The Hemkund Lokpal Lake at the cirque floor of the Saptshringi Glacier. Surrounded by seven snow-crested peaks this large glacial lake reflects these blissful and divine surroundings on its sparkling and lucid waters. The lake is nourished by glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks. A diminutive stream flows out of this lake and is known as Himganga. Lying in the upper reaches of the Charmoli district at a height of 4329 meters, in Garhwal, it is a well known pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, since Hemkund Sahib is located on its banks. Hindus and people from other faiths also hold it in high esteem. A temple dedicated to Laxman is also built on the banks of this lake
A steep and demanding trek of some six hours leads to this divine lake. History has it that a Sikh hawaldar in the British army discovered this lake in the late 1920’s after which it turned into one of the most sacred pilgrimages of the Sikhs and Hindus alike.
HOW TO REACH
- Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 307 km by motor (Dehradun 334 Km).
- Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh, 300 km.
- Road : Govindghat to Ghangharia is 14 Km trek, from there the trek to Hemkund Sahib is 5 Km. Govindghat, is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hill
- Altitude : 4,329 mts.
- Season : June to October.
- Accommodation : Tourist Rest House, Gurudwara and Private Lodges are available at Ghangharia.