Roopkund Trek has narrow and curvy roads that cross from one slope of the mountain to other. While crossing the mountain, you can witness amazing views of the valley. Didna Village is the second destination. It is very difficult to reach there as it is located at the height. You have to cross mixed forest to reach there. Then you will come to Ali Bugyal. Surrounded by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs. Ghora Latoni is the next destination, which is 3 km far from Ali Bugyal. This walk is an easy walk. Situated on the plain, Ghora Latoni is the best place for campsite. From there, you will reach Bhagwabasa. Trail going to Bhagwabasa is very crisscross and moves uphill towards the mountain. Roopkund is the last destination of the trek. It is 5 km far from Bhagwabasa, and the trail is very ascending and steady. Witnessing the lake after so much exertion is the life time experience. After spending some unforgettable moments, you can come back to your base camp by reversing your trek.
DETAILED ITINERARY FOR ROOPKUND TREK
Day 1: Kathgodam – Lohajung ( 225 kms /drive 10 hrs)
Arrive early at the Kathgodam Railway station. Various overnight trains run from Delhi and other cities(For more information click here). We will meet you at the station. We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (Starting point for the Roopkund Trek ).Although this drive is long it is very scenic for the most part as we will be driving along rivers before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora. Founded in 1568, Almora, is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand . Overnight stay in forest guest house/tents.
Day 2: Lohajung – Didna Village ( 9 kms)
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 3: Didna village – Ali Bugyal ( 6 kms)
We get up early in the morning and do some stretching exercises. It is essential that we stretch ourselves properly to avoid muscle problems through the trek.
Today’s stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. You will after this climb start enjoying the stunning views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali bugyal. Ali Bugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from there you can enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Patarnauchani ( 6 kms)
Today is a comparatively easy day. Walk while listening to chirping birds and admiring the beauty of our surroundings. After few hours of trekking you will be on other side of the ridge and the view from this point is absolutely Fanta bullous. Patarnauchani on the Roopkund trek is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. We should reach the campsite by the afternoon with enough to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions and altitude. Overnight camp at Lotani.
Day 5: Ghora Lotani – Patarnauchani ( 4 kms)
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 Patarnauchani to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. A steep and zig zag route takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugu Basa (4100m). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Trek Back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa ( 16 kms)
The D day of the Roopkund Trek is here. We will start the day as early as 5 AM. We will start early as 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 3.5 km gradual 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 trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. 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.
Day 7: Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung via Wan ( 10 kms trek / 1 hr drive).
Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the 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 Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. On reaching Wan we drive to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
Day 8: Lohajung to Kathgodam ( 220 kms / 10 hrs drive)
After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek.Early morning start drive towards Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our trek ends.
Things to Carry for Roopkund Trek
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely.
- Trekking Shoes
- 3 Pair of Quick Dry Tees
- 2 Trekking Pants
- Poncho/Rain Jacket
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket
- 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- 1 Heavy Jacket (Down Jacket preferable)
- 1 Trekking Pole
- 2 Pair of good Thermals
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks
- 2 Pair Woolen Socks
- Woolen Gloves
- Sun Cap
- 1 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
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries
- Accommodation (Camping) during trek on triple sharing basis.
- 2 Nights accommodation in lohajung ( Guest house / Hotel / Home stay) on triple sharing basis.
- All veg meals during the trek from day 2nd Lunch to till day 7th Lunch.
- All fees and permits.
- AM/PM Tea/Coffee with light snacks while on trek.
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
- All Transport from Kathgodam as per itinerary of the Roopkund Trek.
- Any meals during transit.
- Any meals during stay in Lohajung.
- Any expenses incurred due to natural reasons.
- Porter / Mule for carrying personal luggage.
Days before departure charge applicable as follows, per person:-
Up to 24 Days : 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Days : 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days : 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days : No refund
Please Note: Service Tax, Payment Gateway Charges etc will not be refunded in any case.