Roopkund trek (locally known as Mystery and Skeletons Lake) is a high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand. It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The area is uninhabited, in the Hamalayas 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.A shallow lake, having a depth of about two metres, Roopkund has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Researchers have concluded that the skeletons are the remains of people killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.

Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Grade: Medium
Elevation: 5100 mtr
Best Season: May – Sep
Roopkund is a mysterious lake in the interiors of district Chamoli.The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2m with the edges covered with snow for most parts of the year. When the snow melts;human and equine skeleton remains can be seen, some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in the alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500-600 years ago. There are many theories about these findings but none are satisfying. Hence the lake is known as the Mystery Lake. Some believe them to be those of General Zorawars’ soldiers who died here in a vain attempt to conquer Tibet, while others maintain that they are the skeletons of the zealous pilgrims, who went on the Raja Yatra to the base of Trishul. It is however one of the popular treks in Garhwal as it abounds on spectacular mountain scenery. The trek to Roopkund is very scenic and passes through the magnificent Bedni Bugyal. The trek goes through the outer periphery of the Nanda Devi national park and is one of the best treks to view the magnificent peaks of the Nanda Devi Park.

Day 1: KATHGODAM – LOHAJUNG (215 Km)
We assemble at Kathgodam Railway Station. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places. Kathgodam is the main Railway Station in the region. From Kathgodam, we begin our journey towards our base for the trek, Lohajung. The drive goes through the popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora. Almora is a beautiful and historic town of the Kumaon region which was founded way back in 1568. You drive along many small streams, most prominent being the River Kosi and enter into the Pindar valley.  Dinner and overnight stay at Lohanjung will be at the guest house or at the camp
Day 2: LOHAJUNG – DIDNA VILLAGE ( 8 km.)
Today we start our trek, by walking up to the village Didna. Didna is the first camp on the Roopkund Trek. The view from Didna is simply spectacular. The trail to the Didna starts with a steady climb up the Lohajung pass, then there is a descending trail till Bedni River. The Bedni River is also known as Bedni Ganga, as it is locally considered sacred. After crossing a bridge, there is a gradual climb through a forest of Oak and Bamboo. It is a good day, to click some nice photographs but important not to use up your batteries and save them for later. Our campsite is on a beautiful meadow, after crossing the village. Overnight stay in Tents or Homestays.
Day 3: DIDNA VILLAGE – BEDINI BUGYAL via ALI BUGYAL (10 km.)                               Today’s part of the trail has steep ascents. After the climb, the views of the Garhwal Himalayas are simply majestic and stunning. You again pass through a forest of Bamboo and Oak. We eventually reach Ali Bugyal, which is a beautiful grazing meadow. Ali Bugyal is beautiful and lies on top a hill and from here we can have a 360 degrees view of the snow mountains. You can see peaks like Chaukhamba and Neelkanth. This is probably one of the most spectacular camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. We have our packed lunch at Ali Bugyal. We further trek to Bedini Bugyal which is around an hour almost flat walk and slight descend through meadows. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: BEDINI BUGYAL –  BHAGWABASA ( 9 km.)
Today we start our climb in the morning after breakfast. We first reach a place called Ghora Lotani that is around 2-2.5 hours from Bedini. Beautiful meadows follow us to Ghora Lotani from Bedini and in summers this is he last point from where horses return and hence the name. We go slight down for 30 minutes to reach Patharnachani. From here we enter into higher Himalayas with grassland disappearing along the route and rocky path welcoming us. We climb further for about 2 hours to reach Kelwa Vinayak. Kelua Vinayak or Kalu Vinayak as popularly called is a Hindu shrine and the highest point for today. We have our packed lunch here and walk down for 45 minutes to reach Bhagwabasa base for Roopkund Lake. We camp overnight at Bhagwabasa.

Day 5: BHAGWABASA – ROOPKUND SUMMIT ( 3 km.) AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (8 km.)
Today is the day! Today is when we will be reaching the Roopkund Lake. Roopkund, the mystery or skeletal lake. It is advisable to start the day as early as 4 am. During early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 3 km moderate up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the lake. A further climb of around 20 minutes takes you to the highest point of Roopkund Lake Trek, i.e. Junargali. Then we head back for our campsite at Patharnachauni. The views from the alpine camp at Patharnachauni extends west across the main Himalayan range as far as Gangotri.

