Reached Guptkashi at around 12:30 pm (I was supposed to be there around 10 am but because of landslide near Rishikesh bus was delayed by 2:30 hrs). At 1 pm, I took a shared jeep (cost Rs 100) and reached Gaurikund by 2:15 pm. At 2:30 p.m, I started trek to Kedarnath from Gaurikund. The total trek path is 16km and its very steep. Google could give me limited information on Vasuki Tal, so I asked few locals about it for more details. I met a middle-aged guy, who warned me. He said Vasuki Tal is not an easy trek because on majority of days, its full of fog/clouds and one can barely see anything. Very few travelers attempt for that trek. He thought either I was a fool or too fearless to be willing to go on such trek alone. He tried to persuade me to take a guide and drop the idea of going alone. I would have considered that but I am a budget traveler so hiring a guide was not an option for me. The guide was charging Rs 2000 for that trek (this was my approx. budget for the trip)! I thanked the guy for his concern and moved ahead.
Moving ahead, I was amazed to see the number of waterfall on the trek! I could find one for every mile I crossed. On the way up, I found a group of old men, all aged 55+. These guys were on a “Char Dham Yatra”. They noticed my heavy bag pack and started questioning me on why I was travelling along, what is in the bag, blah blah. After chit chatting for a while, I started liking them! That was a group of some crazy old men, some of them were totally “rangeen”. One of them said “sab kuch karne ke baad paap dho lena chahie” Hahaha. I agree with him. I completed the whole trek with the group of oldies and reached by 8:15 pm to Kedarnath base camp. By this time, I become so found of them that I decided to share a tent with them. They bargained with the dhaba wala for stay and food expense. Finally, the managed to convince him for a lower price. As now I was officially the part of their group this bargaining favored me.
I had to pay Rs 100 for a night in that sharing tent and Rs 100 for dinner.