Vasuki Tal Trek

Temperature

Summer : 0°C to 5°C
Winter : -2°C to -5°C

Duration

11 Days | 10 Nights
Dehradun to Dehradun

Level

Moderate

Vasuki Tal Trek – Trek to the source of river Ganga

Brahma Kamal a rare species of flowers are found around Vasuki Tal, and it is amidst glaciers no vegetation is found here. The views of Chaukhamba peaks and other Himalayan ranges are surpassing.

Sacred Lake

Vasuki Tal is a high altitude lake (4,978 m) in the Garhwal Himalayan region, it is named Vasuki Tal because it resembles the snake of Lord Shiva and people believe that Lord Vishnu took bath in this Lake and it became sacred. The water is clear and it is fed by Mt. Vasuki.

Brahma Kamal’s around this mystic Lake

No vegetation is found here and this lake is in between two glaciers but plenty of Braham Kamal’s can be found here which makes it look very beautiful, Brahma Kamal is rarely found and can be only seen in the Himalayan region.

Traverse Gangotri glacier

To reach Vasuki Tal Gangotri Glacier needs to be traversed which makes this trek adventurous and full of thrill. This trek is moderate but there are some difficult sections in which skills are needed.

Amazing sights

Chaukhamba Peaks are visible from here and other magnificent Himalayan peaks glimmer from a distance. Vasuki Tal is base of Mt. Vasuki and Mt. Satopanth.

About Vasuki Tal

It is at an altitude of 4,978 m

Traverse Gangotri glacier to reach Vasuki Tal

It is believed Lord Vishnu took bath in this Lake

Amazing views of Chaukhamba Peaks

Brahma Kamal’s are found in abundance here

Highlights of this Trek

Duration: 11 days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Best Season: May, June,  September, and October

Level: Moderate

Highest Points: (4980 m)

Trekking distance (total): (78 km.)

Weather: Night temperature is cold and the day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Winter temperatures: (-2°C to -5°C)

Summer temperatures: (0°C to 5°C)

Location Chart: Drive – Dehradun, Mussoorie, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Chirbasa, Bhojbasa, Goumukh, Tapovan, Nandanvan, Vasukital

Started point: Dehradun

The altitude you are going to cover

1. Gangotri (10,145 feet)

2. Chirbasa (11761 feet)

3. Bhojbasa (12761 feet)

4. Tapovan (14202 feet)

5. Nandanvan (14345 feet)

6. Vasuki Tal (16332 feet)

Short itinerary Vasuki Tal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri (10/12 hours) (10,145 feet)

Day 2: Gangotri to Chirbasa (9 km) (6 hours) (11761 feet)

Day 3: Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (3 hours) (12761 feet)

Day 4: Bhojbasa to Tapovan (7 km) (6/7 hours) (14202 feet)

Day 5: Acclimatization Day (Tapovan) (It is very important on high altitude treks)

Day 6: Tapovan to Nandanvan (8 km) (5 hours) (14345 feet)

Day 7: Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal (6 km) (6/7 hours) (16332 feet)

Day 8: Vasuki Tal to Nandanvan (6 km) (4/5 hours)

Day 9: Nandanvan to Bhojbasa (12 km) (6/7 hours)

Day 10: Bhojbasa to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 hours)

Day 11: Gangotri to Dehradun (10/12 hours)

Vasuki Tal Trek – Details Itinerary

Day 01:- Dehradun to Gangotri (10/12 hours) (10,145 feet)

Our team members will meet you at Dehradun Railway Station and then drive to Uttarkashi, Tehri Dam is on the way. This journey is of 10 – 12 hours but you will go through some picturesque places so you will not get bored.

The journey will be along the banks of River Ganga if you ever feel that you are losing energy just have a look at the water of sacred river Ganga it will refresh you as the water looks so clean and refreshing. On the way visit Gangnani; hot spring. You will go through the lush green forest which will soothe your mind and from the places where you will get the views of the Great Himalayas and Harsil.

Reach Gangotri, which is famous for a holy pilgrimage. Go to a hotel rest there for some time and then explore this place on your own. Ganga Aarti is very famous here don’t miss to attend that.

Day 2:– Gangotri to Chirbasa (9 km) (6 hours) (11761 feet)

In Chirbasa there are pine trees all around so it is named “Chirbasa” meaning of Chir is Pine. You have to go through a market and from that trail, you will come to a forest area and when you enter there you will have some majestic views of peaks in front, they look mesmerizing as you get the front view of mountains. Today’s trek is an easy one as you have to walk on the levelled trail. Cross a bridge over a stream and after few minutes a valley unfolds which looks beautiful and picture-perfect.

After crossing ridges and going through dense pine forest, you will come across many boulders and the way is between two big boulders, you will stones and rocks on the way, this can also be called boulder zone. Walk carefully on that path so you don’t get slipped because of the rocks, continue walking on the same trail to reach Chirbasa.