Day 6: PATHARNACHAUNI –  WAN (15 km. trek) AND FURTHER DRIVE TO LOHAJUNG                   You would see the end of meadows after crossing Bedini Bugyals. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at Mt. Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a beautiful Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga stream. On reaching Wan village, we drive to Lohajung. This completes our memorable and splendid time during the trek. Time to celebrate! Overnight stay at Lohajung.

Day 7: LOHAJUNG –  KATHGODAM DRIVE (213 km.)
Last day of our journey. Today early morning we depart from Lohajung and reach back to our end point of the trip at Kathgodam by 5 pm in the evening. PLEASE NOTE THAT DO NOT MAKE FURTHER RESERVATIONS TO DELHI / OTHER PLACES BEFORE 8 PM AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP SOME BUFFER IN MOUNTAINS. The Mighty Himalayas will miss you all and this marks the end of your Crazy Trek to Roopkund Lake!

Day 1: KATHGODAM – LOHAJUNG (215 Km)  

We assemble at Kathgodam Railway Station. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places. Kathgodam is the main Railway Station in the region.

Day 2: LOHAJUNG – DIDNA VILLAGE ( 8 km.)

Today we start our trek, by walking up to the village Didna. Didna is the first camp on the Roopkund Trek. The view from Didna is simply spectacular.

Day 3: DIDNA VILLAGE – BEDINI BUGYAL via ALI BUGYAL (10 km.)                    Today’s part of the trail has steep ascents. After the climb, the views of the Garhwal Himalayas are simply majestic and stunning.

Day 4: BEDINI BUGYAL –  BHAGWABASA ( 9 km.)    

Today we start our climb in the morning after breakfast. .

Day 5: BHAGWABASA – ROOPKUND SUMMIT ( 3 km.)

AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (8 km.)

Day 6: PATHARNACHAUNI –  WAN (15 km. trek) AND FURTHER DRIVE TO LOHAJUNG

You would see the end of meadows after crossing Bedini Bugyals.

Day 7: LOHAJUNG –  KATHGODAM DRIVE (213 km.)  

Last day of our journey.

Basic Gear
• Backpack (40- 60 Litre) with comfortable shoulder straps, rain cover is essential.
• Comfortable Trekking Shoes
• One Pancho/ rain coat
• Windproof Jacket Thermal inner wear
• 2-3 T-shirt with full sleeves
• One fleece Jacket
• Day Pack (20 – 30 Litre)
• Trekking Pole
• Woollen Gloves (Two Pairs)
• Two Trek Pants
• Thermal Inner-wears
• Feather Jacket
• Woolen Cap
• Woolen Socks (Two Pairs)
• SunGlassesTowel
• TorchCamera & Phone (with full/Extra Batteries)
• Water Bottle
• Slippers
• Personal Medical Kit
• Sun Cap

Personal Utilities
• Sun Screen Cream
• Anti bacterial Powder
• Lip Bam
• Hand Sanitizer.
• Tooth Brush And Tooth Past
• Toilet Paper

Include :-

• Camping
• Service of experienced and we’ll trained Mountain Guide
• Service of Cook and Helper during trekking
• Trekking Equipments
• All meals on Trek ( Veg.)
• Forest Entry
• First Aid Kit

Exclude :-

• Insurance
• Transport Charge
• Food during transit
• Porter/Mule charges for your personal bag
• Any kind of personal expenses
• Anything apart from the inclusions

Cancellation:-

• Cancellation prior to 30 days from the start of the Trek – 95% refund
• Cancellation between 30 days to 15 days to the start of the Trek – 50% refund
• Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of the Trek – No refund

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
September 5, 2017

I had a wonderful time during the trip. The guide was informative, friendly and attentive to our entire group! I definitely plan to be a returning customer and recommend this to my friends and family!

September 6, 2017

this trek is one of the finest trek i have ever done so far . himayala hiker gives perfect hospitality and people working there are very nice .

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