Vasuki Tal Trek

a comprehensive guide

Overview

The Himalayas are glorious, mighty and not to be messed with. The Himalayan region, even with favourable weather conditions, can be unpredictable. For centuries alpinists and trekkers have wandered into the depths of the Himalayas to seek answers and enlightenment. Scaling any Himalayan peak is considered to be a significant life-changing experience.

Their beauty is unmatched and soul-capturing. The Himalayas are vast and are considered a no man’s land. Many regions of the Himalayas are prohibited to protect their sanctity as many sages reside in caves. These sages have renounced all worldly pleasures and seek wisdom and purity in the Himalayas. There are certain destinations that deserves your visit, if not this time but next time. So, make sure to read our blog on the Trek To Kalindi Khal, as it might come in handy on your next trip.

 The Himalayan glaciers are the main source of water throughout India. This water is considered to be pure with healing properties. Various lakes are surrounding these glaciers along with rare Himalayan flowers growing alongside them. The Vasuki Tal is one such lake where you can find the Brahma Kamal, which blooms only once a year after sunset.

The Vasuki Tal trek is also no piece of cake – it requires a great deal of mental and physical fitness. On this trek, you will experience nature like never before and get an opportunity to explore the various rare flora and fauna.

Key Highlights of Vasuki Tal Trek

As believed by Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu bathed in Vasuki Tal on Raksha Bandhan, which helped in purifying the lake. While there are various other pilgrimages in the Himalayas, Vasuki Tal is important both religiously and spiritually.

The lake is also believed to be shaped like the snake Vasuki wrapped around Lord Shiva. The lake is surrounded by rare species of flowers, one of which is the Brahma Kamals, which blooms only once a year. While at the lake, you will find yourself protected by various Himalayan peaks, such as the Chaukhamba peak.

The holy and splendid temple built at the foothills of the Kedarnath peak is 8 km away from the Vasuki Tal Lake. The trek to Vasuki Tal is known to be one of the holiest trekking trails in Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

The lake is revered as a holy site and many pilgrims visit the lake to pay respects on their way to Kedarnath.

During the trek, you will be able to see up-close Mt. Shivling, Meru, Bhagirathi I, II, III, and Thalay Sagar, while crossing various glaciers. You will also come across Gaumukh, which is the main source of the holy river Ganga.

If you wish to start your trek to the lake from Gaurikund, you can take a dip in the natural hot water sulfur spring. Sulfur is known to cure many ailments and can have a relaxing effect before the long trek ahead.

The trek is loaded with surreal waterfalls to replenish yourself and walk-through thick forests. Vasuki Tal lake is the base camp for Mt. Vasuki and Mt. Satopanth. The Vasuki Parvat stands tall at 6792 meters, making it the 35th highest peak in Uttarakhand.

The Garhwal mountains have been on every trekker’s bucket list and some experience is required to scale these mountains.

The Vasuki Parbat along with its surrounding area is sheltered in the Gangotri National Park. This national park extends to 2,390 km2 making it India’s largest conservation area. The eastern side of the Vasuki Parbat is surrounded by the Sundar Bamak glacier and the western side by the Vasuki glacier.

Vasuki, as believed in Hindu mythology, was the ‘King of Snakes’. The snake-like structure of the ridge resembles the snake worn by Lord Shiva. Despite all the religious factors, Vasuki Tal is yet to be discovered by travellers from around the world.

 During the Vasuki Tal Trek, you will come across various peaks on various altitudes. Starting from Gangotri at 3415 meters, Chirbasa at 3580 meters, Bhojbasa at 3775 meters, Gaumukh at 4255 meters, Tapovan at 4500 meters, Nandanvan at 4810 meters, and Vasuki Tal at 4978 meters.

The Vasuki Tal trek is not for beginners and ambitious trekkers must also possess strength and stamina. You will also need a guide to complete the trek and help you find the right spot to pitch a tent. The weather has a mind of its own, therefore it is advised to always carry warm clothes.

Another enchanting yet mystical destination known as the Nelong Valley, make sure to read our blog in order to understand how this mystical valley connects well with the Vasu Ki Tal Trek.

Itinerary for VASUKITAL Trek

The Vasuki Tal trek is not an easy one and requires both mental and physical compatibility. The varying peaks and narrow trails can be a challenge and a dream for adventure seekers.

Please note that below is mentioned one of the many itineraries for the Vasuki Tal trek. Depending on your schedule, plan your trip accordingly. Make sure to get a thorough health check-up before heading out on the trek.

Day 01: Delhi – Dehradun

You can easily travel from Delhi to Dehradun via bus, train, or flight. The distance to Dehradun is 247 km and can be completed within 6-7 hours. Spend the night in Dehradun and start the next day early. Refill on necessary amenities and get a guide to help you through the Vasuki Tal trek.

Day 02: Dehradun – Gangotri

Start your day early as Gangotri is 258 km from Dehradun. It will take nearly 11 hours to reach your destination. The pleasant drive starts by the Bhagirathi Riverbank that leads into stretches of forest.

You can either take the next stop at Suwakholi for breakfast or stop at Dharasu village for lunch. Head out on the Harshil road to reach Gangotri. You will reach Gangotri just in time for your evening snack and lovely dinner.

Well, you have come way too close to not experience the essence and the mesmerizing scenic beauty of the Harshil Valley.

