Kedarnath Vasuki Tal trek Itinerary
Location: Garhwal Himalayas (Uttarakhand)
Altitude: 3584 m above Sea Level
Best Time: May -September
Duration: 20 Days
Kedarnath is one of the popular Hindu pilgrimage sites that is nestled at an elevation of 3553 meters and holds a shrine, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, making it one of the four sites in India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage tour. The Kedarnath site, on the banks of River Mandakini, is the most remote of the four sites that is located close to the Chorabari Glacier and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. It can be accessed after a trek of 21 kilometers from Sonprayag en route to Linchoni, Rambara and Garur Chatti, which is the nearest road head that connects Kedarnath to other parts of Garhwal Himalaya.
Well, beyond the pilgrimage site lies another serene and pristine beauty that is set in the midst of mountains layered with snow. the Vasuki Tal that offers a spiritual aura. It is approximately 5 kilometers up from Kedarnath and the thrilling trail allows you to get acquainted with the wildlife along with sprawling natural hues. Camping at the shore of this glacial lake is a unique part on your holy trip to Kedarnath.
After the town suffered extensive destruction during June 2013 from flash floods caused by torrential rains in Uttarakhand state, the new route to Kedarnath diverts from Sonprayag to Gomkara, where one needs to cross the River Vasuki Ganga. The Kedarnath Vasuki Tal trek continues to ascend towards Dev Vishnu en route through a dense alpine forest and thereafter turns to head to Dhungaj Giri. From Dhungaj Giri the journey steeply ascends to Kedarnath and further, a climb of 5 kilometers leads to Vasuki Tal. The downhill trek from Vasuki Tal follows the same route.
Situated at an altitude of 4,135 metres above sea level in the district of Rudraprayag Vasuki Tal is a high altitude, clear blue glacial lake. Outlining and overlooking the lake are the gloriously majestic, snow-laden Himalayan ranges which form the backdrop for this holy site. This is also one of the least visited and less frequented trekking trails in Uttarakhand and is located at a distance of 8 kms from the holy Char Dham site and one of the holiest Jyotirlingas of Kedarnath. Once you reach there you will be able to savour some of the most splendid views of the surrounding Chaukhamba peaks which look like it protects the entire lake region.
History of Vasuki Tal
The pristine glacial waters of Vasuki Tal is set amidst the massive and towering Himalayan peaks which form a charming tone to the entire environment. The entire lake is outlined with the unique and beautiful Himalayan flowers known as Brahma Kamal. This trek is not only a famous trekking and hiking destination for adventure lovers but it is also an important spiritual destination for people seeking some spiritual vitality. This place is considered to be extremely holy since it is believed that as per Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu had descended onto the earthly realm into this lake for a holy bath during the auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan.
Perched at an elevation of 14,200 feet above sea level on the charming hills of Kedarnath Dham Vasuki Tal is quickly becoming one of the most sought after tourist destinations in northern India. This place is being visited by not only by adventure seekers but also it is a hub for pilgrim goers and people seeking to amplify some spirituality in their lives. The lake is surrounded by colourful fauna and beautifully unique Brahma Kamal which is only found at high altitude zones. Trekking up to this region is a difficult route so people suffering from BP problems or some physical or mental ailment are advised against taking this journey.
How to Reach
A trekking journey to Vasuki Tal is every trekker’s dream come true which should be covered with a group of at least six individuals. The trekking grade for this lake comes under difficult and a trekking guide should be employed so that you don’t wander off. The trekking journey kick starts from Gaurikund via Rambara and reaching up to Garud Chatti, and finally making way through the holy Kedarnath Dham temple. The downward flowing holy River Mandakini which lines the entire route of the Kedarnath trek offers the pilgrims and visitors an opportunity to enthrall at its beauty. From Kedarnath you will make your way to the grassy location of Vasuki top, from here you will be able to view some of the most magnificent sites of Chaukhamba hill and Mandakini valley. Once you reach Vasuki hill top, Vasuki Tal is located at a 1 km downward trekking distance.
Here is a Brief Route Leading up to Vasuki Tal:
Dehradun – Rishikesh – Narendranagar – Chamba – Tehri – Ghansali – Chibitiga – Mayali – Tilwada – Agastyamuni – Kund – Guptkashi – Phata – Gaurikund – Kedarnath – Chorabari – Bamak glacier – Vasuki Tal.
Best Time to Visit
This place can be visited and trekked during the summer and spring months of May to mid-June and mid-September to mid-October. Since the lake is situated on an extremely high altitude, this place experiences low temperatures during the winter months along with freezing weather conditions and even snowfall on some occasions. Trekking activity is not possible during the winter months. Trekking during rainy and winter seasons is not allowed since the entire region becomes prone to unpredictable landslides.