Roopkund Trek is recognized as a mystery lake which came into public interest when number of skeletons and remains of horses were found in this lake. The stories weaved around this place is that a group of pilgrim lost their lives when an avalanche hit while they were on their way to Hemkund. Apart from this story several other theories do rumours but nothing concrete has been found yet. Roop Kund lies in the Trishul formation, surrounded by rocky glaciers and snow clad peaks.

This trek moves through lush green land and conifer forest, into the slope of hills and winds its way along the pindar river. The course of the hike to Roopkund traverses across pleasing alpine pasture lands and snow fields, providing superb views of the Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Badrinath peaks when the snow thaws. Arrive at Hemkund via Shail Samundras ice mass and reach the ghat. The brilliant and captivating grasslands can be seen from the Garhwal Mountains and the Bekhal Tal “ a small lake, with scenic beauty.

Major Attractions

Bedni Bugyals: It is one of the most elegant meadows of India. The land of romantic spots, Bedni Bugyal is nestled by snowy cliffs and lush green pastures. Bedni is a prime stopover on the Yatra of Nanda Raj Jaat.

Bekhal Tal: It is small gorgeous lake located near Hemkund. This lake is bounded by colorful landscapes.

Hemkund: Hemkund is bounded by seven peaks. There is a holy place, Gurudwara which is a pilgrimage centre of Hindus and Sikhs. The lake of Hemkund is main root of Ganga and Pushpawati.

How to get there

By Air: Located at 24 km from Rishikesh, Jolly Grant is the closest airport. Though, taking a flight to this place is not advisable.

By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.

Best time to visit: May to June & September to October.

Facts/Suggestions

  • Get familiar with atmosphere before trekking.
  • It is located at an altitude of about 5,029 meters.
  • This moderate trek needs reasonable fitness.
  • Trekking permits are required.
  • Different trekking routes are there, that can be chosen from; mostly trekkers prefer to start from Lohajung.
  • Dont pick flowers while trekking in forests.

Things to Carry

  • Medical kit
  • A good compass
  • An extra pair of clothes
  • Woolen clothes
  • Walking stick
  • Binoculars
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water, juices, snacks
  • Electric torch

Other Attractions in the Vicinity

Joshimath: Joshimath is a well known tourist destination and centre of pilgrimage. It has a tourist bungalow, and dharamshalas. It is the main source to reach valley of flowers. Visit the markets of Joshimath, and rest there in forest rest houses or in Gurudwara.

Govindghat: Placed on the meeting point of two streams Alaknanda and Laxman Ganga, Govindghat is around 22 km form Joshimath. The holy shrine of Hemkund Sahib is visited by many Sikh devotees.