Roopkund Trek

Mysterious Skeleton Lake

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Host: Ankur Kirola

Starts at
9999 per person

Package Cost


10499 9999 per person

( ₹ 500 discount from MyWanderlust )

  • GST 5% extra.

Inclusions:

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment's.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder, stretcher and UIAA certified safety equipment's.
  • Games like Ludo, Chess, Frisbee, Cards etc.
  • Transport from Kathgodam to Kathgodam.

Exclusions:

  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Meals during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.

Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India, situated at the elevation of 5029 mts. This trek has got everything a trekker would love, deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice, and the taste of a great adventure. It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by plenitude of visitors.

Itinerary


Day 1 - KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG

  • Arrive early at Kathgodam railway station and drive to Lohajung (transportation included) which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges.
  • The route passes through many beautiful hill stations like Bhimtal, Almora and Kausani. You drive alongside local rivers and get views of many peaks like Kamet, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, and Nanda Devi amongst others.
  • Arrive at your base camp, Lohajung by the evening. It is a small town with very basic facilities available.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Lohajung.

Day 2 - LOHAJUNG TO DIDNA VILLAGE

  • Start your journey from Lohajung; take the trail that takes you to Raun Bagad. It is a fairly marked trail that descends through mixed forests.
  • It is a moderate trek and you would take around 2-2½ hrs to reach the Ruan Bagad, which is an iron bridge across the famous Neel Ganga River.
  • There is also an alternative route to reach here from Lohargunj which is through the road towards Wan an easy 6km walk to Kulling Village where after there is a steep slope towards Ruan Bagad.
  • You can opt for the latter, which is easy to travel but you would certainly miss on the beautiful mixed forests.
  • Hereafter the climb to Didna starts once you cross the iron bridge. It is a difficult climb and you may get tired pretty soon.
  • With a relatively tough time in the beginning, you would reach Didna in about and an hour and a half’s time.
  • You would have a great mountaineering experience all this while.
  • Overnight at Didna.

Day 3 - DIDNA VILLAGE TO ALI BUGYAL 

  • There are two routes for Ali Bugyal from Didna. If you look in the direction of the valley, you would look at Tolpani which is almost 3 kms away and 1000 feet high.
  • From Tolpani, you take a trail that climbs to Tolkaan in the northern direction. The meadow trek goes through a series of switchbacks and grassy oak mountains.
  • From Tolkaan, you take a sharp left towards the south and steer through the ridge to come out of the forest at Ali Bugyal.
  • The alternative route is to climb directly towards Ali Bugyal without going through Tolpani. You would certainly save on distance but it a relatively much steeper and tiring climb. It takes nearly two and a half hours to reach Ali Bugyal on this route.
  • To enjoy the seductive views from Ali Bugyal, you need to reach there before afternoon. It is a great post monsoon trek as well as a pre monsoon trek.
  • Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4 - ALI BUGYAL TO PATHAR-NACHUNI 

  • Trekking distance: 7 km.
  • Altitude: 12,818 ft.
  • Continue trekking from Ali Bugyal to Patharnachuni is an easy trek and follow a straight line ahead of you for about 3 kms.
  • On your gradual increase to the slope, the trek brings you to the other side of the ridge. Enjoy the marvellous sight over the ridge.
  • Patharnachuni is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around.
  • Overnight at Patharnachuni.

Day 5 - PATHAR-NACHUNI TO BHAGWABASA

  • Trekking distance: 4 km.
  • Altitude: 14,500 ft.
  • Start your trek through the steep dash to gain altitude and finally trek in the snow line. The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. It is a high altitude trekking.
  • You would have to start your day early as you would like to reach Bhagwabasa as early to acclimatize to the weather.
  • Continue to climb to Kalu Vinayak, which is a steep and zigzag way to take you up the mountain. Go through this section carefully and slowly.
  • It takes around one and a half hours to reach Kalu Vinayak.
  • The route from Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa is simple and gradually sloping downwards.
  • Bhagwabasa is 2 kms away and you can have a view of the Bhagwabasa huts from here.
  • Overnight in the Bhagwabasa.

Day 6 - BHAGWABASA TO ROOPKUND AND BACK TO BEDNI-BUGYAL 

  • Trekking distance: 16 km.
  • Altitude: 16500 ft.
  • Start the day as early at 4 AM as the snow is still hard, while later in the day, it would get soft and your feet would start sinking in.
  • Roopkund is a 5 km gradually up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. You will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach Roopkund. It would take about 3 - 3½ hours to reach Roopkund.
  • Once you climb to Roopkund, you must climb up to Junargali.
  • The climb to Junargali is not long. It is around 200 ft and doesn’t take much time. It is hardly a climb of 25 - 30 min.
  • You can start off early to return back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. Be careful in trekking back as the snowy slopes may be very slippery

Day 7 - BEDNI-BUGYAL TO LOHAJUNG VIA WAN 

  • Trekking distance: 11 km.
  • Altitude: 7,662 ft.
  • Enjoy your journey back to Lohajung via Wan. The path is fairly simple and you would not feel any distress throughout.
  • You would cross the oak forest as you go and the scenic beauty is just mesmerizing. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes.
  • Get astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan and pass the Rhododendron forest.
  • This will be a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. Faster trekkers reach there in approximately one and a half hours. However you should take your time and enjoy the beauty as you go by.
  • From the river, it takes about half an hour to climb to the ridge above Wan village.
  • Overall it takes about 6 -7 hours to Wan.
  • Drive back to Lohajung.

Day 8 - LOHAJUNG TO KATHGODAM 

  • Today we will say goodbye and thanks for being with us on wonderful journey.

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