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The Kagbhusandi Tal is a high-altitude lake perched at a height of 4730 metres above sea level. This lake is famous for its emerald waters and the stunning mountain views at lie in its background.
This lake is cradled at the bottom of Hathi Parvat, which is one of the most prominent Himalayan Peaks. Its water has a striking greenish tint while its banks are full of flowers of various different hues that bloom here. The Kankul Khal Pass which is 4630 metres above sea level is the gateway for this lake. This lake is considered sacred as well.
Due to its remote location there are chances of coming across some wild animals like bears on the way. The trek route offers panoramic views of the several Himalayan peaks in the region. Prominent and clear views of Himalayan peaks like Neelkanth, Hathi Peak, Chaukhamba, and Nar-Narayan Peaks can be witnessed while moving towards this lake. The area comes under the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and famous for its flora and fauna.
This trek has another attraction. Two huge rocks often described as crow (Kaga) and an Eagle (Garuda) are seen on the way. Several folk and mythological tales are attached to these rocks.
The trek to the Kagbhusandi lake starts from Govindghat, which is located nearby to Joshimath. Govindghat is also a base and starting point for many popular treks like the Kuari Pass, Pangarchula Peak, and the Valley of flowers.
The next day, we will start our trek from Govindghat to Bhuyandar village. Beautiful forests of rhododendron would welcome us here. From Bhuyandar, we will continue our trek towards Roopdhungi.
The next day we will trek and pass through areas like Kargil, Simartoli, Bankbara, and Dang Khark. We will camp at Raj Khark for the day. A lot of wild flowers can be seen blooming on this route.
The next day we would trek towards the Kagbhusandi Lake passing through the Kankul Pass.
From here, we would start the descent, covering places like Gouncha Udayar and Painka on the way and finally reaching Govindghat, thereby bringing the trip to an end.
The whole duration of this trek would be of 6 nights and 7 days with some stops in between. We would mostly stay in tents during the full trek. The trekking distance from Govindghat to Kagbhusandi Tal is approximately 35 kilometers one way.
This is a trek in the moderate to difficult category. The area is remote and there are chances of wild animals like bear being seen on the way.
This trekking route has some scenic views and the lake with its emerald waters looks stunning in the backdrop of huge snowcapped mountains.
Day 01 : Drive Rishikesh to GovindGhat (1828m) via Joshimath; 272 km, 8-9 hours
Day 02 : Trek Govindghat to Bhyundar Village to RoopDhungi (1828m); 12 km, 6-7 hours
Day 03 : Trek RoopDhungi to Samartoli to Raj Kharak (3900m); 14 km, 8 hours
Day 04 : Trek Raj Kharak to Kagbhusandi Tal (4730m) via Kankul Pass (4960m); 8 km, 5 hours
Day 05 : Trek Kagbhusandi to Gounchha Udiyar; 8 km, 3-4 hours
Day 06: Trek Gouncha Udiyar to Painka to Govindghat (1828m); 10 km trek, 7 km drive
Day 07: Drive Govindghat to Rishikesh; 272 km, 8 hours
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