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Vasuki Tal Trek

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Vasuki Tal Trek through Tapovan is a trek with exceptional visuals where you walk over glaciers for miles & camp at the foot of towering Himalayan peaks like Mount Shivling. The trek has the greatest elevation of 4800 M at Vasuki Tal and is graded as moderate to challenging. The trek includes crossing many glaciers and stones, which makes this trek truly exhilarating and different from other treks. En route, you get sensational views of peaks obstructing mountaineers, such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi I, II, and III. The trail of Vasuki Tal Trek goes through Gaumukh – the source of the magnificent river Ganga and Tapovan – the beautiful alpine meadow of spiritual significance for Hindus.

Given that this trek still needs to be checked out, it gives the trekkers a distinct opportunity to experience nature at its finest. To Vasuki Tal Trek, you must have some previous trekking experience in the Himalayas. The very best time to do Tapovan and Vasuki Tal is May – June and September – October.

Trek Route

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri by Road

Day 2: Rest Day at Gangotri

Day 3: Gangotri to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa by Trek

Day 4: Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gaumukh by Trek

Day 5: Tapovan to Nandanvan by Trek

Day 6: Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal and then back to Nandanvan by Trek

Day 7: Nandanvan to Chirbasa by Trek

Day 8: Chirbasa to Gangotri by Trek and from Gangotri to Dehradun by Road

What Mountain Expert Say

Preetam | Founder & C.E.O

Preetam Singh Rawat

Preetam Singh Rawat

The founder of this trekking organisation and have almost 12 years of experience in mountain guiding with 6000-7000 meters peaks scaled by him.

Not only this, but the founder have also guided over 200 Himalayan treks like Bali Pass, Buran Ghati, Rupin Pass, Pin Bhabha, Stok Kangri, Black Peak several times.

Why You Should Do Vasuki Tal Trek

Vasuki Tal Lake is one of the must-doing treks as, along with scenic vistas, you can connect to mythology. The Himalayas have enchanting beauty, verdant soothing green meadows, and a desirable climate. Below, we have highlighted some of the key attractions of this trek.

Vasuki Tal, whose name is derived from “Vasuki on the neck of Lord Shiva.” The transparent water of the glacial formed lake has one religious mythology connected to it, that is, “Vasuki on the neck of Lord Shiva.” Himalaya is well known for its Flora and Fauna, which are available here in abundance, and if you are there at the right time, you might catch sight of Himalayan Brahma Kamal. There are a few famous places where you would be trekking through, like Gomukh, Tapovan Nandanvan, and various others. This trek would let you come to not only one but a few of the famous places, like Gomukh, Tapovan, and Nandanvan.

Route Map, Temprature And Rain Fall Charts

Best Time to Do Vasuki Tal Trek

The best time to do this trek is in the summer season, between May and June, and the other is in the spring season, between September and October. During these seasons, the weather remains pleasant throughout the trek, and most snow has melted. But keep in mind that the temperature drops during the nighttime. During the spring season, the weather starts getting cold, which makes it the perfect time to visit Vasuki Tal Trek.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Vasuki Tal Trek

Day 1: Dehradun to Gangotri by Road

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the guest house/ hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Distance – 236 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 9 hrs
  • Altitude – Dehradun (2100 ft / 640 meters), Gangotri (11,200 ft / 3415 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 9100 ft / 2775 meter
  • Trek Grade – by road

On this day, you will arrive at Gangotri from Dehradun by Trekup India Representative, who will pick us up from Dehradun and drop us there. It is going to be a long drive through the picture-perfect Himalayan mountains. You will be catching the grand views of earthly brown hues along with the pristine green vegetation of the mountains. As we came close to Gangotri, we would start seeing coniferous forests, and then soon, we would reach the campsite where we would be spending the night.

Day 2: Rest Day at Gangotri

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the guest house/ hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude – 11,200 ft / 3415 meter

Today is a day provided to let your body acclimatize so that you can get used to the new environment, and we could wake up a little late today. On this day, we would be doing some exercise in the morning. After having lunch, we could use this day to explore Gangotri and the nearby area. Places like Gangotri Temple, Gangotri Glacier, Surya Kund, and Kedar Tal can be explored during the day. Take ample rest during the night to prepare for the trek the next day.

Day 3: Gangotri to Bhojbasa via Chirbasa by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 14 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Gangotri (11,200 ft / 3415 meters), Chirbasa (11,811 ft / 3600 meters), Bhojbasa (12,441 ft / 3792 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Gangotri to Chirbasa (611 ft / 185 meter), Chirbasa to Bhojbasa (630 ft / 
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

Begin your morning with a warm and delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India’s Chief, and then prepare for the trek ahead. You will begin your tour from Gangotri, and after you have walked for a few hours, you will reach the first place, which is Chirbasa. The trail ahead is through the tree line, with the Bhagirathi River roaring at the side of the trail. As we move forward on the trail, we would see the terrain changing from green vegetation to deserted hills. But as you reach Bhojbasa, the entire trail is surrounded by dense forest, and then rest in the tents under the starry sky. You will see mountain peaks like Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, Bharathi III, etc. at the campsite.

