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Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Overview

Kagbhusandi Lake Trek is a beautiful and challenging trek located in the Uttarakhand region of India. The trek takes you through dense forests, meadows, and rocky terrain, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas along the way. The highlight of the trek is the pristine Kagbhusandi Lake, which is nestled amidst towering mountains and is surrounded by alpine flowers and trees. The lake is known for its crystal-clear water and is considered sacred by the locals. The trek is of moderate difficulty and requires a good level of physical fitness.

About Kagbhusandi Lake

Kagbhusandi Lake is a stunning high-altitude lake located near the town of Joshimath in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 5,230 meters above sea level, this glacial lake is a popular trekking destination and draws adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

The lake is nestled amidst the breathtaking peaks of the Himalayas and is surrounded by lush green forests and meadows. It is said to be one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in the region, owing to its crystal-clear waters that reflect the surrounding mountains and clear blue sky.

About Kagbhusandi Lake Trek

Location : Joshimath Range, Chamoli District Uttarakhand, India. Altitude : 5230 Meter Trek Length : 55 km (Approx) Trek Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult

The Kagbhusandi Lake is cocooned in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Joshimath range, Uttarakhand state. The Kagbhusandi Lake is a small emerald green lake situated at an altitude of 5,230 meters near Kankul Pass (5,230 m) almost a km in length. It is a paradise for nature lovers as they can admire the beauty of the sublime Neelkanth, Chaukhamba, Thailya Sagar, Brigupanth, and Nar-Narayan Peaks during the trek. Amidst the snow-covered ranges of Kunkul Pass, lies a mesmerizing trail that leads to the Kagbhusandi Tal. This trek Counted as one of the most adventurous treks around Chamoli Uttarakhand, Kagbhusandi leaves you with the ultimate satisfaction of existence. The pristine Kagbhusandi Tal is nestled in the lap of Hathi Mountain at 6,730 meters above sea level. This trek takes you through a breathtaking route a deep and dense forest of walnuts, wildflowers full of fragrance, dry waterfalls, long rock beds, and outstanding views. Each step you take forward brings a feeling of joy and happiness of being in nature's lap. In this five days long trek a bunch of groceries and your camp essentials is all you will have throughout the journey. While in the search of water, camp beside a source to quench your thirst.

Mythology of Kagbhusandi Lake

The meaning of “Kag” in Sanskrit is a crow. According to a legend, this lake is named “Kagbhusandi” because crows come here to die and feathers of crows can be seen around this lake. Another tale related to it is, a sage once cursed a Brahmin and he turned into a crow here. Tow rocks present here resemble a crow and an eagle which are visible on the way, many other stories are related to these rocks.
The Best time to do Kagbhusandi Lake trek

The best time to do the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek in Uttarakhand is from May to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant and the trail is at its best for trekking. The monsoon season, which lasts from July to August, is not recommended for trekking as the trail can be slippery and the risk of landslides is high.

Why Should You Plan Kagbhusandi Lake Trek

Here are some reasons why you should plan a Kagbhusandi Lake Trek:

Spectacular Scenery: The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan ranges, lush green meadows, snow-covered peaks, and the serene Kagbhusandi Lake. The trail passes through dense forests of oak, deodar, and rhododendron trees, which add to the scenic beauty of the trek. Adventure and Challenge: The trek is challenging and requires physical fitness, stamina, and endurance. It involves steep ascents and descents, crossing streams, and negotiating rocky terrains. For adventure enthusiasts, this trek is a perfect opportunity to test their skills and push their limits. Unique Experience: Kagbhusandi Lake is a hidden gem of Uttarakhand, and the trek takes you to a secluded and pristine location. The lake is situated at an altitude of 5,230 feet and is surrounded by rocky cliffs, making it a unique and serene location to explore. Cultural Experience: The trek passes through several remote villages, giving trekkers a chance to interact with the locals and learn about their culture and way of life. The people of the region are warm and hospitable, and their hospitality adds to the overall trekking experience. Spiritual Connect: The trek also offers a chance to connect with spirituality and nature. The route passes through several temples and shrines, including the Nanda Devi Temple, where you can offer prayers and seek blessings.
Kagbhusandi Lake Trek Package :
  • Rishikesh to Rishikesh (7 days & 6 Nights):
    We start our journey from Rishikesh, which is well-known as the Holy City of Uttarakhand. This is simply:- Rishikesh - Joshimath - Souldhar - Jehrikhark - Bhainsatal - Kagbhusandi Lake - Joshimath - Rishikesh. Packages start from - Rs. 16,499 Per Person (Including Accommodation and Meal + Transport) + 18% GST
  • If anyone is interested in booking a private tour for their friends and family, we have a distinct procedure in place to accommodate your needs.

