Vasuki Tal is an enchanting lake situated near Kedarnath at an altitude of 4135 meters in the mighty Garhwal Himalayan hills of Uttarakhand. It is also famous for wonderful trekking experiences among trekkers. The lake is located at a distance of 8 km from Kedarnath in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand state, India.
- Latitude: 30.90836356
- Longitude: 79.17344193
Vasuki Tal is surrounded by beautiful Himalayan mountains, which provide beautiful views of Garhwal range. Because of its crystal clear water, Vasuki tal finds its place in one of the greatest sights in Kedarnath valley. The lake is located at a great height so winters are extremely cold here. During winters the lake gets completely frozen.
According to the Hindu mythology this is the lake where Lord Vishnu used to take bath in ancient times. This beautiful lake provides a charming view of the neighboring Chaukhamba peaks. One can witness colorful flowers around the lake, notably Brahmakamal.
Vasuki Tal Trek :
Vasuki Tal trek is quite long to walk. It is considered as moderate to difficult trek. The trek from Kedarnath to Vasuki Tal is a continuous trail along a narrow path. One has to cross the Chaturangi Glacier and Vasuki Glacier to finally get to the lake. These glaciers are filled with ravines and crossing them demands a great amount of stamina and confidence. The total distance of this trek is about 8 km from Kedarnath. Trekking enthusiasts usually form a group and start the trek. Because of the difficulty level, we would recommend a trekking guide in this trek.
Best Time To Visit Vasuki Tal:
From May to October, the weather is mild and pleasant in Kedarnath and Vasuki Tal. Thus, it is the great time to visit. In winters the lake gets frozen and crossing the glaciers becomes very risky. So the winters and monsoons are not the best times to visit Vasuki tal.
How To Reach Vasuki Tal:
Gaurikund is the nearest road-head to Vasuki tal. The nearest railway station to reach Gaurikund is Rishikesh, which is at a distance of almost 212 km. From Rishikesh or Dehradun, one has to use public transport such as buses or taxis to reach Guptkashi. From Guptkashi shared taxis such Mahindra Max are available to Gaurikund. Gaurikund is 29 km away from Guptakashi.