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Roopkund Glacial Lake Trek

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Roopkund is a vast amalgamation of forest, lakes, snow and high altitude meadows as beautiful as they are at Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal. Roopkund is situated in Chamoli Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. We can see view of mountains like Trishuli & Nanda ghunguti respective height of 7120m & 6310m.


Himalaya is extremely rich with legends and area of Roopkund is not an exception. Roopkund Lake is Mystery Lake or Skeletal lake which situated at the height of 5029m (Junargali), in lap of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Ghughuti (6310 m) & Trishuli (7120 m). This Lake also known as Mystery Lake because of human skeletons lying at the bottom and around of the lake, which will be visible when the ice melts. It is believed that thousands of years ago pilgrimage were passing from there and due to hailstorm they all died hence when you visit the lake when the lake is not frozen you can see the skeletons scattered around the lake.


Region: Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Duration: 07 Nights 08 Days
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Altitude: 15696 ft
Trekking distance around: 53km
Best season to visit: May to June end and September to Nov first week.


Tentative Itinerary:


  • Day 01: Kathgodam/Rishikesh - Lohajung - (226km/263 km) - 7 to 8 Hours
  • Day 02: Lohajung - Didna Village - 10 km - 5 hours
  • Day 03: Didna Village/Garoli Patal - Ali Bugyal - Bedani Bugyal - 6 km - 5 Hours
  • Day 04: Bedani Bugyal - Patharnachani - 5 km - 3 to 4 Hours.
  • Day 05: Patarnachaani - Bhagwabasa - 6 km - 5 Hours
  • Day 06: Bhagwabasa - Roopkund Lake(Mystery Lake) - Return Patharnachani). - 13 km - 6 to 7 Hours
  • Day 07: Patharnachani to Lohajung (via Wan) - 13km trek 20km Drive - 5to 6 hours
  • Day 08: Drive from Lohajung - Kathgodam/Rishikesh - 226km/263 km


Brief itinerary:


Day 01 : We will pick you from Kathgodam Railway station then depart from Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung(7700 ft), breakfast & lunch on the way. This day you will see glimpse of Uttarakhand, passing through many hill stations, villages, & rivers & winding roads. Travel distance is 226 km from Kathgodam & Rishikesh (263kms) Haridwar (288kms) which takes 9-10 hours to reach. Night stay in Guest house in Lohajung.


Day 02 :Enjoy the amazing view of Himalayan range peak Nanda, Ghunghuti & villages like : Mundoli, Bank, Harani, Didina and finally Wan. Depart to Didina village, Trek starts from Kuling village, a small cultural village with scenic beauty. First 2.5 km descend up to Neel Ganga, after crossing Neel Ganga 3 km ascend, approximate 4-5 hours to reach Didina village. Didina Village is a part of Kuling village, villagers lives here seasonally. Overnight stay in Home stay or Camp.


Day 03 : Morning breakfast in Didina village, start trek to Bedeni bugyal, 3.5 km ascend to Ali Bugyal will take 2- hours, passes through thick forest, hear twittering sound of birds, enjoy the flora & Fauna. Lunch in Ali Bugyal, a vast meadow and enjoy the incredible view of Valley. Click memories, start trek to Bedani bugyal, it is slightly ascend but not tough, 1.5 -2 hours will take to reach Bedani Bugyal, Overnight stay in tents.


Day 04 : Explore morning view of Bedani Bugyal, enjoy the view of patti ka danda. According to myth Lord Brahma created here Vedas. After breakfast depart to Patharnachni, 5 km distance takes 2-3 hours to reach. Today all around view is full of charm, Mountain (Nanda Ghughunti , Trishuli), Waterfalls, small water lakes between meadows. Night halt in camp.


Day 05 : Today trek start towards Bhaguwabasa, 6 km from Patharnachni (4-5 hours). Patter means Stone & Nauchniya (dancer), believed that dancers converted into stone because of curse of Goddess Nanda. After breakfast we climb to Kailawa Vinayak top, tough ascend about 3.5 km. from Kalwa Vinayak view is unique Himalayan rage peaks, river and waterfalls.


Day 06 : Early morning have hot tea & start trek to Roopkund, Breakfast on the way because early morning view is clear, later clouds will cover the mountains. Trek is quiet difficult today, ascend 3.5km upto Roopkund & 400 meter Junargali Dhar(5029 meter). Roopkund is a small lake in glacier, Human skeleton is there many years old, some skeleton can be found which lies under snow. From Junargali enjoy the close view of Trishuli & Nanda Ghughuti & Shila Samudra. Junargali is the last point of this trek, Return back to Patanachaniya via Bhakuwabasa & Kailwa Vinayak, halt for overnight.


Day 07 : Enjoy morning sunrise view and then have breakfast & start moving towards lohajung via Bedani Bugyal, Garoli patal & Wan village. Today from Bedani bugyal another route to Lohajung, passes through dense forest, giant trees, Flora & Fauna, Neel Ganga & a cultural village Wan. Drive From Wan to Lohajung motorable (20 km), later night stay in Guest house.


Day 08: Good bye Himalayas ,Today is the last day of this trek, Depart to kathgodam (226 km)/ Rishikesh (263 km), Lunch & Breakfast on the way. Road trip on the way back will surely enthrall you with the beautiful scenery and return with some amazing memories. Trip ends!


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Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
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