no its not mandatory. you can start from vashishth also but the climb is quite steep compared to the gulaba route.
Everything is mandatory in the mountains. Routes are made for the trekkers convinience so he/she should not face any hazard. I agree with Shilpi Siwch, From Vashish, Climb is quite steep so one must start from Gulaba side but if you want to start from Vashish, you can start enjoy your trek.
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