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Amay Rathore

5.0

"A must have experience Roopkund the mysterious lake was really an unforgettable journey that has given us the chance to know more about art of the god i.e. nature. It changed our lives in terms of understanding about that is within us."

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Udit Sethi

4.0

The Roopkund trek experience was amazing. It was in fact great. We liked the whole trek, and it was something that I would never forget. The trek was quite tedious to say the least. However, the beauty of the nature overpowers the toughness of the trek, we had a great time.

Overview

Available Group Departure:
May 2018: 5,12,19,26

About the Destinations:

A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker! Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow-clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.

Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by the plenitude of visitors.

The route along this trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of the Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.

About the Trek:

Blessed with deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites and the beckoning meadows Roopkund trek is a must do trek for you. Get a chance to taste adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in a period of 8 days. The adventure starts for you from the second day onwards as you start trekking to Roopkund Glacial lake. Take the Lord Curzon trail starting Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass and then reach the Bedni River. 

Get a chance to admire the stunning view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as you trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal on your third day. On your fourth day, you will be trekking from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani and witness the beauty of the Himalayas. Also, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. On your fifth day you will be trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa, here you will face the challenges of high altitudes, zig-zag trails and the icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa. 

On your sixth day, you will pass from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake and then to Bedni Bugyal. The uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. Admire the charming Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri. On your seventh day you will start trekking back from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung and pass through the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons and then take a steep turn for the Neel Ganga and arrive at Wan. You will complete you trek on the eight day. Roopkund trek is definitely the one which will make your dream come true of trekking in the mountains.

Roopkund Trek Highlights:

- Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites during this amazing Roopkund trek.

- Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

- Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.

- Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

- Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Mt Trishul looms over the place as you continue climbing.

- Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.

- Admire the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dom.

- Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.

- And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

Quick Facts:

Temperature: Day: 13-18°C and Night: 0-7°C

Trekking Distance:  53km

Maximum Altitude: 115,696

Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult 

Railway Station:  Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival

  • Day 2 - Trek from Lohajung to Didna Village

    Lohajung Pass, Bedni Ganga River

    Today you will begin with the trek to Roopkund Glacier Lake! Take the Lord Curzon trail from Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass, which eventually leads to a downhill trail to the Bedni River. Cross the bridge over the river and traverse through mixed forests of oak and bamboo to arrive at Didna Village. This is your first base camp on the trek route; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal

    Steep Trek, Oak & Bamboo Forests, Garhwal Himalayas

    After a wholesome breakfast, leave the basecamp and begin with a steep ascend through oak forests and long stands of bamboo. Admire the stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as they appear ahead of you. Arrive at one of the finest camping grounds with stunning views on this side of the Himalayas as you enter open alpine grazing meadows of Ali Bugyal; overnight stay in here.

  • Day 4 - Trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani

    Easy Trek, Panoramic Himalayas, Magpie

    Today’s trek will be an easier one and will take you to the other side of the ridge; a keen eye can spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. After a few hours of trekking, arrive at Ghora Lotani, which is yet again the most fascinating of destinations along the Roopkund trek; overnight camping in Ghora Lotani.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa

    High Altitude Trekking, Barren Campsite, Icy Winds

    Following today’s breakfast in the camp, start with the trek for the day. Today, as you proceed forward, you will be gaining height from 12,500-14,500ft. Be prepared for some challenges offered by high altitudes, zigzag passes and icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa (4,100m) campsite in a desolate and barren landscape; overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 6 - Trek from Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal (via Bhagwabasa)

    Roopkund Lake, Human Skeletons, Mt. Trishul, Gangotri Ranges

    After four days of continuous trekking, today you will be at the most fascinating day of the trek! Starting with an early morning breakfast, today you will be trekking to the mysterious Roopkund Lake. This uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. From here, trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail, and trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. Witness the captivating Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri; overnight stay in Bedni Bugyal.

  • Day 7 - Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung (via Wan)

    Trekking, Rhododenron forests, alpine meadows

    As you start your return trek, bid goodbye to an unforgettable experience as you can capture a glimpse of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal on a clear day from Kanakdhar, en route Wan. Follow steep descents, gradual climbs through forests packed with blooming rhododendrons. After a steep descent for the Neel Ganga, arrive at Wan. From here, you’ll drive to Lohajung. Spend the night here.

