Hemkund is almost 18km trek from Govindghat, which is the gateway to the Bhyundar or Lakshman Ganga valley. The trek from here to Hemkund takes one through forests of pine and rhododendron where wild roses, ferns and alpine flowers bloom. The surging waters of the Lakshman Ganga are also visible. The last 5km of the trek entails a steep climb from Ghangharia, which is a base for visiting Hemkund. This sacred Sikh shrine is situated on the shores of the Hemkund lake (4320 m).