Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Trek

Region :- Uttarakhand

Duration :- 08 Days

Grade :- Moderate to Difficult

Max Altitude :- 15,696 Ft.

Approx Trekking Km :- 53 kms.

Travel dates : 19th June 1:30 PM Duranto Exp (Hyd to Del) ; Return back to Hyd on 30th June Monday morning

Cost : Rs 15,000 (Includes Travel, food..everything)

The Roopkund Trek is to a Himalayan trekker what the movie 'Sholay' is to a hardcore Bollywood buff. Just like Sholay is the complete Bollywood entertainer (it has action, drama, comedy, romance), Roopkund is the quintessential Himalayan trek. This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.Situated at a high altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the 'Mystery Lake', or the 'Skeletal Lake', on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake. A Forest Officer stumbled upon these skeletons in the year 1942, and this surprising discovery triggered a series of visits from scientists from all over the world who wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. A lot of research went into finding out how so many skeletons came to exist near this lake, and eventually it was concluded that these skeletons belonged to a group of pilgrims, who were caught unprepared in a hailstorm( somewhere around AD850 ). The hailstones were as big as cricket balls, and with no shelter in site, they succumbed to injuries on their skulls. National Geographic aired a story regarding this lake, which made the lake a popular destination among trekkers. Aside from all this myth and mystery around the trek, the Roopkund Trek is the perfect route to showcase the surreal Himalayan beauty;and it the perfect trek to initiate you into high altitude treks. The trek starts from Lohajung, situated at an elevation of 3200 meters, and after gradually trekking uphill for 5 days you will reach Roopkund which lies at approximately 5000 meters above sea-level.

 

At this altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser than what the lowland folks are used to, and the TTH team will give you various tips to enable you to effectively cope with this change. Being in good physical shape will ensure that you adapt to the thinning air quickly. Also, good fitness level will allow you more energy to enjoy the spectacular views without worrying about nagging bouts of altitude induced problems. So when you plan for this trek, also plan out a fitness regime for yourself. There are two time windows in a year when you can do this trek – once after winter from mid-May to mid-June, and once post monsoon during September and October. You can choose the post-winter variant if you want to have some fun with snow, or you can choose the post-monsoon variant if you want to stroll through lush green Himalayan meadows. Whatever the season, the weather in the mountains is delicately balanced, and can go from sunny to cloudy in minutes. This adds another dimension to the adventure, and you should be equippedwith wind and water proof clothing to face these weatherchanges. The first couple of days on the trek will take you through quaint villages, cheerful streams, and rapid mountain rivers. The sunlight streaming through the trees in the forests will make the entire mountainside glow golden. Trek some more, and you will soon leave the trees behind. Now you will be greeted by miles and miles of lush meadows, called 'Bugyals' in the local tongue.

The Bugyals are dotted with small and big lakes at intervals. The pure air, the poignant greens and the effervescent blues will make you forget all your troubles. Next is the summit stretch, where your stamina will be tested as the air gets thinner and thinner. At the end of the climb lies the coveted Roopkund, frozen, serene, and pristine. Near the lake you can still find lots of skeletons, which have been well preserved because of the cold after all these centuries. From here, you can spot a lot of other peaks – Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba.

The route followed on the Roopkund trek overlaps with a pilgrimage which occurs every year, called the Raj Jat Yatra. This festive pilgrimage is held each year to worship goddess Nanda Devi, and people from several villages of the Kumaon and Garhwal participate in this Yatra. This Yatra starts from a small village 'Nauti' near Karnaprayag, and goes beyond Roopkund to Homkund. If you are lucky enough to be on the trek during this Yatra, you will meet a lot of locals dressed in their traditional attire participating in the festival. Meeting these welcoming and warm-hearted people will be an unforgettable encounter. The Roopkund trek is a most enriching experience for the body and the soul. This time spent amidst the mountains will remove the cob-webs from your mind and will thoroughly rejuvenate you.

Brief itinerary

19 June 1 PM : Duranto from Hyd to Delhi

20 June:  Ranikhet express from Delhi to Kathgodam

Day 1 (21th June) :- Kathgodam to Loharjung

Day 2 :- Lohargunj to Didna Village

Day 3 :- Didna Village to Ali Bugyal ; Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani

Day 4 :- Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa

Day 5 :- Bhagwabasa to Roopkund to Bedni Bugyal

Day 6 :- Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung

Day 7 :- Loharjung to Kathgodam , Night train to delhi

28 June : 6: 45 AM KTK SMPRK K EXP train from Delhi to Hyd

29 June : Reach Hyderabad by 8 AM

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from Kathgodam Railway station at 7.00 am. Drive to Lohajung base camp. Apprx arrival time at Lohajung 6-7 pm.

