Kagbhusandi Lake Trek
Region: Chamoli Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Duration: 6 Nights and 7 Days
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Max altitude: 5230 meters
Approx trekking: 32 kms
Kagbhusandi Lake is a small oblong lake of emerald green water near Kankul Paas at an altitude of about 5230 m. It is in the lap of Hathi Parbat (6730 m) and can be approached via Bhyundar or Vishnuprayag. The trek which makes its way through Bhyundar is infested by bears and stretches of stinging nettles. The trek varies from moderate to challenging as it also involves walking on glacial moraines and slippery rocks. It is still untouched to a great extent as is considered as one of the toughest treks in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas.
Kag is the Sanskrit word for crow. The lake is called Kagbhusandi as a large number of crows come here to die a local legend suggests. Two huge rocks on the spur of the Hathi Parbat are imagined as a crow and an eagle. Locals also believe that the crow is intensely conversing with the eagle on the affairs of the universe. It is also believed that a learned Brahmin of Ayodhya once laid itself open to the rage of the sage Lomas and thus was changed into a crow by him.
WHEN SHOULD I GO?
Months of May, June, September and October are the best time to do this trek
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF FITNESS REQUIRED?
The difficulty level of this trek ranges from moderate to tough thus, if you want to do this trek, your fitness level must be quite good and you must have habit of exercising and walking.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TREK?
7 nights and 8 days
WHAT ARE THE DESTINATIONS COVERED DURING THE TREK?
Joshimath – Bhyundar – Simartoli – Rajkharg – Kagbhusandi
WHAT IS THE TREK ITINERARY?
Day 1: Drive from Rishikesh to Joshimath
Day 2: Trek from Joshimath to Bhyundar village to RoopDhungi (12 kms)
Day 3: Trek from RoopDhungi to Simartoli to Rajkharak (14 kms)
Day 4: Trek from Rajkharak to Kagbhushandi (8 kms)
Day 5: Trek from Kagbhusundi to Gounchha Udiyar (8 Kms). Night stay will happen in Tents.
Day 6: Trek from Gouncha Udiyar to Painka to Govindghat (10Km trek & 7 Kms. Drive over night stay in guest house with hot dinner
Day 7: Govindghat to Haridwar/ Rishikesh/ Dehradun
HOW TO REACH?
By Air: The nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located around 27 kms from the Dehra Dun city has a daily flight from Delhi to Dehra Dun.
By Train: Dehra Dun railway station, lies in the heart of the city and Haridwar railway station, are well connected by major Indian cities.
By Road: Uttarakhand Transport Corporation and many private transport services provide road connectivity from Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Rishikesh to Govindghat. and also regular bus services are from Delhi to Dehra Dun, Haridwar and Rishikesh from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE TREK?
Included in the cost:
- Meals while on trek (Vegetarian food only) which includes breakfast, packed lunch & dinner
- Qualified & experienced guide
- First aid medical kit
Not included in the cost:
- Transport from Joshimath to Joshimath
- Meals during drive from Joshimath to Joshimath
- Unscheduled stay due to road blocks etc.
- Mineral water during trek
WHAT ARE THE GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS?
1. Rucksack with a rain cover (50 to 60 liters)
2. Day Sack with rain cover (30 to 40 liters)
A sturdy rucksack and day sack with a water/rain cover is recommended as during the monsoon the rain showers will greet the trekker as s(he) walks into the majestic valley
3. Trekking shoes
A good pair if trekking shoes with a quality bottom is a must for doing this trek. Waterproof shoes are recommended. Avoid shoes made of foam and cloth.
4. Thermal wear (Upper and Lower)
Temperatures dip specially in night and morning even in June. Thus, make sure you keep thermal wear.
5. Cotton sock (2 pairs)
6. Woolen socks (2 pairs)
7. Undergarments (2 pairs)
8. Gloves (1 pair)
10. Trek Pants
11. Woolen cap
12. Sun cap
13. Heavy jacket
15. Water bottle
17. Sunscreen lotion
18. Toiletries: Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Toilet Soap, Tissue papers, etc.
19. Head lamp or torch with extra batteries
20. Personal first aid kit