Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 08 Days (5 days trekking and 3 days travelling)

Best Season : Mid May - Mid October

Grade :

Moderate
On these treks one does not require to trek for more than 5 - 6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less challenging.

Altitude : 5029 mts

Total Trekking : 60 K.M

About Roopkund Lake Trek

Known for its mysterious surrounding and astounding scenic beauty, Roopkund is a high altitude trek in the base of Trishul Peak and Nanda Ghunti. The maximum height of this trek is 5029 m which adds to the zeal of trekking experience. The trek lies in the Garhwal Himalayas of Chamoli district and offers magnificent views of mountains surrounded by rock- strewn glacier. This 9 days trek goes through moderate to difficult grades and satiates the trekking-obsession of beginners to high altitude experts. The lake at Roopkund is also known as a 'mystery lake' for the human skeletons and remains of horses that are found in huge numbers in the surrounding areas of the lake. These remains are believed to be of around 15th to 16th century when a strong hailstorm took away the lives of hundreds of helpless people who went there for pilgrimage.

Roopkund Lake

Lohajung is the base of this well acclaimed trek which is easily accessible by motor from Rishikesh. Generally the trekking teams drive from Rishikesh to Loharjung witnessing the snow-packed mountains, valleys and rivers. The original trek starts from Lohajung and passes through the village of Didna. In between Loharjung to Didna, there is a small village called Kulling where the bubbling river Neel Ganga flows between Wan and Lohajung. From Kulling a steep ascent leads to Raun Bagad which is partly thick and densely dotted by the rhododendron oaks and pine forest. All along the walk the trekkers can hear the whistles of the thrushes and twittering of birds. Catch a glimpse of fork tailed Himalayan Magpie on the branches of Rhododendrons. On the lower levels of Neel Ganga River, Lammergeiers are found soaring over the valley. One can also see yellow throated marten.

Trek to Roopkund in Garhwal Uttarakhand

The trail to Raun Bagad ends at an iron bridge from where the climb to Didina starts. From Didina the trail leads towards Bedni Bugyal which again passes through Ali Bugyal. The trail from Didina to Bedni Bugyal is a stiff climb at the beginning and through an easy walk in the middle it ascends towards the end. The undulating Alpine meadows at Ali Bugyal are considered to be among the best in the country which are located atop a ridge.

The trail from Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal is carpeted with soft green grassland. Those who would like to camp on the Himalaya, Bedni is the ideal place. Witnessing the evening reflection of sunlight on Trishul Mountain peak is a memorable experience. From Bedni Bugyal one has to lead towards the meadows of Ghora Lotani where the vicinity is painted with the shades of olives and browns spread across all directions over the black terrain. Trekkers can witness abundant snow while reaching Bhagwabasa. Further one needs to head towards Roopkund from Bhagwabassa which is a 5 km ascent. There are series of switchbacks and a steep climb over the snow patched route but the stretch is not long and the hard snow is helpful to trek without being worried about the danger.

Roopkund Trek Highlights

  • Explore the mystery of the Skeleton Lake, Roopkund, witness the years long buried human and animal bones in the snow
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of lofty Himalayan peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba & Trishul and Rudragaira
  • Cherish the sprawling lush meadows of Bedni and Ali
  • Get an opportunity to visit some of the remotest villages of Uttrakhand
  • Enjoy the opportunity to camp under the open sky and amidst the stunning landscape

Best Time to Visit Roopkund Trek

Roopkund can be trekked between May and June and August and mid-October. The harsh climatic conditions only provide trekkers with a small window to trek between the 1st week of May to about the 1st week of July. June is the perfect time to witness the twin Bugyals /meadows of Ali and Bedni as by this time, the meadows are in their full spring. Trekking between the last week of August and the first week of October is another good trekking season in Roopkund. The sky remains clear and the weather is perfect for a hike.

Where is the Roopkund?

