General Information About Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Lake is Mystry Lake which situated at the height of 5029m (junargali), in lap of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Ghughuti (6310 m) &Trishuli (7120 m). This Lake also known as Mystery Lake because of human skeletons lying at the bottom and around of the lake, which will be visible when the ice melts. Many mythsare there about these skeletons but still it is a mystery. Roopkund is situated in ChamoliGarhwal district of Uttarakhand.TheRoopkund trail is a moderate to difficult type trek, taking us through forests, green meadows and water falls to high-altitude meadows of BedniBugyal&AuliBugyal. We can see the views of mountains like Trishuli& Nanda ghunguti’ respective heights of 7120m & 6310m. At this altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser than what the lowland folks are used to, and the Evergreen Adventures team will give you various tips to enable you to effectively cope with this change. Being in good physical shape will ensure that you adapt to the thinning air quickly. Also, good fitness level will allow you more energy to enjoy the spectacular views without worrying about nagging bouts of altitude induced problems. So when you plan for this trek, also plan out a fitness regime for yourself.
Day 01 - Pick up to you from Kathgodam/Rishikesh – Lohajung
We will receive you from Kathgodam Railway station, Morning depart from Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung (7700 ft), breakfast & lunch on the way. This day you will see glimpse of Uttarakhand, passes through many hill stations, Villages, & rivers winding roads. Travel distance is 226 km from Kathgodam & Rishikesh (263kms) Haridwar (288kms) which takes 9-10 hours to reach. Night stay in Guest house in Lohajung.
Day 02 - Lohajung (2130m) to Didina (2550m) (10 km)
The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp for the night. Overnight in tents / Home stay.
Day 03 - Didina (2550m) – to Bedni Bugyal (3350m)
We wake up early in the morning, doing stretching exercise to strengthen the muscles. We start trek to Bedani Bugyal, 3.5 km ascend to Ali Bugyal will take 2- hours, passes through thick forest, hear twittering sound of birds, many kind of high altitude Flora & Fauna. We have Lunch in Ali Bugyal, a vast meadow, incredible view of Valley. Click memories on your cameras, start trek to Bedeni bugyal slightly ascend but not tough, 1.5 -2 hours will take to reach Bedani Bugyal. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 04 - Bedani Bugyal(3350m) to Patarnachaaniya – (5 km)
Explore morning view of Bedani Bugyal, around green grass, Bedeni kund, View of pattikadanda. According myth Lord Brahma created here Vedas.After breakfast depart to patternachaniya, 5 km distance takes 2-3 hours to reach. Today all around view is full of charm, Mountain (Nanda Ghughunti, Trishuli), Waterfalls, small-small water lakes between meadows. Night halt in camp.
Day 05 - Patarnachaaniyato Bhagwabasa
The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa. The trek starts towards Baguwabasa, 6 km from Patternachaniya (4-5 hours) Patter means Stone & Nauchniya means dancer, blieved that dancers converted into stone because of curse of Goddess Nanda.After breakfast we climb to Kailawa Vinayak top, tough ascend about 3.5 km. from Kalwa Vinayak view is unique Himalayan range peaks, Rivers, Water falls. After having lunch trek will start to Bhagwabasa (2 km).
Day 06 - Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake(Mystery Lake) – Return Patarnachaaniya Dhar (5029 meter)-Roopkund(12 km.)
Today is the day for what you thought of. Early morning hot tea & start trek to Roopkund, Breakfast on the way because early morning view is clear, later clouds cover the mountains. Trek is quiet difficult today ascend 3.5km up-to Roopkund & 400 meter Junargali Dhar (5029 meter). Roopkund is a small lake in glacier, Human skeleton is there many years old, some skeleton’s flesh can be found which lies under snow. From Junargali close view of Trishuli & Nanda Ghughuti & Shila Samudra. Then we head back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extends west across the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop. Junargali is the last point of this trek, Return back to Patanachaniya via Bhakuwabasa & Kailwa Vinayak, halt for overnight.
Day 07 - Patarnachaaniya to Lohajung (via Wan) – 13km trek 20km
Enjoy morning sunrise view hot Breakfast & start moving towards Lohajung via Bedani Bugyal, Garolipatal & wan village. Today from Bedanibugyal another route to Lohajung, passes through dense forest, Giant trees, Flora& Fauna, Neel Ganga & a cultural village wan, people of this village is very hard worker. There is Latu Devata main Temple, every year villager organize worship. From wan to Lohajung motor-able (20 km), night stay in Guest house.
Day 08 - Drive from Lohajung – Kathgodam/Rishikesh – 226km/263 km
Good bye Himalayas. Today is the last day of this trek, Depart to kathgodam (226 km)/ Rishikesh (263 km), Lunch & Breakfast on the way. After crossing Gwaldam Kumoun region starts on the way famous places Baijnath, Almora, Kousani can be seen.
This Roopkund Trek includes the following:
- Experienced English & Hindi speaking local guide.
- All camping equipment including state-of-the-art high altitude sleeping bags, waterproof tents and trek mattresses.
- Mules to carry central equipment.
- Camping accommodation as per the program on double / triple sharing.
- Freshly cooked, delicious vegetarian meals as per the itinerary.
- Safe storage to store your luggage while you are on your trek.
- Meeting and assistance on arrival by the company representative.
- Driver’s expenses, parking charges, toll taxes, necessary govt permits.
- All applicable taxes.
The Roopkund Trek does not include the following:
- Additional equipment (sleeping bag, backpack).
- Additional items and meals such as snacks and extra drinks.
- Meals during transit.
- Ponies and porter for personal luggage, additional ponies @Rs 500/day.
- Airfares or fares.
- Health and travel insurance.
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, room heater charges, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic, beverages, mineral water, room service, tea, coffee etc.
- Any train fare/air fare unless specified.
- Tips & any other expenses not mentioned in Tour Itinerary.
Things to Carry for Roopkund Trek
- Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must.
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of Socks
- 2 pairs of woolen socks
- 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- One down feather Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
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