About Roopkund Trek
In the world of Himalayas, The Name Roopkund is a Legend, and provides an inner thrill and goosebumps to all the explorer throughout the world. The Mysterious lake famous for the Human Skeleton found at the edge of this famous Lake of Uttarakhand. Every Trekkers dream destination, every Historians paradise and one of the most important spot of Hindu Mythology.
Roopkund, the high altitude glacial lake of Uttarakhand, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and to the Base of Mt.Nanda Ghunti of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 16470 ft. the area around the lake is uninhabited, surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. And to the north of Lake a rock face named Junargali guards it,and to the East one could see a peak named Chandania Kot.
The Skeleton mystery has suppresed the mythical fact of it's name "ROOPKUND"
A beautiful mythological stories runs around the mysterious lake. A thrilling climb to the Mysterious lake is every adventurers dream. The trekking trail in the lower altitude goes through interior villages, inside the Banj Oak and then Kharsu Oak jungles to finally Rhododendrons. The Tree Line recedes and alpine meadow or locally called “Bugyal” starts. Sprawling meadow, common to this altitude in Himalaya, but this picturesque span needs a special mention. Ali Bugyal, combined with Bedni Bugyal arguably delivers finest of alpine meadows that you can see on the Himalayas. Mighty Himalayan peaks peep behind while tiny little myriads of wild flower carpet the grassy slopes during monsoon . On higher altitude barren rocky terrain coupled with snow and ice ignite the adventurous mind. Trishul and Nandaghunti peaks cordon the area while Mrigthuni Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and other peaks set the backdrop.
Roopkund holds a special place in the world of Mountaineering and trekking, to the noth of the Lake lies Junargali Col. One attempts Ronti Saddle as well.
Reporting at Kathgodam/Haridwar, then drive to Lohajung:-
After arrival on Kathgodam/Haridwar, drive to Lohajung, which is about 210kms, through beautiful town Gwaldam, Tharali, Deval. On arrival briefing and registration to be completed, by the Trek Leader. Relax yourself and get prepared for the next day adventure. Overnight at Guest House/Lodge.
Lohajung to Didna Village ( 8000ft, 7 KM, 5 Hr)
After hot breakfast, we move for our first campsite Didna. Today we cover 7 km long trek in 5-6 hr crossing the rhododendron tree jungle.Spot the beauty of the Neelganga river as you ascend during the trek. Trek towards the snowy trail and arrive at the pristine Roopkund Glacier Lake. After, admiring the beauty of the famous lake, traverse through mixed forests of oak and bamboo to arrive at Didna Village. Arrive at your first base camp and enjoy a hot dinner by the campsite.Overnight stay in camp.
Didna to Ali Bugyal (10,400ft, 11KM, 8 Hr)
After early breakfast, we start trek for Ali Bugyal, one of the largest meadows of the trail, which resembles to a Windows XP homescreen. The trail takes you through oak and bamboo forests. You can also spot the snow-capped Garhwal Himalayas during the trek, keep enough water today for the trail, and the windcheater handy. Arrive at Ali Bugyal, and immerse in the beauty of open alpine grazing meadows as you relish over the dinner. Overnight stay at Ali Bugyal
Ali Bugyal to Patharnachauni via Bedni Bugyal and Ghora Lotani (10 kms., 7-8hrs)
Today is the easiest and beautiful day, the trail will be through the beautiful alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, one could prominently spot Nanda Ghunti and Trishul on the east side of the trail. After Bedni Bugyal there is a mild steep ascent till Ghora Lotani. Ghora Lotani has got its name from a myhtological story as well. We recommend everyone to keep windcheater handy as one could face cold winds in the bugyal, and as we gain altitiude one may get mild AMS sysmptoms, so keep yourself hydrated properly. After the ascent reach Patharnachauni, relax yourself in the beautiful ambience. Overnight stay at Camps
Patharnachauni to Bhagwabasa via Kalu Vinayak Temple(4 kms).
Today may be a short distance but keep yourself ready to meet a steep ascending slope. After morning breakfast, start a steep climb to KaluVinayak Temple, which is dedicated to Bhagwan Ganesh. As you reach the KaluVinayak Temple the entire surrounding changes, like opening a window, from where the beautiful peaks of Garhwal is prominently visible like Chaukhamba, Neelkantha, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti. We will be reaching Bhagwabasa in the afternoon, this is the base camp of Roopkund lake and Highest campsite. Be prepared for an extreme cold night. Today we will be sleeping early. Overnight stay at camps.
Bhagwabasa to Roopkund, then return to Patharnachauni.(16Kms)
Today is the most important day, so we will be starting as early as possible. The first part of the trail till Roopkund is gradual ascent with some steep sections in between, where one may need technical support for which the Team Leader/Trek Leader of Himalayan Passion will be there to assist you. On the last part one have climb down 100m to reach the beautiful mysterious lake. On reaching, get goosebumps from this holy place and observe the skeletons around the lake. It is strictly forbidden to touch the skeletons/carry, if anyone found touching or carrying the skeletons will be expelled from the group. If time permits we will go to the Junargali col, which is just 200m to the north of the Lake. Prepare to return to Patharnachauni, reach the campsite around the late afternoon.
Patharnachuni to Lohajung(15 kms.)
Today is the last day of the trek, we will descent down to the valley where river Neel Ganga welcomes us. The trek to Wan, from Wan we will drive to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Homestay/Hotel.
Lohajung to Kathgodam/Haridwar Drive(220kms)
Early morning we will start our journey from Kathgodam to Lohajung, plan your return journey from Kathgodam after 9PM. We will drop you at Kathgodam railway station, Our journey ends here, leave your footprints take only memories.
Cost of accommodation in Huts/Hotels/Homestays two night in Lohajung
Cost of transportation from Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh to Dehradun/Haridwar/Rishikesh
Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Dinner to Day 6:- Dinner)
Technical Camping equipments:- Tents(sharing basis), Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Utensils, Microspikes, Technical climbing equipments
Guide,Support staff,cook, Supporting crew.
Cost of Permit fees.
"What not included"
Cost of Personal expenses.
Hotel in Haridwar/Kathgodam.
Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.
Cost of personal porter for offloading
Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided. No meals will be provided in Last day (Day 7)
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.
To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.
One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID).
Details to be shared on request.
30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount
15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.
Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible
In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.
One has option to send another person on their behalf.
One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for.