Roopkund Trek


Kathgodam

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Duration
7 Days
Max Altitude
15696 ft
Difficulty
Moderate - Diffuculty
Low Temp
0 to 7 ° C
High Temp
13 to 18 ° C

Overview

Roopkund trek, 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.


INCLUSIONS:

  1. Accommodation. (Guesthouse, Homestay, Camping)
  2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  3. Trek equipment’s (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dining tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
  4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
  5. First aid medical kits, stretcher, and oxygen cylinder.
  6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
  7. Services from Kathgodam to Kathgodam.



  EXCLUSIONS:

  1. Any kind of personal expenses.
  2. Food during the transit.
  3. Insurance.
  4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.









Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam to Loharjung

Day 2: Loharjung to Didna village

Day 3: Didna village to Bedni Bugyal

Day 4: Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa

Day 5: Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund lake and back to Patar Nachauni

Day 6: Patar Nachauni to Wan –Drive to Loharjung

Day 7: Loharjung to Kathgodam

Itinerary

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 Bedni 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 Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa     

 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 followed by a steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak Temple and then a gradual descent to Bhagwabhasa. 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. We will camp at Bhagwabhasa for the night.



Day 5 Bhagwabhasa to  Roopkund Summit & back to Patharnachuni 

Today we start from Bhagwabhasa and summit Roopkund lake @15969 feet. The oxygen level in the air goes down as you climb uphill by the minute, so ascend as slow as possible, to acclimatize better.  There will be snow on this trail. The nights get tremendously cold and windy so it’s better if you keep warm clothes in handy. Roopkund Lake is a 5 km moderate up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. The climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake is steep. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the lake. A further climb of around 20 minutes takes you to the highest point of Roopkund Lake Trek, i.e. Junargali. Then we head back to our campsite at Patharnachauni. The views from the alpine camp at Patharnachauni extends west across the main Himalayan range as far as Gangotri.



Day 6 Patharnachuni to Wan –Drive to Loharjung

After having our breakfast, we start our 10km trek which will take around 6-7 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 7 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 and plan your onward journey back. Trek ends here with beautiful memories to take back home.




Things to carry


Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes **: Trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support is compulsory for the trek. Please ensure that the trekking shoes are not new and used by the trekker prior to the trek. The trail is slippery and requires you to walk through rocks and boulders so good grip and water resistance shoe is necessary.  Do keep an extra floater in case of rain and for use in camps.
  2. Backpack (50-70 litres) **: A backpack with comfortable straps and a supporting frame is very important as you have to carry it on your own during the trek. Invest in a good backpack that is lightweight and comfortable to carry on long treks. 
  3. Daypack (20 litres): Keep a daypack incase you off load your backpack during the trek for your essential day items.
  4. Torch or Headlamp **: Please bring a torch or headlamp for all treks.
  5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons and for packed lunch.
  6. Sunglasses **: Invest in a good pair of sunglasses as you are going to be out in the sun for most of day. If you are trekking in snow it will be a mandatory as it protects you from snow blindness.
  7. Two water bottles **: 1 litre each for water during the trek. 


**    MANDATORY  DO NOT FORGET


Clothes and Other accessories


  1. Warm jacket and Sweater (couple of them if you feel more susceptible to cold) 
  2. Thermals: Carry thermals to keep yourself warm in the camp.Trek pants (2)  for daily use during the trek which are light and comfortable.
  3. Collared Shirts (3-4) Full sleeves and quick dry so that it prevents sunburn on the arms and neck area. 
  4. Poncho: Poncho is very important when you are trekking in monsoon season to protect you from the rain. You can rent one from us @ INR 50 per day.
  5. Cap: To protect your hair and face from the scorching sun carry a cap.
  6.  Synthetic gloves for your hands as it will protect your hands from water, snow and keep you dry and warm.
  7. Socks (2 pair) + Wollen socks(2 pair)  for keep you warm in the camps.
  8. Trekking pole: You should carry your own trekking poles for the steep uphills and downhills. You can carry them or rent one from us @ INR 50 per day
  9. Toiletries: Sunscreen **, moisturiser, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser, wet wipes and tissues. 
  10. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes and to bring back your non biodegradable material back. Mountains are the source of water and life on this planet. Please try and keep it clean and healthy.




Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 


  1. Diamox – 5 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Hyoscine (3 tablets)
  3. Amlodipine 5mg (5 tablet) With doctors prescription only
  4. Avomine – 2 tablets (motion sickness)
  5. Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
  6. Avil 25mg – 2 tablets (allergies)
  7. Disprin – 3 tablets (headache)
  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 3 tablets each (diarrhea)
  9. Digene – 5 tablets (acidity)
  10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  11. Gauze – 1 small roll
  12. Band-aid – 5 strips
  13. Cotton – 1 small roll
  14. ORS – 105packets
  15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains) 



How to prepare

How to prepare for a moderate trek?


  • There is nothing more fulfilling than enjoying the nature's untouched beauty in the mountains. We are gifted with abilities to achieve any daunting tasks such as swimming and running. Just like these, trekking is an amazing experience for all. Challenging yourself to enjoy nature's gifts has always been a traveller's dream. Though trekking is an enthralling journey, it must be well prepared to enjoy it to the fullest.

  • A common question is 'how challenging is a trek'? It depends on various factors like weather, challenges faced during the trek, and most importantly, your endurance level. It is possible to have a beautiful hiking as long as you are physically and mentally prepared for it. Whether you are planning for an easy, moderate, or a difficult trek, a pre-training is the must. 

  • If you have already completed an easy trek, you go for a moderate trek with some more training. Moderate treks have challenges in terms of weather and different terrains but if you are fit, you can come over the obstacles. A moderate trek requires at 5 weeks of strength and flexibility training.



Cardiovascular exercises


Week

Exercise

Distance

Duration

Frequency

1

Running

4 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

2

Running

4 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

3

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

4

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week

5

Running

5 kilometres

Within 30 minutes

Run at least 3 days in a week




Flexibility exercises


Week

Exercise

Sets

Duration

Frequency

1

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

2

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

3

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

4

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly

5

Squats, Sit Ups, Crunches & Suryanamaskar

2 sets of 20 counts each

Less than 30 seconds for each set

Each exercise twice in a week

Suryanamaskar - Two rounds weekly




Breathing exercises


Week

Exercise

Counts

Duration

Frequency

1

Abdominal Breathing

10 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

2

Abdominal Breathing

20 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

3

Abdominal Breathing

30 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least once in a week

4

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week

5

Abdominal Breathing

40 counts

Each count - Inhale for 3 seconds; exhale for 7 seconds.

At least twice in a week




Moderate treks require more stamina to withstand weather and walk through different terrains. It is advisable to complete an easy trek before going for a moderate trek. Follow the exercise schedule and make sure you are fit by the end of fifth week. If you can run 5 kilometres within 30 minutes and follow flexibility exercises, you are fit for a moderate trek. If you already hit the gym, you can skip repetitive exercises. Running on the road is better than running on a treadmill.






How to reach

By Train:-

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.



By BUS:-

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.






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







FAQ

Rules and Regulations for the trek 
1.Please note that if you leave the trek mid way or want to return at any point during the trek all costs involved will be bourne solely by the trekker ie Transport/ guide etc
2.If found with alcohol or any kind of narcotic drugs during the trek, the person will be suspended from the trek immediately.
3.In case of cancellation of trek due to any natural calamities or any unforeseen circumstances you will receive an option to do a different trek or activity.
4.Trekkers must reach the pick up point on time specified for the trek. If you are late all transport/transfer will be Bourne by the trekker.
5.No refund will be made if you do not use any of the services provided.
6.You are solely responsible for your belongings during the trek. Adventurescape will not be responsible for any loss or damage of baggage, goods, or items during the trek.
7.We use high quality equipment for our treks and any damage or loss due to your negligence will be borne by the trekker at fault.
8.We also provide additional transfers/transportation and third party activities in addition to the trek. Adventurescape or any team member is not liable for any claims arising out of this. It will be solely the responsibility of the vendor of the activity.
9.All instructions given by the trek leader/guide during the trek will be final and abiding. All instructions should be taken seriously throughout the trek as it will be final and abiding for all trekkers.

Cancellation Policy

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.

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