Roopkund Trek is most Popular in Uttarakhand Himalayas
Roopkund located in the state of Uttarakhand in India is a renowned glacial lake. The lake is famous due to more than 5 hundred human skeletons located at the edges of the lake. It is situated within the Himalayas and is situated at an altitude of 4,800 metres. Roopkund is situated inside the Chamoli district of Garhwal. It is among the top places to go trekking within Garhwal. It is close to hills like Nainital in India and Kathgodam. It is located 217 kilometers away from Nainital and 235 kilometers far from Kathgodam, Roopkund is one of the top adventure spots for those living in the country as well as those who travel from overseas. Roopkund is located within the midst of Trishul massif, is also referred to as the “mystery Lake”. Human skeletons are found on the banks of the lake. It is believed that they are part of that of the Palaeolithic age.
They could be remains of heroes who fought in this area in early days. Alongside the skeletons belonging to humans, you will also discover the skeletal structures of animals, including horses. There is evidence that suggests these skeletons date back to the 12th century until around the year 1515. Experts believe that the deaths of many people living in the area was a result of landslides or blizzards, or an outbreak. Human bones were found during 1942 through H K Madhwal, who was a Nanda Devi Game reserve ranger.
Roopkund is a stunning charming, stunning and beautiful tourist spot within the Himalayas. It is situated at the base of two Himalayan mountains, Trishul and Nandghungti, it draws people with an adventurous nature. There are festivals of religious significance that are held in autumn. They take place in the alpine meadows in Bedni Bugyal, in which villages from the surrounding area take part. The lake is surrounded by snow all year round and makes it look beautiful. It’s a great travel destination since it is completely surrounded by mountains on every direction. The trek in Uttarakhand is also a great possibility to hike the Himalayas. You could also take an excursion on the Nanda Rajjat Yatra.
Roopkund Trek is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the trails are thrilling
This place is unique and has hidden stories behind it. Glaciers and snow covered mountains surround this precious Lake, you can see snow and ice everywhere and the trail is exhilarating. It takes you through dense forests and fascinating meadows like Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal. Get majestic views of Mt. Trishul along with this catch the
Views of Chaukhamba Range, Kedarnath, Neelkanth and many more peaks are visible from there which makes this place picture perfect.
Sights to Behold
The trail along the Roopkund trek is an enthralling expedition of walking through the splendid oak and rhododendron forests. Throughout the journey you willbe blessed with magnificent views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. One can gaze at thebreath-taking views of the two massive alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, which almost feels surreal to look at. You can also see the Neel kanth peak, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba range, Kedar Dome and many other gigantic mountains and meadows on your trail to theRoopkund trek. All this beauty makes it one of the most beautiful treks in the country, justifying its popularity.
This divine trek will fill your heart with Adventure, joy, and peace. The lush green forests, along with birds chirping around and with the cold breeze passing through the trees, will calm down your senses and will give you peace like no other. Roopkund is a picturesque, beautiful, and attractive tourist destination in the Himalayas and should be must do for you.
Snow Covered Forests in Roopkund Trek
During your Roopkund trek through undulating meadows and dense forests with abundant trees of Rhododendrons pine forest and Oaks, totally covered in snow and spot some Himalayan animals on the way. Most importantly Roopkund trek is a most popular trek and other Himalayan treks are getting crowded day by day.
However, you will find no other groups on the trail which passes through dense woods serene and unspoiled. Roopkund trek is best for people looking for treks not crowded.
Most Important point for Roopkund Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Roopkund trek.
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of 62 km which is to be covered into 8 days. Yet, it comes under moderate level of easy to moderate because of the things that this trek has to offers. These are:
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 420 Km and on foot 64 km which is to be covered into 07 nights or 8 days. .
Roopkund trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 5087 meter
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You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges
During winter season, this fascinating Roopkund trek remains covered in snow and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land or lake.
And, in summers, the bedni valley turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.
Best Time to visit roopkund trek
The Roopkund trek is at its peak beauty during pre-monsoon (summer) and post monsoon (Autumn) seasons, therefore making May, June, and September, October the best months to witness the beauty of this magnificent trek.However, the weather conditions are different during both these seasons. During the summer months the weather conditions can be unpredictable, even so,it is less cold during these months, but the winds can be harsh. If you want to witness the lake in its most frozen form with higher camps covered in snow the summertime is best for you, however the trek during this time can be a little difficult but this mostly depends on the weather conditions. But if are one looking for some added adventure and looking forward to discovering some human skeletons, this season is probably not for you as the lake is frozen making it impossible for the skeletons to peek through.