The way to Chirbasa is through the pine forest, we are going to reach there in a few minutes. Chirbasa campsite is surrounded by pine trees and Bhagirathi rivers flow near. From here you can have a glance at Gaumukh glacier and Bhagirathi group of peaks. Start setting your tents, relax there and dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 3:– Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (5 km) (3 hours) (12761 feet)

Today’s trek is easy and you can reach Bhojbasa with no difficulties. Have your breakfast and start your trek. The path is not narrow and the trail will take you through some landslide-prone areas.

The peaks glitter in front of you as you go higher Mt. Shivling and Bhagirathi group of peaks attracts as they are calling you. You can spot Saints on the way in caves, they live permanently here so you take inspiration from them. Small tent shops are on the way where people who come here to worship have tea coffee or other things.

As you go higher the trail becomes barren and rocks are everywhere, Bhojbasa campsite is a barren land but the views from there are clearer and spectacular and Bhagirathi River flows beside our campsite. There is a small temple, when you reach there you can explore that area. The sunset from here looks mesmerizing. Enjoy the scenic views then dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 4:– Bhojbasa to Tapovan (7 km) (6/7 hours) (14202 feet)

Till Gomukh (source of River Ganga) trek is not a difficult one but remains covered in snow and the steep and difficult climb starts from Tapovan. The trail takes you through the boulder zone, then you have to climb Gangotri glacier, it needs to be traversed carefully with safety, follow your guide because the trails are not clear. The views get magnificent and welcome you, saints can be seen here meditating they live here permanently.

Now head towards Tapovan which is famous for its grasslands, it is 2 hours away from Gomukh. Ascending is steep but when you reach there the views will leave you to spellbound, Mt. Shivling which was visible from day one now you can get the clearer views of it and the other peaks visible from there are Bhagirathi group of peaks and Mt. Meru.

The beautiful meadow of Tapovan is your campsite with a surpassing view of mountains. Set your tents and enjoy spending night in the middle of a meadow.

Day 5:– Acclimatization Day (Tapovan)

You can just simply rest today at the campsite of Tapovan or you can explore places, when we go on a high altitude trek our body needs to adjust according to the environment.

There are divine lakes you can go and see them, explore Neel Tal from where you can see beautiful views of Mt. Meru. The daunting grasslands also needs to be explored so don’t miss out to go there. If you want proper relaxation then you can enjoy the views from your campsite.

Day 6: – Tapovan to Nandanvan (8 Km) (5 hours) (14345 feet)

Today you will traverse Gangotri glacier which is one of the challenging parts of this trek, have proper breakfast and packed lunch will be provided which you can have in the middle of the day. After crossing a ridge and Akash Ganga stream reach Gangotri glacier from there also the views will not leave your side. Descend and find a way and keep following your guide.

Traversing the Gangotri glacier isn’t easy there is thick ice for which you will need ice ax and trekking equipment. It has some associated challenges, it gets slippery and the rocks fall from above so you need to be aware and very careful. This section can take 2 to 3 hours and then Nandanvan is few steps away and the trail is through landslide prone areas.

Today’s campsite is a beautiful meadow of Nandanvan with amazing views of Mt. Kedar Dome and Mt. Shivling. Have dinner and rest for the night here.

Day 7: – Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal (6 km) (6/7 hours) (16332 feet)

The trail to Vasuki Tal from Nandanvan is rocky and ascend is going to be a long one, you may get tired but the terrain isn’t difficult.

It is very cold here in winters and around this heavenly Lake Brahma Kamal grows in abundance. Vasuki Tal is the base camp of Mt. Vasuki and Mt. Satopanth, the environment is serene here as very few people visit this place because of its altitude (16332 feet).

It is said that Lord Vishnu took bath in this Lake and it is named “Vasuki Tal” because it resembles snake Vasuki of Lord Shiva which made it sacred, the sight of Chaturangi glacier is beguiling.

This Lake is in an idyllic setting as the views are heart-warming, it freezes in winters. Set your camp near this place and enjoy spending night in untouched surrounding.

Day 8: – Vasuki Tal to Nandanvan (6 Km) (4/5 hours)

Descend to Nandavan, it will take 4 to 5 hours. Start descending early so that you can reach on time in good weather conditions before it changes. The trekking route of the campsite is the same, retrace your steps. Have lunch at your campsite and have a glance of views sipping evening tea.

Enjoy food and stay in tents.

Day 9:– Nandanvan to Bhojbasa (12 km) (6/7 hours)

The morning view of Nandanvan looks mesmerizing and the sun shines over peaks making them look alluring. While descending to Bhojbasa stop at Gomukh which is the source of River Ganga. Bhojbasa was your campsite on Day 4, enjoy the clear views from this campsite. Relax for the night in tents.

