Hemkund Sahib-In the lap of Mountains

Saturday, March 20, 2010

September 30th 2009 (Ghangaria)

We woke up at 5.30 A.M in the morning, after having covered yesterday a track of around 14KM, we were unable to find when the next day arrived. Once we woke up we started to prepare ourself for one of the toughest track in the whole journey. Today we are going to Hemkund Sahib - a popular pilgrimage site for Sikhs. We started our journey around 6.30 AM in morning.

Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib is a place associated with
Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh

When we started from Ghangaria, it was really good to see how beautiful nature is, in our such a busy life we have forgotten about sunrise, chrirping of birds, that cool and clean winds which seemed  to say good morning to us.

              Morning @Ghangaria

Total distance from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib is around 6 KM but this track is really one of the toughest ones. Somewhere track angles were around 60-75 degrees. With some places there are simple stairs and some places are made up of rock stones. Porter or mule are available at a price of around 250-350 INR.

Its highly recommended to carry with yourself
 instant energy provider drinks (Glucose),
dry fruits and biscuits etc. Prefer not to go
 if you have any kind of breathing problems.

If you have any kind of problem in travelling or any kind of breathing problem, we recommend you not to opt for this track, due to high altitude (Hemkund Sahib is at an attitude of around 4200 Meters), oxygen level starts decreasing and people sometimes find problems in breathing.

.   Track @Hemkund Sahib

As we have already suggested in our previous post about Ghangaria, one should be ready to face different colors of weather. Please make sure you are carrying  a raincoat or any alternative for such conditions with yourself.

We reached Hemkund Sahib around 10.30 AM in the morning, in short it took us around 4 hours to cover some 6 KM which indicate the level of the track. Whole track up to Hemkund Sahib is going with great Himalayas and one can see and admire the beauty of these snow filled peaks

 @ On way to Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib is associated with the Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Situated at an elevation of around 4200m and is only accessible by foot, Glacial lake is surrounded by seven peaks. Apart from the place of pilgrimage Hemkund Sahib is a place where one can come close to great Himalayas. Hemkund Sahib also has Laxman temple build beside the gurudwara.

@Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib

The journey to Hemkund Sahib is day bound journey. No one is allowed to stay over night at gurudwara except the members of gurudwara who are taking care of the place, one needs to come back to Ghangaria for  night stay.

@Lake Hemkund Sahib

Due to a high altitude, it's recommended that 
one should start journey to Hemkund Sahib as early as possible
during late afternooon temperature starts going down and ice chilled
winds start their work which can cause a lot of problem.

Eating Out
Gurudwara is the only place where one can get food to eat. Kichdi (rice dish) is served to all pilgrimage and others who are visiting Hemkund Sahib along with tea and we are really thankful to all those people who are providing it at this place. If you are not a kind of a person who can opt for this than it's highly advisable to carry your food and other eatable stuff with yourself as you will not find any kind of restaurants there.
Cost of eatables are very high on the way to Hemkund Sahib,
we got a bottle of cold drink at 50 INR (500 ML) that too in off season 
as this was the closing time of this area.

 No communication facilities are available at Hemkund Sahib, any if available is only at Ghangaria. There is also no medical help available  at Hemkund Sahib if anyone needs any kind of medical helpyou  can only get it at Ghangaria.
Hemkund Sahib is a place close to the snow bounded Himalaya, one can feel the great height of these at such a place

This was all about Hemkund Sahib, in the next post we will cover one of the most beautiful place on this trip as well a place gifted by natur ,Valley of Flowers, a place where one will feel that nature is painting with all its colors. So stay tuned with out trip.

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Anonymous,  March 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

My mom is from Uttarakhand but sadly I've never been there nor has she since decades...I am surely missing a lot of adventure and beauty of the mountains.

Travelling Rants March 20, 2010 at 9:36 PM  

you should plan some time to visit this beautiful state

Healing Morning March 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM  

Wonderful blog! I will be visiting often to see a part of the world that I couldn't otherwise visit at this point in my life. I love the photos to accompany your personal insights.

~ Dawn

Travelling Rants March 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

Thanks Dawn!!
surely you will love this part of world

Katherine Jenkins March 26, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Thanks for visiting my blog Lessons from the Monk I Married! I have been to India several times. My husband, the ex-monk, spent many days wondering India's vast land. Your pictures bring me back to that time. Our last trip to India was in 2007 for a 15-day silent meditation course. We also spent time in Gujarat and Bhuj. I'm following you here now!

Travelling Rants March 27, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

Thank you, Katherine, for following now. I am glad that my pictures could remind you of the time you have spent in India. I hope you get more chances to visit :)

satty April 15, 2010 at 8:43 AM  

wowww its really cool stuf.. u guys rock :)

Teji,  April 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

OM Beautiful images of Mother Nature and Ganga Maa. Kindly tell me if we want to put images or want to write for different areas of Himalaya can we do?

travellingrants April 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

@Satty Thanks buddy
@Teji: Can you please describe a bit more so that i can understand it a bit better

Kundan April 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM  

I came to know of Hemkund Sahib from my friend, but after looking into yours pics i think it's a great place to visit.

Thanks for sharing all this.

Rizwan December 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

Love to see all these pictures its a cool blog and brilliant work has been done thanks for posting
Pegasos world

travel insurance February 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

Lake Hemkund Sahib? Is this the place where Hulk 1 movie done? You got a very gorgeous collection of pictures. By the way, I would like to ask who provides your travel protection?

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