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Harita Achari

5.0

Wow! So finally a big thing off my travel bucket list. A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand. Also known as the Roopkund Lake, this place is a must-trek spot for any avid traveller and trekker. Well, to start with this trek is not for everyone. To complete this trek you must battle many adversities. I was successfully able to do it, and hence I finished this trek. If you sense pride when I say this, yes I am proud. I worked out for 3 years to achieve this and I trekked other less risky and less intense mountains ever fortnight to improve my willpower and stamina. This trek is a must for serious trekkers.

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Draupadi Varma

4.0

We took this trek deal after a friend recommended. The trek was interesting. After we spoke and got to know a short itinerary, we made the payment, which was quite moderate. It was neither cheap not costly. It was pretty much worthy. We received a detailed itinerary, and we booked our tickets. After we reached the meeting spot, we took a trek from Lohajung to Didna Village also known as Lohajung Pass which is near the Bedni Ganga River. This was our Day 1, that night we stayed in a tent. The next day, we trekked to Ali Bugyal, Garhwal Himalayas and stayed there. The next day led to a trek to Ghora Lotani trek, this was quite an easy and fun trek. We stayed overnight there as usual. The nest day was the much awaited visit to Roopkund lake and Bedni Bugyal, where we stayed overnight. Then the next day we trekked down to Wan and drive back to Lohajung. It was a great experience.

Overview

About the Activity:

Perched at a very high altitude, the Roopkund Lake in the Garhwal region of Uttaranchal remains frozen throughout the year. Legend has it that this ‘Mystery Lake’ or ‘Skeletal Lake’ is surrounded and immersed with hundreds of human skeletons

Trek to Roopkund is the typical Himalayan trek because it takes one through deep forests, cascading brooks, lakes, verdant meadows and folklores. Moreover, one gets a chance to come across vast stretches of green pastures, called ‘Bugyals’ during the course of this trail. At the end of the steep climb to the summit is the pristine frozen water body of Roopkund from which one can marvel at the magnificent peaks of Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba.

The Roopkund trek route also overlaps with the Raj JatYatra, a festive pilgrimage to worship Nanda Devi. Thus, one often stumbles upon the warm-hearted and kind locals participating in the pilgrimage and dressed in their traditional attires. As a result, it encompasses a mixture of culture and adventure giving one an ideal trek.

Temperature: 12-20 degrees (days) and -2 to 6 degrees (nights) between May to June, 10-16 degrees (days) and - 5 to 5 degrees (nights) between September and October

Max Alt: 4750m

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kathgodam - Lohajung (2130m) (Drive/250kms/8-9 Hours)

    Arrival in Lohajung

    Your exciting trek to Roopkund journey commences. Assemble at the Kathgodam Railway Station around 7am and hop on to a vehicle for a drive to Lohajung. Savour the 8 to 9 hour drive through Almora, Kausani and stunning Kumaon mountains. Post which, you enter Garhwal region and proceed to Lohajung. Once at the destination, check in to the guest house. You will spend the night in either the guesthouse or tents.

  • Day 2 - Lohajung (2130m) - Didana (2550m) (Trek/5-6 Hours)

    Mixed Forests, Avian Species, Limpid Brooks, Hamlets

    This day, you will enjoy a steady trek barring the final leg to arrive at Dedina Village. Enjoy the trail amidst charming mixed jungles that are home to several avian species. You could bring along a bird book with you. Cross some limpid brooks where you might get a sting from the chilly waters.

    Amble amidst some hamlets to witness indigenous lifestyle. Post 4 -5 hours of trek, you will take a descending and ascending path and finally arrive at the camp ground above Didana Village. The path for the next day that takes you to Ali and Bedni meadows is visible from here. Tonight, you will sleep in tents.

  • Day 3 - Didana (2550m) - Bedni Bugyal (3350m) (Trek/6-7 hours)

    Ali Bugyal, Oak Forests, Alpine Grazing Meadows, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Peaks

    This day, you can relish in a gradual climb amidst bountiful oak forests and reach Ali Bugyal, alpine grazing meadows. Soak in unbridled sights of the horizon and sky above. You will also get to get a glimpse of Trishul Peak.

