Roopkund Trek

UTTRAKHAND

Places covered

Loharjung, Didna, Bedini Bugyal, Bhagwabasa, Roopkund Lake, Junargal

Duration

8 Days & 7 Nights

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Roopkund Trek

Highlights

  • Region: Chamoli District, Garhwal
  • Duration: 8 Days (Kathgodam to Kathgodam)
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Maximum Altitude: 17,696 feet
  • Approx trekking: 55 kms.
  • Best time: May & June (Pre Monsoons) / September & October (Post Monsoons)

PACKAGE DETAILS

Brief on trek to Roopkund Lake:

 

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 is a glacial lake nestled in the high mountains of Uttarakhand Himalayas. At an altitude of 5030 meters or 16,500 feet, the lake is completely uninhabited and is surrounded by snow clad mountains. It remains covered in snow, rather thick ice, and frozen for the whole winter – summer season from November to June.

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 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 7000ers – Mt. Trishul & Mt. Nanda Devi and also beautiful 6000er 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 is open to trekkers twice a year – first period is in summers or the pre-monsoon period in May and June, and the second one is pre-monsoon period in September and October. The former is more challenging with lots of snow along the way and Crazy Peaks team is the only one operating with full technical gears and maximum safety. We fix ropes along the climb, provide seat harness and crampons to the trekkers ensuring maximum trekkers scaling the top. Post-monsoon option is a little easier and great for those who want to trek through lush green meadows or Bugyals.

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.

DAY 1

KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG (213 Km):

You will be received at Kathgodam Railway Station or the Bus Stand. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places. Kathgodam is the main Railway Station in the region. From Kathgodam, we begin our journey towards our base for the trek, Lohajung. The drive goes through the popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora. Bhimtal is a sister town of Nainital and Almora is a beautiful and historic town of the Kumaon region which was founded way back in 1568. You drive along amny small streams, most prominent being the River Kosi and enter into the Pindar valley. Your overnight stay at Lohanjung will be at the guest house or a permanent camp.

DAY 2

LOHAJUNG TO DIDNA VILLAGE (7,575 to 8,530 ft. / 8 km.):

Today we start our trek, by walking up to the village Didna. Didna is the first camp on the Roopkund Trek. The view from Didna is simply spectacular. The trail to the Didna starts with a steady climb up the Lohajung pass, then there is a descending trail till Bedni River. The Bedni River is also known as Bedni Ganga, as it is locally considered sacred. After crossing a bridge, there is a gradual climb through a forest of Oak and Bamboo. It is a good day, to click some nice photographs but important not to use up your batteries and save them for later. Our campsite is on a beautiful meadow, after crossing the village. Overnight stay in Tents or Homestays.

DAY 3

DIDNA VILLAGE TO BEDINI / ALI BUGYAL (8,530 to 11,519 ft. / 10 km.):

Today’s part of the trail has steep ascents. After the climb, the views of the Garhwal Himalayas are simply majestic and stunning. You again pass through a forest of Bamboo and Oak. We eventually reach Ali Bugyal, which is a beautiful grazing meadow. Ali Bugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from here we can have a 360 degrees view of the snow mountains. You can see peaks like Chaukhamba and Neelkanth. This is probably one of the most spectacular camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY 4

ALI BUGYAL / BEDINI BUGYAL TO PATHARNACHUNI (11,519 to 12,730 ft. / 5 km.):

After a moderate ascent, the trail is easy today. After a few hours we cross over to the other side of the ridge line from where the view gets even better. Bedini Bugyal falls on the way if we start from Ali Bugyal. This place has long undulating meadows. This is the sight to capture in your hearts. Then you reach a place called Ghora Lotani, from where you can have an all-round view. Our campsite is at a place called Patharnachauni. Today we will reach in the early evening, and you will have ample time to relax and acclimatize. The stay in Patharnachauni will be in tents and this will be an important day in terms of acclimatization.

DAY 5

PATHARNACHAUNI TO BHAGWABASA (12,730 – 14,075 ft. / 6 km.):

The trail takes you to an altitude of over 4000 meters. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during this stretch to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. However, this is not permanent. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. It is very important to stay hydrated. A steep and zig-zag trail takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugubasa (4100m.). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay will be in tents.

DAY 6

BHAGWABASA TO ROOPKUND SUMMIT (15,696 meters / 3 km.) AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (9 km.):

Today is the day! Today is when we will be reaching the Roopkund Lake. Roopkund, the mystery or skeletal lake. It is advisable to start the day as early as 4 am. During early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 3 km moderate up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the lake. A further climb of around 20 minutes takes you to the highest point of Roopkund Lake Trek, i.e. Junargali. Then we head back for our campsite at Patharnachauni. The views from the alpine camp at Patharnachauni extends west across the main Himalayan range as far as Gangotri.

DAY 7

PATHARNACHAUNI TO WAN (15 km. trek) AND FURTHER DRIVE TO LOHAJUNG:

You would see the end of meadows after crossing Bedini Bugyals. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at Mt. Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a beautiful Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga stream. On reaching Wan village, we drive to Lohajung. This completes our memorable and splendid time during the trek. Time to celebrate! Overnight stay at Lohajung.

DAY 8

LOHAJUNG TO KATHGODAM DRIVE (213 km.)

Last day of our journey. Today early morning we depart from Lohajung and reach back to our end point of the trip at Kathgodam by 5 pm in the evening.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DO NOT MAKE FURTHER RESERVATIONS TO DELHI / OTHER PLACES BEFORE 8 PM AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP SOME BUFFER IN MOUNTAINS. The Mighty Himalayas will miss you all and this marks the end of your Crazy Trek to Roopkund Lake!

INCLUSIONS:

  • Transport (Kathgodam to Kathgodam)
  • Accommodation (Hotel + Camping ) on triple sharing basis.
  • All meals while on trek. (2 dinners and 1 breakfast at Lohajung)
  • Trek equipment’s (sleeping bag, high density mattress, kitchen tents, utensils and tents)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits, stature and oxygen cylinders.
  • Mountaineering qualified and professional trek leader and support staff.
  • Limited group size (15-18 trekkers)
  • Travel insurance upto 2,00000/- for premium batches

EXCLUSION:

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
  • Any additional permits levied over currently applicable by local authorities.
  • Service Tax Extra (4.5%)
  • Tips (for guides, drivers etc)

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