Best Time to Visit Hemkund Sahib

Best time to visit Hemkund Sahib / Hemkund Sahib in different seasons

Weather and landscapes changes at Hemkund Sahib very rapidly. The best time to visit Hemkund Sahib depends upon your taste and priorities. In following paragraphs we will describe how Hemkund Sahib looks in different seasons.

Hemkund Sahib in May to Mid June.

Hemkund Sahib is snow clad for at least 8 months in a year from October to May. Hemkund Sahib opens for public from 1st June every year and closes on 4th October. But after the floods in 2013 the opening and closing dates may vary. In the month of May last three kilometer trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund Sahib in full of snow. Indian Army clears the trek for pilgrims you will not find any vegetation in the last three kilometer of the trek. Some beautiful flowers can be seen near Ghangaria and first three kilometer of the trek. Following are some of the pictures taken during mid may to mid June.

Frozen Hemkund Sahib Lake in the month of June. (First week)

Frozen Hemkund Sahib Lake in the month of June. (First week)

Snow fall on the way to Hemkund Sahib in the month of June.

Snow fall on the way to Hemkund Sahib in the month of June.

Trek to Hemkund Sahib

Trek to Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahin Gurudwara in the month of June.

Hemkund Sahin Gurudwara in the month of June.

During this time Ghangaria is full of pilgrims visiting Hemkund Sahib. You will find the area too much crowded. If you want to club Hemkund Sahib with Valley of Flowers this is the time you will see very less number of flowers but huge glaciers can be seen everywhere. The weather will be very pleasant and generally it does not rain during this period.

Hemkund Sahib from Mid June to Mid July

After mid June the snow melts very rapidly and new flowering plants come up. Some early flowers can also be seen. Following are some of the pictures clicked during mid June to mid July. If you are combining trip to Hemkund Sahib with Valley of Flowers (which you should) this is a good time as you can see flowers as well as glaciers.

Hemkund Sahib in July

Hemkund Sahib in July

Hemkund Sahib during Mid July to August End

During mid July to end of August Hemkund Sahib is full of flowers and the most prominent are Brahamkamal, Blue Poppy, Bistorta and Vajardanti (Potentilla). All of them look very beautiful. Following are some of the pictures taken at Hemkund Sahib during July and August.

Vajardanti Picture taken at Hemkund Sahib

Vajardanti Picture taken at Hemkund Sahib

Blue Poppy Flower at Hemkund Sahib in July end

Blue Poppy Flower at Hemkund Sahib in July end

Hemkund Sahib in August

Hemkund Sahib in August

Hemkund Sahib in September.

By September monsoon is generally over and you can see clear sky and snow clad peaks from Hemkund Sahib. Even Neelkanth Peak is visible from Hemkund Sahib. Brahamkamal flowers are in full bloom and their color is more yellowish. Most of the other verity of flowers goes off as end of September approaches. Following are the pictures taken during the month of September.

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib Neelkanth peak can be seen in the back.

Hemkund Sahib in September.

85 comments on “Best Time to Visit Hemkund Sahib
  1. Jeetesh pandey says:

    Can you please tell me the basic essentials for hemkund sahib trek. We are two and planning to visit it on 1 july.

  2. Kishor balakrishna says:

    Hi Dev,
    I’m kishor planning to visit Devbhoomi. two years back i’m trapped with flood in rishikesh they not allowed to visit there, so wanna try again 2018.
    Can you please tell which time is best for to visit hemkund and also chardham yathra, looking for some green season.

    Thanks in advance

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Best time for Chardham is May June and September, but for Valley of Flowers is July and August. So I dont recommend you to club them.

  3. Nikhil Khan P A says:

    Hello,

    Planning to visit from july 8 to 14 including hemkund Valley of Flowers badrinath and mana village.

    How is the climate.
    can we see snow anywhere over the trip

  4. GOUTAM DAS says:

    Hi, which is the best time I will collect the brahma kamal flower in Hemkund

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Brahma Kamal is found in August month. But plucking of flowers is not allowed and is not ethical to do so.

  5. Bobby says:

    Hi could you send me a I
    Itinerary, we are planning on going to the first week of October…I read somewhere that it’s open until October 10th this year…but no other sure if that’ll stay like that. Also the Valley of Flowers when is the best time to visit there….I have seen photos of flowers in full bloom in the valley to there not being much….I’m guessing spring is the best time for getting the best experience right?

  6. Subanghi says:

    We are planning to take a 2year old kid with us during Aug 2nd week 2017. Is it advisable?

  7. Mehul says:

    I am planning to visit hemkund and Valley of Flowers during end of july…will there be any sights of snow covered mountains or on roads? And is it an exciting trek?

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      You will see glaciers at Hemkund Sahib and may be in deeper parts of the Valley of Flowers, There will not be snow on the roads. Yes you will see lot of snow on the peaks.

  8. Pallavi says:

    Hi! When does the trek open this year? We are planning for June, if you could share some details.

    Thanks!

  9. Carmel says:

    Hi there,

    I would like to come next year. Can you tell me the latest date I can come and also what may and June are like?

