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Hemkund Sahib Yatra (6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS)
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6 nights & 7 days

Hemkund and the Lokpal Lake lies in the high altitude of about  4329 mts  lies zmidst heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours.

It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now universally associated with Sikhism. The five K's' date from this period: kesh (uncut hair) kangha (comb), kirpan (dagger or short sword), kara (steel bangle), and kachh (boxer shorts). The most important is the uncut hair, adopted before the other four. The comb is sometime designated specially as wooden.

Day 01: New Delhi-Rishikesh (260 kms)

Pick up and drop from New Delhi Airport/Railway station and drive  for Rishikesh in the morning, Arrive Rishikesh in the afternoon. On arrival hotel check in. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 02: Rishikesh-Joshimath (250 kms)

Post breakfast drive for Joshimath upon arrival hotel check in. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 03:  Joshimath-Govind Ghat (19 kms)-Govind Dham (Trek)

After an early breakfast drive to Govind Ghat the road head. After Darshan at Govindghat Gurudwara, start Trekking for Govind Dham / Ghangaria. Overnight at hotel at Govind Dham.

 

Day 04: Govind Dham-Hemkund Sahib

Post breakfast start trekking for Hemkund Sahib, after Darshan, trek back to Govind Dham. Overnight at Govind Dham.

 

Day 05:Govind Dham-Govind Ghat

After breakfast trek down to Govind Ghat and drive to Joshimath. Overnight at Joshimath Hotel.

 

Day 06:Joshimath-Rishikesh

After breakfast drive  to Rshikesh. Overnight at Rishikesh.

 

Day 07: Rishikesh-New Delhi

Morning relax and walk around Rishikesh. After an early Lunch, drive down to New Delhi.

Ashrams/Gurudwara/Camping in Gangaria

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

·         Bring good footwear for walking. Waterproof hiking boots with ankle supports are best. At times it is necessary to walk across snow. There may also be muddy or washed-out sections of the path.

 

·         Be prepared for bad weather. The temperatures at Gobind Dham and Hemkunt can be very cold. You are advised to dress in layers which can be added or removed depending on conditions. Bring more clothes than you think you will need, including woollen or fleece pullovers, a waterproof jacket, and even rain pants if possible, a hat, gloves, and warm socks. Dress lightly when you begin the trek at Gobind Ghat. Change to warm, dry clothes as soon as you arrive in Gobind Dham. When you go up to Hemkunt, bring an extra sweater or shawl to put on after you reach the top.

 

·         An umbrella is recommended. During July and August it rains every day, sometimes all day. Expect rain in June and September as well. At the beginning and end of the visitor season, snowfall is a possibility at high altitudes.

 

·         There is electricity at Gobind Ghat and Gobind Dham (mornings and evenings), but it is not reliable. Always carry a torch or flashlight if you are out walking after sunset or before sunrise. Also carry one when you go up to Hemkunt. You may need it on the way back down. For many people, the journey takes much longer than they expect, and they end up walking after dark. Matches and candles are available in for purchase, but consider bringing some with you as well.

 

·         Carry sweets, dried fruits, and nuts for when you need energy on the trek. Make certain each person carries his or her own in case your group becomes separated on the path. And do not forget to carry water. It is easy to become dehydrated during strenuous exercise, and the local water supply is not safe to drink. Tea, cold drinks, and bottled water, while available along the trail, are expensive. Consider bringing some extra sweets to hand out to others along the way who need them.

 

·         Using a walking stick will help you to keep your balance and your rhythm while you are walking.

 

·         Bring first aid supplies and medicines with you: A.S.A., paracetamol, or other pain killers; a full course of a broad-spectrum antibiotic; cough medicine; antihistamines; Pepto Bismol or another remedy for upset stomach; gauze, tape, and bandages. There are government appointed doctors in Gobind Ghat and Gobind Dham, army dispensaries in the gurdwaras, and an army hospital in Joshimath, but be aware that medical care in the region is very basic and limited.

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