Day 10: – Bhojbasa to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 hours)

Today trek back to Gangotri the holy city, descending is easy and you will reach Gangotri in 6 to 7 hours. Reach Gangotri and in the evening you can attend Ganga Aarti, there is spirituality in the atmosphere.

Have your dinner and stay at night in the hotel.

Day 11: – Bhojbasa to Gangotri (14 km) (6/7 hours)

Trek ends here, after having breakfast leave from Gangotri to Uttarkashi and from there leave for Dehradun. After morning breakfast, Drive from Gangotri to Uttarkashi, have your lunch there and then drive from Dehradun (270 km).

Our service ends here.

What to carry on a Trek?

The most common question of all Trekkers is what we carry on a trek or what to carry on a trek so if you plan to go for trekking, so here is about what you should carry on a trek ..!

First of all trekkers must bring the documents mentioned below

1. Government ID proof, carry original and a photocopy of any of these (Driving License, Adhar Card, Pan Card, Voter Id, etc.)

2. Medical certificate by a doctor

3. Risk certificates

Foremost Requirements

1. Strongly built Trekking Shoes

2. Backpack (50 to 60 liters)

Clothes to Carry On A Trek

Carry clothes according to the season. In winters there is chilly cold and in summers the temperature remains cold. (Day and Night temperature varies)

Jacket

Take at least 2 jackets with you, it should be warm enough to protect you against the chilly cold.

Trekking Pants

You should have 2 3 trek pants on a week-long trek and take more for longer treks.

Thermals

At night the temperature lowers and to keep yourself warm and sleep comfortably wear thermals.

Warm clothes

Keep enough woolen layers and fleece according to the season.

T-Shirts

To avoid sunburns always carry full-sleeved t-shirts which dry easily and covers neck and arms properly.

Poncho/Raincoat

They are useful during rain and snowfall.

Necessary Items

1. Water Bottle

2. Gloves (Waterproof and woolen), Cap

3. Socks (Regular and woolen

4. Sunglasses

5. Hiking Pole

6. Torch

7. Toiletry Items

Toilet paper, Sunscreen, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Face Wash, Sanitizer, etc.

(Avoid using wet wipes and sanitary napkins during your trek because they are not biodegradable and cause harm to the environment. If you use them in the mountains make sure you bring them back with you.)

Medical Kit is Mandatory

(Use medicines only after prescribed by the doctor) (In case of any problem arises during the trek follow the instructions given by your trek leader because they are certified in First Aid Mountaineering courses.)

Carry These Medicines in Your Medical Kit

01. Avomine for treating motion sickness

02. Diamox for treating altitude sickness

03. Avil to treat allergies

04. Saradon to cure headache

05. Combiflam to relieve pain

06. Crocin for treating fever and headache

07. Digene to cure acidity

08. Norflox TZ and Lomofen to prevent Diarrhoea

09. Betadine (Antiseptic cream)

10. ORS

11. Moov/Volini spray for treating sprains

12. Band-aid

13. Elastic bandage

14. Gauze

WE CARE FOR YOURSAFETY AND IT IS OUR PRIORITY

Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association is Making Your Trek Safe. We have a team of more than 80+ guides to serve in the mountains and they are professionally trained from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi, Hanifle Centre; Mussoorie and Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) Delhi. We also have Kitchen staff to serve in the mountains and supporting staff goes along to manage the activities.

Oxygen Cylinder for trekkers safety

The trek leaders are certified in courses of Mountaineering. On every high altitude trek, we carry oxygen cylinders and First Aid kits. We take proper care of everything and make sure you feel safe and comfortable with us.

Getting to high altitude can be a problem for some people, the risks are enormous but we minimize them by providing the best quality equipment which is changed on a regular basis.

We do every possible thing to make your treks safe because if you trust and choose us then it becomes our responsibility to make your safety our topmost priority. The risk factor can never be abolished but it can be reduced and if you have a heart of mountaineer then this “risk factor” is the real pleasure and we can help you overcome every risk successfully without fear by taking proper care of your safety.

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Include & Exclude In This Trek

Transport from Dehradun to Dehradun

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in Hotel

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.

All meals, Breakfast, Day Pack, Lunch, Pack Lunch, Tea,Coffee, Snacks, Soup, Dinner

All camping gear including

Separate Tent, High quality

Liner, Pillow, Separate Toilet tents, Dining Tent, Chair, Dining table

your uploading

Guide, Porters, cook, Helper

Mules, Kitchen team

Good Experience local Trek Leader guide

Walkie Talkie, for contact each other’s

Gaiters

Micro crampons

Hiking Pole

Personal Toiletry Items

Personal Medical Kit

Medical Certificate

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