Roopkund Trek is most Popular in Uttarakhand Himalayas
The Roopkund Trek is the most popular trek of all if you are trekking in Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand India, the most trek in India. Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 16,156 feet in Uttarakhand, it is also known as “Mystery Lake”
Blessed with deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, and beckoning meadows Roopkund trek is a must-do trek for you. Get a chance to taste adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in a period of 8 days. The adventure starts for you from the second day onwards as you start trekking to Roopkund Glacial lake. Take the Lord Curzon trail starting Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass and then reach the Bedni River.
Get a chance to admire the stunning view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as you trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal on your third day. On your fourth day, you will be trekking from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani and witness the beauty of the Himalayas. Also, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. On your fifth day you will be trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa, here you will face the challenges of high altitudes, zig-zag trails and the icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa.
On your sixth day, you will pass from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake and then to Bedni Bugyal. The uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. Admire the charming Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri. On your seventh day you will start trekking back from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung and pass through the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons and then take a steep turn for the Neel Ganga and arrive at Wan. You will complete you trek on the eight day. Roopkund trek is definitely the one which will make your dream come true of trekking in the mountains.
About the Roopkund:
A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. 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.
Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by the plenitude of visitors.
The route along the Roopkund trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of the Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.
Roopkund Trek Highlights:
– Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites during this amazing Roopkund trek.
– Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.
– Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.
– Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.
– Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Mt Trishul looms over the place as you continue climbing.
– Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.
– Admire the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dom.
– Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.
– And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.
Quick Facts About Roopkund Trek:
Temperature: Day: 13 to 18°C and Night: -5 to 7°C
Roopkund Trek Distance: 53km
Maximum Altitude: 16,499 ft
Roopkund Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult
Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station
Base Camp: Lohajung
- Camps, Tents, Guesthouses
- High Nutrition Veg Meal During Trek
- Necessary permits and first aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
- First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
- if cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total to cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible.
- Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking
Day 1 - Arrival at Kathgodam, Drive to Lohajung (7-8 Hrs)
Total distance – 210 km – 9/10 Hours journey
Mode of journey – By taxi
Altitude –Lohajung – 7,663 feet
Night stay – Our Home stay – on twin share basis
Our vehicle picks you up from Kathgodam Railway station and en routes to Lohajung, the journey is of 9/10 hours, there will be one or two breaks, have your breakfast and lunch on the way.
We will go through the region of Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges.
The road takes you through picturesque places with beautiful forests and curves with mountain views in the backdrop.
There is a direct road from Gwaldam to Deval but it is damaged due to heavy rains so the other route is preferred, from there we will reach Deval.
Deval is a village from where one can purchase food and kerosene for the journey, now from Deval drive is towards Lohajung.
Road to Lohajung is windy and curvy and an experienced driver is needed to drive on those roads.
Temperature is mostly cold here as we gain height while going upwards and it is rainy and foggy most of the time.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel or home stay
Day 2 - Trek from Lohajung to Didna Village
Lohajung Pass, Bedni Ganga River
Today you will begin with 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. This is your first base camp on the trek route; overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 - Trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal
Steep Trek, Oak & Bamboo Forests, Garhwal Himalayas
AAli Bugyal is visible from Didna as it is on the top of the mountain.
You have to climb the mountain to reach Ali Bugyal, the trail is not steep, but it is slightly upwards, on the way there are shepherd huts, known as Tolpani.
Now the other climb is steep, but it takes you through picturesque places, there are trees of Oak, Birch, and Rhododendrons only these trees grow there, on the way you can see local people with their sheep, you can communicate with them.
During the spring season the valley gets more beautiful with exotic views blooming flowers make this valley look divine.
You will see the receding treeline and plain grasslands after some hours of the climb the Ali Bugyal unfolds in front of you, it has got fascinating views, there is inherent beauty in this place.
In the month of summer, you can see some beautiful white horses and cows grazing the fields, the fields are all covered by grass and flowers.
From here you can spot the tallest mountain peaks Mrigthuni and Mt. Trishul, the views are the main attention seeker.
Cross the soothing meadows and trek for more half an hour to reach Bedni, there is our campsite where we will set up our tents.
Have your lunch intents and then visit Bedni Kund which is a temple nearby.
Garhwal Himalayan ranges are also visible from here if the weather is clear. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 4 - Trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani
Easy Trek, Panoramic Himalayas, Magpie
he morning views of Bedni Bugyal are unmatched there are lush green trees and soothing greenery is all around.
Sunrise looks mesmerizing from there. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma created Vedas here.
Have your breakfast and then depart to Patar Nachauni which is 5 km away.
The trail is an easy climb following the trail from Bedni campsite is visible till 3km further then it disappears.
Continue trekking and you will sew the other side of the ridge which is entirely different and beguiling, different scenic views in one trek.