  • Day 8 - Departure

    Lohajung Exploration, Roopkund Trekking Tour Ends Here

    Today will be your last day in the Himalayas! Spend the day looking around Lohajung.

Stay

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  • Camps, Tents, Guesthouses

Meal

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  • Veg

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Roopkund trek cost includes all accommodations during the trek
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  • All meals during the trek
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  • Central Trekking equipment
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  • Necessary permits and first aid medical kits
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  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
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  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

Things To Carry

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  • Warm clothes, jackets, raincoats, fleece jackets and thermals
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  • Hand gloves, trekking poles, trekking shoes and extra pair of socks
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  • Water bottles, energy bars and energy drinks
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  • Caps/hats, sunglasses and towels
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  • Personal toiletries and medications (if any)
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  • Backpack with waterproof linings

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes
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  • Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience
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  • Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights
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  • Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician
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  • Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites
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  • This package has two variation. The one with transport includes a pick and drop from kathgodam to lohajung and then back to kathgodam, Lohajung is the start point of the trek. The one without transport trekker have to reach Lohajung on his own .

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees
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  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Amay Rathore

     Rated : 5.0

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    "A must have experience Roopkund the mysterious lake was really an unforgettable journey that has given us the chance to know more about art of the god i.e. nature. It changed our lives in terms of understanding about that is within us."

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    Story by Udit Sethi

     Rated : 4.0

    The Roopkund trek experience was amazing. It was in fact great. We liked the whole trek, and it was something that I would never forget. The trek was quite tedious to say the least. However, the beauty of the nature overpowers the toughness of the trek, we had a great time.

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    Story by Kirti Achari

     Rated : 5.0

    Nature is so beautiful! It was an amazing experience especially because it was my first trek with friends. The tour guide helped us immensely. Thankkkkkk youuuuuu Thrillophilia for an amazing layout of options to pick from. :) :)

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    Story by Raavi Valia

     Rated : 5.0

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    "it will challenge you to go to that extra mile after you lost all of your energy but at the end of the day nature will give leave you with a big smile and satisfaction of your hardwork. Just go for this trek. "

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    Story by Jaimini Somayaji

     Rated : 4.0

    A high beyond anything I have experienced. A high of 5029ft!! This beauty surpasses anything I have ever seen in my entire life. The feeling of being on top of the world was sufficiently corroborated by themountainous efforts of the trek leaders in keeping our spirits upbeat and happy.

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    Story by Chandraayan Bharadwaj

     Rated : 4.0

    Roopkund trek was one amazing adventure. The entire region is a beautiful fusion of rugged terrain and greenery. Loved the entire experience. The trekking was fun indeed. Glad I did this tour!!!

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    Story by Lalit Sodha

     Rated : 5.0

    For years I have been dreaming about doing this trek to visit the haunting Skeletal Lake and finally this year i got the chance to do so, thanks to Thrillophilia. It was such a magical journey for me and my friends. We all were challenged to walk up the mountains but had a blast while doing so. And not to forget, the superb views of the peaks were amazing. Make sure to carry your ID proofs before starting this trek though because this is a once in a lifetime experience and you will not want to miss it.

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    Story by Deeptimay Asan

     Rated : 4.0

    I have always wanted to go visit the skeletal lake the next chance i got and man, did i get lucky! The trek to Roopkund was a dream come true for me and my group of 6 hard core adventure freaks. The trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund leaves you spellbound! words cannot describe it i swear. Please visit this place as soon as you can! Got to click some amazing ictures and memories! the villages are quiet nd peaceful, and this is a place for people who love adventure! Our favourite holiday so far!

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    Story by Satish

     Rated : 5.0

    The Roopkund trek experience was amazing,whole trek gives never forgetting moments. Team which includes Pankaj bhaiya(Guide),Naresh ji,Surendra ,Raju(Bhabhiji) whose hand made delicious food made us to climb there is really awesome. Also the destiny Roopkund & Junargali gives awesome view of Mt.Trishul as well as Nandaghunti. Beautiful Meadows of alibugyal and bedni bugyal will will wash treelines from your mind.Every tiredness is over ruled by this view. I suggest to choose thrillophilia for this exotic trek.

