Kagbhusandi Tal Trek is one of the most famous destinations and trekking sites in India, primarily because of its elevation. Towering 5,090 m above sea level, this location is found in the Gharwal Himalayas region.
The location also gives you a stunning view of the Kagbhusandi Lake, which looks like an emerald green triangle. A mix of legend and history makes for an interesting story behind this lake. It is believed that the lake got its name from crows that died in this region. True enough, “kag” is the Sanskrit word for crow.
But what tourists like the most about Kagbhusandi is its wonderful blend of colors, thanks to the shining waters of the lake and the bright flowers that grow around it. The site is indeed perfect for nature lovers and photographers.
Aside from the breathtaking scenery, the trekking site offers the following must-see highlights:
- Kunkul Khal Pass – You will see Kunkul Pass along the lake. Kunkul Pass, which is 4,630 m above sea level, is the gateway towards the majestic lake. It is a little difficult to gauge the pass, though, because the trail could be confusing to beginners.
- Neelkanth, Hathi, Chaukhamba, and Narayan Peaks – Despite the challenging trail along Kunkul Pass, you will find consolation from the major peaks of the Himalayas. These snow-covered peaks add to the stunning view of the Kagbhusandi Trail. During sunrise, the peaks also look golden amidst the snow and the azure sky – a picturesque scene above the lake.
- Valley of Flowers – The Valley of Flowers is a national park in the West Himalayas. As the name suggests, the valley features various types of flowers that grow in high altitudes. During spring and summer, the flowers turn pink, magenta, and lavender.
- Kag and Garur Rocks – Kag and Garur are mounted rocks in the region. Garur means eagle in English, which is probably taken from the legends that surround the region. Locals believe that the eagle is having a discussion with the crow, but of course, these are just natural formations of rocks.
Location of Kagbhusandi Tal
Situated in the Badrinath region, Kagbhusandi can be reached in two ways. One is through the Ghangaria route, which is near Bhyundar Village, and the other is through Vishnu Prayag.
You can also reach the location by taking a plane from the Jolly Grant Airport and taking a bus or taxi to Ghangaria. Upon reaching the region, you can begin trekking to the lake.
Best Time To Visit Kagbhusandi Lake
The best time to trek Kagbhusandi is between September and October, and July and May. During this time, the flowers are in full bloom and the climate is not too cold or too hot. The trail is challenging, but the climate makes up for it.