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Shri Hemkund Sahib Trek – Everything You Need To Know

Shri Hemkund Sahib is a beautiful holy place and pilgrimage site located in the Himalayan Mountains. It is a very popular destination for Hindus and Sikhs alike and is known for its scenery and peaceful atmosphere. This Gurudwara is at a height of 15000 feet above sea level and there is very cold weather. The temperature is around 9 degrees.

Hemkunt Sahib is located in the Chamoli district, Uttarakhand. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru and is referred to in the Dasam Granth. This Holy site is near the Valley of Flowers, surrounded by mountains. Beside the Gurudwara, there is a lake known as Hemkund Lake and Lakshman Temple.

If you’re planning to visit and want to know more about this Gurudwara, you must read it and get the best experience.

Hemkund Sahib Yatra Opening and Closing Dates

The Gurudwara is to be open for a few months of the year because it is situated in the Hilly region and mostly it is covered with snow. Pilgrimage sites are open for 5-6 months. In the year 2023, the Hemkunt Sahib is been opened on 20 May 2023 and the closing dates are to be in October depending upon the weather condition.

People can visit anytime from May to October and get blessed by Shri Granth Sahib.

How to Reach Shri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara

The roads to Shri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara are long but full of blessings. Here, is the guide to start your Journey:

By Air

The nearest Airport to Shri Hemkund Sahib is Jolly Grant (Dehradun). It is around 292 km away from Govind Ghat which is to be travelled by Taxi. After that there 19km trek to travel from Govind Ghat to Hemkund Sahib.

There is also a service of Helicopter from Govind Ghat to Shri Hemkund Saheb for the visitors.

By Road

There are many options like buses and Taxis from many nearby cities like Dehradun, Haridwar, Joshimath, Delhi till Govind Ghat. After that, there is a trek of 19km to reach Gurudwara.

By Train

The nearest Airport to Hemkund Sahib is Rishikesh Railway Station at a distance of 273 km to Govind Ghat. Once, you reached Rishikesh you have to reach Govind Ghat by road. you will easily get Buses and Taxis to reach Govind Ghat. After there is just a 19 km trek to reach Shri Hemkunt Sahib.

Route Map of Shri Hemkund Sahib

Shri Hemkunt Sahib Trek Information

The trek begins from Govind Ghat to Hemkund Sahib. The total distance of the trek is 20km which is divided into 2 parts i.e., from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria and another from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib.

The starting 9-10km of the trek is easy after moving further it is going to be difficult due to its altitude. The last 6 km trek is very difficult because of the atmosphere change and less oxygen at a height of 15000 feet makes it more difficult.

You will easily get Hotels and accommodation options near Govind Ghat and Ghangaria and several restaurants, Dhabas and Helipad.

Things to Carry While Hemkund Trek

Since it is a trek you should carry a few things and important things which are to be used there or helpful. so, here is a list of things that you should carry on your trek to Hemkund Saheb:

  • Woollen clothes
  • Raincoat
  • Medical Kit
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Torch
  • Water bottle(Hot/cold)
  • Cold cream
  • Pair of clothes
  • Trekking shoes with good grip

Hemkund Sahib Itinerary

Day 1Rishikesh to Joshimath (260 km)
Day 2Joshimath to Govind Ghat (25km)
Govind Ghat to Ghangaria (14km Trek)
Day 3Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib to Ghangaria (6 km trek one way)
Day 4Ghangaria to Govind Ghat (14 km Trek)
Govind Ghat to Joshimanth (25km)
Day 5Joshimath to Rishikesh (260 km)
Day 6Rishikesh

Where to Stay?

While trekking/trip to Shri Hemkund Sahib it’s a long journey travelling from one place to another. You are required to rest at a convenient Hotel or Dharamshala with all the amenities at affordable prices.

we will help you in finding the best accommodation at several places. Here, are some of them at particular places:


  1. Hotel Jyotirgamaya Vatika
  2. Vashishth Guest House
  3. Swami Jagannath ashram
  4. Koviloor Vedanta Mutt


  1. Hotel Sriman Palace
  2. Balram Guest House
  3. Hotel Grand Kailash


  1. Maheen Residency

Hope, this information is sufficient for you and not having any doubts. For more information or any queries let us know in the comment section. Plan a trip to Shri Hemkund Sahib with your friends and families. Share it with those who are going to visit this beautiful Gurudwara.

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