    From this place, you enjoy a pleasant trek of moderate level till Bedni Bugyal. A winsome camping ground, you will be surrounded with sights if grazing pastures and nearby glimpses of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks. Tonight you will sleep in tents.

  • Day 4 - Bedni Bugyal (3350m) - Bhagubasa (4100m) (Trek/5-6 Hours)

    Kalu Vinayak Shrine, Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and Hathi peaks, Meadow Slopes, Rocky Landscape

    Gear up to ascend the meadow slopes and the trail up to the top that opens some stunning sights. Make way along one more ridge that takes you to the shrine at Kalu Vinayak. When at this place, you can enjoy the glimpses of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and Hathi peaks. From this point, based on the month, you might get snow in varied measures.

    The landscape gets little rocky too. Not too far from this place is the isolated Bhugubasa camping ground. As you reach the final leg of the Roopkund trek, you might get a bit out of breath because of the altitude. Though after spending more time at the place you will feel better. Tonight you will sleep in tents.

  • Day 5 - Bhagubasa (4,100m) - Roopkund and Jurangali (4,750m) -Bedni Bugyal (3,350) (Trek/8-9 hours)

    Roopkund Lake, Bhagubasa, Jurangalai, Snowy Trails

    Brace yourself for adventure-ridden times. Begin early and mostly reach the lake in about 2.5 to 3 hours. Ascend through moraine, rock gardens and snowy stretches to arrive at the border of the mysterious lake.

    Expect a steep path that might be covered with snow for around 9-10 months. Today is the day you might have to push your physical boundaries. On difficult stretches of Roopkund trek, the guide might have to assist you to get by.

    If there isn't much snow surrounding the lake, you might get to witness the human bones and skeletons. For those who aren't aware, Roopkund is a crater like formation. There has been a lot of speculations about the bones found that have been rooted to the cause of a major hailstorm that hit the pilgrims hundreds of years ago.

    Take some time here and if you wish, you can opt for a short climb of 20 minutes to the ridge of Jurangali. Go trigger happy and return to Bedni Bugyal. Since the trek to Roopkund is a lengthy one, there will be adequate stops along the way. Tonight you will sleep in tents.

  • Day 6 - Bedni Bugyal (3350m) - Wan (2550m) - Kathgodam (Trek/3-4 hours) (Drive/7-8 hours)

    Downhill trek, Pine, Rhododendron and Oak Forests, End of the trip

    This day you engage in a descending trek amidst pine, rhododendron and oak forest to arrive at Wan, a fetching hamlet. Tour the village temple and relax for a bit. Your Roopkund trekking ends here and you will hop on the vehicles to reach Kathgodam (around 8pm).

Stay

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  • Tents in a camp in Sangla on single/double occupancy

Meal

    7
  • Vegetarian dishes
  • 7
  • All meals starting from dinner on the Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7

Activity

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  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • High quality camping equipments (Tents, Dining Tent, Mattress, Sleeping bags)
  • 7
  • Camping stools Aid, Medical Kit, First Aid Kit
  • 7
  • Guides/porters/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
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  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)

Transport

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  • Transportation from Kathgodam (start) to Kathgodam (end) can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package).
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  • The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

Things To Carry

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  • A sturdy backpack (60ltrs) with a plastic or water-proof lining
  • 7
  • High-ankle trekking shoes with good grip
  • 7
  • Trekking pole or stick
  • 7
  • Wardrobe essentials like woollen and fleece clothes, synthetic or waterproof track pants, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, waterproof gloves, wind-proof jackets, thermal innerwear
  • 7
  • Moisturizer, Sun Screen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • 7
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • 7
  • Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  • 7
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • 7
  • Extra Polythene bags

Advisory

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  • Travel in small groups
  • 7
  • Proper waste disposal
  • 7
  • Respect local cultures and be sensitive towards wildlife
  • 7
  • Porters can be availed to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10kg) for Rs.1250
  • 7
  • General precautions and steps are to be taken to initiate good acclimatisation with the assistance of guides
  • 7
  • Those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, breathing problems, high altitude sickness or is pregnant cannot participate in this trek
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    Story by Harita Achari

