Trek to Roopkund
A mystery lake since human skeletons and remains of horses were found here. The magnificent lake is surrounded by rock strewn glaciers and snow-clad peaks which gives it a magnificent view of the valley.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
A Snowy mysterious lake with skeletons around!!!
An avid trekker always dream of exploring the Himalayas. Roopkund trek is the best way to explore and have a unique experience. The Roopkund Lake or the Skeletal Lake lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at 3200m. For the trekkers, the Roopkund trekking is an exciting option for adventure comprising of trails cutting through dense thickets, surpassing the gushing waters of brooks and streams as well as charming lakes, mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges and vast expanse of lush grasslands, also known as ‘Bugyals’ and scenic meadows. Rock strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks enchants the trekkers on route. At the top of the Roopkund Lake get the opportunity to witness the stunning views of Roopkund Glacier, Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba peaks. The Roopkund trek is a moderate trek. For a beginner who loves high altitude the setting is truly alpine and the thrill, high..
Grade – Moderate to Challenging
Duration – 8 days
Max. Altitude – 15750ft
Total trekking – 52 kms approx.
Region – Chamoli-Garhwal, Uttarakhand
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg)
- Transport from Kathgodam to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (7600ft)
We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung. The drive is very long, but it is worth as the scenic beauty of the place we will be driving will have rivers flowing along us before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora one can visit Baijnath Temple. During this tiring journey, you can enjoy tea, snacks and lunch at number of small but beautiful dhabas. Arrive at Lohagunj by evening and transfer to the guest house for a night stay before the trek. Thereafter you shall enjoy local cuisine for dinner. Overnight stay in guest house/homestay.
Lohajung to Didna Village (8045ft)
Wake up with hot morning tea, freshen up and get ready with your rucksack for trek to Roopkund Lake which starts from Lohajung to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River also known as the “Bedni Ganga”. Cross the old bridge over the river. One can enjoy the thrill by crossing the river by foot instead of taking bridge. After crossing the river we start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp and stay there overnight. Overnight stay in tent.
Didna village to Ali Bugyal (11320ft)
Leave the basecamp and begin with a steep ascend. The stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. The pristine beauty of this place will leave you stunned and you will start enjoying the scenic views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali Bugyal. Difficult to believe our eyes, that suddenly the forest ends and grassland starts without any gradual transition. We received a grand reception from nature in the form of an undending green carpet studded with yellow abd purple flowers. Overnight stay in tent.
Ali Bugyal to GhoraLotani (12820ft)
This day will be a breather as the trek will be comparatively easier. You will trek while listening to chirping birds and mesmerize your mind and soul with the beauty of the surroundings. After few hours of trekking we will be on other side of the ridge. The fantabulous view of GhoraLotani on the Roopkund trek is a brilliant campsite and offers a great view from all around. After reaching GhoraLotani by afternoon we need to halt there overnight so that we get enough time to relax and acclimatize to the altitude and weather conditions which will be chilly and temperature will start dropping towards 0 degree Celsius. Overnight stay in tent.
GhoraLotani to Bhagwabasa (14120ft)
Enjoying morning tea while still in sleeping bags will become a necessity rather than a luxury. From GhoraLotani to Bhagwabasa you will start experiencing the change of the altitude as you will start experiencing shortness of breath, zigzag passes, icy cold winds, mild headache and tiredness, which are quite common in high altitude trekking. The place is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. We will finally reach Bhagwabasa campsite in a desolate and barren landscape. Here all around there will be snow and only snow. On a clear day one can view the gieant and awesome snow peaks ie Hathi Parvat, Neelkanth Parvat, Nanda Gunti and Trishul. One is likely to get lost in the nature’s abode. Overnight stay in tent.
Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake(15750ft) & Back to Bedni Bugyal (11010ft) via Bhagwabasa
This is the final and the most fascinating day of the Mysterious Roopkund trek. We start the day as early as during the morning hours when snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to trek without getting your shoes drenched in water. After a 5 km up-hill climb our wait will end and we will reach our destination. Witness the captivating Garhwal Himalayas in full glory. Explore the site and the mystical skeletons. A further trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. After reaching the highest point we start heading back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extend the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop. Overnight stay in tent.
Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung(7600ft) via Wan
Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. After few minutes of trek, the view of the meadows are gone. There is a steep descending and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way back we will pass through a Rhododendron forest. On reaching Wan we drive back to Lohajung. Overnight we stay at Lohajung guest house.
Lohajung to Kathgodam
Today will be our last day in the Himalayas! With a heavy heart we bid a goodbye to the Himalayas. After breakfast we shall depart for an early morning drive towards Kathgodam. Arrive at Kathgodham by evening and say goodbye to your trek mates. Roopkund trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group