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Kin Verma

4.0

It was my dream to go to Roopkund trek from my college days and finally after seven years I went and I was just aw-struck by the beauty of those mountains. Finally I fulfilled my dream and I feel happy about it. Thanks to my parents for supporting me and the guides for helping me trek my dream. Now, next stop Stok kangri!

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Goutam Mehra

4.0

Roopkund Trekking is all a trekker ever needs. Only if you try this trek you will know how awesome it is. Roopkund trekking – WOW! The trekking was awesome and fun. In fact, the trekking was quite a lot more than fun. I would personally recommend this trek, if you are an avid trekker. This might not be as fun as it sounds to others because instead of enjoying the trek you would become tired and frustrated by the trek as you lack experience and stamina. Otherwise this trek is as good as they get.

Overview

About the Activity:

A trek to the mysterious glacial 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. It is most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts. Thus having several visitors although uninhabitable.

The route along this Roopkund trekking expedition is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. Of fairly easy nature, the trail has several ascents and steep downhill hikes, which go past mountain rivers that flow in abundance.

With some of the finest base camp locations such as Ali Bungyal, the Roopkund Trek has everything going for it.

Altitude: 5,029m

Temperature Range: During the day it is around 15° to 20°C. At night, it is around 4° to 7°C. Temp at highest camp, Bhagwabasa, ranges 5°C to 10°C in the day and 3° to -2°C at night.

Total trekking Distance: 44 kms

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kathgodam Railway Station - Kathgodam - Lohajung

    River Side Drive, Pindar Valley, Almora Hill Station

    After an overnight journey from Delhi or other nearby cities, arrive at Kathgodam Railway Station. From here you’ll drive to Lohajung, start point of the Roopkund Trekking Expedition. You’ll realise the Himalayan landscape as you climb uphill and drive by river sides. Cross the beautiful Pindar Valley and pass through the lovely hill station of Almora. Overnight stay at a hotel/ tents at Lohajung.

  • Day 2 - Trek from Lohajung - Didna Village

    Lohajung Pass, Bedni Ganga River, Steady uphill trekking

    Today you’ll begin 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. Continue through the village to reach open meadows. This is your first base camp on the trek route. Pitch tents. Retire for the night.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal

    Steep Trekking, Oak and Bamboo Stretches, Garhwal Himalayas, Ali Bugyal

    Wake up early and complete the exercise routine to retain fitness to battle the high altitude climate. After a wholesome breakfast, leave base camp to begin a day of steep trekking through oak stretches 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. This is where you’ll stay overnight.

  • Day 4 - Trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani

    Himalayan Views from Ghora Lotani

    This is a relatively easy day of trekking. After breakfast, head out on a short trek, which takes you to the other side of the ridge. A keen eye can spot a Himalayan Magpie. Else you’ll definitely be an admirer of the great natural beauty that engulfs you from all directions. After a few hours of trekking arrive at Ghora Lotani, which is yet again the most fascinating of destinations along the Roopkund trek. Camp here for the night and wake up to the most amazing views.

  • Day 5 - Trek from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa

    High Altitude Trekking, Barren Campsite at Bhagwabasa, Northern Icy Winds

    Today is the day for some high altitude trekking. You’ll be scaling heights from 12,500ft to 14,500ft. Be prepared for some rough weather conditions causing shortness of breath, mild headache, and tiredness. Follow a zigzag route to Kalu Vinayak. From here, you’ll continue to Bhagwabasa (4,100m) campsite, which is a desolate, barren landscape when compared to Ali Bugyal. Settle down for the night in tents.

  • Day 6 - Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake, back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa

    High Altitude Glacial Roopkund Lake, Mystery Surrounding Skeletons, Mt. Trishul Massif, Rock-strewn Glaciers, Snow-capped Mountains

    With D-day knocking at your door, you’ll start as early as 5am from base camp to begin a gradual uphill trek to the high altitude glacier lake scaling heights up to 16,500ft. With 5km of trekking behind you, you’ll begin a steep ascent for about 3 ½hrs to arrive at the mysterious Roopkund Lake.

    This uninhabited landmark perched in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers as it’s abound with innumerable stories. From here, trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail. Trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal on yet another scenic trail from where you can see the Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri. These ranges have a fantastic backdrop of Mt. Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. Retire for the night at 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 - Trek from Lohajung to Kathgodam

    Trekking, Trip Ends Here

    Today is your last day in the Himalayas. Spend the day looking around Lohajung. It’s your time to relax after a rewarding Roopkund trekking. Stay overnight. Drive to Kathgodam to board a train for your journey home. 

Stay

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  • Camps and guesthouses

Meal

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  • Veg
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  • All Meals Included

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • Trekking equipment
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  • Necessary permits
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  • First aid medical kits
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  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide, and support staff

Transport

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  • All transport from Kathgodam as per itinerary

Things To Carry

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  • Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T shirt
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  • Water resistant Trekking Pants
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  • Windproof/ water resistant jacket, Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
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  • Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
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  • Thermal inner wear
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  • Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves
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  • Thick woollen socks and regular socks
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  • Scarf/ muffler (optional)
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  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
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  • Gaiters
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  • Raincoat/ Poncho
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  • Small light weight towel
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  • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
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  • Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
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  • Sturdy walking stick/ Trekking pole
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  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
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  • Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
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  • Personal medication
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  • Personal toiletries

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.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 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 15-30 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 0-15 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 Kin Verma

     Rated : 4.0

    It was my dream to go to Roopkund trek from my college days and finally after seven years I went and I was just aw-struck by the beauty of those mountains. Finally I fulfilled my dream and I feel happy about it. Thanks to my parents for supporting me and the guides for helping me trek my dream. Now, next stop Stok kangri!