Day 2: Trek starts. Lohajung to Didina. Homestay at Didina. 8 kms, 5hrs.

Day 3: Didina to Bedni Bugyal (via Ali Bugyal). 8 kms, 6-7 hrs

Day 4: Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa. 8 kms, 7-8 hours

Day 5: Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni. 12 kms, 9-10 hours total

Day 6: Patar Nachauni to Ghairoli Patal. 6 kms, 3-4 hrs

Ghairoli Patal to Lohajung via wan. 5 kms, trek, 11 kms road. 6 hrs

Day 7: Depart for Kathgodam. Approximate arrival time at Kathgodam: 6-7 pm.
 

Day 01: Kathgodam to Loharjung You can reach Kathgodam through one of the most famous trains reaching the destination, which is the Ranikhet express. Once you reach here, you would start feeling a change in the entire atmosphere. The Roopkund trek has its starting point from here. The mystery lake trek would give you a remarkable experience you might just feel that you are living your dream. The Roopkund trek is also known as the skeleton trek as skeletons are what you would see on reaching the destination.

Kathgodam is a small yet beautiful place . Once you reach Kathgodam, You can travel easily to Loharjung through the roadway. The roads are narrow, with beautiful curves and would give a good view of the surrounding. The lush green beauty that travels along is amazing.

Day 02: Lohargunj to Didna Village Just behind the bus stand in Lohargunj, take the trail that takes you to Raun Bagad. It is a fairly marked trail that descends through mixed forests. It is a moderate trek and you would take around 2-2½ hrs to reach the Ruan Bagad, which is an iron bridge across the famous Neel Ganga river. There is also an alternative route to reach here from Lohargunj which is through the road towards Wan. It is an easy 6km walk to Kulling Village where after there is a steep slope towards Ruan Bagad. You can opt for the latter, which is easy to travel but you would certainly miss on the beautiful mixed forests. Hereafter the climb to Didina starts once you cross the iron bridge. It is a difficult climb and you may get tired pretty soon. With a relatively tough time in the beginning, you would reach Didina in about and an hour and a half’s time. You would have e great mountaineering experience all this while.

Day 03: Didna Village to Ali Bugyal To reach Ali Bugyal from Didna, there are two alternative routes. If you look in the direction of the valley, you would look at Tolpani, which is a cluster of huts that belong to the shepherds. It is almost 3 kms away and 1000 feet high. From Tolpani, you take a trail that climbs to Tolkaan in the northern direction. The meadow trek goes through a series of switchbacks and grassy oak mountains. From Tolkaan, you take a sharp left towards the south and steer through the ridge to come out of the forest at Ali Bugyal.

The alternative route is to climb directly towards Ali Bugyal without going through Toplani. You would certainly save on distance but it a relatively much steeper and tiring climb. It takes nearly two and a half hours to reach Ali Bugyal on this route. To enjoy the seductive views from Ali Bugyal, you need to reach there before afternoon. It is a great post monsoon trek as well as a pre monsoon trek. The day 3 is however the day when you trek to Chang Ma. This might be a difficult trek and you may experience the joy of a snow trek. You would like to spend the night here and the overnight stay would be in tents in the open lands.

Day 04: Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani The trek from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Latoni is an easy trek. You would follow a straight line ahead of you for about 3 kms. On your gradual increase to the slope, the trek brings you to the other side of the ridge. The view from this point is absolutely marvelous.

Ghora Lotani is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. It is an easy day and you will get time to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions before going ahead with your trekking. In fact, you could consider spending a day here to adapt to the altitude and atmosphere.

Day 05: Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa This is the day when you make a steep dash to gain altitude and finally trek in the snow line. The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. It is an high altitude trekking and you would start feeling the effects of weather change and thin air and definitely the effects of high altitude. You would have to start your day early as you would like to reach Bhawabasa as early to acclimatize to the weather. Your route takes a climb to Kalu Vinayak, which is a steep and zig-zag way to take you up the mountain. Go through this section carefully and slowly.

It takes around one and a half hours to reach Kalu Vinayak. The route from Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa is simple and gradually sloping downwards. Bhagwabasa is 2 kms away and you can have a view of the Bhagwabasa huts from here. The trail towards Bhagwabasa goes through snow patches and you would enjoy the journey.

