Hemkund Sahib, known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkunt Sahib Ji, is a Sikh as well as Hindu place of worship in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru. The Gurudwara is set facing a Glacial Lake, surrounded by seven mountain peaks, each adorned by a Nishan Sahib (a Sikh holy triangular flag) on its cliff. It is approached from Govindghat on the Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. The main town near Govindghat is Joshimath. Hemkund is inaccessible from October to April because of snow- bound paths and glaciers.
The take-off point for Hemkund Sahib is the town of Govindghat, about 275 kilometer from Rishikesh. The 13 kilometer trek is along the well -maintained path to the village of Ghangaria (also called Govinddham).This path can be covered either by walk or a pony ride. A 1,100 meter (3600 ft.) climb on a 6 km hard surface of stone path leads to Hemkund.
From Delhi, tourists can take the train for Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govindghat via Rishikesh. From here, one starts a trek along Ghangaria village. This 13 km path can either be covered through walking or through a pony ride. Thereafter, another 6 km stoned path (3600 feet) makes Hemkund accessible. Recently, helicopter service between Govindghat and Ghangaria has also been started that takes about 5 minutes.
Tourists can drive from Delhi to Govindghat, a distance of about 500 kilometer, taking around 18 hours to cover. After this, a well-kept path to the village of Ghangaria needs to be covered, either by a pony ride or through walking (13 km). From here, cross another 6 km of stoned pathway to arrive at the Hemkund Gurudwara.