KEDARNATH - VASUKI TAL

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Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Gaurikund
Altitude: 3584 m above Sea Level
Best Time: May -September

Kedarnath-Vasuki Tal Trek Kedarnath is at an altitude of 3584 m. A magnificent temple was built by the Pandavas at the base of Kedarnath Peak's south-eastern face, and millions of pilgrims now come to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva here.

Kedarnath - Vasuki Taal, Gaurikund, Uttranchal  The trek starts from Gauri kund, which is easily approachable by car or bus. At Gaurikund there is a hot water sulphur spring where you can have a refreshing bath. The trek from Gaurikund to Rambara follows the river Mandakini. It is a little steep initially but then becomes a gradual climb through forests. There are several beautiful waterfalls along the way. From Rambara the trek ..to Kedarnath is much easier.

Kedarnath to Vasuki Tal is a continuous ascent along a goat track. The view of the Chaukhamba peaks and Mandakini Valley is wonderful from here. The final trek to the Vasuki Tal is downhill for a kilometer.

The Tal is about 1 km in radius and has clear glittering water. Paian Tal is about 1. km to the north-west. This lake is even more beautiful. At the bottom of it, you can see rectangular slabs of rocks, as if they have been placed there intentionally.

A guide is essential.

The best season to visit these lakes is from May to September.

Place Altitude (M) Distance (km) Accommodation
Gaurikund 1981 -- TB*
Kedarnath 3584 15 trek TB*, H*
Vasuki Tal 4135 6 trek TB*

* TB = Tourist Bunglow,  H = Hotel

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