Roopkund Lake Trek is considered to be one of the most glamorous treks in India. The famous Roopkund Lake, rising to 15500 ft is one of the best high altitude trek one can go for. Roopkund trek is only a few that takes you to extremely high altitude but considerably safely. One can witness and feel the clouds float beneath. It does not have narrow ridges, broken trails or areas where technical climbing or rope support is needed. One can get a magical view of Nanda Ghunti and the Trishul massif as if, they are at a touching distance. Many treks in India have some unique local stories, some have haunting stories too. But no other trek in India has a story as unique as Roopkund Lake or The Skeleton Lake. After such a high altitude trek, thin air, and days of long walks when you see about 500 skeletons spread across the lake, you are bound to feel an eerie chill down your spine. The history, many local hypothesis, and even many International research adds to the enigma. If not for the beauty of the lake, the trek should be done for the mystery. The trek crosses through dense oak forests and then makes way for widespread green meadows. Few other treks in India can boast of meadows as wide and beautiful as the Ali Bugyal and Bedini Bugyal, enroute Roopkund. Their vastness and beauty strikes you and stays with you. Himalayan forests, green meadows, tall and mighty mountains, moonlit wide fields, cold nights under the clear sky and starry trails, emerging into a walk on the snow, its these variety of the views, that make the Roopkund Trek a truly grand experience you will rarely find on another trail.
Here is a tentative itinerary of the trek :-
11th September – Meet up at Kathgodam from where we drive to Lohajung following an almost 10 hours journey through Kathgodam–>Bheem Tal–>Almora–>Kausani–>Gwaldam–>Dewal–>Lohajung. Night stay at Lohajung
12th September – Lohajung to Didna Village – The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung. The trek is initially a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we set up the first camp for the trek. Overnight in tents.
13th September – Didna to Ali Bugyal – Today is a steep climb as we start gaining in heights through the oak and bamboo forest. The majestic Garhwal Himalayas start opening up. We reach Ali Bugyal which is considered to be one of the finest camping places in the Garhwal Himalayas. One can enjoy stunning views of the mountains from Ali Bugyal. Overnight stay in tents.
14th September – Ali Bugyal to Pathar Nachauni – Today we go through the easiest day in Roopkund trek as we move on to the next destination at Pathar Nachauni. We gain in an altitude of 12,800 feet from 11,300 feet covering a distance of 7 KMS. The trek will be through the famed Bedni Bugyal, a lush green meadow decorated with varied fauna and a small lake named Vaitarani (Bedini Kund).The towering Trisul and Nada Ghunti is visible from here on a clear day. Legend has it that the four Vedas were written in the meadows of Bedni Bugyal. Overnight stay in tents.
15th September – Pathar Nachauni to Baguabasa – The next destination is Baguabasa at 14,000 feet. The trek is a gradual ascend at the beginning that becomes steeper, narrower and more challenging as the oxygen level thins out with altitude till we reach Kalu Vinayak, a small temple of Lord Ganesha. The remaining trek till Baguabasa is a gradual descent through an uneven and treacherous trail.
16th September – Baguabasa to Roopkund and back to Baguabasa – Today is the D-Day as we attempt to trek to the Roopkund Lake. We wake up early in the morning and trek through a rocky terrain. It gets tiring with time as air further thins out with altitude. The imposing peaks like Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Chaukhamba becomes more prominent as we gain in height. Around 2-3 hours of steep climbing will lead us to the much famed Roopkund Lake. Depending on the weather and physical conditions of the team members, we will trek towards Junargali Pass or descend down to Baguabasa. Overnight stay at Baguabasa.
17th September – Baguabasa to Bedni Bugyal – We trace down the same path and reach the lush green meadow of Bedni Bugyal once again where we set up the camp for the day.
18th September – Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung – Today is the last day of the trek as we descend back to Lohajung. Overnight stay at hotel/ trekker’s hut.
19th September – We drive from Lohajung to Haridwar as our program ends here.
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