How will you reach Kagbhusandi Lake?
To reach Kagbhusandi Lake in Joshimath, you can follow the following steps:
- Reach Joshimath:
Joshimath is a town located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is around 286 km away. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, which is around 251 km away. From Rishikesh, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Joshimath.
- Hire a local guide:
To reach Kagbhusandi Lake, it is advisable to hire a local guide who is familiar with the terrain and the route to the lake. The guide can help you navigate the steep and rugged terrain and provide valuable insights into the flora and fauna of the area.
Key Points of Kagbhusandi Lake Trek:
Duration7 days & 6 Nights from Rishikesh to Rishikesh (Kindly allocate an extra day in your schedule to account for acclimatization and potential weather conditions.)
Trek Start and End PointJoshimath town
Trek TypeTrails, steep at points, forest, snow
Temperature at Kagbhusandi LakeDay (13°C to 17° C) Night (9°C to 12°C)
Altitude of Kagbhusandi Lake:5230 Meter
Trek WeatherIn the winter season, Kagbhusandi Lake transforms into a breathtaking sight as the majestic summits and peaks wear a blanket of glistening snow, painting a captivating landscape. As summer emerges, the temperatures gradually ascend, gently ushering in warmer weather to the region. The climate around Kagbhusandi Lake adheres to its usual predictable patterns, offering a sense of reliability. Yet, occasionally, nature's whimsical touch surprises the area with unexpected rain showers, adding a delightful element of spontaneity to the otherwise consistent climate.
Best Time:The pre and post-monsoon season, which takes place from May to mid-June and mid-July to October.
Trek Level:Moderate to Difficult
Trek distance:55 kilometers
Trek Group Size:A minimum group size of 10 people and a maximum of 30 & More people.
Trek FeeRs. 16,499/Per Person-
Items includedVehicle (Rishikesh to Rishikesh), Accommodation (Joshimath & Trek Route), Food (Basic Breakfast & Dinner), A Trek Guide

Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Itinerary

  • Day 1- Drive Rishikesh → Joshimath

    • Meet our Travel partner in Rishikesh at a fixed point decided by us at 6:00 AM.
    • Start your Journey as soon as possible, and Enjoy Driving toward the Himalayan Mountains. it takes 6-7 hours to drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath.
    • Arrive in Joshimath bt evening. You have the choice of an overnight stay in tents/A local Guest house/homestay.

  • Day 2- Drive Joshimath → Vishnuprayag and Trek Painka Village → Souldhar

    • Get Up Early Morning, You will see in front of you the beautiful sunrise and Hathi Pravat.
    • Visit The Joshimath or Jyotirmath, well known for Narsingha mandir, Adi guru Shankaracharya Gufa (cave).
    A• fter 9.30 AM you will have to bag pack and start the journey towards your destination Vishnuprayag (12km drive from Joshimath). You can have here tea with some snacks and then the journey will start towards Painka Village, a distance of the trek from Vishnu-Prayag to Painka gaon will be around 3 km (Altitude 1900 m from the sea level).
    • After having a hot tea or coffee we will move forward to our trek with the sound of Little beautiful birds, in the trek you will go through a walnut forest.
    • With the beautiful sightseeing, you will reach your first destination/campsite named Souldhar after an 8 km trek.
    • In the evening you can enjoy hot maggie and coffee with the awesome view of Joshimath from Souldhar.

  • Day 3- Trek Souldhar → Jehri khark

    • Start your day early with warm-up exercises followed by a wholesome breakfast.
    • Today, you’ll trek for 8km to scale heights up to 3,500m. An interesting and magnificent trail takes you through dense mountain forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, and silver birch before reaching a prominent ridge.
    • After 5km from souldhar you will have a cup of hot tea and some snacks at Vinayakdhar another top on this trek where you will obviously have an awesome sightseeing experience.
    • After 3km trek on the continuous route you will reach to next campsite named Jehrikhark. Where you will be signing off for day 3 and before this you will have an awesome dinner.

