hr)
Drive straight to Joshimath in the morning ,you can visit famous prayag Rudraprayag ,Karnprayag and Deoprayag, On Arriving to Joshimath, Check in to your prebooked Hotel.Dinner and night stay.
Adi Guru Shankaracharya Kerels in who came here the 8th Century A.D enlighted here under a tree,built a math here ,which is known as joshi math.
Day 02: Joshimath to Govind Ghat (Distance-22kms drive)
Start Driving to Govindghat,Trek Starts from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Check into the Hotel. Ghangharia is situated in the center of a pine grove Ghangharia provides a base to visiting Hemkund Shaib. It is the last human habitation here in the valley. Log huts, tents ,tourist Lodge and a Gurudwara provide comfortable accommadition here.
Day 03: Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib – Ghangaria (Distance-5.5kms)
Early morning trek start from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib and get back to Ghangaria after visit Hemkund sahib,night stay and dinner over here.A very beautiful temple dedicated to lakshman is located here.
Day 04: Ghangaria to Valley of Flower to Ghangaria(Distance-7km)
The velley of flower is most beautiful place of Uttarakhand located in Chamoli and was discovered by sir Frank Smith .This Valley of flowers cladded by rare species of flowers and several species of Butterflies, Uttarakhand’s state animal Musk Deer can be seen here.Get Back to Ghangaria point.
Day 05: Ghangaria to Govindghat
After 13 Kms of trekking from Ghangaria to Govind Ghat, drive to Rudraprayag via Govind Ghat. Check in to Hotel. Dinner and night stay.
Day 06: Rudraprayag to Rishikesh (Distance-140kms Time-5hr)
Early in the morning, Drive back to Rishikesh. Arrival at Rishikesh our tour ends with sweet memories.