Witness the Vasuki Tal Trek at a maximum altitude of 16,100 ft which ends on the famous high-altitude lake situated at the base of Mount Satopanth. This lake got its name when Lord Shiva took bath during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Hike to one of the most astonishing glacial lakes in the world – witness majestic peaks. Exceptional campsites to grand fantastic views of the colossal mountains encompassing the settings. Relish a pilgrim route and seek the blessings of goddess Ganga in Gangotri Temple. Enjoy a captivating trail with myths in the air, flora, and peeping snow-covered hilltops. A perfect trek for pro trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
Trek Duration: 8N/9D
Maximum altitude:16,100 ft.
Vasuki Tal Trek difficulty: Moderate
Trek distance: 63 Km
Temperature: 16 deg C to -2 deg C
ATM: You will find ATMs in Uttarkashi
Start Point/End Point: Gangotri
There are two Vasuki Tal treks in Uttarakhand:
1- Vasuki Tal trek from Gangotri: This 64 km trek starts from Gangotri (a town in Uttarkashi district) and goes up to an altitude of 16,010 feet at Vasuki Tal via Tapovan. Customized batches for 4+ trekkers.
2- Vasuki Tal trek from Kedarkantha Dham: The distance from Kedarnath Temple to Vasuki Tal is around 7 km and the altitude is around 14,200 feet. Start your trek early in the morning from Kedarnath Dham so that you can be back in Kedarnath by lunchtime. Not recommended without the guide.
The best time to visit Vasuki Tal Trek is during the spring and summer seasons from May to Mid June and then from September to mid-October. Trekking is not possible during the winter season because of the snow. Trekking during the rainy season is also not allowed since the entire region becomes prone to unpredictable landslides.
Vasuki Tal is a moderate to difficult level trek. You need to be physically and mentally prepared for the trek and should stick to a proper fitness routine before coming on the trek. Read more – Fitness preparation for Himalayan trek.
During the trek, you will be provided with 3 person tent on a twin-sharing basis and 4 person tent on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.
Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 9 breakfast. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily different desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.
● Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; takes adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
● The Vasuki Tal trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering at the local sites or campsites. Travellers littering may be fined.
The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Ddn Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi expresses or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.
There are regular buses from Delhi to Dehradun/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ). You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.
👉 Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
👉 Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L
👉 Bag Rain Cover
👉 Fleece pants
👉 Woollen gloves and woollen cap
👉 Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
👉 Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
👉 Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
👉 Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
👉 Insulated Jacket
👉 Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
👉 Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
👉 Trekking shoes
👉 Sun Block and Lip Balm
👉 Water Bottles
✖ Camera and Accessories
✖ Ear Plugs
✖ Glacier Glasses
✖ Reading and Writing Materials
Board a cab from Dehradun early in the morning and move toward the holy town of Gangotri (10,000 feet) the road-head for this trek. The journey takes around 10-12 hours, Meal: Dinner Overnight stay in Hotel
Gangotri (3048 mts/10000 ft) - Bhojwassa (3792 mts/12440 ft) 14 kms trek/5-6 hrs) Start your trek towards Bhojwassa via Chirbasa (3600mt). From Gangotri in Uttarkashi District, you will move along the beaten track towards Chirbasa, which is on a tree line. Trek through the roaring Bhagirathi River. From Chirbasa we trek further to Bhojwassa, the entire trail passes through a dense forest. Arrive at Bhojbasa there is a small temple and a potential campsite near down the river. Experience the excellent sunset on the Bhagirathi group of peaks.
Early in the Morning enjoy the panoramic view of the Bhagirathi group of peaks. After breakfast trek to Gomukh (3890mt), the source of the Ganges. Explore the area and trek to Tapovan, one of the finest high-altitude alpine meadows in the area. The trek from Gomukh to Tapovan is ascent steep, and as we climb, the view of the surrounding peaks becomes clearer. Enjoy the sight of the herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) are a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop. Arrive at Tapovan and tents. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Rest and acclimatization day.
Tapovan – Meru Glacier - Nandanvan (4340 mts/14235/Trek 4-5 hrs) Start this trek early to the great Meru Glacier. After a brief halt to explore Meru Glacier, we trace back to Nandanvan via the Gomukh glacier. The route from Tapovan leads from the upper section of the meadow down and onto the glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
The trek goes on the right side of the Chaturangi Glacier, we reach the highest point of our trek at 4880 meters which is the high altitude lake of Vasuki Tal. The lake also serves as a beautiful base for Mt Satopanth and Mt Vasuki The trek is steady upward.
Today, we will retrace our steps from Nandanvan to Bhojbasa. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
After breakfast, get ready to trek down to Gangotri. The descent is easy and one can reach Gangotri well before afternoon. We can use this day to visit the holy town of Gangotri which is one of the most famous and sacred destinations for Hindus, all over the world.
After breakfast, get ready to travel down to Dehradun.
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
The minimum age limit is 12+ years. However, minors aged between 12 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents and guardians.
Vasuki Tal is a moderate to difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 12+ years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then indeed, yes!
The last electricity charging point would be in Gangotri. You’ll get only the Bsnl/Airtel network. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts at the base camp. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
Since you will be starting and returning to Gangotri. It is possible for you to leave some luggage behind. Please ask your respective homestay/Guest house owners to provide some space for extra luggage.
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.