Roopkund Trek Now Open For trekkers
Roopkund – India’s most popular trek is Open Now After 2 Year
What do you expect to see when the glacial ice melts at 5000 meters above sea level? Probably some stocked water, a small lake or a water stream and some fish fossils etc. How about spotting more than 500 human skeletons? Yes, that’s the mystery of Roopkund Lake situated in Uttarakhand state of India. It is located in uninhabited high mountain region of Chamoli district of Uttarakhanduttr. HK Madhwal who was then a Nanda Devi Game Reserve ranger discovered the floating skeletons at Roopkund in 1942. Reports said that these bones were from late 19th century but the carbon dating samples collected from skeletons in 1960 revealed that these people were from 12th – 15th century. The cause of this mass death is assumed to be a massive landslide or blizzard
The Indian and European scientists carried out an exploration project in 2004 and found more information about these skeletons. They found jewelry, skulls, bones and preserved body tissues, which were of great importance. The DNA test revealed that there were mainly two groups of people. One marked by the shorter stature of the skeletons while the other is significantly taller people who were closely related to Kokanastha Brahmins of Maharashtra (as suggested DNA Mutations). Some British explorers to Roopkund and many scholars attribute the bones to General Zorawar Singh of Kashmir, and his men, who are said to have lost their way and perished in the high Himalayas on their return journey after the Battle of Tibet in 1841. Later it was found that these skeletons belonged to 12th – 15th century. The exact whereabouts of these skeletons is still a mystery. Many historians linked the corpses to an unsuccessful attack by Mohammad Tughlak on the Garhwal Himalaya. Still others believed that the remains were of those of victims of an unknown epidemic. Some anthropologists also put forward a theory of ritual suicide. Otherwise, Roopkund is one of the most beautiful and picturesque tourist destinations in Himalayan kingdom. It is located near two popular Himalayan Peaks namely Trishul which is 7120 m high and the other is Nandghungti which is 6310 meter high. It is rerouting to one of the popular pilgrim site in Uttarakhand named Nanda Devi. The skeleton lake is covered with ice for most of the year. However, a journey to Roopkund is a breathtaking experience everybody should have atleast once
Roopkund Trek is most Popular in Uttarakhand
The Roopkund Trek is the most popular trek of all if you are trekking in Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand India, the most trek in India. Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 16,156 feet in Uttarakhand, it is also known as “Mystery Lake” or “Skeleton Lake” because human skeletons can be seen here in the middle of this lake when ice melts; the research says these are remains of people who died because of hailstorm, still it is a mystery because the skeletons cannot be clearly identified yet.
Roopkund Trek is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the trails are thrilling
This place is unique and has hidden stories behind it. Glaciers and snow covered mountains surround this precious Lake, you can see snow and ice everywhere and the trail is exhilarating. It takes you through dense forests and fascinating meadows like Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal. Get majestic views of Mt. Trishul along with this catch the
Views of Chaukhamba Range, Kedarnath, Neelkanth and many more peaks are visible from there which makes this place picture perfect.
Roopkund Trek is the Destination of Many Trekkers
This trek has all the adventure in it which an adventure lover looks for, from the mystery to the beauty; steep climbs to amusing descents; magnificent views of Mt. Trishul and other peaks. This high altitude lake “Roopkund” is a must explore trek.
Snow Covered Forests in Roopkund Trek
During your Roopkund trek through undulating meadows and dense forests with abundant trees of Rhododendrons pine forest and Oaks, totally covered in snow and spot some Himalayan animals on the way. Most importantly Roopkund trek is a most popular trek and other Himalayan treks are getting crowded day by day.
However, you will find no other groups on the trail which passes through dense woods serene and unspoiled. Roopkund trek is best for people looking for treks not crowded.
Why to choose Roopkund Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Roopkund trek.
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of 62 km which is to be covered into 8 days. Yet, it comes under moderate level of easy to moderate because of the things that this trek has to offers. These are:
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 420 Km and on foot 64 km which is to be covered into 07 nights or 8 days. .
Roopkund trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 5087 meter
Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature?
You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges
During winter season, this fascinating Roopkund trek remains covered in snow and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land or lake.
And, in summers, the bedni valley turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.
