Vasuki Tal or Vasuki Taal is a high glacial lake situated at an impressive altitude of 14,200 feet above sea level in Kedarnath Dham of Uttarakhand. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that during Rakshabandhan, Lord Vishnu bathed in the water of this pristine lake. Thus, it was named as Vasuki Tal. One can spot Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers blooming around the placid lake, making the aura divine. The travellers can also savour a majestic view of the Chaukhamba peaks from Vasuki Tal. The great Himalayan ranges and the scenic vista around the placid lake lure the tourists for a rendezvous. In addition, the luscious terrains around the Vasuki Tal are suitable for trekking.
Vasuki Tal Trek Route
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 while others can take a pony ride till Kedarnath shrine and then trek towards Vasuki Tal. It is 8km trek from Kedarnath and 24 kms trek from nearest road head at 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.
Next morning, trekkers need to reach Vasuki Top which is 7 kms from the 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 3-4 kms and gradually ascends from there on