Day 06: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund. Return to Bedni Bugyal You have to start the day as early as 5 AM. The sooner you start, the better it is for you as the snow is still hard, while later in the day, it would get soft and your feet would start sinking in. Roopkund is a 5 km gradually up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. You will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach Roopkund. It would take about 3 - 3½ hours to reach Roopkund.

Once you climb to Roopkund, you must climb up to Junargali. Trekkers must visit unless the weather is very harsh and does not permit you. The climb to Junargali is not long. It is around 200 ft and doesn’t take much time. It is hardly a climb of 25 - 30 min. You can start off early to return back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. You need to be careful in trekking back as the snowy slopes may trick you.

Day 07: Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung via Wan. Bedni to wan (trek) wan to lohajung (drive). It is a great journey back to Lohajung via Wan. The path is fairly simple and you would not feel any distress throughout. You would cross the oak forest as you go and the scenic beauty is just mesmerizing. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes.

On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan. You would go down the Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. Faster trekkers reach there in approximately one and a half hours. However you should take your time and enjoy the beauty as you go by.

From the river, it takes about half an hour to climb to the ridge above Wan village. Overall it takes about 6 and half an hour to Wan and it is an hour’s drive back to Lohajung.

Day 08: Loharjung to Kathgodam After getting to the base camp at Loharjung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Loharjung. This is a great place to relax and chill out after your high altitude trek that has left your adrenaline pumping. You would enjoy the weather but definitely miss what you had at Roopkund or on its way. Travelling back to Loharjung is pretty simple and doesn’t really require any skill. An enjoyable road-trip to end the lake trek on an exhilarating note.

How to Reach

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 150 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 400 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand. By Train :- From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey)

From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey) By Bus :- Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).

 

Contact : anubha[masked]


Payment details:AXIS BANK

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Road no:2, Banjarahills Branch 
Its a Savings account.

Please mention UTR number in comments while transferring amount. NO cash deposits please.

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Few things in between are not planned and these things are must in an adventure trek. 
GHAC refund rules apply.

Note: Most of us may not be serious trekkers but all of us have equal responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible whilst the treks and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Try to avoid plastics as much as possible, especially plastic smiles.

Important Instructions: 
1) No smoking and no alcohol 
2) No littering, no pollution of water 
3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable 
4) Ladies and gents accommodation is separate in tents. 
5) Food will be mostly vegetarian 
6) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers 
7) If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately. 
8) If you can't swim don't go deep into the water

Important : Answer all the questions otherwise your RSVP will not be considered

 

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  • kushal p.

    Hi admin, I have transferred the amount with reference no. IR[masked]

    June 4

    • kushal p.

      SBHY[masked]

      June 10

    • Siri A.

      Received Rs.10000/- vide NEFT/SBHY[masked]/Mr P KUSHAL 10,000.00

      June 13

  • Krishna C.

    Hi Anubha. I have transferred 10k.. Pleasee the details below..

    Transaction Reference Number:[masked]
    Transaction typeNEFT Fund Transfer
    Date of transaction13/06/2014
    From ICICI bank account[masked]-KRISHNA CHAITANYA AKULA
    To payee[masked]-GHAC
    Transaction amount (INR)INR 10,000.00
    RemarksRoopkundTrek

    June 13

    • Siri A.

      Confirmed NEFT/[masked]/KRISHNA CHAITANYA AKULA 10,000.00

      June 13

  • Krishna C.

    I will be coming back from Delhi to hyderabad on by my own... Please don't book any tickets for return journey from Del-Hyd...

    June 13

  • MIB A.

    Hi Anubha,
    I have transfered the balance amount for account mibarvind ( b arvind kumar)
    Reference id :[masked]
    TimeStamp :07/06/2014 2:14 PM
    Debit AccountId :[masked]
    Credit AccountId :[masked]
    Transaction Amount :5,000.00
    Transaction Currency :INR
    Schedule Date : 07/06/[masked]:00 AM

    June 7

    • Siri A.

      Received 5000/- vide INB/IFT/RAMANATHI SURESH/arvind cvd trek pay

      June 9

    • MIB A.

      Thankyou for conforming

      June 10

  • MIB A.

    Hi Anubha,
    I have transfered 20k ref no:Reference id :[masked]
    TimeStamp :05/06/[masked]:55 AM
    Debit AccountId :[masked]
    Credit AccountId :[masked]
    Transaction Amount :20,000.00
    Transaction Currency :INR
    Schedule Date : 05/06/[masked]:00 AM


    10k is for mib arvind (b arvind kumar) and
    10k is for cvdsamy (cvd chandrasheker).

    June 5

    • Siri A.