Roopkund is situated in a remote area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State. It is an isolated place with no permanent human settlements in the vicinity, Roopkund is surrounded by glaciers and situated near the base of two Himalayan peaks Trishul, and Nanda Gunti. Despite of its increasing popularity, it generally remains inaccessible for six months in a year because of its high altitude and continuous snow.

How to Reach Roopkund?

By Air: Dehradun is the closest airport for reaching Karnaprayag. Scheduled flights operate to and from several major cities in India.

By Rail: The nearest rail head from Karnprayag would be Haridwar/Rishikesh. Haridwar is well-connected to major cities of India, whereas in Rishikesh the number of trains is comparatively less than Haridwar.

By Road: Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun are well connected from Delhi. One can find taxis to Loharjung from these destinations. On an average, Loharjung is 210 kms from Rishikesh.

Roopkund Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh

In the morning take an AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar, meet our representative who will help you with transferring to Rishikesh and check-in in to your hotel. Evening time is free for leisure activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Rishikesh - Karanprayag - Wan (2200 mts /7200 ft) (170 kms / 6-7 hrs)

Today, we will drive along the River Ganges to reach Wan. En route visit the famous places of religious importance. Continue to drive further via Rudraprayag and Karanprayag to reach Wan by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in tents / tourist rest house.

Day 03: Wan - Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts / 11000 ft) (10 Km / 4-5 hrs)

After the breakfast, we shall head towards the enchanting villages of Wan to reach the ridge of Rankiyadhar. From here, the trail descends to the river Neelganga River. After crossing the river, we will pass through the dense forests of Rhododendron and Oak to reach Gairoli Patal. The trail still continues to ascend to the Dolia Dhar ridge, which is marked with a temple. The trail then continues towards the meadows at Bedni. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Bedni Bugyal

Today, we will explore the region of Bedni Bugyal and capture wonderful photographs of nature. This is a rest day to acclimatize. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Bedni Bugyal - Bagubassa (4100 mts / 13450 ft) (8 km / 4-5 hrs)

After the breakfast today, we will trek from Bedni to Bagubassa via Patar Nachaniya. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Bagubassa - Roopkund (4450 mts/14600 ft) - Bedni Bugyal (7-8 hrs)

Post breakfast, we shall trek from Bagubassa to Roopkund. The trail passes through alpine pasture lands that offer a fantastic view of Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Badrinath peaks. Later, the trail becomes steep as we get near to the Roopkund Lake. After exploring the area and taking the pictures, we shall return to Bedni Bugyal. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 07: Bedni Bugyal - Wan (10 km / 3-4 hrs) – Rudraprayag

In the morning today, we shall trek from Bedni to Wan. The trail goes downhill and offers wonderful opportunity to enjoy the forest trail. Upon reaching the road head, we will drive towards Rudraprayag. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 08: Rudraprayag - Haridwar – Delhi

After the breakfast, drive towards Haridwar via Devprayag and Rishikesh. After arriving in Haridwar, catch a train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Roopkund Trek

  • Daypack (40-60 ltr)
  • Good Quality of rain proof trekking shoes
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Light wind jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Camera
  • One liter water bottles
  • Water purification/filter
  • Books
  • Lip balm
  • A light weight umbrella.
  • Sunscreen 
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medicines
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Energy bars
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Bandana/scarf

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Roopkund Trek?

You should book Roopkund trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Roopkund Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the tickets to you and then pick you up at Haridwar Railway Station from there your tour will start.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced Roopkund trekking guide who shall lead the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Roopkund Trek?

Roopkund Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 5029 mts, so the minimum age required is 12 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Roopkund Trek?

In the month of May and June, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 16 Degree Celsius during the night and in between September and October, the temperature can drop to minus by night.

How long we trek during Roopkund Trek?

We plan our treks in a way that after 6 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 8-12kms per day of trekking is required.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If we have to extend the trek because of the reasons which is beyond our control then additional charges will be applied for hotel stay and food.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500 is good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do we deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

06 May 2016 20 May 2016 03 June 2016
17 June 2016 23 Sept 2016 07 Oct 2016

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