This lake is famous because of more than five hundred skeletons of humans.
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.
- 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.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Food during the transit.
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
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 BedniBugyal
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 BedniBugyal to Bhagwabhasa
Today we will go on a trek which is an easy climb following by a gradual descent to PatharNachauni which takes about 4 hours to complete via BedniBugyal. On a clear day, the view from this trail is very beautiful followed by a steep ascent to KaluVinayak Temple and then a gradual descent to Bhagwabhasa. Just as we finish the climb from GhoraLotani, we’ll reach KaluVinayak 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 Bhagwabhasato Roopkund Summit & back to Patharnachuni
Today we start from Bhagwabhasa and summit Roopkundlake @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 BedniBugyal and then by the forests over Wan. We will stop to take in the view at GhairoliPatal, 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
- Backpack 50 - 60 ltr
- Head Torch with Extra Batteries
- Trekking Pole
- First Aid Kit
- Water Bottle
- Sun Cap
- Trek Pants (2 Pairs)
- Fleece and Woolen gloves
- Balaclava and Woolen Caps
- Thermals ( 2 Pairs)
- Waterproof Trekking Shoes
- Cotton/Woolen Socks(3 Pairs)
- Warm Hollow Fit Jacket
- 1 Pair of slippers
- Water Bottle
- Day Pack 20 ltr
- Quick Dry Towel
Term & Condition
This trek is to be confirmed at least 10 days prior to trek date depending upon the availability. Making arrangements for trekking is tedious and it demands lot of efforts, so a little co-operation from your side is appreciated. The expenses occurring from the change in schedule due to natural disaster, weather conditions or personal health issues are to be borne by the participants only. The Go Camping will not be responsible for weather as well as health issues however a medical certificate and a personal observation by the guide will be provided.
In case a participant is not willing to complete the trek, no refund shall be provided and cost of evacuation shall be borne by the participant (required if any).
The Campsites as per the itinerary are subjected to change as per the weather conditions or resource availability and no prior intimation shall be announced to participants.
In case of bad weather, uncontrolled snowfall at Roopkund trek, passing the cross will not be possible and trekkers will be coming back and the number of the tour days remains the same
We ensure you to have a memorable time with us!
Planning is done well in advance. To make your trip hassle-free & smooth arrangements are made in prior.
Cancellation policy is as follows:
A 25 % booking amount is required to book the slot on a non-refundable basis.Full payment to be done prior to 7 days of the start date.