Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib or Hemkunt Sahib is the world’s highest Gurudwara, situated at a height of 13500 feet above sea level. It is situated in Chamol district of Garhwal Region in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is tough to reach Hemkund Sahib as it requires long and tiring road journey from Haridwar to Govindghat and then trek of 21 km from Govindghat. This trek is done in two days, first day you will be going only up to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp for Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib Trek. Nature lovers coming for Valley of Flowers trip go to Hemkund Sahib also but most of the pilgrims coming for Hemkund Sahib do not go to Valley of Flowers.

Hemkund Sahib in June , The lake is frozen and you will be trekking through snow for 3 kilometers.

Hemkund Sahib in June , The lake is frozen and you will be trekking through snow for 3 kilometers.

Hemkund Sahib in September, You can see Neelkanth Peak on right side.

Hemkund Sahib in September, You can see Neelkanth Peak on right side.

Hemkund Sahib in July, the weather is very cloudy and changes very frequently.

Hemkund Sahib in July, the weather is very cloudy and changes very frequently.

Hemkund Sahib in October 2013, when I went to see the Valley of Flowers.

Hemkund Sahib in October 2013, when I went to see the Valley of Flowers.

History of Hemkund Sahib

It is believed that the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji worshiped here for years. In Chapter six of Bachitra Natak Guru tells his previous birth. He tells Hemkund peak and lake of Ice with mountain adorned with seven peaks.

Climate/ weather at Hemkund Sahib:

Hemkund Sahib is always cold throughout the year. It is accessible only for 4 months in a year from June to September and rest of the time it is full of snow. Even in the month of June the lakes is frozen and again in September end mostly snow again start falling. No one is allowed to stay overnight at Hemkund Sahib only the Sewadars at Gurudwara stay there. After the last prayer at 2 pm everyone is sent down to Ghangaria. The weather at Hemkund Sahib changes very rapidly.

Hemkund Sahib Yatra by Helicopter :

Helicopter service is available from Govindghat to Ghangaria and you can skip trekking from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Helicopter service is too much dependent upon weather conditions. You cannot rely on it especially in the month of July and August when monsoon is in its full swing. It takes only 3 min from Govindghat to Ghangaria by Helicopter and charges are Rs. 3500 (In 2012). You can expect an upgrade in these charges by at least 10 % every year due to inflation. You need not book the ticket in advance as no one knows the Helicopter will fly or not on a particular date. So you can simply go and take the ticket and ride it.

Best Time to visit Valley of Flowers

Best Time To Visit Valley of Flowers

The best time to visit valley of flowers depends upon your liking as the valley is always beautiful. If you want to see maximum number of flowers July and August is a good time, if you want to see lot of glaciers you should visit in June, to see Brahamkamal flowers at Hemkud August and September is a good time.

Valley of Flowers Trek Itinerary

Valley of flowers trek itinerary

Detailed itinerary for valley of flowers trek explaining the day wise altitude gain, distance travelled, mode of transportation available and time required to travel between different destinations. Guidance on various options available to skip trekking between Govindghat and Ghangaria.

Valley of Flowers Tour Packages

Valley of flowers Tour Packages

We also provide packages for trek to Valley of flowers. If you wish to come with us you can visit this page to see our offers and departures to the valley in upcoming season.

Valley of Flowers Photo Gallery

Valley of flowers Photo Gallery

We have been going to valley for many years and have lot of pictures of the valley of flowers and our groups, they are classified in various galleries like flowers gallery, birds’ gallery, earlier groups gallery, landscapes and many more, just surf through our galleries to have a virtual tour to valley of flowers.

Things to carry for the Valley of Flowers Trek

Things to carry for trek to valley of flowers

When you are on a trekking tour you should know what are the things to carry for the trek. We have many years of experience and based on that experience we have made a list of things to carry for trek to valley of flowers.

How to reach Valley of Flowers

How to Reach Valley of flowers

It is important to know before starting the trip that how to reach valley of flowers? How many days are required for the trip to the valley? Distances between various points and time required to travel between them.

Frequently asked questions About the Valley

senior citiezens in valley of flowers

Can senior citizens visit valley of flowers?

Senior citizens also want to come to this heaven on earth but they are confused about whether they can do it or not. We have been taking senior citizens to the valley of flowers. There are options of helicopter and ponies to skip trekking.

shoes appropriate for the valley of flowers trek

What type of shoes is appropriate for valley of flowers ?

When you go for trek you should wear appropriate type of shoes so that your main concentration is on trekking and enjoying nature. We have seen that shoes of many people breaks while trekking and sometimes people develop blisters.

minimum age to visit Valley of Flowers

Minimum age to visit valley of flowers

Whether kids can do the trek to Valley of Flowers or not? What is the minimum age requirement to visit the valley of flowers? Please read this full page to get the answer to this question. Couples with young children willing to visit valley of flowers can go through this page.

Number of days required to see valley of flowers

Number of Days required in seeing Valley of Flowers

Minimum number of days recommended going for trek to Valley of Flowers. Why we need an extra day for the trip. Read full report with pictures of the valley.

how difficult is Valley of Flowers Trek

How difficult is Valley of flowers trek.

Trek difficulty of the Valley of Flowers trek. Vital statistics are given here. How much altitude is to be gained every day while trekking? How much distance is to be covered every day? What is Fitness level required for the trek?

Valley of Flowers after Floods

Valley of flowers after floods.

Valley of flowers has witnessed a massive flood in 2013. We were the first to report that the flowering area of the valley is totally intact. Now the valley of flowers has become again accessible and all the treks and bridges have been reconstructed.

12 comments on “Hemkund Sahib
  1. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan Ritu kaur says:

    We are looking panning to visit by July 15 this year.
    We would like to do helicopter ride as a part of journey. We are four people .

  2. Avatar for Devkant Sangwan HARMINDER SINGH says:

    HEMKUNT sahib swarg

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