The Kagbhusandi Lake or Khagbhusandi is a small emerald green lake situated at an altitude of 4,730 metres near Kankul Pass (5,230 m) almost a km in length. This lake is cocooned in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state. It is a paradise for the nature lovers as they can admire the beauty of the sublime Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Thailya Sagar, Brigupanth and Nar- Narayan Peaks during the trek.
Two huge shakes on the peak goad of Hathi parvat are accepted to be a crow (kaga) and a Hawk (garuda). The near by individualindividuals trust that the crow is seriously talking to the falcon on the undertaking of the universe.
The lake side is enhanced with differed Himalayan flowers blooming on the banks amid the spring season, with energetically shaded petals influencing in the cool wind
The lake is the best altitude lake located in the lap of Hathi parvat ( 6,709m) within the chain of mountains origin that encircles a wild abundance of colourful and rare flowers like Saussurea Simpsoniana (Phen Kamal) to call many and is encircled barren mounds within the lap of snow clad peaks. The Hathi peak is most outstanding one out of all the 6000m peaking at horizon.
There is an additional lake like Machi Tal ( shape of the fish) Bhains Tal to call many. Embellished by sprawling inexperienced meadows, gushins streams and alpine forest, the trek to Kagbhusandi tal is just a treat to the eyes as journey passes through some crazy Rocky slender path deep within the Garhwal Himalayas, it is still less explored by traditional trekkers.
The entry way to this wonderful lake is Karnkul Khal ( pass) that is situated at a rise of 4,630m above ocean level while trekking towards the Kagbhusandi Lake, one can venerate the perspective of Neelkanth creast alongside Hathi pinnacle and Chaukhambha likewise, the Nar Narayan creast fill while in transit to visit Kagbhusandi Lake.
The trek to the lake is a treat to your eyes offering you the capitative perspective of the sprawling glades and elevated woodland. The trek takes you to the insane and dreadful shakes and still consider as one of the hardest trek in the Garhwal Himalayas.
There are two huge rocks located at the highest of Neelkanth are believed to be a Kaga (crow) & hindu diety (eagle). Kaga is currently narrating Bhagwat Geeta to Hindu diet, the whole region is festooned with flowers amid the mid-year month’s summer section.
One such story by locality is that when the fall life chakra of a crow complete they move to Kagbhusandi Taal for dying. The sacred place to die.
Day 1 :Rishikesh to Govindghat via Joshimath (315 km) (8/9 hours)
Vehicle will be arranged from Rishikesh, the drive is along Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. Get beautiful sight of hills through your window, witness the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi en route. Govindghat lies in Chamoli and it is basecamp of many famous treks i.e. Valley of flowers, Pangarchulla and Kuari Pass. Arrangements will be made in a hotel at Govindghat.
Day 2 : Govindghat to Roopdhungi (6 km) (3/4 hours)
Post breakfast leave early for Bhyundar village, the initial trek is a steep ascent but afterwards it becomes gradual. The water sounds of gushing Alaknanda can be heard as you move forward. Pass through the dense forests with blooming Rhododendrons, spot Himalayan wildlife in this region. The campsite for today is Roopdhungi, pitch your tents there and settle for the day.
Day 3 : Roop Dhungi to Simartoli and Raj Kharak (14 km) (8 hours)
Have healthy breakfast, head towards Simartoli and continue trekking to Raj Kharak. Today the trail is picturesque and the great Himalayan peaks are clearly visible looming in the backdrop. The campsite is Raj Kharak, to reach there hike through Bankbara and Dangkharak. Setup your camps, have delicious food and sleep comfortably in tents.
Day 4 :Raj Kharak to Kagbhusandi Lake via Kankul Pass
Today ‘s trek towards Kagbhusandi Lake which lies at an altitude of 5230 meters. It is 5 km away from Raj Kharak and the distance can be covered in 4 to 5 hours. The terrain is a changing one with amusing sight of blooming meadows, green valleys and further it changes to narrow trails and big boulders. Cross Kankul Pass and get views of Hathi peak, Chaukhamba peaks, Nar Narayan and Neelkanth peaks will amaze you. Watch thousands of flowers blooming like Brahma Kamal, Phen Kamal and Myriad with many species of flowers. Reach this sacred lake and its emerald water will make you stare at it and the mountain views looks stunning. Kagbhusandi Lake is related to mythology, explore the surroundings with the beauty of the lake.
Day 5 : Kagbhusandi lake to kargilla (10 km) (4/5 hours)
Day 6: Kargilla to bhundyar to pulna 10 km and drive to Govindghat 4 km
Head towards Gobindghat and start the descent early. Arrangements will be made in a hotel there.
Day 7 : Govindghat to Rishikesh via Joshimath (315 km) (8/9 hours)
Have your breakfast early and leave for Rishikesh to reach there on time.
NOTE : ITINERARY may differ according to the trail situation on the trek.
Necessary Items for trekkers Carry on a trek
- Backpack (50 to 60 liters) :- A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)
- Sturdy Trekking Shoes :- The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.
- The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek:- Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.
- Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.
- Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.
- Layers of warm Clothing:- Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.
- Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.
- T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.
- Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.
- Hiking Pole
- Water Bottle 2
- Cap or Balaclava
- Woolen and Waterproof Gloves
- Socks (Woolen and Regular)
- Torch head light
- Personal Toiletry Items – (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)
- Carry Personal Medical Kit
Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
- Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)
- Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
- Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)
- Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
- Disprin – (Cures headache)
- Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)
- Avil – (It treat allergies)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)
- Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
- Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)
- Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
- Band aid
- Stretchable/Elastic bandage
What is Included In This Trek?
- Forest Permit and entrance fee
- Accommodation in tents on twin or triple sharing basis
- All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner ( during the trek)
- (All camping gears)
- Good quality tents
- Sleeping bags
- Kitchen team
- Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
- Medical Kit
What is Not Include In This Trek?
- Transport Facility
- Personal Insurance
- Medical Certificate
- Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
- Food during transit. (Day1 & Day 7)
- Accomodation in gobindghat
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