Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 07 Days (3 day travel/4 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid June - September
Altitude: 4328 mts /14195 ft
Total Trekking: 50 K.M
Take a bath of hues with Hemkund trekking. The valley of flowers at Hemkund slowly hypnotizes you into the world of colors and hues. This place has manifold reason to visit. Despite being a long journey this place gives you thousands of reasons to keep yourself energized and enriched. The still mountains and ever flowing river Pushpawati takes you into the world of solace and tranquility. This exceptionally rich destination also gives you the chance to spend a little time on the lap of nature while witnessing the diverse forms of flora.
The trekking route is very interesting if you are on your way to Hemkund. The route starts from Haridwar to Joshimath. The rout has so much to offer. After starting your journey from here you have to trek for the Ghangaria. Ghangaria is the base camp for reaching Hemkund Sahib and Valley of flowers. Throughout the trip from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria, you will have the river as your companion. You can spend your night over here and prepare your journey for the next day towards valley of flowers. The nightlife of Ghangaria gives you the opportunity to listen to each breath of yours.
The journey from Ghangaria to Valley of flowers is so beautiful that you will never want to forget the memories in your full life. The three thousands meters high road offers the picturesque view of mountains and greeneries where the clouds play hide and seek with you on your journey. The journey creates the excitement within which finally takes you into the world of colors and happiness. The valley of flowers gives you the chance to spend some time in the midst of colors and natural garden where you can witness the natural fragrances. After the valley of flowers, you can now get ready for the second trekking point which is called the Hemkund sahib. The peaceful Hemkund Sahib Lake and Gurudwara takes you in the world full of peace and consort. You will never feel like returning from this holy place. It takes four hours to reach Hemkund Gurudwara from the lake.
The best time to visit valley of flowers is in the time of monsoons which is during the month of July and August. At this time the flowers bloom, indicating the blooming of the myth. Before the great Sikh arrival at this place, the place was known among the Hindu pilgrims. The place was renowned as Lokpal Lake. The lake is named so for Hindu Lord Vishnu. Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama, after facing an injury from Ravana's son came here for herbal treatment. There is another myth regarding Lakshman's previous birth in the form of seven headed snake. The snake, known as Sesnag went for penances for Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu was seated on the snake in that penance. For the name of Lord Vishnu, the lake has been named as Lokpal. You will hear the myths from the local people and the faith, you will find in them will continue the astonishment, you gained from natural beauty.
Best time to go for Hemkund Sahib Trek is in summers (May – June) and Post Monsoon (September – mid October). In May and June, the weather becomes tolerable and the snow also melts, thus making it a bit easier to do the trek. In September and October, the weather becomes cold but the trail is lush with alpine vegetation making it a charming experience to attempt.
Summers: The weather of Hemkund remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry woolens with you.
Post Monsoon: Serenity and solitude are at its best during post monsoon at Hemkund. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters.
Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt) is a Sikh place of worship in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This Sikh pilgrimage site is at an elevation of 4,632 meters (15,197 feet) and can be approached from Govindghat on the Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The main town near Govindghat is Joshimath.
By Air: The nearest airport for Hemkund Sahib is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is situated about 295 kilometers away.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Hemkund Sahib is in Haridwar, which is situated 276 kilometers (171 miles) away. Haridwar connects major cities of India with Uttarakhand.
By Road: The nearest road head to Hemkund Sahib is Govind Ghat. This requires around 12-13 hour drive from Haridwar. From Govindghat, Hemkund Sahib is about 14 kms trek to base camp at Ghangaria. It takes about 4-6 hours to reach Ghangaria, from where another 6 km trek leads to Hemkund Sahib.
In the morning take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs from New Delhi train station. Arrival at Haridwar by 1:25 hrs, here meet our guide and transfer to Rishikesh, check into your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After having wholesome breakfast, we will drive towards Joshimath (1874 metres /245Kilometrs) via Devprayag (confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi River, from here the holy Ganges starts), Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Chamoli. We will have lunch on the way. After reaching at Joshimath, check-in at the hotel. Enjoy hearty dinner and stay for the night.
After having breakfast, we will head towards Govindghat (1828metres/22 Kms). Today we will start our trek to Ghangaria (14 kms/3049 metres) through Bhiyundar Valley and Pulna village. This destination is going to be the base camp for that head towards for visiting Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers.
Today we will start the trail in the morning, and hike for (6 Kms) to visit at the "Hemkund Sahib". It is a famous Sikh pilgrimage destination. In the noon we will trek downwards to reach Ghangaria and stay there for the night. The evening time is free and you can utilize this time to explore the stunning surrounds and for getting some rest.
Explore and enjoy the destination
An Optional Trip: you can visit to explore the Valley of Flowers. The entire, picturesque valley is speckled with varied flora and fauna and other plant types. After spending some time in this spectacular picturesque valley we will return to Ghangria for night stay.
After having wholesome breakfast, we will begin our return trail to Govindghat. From here, we will drive towards Rudraprayag through Karanprayag & Joshimath. Once you arrive at this place, you will check into hotel. Arrangements made for dinner& a night stay at the hotel.
It is the last day of our tour. On this day after having early breakfast we will drive back to Haridwar and from here catch evening Shatabdi train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.
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You should book Hemkund Sahib Trek well in advance (at least 2 month prior), so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
There will be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will give you a list of things to carry and the total weight should not cross 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Hemkund Sahib Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.
Hemkund Sahib Trek is a easy to moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 14070ft (4290m) minimum age required is 6 years.
In the month of June to October the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 4-5 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-14 Kms a day.
If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will one trekker we will go on that date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
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