     Rated : 5.0

    Wow! So finally a big thing off my travel bucket list. A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand. Also known as the Roopkund Lake, this place is a must-trek spot for any avid traveller and trekker. Well, to start with this trek is not for everyone. To complete this trek you must battle many adversities. I was successfully able to do it, and hence I finished this trek. If you sense pride when I say this, yes I am proud. I worked out for 3 years to achieve this and I trekked other less risky and less intense mountains ever fortnight to improve my willpower and stamina. This trek is a must for serious trekkers.

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    Story by Draupadi Varma

     Rated : 4.0

    We took this trek deal after a friend recommended. The trek was interesting. After we spoke and got to know a short itinerary, we made the payment, which was quite moderate. It was neither cheap not costly. It was pretty much worthy. We received a detailed itinerary, and we booked our tickets. After we reached the meeting spot, we took a trek from Lohajung to Didna Village also known as Lohajung Pass which is near the Bedni Ganga River. This was our Day 1, that night we stayed in a tent. The next day, we trekked to Ali Bugyal, Garhwal Himalayas and stayed there. The next day led to a trek to Ghora Lotani trek, this was quite an easy and fun trek. We stayed overnight there as usual. The nest day was the much awaited visit to Roopkund lake and Bedni Bugyal, where we stayed overnight. Then the next day we trekked down to Wan and drive back to Lohajung. It was a great experience.

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    Story by Dhanpati Gill

     Rated : 4.0

    There are very few treks that would be fun without causing any harm or pain. This trek is one such thing. It neither caused hole to my pocket, nor to my physical health. Most treks are complicated. This trek is tough yet not complicated. I like challenging treks where we know what we are doing, but it takes a lot of stamina to do it. This is one such trek. I had a really great time with the trek, and I am glad to have taken this trek. I recommend this to all of the avid trekkers out here in this group.

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    Story by Satish Talwar

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was awesome. We had a great time with the trek. It was interesting and informative too. The week went in a fraction of a second leaving one to want for more and more. The trek was easily and undoubtedly the best trek to Himalayas. The trekking was quite interesting too. It was a combination of easy, medium, and complex treks that allowed the trekkers to relax and have fun as well. I so loved this trek experience. I recommend this to all.

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    Story by Bhramar Acharya

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek route along this place is a brilliant journey of finding the most stunning of Himalayan contribution of oak and beautiful rhododendron forests. WOW is the word to describe such bliss. This is a moderate trek. This Roopkund trek trails through mountainous rivers and enthralling ridges. What’s more you get to see lush forests and scenic meadows.

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    Story by Baladitya Sethi

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was good. I enjoyed it a lot. I totally recommend this trek to everyone. This was the most interesting trek ever. Also, my friends enjoyed it too. Yes, this trek is not for first timers, but this is very worthy to be taken, so if you are interested, get trained for it and take it. This is fun.

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    Story by Gautam Shah

     Rated : 4.0

    The lake, i.e., the water body of this place is present in the laps of the snow clad Mt. Trishul which is situated at an altitude of 16,500ft. That is the only unique thing about this trek. This is yet another fancy Himalayan trek.

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    Story by Rajan Mukhopadhyay

     Rated : 4.0

    The trekking was quite fun. I loved each day of the trek, be it the easy trek or the steep trek, the tent stay or the lake visit, the trek was awesome and interesting. I so wish to do more such treks in the future. I completely loved this trek to say the least. I recommend this totally.

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    Story by Ekadant Chopra

     Rated : 4.0

    I recommend this trek to all of you. It was the best trek that I have ever been on. I am so happy about the whole week’s experience. Do try it out.

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    Story by Eekalabya Devar

     Rated : 3.0

    Do you guys know how I knew about this trek? I read somewhere about the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake. This place seems most attractive and famous for that reason. Many claim that these skeletons are distinctly visible when the snow melts. The time I took this trek, it was snow clad and freezing, so I never got to see any of those claims. But even though it was a pretty nice trek.

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