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.
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 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 Vajradanti (Potentilla). All of them look very beautiful. Following are some of the pictures taken at Hemkund Sahib during July and 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.