Roopkund or popularly called The Mystery Lakeby the locals, is a high altitude glacial lake situated in the Chamoli region of Uttarakhand. It lies in the lap of Trishul, a massif in the Chamoli region and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. Still uninhabited, Roopkund is located at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet)in the Himalayas,surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains and remains popular among adventurists as a trekking destination.
This two-meter shallow lake is significant from both ethical and scientific point of consideration. Researchers believe the skeletons at the bottom of the lake date back to the 9th century when an Indian tribe got caught in a massive hail storm and could never escape and hence got trapped forever. On the other hand, it is also believed that a tribal king along with his wife and hundreds of other people was heading towards Nanda Devi shrine when they all got trapped around the lake due to a hailstorm hence causing them to become skeletons years later.
Kathgodam to Lohajung 220 KMS
Lohajung to Didna Village (8-9 KM)
Didna Village to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal (around 12 KMS)
Bedni Bugyal to Pattar Nauchani (5 KMS)
Pattar Nauchani to Bhagwa Basa via Kalu Vinayak (5 KMS)
Bhagwa Basa to Pattar Nauchani (15 KMS)
Pattar Nauchani to Wan (18 KMS)
Wan to Kathgodam: 230-235 KMS, 10 Hr Drive.
Kathgodam - Bheem Tal - Almora - Kausani - Gwaldam - Dewal - Lohajung
We’ll start the journey in the morning after breakfast and head towards Lohajung amidst the beautiful sceneries of the Nainital district. A scenic route with lots of greenery everywhere with traces of clouds if the weather gets pleasant. Almora is one place to watch out for all the beauty. Through the wondersome spiral roads of the valley by evening we’ll reach our destination and have dinner and there we’ll briefly share our introductions and get to know each other better.
Stay in Hotel for the night.
The second day trek from Lohajung To Didna Village is approx. 8.5 KM from the Lohajung. Didna is famousfor Garhwal’s local culture and it's a beautiful village located under the Himalaya at an altitude of approx. 8,200 Ft. After completing the second day of the trek the trekkers enjoy the night in Didna village for dinner.
Stay in camps for the night.
Ruan Bagad Bridge with water stream for refilling.
5-6 Hours to Didna.
Didna Village – Ali Bugyal: 10 KMS
Ali Bugyal - Bedni Bugyal: 2 KMS
After breakfast early in the morning, we’ll continue our journey ahead and today we’ll head towards Bedni Bugyal, a meadow with picturesque scenery. The trail is covered in Oak, Rhododendron and alpine meadows to watch for.
Easiest day of our journey. Mainly a plain trail with a few bumps in between. The meadows will let you see the mountains in all their glory with cattle herding here and there.
Stay in camps for the night.
Bedni Bugyal - Ghora Lotani: 4 KMS
Ghora Lotani - Pattar Nauchani: 1 KMS
The elevation of this place increases considerably and hence it could be very windy. The elevation will be accompanied by cold breeze. You’re going to need to cover yourself with maximum layers of windproof winter clothing to prevent the cold breeze affect the body temperature. You may be able to enjoy a starry night at the camp stay at Pattar Nauchani.
Stay in camps for the night.
Starting this day after sunrise, we’ll move towards Bhagwa Basa base camp for an overnight stay. We’ll head towards Kalu Vinayak Temple there. The trail is not difficult to cover hence we can relax midway to enjoy the scenic beauty of the trek. Again, there is a considerable gain in the altitude of the two places, so you will need to move slowly to get acclimatized for the environment there. If the weather conditions are good, you may see a glimpse of Mt. Trishul from Kalu Vinayak Temple.
Stay in camps for the night.
Start at 4 in the morning as this is a long day for us with a lot of height to gain. This is a trail covered in snow. Depending on any recent snowfall, it might be soft or walked on. You may need to keep your sunglasses on for protection from the reflection of sunlight from snow.
8-9 Hours of trekking to Roopkund.We’ll head towards Junar Gali which is further 500mtrs from Roopkund lake and is The Highest point of Roopkund Trek. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll stay there for some time or we shall begin our descent from there back to Pattar Nauchani for our night stay in camps.
Visible Nanda Ghunti, Trishul among other peaks from this point.
Stay in camps for the night.
The oak forest over Wan is just the icing on the cake that you want after the amazing trek to Roopkund. You willretrace your path to Bedni Bugyal.
Trishul on the way to Wan: A rare shot of the Trishul on a clear day on the way down from Bedni Bugyal to Wan.
Half an hour into your decent, you get to a clearing. The green trekker's huts signals Ghairoli Patal. On a clear day, you get astounding views of Mt Trishul commandeering over the area. It is a steep ridge descent to the Neel Ganga. Quicker trekkers reach the river in one and a half hours. The slower ones take two. Take your time because you will rarely see a more wondrous stretch of forest cover.
There are many routes to the bottom of the Wan village, and all roads eventually lead down to the road junction (Kasar Bagad) near the hydel project. It takes about an hour and half to get down to Kasar bagad. It is a steep descent.
Stay in hotel at Lohajung for the night.
8-10 Hour Trek with One Hour Drive to Lohajung.
This is the last day of the trip and we take the route from Wan to Kathgodam. It will be around 10hrs of journey.
Reach Kathgodam.End of Trip.
Transport (Kathgodam to Lohajung & return)
Stay at Lohajung/Wan 2 Nights
Camp Stays (Sleeping Bags, Mats to be provided)
Meals ( Dinner Day 1 to Breakfast day 8)
Guide, Porters, Kitchen Tent
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any Entry Fees
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks/landslides/ strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any Kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.