Description of Himalayan Trek Roopkund
Roopkund Lake is situated at an elevation of 5,029 mts above sea level in the base of Trishul peak and Nanda Ghunti. Roopkund is also known as ‘Mystery Lake’ since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age was found here. The lake is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by rock-strewn glacier. Roopkund remains frozen for almost all the time of the year. The skeletal remains around Roopkund are believed to be 500-600 years old.
If you have gone for a trek anywhere in the Western Himalayas then you must have heard about the famous Roopkund trek. Roopkund Trek is to treks what David Beckham is to football. It would be hard to match its combination of pristine high altitude lakes, meadows (bugyals), spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, secluded villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests.
Fitness Required for Roopkund Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
Roopkund Trek Difficulty Level
Roopkund Trek Difficulty level is an Moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared.
Best Time for Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Lake is open to trekkers twice a year – first period is in summers or the pre-monsoon period in May and June, and the second one is pre-monsoon period in September and October. The former is more challenging with lots of snow along the way and Crazy Peaks team is the only one operating with full technical gears and maximum safety. We fix ropes along the climb, provide seat harness and crampons to the trekkers ensuring maximum trekkers scaling the top. Post-monsoon option is a little easier and great for those who want to trek through lush green meadows or Bugyals.
Brief Overview of the Himalayan Trek to Roopkund
Roopkund Trek can be easily divided into three parts – early village and mountain river stage, middle bugyals and bigger lakes, and last summit or climb stretch. Roopkund Trek is a must for everyone in the Himalayan trekker community. Eight days spend in these Garhwal mountains will surely leave a mark forever in your hearts.
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Detailed Itinerary for Roopkund Trek
Day No: 1- KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG (213 Km) ->
You will be received at Kathgodam Railway Station or the Bus Stand. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places. Kathgodam is the main Railway Station in the region. From Kathgodam, we begin our journey towards our base for the trek, Lohajung. The drive goes through the popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora. Bhimtal is a sister town of Nainital and Almora is a beautiful and historic town of the Kumaon region which was founded way back in 1568. You drive along amny small streams, most prominent being the River Kosi and enter into the Pindar valley. Your overnight stay at Lohanjung will be at the guest house or a permanent camp.
Day No: 2
LOHAJUNG TO DIDNA VILLAGE (7,575 to 8,530 ft. / 8 km.) -> Today we start our trek, by walking up to the village Didna. Didna is the first camp on the Roopkund Trek. The view from Didna is simply spectacular. The trail to the Didna starts with a steady climb up the Lohajung pass, then there is a descending trail till Bedni River. The Bedni River is also known as Bedni Ganga, as it is locally considered sacred. After crossing a bridge, there is a gradual climb through a forest of Oak and Bamboo. It is a good day, to click some nice photographs but important not to use up your batteries and save them for later. Our campsite is on a beautiful meadow, after crossing the village. Overnight stay in Tents or Homestays.
Day No: 3
DIDNA VILLAGE TO BEDINI BUGYAL via ALI BUGYAL (8,530 to 11,519 ft. / 10 km.) -> Today’s part of the trail has steep ascents. After the climb, the views of the Garhwal Himalayas are simply majestic and stunning. You again pass through a forest of Bamboo and Oak. We eventually reach Ali Bugyal, which is a beautiful grazing meadow. Ali Bugyal is beautiful and lies on top a hill and from here we can have a 360 degrees view of the snow mountains. You can see peaks like Chaukhamba and Neelkanth. This is probably one of the most spectacular camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. We have our packed lunch at Ali Bugyal. We further trek to Bedini Bugyal which is around an hour almost flat walk and slight descend through meadows. Overnight stay in tents.
