After crossing the lush green mountains full of natural springs, embellished with rare species of flowers and fauna, I finally reached Hemkund Sahib. It was after 5 hours of the trek I was standing in front of a place which is truly marvelous and depicts the miracle of God. A place where the sky seems to meet with earth, Both appears to be one.
On Wednesday Morning, we started for the Hemkund Sahib trek which is 7KMs from the Ghaghariya. Ghaghariya is a place which is the starting point for Hemkund Sahib trek. This place has a few hotels with basic facilities. It has a gurudwara which provides food and accommodation free of cost. One can opt for the option depending on the budget.
The time we started the trek, it was raining, so took a raincoat for all of us but later started sweating and have to keep raincoat aside. The trek is very steep which took almost an hour for a kilometer. It took us more time as we four adults were trekking with four small kids. As a precaution measure, we hired a potter but none of the kid was ready to board it.
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.
For non-trekkers, it is the extreme level of trekking where you can feel the breathlessness due to high altitude but there is a divine power which keeps you going to the top. My nephew, once reaches the top started feeling nauseatic and sleepy. The doctor advised to keep him awake and walking. We took him to the free medical dispensaries which are adjacent to the Gurudwara.
The time we reached Hemkund Sahib, the view of the pond was clear but sooner it got covered with clouds. We waited for few minutes to get it clear but cannot. The Pond is super clean and is covered on all sides by 7 huge mountains and 4 waterfalls which looks astonishingly beautiful. Since we have reached late and it was excessive cold we decided not to take the dip in the pond.
But astonishingly many elderly people were also taking the dip in its water. Also, there is langer which serves delicious khichdi and tea to all the devotees. Kadah given in the Gurudwara was yummy and fulfilling as well.
As per Wikipedia
“Hemkund Sahib (also spelled Hemkunt), formally known as Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib Ji, is a Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage site in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708), the tenth Sikh Guru, and finds mention in Dasam Granth, a work dictated by Guruji himself. With its setting of a glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks, each adorned by a Nishan Sahib on its cliff, it is according to the Survey of India located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 4,632 meters (15,197 feet)”.
Though I have done many treks like Parashar, Devariya Tal, Tungnath and others but Hemkund Sahib trek during monsoon was the most difficult and the longest one. It is the highest gurudwara in the world sitting atop 15200 feet in Garhwal Himalayas in Chamoli District. The entire trail is endowed with wonderful flora species found in Valley of Flower National Park area. The Hemkund Lake is fed by Hemkund glacier and the entire location looks straight out of fairy tale.
Hemkund Sahib is not an easy trek but the faith in God, Brahmakamal, Blue poppies and many other plants with medicinal use make it worth going. It is a trek which let you challenge your boundaries and make you one with God. The route seems unending but once you reach Hemkund Sahib, all your stress, fear and tiredness went away.
Things to consider before starting the trek
- Since Hemkund Sahib is located at high Altitude, it is very much possible that you feel a breathlessness and mild headache.
- Prevent eating Junk foods during the trek which may cause indigestion and nauseatic.
- Try not to wear loads of clothes or carry heavy backpacks as the trek is long and tiring.
- If going for Hemkund Sahib Trek during monsoon than opt for shoes/ clothes which are comfortable and can dry easily and early.
- Don’t try to complete the trek in a hurry. It is the way to Hemkund Sahib which gives you views which are stupendous.
- Try to refill the water bottles as water is costly as you go upwards. It can cost more than Rs. 70/per liter.
- You can anytime opt for the potter, horses on the way going upward and be coming down.
- Wooden sticks are available which are very helpful which trekking.
Itenary for the Hemkund Sahib Trek
Day 1. Ghaziabad– Rishikesh–Rudraprayag.
Day 2. Rudraprayag– Gobindghat–Pulna– Ghaghariya
Day 3. Ghaghariya–Hemkund Sahib– Ghaghariya
Cost involves in Hemkund Sahib Trek.
Car park at Gobindghat Cost @ Rs. 150/ 3days
Gobindghat to Pulna taxi @ Rs. 30/ per person
Pulna to Ghaghariya on Mule @ Rs. 500/per mule
Accommodation at Ghaghariya @ Rs. 800/ per day
Potter from Ghaghariya to Hemkund Sahib for kids @ Rs. 800/ per kid/ to & fro.
Important points while planning for Hemkund Sahib trek
a. Gurudwara closes at 2:00 PM and no visitors are allowed to stay after it.
b. There are shops and Portable toilets at distance.
c. Hemkund is accessible for 4-5 months, i.e. June – September. For the rest of the year, heavy snow closes the route to Hemkund.
our car parking for three days
Not allowed after 2:00PM
19KMs long way
mesmerizing views all way
prefixed rates by Government but you can always negotiate
Awesomeness of nature
shops on the way offering snacks
but before buying anything, mind the rate list
Langer at Hemkund Sahib
way to Gurudwara
Pond at Hemkund Sahib
Earth meets sky
Darshan Sache Badshah