Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Trek

7 Days | 6 Nights

Places Covered


Loharjung, Gairoli Patal, Bedini Bugyal, Bhagwabasa, Roopkund Lake, Junargali

 

Highlights

  • Unearth Mystery of Skeletal Lake @15,696 ft.
  • Includes Transport from Kathgodam & Back
  • Technical Gears & Rope-up in Summers

 

PRICE: ON REQUEST

Highlights of the trek:

Duration: 7 Days
Meeting Point: Kathgodam Railway Station (06:00 am on Day 01)
Ending Point: Kathgodam Railway Station (07:00 pm on Day 07)
Grade: Moderate – Difficult
Maximum Altitude: 15,696 ft.
Approx. trekking: 55 km.
Best time: May & June (Pre Monsoons) / September & October (Post Monsoons)

 

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.

 

Inclusions

Transport

Kathgodam to Lohajung or Kuling in Jeep / Tempo Traveller
Local Transport (Local Jeeps)
Lohajung to Kathgodam or Kuling in Jeep / Tempo Traveller

Accommodation

Two Nights at Lohajung or Kuling in Tourist Lodge / Fixed Camps
Four Nights Camping during Trek on Triple Sharing Basis
Camping Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Mess Tent for the Group
Toilet Tents – Dry Pit Style

Food

Two Dinners and One Breakfast at Lohajung or Kuling
All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek
All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions
Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek
Special Requests like Jain Food / Food Allergies (at Prior Notice Only)

Support Team

One Qualified Trek Leader
One Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
Helping Staff and Porters / Mules for Equipment only

Safety & Rescue

Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Walky Talky with Team Members for Swift Communication
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
Crampons / Microspikes (if Required)
Oxygen Cylinder with the Team
Rope-up during Summit Day (if Required)
Locking Carabiner and Short Sling for Self-Anchor

Nature & Environment

Proper Segregation Bins an Waste Management at Campsite
Charity Support to One Local Community-Based NGO
Clean up Drive at Season Ending

Others

Equipment Purchase and Rental Support
Maximum 18-22 Trekkers in a Batch
Permits up to Rs. 500/-
Trek Contests and Offers (Click Here) – to be updated soon

Exclusions

Personal Gears

Click to Download PDF – to be updated soon (ask for email)

Meals

Meals During Transportation

Others

5% GST
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions

 

Note:

TDI expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 350/- extra per day per bag.

 
Cancellation Policy:

Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 21 – 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 20 – 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Less than 10 Days:- No refund.

 

Rescheduling Policy:

Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.

Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed.

 

Other Terms:

Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.

Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.

Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.

No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

Day No: 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 No: 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 No: 3
DIDNA VILLAGE TO BEDINI BUGYAL via 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 beautiful 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. We have our packed lunch at Ali Bugyal. We further trek to Bedini Bugyal which is around an hour almost flat walk and slight descend through meadows. Overnight stay in tents.

 

Day No: 4
BEDINI BUGYAL TO BHAGWABASA (11,519 to 14,100 ft. / 9 km.) -> Today we start our climb in the morning after breakfast. We first reach a place called Ghora Lotani that is around 2-2.5 hours from Bedini. Beautiful meadows follow us to Ghora Lotani from Bedini and in summers this is he last point from where horses return and hence the name. We go slight down for 30 minutes to reach Patharnachani. From here we enter into higher Himalayas with grassland disappearing along the route and rocky path welcoming us. We climb further for about 2 hours to reach Kelwa Vinayak. Kelua Vinayak or Kalu Vinayak as popularly called is a Hindu shrine and the highest point for today. We have our packed lunch here and walk down for 45 minutes to reach Bhagwabasa base for Roopkund Lake. We camp overnight at Bhagwabasa.

 

Day No: 5
BHAGWABASA TO ROOPKUND SUMMIT (15,696 feet / 3 km.) AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (8 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 No: 6
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 No: 7
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!

 

 

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