  • Day 4- Trek Jehrikhark → Bhainsatal

    • Now trek is on the toughest way of the entire trek. You have to prepare mentally and physically for this 2km trek with an altitude of (37,00 to 42,00 m) from sea level.
    • You have to cross lots of waterfalls and the toughest trek, you have to follow the guidelines of the guide in this way. Awesome sightseeing from this entire trek you will experience. This 2km trek will take you to cross the way around 6 to 7 hours, so you have to prepare before your backpack.
    • After completing this tough task you will have an awesome dinner at 4200m from sea level and deep sleep.

  • Day 5- Trek Bhainsatal → Kagbhusandi Lake → Return Rajkhark

    • Time for some adventure and meditation near Kagbhusandi Lake, Early morning the trek will start with cool wind and a hot breakfast.
    • Trek will move to Kagbhusandi Lake (5 km with an altitude of 46,00 m from sea level).
    • In this trek of 5km, you will see the different types of species of flowers like Brahma Kamal, Neil Kamal, and Fain Kamal, This type of flower species is found on the upper northern part of Himalayas at min 4,000 m from sea level.
    • You will fall in love with the beauty of nature on this trek after reaching kagbhusandi lake you can do some meditation (yoga) aura of this place is totally different from the other places.
    • After noon we will move to Rajkhark with a 5 km trek which is the return of the journey and our next campsite with the fresh air of the Himalayas.
    • After reaching to RajKhark we will have a hot cup of tea and maggie which is all time favorite of mount climbers and trekkers. After awesome sightseeing, you will have dinner and head back to bed.

  • Day 6- Return Trek Rajkhark → Pulna → Joshimath

    • Now on day 6 of the trek completion, it’s time to move back to Joshimath, Now with fresh air and an awesome breakfast we will move to Joshimath through Pulna where we will have the joy of walnut in the forest and enjoy the beauty of nature and will move to Joshimath via transport.

  • Day 7- Drive Back Joshimath → Rishikesh → Sweet Home

    • The trip ends here Leave Joshimath early for your return journey home from Rishikesh.
    • This will be the last leg of this trip and Take along a large pile of unforgettable memories in this Kagbhusandi Lake (tal) Trek.

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People Also Ask About Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, Uttarakhand

Q.1 What is the best time to go for Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

Looking for a peaceful and adventurous journey towards himalaya, it is best trek to visit in March to May and June to October. Journey with snow and beautiful peaks will be always there in this awesome trek.

Q.2 What will be the temperature at Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

The average temperature in Kagbhusandi Trek ranges from 9 degrees to 14 degrees during the day time. The temperature can also drop down to as low as to -2 degrees in the night. You must aware about these before packing your bagpack for this journey.

Q.3 What is difficulty level & What kind physical fitness will be required to do Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

Kagbhusandi Lake (Tal) trek is not so easier for beginner we can consider it as Moderate – Difficult Trek. In this entire trek you will see lot’s of Peaks of Upper northern himalaya in Garhwal region. Expert guide will help you in this beautiful trek.

Q.4 What is the Distance between Rishikesh to Kagbhusandi Lake?

The distance between Rishikesh (Yoga Capital) to Kagbhusandi Lake will be around 325km where you will have to trek approx 65Km but once you will move with this trek for first time you can have an experience of more then 70 to 75Km, it feels sometime in hill areas that calculated Route is not accurate. So be ready for adventure.

Q.5 What is the maximum altitude reached during the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek is 4,700 meters (15,419 feet) at Kagbhusandi Lake.

Q.6 What are the things to carry on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

Some of the essential items to carry on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek are sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothes, a raincoat, a water bottle, a torch, a first aid kit, and some snacks.

Q.7 Is it safe to go on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

Yes, it is safe to go on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, but it is advisable to hire a professional guide who is familiar with the route and the terrain. It is also important to follow all safety instructions and guidelines provided by the trekking company.

Q.8 Are there any accommodation options available during the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

There are no accommodation options available during the trek. However, camping is allowed at designated campsites along the way. It is advisable to carry your own camping gear or rent it from a trekking company.

Q.9 Can beginners go on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek?