Altitude we are going to cover in Roopkund Trek
Kathgodam – 554 Meter
Lohajung base – 7,663 feet
Didna Village – 8096 feet
Ali Bugyal – 11,320 feet
Patar Nachauni – 12,818 feet
Bhagwabasa camp – 14,126 feet
Roopkund trek – 15,756 feet
Key Points of Roopkund Trek
Duration: – 07 Nights 08 Days
Base camp: – Lohajung village
Summer Temperature: – Day (5°C to 15°C) Night (2° C to 8° C)
Roopkund – Altitude: – 16,156 feet
Best Time: – May , June, Sep, Oct
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 64 Km – By taxi 420 km
Group Size: – Minimum 05 people maximum 20 people
Short Itinerary of Roopkund Trek –
Day-1- Pickup to you from Kathgodam railway station – Drive to Lohajung – 210 Km (9/10 Hours) (7,663 feet) overnight stay hotel
Day-2: Trek from Lohajung to via Wan to Ghairoli Patal (5.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (10,100 feet)
Day-3: Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal (10 km) (5/6 hours) (11,506 feet)
Day-4: Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni (07 km) (4/5 Hours) (12,818 feet)
Day-5: Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa (4.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (14,126 feet) via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
Day-6: Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund (15,756 feet), further Junargali Top (16,156 feet). Return to Patar Nachauni (10 km) (8/9 Hours) (12,700 feet) via Bhagwabasa.
Day-7: Trek from Patthar Nachauni to Lohajung (15 km) (7/8 Hours) (7,663 feet) via Bedni and Wan and back to Lohajung
Day-8: Drive from Lohajung village to Kathgodam (210 km) (8/9 Hours)
Your travel plan for the Roopkund Trek
You can book train, air flight, and bus tickets for your journey only according to the information given by us.
The Roopkund trek will be of 6 days and 2 days of your journey from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
First of all, all the trekkers will have to book their flight and train bus according to our time table as our pick up is from 6 am to 7 am, you will have to reach Kathgodam in the morning.
A taxi from Himalayan hikers will link you to Kathgodam railway station.
Himalayan Hikers organize transport to Lohajung from Kathgodam railway station. Our vehicles leave at 6:00 am to 7:00 am sharp from Kathgodam. The taxi costs Rs.5, 500 per taxi and Rs 9,000 for a Tempo Traveler. Sharing.
In Kathgodam railway station you will get our staff that will arranged transport for you. The contacts no Transport coordinator or our office team will be give you a week ago to your departure.
Planning your onward Air flight/train/ Bus booking
If you are travelling from Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or Gujarat any other city, so you will have to come to Delhi, you will get a train from Delhi for Dehradun comfortably.
Option 01:- By Train
All trekkers booked yourself the Ranikhet Express
Ranikhet Express to Kathgodam (Train no is 15013 Departure 10:05 pm: – Reached Kathgodam 5:05 am the train starts from Jaisalmer city. This is best option to you
Option 02:- By Bus
You can reach Kathgodam from Delhi by a bus, board it from Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT; it is good if you are booking the seats. Directly bus stand. But to get the bus tickets booked you have to come to the bus stand a little early
The bus leaves from Kathgodam from Delhi at around 9.00 pm. frequent buses are available until midnight. It is a journey of about 8 hours to 9 hours.
(Reach Kathgodam Railway Station between 5:00 am to 6:00 am and vehicle will be arranged from there.)
ATM Point and Mobile Connectivity in Roopkund Trek
When you leave for the next trek, you bring the cash according to your requirement and if you want to get the cash in the way, then you will have to go to Kathgodam and there will be no bank ATM to take the cash. (If you want to withdraw money then do it in Delhi)
The phone does not work in Roopkund trek, so any necessary calls you make from Lohajung base camp will not be networked further. You can give your family members a contact at our head office to talk Emergency.
Day 1: Pickup to you from Kathgodam railway station – Drive to Lohajung village
Total distance – 210 km – 9/10 Hours journey
Mode of journey – By taxi
Altitude –Lohajung – 7,663 feet
Night stay – Our Home stay – on twin share basis
Our vehicle picks you up from Kathgodam Railway station and en routes to Lohajung, the journey is of 9/10 hours, there will be one or two breaks, have your breakfast and lunch on the way.
