About Kagbhusandi Lake Trek
Kagbhusandi Lake Trek in Uttarakhand, India, is a mesmerizing journey that blends breathtaking natural beauty with captivating mythology. Nestled in the heart of the Garhwal Himalayas, this trek takes adventurers through pristine alpine meadows, dense forests, and challenging terrains. According to Hindu mythology, Kagbhusandi Lake is believed to be the place where the mythical bird, Kagbhusandi, performed penance to Lord Indra, who then blessed the lake with crystal-clear waters. On the spur of Hathi Parvat, two rocks are mounted. People of the region believed that as Kag (Crow) and Garur (Eagle). There, the locals believed that crow is having a detailed discussion with an eagle on universal affairs. This ethereal lake is surrounded by towering peaks, including Hathi Parvat, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike.
The trek involves crossing several high passes, such as the Kankul Pass, which will take you from the Raj Kharak to the pristine lake of Kagbhusandi. Kankul Pass offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and is a challenging yet rewarding part of the trek. Additionally, trekkers must navigate through other high passes like Barmei Pass, Pharswan Pass, each providing a unique and awe-inspiring perspective of the Himalayan landscape. The Kagbhusandi Lake Trek is not only an adventure into the high mountains but also a journey into ancient legends, offering a deep connection to the rich culture and mythology of Uttarakhand.
Reporting at Haridwar, then drive to Joshimath. On arrival in Joshimath, briefing and registration to be completed by every trekkers and participants. Spend the evening time in Joshimath. Overnight stay at Homestay.
After early morning breakfast drive to Gobinghat(1900m)/ Pulna(2100m), then trek to Bhyundar Village (2600m) 4-5hrs Trek
Soon after breakfast we drive to Govind Ghat/Pulna, the road head for the famous treks like Valley of Flower & Hemkund Sahib. Here on we will start our trek towards Bhyundar village. It is the same trail that goes for Valley of Flower trek, all the way till Bhyundar. The first hour or so of the trail might feel a bit steep but soon you will be habituated. Overnight stay in Bhyundar village (Camping/homestay).
Bhuyundar village to Guerilla (2980m) to Semartoli (3170m) 5-6hrs
From Bhuyundar, take the right diversion and cross the Laxman Ganga river on a makeshift wooden bridge. Keep on the trail that is going along Karnkul Ganga. The trail is filled with not only shrubs, boulders and residual ice but it is bear infested too. There are chances that we might spot a Himalayan Brown Bear in the dense Rhododendron forest. Through the bear infested trail, our destination of the day is an alpine meadow called Semartoli.
Samartoli to Dang Kharak (3400m) to Raj Kharak (3900m) 6-7hrs
The entire trail of the day is laden with various wild alpine flowers. Starting from Samartoli we first pass through Dang Kharak before we get to the final destination of the day at Raj Kharak. The trail opens up a bit after Samartoli and is mainly flat with rocky patches. The widened valley allows us to see the denuded ridges of Dhank Kharak glacier in the distance. During the grazing season we can encounter a lot of local sephereds with their livestock, going towards Dang Kharak and Rak Kharak for grazing. To reach Dang Kharak we have to cross a stream below and walk over the scree in order to reach snout of the glacier, this part can be a bit tricky to walk on due to scree. After a good steep climb to reach Dang Kharak, we will be calling it a day at Raj Kharak.
Raj Kharak to Kankul Pass (4650m) to Kagbhusandi Taal (4450m) 6-7hrs
this is the most important and exciting day of the whole trek. Today we start from Raj kharak and cross over Kankul Khal and get to the all beautiful and holy Kagbhusandi Tal. In the start the trail is on a wide flat green valley and beautiful meadows with wild alpine flowers but soon it goes up in narrow paths. The narrow and tough paths can surely be taxing both physically and mentally but the stunning views of Neelkanth, Hathi Parvat, Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba and Nar-Narayan Peaks will be there to keep us motivated along with excitement of seeing Kagbhusandi Tal. The trail leading to the pass can be a bit confusing especially after fresh snowfall or rare rain. Passing through boulders the descent from the pass on the other side (towards Kagbhusandi Tal) is also confusing, we will be walking on mountain floor laden with all kind of alpine flowers, Brahma kamal, Myriad, Fen kamal and many more flowers. After some boulder-hopping we will reach a point from where we can see the hidden emerald jewel - Kagbhusandi Tal. We will be camping here for the night.
Kagbhusandi Taal to Barhmahi Pass (4550m) to Jhari Kharak
Crossing Brahmani Khal can be the most challenging task of the entire trek because of the very steep descent on the other side of the Khal. The trail passes through scree and moraine, walking over these glacial residuals is always tricky. Once we are down from the glacial scree, we will soon reach our campsite of Jhari Kharak.
This day will be considered as reserved day in case of any unpredictable adverse weather condition. The leader's decision will be final regarding the utilization of buffer day. If the weather remains good throughout the trek the buffer day may not be utilized.
Jhari Kharak to Pharswan Top/Pass to Paika Village (Road Head)
Drive to Joshimath
Today we would be crossing one more pass, Faraswan Pass, so we need to start earlier than usual. It might be a long day but not as difficult as yesterday, once over the pass we can see Painka village down below in the valley. Painka is the road head on this side of the trail, from here we drive to Joshimath, overnight stay in a hotel at joshimath.
Drive to Haridwar
Cost of transportation from Haridwar to Haridwar
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays two night in Joshimath.
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Dinner to Day 8:- Breakfast)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 9)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.