When I first heard the name “Hom Kund”, even I got confused like most of the people, for I compared it to the more famous “Hem Kund”. Later on however, after researching a bit, I found out about the difference. In fact, after being there, the biggest difference for me was that there was no crowd at Hom Kund, which made it far more peaceful than the crowded Hem Kund.
Hom Kund is a glacial pond situated at an altitude of 4630 m. It is most famous for the Raj Jat Yatra which happens every 12 years and has a huge religious importance for the locals. The Raj Jat Yatra symbolises the ceremony where the locals walk all the way to Hom Kund to drop off Goddess Nanda Devi to her husband Lord Shiva’s place. A small and beautiful temple was constructed at the site in 2017.
For adventure enthusiasts, it is the Base Camp for climbing Nanda Ghunti and Trishul peaks. Also many trekkers come here to trek to Ronti Saddle. The actual Base Camp is located an hour’s distance before the precise location of Hom Kund, as the trail ahead is over a ridge which is quite narrow for the mules to walk on.
One can see Nanda Ghunti Peak, Trishul-I Peak, and the Junargali Pass which connects the valley to Roop Kund and also Ronti Saddle.
Here are a few images of the Hom Kund and its surrounding areas.