Hemkund Sahib is situated at an altitude of 4,329 mts above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. Hemkund literally suggests Lake of snow and the pristine water of this lake is as cold as snow. It is also known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkunt Sahib. Numerous waterfalls, dense forest, enchanting view of the Himalayas, crystal clear lake and the holy Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara are the key highlights of this trekking trip. The weather changes very rapidly at Hemkund Sahib.
Perched at an elevation of 4,329 mts above sea level, Hemkund Saheb is the highest Gurudwara of Sikh community. Hemkunt Sahib is situated 6 km from Ghangharia, this star shaped Gurudwara is made up of white marbles and concrete and it is located on the shores of the pristine Hemkund.
The circumference of the crystal clear Hemkund is 2 km. Ghangharia (3,046 mts) is a scenic hamlet, situated 13 kms from Govindghat and is the last human habitation centre on the way to Hemkund Sahib.
In and Around
Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is beautiful 4 kms, easy trek from Ghangaria. The region of Valley of Flowers is rich in varied flora and fauna. The valley of flowers was declared as the National Park of India in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this mystical valley has always lured botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers.
Ghangaria is a scenic hamlet perched at an altitude of 3,050mts above sea level at a distance of 13km from Govind Ghat and 4kms before Valley of flowers. The trek becomes easy to moderate from this point if you are travel towards Hemkund Sahib. The region is prone to heavy snowfall in winters, therefore the region remains opened from May to October. A Gurudwara, GMVN rest houses and a few hotels provide accommodation facility at Ghangharia.
The confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga. It has an imposing Gurudwara named after Guru Govind Singh.
Around Hemkund Sahib
Badrinath is the most sacred Dham of India. It is located at an elevation of 3,133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. This Dham was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century. The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated on the right bank of the holy Alaknanda River. Every year millions of tourists and devotees visit this sacred place from May to October month. The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall. It is situated 21kms ahead of Govindghat.
Mana is very close to Tibet border and it is one of the last villages of India. Most of the tourists who visit Badrinath also come to see the end of the road at Mana. Inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribes often called as bhotias, Mana is situated 24kms from Govindghat and 3kms from Badrinath. Bheem Pul, Vyas Gufa and Ganesh Gufa are interesting places to look for at Mana.
Joshimath is one of the four math created by Adi Shankaracharya . Home of Shri Badrinath during winters, Joshimath is connected with Auli by longest cable car of Asia. Joshimath is situated at an elevation of 1,890mts above sea level. Do visit Kalpavriksha and Narsingh temple while a visit to Joshimath. It is situated 26kms before Govindghat.
Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. Auli affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath. Auli also held the 2010 SAF winter sports. Auli is well connected by motorable roads and it is situated 40kms from Govind Ghat.
While going to Hemkund Sahib or Hemkunt Sahib from Rishikesh, in the way from Karan Prayag after turning right side comes this famous hill station. From Nainital about 15-20 kms. ahead railway station Kathgodam lies from which one can leave for Delhi by train.
While going to Rishikesh from Haridwar ahead at some distance from Raiwala Railway Station after turning left side from the Nepali Farm/Chowk this hill station is situated ahead approx. at 70 kms.
Hemkund Sahib Yatra is done only in the summer, between first week of June and first week of October.
How to Reach
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Hemkund Sahib but the roads are only connected upto Govind Ghat from where you have to commence trek of 19kms to reach Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is situated at a distance of 292kms from Jolly Grant Airport. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights and Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Govindghat.
The nearest railway station to Hemkund Sahib is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 273 kms before Govindghat on NH58. It is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India and trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Joshimath and many other destinations to Govindghat.
Hemkund Sahib is connected upto Govind Ghat with motoralble roads and from here you have to commence trek of 19kms to reach Hemkund Sahib. Govindghat is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Govindghat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Ukhimath, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Govindghat is situated on National Highway 58 making it easy to reach.
Road Route from Delhi: Delhi – Meerut – Haridwar – Rishikesh- Rudraprayag- Joshimath- GovindGhat – Trekking (19 kms) – Hemkund Sahib
Road Route Via Haldwani Ranikhet (Kumaon Region): Haldwani- Ranikhet- Karnaprayag – Johimath – Govinghat (Distance approx. 332 Km)
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Only few pilgrims can stay at the Gurudwara near Hemkund Lake. There is no other place to stay in Hemkunt Sahib. One has to stay at Ghangaria. GMVN Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House at Govindghat Ghangaria is also available other than Private Lodge and Hotels. For Sikh pilgrimage you will find accommodation in Gurudwara at Ghangaria and Govindghat.
Hotel Sri Nanda Lokpal Palace
Ghangaria, Village; post: Bhyund
Joshimath, District Chamoli Garhwal
Uttarakhand – 246443, India