Roopkund Trek (07 Nights)

If you are into trekking in India, then Roopkund trek is a must- to - do..!!! 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. When you go for the Roopkund trek, a lot of mystery and natural charm is in store for you.
Roopkund trek holds in the mysteries and myths, that no less gives it a feels of treasure hunt in a mystical land, with extreme and untold natural changes. Roopkund, the glacial lake, is situated in the lap of Mount Trishul and Mount Nandgungti, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This lake is also called Mystery Lake because of the unusual remains of humans and horse bones around it. These are believed to be the skeletons of the heroes who had fought here in the earlier times. As per some reports these skeletons are believed to be from the period 12th century to the 15th century. Some specialists believe that the death of many people in this region was a result of landslides, blizzard or an epidemic.
The human skeletons were re-discovered in 1942 by H K Madhwal, who was a Nanda Devi Game reserve ranger. There is one more story associated with the lake. According to one legend Nanda Devi and Shiva passed by this area after a successful fight with demons. Nanda Devi wanted to quench her thirst and Shiva created this lake for her. When Nanda Devi bent over the lake, she could see her clear and beautiful reflection – thus the lake got name “Roopkund” (form/shape lake).

Some Trek Facts
  • Region-Uttarakhand
  • Grade-Moderate to Difficult
  • Max Altitude - 15,696 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking - 53 Kms
  • Temperature- 15C to 20C
  • Group or Solo
  • Transport Availabe
  • Pick Up and Drop Point
  • FIXED DEPARTURE Dates - Bookings Open
    17 May - 24 May 2017 (Open)
    18 May - 25 May 2017 (Open)
    19 May - 26 May 2017 (Open)
    22 May - 29 May 2017 (Open)
    23 May - 30 May 2017 (Open)
    24 May - 31 May 2017 (Open)
    25 May - 01 Jun 2017 (Open)
    26 May - 02 Jun 2017 (Open)
    28 May - 04 Jun 2017 (Open)
    29 May - 05 Jun 2017 (Open)
    30 May - 06 Jun 2017 (Open)
    31 May - 07 Jun 2017 (Open)
    01 Jun - 08 Jun 2017 (Open)
    02 Jun - 09 Jun 2017 (Open)
    03 Jun - 10 Jun 2017 (Open)
    04 Jun - 11 Jun 2017 (Open)
    05 Jun - 12 Jun 2017 (Open)
    06 Jun - 13 Jun 2017 (Open)
    07 Jun - 14 Jun 2017 (Open)
    08 Jun - 15 Jun 2017 (Open)
    09 Jun - 16 Jun 2017 (Open)
    10 Jun - 17 Jun 2017 (Open)
    11 Jun - 18 Jun 2017 (Open)
    16 Jun - 23 Jun 2017 (Open)
    17 Jun - 24 Jun 2017 (Open)
    Day 01 : Kathgodam to Loharjung
    Reach Kathgodam (on own). The Roopkund trek has its starting point from here. The mystery lake trek is once in a lifetime experience. After reaching Kathgodam, travel to Loharjung through the roadway. Bus will drive through narrow roads with beautiful curves giving a good view of the surroundings.
    Overnight in Loharjung
    Day 02 : Loharjung - Didna Village
    After breakfast, take the trail to Raun Bagad. It is a fairly marked trail that descends through mixed forests. It is a moderate trek which might take around 2 hrs 30 min 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. It is an easy 06 km 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 Didina 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 Didina in about and an hour and a half’s time. You would have e great mountaineering experience all this while.
    Overnight in Didna
    Day 03 : Didna Village to Ali Bugyal
    To reach Ali Bugyal from Didna, there are two alternative routes. If you look in the direction of the valley, you would look at Tolpani, which is a cluster of huts that belong to the shepherds. It 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 Toplani. 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.
    The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.
    Overnight in Ali Bugyal
    Day 04 : Ali Bugyal to Patar Nachauni via Bedni Bugyal
    The trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Latoni is an easy trek. You would 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. The view from this point is absolutely marvelous.
    Ghora Lotani is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. It is an easy day and you will get time to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions before going ahead with your trekking. In fact, you could consider spending a day here to adapt to the altitude and atmosphere.
    Overnight in Gohat Lotani
    Day 05 : Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa via Kalu Vinayak
    This is the day when you make a 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 an high altitude trekking and you would start feeling the effects of weather change and thin air and definitely the effects of high altitude. You would have to start your day early as you would like to reach Bhawabasa as early to acclimatize to the weather. Your route takes a climb to Kalu Vinayak, which is a steep and zig-zag 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. The trail towards Bhagwabasa goes through snow patches and you would enjoy the journey.
    Overnight in Bhagwabasa
    Day 06 : Bhagwabasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni
    You have to start the day as early at 4 am. The sooner you start, the better it is for you 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 3 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. Trekkers must visit unless the weather is very harsh and does not permit you. 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. You need to be careful in trekking back as the snowy slopes may trick you.
    Overnight in Bedni Bugyal
    Day 07 : Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Wan
    It is a great 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.
    On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan. You would go down the Rhododendron forest. You would have 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 and half an hour to Wan and it is an hour’s drive back to Loharjung.
    Overnight in Loharjung
    Day 08 : Loharjung to Kathgodam
    After getting to the base camp at Loharjung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Loharjung. This is a great place to relax and chill out after your high altitude trek that has left your adrenaline pumping. You would enjoy the weather but definitely miss what you had at Roopkund or on its way. Travelling back to Loharjung is pretty simple and doesn’t really require any skill. An enjoyable road-trip to end the lake trek on an exhilarating note.
    Package Starting at : INR 12490 Per Person
    **Minimum 02 Pax travelling together
    package INCLUSIONS
    • Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
    • Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
    • Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning 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
    • Services from Loharjung to Loharjung
    • Staff insurance
    package EXCLUSIONS
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
  • 09% GST on the total bill extra
  • Important NOTE
    • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
    • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by India Bagpack
    • India Bagpack holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice



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