Hemkund Sahib
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RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai, India132 contributions
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Aug 2020
The beauty of the Hemkund Sahib trek is that you access this pilgrimage site and the Valley of Flowers from the same base. Technically, once you get to Ghangaria, you can trek to Hemkund Sahib in one day. The same is with the Valley of Flowers.

In about 3 hours of trekking from Ghangaria, we reached the summit, to be greeted by a massive Gurudwara flanked by 7 towering peaks on 3 sides. Just behind the main building is a lake. Called the ‘Laxman kund’, it is fed by an underwater stream. We were greeted with sights of the faithful stripping to their undergarments and taking a dip in the freezing waters!

The gurudwara itself is a pretty large building. It’s floor is lined with warm deep carpets, blankets almost. After paying our respects, we headed to the langar hall, for a meal. The days menu was khichdi, which I had 6 bowls of! I don’t know if it was the exhaustion, the cold or the sheer beauty of where we were, but I haven’t had such delicious tasting khichdi in my life!

After eating our fill, we thanked the amused volunteers in the langar and headed back down. The trek back down was an easy 2.5 hour – long stroll, enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.
Written January 8, 2021
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GreenJoy Holidays
Dehradun, India6 contributions
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Jul 2022
Laxman Mandir & Hemkund Sahib is situated at height of 15500 ft. asl approx. and the other side of this Mountain portion our "Valley of flower" is situated at same height. We are the tour & trek organizer in Dehradun, Uttarakhand & work as HIMALAYAN LOCAL GUIDES here. You can visit here any time in season accept Winter time until you have spirit of high altitude trekking. At last what we have that is Spiritual place & beautiful nature. Keep it safe from the human like waste.
Written July 3, 2022
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naveen_oberoi
New Delhi, India446 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Solo
This place is heaven. A must recommebed shrine to visit. You can reach govindghat from haridwar from where yatra starts for Shri Hemkund Sahib. Take any bus going to Badrinath and deboard at govind dham. From there start early morning yatra and reach Govind dham ghagaria and take break. Next day complete rest of the 6 km trek to Shri Hemkund Sahib which os little tough. Don't forget to take a holy dip in the sarovar.
Written August 29, 2022
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karamjitsandhu
Chandigarh4 contributions
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Jun 2013 • Family
always visit this place after 15september to 15 oct only at that time monsoon are over and climate was pleasant. rush was also reduced. hotels were available at cheaper rates. i visit 10 times but season time mentioned above was best. horses reached at top near gurudwara if you not capable of tracking. you see many adventures tracking done by peoples on discovery, net geo etc you feel that adventure at this place and check endurance and fitness of your body. if any body who have a good job, good salary, good house, good children if he did not take his family and friends to these destination and enjoy tracking then all he waste his life till date who did not see how beautiful nature is and actually how beautiful India is? If you did not spare 15 day a year for you or for your family or friends than i think it is wastage of life given by god. it is very cheap and best you have to only take decision.
day 1- rishikesh to birhi
day 2- birhi to auli
day 3- auli stay
day 4- auli to gobind ghat
day 5- gobind ghat to gobind dham 13Km trecking/horse/palki9reasonable rates.
day 6- gobind dham to hemkunt and back 6+6Km trecking/horse/palki
day 7- gobind dham to gobind ghat 13Km trecking and to badrinath 23 Km by car/bus.
day 8- badrinath stay visit mana gao from where pandov go to heaven
day 9- badrinath to haridwar
day 10- haridwar to masoori
day 11- stay masoorie
back to home
Written September 8, 2013
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Juhi M
Mumbai, India76 contributions
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The holiest of shikh shrine, is place of utter beauty & peaceful serenity. It is a Beautiful memorable pilgrimage in the laps of Himalayas.
Beholding the power of almighty, the scenario is quite overwhelming and fills oneself with tranquillity. It's a place of spiritual bliss!
The spell bound picturesque, the crystal clear lake amid snowclad peaks, unpredictabale multiclimate, Mist and Clouds hung low everywhere added beauty to this place .Those chants of "wahe guru ka khalsa, wahe guru ki fateh " on the pathway never lower the spirits on this strenuous trek..
Hemkunt, a visual delight where adventure meets faith! It's truely a abode of God! :)
Written November 2, 2014
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Deepshikha
New Delhi, India50 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Family
Its not an easy trek specially due to the height ~15,000 feet and therefore less oxygen. Its approx 6 Km trek. But the roads are well maintained.. have shops in between unlike Valley of flower trek. In case walking is difficult there are options available for hiring a mule/manual palki etc. Once you reach the top, darshan and entire landscape just takes your breath away (literally also for few minutes).Its divine and beautiful and worth visiting once in lifetime.

