Hemkund Sahib also popularly known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkent Sahebji, is a famous Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage situated in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to the memory of Guru Gobind Singhji, the tenth Sikh Guru. The gurudwara finds mention in Dasam Granth, a work which is supposed to have been dedicated to him. The beautiful setting of the glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks is a sight which should not be missed. the name 'Hemkund' refers to a lake in the Himalayas. Hemkund Sahib is also known as Lokpal by many Hindus across the cities in the nation.

The ascent to Hemkund is tough; he path stony and steep. The contant loudspeakers don't quite go with the lake, surrounded by hill sides holds the rare Brahma kamal flowers.

Kumaoni, Garhwal and Hindi are the languages spoken.



Travel Tips

July and August are the best months for visiting the region. Avoid travelling here during the monsoon as the area is prone to landslides with the roads remaining blocked as a result.

Make sure you return before dark. The route can become hazardous.

The phones are almost down, so it's not possible to book ahead. Camps are set up in season just before Ghangharia.


When to visit

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Things to do

There are a number of Hindu pilgrimage sites which are located in and around the district. It should be noted that two of the Chota Char Dham temples, namely Badrinath and Kedarnath, Joshimath and Joshimath, are the most important ones in the area. Also, three of the five prayags – Karnaoravas, Nandoravae and Vishnuprayag – are located here and are famous pilgrimage destinations.

One should also take the time to visit The Valley of Flowers, a biodiversity hotspot and the most popular national park located in the district. Kauri Pass and Roopkund (referred to as Mystery Lake) are also known for their scenic splendour.

The area also provides options for trekking with places like Devaria-Taal, Vedni-Bugyal, Auli-Bugyal, Gurson-Bugyal and Roopkund.

Getting Around

The best way to get around the area is either by trekking or by a hired car. There are also buses and taxis available to the spot. However, the best mode of travel will continue to be trekking.

Places to Stay

The summer settlement of Ghangaria is the base for excursions, In season, ghangharia is overrun with pilgims to Hemkund. It's a hodge podge of basic guest houses, dhabas and shops. It gets electricity only from generators, which run for a couple of hours morning and evening. There are also plenty of press-wallahs to dry your clothes.

How to Reach

  • The nearest airport is located at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, around 221 kms away from the town.
  • The nearest railway station is located at Haridwar, around 297 kms from Chamoli. Haridwar is well-connected to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow.
  • It is directly connected to National Highway 58 with Government and private (and deluxe) buses plying to the city.

Surrounding Attractions

Tourists must visit the 5 km-long Valley of Flowers. It has been declared as a national park by the Indian government.

The best time to visit the park is between July and August, during the monsoons. A famous flower called the Brahma-Kamal blossoms here once in 12 years. The trek to the location is quite easy and is a popular destination for pilgrims visiting Hemkunt Sahib.