Hemkund Sahib also popularly known as Gurudwara Sri Hemkund Sahebji, is a famous Sikh place of worship and pilgrimage situated in the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, India. It is devoted to the memory of Guru Gobind Singhji, the tenth Sikh Guru. The gurudwara finds mention in Dasam Granth, a work which is supposed to have been dedicated to him.
Highly revered as a Sikh place of worship, Hemkund Sahib meaning ‘Lake of Snow’ is the highest Gurudwara in the world, situated at an elevation of around 4600 metres and over 15,000 feet. Nestled at the back drop of snow laden Garhwal Himalayas, the natural settings make this pilgrimage site an amazing hill station that can be trekked from Ghangharia and through numerous waterfalls, thick green forests and splendid views of the Himalayas.
With lovely nature amid crystal clear water of Hemkund Lake, which is fed by the glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptarishi peak , the entire region is not only alluring for devotees but also for tourists who love to rejuvenate amongst the pure nature.
The beautiful setting of the glacial lake surrounded by seven mountain peaks is a sight which should not be missed. The name ‘Hemkund’ refers to a lake in the Himalayas. Hemkund Sahib is also known as Lokpal by many Hindus across the cities in the nation.
The ascent to Hemkund is tough; the path is stony and steep. Surrounded by the hill sides holds the rare Brahma Kamal flowers.