|The foot path from Gobind Ghat to Hemkunt
is often congested with traffic. Walk on the inside of
the path to avoid being knocked off the edge by passing
mules, cows, sedan chairs, or people.
Landslides are common along the motor road,
especially during the rainy season (July and August) and
may delay travel. Drive slowly and carefully, and heed
all traffic signs.
There is an (inadequate) registration system for
porters and mules. Be vigilant to ensure that none of
your belongings go missing. As a measure of security if
you hire a porter of mule, ask for an identity card or
token and keep it with you throughout the journey. There
are police posts in Gobind Ghat and Gobind Dham should
any problems arise.
Altitude sickness is a very serious risk along the
journey to Hemkunt Sahib. Here are a few tips for
keeping yourself healthy: Spend as much time as possible
in the hills before going all the way up to Hemkunt.
Your body adjusts to the altitude slowly. Don't let
yourself become chilled or dehydrated. Dress in warm,
dry clothes and drink plenty of tea, water, juice, or
soft drinks. Try not to become over-tired. Watch for the
following symptoms of altitude sickness: headaches,
difficulty breathing, cold extremities, dizziness,
disorientation, vomiting. If you or members of your
group have these symptoms, go back down.
Altitude sickness can be life-threatening. Once a lower
altitude is reached where more oxygen is available in
the air, the symptoms will be alleviated in a short