We will go through the region of Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges.
The road takes you through picturesque places with beautiful forests and curves with mountain views in the backdrop.
There is a direct road from Gwaldam to Deval but it is damaged due to heavy rains so the other route is preferred, from there we will reach Deval.
Deval is a village from where one can purchase food and kerosene for the journey, now from Deval drive is towards Lohajung.
Road to Lohajung is windy and curvy and an experienced driver is needed to drive on those roads.
Temperature is mostly cold here as we gain height while going upwards and it is rainy and foggy most of the time.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel or home stay
Day 2 : Trek from Lohajung to via Wan to Ghairoli Patal
Trek Distance – 5.5 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot
Altitude – Ghairoli Patal – 10,100 feet
Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis
After having proper breakfast your trek begins, you have to walk on levelled ground, reach village Wan from here you have to walk on flat ground to reach Kulling which is 6 km away from Lohajung.
Kulling is a small village with few people living there, this place looks peaceful. You can spot variety of birds here, the climate is invigorating; you can feel the freshness in the air.
Take a break here after your break descends to the village, the trail is narrow which takes you through houses and pasturelands to a small stream, the water in this stream comes from Neel Ganga.
Continue walking and cross the bridge, now you have to climb a ridge, this is a steep climb, it ends at an altitude of 8,000feet at village Didna.
The trail is through the evergreen alpine forest. Reach the top of the ridge it will take two hours to reach there, the views from here are entrancing and magnificent, you will see open lands on the lap of the mountains.
Didna is a famous village where trekkers stay.
Reach your destination Ghairoli Patal you will reach there through dense forest, the campsite looks alluring, set up your camps in the desired area, hot lunch will be served dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 :Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal
Trek Distance – 10 km – 6/7 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot
Altitude – Ali Bugyal – 11,506 feet
Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis
Have your breakfast in Ghairoli Patal and start your trek to Bedni Bugyal, today you will go through the village of Ali Bugyal, this village is at an altitude of 3410m.
Ali Bugyal is visible from Didna as it is on the top of the mountain.
You have to climb the mountain to reach Ali Bugyal, the trail is not steep, but it is slightly upwards, on the way there are shepherd huts, known as Tolpani.
Now the other climb is steep, but it takes you through picturesque places, there are trees of Oak, Birch, and Rhododendrons only these trees grow there, on the way you can see local people with their sheep, you can communicate with them.
During the spring season the valley gets more beautiful with exotic views blooming flowers make this valley look divine.
You will see the receding treeline and plain grasslands after some hours of the climb the Ali Bugyal unfolds in front of you, it has got fascinating views, there is inherent beauty in this place.
In the month of summer, you can see some beautiful white horses and cows grazing the fields, the fields are all covered by grass and flowers.
From here you can spot the tallest mountain peaks Mrigthuni and Mt. Trishul, the views are the main attention seeker.
Cross the soothing meadows and trek for more half an hour to reach Bedni, there is our campsite where we will set up our tents.
Have your lunch intents and then visit Bedni Kund which is a temple nearby.
Garhwal Himalayan ranges are also visible from here if the weather is clear. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 4 : Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni
Trek Distance – 07 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot
Altitude – Patar Nachauni – 12,818 feet
Night Stay – Our Camp – on twin share basis
The morning views of Bedni Bugyal are unmatched there are lush green trees and soothing greenery is all around.
Sunrise looks mesmerizing from there. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma created Vedas here.
Have your breakfast and then depart to Patar Nachauni which is 5 km away.
The trail is an easy climb following the trail from Bedni campsite is visible till 3km further then it disappears.
Continue trekking and you will sew the other side of the ridge which is entirely different and beguiling, different scenic views in one trek.
It is a delight for trekkers, have full view of charming mountains like Nanda Ghughunti and Trishul.
You can see some waterfalls and narrow streams flowing through the meadows, they add beauty to them.
Reach your campsite Patar Nachauni, it is a meadow from where you get spectacular sight of mountains and the clouds touch the peaks, it looks wonderful, enjoys sightseeing snacks and meal there and then overnight stay in tents.
