Roopkund, in the state of Uttarakhand in India, is a well-known glacial lake. This lake is famous because of more than five hundred skeletons of humans that are found at the edge of the lake. It is situated in the Himalayas and rests at an altitude of nearly 4,800 meters. Roopkund is in the Chamoli district of Garhwal. It is considered as one of the best trails for trekking in Garhwal region. It is closer to hill stations like Nainital and Kathgodam. At a distance of 217 km from Nainital and 235 km from Kathgodam, Roopkund is one of the chief adventure attractions for people in the country and for the people who love trekking. Roopkund, which is in the lap of Trishul massif is also known as the ‘mystery lake’. The best time to visit here is May Last Week-June and September-October.
Roopkund trekking begins in the town of Loharjung and takes you through mountains replete with rich biodiversity and picturesque surroundings. Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice, and the taste of a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in 8 days. The Roopkund trek is also called Skeleton Trek because of the presence of different skeletons in and near the lake. The lake is bounded by snow clad mountains and rock- strewn glaciers. Trekking here is an adventurous journey which passes via various exotic and beautiful locations. As you trek towards the lake, you would see lush green grassy land and conifer forest ranging towards the fall of hills. After that, the trek takes its way along the Pindar River. You can take pleasure in the natural and lush green beauty of the surroundings with the pleasant breeze that blows all around you, giving a soothing effect to your senses.
|Day 1||Kathgodam to Loharjung|
|Day 2||Loharjung to Didna village|
|Day 3||Didna village to Ali Bugyal|
|Day 4||Ali Bugyal to Patar Nachauni|
|Day 5||Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa|
|Day 6||Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund lake and back to Bedni Bugyal|
|Day 7||Bedni Bugyal to Wan –Drive to Loharjung|
|Day 8||Loharjung to Kathgodam|
Day 1 Kathgodam to Loharjung
After you arrive in Kathgodam, our representative will pick you up from station and proceed towards Loharjung. From Kathgodam, you will travel through the scenic hilly routes in order to reach your destination. On arriving in this little village, you can check out the village and stay overnight so that we can start our trek next day.
Day 2 Loharjung to Didna village
Post breakfast we will start our trek towards Didna village. You start climbing from an altitude of 10500 feet and trek through a picturesque forest comprising Himalayan cedar and oak trees. This trail is a combination of steep ascents and descents. The trail through lovely oak and rhododendron forests is a pleasure for the eyes. We will reach Didna Village by evening and camp there. Trek from Loharjung to Didna village is around 8 km.
Day 3 Didna village to Ali Bugyal
After having breakfast in the morning, we will start our trek towards Ali Bugyal. The hike today will be through thick forests and open grasslands for around 5 kms and will take around 3 to 4 hours to compete. You will reach Ali Bugyal where you will find acres of open meadows. Camp overnight at Ali Bugyal with bonfire and dinner.
Day 4 Ali Bugyal to Patar Nachauni
Today we will go on a trek which is an easy climb following by a gradual descent to Pathar Nachauni which takes about 4 hours to complete via Bedni Bugyal. On a clear day, the view from this trail is very beautiful. We will camp at Pathar Nachauni for the night.
Day 5 Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa
Today the trek starts off with a walk, followed by a steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak Temple and then a gradual descent to Bhagwabhasa. The oxygen level in the air goes down as you climb uphill by the minute, so ascend as slow as possible, to acclimatize better. Just as we finish the climb from Ghora Lotani, we’ll reach Kalu Vinayak Temple, where there’s a shrine of Lord Ganesh. Bhagwabhasa is 2 km from here, following an easy, gradual descent. There will be snow on this trail. We will reach Bhagwabhasa and camp there. The nights get tremendously cold and windy so it’s better if you keep warm clothes in handy.
Day 6 Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund lake and back to Bedni Bugyal
Early morning, we trek uphill for 5 km towards Roopkund and will take around 3hours to reach. Roopkund is at 16,000 feet. We need to climb down 250 feet to reach the edge of the lake. Then we will start our return after breakfast at Roopkund. It will take 3 hours to reach Bhagwabhasa. Then 3 hour descend from Bhagwabhasa to Bedni Bugyal via Pathar Nachauni. We will camp at Bedni Bugyal for the night.
