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Roopkund Trek: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Skeleton Lake | Adventure Travel

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Roopkund Trek is an adventure lover’s paradise. The journey to the glacial lake located at an altitude of 5,029 meters is not only a thrilling experience but also an opportunity to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayas. As the trek to Roopkund continues, the views become more breathtaking, and the challenges become more significant.

The journey begins in Lohajung, a small village located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trail takes the trekkers through dense forests, steep climbs, and scenic meadows. The journey is not only about reaching the destination but also about experiencing the beauty of nature. Rhododendron trees, oak trees, and the lush meadows are a sight to behold. The trail is full of surprises, and at every turn, there is something new to discover.

As the trail ascends, the air becomes thinner, and the weather becomes colder. The trekker’s spirit is reignited with each step, and the Roopkund’s magic makes them forget the difficulties of the journey. The trail is not for the faint-hearted, but the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, the sound of the gushing streams, and the company of fellow trekkers make the journey worthwhile.

The Roopkund Lake is the highlight of the trek. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, and the view is nothing short of a fairy tale. However, what makes the Roopkund Lake unique is the mystery of the skeletons. The lake is also known as the Skeleton Lake due to the hundreds of skeletons found in and around the lake. The skeletons are believed to be the remains of people who perished due to a hailstorm or an epidemic. The mystery of the skeletons has intrigued trekkers and researchers alike, making Roopkund one of the most popular trekking destinations in India.

The return journey is as exhilarating as the ascent. The memories of the journey will last a lifetime, and the trekkers will be left with an insatiable desire to relive the experience. Roopkund Trek is not just a journey; it is an adventure of a lifetime that every adventure enthusiast must undertake.

Overview

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas,
Lies a glacial lake with a mystery to amaze us,
Roopkund, they call it, at five thousand meters high,
A trek for the daring, a journey that will amplify.

Explore the mystery of Skeleton Lake, Roopkund, and see the long-buried human and animal bones in the snow.

  • Views of Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba & Trishul, and Rudragaira are breathtaking.
  • Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal's sprawling lush alpine Asia largest meadows
  • Views of lofty Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba & Trishul, and Rudragaira are breathtaking. Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal's sprawling lush alpine meadows should be treasured. Get a chance to visit some of Uttrakhand's most remote villages. Enjoy camping under the stars and among the breathtaking scenery.

Itinerary

Drive to Lohajung which takes about 9-10 hours from Rishikesh with stunning views of highaltitude peaks like Trishul, Maiktoli, Nanda Devi, Ghori Parvat, Nanda Khat, Hathi Parvat, and Ghori Parvat. Take a small halt at “Teen Dhara” for refreshments and make some memories
with your camera as the views here are seriously unforgettable. Lohajung serves as the beginning point and the base camp for the Brahmatal trek. After reaching Lohajung, the stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Homestay on sharing basis. There are many local shops where you can buy jackets, hand gloves, caps, shoes, etc. if need be. However, it is advised that you carry all the required things for trek beforehand and not rely on any shop.

Just behind the bus stand in Lohargunj, 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. It is an easy 6km drive 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 time. You
would have great mountaineering experience all this while. Overnight stay will be in home stay.

To reach Bedni 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 Bedni Bugyal without going through Toplani. 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 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, Overnight stay in tents.

The trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni is an easy trek. You would follow a straight line ahead. 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. Explore morning view of Bedani Bugyal,
around green grass, Bedeni kund, View of patti ka danda. According myth Lord Brahma created here Vedas. After breakfast depart to Patar Nachauni, 5 km distance takes 2-3 hours to reach. Today all around view is full of charm, Mountain (Nanda Ghughunti, Trishuli), Water falls, smallsmall watre lakes between meadows. Night halt in camp.This is the day when you make a steep dash to gain altitude and finally trek in the snow line. 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 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. The trail towards Bhagwabasa goes through snow patches and you would enjoy the journey.

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 Bhagwabasa. You need to be careful in trekking back as the snowy slopes may trick you.

This is the day we will return back to Pater Nachini Patal. We will start our trek in the early morning after spending some time at Bhagwabasa, we will descend without delay as the weather at these high altitudes changes suddenly. It can get windy up here and possibility of sudden rain cannot be ruled out. We also might rest at Pathar Nachauni if the weather permits, as it doesn’t take much time. Reach Bedni in around 5 hours. And from here a 2km descend from Bedani to Ghairoli Patal which you will cover in 1 hour. You can camp at Ghairoli Patal for the night.

You’ll leave for Rishikesh early in the day. You will reach Rishikesh between 7 pm and 8 pm.
Check out the reaching the basecamp section for more details about getting back after your
trek

Roopkund Trek per person cost Inclusion & Exclusion

Inclusions

  • Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek .
  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry central equipment
  • Transport Katgodam to Katgodam / Rishikesh to Rishikesh

Exclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Food during the transit (Day-1 breakfast at Haridwar and lunch on the way).
  • Insurance
  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
  • Mules or porter to carry personal backpack
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
  • Accommodation in Katgodam / Rishikesh

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Roopkund Trek: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Skeleton Lake | Adventure Travel