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    Story by Goutam Mehra

     Rated : 4.0

    Roopkund Trekking is all a trekker ever needs. Only if you try this trek you will know how awesome it is. Roopkund trekking – WOW! The trekking was awesome and fun. In fact, the trekking was quite a lot more than fun. I would personally recommend this trek, if you are an avid trekker. This might not be as fun as it sounds to others because instead of enjoying the trek you would become tired and frustrated by the trek as you lack experience and stamina. Otherwise this trek is as good as they get.

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    Story by Aaratrika Singh

     Rated : 5.0

    Wow! I am just awestruck from the beauty of the trek still. The trek was so poignant and beautiful that it left me speechless for so long. This trek is a perfect amalgamation of fun, beauty, and thrill. To start with 8000-16000ft of hiking and trekking the snow-capped mountains was super thrilling; it was just the best experience ever. Then, the gurgling brooks nearby just was fun and fascinating. To finish it up the beauty of surroundings especially the snow filled places was sheer brilliance. If you have not taken this trek in your life, you are missing something great. This is must trip for everyone who is in to or who is interested in trekking. I totally loved this trek; what’s more the trek is quite inexpensive too.

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    Story by Tanushri Pothuvaal

     Rated : 5.0

    Those 8 days of Roopkund was the best days of life. The place was like a complete movie set to me. i had seen such place in movies only.

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    Story by Minakshi Devar

     Rated : 4.0

    Amazed again! This is second time to roopkund trek and I must say this place seize to amaze me again and again. It was an awesome experience as this time I went with my friends which was a plus point in the adventure and fun factor. Finally I would like to say even 2 times is not enough to explore such beauty I would definitely go again atleast one more time in my lifetime!

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    Story by Lakshmi Dubashi

     Rated : 5.0

    Wooo! what an amazing trip it was!!Thanks to the tour guide who explained all about the mysterious Roopkund lake. It was an amazing adventure to trek this huge mountains though it was tiring the spirit of the mountain kept us going and going. But after one point when I got fully immersed in the beauty of the lakes and mountain I forgot who I was , what I am doing? All I knew was that I have to trek all the way. That's the beauty of mountains.

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    Story by Rageswari Pandey

     Rated : 4.0

    It was an exciting trip of 8 days and 7 nights in Roopkund. The trekking is full of hardships so suitable for amid trekker only. Located near the Mt.Trishul this lake looks faboulous.

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    Story by Gandharv Malik

     Rated : 4.0

    Trekking was a new experience for me and it was a little difficult too. Camping was my favourite part of it all and that too at night when temperature went down to 4 degrees and made our stay even more memorable. Exploring the nearby villages and some temples too was also very interesting because you meet new people and feel the life of people there. Anyways the trek was great we had some ups and downs during the trek but finally we completed it. Thanks to our guide who was helping through out. Thumbs UP!

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    Story by Garuda Jain

     Rated : 4.0

    After canceling the plan for 2 times I finally managed to do the roopkund trek the third time. It was as good as expected though I got a little sick but the guides were smart enough to carry medicine and it was all over in no time. I hope to go there again because the memories which are created in my mind of this trek will always pursue me to go again.

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    Story by Deb Abbott

     Rated : 5.0

    Long 8 days trekking in roopkund was an amazing experience for us.Our group adventure turned out to be best and most memorable tripis my life.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      From May to June. 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?

      The fitter you are the more you'll take away from the experience. Take as much time as you can for cardio exercise and strength training, including core strength. This will make it far easier for you to trek and explore the terrain with your guide. Moreover, exercises aid in acclimatization for the trip. Experience of walking for long distances with heavy weights (at least 15 Kg) will be a useful preparation.

    3. What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      All meals will be provided on this trek.You will be served Indian vegetarian food during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.

    4. Does one feel altitude sickness over there? If yes, how to avoid it?

      Altitude sickness is very common among trekkers during himalayan treks, it is wise to consult your doctor for the right medication before your trip. Drinking lots of water can also help stabilize the body along with resting at regular intervals. The best rate of acclimatization is to gain no more than 300m (1000 feet) per a day. If you increase this rate you will be much more susceptible to Elevation Sickness. Getting adequate sleep also can help avoid this.

    5. What are the clothing and equipment which I should carry at my end?

      Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.

    6. Which type of shoes should I buy?

      Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.

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

      oopkund trek takes you to an altitude of 15696 feet requiring pristine physical and mental strength. If you are not confident enough, you should try moderate treks like Hampta Pass trek or Kuari Pass trek

    8. Will there be porters to carry my luggage?

      Porters are not included in the package but you can find some at the destination for an extra cost.

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