Small, beautiful triangular lake with green water at 4,345 meters above sea level, Kakbhusandi lake- 500 meters long and 250 meters wide on the base of Hathi Parvat, attracts trekkers from and outside Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand.
Kakbhusandi lake trek is for professional trekkers who have trekked through various trekking routes beforehand but the enchanting beauty of this place encourages everyone.
Green water of the lake adds beauty to the colorful blossoming flowers on its bank. During spring, you will tread over the flowers and reach the picturesque heavenly lake area forgetting all the pains through the difficult route.
The journey begins from Joshimath. The route to Kakbhusandi provides panoramic view of Neelkanth, Hathi Peak, Chaukhamba and Nara-Narayan peaks to the trekkers. While going from Joshimath, the first halt is Bhyudar village from where the trekkers can chose either to go to Valley of flowers or to Kakbhusandi lake.
Legend of Kakbhusandi Lake
Kak in English means crow and Bhusandi is a Bengali word meaning a crow living through ages. Kak Bhusandi was a great sage and the devotee of lord Vishnu who was born as crow while lord Vishnu was born as Rama in Ayodhya to king Dashrath. The crow flew around child Rama and ate the crumbs Rama threw. Kak Bhusandi flew to many places with the child Rama. Locals say that crows come to the lake to drop feathers of their late parents as the followers of Hinduism come to offer the ashes of their late parents and kinsmen on the rivers. This is why the lake is named Kakbhusandi.
Two huge irregular shaped rocks on the Hathi Parvat above Kakbhusandi lake are said to be the Kak also called Kaga (crow) and Garuda (eagle) – the bahana (mount) of lord Vishnu, discussing about the affairs of Universe. The crow is the sage Kak Bhusandi, the devotee of lord Rama who was cursed by sage Lomas and so had to born in the form of crow during Treta Yuga when Ramayana occurred.
Kakbhusandi Lake Trek | Best Time to Visit
Summer and spring months are best time to visit Kakbhusandi lake when temperature during the day is pleasing and during the night temperature falls upto -5?C. You will have to carry
light woolen and warm blankets for day and night.
Weather in Kakbhusandi Lake
- Summer: Trek to Kakbhusandi lake begins from late April and the best time is till mid-June. The pleasing weather during summer season favors the trek to greater extent. The temperature is low in comparison to many other trekking destinations, thus better carry warm clothes.
- Monsoon: Monsoon rain makes the environment more cold and the route muddy. Trekkers make trip during monsoon too, but it is recommended not to.
- Spring: Spring months mid-September to mid-October are favorable with greenery all over and the pleasing weather. Be careful of the climatic condition, warm clothes are must. Temperature falls down during the night.
- Winter: Winter months are freezing cold in Kakbhusandi. It is recommended not to plan any trek during winter though trekking enthusiasts may like to enjoy the chilling Uttarakhand during winter.
Kakbhusandi Lake Trek | How to Reach?
Trekkers should first reach to Joshimath of Chamoli district and begin your trek. Trek 24Km from Joshimath to reach Kakbhusandi. First 10Km will be from Joshimath to Bhyudar village from where the tourists can either go to Kakbhusandi lake on the right or Valley of Flowers on the left. From Bhyudar valley to Simartoli is 6Km trek and Simartoli to Rajkharg is 5Km trek. 3Km trek from Rajkharg takes the tourists to Kakbhusandi lake.
Route to Kakbhusandi Lake
- Dehradun – Rishikesh – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Karnaprayag – Chamoli – Pipalkoti – Joshimath – Bhyundar Village – Simartoli – Rajkharg – Kakbhusandi Lake
Kakbhusandi Lake Trek | Places Nearby
- Bhyudar Village: Tiny and beautiful village in Chamoli district with around 21 houses and very few population, Bhyudar is mostly a halt to those trekking to Kakbhusandi Lake or Valley of Flowers. The cute little village Bhyudar will give you opportunity to explore hilly village life and learn about the people there.
- Hanuman Chhatti: Temple dedicated to Hanuman, Hanuman Chhatti is believed to be the place where second Pandava Bheema of Hindu holy epic Mahabharata met with god Hanuman- the monkey form of lord Shiva incarnated to support lord Vishnu who had incarnated in the form of lord Rama during Treta Yuga. Hanuman appeared in Dwapar Yuga in front of Bheema in the form of old Monkey with its tail spread long on the way through which Bheema was going to pick a flower for Draupadi during their exile. Hanuman did so to test the strength of Bheema who boasted about his strength. Not being able to lift the tail of Hanuman, Bheema realized that it was not a normal monkey but lord Shiva himself had come to bless him.
- Nearest places to Kakbhusandi Lake Trek ,you should visit are — Joshimath | Valley of Flowers | Nanda Devi National Park | Hemkund Sahib | Vishnuprayag | Badrinath | Auli