Yes, beginners can go on the Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, but they should be physically fit and have some prior trekking experience. It is also important to take proper precautions and follow all safety guidelines during the trek.
All Kagbhusandi Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Customer Reviews 11 Users Reviewd
Himani Rawat
Himani Rawat, 2023-06-16 08:05:55

FirstTrek's organization of the Kagbhusandi Lake trek was flawless! The entire experience, from booking to completion, was smooth and hassle-free. The guides were experienced and supportive, making sure everyone felt comfortable. The lake itself was like a hidden gem, pristine and serene. This trek exceeded my expectations, and I would certainly choose FirstTrek for future adventures.

Sumit Sanjwal
Sumit Sanjwal, 2023-06-05 08:05:05

Kagbhusandi Lake trek with FirstTrek was an absolute delight! The trail was challenging yet rewarding, offering mesmerizing views at every turn. The campsite arrangements were excellent, and the food provided was delicious. The FirstTrek team went above and beyond to make this trek memorable. It's a must-do for adventure enthusiasts

Emma Gaur
Emma Gaur, 2023-06-01 08:06:35

Trekking to Kagbhusandi Lake with FirstTrek was a dream come true! The trail was challenging but well-marked, and the guides were attentive and encouraging. The campsite location was picturesque, surrounded by majestic mountains. The team took care of all the logistics, allowing us to focus on enjoying the natural beauty. I can't recommend FirstTrek enough!

Jaggi, 2023-05-20 08:08:28

I had an incredible time trekking to Kagbhusandi Lake with FirstTrek! The trail was challenging yet invigorating, offering breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks. The team's knowledge of the area was impressive, and they shared interesting facts about the local flora and fauna. FirstTrek's attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction made this trek exceptional.

Kunal Shah
Kunal Shah, 2023-05-10 08:09:30

FirstTrek's organization of the Kagbhusandi Lake trek was top-notch! The guides were friendly and experienced, always ensuring our safety and comfort. The beauty of the lake was beyond words, and the surrounding alpine meadows added to the charm. The team provided us with nutritious meals and comfortable camping facilities. I couldn't have asked for a better trekking experience.

Priya, 2023-05-02 13:30:49

This is very tough trek .. but with firstrek team it is gone easy for us... Thanku you for this adventures trek organized for us

Arjun singh
Arjun singh, 2022-08-12 18:04:15

"I had an amazing experience trekking to Kagbhusandi Lake with FirstTrek! The scenic beauty of the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains was breathtaking. The FirstTrek team was well-organized, professional, and ensured our safety throughout the trek. The guides were knowledgeable and shared interesting insights about the region. I highly recommend this trek to nature lovers!"

Megha Panwar
Megha Panwar, 2022-07-08 08:10:14

Trekking to Kagbhusandi Lake with FirstTrek was a true adventure! The trail offered a perfect blend of challenge and beauty. The team's professionalism and expertise were evident throughout the trek. They took care of everything, from transportation to accommodation, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the stunning landscapes. I'm grateful to FirstTrek for an unforgettable experience.

Bharat Gada
Bharat Gada, 2022-06-18 08:11:20

Kagbhusandi Lake trek organized by FirstTrek was absolutely amazing! The entire journey was well-planned, and the guides were knowledgeable about the terrain. The lake itself was a hidden jewel, with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding peaks. FirstTrek's team created a warm and friendly atmosphere, making us feel like a close-knit family. I would trek with them again in a heartbeat.

Gaurav Khanduri
Gaurav Khanduri, 2022-05-25 08:07:38

FirstTrek's Kagbhusandi Lake trek was a fantastic experience! The entire journey was meticulously planned, and the guides were experienced mountaineers who ensured our safety at all times. The views from the top were awe-inspiring, and spending the night near the lake was an unforgettable experience. I'm grateful to FirstTrek for creating such a wonderful adventure.

Kanha, 2022-05-20 08:12:59

I had a remarkable experience trekking to Kagbhusandi Lake with FirstTrek! The trail was challenging, but the guides provided constant support and motivation. The lake, nestled amidst the mountains, was nothing short of a postcard view. FirstTrek's attention to detail, safety measures, and exceptional customer service made this trek unforgettable. I highly recommend FirstTrek to all adventure seekers

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