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.
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|
|Kedarnath||3584||15 trek||TB*, H*|
|Vasuki Tal||4135||6 trek||TB*|
* TB = Tourist Bunglow, H = Hotel