Area :- Garhwal Himalayas
Trip Duration : 7 nights / 8 days
Trip Grade : Moderate to Strenous
Highest Point : 5029m (Roopkund Lake)
Highest Camping Point : 4100m (Bagubasa)
Best Time To Go : Mid May-June and Sept-Oct.
Roopkund is in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is a famous glacial lake. This lake is famous because it has more than five hundred skeletons of humans that are found at the edge of the lake. This lake is a popular trekking destination for first time trekkers. The skeletons are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake during a one-month period when the ice melts from the mountains.
Roopkund trek is popular because there are many climbing objectives in this area which include the beautiful trident peak like Trishul peak and the Ronti peak. Roopkund is located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Himalayas and also one of the best places for trekking in Garhwal. It is closer to hill stations like Nainital and Kathgodam. It is the major adventure attraction for people in the country and also for people who are travelling from abroad.
Roopkund, which is situated in the lap of Trishul massif, is also known as the 'mystery lake'. Because of high mountains, glistening rivers, low valleys, vast pastures, deepest forests and beautiful views, India is considered as the most favorite spot among trekkers. Himalayan Mountain is a unique range that attracts trekkers from worldwide and the dream of every trekker is Roopkund.
Roopkund Trek Itenary
Day 01: Drive Rishikesh- Lohajung (2213 mts, 270 kms, 10 hrs)
Early morning drive to the small hamlet of Lohajung, from where the trek begins. On the way we cross Devprayag site, where the Alaknanada meets the Bhagirathi to move ahead as Ganges. Overnight stay at lodge in Lohajung.
Day 02: Trek Lohajung – Didina (2439 mts, 4-5 hrs.)
In the morning our team of porters will arrive and we will set off on the first stage of our trek. We have a steady climb up to the Lohajang Col at 2590m which we cross to reach the valley of the Bedni Ganga. We descend on the north side of the pass down to the river before climbing back up to the little village of Didina (2439m) where we camp. Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 03: Trek Didina – BedniBugyal (3456 mts, 5-6 hrs.)
Today is a steep trek through oak trees and large stands of bamboo up to Ali Bugyal. From here we can enjoy an amazing view of the Garhwal Himalayan Peaks. We continue trekking through thick forests as far as BedniBugyal (Bugyal means meadow in the local Garhwali dialect). Very occasionally the brown Himalayan bear can be encountered on this section of the trail. From BedniBugyal we have an excellent view of the various summits of Trisul (7120 m) and the peaks of the North of Garhwal Himalayas. BediniBugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with a myriad of colorful flowers. There is a lake situated in the middle of the meadow where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe, and nearby there is a small temple.
Day 04: Rest day at BedniBugyal for acclimatization and to enjoy the beautiful Himalayas.
Day 05: Trek BedniBugyal – Baguabasa (4100 mts, 4.5 – 5 hrs.)
After 2 hours of gradual climb up, uninterrupted views of Trisul range and Nanda Ghunti can be appreciated. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola and then climbs up to Baguabasa, an improvised stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims. Overnight camp after a strenuous trek.
Day 06: Trek Baguabasa – Roopkund (5029 m) and back to Baguabasa
An arduous and spectacular trek for about three hours gets us to RoopKund, a holy lake surrounded by glaciers and high peaks and situated on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Every 12 years thousands of devout pilgrims, carrying a golden idol of the goddess Nanda Devi, undertake a difficult trek to this holy lake from Nauti village, near Karnaprayag. We hike another 30 minutes or so up to the ridge above the lake to explore the area and return back to BhaguBasa for an overnight camp.
Day 07: Trek Baguabasa – Wan (2450 m, 5 -6 hrs.)
Return trek to BadniBugyal. The trek then makes a long, steep descent through a fine forest of firs and rhododendrons and across a beautiful clearing with much of the track being paved. After crossing a river, a short climb leads to the main valley, at the head of which is Wan. Overnight camp at Wan.
Day 08: Drive Wan – Mundoli – Rishikesh
Road has reached Wan. We walk down to village and to the road head where we meet our vehicles to drive us back to Rishikesh. Drive down along the river to Rishikesh (10 hours). Trip finishes on arrival at Rishikesh.