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Vasuki Tal Lake

About Vasuki Tal Lake

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. One can spot Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers blooming around the placid lake, making the aura divine. 

Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary 8km trek from Kedarnath or 24kms trek from nearest roadhead Gaurikund

Vasuki Tal Lake in Kedarnath

Lord Vishnu bathed in Vasuki Tal during Rakshabandhan:

According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Vishnu bathed in this lake at the auspicious Raksha Bandhan festival. Hence, it was named as Vasuki Tal.

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 

Location of Vasuki Tal Lake

Vasuki Tal Lake is located in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary ( 8km trek from Kedarnath or 24kms trek from nearest roadhead Gaurikund).

Location & How to Reach Vasuki Tal Lake

Nearest road head to Vasuki Tal is Gaurikund. The nearest railway stations for Gaurikund is Rishikesh. You can catch local buses, shareable cabs to Guptkashi from here, which is the last town before Gaurikund. From where sharable jeeps/Tata sumos are available to Gaurikund. The further trek route is mentioned above.

Read How to Reach guide for Kedarnath.

What is Vasuki Tal Lake famous for?

Vasuki Tal Lake is popular place for following activities/ interests - Lakes.

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