    Also is there any assistance for my mother who might not be able to walk the entire way?

    Also is it okay to take babies or can we wait somewhere – maybe in Valley of Flowers? What’s best time to see Valley of Flowers?

  10. Harsh says:

    Hi,
    We are planning to visit in August. Is there any possibility if you could let us know how to get there from Delhi and any hotel accomodations we should look for. My parents are elederly, is it okay for me to bring them along.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Harsh,
      The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail. As per the itinerary, you need to report at Haridwar one day before your trip starts. The hotel will be arranged by us there. From Delhi you can take a train or Volvo buses are also at service. Read the post below for the concern regarding your parents :
      Valley for Senior Citizens
      Contact us in case of any further query.
      Thanks

  11. Bibilal says:

    I want visit in February second week. How will be the place ? Do you have any idea.?

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,
      I would like to inform you that Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib gets open on 1st June till the initial days of October. You can come during any time in between.
      A visit in February is not feasible.
      Thanks

  12. Paul Singh says:

    Would it be possible to advise some information on Hemkund Sahib as well as the Valley of Flowers? A friend and I would like to visit, but also want to make sure India is not too hot during non-Hemkund visit. From what I noticed .. the best time might be end-August and early September.
    Are their tours from Delhi that are all inclusive? or partial tours? How far can one drive if one rents a car, and how far is it to it from Delhi .. with easy driving?

    Are accommodations easily available and would you know the costs etc.? We an stand high temperatures as well as freezing but prefer to go when it is comfortable all around.
    Your advice would be highly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Regards
    Paul

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Parul
      The itinerary for this year has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail. It contains all the information. Your questions are also duely answered via mail.
      We shall take the process ahead with you.
      Thank you !!

  13. vijay kumar says:

    Dear Sir,
    I want to visit the place in between period of 15 to 25th of may.Please advice.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Vijay

      This is to inform you that Valley of Flowers doesn’t open in May. It opens from 1st June to initial days of October. Our Departures starts from 11th June this year. You can join us. The detailed itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check.
      Contact us for further details.
      Thank you !!

  14. Cole says:

    I would like to come September 18
    What would weather be like ?
    Where is the base and how long to get to Hemkund ?
    If one can’t walk is there assistance ?
    Thanks
    Cole

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Cole

      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail. It contains every information.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  15. Vidit Parashar says:

    Hello

    We are planning to visit Hemkund sahib in mid of September. please share the details and instructions

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Vidit
      The itinerary for this year has been sent to you. Kindly have a look.
      Contact us for further details.
      Thank you !!

  16. sarthak says:

    Hi,
    I am planning for hemkund sahib and vof on 8/9/2016.
    What are your suggestions on weather and suggested itineary.

    Thanks

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sarthak
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  17. jagjit singh says:

    Should we go to hemkund sahib on 10 August-15 August.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Zafar Ali
      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check your mail.
      Do contact if intersted this year.
      Thank you !!

  18. Ravinder says:

    Thank you very much for providing such a nice piece of information. I am planning to visit Hemkund sahib & Valley of Flowers this year in the last week of September . Please provide me necessary information in this regard specially how to cover both the places conveniently.

    with regards
    Ravinder

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Ravinder

      This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with mail.
      Do contact if interested this year.
      Thank you !!

  19. Sankar Bandyopadhyay says:

    You are helping those who intend to visit hemkund sahib & Valley of Flowers , it’s very thankful job . I shall visit hemkund & Valley of Flowers this year in the last week of september . Pl. provide me necessary information in this regard and oblige .
    with regards
    Sankar Bandyopadhyay

  20. Divya Arora says:

    Hi, I & my fiends are planning to visit Hemkund Sahib & Valley of Flowers in the week of 17th Jul till 23rd Jul. Pls advise if it is a good time to visit. How much would be the rains? Also, we are planning to visit Badrinath too during this week.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi Divya,
      This is good time to visit valley. It rains mostly during night there. We have sent you a detailed itinerary, that included all the information.

      • Nalini Mittal says:

        Hi, can you send me the detailed itinerary as well?
        I am hoping to trek the Valley of Flowers but I am told in July it’s not a full bloom period

  21. Harpreet Chakkar says:

    Hi,

    I heard Hemkund Sahib’s closing date is the 10th October. But somebody said to me, the closing date is the 5th of October. Which of these dates are correct?

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      Every year the opening and closing date is decided by the Gurudwara Authorities. Please contact them.

  22. Chetan Pal Singh says:

    I am planning to visit Hemkund Sahib from 18th June to 25th June. We are family of 4 people. We will start from Chandigarh on 18th June and will reach Govind Ghat on 19th June. Is this the right time to visit? As I saw moderate rain forcast on Internet. Also please suggest some good hotels at Govind Ghat and Govind Dham.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Chetan Pal Singh Ji,
      This is good time to visit Hemkund Sahib. Please go ahead, There are many hotels available in Govindgaht and Ghangaria.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Chetan Pal Singh Ji,
      This is good time to visit Hemkund Sahib. Please go ahead, There are mnay hotels available in Govindgaht and Ghangaria.