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    Story by Bhudev Reddy

     Rated : 5.0

    There are holidays, and then there are treks! For the first time in my life, i joined a group of adventurers and headed for this trek to Roopkund and I wrote this review to shout out to all those people who love travelling! This place is simply beautiful! Snow and ice everywhere, but some places are just kissed so gently with snow that you can still see the flecks of green here and there! Please visit this place soon! Its safe and we had a blast!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time for Roopkund trek?

      The best time to go on a Roopkund trek is during the summer months; April, May and June. But definitely, not during the monsoons. There are flash floods and landslides during that time. Monsoons start around July.

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants? Is there a minimum age?

      One should be in good physical condition before you embark on this trek. You should be able to jog close to 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.

    3. I am a first timer. Should I go for the Roopkund trek?

      Roopkund trek takes you to an altitude of 15696 feet requiring pristine physical and mental strength. It is a moderately difficult trek. So one should do other fairly easy treks to get used to the height and the altitude.

    4. What is a suitable rucksack to buy for Roopkund Trek?

      A rucksack which is at least 60 L. Weather is unpredictable and you should also carry a plastic sheet to prevent the bag from getting wet or purchase a waterproof rucksack

    5. Will food and water be provided?

      During the Roopkund trek, you will be provided meal based on the team you have signed up with. Usually, a meal is provided but it is mainly vegetarian. If you are going trekking here, then you may have to carry water bottles because although meal is given, the water bottles may not be included in the package. The guides suggest that you also carry some energy bars and energy drinks besides water. Meals are usually provided three times during the course of the trek.

    6. Is there electricity during the trek?

      You should carry a power bank with you to charge your mobile phones. The stays are usually in camps, tents and guest houses. Only the stay in guest house has the promise of electricity but the nights you have to spend in the camps and tents you won't find electricity. Usually, Wan village is the last point where you can charge your phone or cameras because beyond this point there is no electricity.

    7. What are the preventive facilities of Altitude illness?

      Altitude sickness is common and therefore the trekking packages often include first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinders. The first prevention is always to treat the trekker with these aids. The experienced trek leader is there with you throughout the journey and knows how to prevent this sickness. Also, the trekkers are suggested to carry their own medications if there are any. Trekkers must listen to the trek leader and consult a physician before heading on with the trek. Alcohol consumption and other intoxication are banned during the trek. The trekkers are suggested to get accustomed to high altitudes before heading on if they feel sick.Altitude sickness is common and therefore the trekking packages often include first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinders. The first prevention is always to treat the trekker with these aids. The experienced trek leader is there with you throughout the journey and knows how to prevent this sickness.

    8. Will there be porters to carry my luggage?

      Yes, at an extra cost.

    9. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      There are many kinds of shoes you can try out for trekking but they can be broadly classified into three types – • Expedition boots These are designed for challenging treks and glacial traverses. Their USP is that they last longer – usually more than ten days. Their outsoles are thicker and more aggressive and the insole has a padding which actually feels very soft. • Trek Boots These are hiking boots which have added support for the feet and ankles. Usually, their upper portions are made of suede or leather. They are especially good for the rough terrain – especially if you are prone to slipping and twisting your ankle during the hike. • Plain hike shoes These look a lot like trail running shoes. They have flexible soles and they are really light weight. So if you are planning to have a short trek in Roopkund, then go for these. They are good for dry terrain and a warm weather. Maybe you can carry them during the pre-monsoon trekking season. Pick any of these three shoes depending

    10. How cold does it really get on the trek?

      It gets a little bit cold during the trek if you are visiting during the September schedule. During the May to June period, the temperatures vary between 15 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius and at night it tends to get between 7C to -2C. So it gets minus temperatures at night even during summers. If you are visiting during the August to October period, then expect a variation of 15C to 10C during the day time. At night the temperatures can fall as low as 5C to -5C.

    11. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      Keeping in mind the policies and terms of the trek, consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicant or smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited.

    12. What is the mystery and story behind Roopkund Lake?

      The story behind the Roopkund Lake Trek dates back to the 9th century when people inhabiting the place were killed in a sudden valiant storm. There skeletons lying at the of the lake are visible till date when the snow melts. The area is uninhabited, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet). Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination. There is also a shallow lake, of about two metres, which you can visit and spend some time admiring nature’s beauty. Roopkund though, has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.

    13. What is the difficulty level of Roopkund trek?

      This is a moderately difficult trek. One should be in good physical condition before you come for this trek. You should be able to jog close to 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes.

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