However, the Autumn season is a better match for you with mostly clear weather conditions and the lake being clearly visible one can easily find some skeletons lying around. During the Autumn season the temperatures are on the higher side,but it is overall less windy,and the higher camps are also snow free making the trek level Moderate.Autumn season is the best for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the lush green forests and are fond of the luxuriant unending greenery.
Altitude we are going to cover in Roopkund Trek
Lohajung base – 7,663 feet
Didna Village – 8096 feet
Ali Bugyal – 11,320 feet
Patar Nachauni – 12,818 feet
Bhagwabasa camp – 14,126 feet
Roopkund trek – 15,756 feet
Difficulty level of Roopkund trek ?
Roopkund Trek is moderate trek, roopkund Trek is a mild climb from Lohajung to Roopkund summit Top, and when roopkund comes back from summit, it is completely downhill trek route
When you go on this trek, you will not even know when you have reached the camp, the beautiful view and beautiful hills all around will keep you happy.
This trek is a bit difficult, but if your fitness is good and you have it in your mind that I want to trek then you can do it absolutely. Where help is needed, our guides will support you, you just have to be strong and capable of the trek. One thing is that all you can do is to have courage and I myself am passionate.
Is it a safe Trek ?
Yes this is safe trek. Set amidst the high altitude ranges, concerns among the beginners regarding Roopkund trek safety are indeed very valid questions. We have all the possible probabilities calculated if anything goes off the schedule. All our professional strive their best to provide trekkers with the best experience possible.
Since this is beginner friendly trek we advise trekkers to wary themselves of the path and high altitude medical conditions before proceeding to this trek.
Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Months from May to October experience moderate temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights. Monsoons in these areas are moderate in level with favorable conditions to trek.
Key Points of Roopkund Trek
Duration: – 07 Nights 08 Days from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
Base camp: – Lohajung village
Summer Temperature: – Day 5°C to 15°C- Night 2° C to 8° C
Roopkund – Altitude: – 16,156 feet
Best Time: – May, June, Sep, Oct
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 64 Km – By taxi 420 km
Rookund Trek Cost: Per Person 14,999/- from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
Group Size: – Minimum 05 people maximum 20 people
Short Itinerary of Roopkund Trek –
Day-1- Pickup to you from Kathgodam railway station – Drive to Lohajung – 212 Km (9/10 Hours) (7,660 feet) overnight stay hotel
Day-2: Trek from Lohajung to via Wan to Ghairoli Patal (5.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (10,102 feet)
Day-3: Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal (10 km) (5/6 hours) (11,506 feet)
Day-4: Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni (07 km) (4/5 Hours) (12,820 feet)
Day-5: Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa (4.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (14,124 feet) via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
Day-6: Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund (15,756 feet), further Junargali Top (16,156 feet). Return to Patar Nachauni (10 km) (8/9 Hours) (12,700 feet) via Bhagwabasa.
Day-7: Trek from Patthar Nachauni to Lohajung (15 km) (7/8 Hours) (7,663 feet) via Bedni and Wan and back to Lohajung
Day-8: Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam (212 km) (8/9 Hours)
How to Reach Roopkund Trek
Roopkund trekis located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the trek starts from Lohajung, and the nearest main railway station in the district is the Kathgodam station.
If you are travelling from big metro cities, you can reach Delhi via air, train or bus. The basic route for travel isDehliàKathgodamàLohajung
After Reaching Kathgodam,The Hidden Himalaya team would arrange for transportation from Kathgodam railway station to Lohajunga .Our vehicles leave between 6 am to 7 am so make sure to reach by then.
How to reach Kathgodam
By Train: If you are travelling from Delhi, your first option would be to take the Ranikhet Express from Delhi. The train departures at 10.40 pm from Old Delhi Railway Station and reaches Kathgodam at around 5.30 am if you would prefer an overnight journey or you could take the the Uttar sampark Kranti train from Old Delhi that leaves at 4:00pm and would reach Kathgodamby 10:40pm.If you are taking the day train, Uttar sampark Kranti then you would have to stay overnight at Kathgodam.
From Dehardun catch the Doon Express that will departure from Dehradun at 10:30 pm at will arrive at Kathgodam at 7:10 pm.
By Bus: Hop on to an overnight bus from Delhi to Kathgodam, regular buses leave from Anand Bihar ISBT mostly around midnight. You could also find some Volvo buses that leave around 9 pm. Try to reach early at ISBT to get yourself a seat as there are no prior booking or online bookings for Buses to Kathgodam.
(Note: Reach Kathgodam Railway Station between 6:00 am – 7am to catch our team’s pick-up transportation from the station)
- Forest Permit and entrance fee
- Accommodation in Hotel on twin share basis
- All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and Dinner
- Good Experience Local Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
- Medical Kit
- Oxygen Cylinders
- Personal Insurance
- Medical Certificate
- Personal toiletry Items
- Personal Medicine kit