      Received 20000/- vide INB/IFT/RAMANATHI SURESH/arvind cvd trek pay

      June 9

    • MIB A.

      Thank u for conforming

      June 10

  • kushal p.

    Can u send me the tkts once dey r booked.. so tht I can have my copy..

    June 4

    • Anubha T.

      I will share the train details over phone

      June 4

    • kushal p.

      Yea ny an issue.. evn if u send me d pnr no. Thts mre than enuf

      June 4

  • kushal p.

    Except hyd to delhi.. rest wil be travelling with u guys. ..

    June 4

  • Anubha T.

    Please drop a comment here if you are opting for own transport and the details, so i wont be booking your ticket for that journey

    June 4

  • venkata sudhakar t.

    Hi Anubha,

    I have transferred 10K...Please find the reference number...0597967188

    June 2

  • kushal p.

    hi all
    i would like to join the trek.
    Is it still open for me to register my nomination

    May 30

  • Nagaraju

    My name is currently in waiting list, Is it that i need to pay entire amount and then i will be list of "Going"?? or is there any other criteria?

    May 26

    • Anubha T.

      Yes, you can pay and get confirmed. Pls dont forget to answer all rsvp questions

      May 27

  • Anubha T.

    Guys, closing the RSVPs in a week. 4 more slots available

    May 25

  • Uday P.

    Hy Anubha, I trnsfrd 10k ref no[masked]

    May 21

    • Siri A.

      Uday, received Rs.10000/- vide NEFT/[masked]/UDAY PRASAD PANDAY

      May 25

    • Uday P.

      Thnx for da update Siri

      May 25

  • Akhilesh K.

    Transferred Rs 10000/- via NEFT reference No. Reference Number: N[masked]_AKHILESH

    May 19

    • Akhilesh K.

      Please confirm

      May 22

    • Siri A.

      Akhilesh, received Rs.10000/- vide NEFT/N[masked]/AKHILESH KUMAR

      May 25

  • Manish K.

    Transferred Rs 10000/- via NEFT reference No. Reference Number: N[masked] Manish kumar
    please confirm ?

    May 24

    • Siri A.

      Confirmed the same transaction below.

      May 25

  • Manish K.

    Transferred Rs 10000/- via NEFT reference No. Reference Number: N[masked] Manish kumar
    please confirm

    May 22

    • Siri A.

      Manish, received Rs.10000/- vide NEFT/N[masked]/MANISH KUMAR

      May 25

  • MIB A.

    HI Anubha can u pls send me the link 2 pay using credit card. i want 2 attend this trek for sure..

    May 22

  • Manish K.

    i will transfer the money by tomm

    May 21

  • cvdsamy

    hi anubha hru?Its chandrasekhar from JAMMU again.
    wil join u directly at kathgodam. so wat's da final pay i need to do. Currently wil transfer 10000 as u said.

    May 19

  • Anubha T.

    Guys, please go thru the itinerary dates and apply for leaves. Please make payments of 10K to confirm your participation before 22nd May, Need to book train tickets asap. There are only 10 Slot available. So Hurry!

    May 18

  • Manish K.

    Hi Anubha,

    Please let me the know the exact plan so i can plan accordingly

    Can we get the full iternary so that one can get leave approvals .

    Is 15 k cover to from journey from hyderabad?

    May 17

  • Sateesh S.

    Hi Anubha, had tried reaching you a couple of times, but its coming as not reachable. So please let me know when is the possible time to reach you. Also please confirm if this trek is gonna happen as i want to plan for other treks if this is not there....

    1 · April 18

    • Anubha T.

      Hi Sateesh, i am out on vacationso wont be reachable till 5th may..ya most likely it is on.

      April 22

  • Mukesh B.

    You can start your own meetup :-)

    1 · April 15

    • Anubha T.

      :) This trek may not go thru , its too early to tell. Can confirm by May last week.

      April 15

    • Shailendra

      Well, I would be going to RoopKund during 24 May-1 June. Let me know if you guys are interested. Contact at[masked]

      April 17

  • Phani Bhushan M.

    Hi Anubha,
    this full iternary not covers the journey between hyderabad to delhi and vice versa.

    Can we get the full iternary so that one can get leave approvals depending on their interests.

    Thanks,
    Phani

    2 · April 13

    • Akhilesh K.

      Anubha how come you are going to Roopkund and Malang Gadh on same day??

      April 15

    • Anubha T.

      Oh thanks, i forgot abt that one..changed the dates

      1 · April 15

  • Aditya

    Last year I missed roopkund junargali trek... Lets see this time if I can make it...

    1 · April 12

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