  23. Harbaksh S. Sethi says:

    My wife and I would like to visit Sri Hemkund Sahib in End August. Is this the right season and can one recommend a good tourist company to contact for arrangements. Thanks

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Sir,

      We are tour operator exclusively for Valley, Hemkund Sahib and near by areas. You will get to see flowering there at end of August. We also sent you an itinerary. Please check.

      Thank You!!

      • Romit Agrawal says:

        we are planning to go to hemkund sahib around 15 august. please send me an itinerary if possible

        • Devkant Sangwan says:

          Hello Romit
          This year’s itinerary has been sent to you. Kindly check with your mail.
          Do contact if interested this year.
          Thank you !!

  24. Amrit says:

    What is the approximate weather in early sept – How cold in the evenings and mornings?
    Thank you!

  25. Vinita says:

    Hi,
    I’m intrested in the trek but the only problem is I will be travelling abroad from 25th July to 18th Aug 2016.Can you please suggest me shall I plan the trip before 25th July or after 18th Aug.I really want to see the maximum flowers.Can you please guide me a little.

    Regards,
    Vinita

  26. Priti shah says:

    also i would like to know how to reach hemkund sahib and Valley of Flowers ? we will need a local guide or is the trek well drawn out and we can trek on our own?

  27. Priti shah says:

    Hi,
    we are planning to trek hemkund sahib in 1st or 2nd week of july this year. will the weather be conducive enough and how about rains? also other than hemkund sahib and Valley of Flowers, is there any other site around it we can visit esp snow clad?
    thank you.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hello Preeti Ji,
      It will be monsoon season in July first week. You can visit Auli and Gorson top. Unfortunately there was very less snow fall this season, you will get some snow at Hemkund Shahib.

  28. Manish Agarwal says:

    Thanks for beautiful pictures.
    Planning to visit Badrinath May last week. Is this also possible to visit Hemkunt Sahib and Valley of Flower then?
    Thanks

  29. Viraj says:

    Hi there,

    I am planning to visit HemkundSahib somewhere around 10-20 May. Do you think it is possible to visit the Gurudwara then?. Also, please share an itinerary if possible

    Thanks!

    • rishichandhok says:

      No, Gurudwra wil b opening on 25th may
      You can visit before but u can nly do darshan but guru granth sahib wil be placed up on 25th May 2016..

  30. Gurpreet Singh says:

    I am planning a cycling trip from Haridwar to Gobindghat and trekking to Hemkunt Sahib and Valley of Flowers and river rafting at Rishikesh. Which time you think will be good for all these.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Hi,
      River rafting is not allowed in July and August, Please check whether they allow in September. You should come in August second half when monsoon slows down and still flowers are available.

  31. Vidya Samlal says:

    Hi there, my mother and I are planning to visit hemkund sahib this year (2016). Can you please give me approx weather conditions/temperature in September based on 2015 data. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I can wait to be there this year.

    Cheers
    Vidya

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Thanks,

      The temperature at Hemkund Sahib will be approx 4-5 degree Celsius during day time in September. You are not allowed to stay overnight at Hemkund Sahib. The temperature at Ghangaria will be 4-5 degree Celsius in the evening and night time. You will need thermals.

  32. Anchal Jain says:

    Planning to visit this year hopefully.. Been thinking for 2 yrs but due to flood damage it didn’t work out. What’s the best route ex delhi for Valley of Flowers? How rigorous is the trek in Aug?

  33. Jay Vyas says:

    I want to visit Valley of Flowers and looking to avoid rush of hemkund sahib. Which is the best season for that?

  34. Harmeet Singh says:

    Lovely lovely pictures. Make me pack my bags and set out for the journey at once. But alas ! At present I can’t leave for the above journey. But I shall go again, that is for sure. I visited Shri Hemkund Sahib in the year 2007.

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Thanks Harmeet Ji,
      Please do share your pictures with me, I will be glad to publish them here under your name.

      • mona says:

        hows it will be if we visit in the last of june to Valley of Flowers. Does we see flowers at this time.

        • Devkant Sangwan says:

          Dear Mam,
          Valley of Flowers is snow clad for most of the year and it becomes accessible only in the month of June. Officially Valley of Flowers opens First June every year. Valley of Flowers is always beautiful. It depends upon your taste that what you would like to see.The best time to visit the valley is in the 1st week of July to the end of September.as during this time you will find lots of greenery and flowers everywhere in the Valley of Flowers.If you wish to see the pics of flowers during this time you can surely do visit the below mentioned link-http://www.valleyofflowers.info/best-time-to-visit-valley-of-flowers/

  35. Arun Babbar says:

    Hi Devkant
    Nice to see such lovely pictures of Hemkunt Sahib
    You are doing an excellent job
    Pl note my mail id & keep me posted
    My regards to Seema
    Arun Babbar

    • Devkant Sangwan says:

      Thanks Arun Ji,
      Thanks for the complements, Its due again for you and Upinder Ji, Come to Valley of Flowers in 2015.

  36. Subhendu P Chakravarti says:

    Yes, it may be somewhat better than the Valley of Flowers especially due to the easy availability and visibility of Brahma Kamal in the months of July & August.

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