It is a delight for trekkers, have full view of charming mountains like Nanda Ghughunti and Trishul.
You can see some waterfalls and narrow streams flowing through the meadows, they add beauty to them.
Today’s trek will be an easier one and will take you to the other side of the ridge; a keen eye can spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. After a few hours of trekking, arrive at Ghora Lotani, which is yet again the most fascinating of destinations along the Roopkund trek; overnight camping in Ghora Lotani.
Day 5 - Trek from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa
High Altitude Trekking, Barren Campsite, Icy Winds
rek Distance – 4.5 km – 4/5 Hours journey
Mode of journey – On foot
Altitude – Bhagwabhasa camp – 14,126 feet
Night Stay – Our Camp – on twin share basis
After breakfast, start your trek to Bhagwabhasa (14,126 feet), it is a 6km long trek, and it takes 4 to 5 hours to reach there. The story behind this place is dancers were converted into stones because goddess Nanda cursed them.
Patthar- stone Nachauni- dancers.
Walk towards Bhagwabhasa and the same trail will take you to Kalu Vinayak temple, to reach the temple you have to travel 2kms by gaining 200ft altitude.
The path isn’t easy, it is uneven and zig-zag in shape so walk carefully because a single mistake can be very dangerous, this climb is worth your every effort because the top will mesmerize you.
It is very windy there because the altitude increases, oxygen decreases at this level, take breaks and drink water while ascending.
The temple has a traditional design and made of stones but it looks beautiful and unique. You can feel spiritualty in the atmosphere there.
Visiting a temple at such a high altitude is very interesting and people who love to explore can only understand this.
When you reach the temple from there you can see Roopkund the place which you are going to visit the next day and your final destination
Also, The view of glittering beautiful amongst all Mt. Trishul on one side and Nandaghunti on the other.
Now, follow the trail which not leveled, it will take you to Bhaguabasa which is 1 km away from here.
The trail is rocky and is not easy to cross, take breaks and continue walking reach Bhaguabasa, the place is a barren piece of land but during monsoon, flowers bloom in this region.
Set up your tents there and dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 6 - Trek from Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal (via Bhagwabasa)
Roopkund Lake, Human Skeletons, Mt. Trishul, Gangotri Ranges
Distance – 10 km – 8/9 Hours journey
Mode of journey –On foot
Altitude – Roopkund – 15,756 feet
Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis
Early morning we will provide hot tea or coffee then we will leave for Roopkund with packed breakfast because in the morning you can have a clear view of the mountains and later they get covered by the clouds.
Today trek to Roopkund is difficult ascending and 400 meters to Junargali Dhar Top summit (5029 meters).
Roopkund is a glacial lake at high altitude also known as “Mystery Lake” because the human skeletons.
from ancient times are found here and can be seen inside the lake when the ice melts.
You can spot those skeleton on the edge of the lake, you will be lucky enough if you spot them.
After a steep climb, you will see Nanda Devi temple visit that temple from there you can get scenic views,
click pictures spend time there and if the weather is good you can visit Junargali Top which is (16,700 feet) when you reach top it is very windy there,
you will be amazed while standing at Junargali top, the sense of confidence you will feel would be one of the best feeling.
Now return to Patar Nachauni you have to go through Bhagwabhasa the descend is more difficult because while ascending trail was steep and it the trail becomes thrilling while coming down,
Follow the same trail go to a cave-like structure which is known as Bhagwabhasa, descend and you will reach Patthar Nachauni your campsite.
Spend your time in peace and relax your body and mind. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 7 - Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung (via Wan)
Trekking, Rhododenron forests, alpine meadows
Distance – 15 km – 8/9 Hours journey
Mode of journey –On foot
Altitude – Lohajung – 7,663 feet
Night Stay – Home stay – on twin share basis
Today is the last day of your trek so cherish these moments relish the sunrise and move towards Lohajung.
Today from Bedni Bugyal we will go from another route which goes to Lohajung,
the trail is through the dense forest there are big and thick trees, this place is rich in flora and fauna.
At Wan village,
A famous temple of Latu Devta in which there is puja organized by the villagers.
You can visit this temple or take a break here.
The trail is simple and with the trail, you will spot wooden huts and further you will see the road diverged into two paths.
Descend and you will enter a forest region and there are trees all around.
You can hear birds chirping which is the trail is varying so walk carefully so that you don’t get slipped.
walk further cross some yards and you will reach Gahroli Patal which is opening of a forest.
Then reach the banks of river Neel Ganga continue walking and visit a wan village,
it is a big village surrounded by mountains and from there back to Lohajung by Taxi.
Dinner and overnight stay at tourist guest house.
Day 8 - Departure
Lohajung Exploration, Roopkund Trekking Tour Ends Here
Today will be your last day in the Himalayas! Spend the day looking around Lohajung.