Hemkund Sahib has its religious importance. Hemkund is situated in the altitude of 4320mt, surrounded by seven peaks collectively known as Hemkund parvat. It is one of the most sacred place of Sikh religion associated the Sikh guru Guru Govind Singh. There is also a temple near to gurudwara is Laxman temple.In 1930, Havaldar Sohan Singh discovered this lake.
It is believed that Rishi Medhasha of Durga Sapt Shasti of Marandeya Purana came here for Penace and King Pandu Practise Yoga here. One another myth is that Guru Govind Singh, the last Sikh Guru meditate here in one of his previous birth.
The trek of Hemkund sahib start from GovindGhat .Govind Ghat is 275km from Rishikesh which is well connected by roads. Total trek distance GovindGhat to Hemkund is 21km. After Govinghat trek start to Pulna (1920mt) which is 3 km, Pulna to Bhulyndar(2429 mt) which is 7 km trek, and Bhulynder to Ghangharia(3048mt) which is 5km in distance. The trek takes on through pine forests where rhododendron (burans), wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers abound. With breathtaking views of the rolling waters of the Lakshman Ganga, In Ghangharia or Govind Ghat village there is facility of accommodation, there are some rest house and a Gurudwara where one can stay. After this a 4326mt climb in 6 km of stone paved path reaches Hemkund. There is no facility of accomodation here.
One could also visit valley of flowers which is 20 km distance to Govindghat.
Person should be good in health for this trek. The last 6 km is really tough. Pony can be hired to whom which has some physical problem. The narrow path is full of risk. Risk of Landslide is also in the Mansoon.
Woolen Clothes are advised due to cold climate. Best season to visit Hemkund is May, June, September to October
Beside all the risks trek is really adventurous, to enjoy natures beauty and breathtaking peaks. One should make it memorable.