Day 4 - Hemkund Sahib
Sorry, it was raining all daily and could not click many pics. This video mainly tells our experience.
Hemkund Sahib is a holy pilgrimage for Sikhs - a Gurudwara beside Hemkund lake at an altitude of 4320m.
Basecamp for this to is Ghangharia and just 500m Ghangharia route divides - one goes to Valley of Flowers and other one goes to Hemkund Sahib.
Trek to his holy shrine is about 6km which is a steep climb throughout.
Already tired from last day's trek, we knew this was going to be a daunting task. The rain which started the late-night and hadn't stopped since added to the worries. Some trekkers in our group cancelled the attempt, but we were not going to give up after coming so far.
So began the highest climb of our lives till date. Initial 1km we were all full of energy. As the climb progressed, we became slower with every step. The rain did not stop even for a second.
After 3kms we were quite exhausted. Still, half of the trek was left. One kilometre more into the trek we started feeling lack of oxygen. It had grown extremely cold and water had crept in everywhere. Our shoes had become swimming pools.
On our way came a big water crossing which was being fed by a glacier. Water flow was scary-strong and there was no bridge over it (see the video). We somehow managed to cross it safely.
Now we had started hearing guruwani from speakers in the gurudwara. The destination was close!!! Lack of oxygen felt more than ever. I had started having a headache.
However, as soon as we reached the top - it was magical. That view of the lake surrounded by waterfalls on all sides and gurudwara beside it was surreal!
Upon reaching there, we washed our frozen hands with hot water and then enjoyed a cup of tea and hot khichdi. Those were lifesavers!!!
Finally, we sat in the gurudwara and enjoyed some moments of peace.