Day 4: Bhojbasa to Tapovan via Gaumukh by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 13 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Bhojbasa (12,441 ft / 3792 meters), Gaumukh (12,763 ft / 3890 meters), Tapovan (14,642 ft / 4463 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – Bhojbasa to Gaumukh (322 ft / 98 meters), Gaumukh to Tapovan (1879 ft / 573 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

In the morning, we would see the picturesque sight of Bhagirathi’s group of peaks rising through the mountains. The trail first would be passing through Gaumukh, which is the source of Ganga trickling down the glaciers. From Gaumukh, you would begin the trek towards Tapovan, where you would find the finest grasslands at a high altitude. The trail from there on is steeply uphill, and as we climb higher, the peaks become more apparent, like Bhagirathi I, II, and III. At the Tapovan campsite, we would be mesmerized by seeing large meadows, gushing rivers, and wildflowers. There is an excellent chance of seeing herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats).

Day 5: Tapovan to Nandanvan by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 7 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 4 hrs
  • Altitude – Tapovan (14,642 ft / 4463 meters), Nandanvan (14,239 ft / 4340 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 403 ft / 123 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Start your morning with a hot cup of tea in your hand and a breathtaking view in front of your eyes. The trail would go through the top section of the meadows and then downwards towards the glacier. Besides the rocky moraine, the trek continues through some ice-covered sections. After carefully crossing the icy glacier, we would continue walking until we reached the Nandanvan campsite after crossing that small, difficult section.

Day 6: Nandanvan to Vasuki Tal and then back to Nandanvan by Trek

  • Stay – Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – 12 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Nandanvan (14,239 ft / 4340 mtr), Vasuki Tal (15,748 ft / 4800 mtr)
  • Altitude Difference – 1509 ft / 460 meter 
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

On this day, we would trek through the enchanting section of the trek with high mountain peaks and glaciers. Begin walking along the Chaturanga Glacier towards Vasuki Tal, surrounded by Mount Satopath and Mount Vasuki Prabat, along with a small lake. The trek is slightly uphill until you reach Vasuki Tal, and once you have taken in the view, you will climb down the way you rise. And for the remaining day, you would be sleeping at the Nandanvan campsite. If you are lucky enough to see the Uttarakhand state flower, Brahma Kamal, at the camp, you might catch a glimpse of it.

Day 7: Nandanvan to Chirbasa by Trek

  • Stay: Overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 
  • Distance – 11 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 5 hrs
  • Altitude – Nandanvan (14,239 ft / 4340 meters), Chirbasa (11,155 ft / 3400 meters)
  • Altitude Difference – 3084 ft / 940 meter
  • Trek Grade – Gradual to Moderate

Experience pristine vistas of trees clinging to the mountainside, along with peaks like Mount Shivling, Kedar Dome, and Meru, as you wake up in the morning. The trek would begin with a path leading through the vast meadows. And when you start reaching the campsite Chirbasa, you will see the forest of blue alpine trees. This is the ideal campsite to stay the night with the sound of nature and clean, fresh air.

Day 8: Chirbasa to Gangotri by Trek and from Gangotri to Dehradun by Road

  • Meal – Breakfast
  • Distance – Chirbasa to Gangotri by Trek (9 km), Gangotri to Dehradun by Road (236 km)
  • Time Taken – Chirbasa to Gangotri by Trek (approx. 4 hrs), Gangotri to Dehradun by Road (approx. 9 hrs)
  • Altitude – Chirbasa (11,155 ft / 3400 meters), Gangotri (11,200 ft / 3415 meters), Dehradun (2100 ft / 640 meters),
  • Altitude Difference – Chirbasa to Gangotri (45 ft / 15 meters), Gangotri to Dehradun (9100 ft / 2775 meters)
  • Trek Grade – Gradual

This day marks the last day of your trek, and it would be a short and easy trek today, which would be through the mountain terrain you could glare for the last time before going on your own. Today would be a short trek along the same route from which you came. From Gangotri, you will be picked up by a Trekup India Representative, who will drive you to Dehradun. At Dehradun, Trekup India will bid you farewell, and you will be on your own; you could either return home or explore the nearby area.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Vasuki Tal Trek

Trekking with us for Vasuki Tal Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Vasuki Tal Trek

Vasuki Tal Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • Stay 5 Nights in tented accommodation at respective campsites of Trekup India on a sharing basis and two days in a hotel.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek, starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on day 8 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Dehradun to Gangotri and return on sharing jeeps  
  • Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tents.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  • Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader and guides, and other support team.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.


Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance) 
  • Any Meals/accommodation besides the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point 
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication. 
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water, etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee 
  • Any Entrance fee for Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, and Temples – Pay directly on the spot. 
  • Mules or porter charges to carry private baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.


How To Reach Gangotri

By Air:

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Dehradun by flight; it is located almost 25km away from the city. You can find regular flights from Delhi to Dehradun.

However, if you are planning to reach Dehradun by flight, then it is better to come one day in advance.

By Train:

If you want to reach Dehradun from Delhi by train, then two express trains are convenient. With the train, it is an overnight journey. The two trains are mentioned below:

Nandadevi Express – Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival – 5:40am)

Dehradun Express – Train no: 12687 (Departure – 9:10pm; Arrival – 5:00am)

By Bus:

From Delhi, you can find a regular bus service to Dehradun. ISBT Kashmere Gate is the central bus station in Delhi, from where you will find both AC and non-AC buses for Dehradun.

However, it is always better to take government buses from Kashmere Gate ISBT. The bus will drop you at Dehradun ISBT, and then we will send our staff who will pick you up from Dehradun Railway Station, so you need to reach there.

By Car:

From Dehradun the Trekup India team will provide a vehicle from Dehradun to Gangotri and back.


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