Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib or Hemkund 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.

Want to know more? Check out our Valley of flowers page.

35 thoughts on “Hemkund Sahib”

  1. We r planning to visit hemkunj sahib and valley of flowers on 16.6.18 / 17.6.18
    Can we get Helicopter sevice from govind dham to ghangaria for 10 persons

    Reply
    • A detailed itinerary has been mailed to you. You can call us on 9991242759 for more information.

  2. Hi,

    I am planning a visit to Hemkund Sahib and would like to book helicopter service for 7(5 adults,1 kid and 1 infant) to ghangaria. Please let me know the fare for return(to and fro) and also please suggest if ponny service is available for senior citizens(2) from Ghangaria till gurudwara sahib?(how much they charge).

    Waiting for your response.

    Thanks

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  3. hi we planning to visit hemkund sahib and the valey of flowers and would like to book a helicopter.. but we are a group upto 50 people what are our options in august..

    kelly

    Reply
    • We have sent you itinerary on your mail. Please check and revert you can call us on 9991242759.

  4. 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 .

    Reply
    • Hi,
      Thanks for contacting us again for the trip. We have sent you a detailed itinerary.

  5. Hi there, God gave me the chance to visit this beautiful place when it was natural and not many people visited. I didn’t get a chance to visit valley of flowers. I am hoping to pay homage at Hemkunt sahib and then see Valley of flowers.

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  6. Dear Devkant,
    You are really lucky to have visited the valley of flowers continuously since 2004. I visited Shri Hemkund Sahib in the year 2007. Let me tell you your photographs really took me back to the time I visited the beautiful place. The place is unforgettable.Hoping to visit VOF and Hemkund Sahib in near future.
    Do continue your excursions and share your images of the heavenly place with us. God Bless You.

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