Day 5 : Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
Trek Distance – 4.5 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot
Altitude – Bhagwabhasa camp – 14,126 feet
Night Stay – Our Camp – on twin share basis
After breakfast, start your trek to Bhagwabhasa (14,126 feet), it is a 6km long trek, and it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach there. The story behind this place is dancers were converted into stones because goddess Nanda cursed them.
Patthar- stone Nachauni- dancers.
Walk towards Bhagwabhasa and the same trail will take you to Kalu Vinayak temple, to reach the temple you have to travel 2kms by gaining 200ft altitude.
The path isn’t easy, it is uneven and zig-zag in shape so walk carefully because a single mistake can be very dangerous, this climb is worth your every effort because the top will mesmerize you.
It is very windy there because the altitude increases, oxygen decreases at this level, take breaks and drink water while ascending.
The temple has a traditional design and made of stones but it looks beautiful and unique. You can feel spiritualty in the atmosphere there.
Visiting a temple at such a high altitude is very interesting and people who love to explore can only understand this.
When you reach the temple from there you can see Roopkund the place which you are going to visit the next day and your final destination
Also, The view of glittering beautiful amongst all Mt. Trishul on one side and Nandaghunti on the other.
Now, follow the trail which not leveled, it will take you to Bhaguabasa which is 1 km away from here.
The trail is rocky and is not easy to cross, take breaks and continue walking reach Bhaguabasa, the place is a barren piece of land but during monsoon, flowers bloom in this region.
Set up your tents there and dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 : Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund (15,756 feet), further Junargali Top (16,156 feet). Return to Patar Nachauni
Distance – 10 km – 8/9 Hours journey
Mode of journey –On foot
Altitude – Roopkund – 15,756 feet
Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis
Early morning we will provide hot tea or coffee then we will leave for Roopkund with packed breakfast because in the morning you can have a clear view of the mountains and later they get covered by the clouds.
Today trek to Roopkund is difficult ascending and 400 meters to Junargali Dhar Top summit (5029 meters).
Roopkund is a glacial lake at high altitude also known as “Mystery Lake” because the human skeletons.
from ancient times are found here and can be seen inside the lake when the ice melts.
You can spot those skeleton on the edge of the lake, you will be lucky enough if you spot them.
After a steep climb, you will see Nanda Devi temple visit that temple from there you can get scenic views,
click pictures spend time there and if the weather is good you can visit Junargali Top which is (16,700 feet) when you reach top it is very windy there,
you will be amazed while standing at Junargali top, the sense of confidence you will feel would be one of the best feeling.
Now return to Patar Nachauni you have to go through Bhagwabhasa the descend is more difficult because while ascending trail was steep and it the trail becomes thrilling while coming down,
Follow the same trail go to a cave-like structure which is known as Bhagwabhasa, descend and you will reach Patthar Nachauni your campsite.
Spend your time in peace and relax your body and mind. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 7: Trek from Patthar Nachauni to Lohajung via Bedni and Wan and back to Lohajung
Distance – 15 km – 8/9 Hours journey
Mode of journey –On foot
Altitude – Lohajung – 7,663 feet
Night Stay – Home stay – on twin share basis
Today is the last day of your trek so cherish these moments relish the sunrise and move towards Lohajung.
Today from Bedni Bugyal we will go from another route which goes to Lohajung,
the trail is through the dense forest there are big and thick trees, this place is rich in flora and fauna.
At Wan village,
A famous temple of Latu Devta in which there is puja organized by the villagers.
You can visit this temple or take a break here.
The trail is simple and with the trail, you will spot wooden huts and further you will see the road diverged into two paths.
Descend and you will enter a forest region and there are trees all around.
You can hear birds chirping which is the trail is varying so walk carefully so that you don’t get slipped.
walk further cross some yards and you will reach Gahroli Patal which is opening of a forest.
Then reach the banks of river Neel Ganga continue walking and visit a wan village,
it is a big village surrounded by mountains and from there back to Lohajung by Taxi.
Dinner and overnight stay at tourist guest house.
Day 8 : Drive from Lohajung village to Kathgodam Railway station
Distance – 210 km – 8/9 Hours journey
Mode of journey –By taxi
Depart for Kathgodam and reach the Railway station by 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm.