Roopkund ( The Mysterious Lake ) Trek in Garhwal Region Of Uttrakhand Himalaya .
Grade :- Moderate To Difficult
Max Altitude :- 15,696 Ft.
Roopkund, the magical lake, often makes me fall short of words. The beauty of the place and the journey taken to reach there is incomparable. Roopkund Trek, the name every serious trekker in the country surely knows. Roopkund Lake, a place very close to the heart of those who’ve been there before. The place that is amongst our favourites and one we recommend to every trekker around to experience once.
Roopkund Trek continues the inherent legacy and fame of the place and is probably the most treaded of the medium duration treks in India. Roopkund Trek gives one an opportunity to witness the mighty 7000mts – Mt. Trishul & Mt. Nanda Devi and also beautiful 6000 mts peaks of Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Nilkantha, Maiktoli Peak etc. It takes one to some of the loveliest open grassland meadows, known locally as Bugyals – Ali Bugyal and Bedini Bugyal. The climb to the lake from Bhagwabasa and beyond to Junargali Top challenges ones physical limits.
Roopkund Lake came to limelight for the mystery of scattered humans skeletons found all over in and around the lake. For the reason, it is often called as The Skeletal Lake or The Mystery Lake. Where the mystery can never be answered with certainty, various theories and stories continue to be told time and again and make this secretive place legendary.
Roopkund Trek can be easily divided into three parts – early village and mountain river stage, middle bugyals and bigger lakes, and last summit or climb stretch. Roopkund Trek is a must for everyone in the Himalayan trekker community. Eight days spend in these Garhwal mountains will surely leave a mark forever in your hearts.
Roopkund Trek Highlights:
Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites during this amazing Roopkund trek.
Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.
Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.
Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.
Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Mt Trishul looms over the place as you continue climbing.
Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.
Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.
And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.
- Camps, Tents, Guesthouses, Homestays
- Roopkund trek cost includes all accommodations during the trek
- All meals during the trek
- Central Trekking equipment
- Necessary permits and first aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
- Transportation from Kathgodam to Lohajung and Return To Kathgodam
Things To Carry
- Warm clothes, jackets, raincoats, fleece jackets and thermals
- Hand gloves, trekking poles, trekking shoes and extra pair of socks
- Water bottles, energy bars and energy drinks
- Caps/hats, sunglasses and towels
- Personal toiletries and medications (if any)
- Backpack with waterproof linings
- Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
- Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience
- Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek
- Avoid trekking during the nights
- Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician
- Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek
- The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites
Tailor-Mate Itinerary For 6 Night & 7 Days
DAY 01 : Kathgodham To Lohajung (2130m) Drive/250 Kms/8-9 Hrs
The trip will start from Kathgodham Railway Station with a morning pick up at 7.00 AM. We will drive from Kathgodham to Lohajung, with the rivers Ganga and Alaknanda keeping us company till we turn right for the Pinder valley and along with beautiful Kumaon Mountains via Almora and Kausani Gwaldam. Overnight stay in tents./
DAY 02 : Lohajung (2130m) – Didana (2550m) Trek/5-6 Hrs
The first day of the trek will introduce you to a mixed forest with diverse birds, playful streams which will give you the ‘Himalayan bite,’ the sting you get from cold streams and the village life of those living in this terrain. The 5-hour trek will take you downhill and then uphill before we reach the campsite above Didana village where we will spend the night in tents.
DAY 03 : Didana (2550m) – Bedni Bugyal Via Ali Bugyal (3150m) Trek/6-7 Hrs
A steady ascent through thick oak forests will bring us to the alpine grazing meadows, called Bedni Bugyal. The trek will take us via the beautiful Ali Bugyal. It is the ideal place to take a break and let the vastness of the meadow, the clear sky and the enchanting view of the Trishul peak consume you with peace and happiness. Here, the stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas ranges appear as ahead to you. Arrive at the finest camping site of Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 04 : Bedni Bugyal (3150m) – Bhagubasa (3650m) Trek/6-7hrs
The trek begins with climbing the meadow slopes, up to the ridges to the Kaluvinayak shrine which will reveal to us the most memorable views of the Neelkanth, Chaukhambha and Hathi peaks. The remaining part of the trek and snow will depend on the season we go in. A bit of rocky terrain for a short distance will lead us to the desolated campsite at Bhagubasa, where we will experience slight breathing difficulty but we will get used to it soon. Overnight stay in tents.
DAY 05 : Bhagubasa To Roopkund Summit And Return To Patharnachauni Trek/8-9 hrs
The trek from Bhagubasa is a 5-6 kms gradually ascending walk to Roopkund. It begins with crossing the rocky terrains which isn’t that complicated to climb. Even the 5-6 kms walk challenges you and you feel exhausted. As you trek further you witness the magnificent peaks such as Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda and Chaukhambha. But the pain is worth the gain. Reaching the Roopkund summit is an achievement in itself. The view of the summit gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement, after spending some time capturing the beauty of Roopkund in your cameras; we will trek back to Patharnachauni. Overnight stay will be in tents.
DAY 6: Patharnachauni To Wan And Then Drive To Lohajung
Today, we will start trekking towards this beautiful village Wan from Patharnachauni. Although not wanting to leave the place, we will slowly pace towards wan village – back to civilization. Wan feels like very much at home, a big village with hills, mountains and smiling faces. After spending some time at Wan we will further drive to Lohajung. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles which are waiting for us to drive down to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
DAY 07 : Lohajung To Kathgodam Drive
After Breakfast we will drive back to Kathgodham. Arrive around 9 pm at Kathgodham.