A Complete Guide to Roopkund Trek

The Roopkund Trek is known for its mysterious surroundings and astounding scenic beauty. For many years, Roopkund, the beautiful and mysterious lake has held the attention of trekkers not only because of the enchanting landscape surrounding it but also because of the presence of several bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. For years no one could figure out what had happened. The mystery has finally been solved by an international team that found out that around 850 AD, a group of pilgrims faced an unusually severe hailstorm which caused hundreds to die. The trek route to Roopkund lies in the remote parts of the Chamoli district in Garhwal which is famous for its high-quality treks. The Roopkund trail is a classic case of experiencing both, the beauty and the beast. Only here the beast is equally if not more enchanting.

 

 

NATURE OF TRIP Trekking

LOCATION Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand

DURATION of 6 Days (Kathgodam ‐ Kathgodam)

TREKKING DAYS 5 Days

MAXIMUM ALTITUDE Roopkund & Jurangali ridge (4600‐4750m)

GRADE Moderate+

SEASON May‐Jun, Sep‐Oct

ACCOMMODATION Alpine Camping ‐ 4 Nights Hotel/Ecolodge ‐ 1 Night

GROUP SIZE Maximum of 15 persons

 

DAY 01: Kathgodam to Lohajung (2130m) Drive/250 km

Trek/8‐9 hrs

We will meet at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Lohajung. This is a long but interesting drive. You will initially drive along beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani. Later we get into the Garhwal region and continue to drive up to Lohajung. On arrival check into a guest house. Overnight in a guesthouse/tent.

 

DAY   02: Lohajung   (2130m) – Didana   (2550m)

Trek/5‐6 hrs

Today’s walk is gradual apart from the last stretch to reach Dedina village. The walk is through an enchanting mixed forest abundant in birdlife so carrying a bird book will be a good idea. You will cross a few crystal clear streams that mean opportunities to experience the ‘Himalayan Bite’, the sting that you get from cold streams and also walk through a couple of villages to appreciate a lifestyle typical of the terrain. After about 4  ‐5 hrs of walking, initially going downhill and then up again, you will reach the campsite above Didana village getting a full view of the trail for tomorrow leading to the famous Ali & Bedni Bugyals (meadows). Overnight in tents.

 

 

DAY  03: Didana  (2550m) – Bedni bugyal (3350m)

Trek/6‐7 hrs

Today after a steady ascent through the thick oak forest we will come to the alpine grazing meadows called Ali

bugyal. It’s a super place for taking a break and enjoying the views of unending vistas in all directions and if the sky is clear you will be mesmerized by the views of the Trishul peak. From here on it’s a pleasant walk till Bedni bugyal with the gradient being moderate. Bedni bugyal is a very fine camping site with vast open views and grazing pastures all around, not to forget the close views of the Trishul & Nanda Ghunti peaks. Overnight in tents.

 

 

DAY 05: Bhagubasa (4100m) – Roopkund & Jurangali (4750m) – Bedni bugyal (3350m)

Trek/8‐9 hrs

The day is going to be full of adventure and give you a great feeling of having achieved something. We will start early and mostly make it to the lake in about 2.5‐3 hrs. You will climb through moraine, rock gardens and snow patches to reach the periphery of the mystery lake. This trail is steep at sections and there are possibilities of it being under snow for about 9‐10 months. Your stamina is sure to be tested. On tricky sections, if required our guides will help you negotiate the trail. If there is not too much of snow around the lake you will get to see human bones and skeletons. Roopkund is a crater-like formation in the mountains. The mystery around the lake has apparently been solved recently and these bones and skeleton in such large numbers have been attributed to a massive hailstorm which, centuries ago, caught many pilgrims’ by surprise. There are spectacular views from the region. You will spend some time here and also have the option of climbing up a short distance towards the ridge of Jurangali (20 mins). You spend some time here taking pictures and then retrace your steps to Bedni Bugyal. This is a

long walk down and we will take lots of rest in between. Overnight in tents.

 

 

DAY 06: Bedni Bugyal (3350m) – Wan (2550m) – Kathgodam Trek/3‐4 hrs & Drive

Trek/7‐8 hrs

Trek down through jungles of pine, rhododendron & oak to reach Wan, a village you are sure to fall in love with. Visit the village temple and rest for some time. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles which are waiting for us to drive down to Kathgodam. Arrive around 8 pm at Kathgodam. The trip ends here.

 

COST OF THE TRIP-

1.  Trek tariff

‐ Double sharing basis (2 persons sharing a tent & room) – Rs. 16,500 /‐ per person

‐ Single sharing basis (1 person to a tent & room) – Rs.20,700/‐ per person

2.  Transport   tariff (ex‐Kathgodam)   as per the itinerary)

Rs. 3400 /‐ per person

 

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