Roopkund trek, the mysterious lake in Uttrakhand

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A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker! Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.

Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by plenitude of visitors.

The route along this trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.

Duration of the Tour: 8D/ 7N

Roopkund Trek Altitude: 5,029m

Meal Types: Vegetarian

Roopkund Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Short Itinerary

Roopkund Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathgodam – Lohajung (225km/10 Hours by Road)

Day 02: Trek from Lohajung – Didna Village

Day 03: Trek from Didna Village – Ali Bugyal

Day 04: Trek from Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani

Day 05: Trek from Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa

Day 06: Trek from Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal (via Bhagwabasa)

Day 07: Trek from Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung (via Wan)

Day 08: Drive from Lohajung – KathgodamKathgodam

    • The mysterious Roopkund Lake
    • Pristine oak and rhododendron forests
    • High altitude trekking
    • Snow-clad peaks and stunning glaciers
    • Alpine meadows of the Garhwal Himalayan
    • Nanda Devi Biosphere

Some Facts:

Start Point: Lohajung

Meeting Point: Kathgodam

Roopkund Trek Route: Kathgodam – Lohajung – Didna Village – Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung – Kathgodam

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam

Nearest Airport: Delhi

Roopkund Trek Best Time: May and June

Accommodation Details: Camps, Tents & Guest HousesHouses

Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal – May – June 2015

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QUICK INFO

Location

Kathgodam

Duration

8 Days and 7 Nights

Departure

Kathgodam

12,000

Starts From 

8,500

 Per Adult

Some Facts:

Start Point: Lohajung

Meeting Point: Kathgodam

Roopkund Trek Route: Kathgodam – Lohajung – Didna Village – Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung – Kathgodam

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam

Nearest Airport: Delhi

Roopkund Trek Best Time: May and June

Accommodation Details: Camps, Tents & Guest Houses

Roopkund Trek Map:

Package Includes:

  • Roopkund trek cost includes all accommodations during the trek
  • All meals during the trek
  • Trekking equipment and their charges
  • Necessary permits and first aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
  • All transport from Kathgodam (start) to Kathgodam (end)
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

Package Excludes:

  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance
  • Porter to carry personal luggage

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations up to 30 days from the start of the trek – 100% refund
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek – 75% refund
  • Cancellation between 19 days and 10 days to the start of the trek – 50% refund
  • Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek – No refund

LONG ITINERARY

Day 01: Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (225km/10 Hours by Road)

Day’s Highlights: Pindar Valley, Almora, the stunning Himalayas

Day’s Details: Upon arrival at the Kathgodam Railway Station (from Delhi or other destinations), take a drive through the scenic trails and proceed towards Lohajung. Over the course of your drive, witness and enjoy the serene beauty of the valleys, forests and the fascinating Himalayas. Passing through the Pindar Valley and Almora, arrive in Lohajung and settle down in a hotel/tents for an overnight stay.

Day 02: Trek from Lohajung to Didna Village

Day’s Highlights: Lohajung Pass, Bedni Ganga River

Day’s Details: Today you will begin with the trek to Roopkund Glacier Lake! Take the Lord Curzon trail from Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass, which eventually leads to a downhill trail to the Bedni River. Cross the bridge over the river and traverse through mixed forests of oak and bamboo to arrive at Didna Village. This is your first base camp on the trek route; overnight stay in tents.

Day 03: Trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal

Day’s Highlights: Steep Trek, Oak & Bamboo Forests, Garhwal Himalayas

Day’s Details: After a wholesome breakfast, leave the basecamp and begin with a steep ascend through oak forests and long stands of bamboo. Admire the stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as they appear ahead of you. Arrive at one of the finest camping grounds with stunning views on this side of the Himalayas as you enter open alpine grazing meadows of Ali Bugyal; overnight stay in here.

Day 04: Trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani

Day’s Highlights: Easy Trek, Panoramic Himalayas, Magpie

Day’s Details: Today’s trek will be an easier one and will take you to the other side of the ridge; a keen eye can spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. After a few hours of trekking, arrive at Ghora Lotani, which is yet again the most fascinating of destinations along the Roopkund trek; overnight camping in Ghora Lotani.

Day 05: Trek from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa

Day’s Highlights: High Altitude Trekking, Barren Campsite, Icy Winds

Day’s Details: Following today’s breakfast in the camp, start with the trek for the day. Today, as you proceed forward, you will be gaining height from 12,500-14,500ft. Be prepared for some challenges offered by high altitudes, zigzag passes and icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa (4,100m) campsite in a desolate and barren landscape; overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Trek from Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal (via Bhagwabasa)

Day’s Highlights: Roopkund Lake, Human Skeletons, Mt. Trishul, Gangotri Ranges

Day’s Details: After four days of continuous trekking, today you will be at the most fascinating day of the trek! Starting with an early morning breakfast, today you will be trekking to the mysterious Roopkund Lake. This uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. From here, trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail, and trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. Witness the captivating Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri; overnight stay in Bedni Bugyal.

Day 07: Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung (via Wan)

Day’s Highlights: Trekking, rhododenron forests, alpine meadows

Day’s Details: As you start your return trek, bid goodbye to an unforgettable experience as you can capture a glimpse of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal on a clear day from Kanakdhar, en route Wan. Follow steep descents, gradual climbs through forests packed with blooming rhododendrons. After a steep descent for the Neel Ganga, arrive at Wan. From here, you’ll drive to Lohajung. Spend the night here.

Day 08: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam

Day’s Highlights: Lohajung Exploration, Roopkund Trekking Tour Ends Here

Day’s Details: Today will be your last day in the Himalayas! Spend the day looking around Lohajung followed by a rewarding drive to Kathgodam. With your drop at Kathgodam, this exciting as well as mysterious Roopkund trek experience will come to an end.

Guidelines:

Roopkund Trek, Uttaranchal – May – June 2015

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QUICK INFO

Location

Kathgodam

Duration

8 Days and 7 Nights

Departure

Kathgodam

12,000

Starts From 

8,500

 Per Adult

Instructions and Guidelines

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

Advisory:

  • 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.