Day 7 Bedni Bugyal to Wan –Drive to Loharjung
After having our breakfast, we start our 10km trek which will take around 5 hours all the way to Wan and drive to Loharjung. The trek is via the meadows of Bedni Bugyal and then by the forests over Wan. We will stop to take in the view at Ghairoli Patal, from where we will get astounding views of Mt. Trishul. From the bridge, it’s a half hour climb to Wan and then an hour’s drive to Loharjung and camp there for the night.
Day 8 Loharjung to Kathgodam
After breakfast, we start our drive from Loharjung in the morning. It will take around 11 hours to reach Kathgodam. Expected to reach Kathgodam by 7 pm.
How to Reach
Kathgodam has its own Railway Station named as Kathgodam Railway Station and is well connected to the major cities of the state. It is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kanpur, Indore, and Kolkata. Kathgodam is around 278 km from Delhi and will take 6 hours to reach by train.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station from Loharjung which is the start point of the Roop Kund trek.
|Train: RANIKHET EXP - 15013||Train: UTR SAMPRK K EX - 15035||Train: NDLS KGM SHT - 12040|
|Departs: DELHI (DLI) - 22:30||Departs: DELHI (DLI) - 16:00||Departs: NEW DELHI (NDLS) - 06:00|
|Arrives: KATHGODAM (KGM) - 05:05(day 2)||Arrives: KATHGODAM (KGM) - 22:40||Arrives: KATHGODAM (KGM) - 11:40|
There are daily buses from Delhi to Kathgodam. You can get a bus from Kashmere gate ISBT Delhi and it will take around 8hours to reach with a distance of 277 km approx.
AN ADVISORY FOR TREK:
- Note that it is always safe and convenient to travel in groups on a trek.
- Trekkers are requested to follow a proper waste disposal policy.
- During trek travel through the local villages and hamlets, respect towards the local cultural ethos must be adhered to.
- Trek travelers must exhibit kindness and sensitivity towards all animals that they stumble upon during the trek.
- It is advisable to keep a buffer day for unpredictable weather /road conditions in the mountains.
Tariff and Details
COST / PERSON :- INR 9800 +taxes (Loharjung to Loharjung)
- Accommodation. (Guesthouse, Homestay, Camping)
- Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
- Trek equipment’s (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
- All necessary permits and entry fees.
- First aid medical kits, stretcher, and oxygen cylinder.
- Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
- Services from Loharjung to Loharjung.
Does Not Include:
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Food during the transit.
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
- Day Sack for a water bottle, camera, personal clothing.
- Windcheater/waterproof jacket.
- Fleece innerwear.
- Sports/ hiking Shoes. Comfort is a prerequisite.
- Sun Screen lotion, small torch, sunglasses, cap, t-Shirts, loose trousers.
- Light Jacket (woolen).
- Personal medicines if required.
- Rain Poncho or umbrella.
- Backpack (Min 55 Liters) with Rain Cover.
- Floaters or Sandals.
- Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants.
- Two Pair of Socks.
- One Heavy Jacket
- Light towel.
- Lip Balm.
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+) recommended
- Water Bottle 1 litter.
Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek
You can either transfer the same trek to any of your friends/family or get a voucher for the same amount and register for any of our treks in future (validity 1 year) Or Get a refund of 90 %
(If the trek amount varies, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the trek
You can either choose to go for any other trek or other batches for the same trek depending on availability Or Get a refund of 75%
Cancellation between 15 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
You can choose to go on the same trek with other batches in the same season Or Get a refund of 50%
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
You can transfer your trek to your friend/family (same trek) No cash refund.
- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements by Adventurescape.
- Change of batches depends on the availability in the trek.
- Adventurescape holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
- You can cancel your trek by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and subsequently calling at +919650520030 to confirm.
Why Book with us?
Our staff includes Mountaineering qualified trek leaders, local guides with in depth knowledge of routes and the ability to act appropriately in case of emergencies.
We provide all the services with quality at a very competitive price
Small groups mean more focus on individuals and better arrangements so that you can have a great trekking experience.
The food provided will be wholesome and of good quality during the trek.
With smaller groups we can focus on individuals and make your trek more memorable.
Our team is trained to keep you safe during the trek and evacuate in times of natural calamities.