Day 03: Gangotri – Chirbasa Base Camp

The trek to Chirbasa (thick forest of pine trees) is nearly 9 km. The trek is relatively levelled along with serene views of the Himalayas. While trekking to the camp you will cross over a bridge leading to a ridge that opens up into lush green forests of pine trees.

Further ahead you come across a patch of loose rocks that leads to the Bhagirathi River near the Chirbasa ground. Set up camp and enjoy the majestic views of the Gaumukh glacier and Bhagirathi peaks.

Day 03: Chirbasa Base Camp – Bhojbasa – Tapovan Base Camp

The distance from Chirbasa to Bhojbasa is nearly 5 km and can be covered within 3-4 hours. The trek to Bhojbasa is rocky, barren, and prone to landslides. There are a couple of tea stalls on the way where you can stop for a break. At the end of the trek, you will reach a temple and will be able to view the majestic Himalayas up close.

After a short break, trek ahead to Tapovan Base Camp, which is another 9 km long. This part of the trek is steep, strenuous, snow-covered, and slippery. You will reach the base camp right in time to view the sunset over the Himalayan Peaks.

Day 03: Tapovan – Nandanvan Base Camp – Vasuki Tal

Start your day early around 3:00 am and head out to the Nandanvan Base Camp. The trek is 6 km long and should be covered in nearly 3-4 hours. This part of the trek is covered with hard ice, glaciers, and slippery rocks.

Trek through the steep trail before arriving at your campsite. Halt here for breakfast between lush green meadows and jaw-dropping views of Mt. Meru, Kedar Dome, and Shivling. The next leg of your trek is the last one. The trek till Vasuki Tal is 6 km along the Chaturangi glacier. After a tiresome day of hardcore trekking, you will finally reach your destination.

After spending time at the lake to your heart’s content, trace back your steps and reach Dehradun. From here you can head back to your respective homes.

Best Time to Visit Vasuki Tal

The best time to trek to Vasuki Tal is between May-June as the weather is warm. The temperature dips at night, therefore you must carry an extra set of warm clothes with you. Please note that while summers are the best time to trek to Vasuki Tal, it can get very hot during the day.

The sun is overhead, which can cause exhaustion and sunburn. Nevertheless, there are fewer chances of landslides and the trek is relatively safer.
While the monsoon in the Himalayas can be brutal, many adventure seekers wait to trek during this particular season. Please note, that during the monsoon seasons even the smallest of rivers are gushing with high currents. The trails are slippery and there are high chances of landslides.

Unless you are an avid experienced trekker, do not attempt this trek. You will also need a trekking guide to help you find alternative routes in cases of landslides.
September-October are the months when the monsoons come to an end. The flowers have blossomed and the meadows are lush with fresh grass. The air has a subtle winter chill and the Himalayas peaks are covered with snow.

The trails can still be damp from the monsoons, but the views of the valleys make up for a strenuous trek. The Vasuki Tal Trek in the winters can be extremely beautiful, but due to heavy snowfall, many closed can be blocked.

The weather conditions are unpredictable and it is advised to not plan a trek. Several top-notch trekkers with years of experience, trek during harsh winter conditions. During the winters several rare and endangered animals can be spotted such as the snow leopard.
The Vasuki Tal trek is an absolute paradise for any and everyone. Reaching the Vasuki Tal is a spiritual and religious experience.

Pilgrims visiting Kedarnath make it a point to visit Vasuki Tal to complete their journey. The symbolic lake holds a special place in the hearts of those who have been lucky enough to be in its presence.

Basic Preparation Before Going to the Trek

The Vasuki Tal trek is still unexplored and is a difficult trek. The continuously changing altitudes require impeccable strength. The trek is not for beginners and experienced trekkers also must get a health check-up from a physician.

If you have any predetermined health issues, make sure to carry an extra supply of your prescribed medications.

Basic Necessities

  • A sturdy and weather-proof camping equipment includes rugged shoes for rough terrains, waterproof bodysuit, waterproof rucksack, walking stick, and torch. 
  • Identification Documents, medical certificate, necessary pass, and permits
  • Small camping gas and stove, extra supply of water and food.
  • A sturdy wind-proof and rain-proof tent.
  • Jungle knife, binoculars, and a map.
  • A compatible cellular network sim. 
  • Toiletries, disposable utensils, garbage bags. 
  • Extra pair of warm clothes, thermals, gloves and hats.
Medical Kit & Supplies

  • Prescribed medication by a physician for predetermined health issues. 
  • Cough and Cold medicine. 
  • Medication to help with altitude sickness such as – Diamox, Disprin, Norflox TZ, Volini, and ORS. 
  • Medical kit with bandages, antiseptic, and antibiotics. 
  • Asthma pump or nebulizer for asthma or lung-related problems.

If you book your trip via a travel agency all the necessary medical supplies and on-call doctors are available. Nevertheless, if you are traveling solo or with a group, it is advised to carry the basic amenities mentioned above.

Why Vasuki Trek Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List

Good things come to those who wait. This unexplored terrain is strenuous for a reason. Trekking in the Himalayas is always an achievement and a life-changing experience. Nature enthusiasts, photographers, trekkers, and travellers alike, who have not yet heard about or visited Vasuki Tal, must definitely add it to their bucket list.  Last but not the least, we would like you to read about the Trek to Kedarkantha, as you might just come back to this region for Kedarkantha.

The rare flora and fauna are a sight to behold and every season in the Himalayas has a story to tell.