Kedarnath Vasuki Tal Trek
VASUKI Tal is a high elevation glacial lake located about 8 km from KEDARNATH in UTTARAKHAND. This lake sits at a stunning altitude of 4,135 metres above sea level. The lake is enclosed by majestic Himalayan mountain ranges. The CHAUKHAMBA summit which is situated in the locality is a sight to behold. The best time to visit this place is from May to September.
The virtuous VASUKI Tal amidst ravishing vistas of the Himalayan meridian is bestowed with luscious Brahma Kamal and other varied Himalayan flowers. The VASUKI Tal trek is a popular trek among the adventurers as it offers scenic views of the MANDAKINI River and CHAUKHAMBA Peak.
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Vishnu bathed in this lake at the gracious RAKSHA BANDHAN festival. Hence, it was named as VASUKI Tal.
The trek to VASUKI Tal is generally completed in the day itself from KEDARNATH , with trekkers returning to KEDARNATH to spend the night. Trekking to the enchanted VASUKI Tal is considered to be a moderately difficult trek, especially for first time trekkers. Some adventurous trekkers can start trekking right away from GAURIKUND.
The trek commences from GAURIKUND, which is the nearest road head to the VASUKI Tal. From GAURIKUND, the trekkers pass through lush greenery to reach RAMBARA. From RAMBARA, one has to reach GARUR CHATTI before halting for the night at KEDARNATH.
The icy VASUKI Tal is just 900 meters downhill trek from the VASUKI Top. In the beginning, the VASUKI Tal is easy for first 3-4kms and gradually ascends from there on.
The VASUKI TAL that offers a spiritual aura. It is approximately 5kms 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.
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 5kms leads to VASUKI Tal. The downhill trek from VASUKI Tal follows the same route.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun about 299 km from GAURIKUND is the nearest airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is at RISHIKESH about 212 km away from GAURIKUND.
By Road: VASUKI Tal perched at an altitude of 14,200 feet in the majestic KEDARNATH Valley can be easily accessible from all parts of the country.