Day No: 4
BEDINI BUGYAL TO BHAGWABASA (11,519 to 14,100 ft. / 9 km.) -> Today we start our climb in the morning after breakfast. We first reach a place called Ghora Lotani that is around 2-2.5 hours from Bedini. Beautiful meadows follow us to Ghora Lotani from Bedini and in summers this is he last point from where horses return and hence the name. We go slight down for 30 minutes to reach Patharnachani. From here we enter into higher Himalayas with grassland disappearing along the route and rocky path welcoming us. We climb further for about 2 hours to reach Kelwa Vinayak. Kelua Vinayak or Kalu Vinayak as popularly called is a Hindu shrine and the highest point for today. We have our packed lunch here and walk down for 45 minutes to reach Bhagwabasa base for Roopkund Lake. We camp overnight at Bhagwabasa.
Day No: 5
BHAGWABASA TO ROOPKUND SUMMIT (15,696 feet / 3 km.) AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (8 km.) -> Today is the day! Today is when we will be reaching the Roopkund Lake. Roopkund, the mystery or skeletal lake. It is advisable to start the day as early as 4 am. During early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 3 km moderate up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. 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 for our campsite at Patharnachauni. The views from the alpine camp at Patharnachauni extends west across the main Himalayan range as far as Gangotri.
Day No: 6
PATHARNACHAUNI TO WAN (15 km. trek) AND FURTHER DRIVE TO LOHAJUNG -> You would see the end of meadows after crossing Bedini Bugyals. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at Mt. Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a beautiful Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga stream. On reaching Wan village, we drive to Lohajung. This completes our memorable and splendid time during the trek. Time to celebrate! Overnight stay at Lohajung.
Day No: 7
LOHAJUNG TO KATHGODAM DRIVE (213 km.) -> Last day of our journey. Today early morning we depart from Lohajung and reach back to our end point of the trip at Kathgodam by 5 pm in the evening. PLEASE NOTE THAT DO NOT MAKE FURTHER RESERVATIONS TO DELHI / OTHER PLACES BEFORE 8 PM AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP SOME BUFFER IN MOUNTAINS. The Mighty Himalayas will miss you all and this marks the end of your Crazy Trek to Roopkund Lake!
Day No: 8
Arrive Delhi in the morning and travel further to your home.
Things to Carry for Roopkund Trek
Identity Proof. (must)
Hat / Cap, Woolen cap / Balaclava
Pair of Woolen Gloves
T-shirts, Fleece Sweatshirt / Sweater
Windproof Jacket 01 nos
Leggings from a Track-suit, shorts
Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
Cotton Socks, Woolen Socks, Extra shoe laces
Raincoat / Poncho 01 nos.
Full Body Towel 01 nos.
Torch with spare batteries
Sunscreen lotion, min 30 SPF, Toiletries
Medicines as specified by doctor
Camera, Cam charger, Mobile Charger..
It is very important that you line the inside of your bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry!
Getting to Roopkund Trek & Base Camp
Kathgodam is the base location for our Roopkund trek. Our meeting point in Kathgodam is the railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Lohajung. The entire drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung takes around 8 Hours.
Reaching by train
Kathgodam is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a junction.
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Kathgodam by Road (Bus)
Kathgodam is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Kathgodam which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in delhi.
Kathgodam to Lohajung and return Local Transport
Two Nights stay at Lohajung on Triple Sharing Basis
Four Nights Camping during Trek
Dome Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags
Mess Tent for the Group
Toilet Tents (Pit Style)
All Meals (Veg.) starting from Dinner at lohajung on day 1 till
breakfast on day 7.
Support Team One Qualified Trek Leader
One Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
Safety & Rescue
Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
Meals During Transportation
Tips, Gratitude to the Team
Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions
Cancellation and Refund Policy
- 70% refund if cancellation is made more than 90 days prior to the date of departure date of the event.
- 50% refund if cancellation is made more than 60 days and less than 90 days prior to the departure date of the event.
- 30% refund if cancellation is made more than 30 days and less than 60 days prior to the departure date of the event.
- NO refund will be made if cancellation is made within 30 days prior to the departure date of the event.