Key things to keep in mind:
1) Start early coz Gurudwara is closed by 12 noon and everyone is asked to go back
2) Stay hydrated
3) Wear thermal..its must as temperature difference is a lot between base and peak.
4) Keep a day extra in case you are unable to climb up on day 1
5) Travel with someone. Lack of oxygen might just make you feel uneasy at any point and time and at that time its difficult to walk.
6) Keep ginger candies with you to fight with nausea due to altitude
7) If travelling by mule or Palki, make sure you sit put for 15-20 min the moments you reach to acclimatize. Else you might feeling guidy on walking 5-6 steps.
8) Definitely eat the Khichdi & Chai in langar..its yummy
9) Open between Jun-Sep only

Overall its a must visit place. You have to walk 11 -13 km from Govindghat to reach the base Ghagharia. Mules are available though. Its a easy trek in terms of not very steep till 8-9 Km. Post Bhyundar its a uphill walk which is much steeper. Ghagharia has lots of stay options and also a Gurudwara. Try and start early from Govindghat to reach on time and rest. Would suggest to rest a day again before taking the trek. Security is not a concern as its a Sikh Pilgrimage and you would have all kinds of Sikhs pilgrims throughout the route.

Do visit it if you havent till now and visit Valley of flowers because base for both the treks is same - Ghagharia.

Enjoy! You are going to witness nature in its full glory and ya do notice Brahma Kamal - Flower of Uttarakhand State near Hemkund Sahib..
Written July 26, 2016
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Ashish Kumar Maindola
Lansdowne, India38 contributions
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Sep 2013 • Friends
Good for adventure lover but there is no road to reach their. valley of flowers is on the route. You can rent a lodge in ghangria and next day to proceed to hemkund. in route you can go for a trek to Kagbhusand tal which is 20 km far from bhundar village, its a nice and beautiful trek.
The region is the part of Nanda Devi National Park, you can find a mountain peak for climb and summit, some opertors are providing climbing facilities for trekkers, Xtreme adventures can arrange a trekking and climbing expedition. Mr. vivek panwar is the owner of company and very helpful person. At last treking in hemkund can be nice and great experience for anybody, i go there several times and enjoy a lot.
Written October 17, 2013
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IndiaOffRoads
New Delhi, India50 contributions
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May 2013 • Friends
It is really a visual treat. For the last few kms of the trek you have the option of taking the rocky stairs. The water of lake is freezing cold but a dip in this water is totally recommended! Blankets are provided inside the Gurudwara so you can sit cosily and listen to the kirtan. It’s a great experience to be here. There is a small Laxman Temple at a distance and it is a fantastic walk. In the month of August-September, you can see many Brahma- Kamal flowers on this stretch.
Written October 4, 2013
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unexploreindia
Gwalior, India241 contributions
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Jul 2012 • Friends
Heaven on the earth.. Hemkund sahib..must visit as I belong to Sikh family and this journey was important for Me, As soon as I entered in the darbar sahib.. I felt that babaji is just doing kirtan in front of you. unforgettable experience..
Written June 17, 2013
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shruja
Melbourne, Australia462 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Friends
Hemkund Sahib was the last destination in our Valley of Flowers trek.We started from our base - Ghangaria in the morning. We were told to finish our trek and descend by 12 PM as the weather gets unpredictable there after.

Hemkund sahib is at an altitude of 4632m. The path is very well laid but the trek is still tough because of the steep climb. One can also hire ponies or chose helicopter service. There are several small shops on the way selling tea, maggie/other eatables.

If there is a stairway to heaven, it might just look like this - breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas and numerous brahmakamal flowers along the path. Drawing all the energy from this, we finally managed to reach the peak.

Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh piligrimage site devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, It is surrounded by 7 mountain peaks and a glacial lake. This was the first time I visited a gurudwara and was a beautiful experience. The prayers generated a lot of positive energy. After the prayers we headed to the langer which served hot, tasty and nutritious kichdi and tea. We had to head back immediately as the area got covered by mist and the visibility reduced to just few meters ahead.

Overall it was an experience that I will never forget. The Himalayas remind you what a minuscule being you are in the larger scheme of things - truly humbling.
Written December 11, 2016
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