Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 16,156 feet in Uttarakhand. Also known as “Mystery Lake” or “Skeleton Lake” because human skeletons can be seen here in the middle of this lake when ice melts.
Roopkund Trek Fee:
Rs 9000 (Includes GST and all costs of the Trek from Kathgodam to Kathgodam)
Duration: 8 Days
Highest Point: (16,156 feet)
Best Season: May, June, September and October
Summer Temperature: Night: ( 2° C 7° C) Day time: (5° C to 10° C)
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Roopkund holds Unrevealed Mystery
Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 16,156 feet in Uttarakhand, it is also known as “Mystery Lake” or “Skeleton Lake” because human skeletons can be seen here in the middle of this lake when ice melts; the research says these are remains of people who died because of hailstorm, still it is known as Mystery Lake as the skeletons cannot be clearly identified yet.
Get the closest view of Mountains This Lake is surrounded by snow-capped Mountains and the trails are thrilling
This place is unique and has hidden stories behind it. Glaciers and snow covered mountains surround this Lake, you can see snow and ice everywhere the trail is exhilarating and it takes you through dense forest through fascinating meadows like Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal. From there you will get majestic views of Mt. Trishul along with these views of Chaukhamba Range, Kedarnath, Neel Kanth and many more peaks are visible from there which makes this place picture perfect.
Not for Beginners Roopkund is the Destination of Many Trekkers
This trek has all the adventure in it which an adventure lover looks for, from the mystery to the beauty; steep climbs to amusing descents; magnificent views of Mt. Trishul and other peaks. This high altitude lake “Roopkund” is a must explore trek.
Key Points of Roopkund trek
- Level is Moderate (this trek is good for beginners)
- Proper conditioning & training of body required
- Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature
- Shoes are the single most important equipment.
- High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.
- Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.
- Travel light
- The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.
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Duration – 8 Days Kathgodam to Kathgodam
Best Season – May, June, September and October
Level – Moderate
Highest Point – (16156 feet)
Trekking distance (total) –(62 km)
Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season (weather is not predicted it can change anytime, if the weather gets changed then we will add up one more day in the itinerary.)
Summer Temperature – Night: ( 2° C 7° C) Day time: (5° C to 10° C)
Starting point – Kathgodam Railway Station
Day 1– Kathgodam to Lohajung (7,710 feet) (10/11 hours)
Day 2– Gangotri to Bhoj Kharak (8 km) (5/6 hours) (12436 feet) Lohajung to Wan, Wan (8,000 feet) to Ghairoli Patal (10,100 feet) (5.5 km) (4/5 hours)
Day 3– Ghairoli Patal (10,100 feet) to Bedni Bugyal (11,506 feet) via Ali Bugyal (4/5 hours)
Day 4– Bedni Bugyal (11,506 feet) to Patar Nachauni (12,715 feet) (4/5 hours)
Day 5– Patar Nachauni (12,715 feet) to Bhagwabasa (14,100 feet) (5 hours) via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
Day 6– Bhagwabasa (14,110 feet) to Roopkund (16,156 feet), further Junargali Top and Return to Patar Nachauni (12,700 feet) via Bhagwabasa
Day 7– Patthar Nachauni (12,700 feet) to Lohajung (7,710 feet) via Bedni and Wan (6.5 hours) to Wan and back to Lohajung (1 hour)
Day 8– Lohajung to Kathgodam (10 hours)
✅ Transport facility from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
✅ Forest Permit and entrance fee
✅ Accommodation in tents on twin share basis
✅ All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner
✅ (All camping gears)
✅ High quality tents
✅ Sleeping bags
✅ Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents
✅ Dining Tent
✅ Dining Table
✅ Kitchen team
✅ Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication
✅ Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide
✅ Medical Kit
✅ Oxygen Cylinders
✅ Crampons and Gaiters
❌ Personal Insurance
❌Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit
❌On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included
❌Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included
Full payment confirms your booking
We serve three meals a day including snacks and soup. A variety of delectable and healthy food is provided which includes; Indian, Chinese and other Western meals. They are nutritious and keeps you fit and healthy on your trek.
- Day 1 Drive to Lohajung (7,710 feet) (10/11 hours)
Vehicle will be arranged from Kathgodam Railway station till Lohajung, the journey is 10-11 hours long, there will be one or two breaks in which you can 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 forest and curves with mountain views in the backdrop. There is a direct road fro, 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 tourist rest house.
- Day 2 Lohajung to Wan, trek from Wan (8,000 feet) to Ghairoli Patal (10,000 feet) (5.5 km) (4/5 hours)
After having proper breakfast your trek begins, you have to walk on levelled ground, reach village Wan; from here you have to walk on flat ground to reach Kulling which is 6 km away from Lohajung.
Kulling is a small village with few people living there, this place looks peaceful. You can spot variety of birds here, the climate is invigorating; you can feel the freshness in the air. Take a break here after your break descend to village, the trail is narrow which takes you through houses and pasturelands to a small stream, the water in this stream comes from Neel Ganga.
Continue walking and cross the bridge, now you have to climb a ridge, this is a steep climb, it ends at an altitude of 8,000 feet at village Didna. The trail is through evergreen alpine forest. Reach the top of ridge it will take two hours to reach there, the views from here are entrancing and magnificent, you will see open lands on lap of the mountains.
Didna is a famous village where trekkers stay. Reach your destination Ghairoli Patal you will reach there through dense forest, the campsite looks alluring, setup your camps in desired area, hot lunch will be served dinner and overnight stay in camps.
- Day 3 Ghairoli Patal (10,000 feet) to Bedni Bugyal (11,700 feet) via Ali Bugyal (4/5 hours)
Have your breakfast in Ghairoli Patal and start your trek to Bedni Bugyal, today you will go through village of Ali Bugyal, this village is at an altitude of 3410m. Ali Bugyal is clearly 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, they are 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 sheeps, you can communicate with them. During 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 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 setup our tents. Have your lunch in tents 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 Bedni Bugyal (11,500 feet) to Patar Nachauni (12,700 feet) (4/5 hours)
The morning views of Bedni Bugyal are unmatched there are lush green trees and soothing greenery is all around. Sunrise looks mesmerising 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 follow the trail from Bedni campsite is visible till 3 km 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.
Reach your campsite Patar Nachauni, it is a meadow from where you get spectacular sight of mountains and the clouds touch the peaks, it looks extremely beautiful, enjoy sightseeing snacks and meal there and then overnight stay in tents.
- Day 5 Patthar Nachauni (12,715 feet) to Bhagwabasa (14,100 feet) (5 hours) via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
After breakfast start your trek to Bhagwabasa (14,000ft), 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 tem. Patthar- stone Nachauni- dancers.
Walk towards Bhagwabasa and the same trail will take you to Kalu vinayak temple, to reach temple you have to travel 2 km by gaining 200 ft 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 mesmerise 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 is made of stones but it looks beautiful and unique. You can feel spirituality 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 next day and your final destination and the view of glittering beautiful amongst all Mt. trishul on one side and Nandagunti on the other. Now, follow the trail which is not levelled, it will take you to Bhagwabasa which is 1 km away from here. The trail is rocky and is not easy to cross, take breaks and continue walking reach Bhagwabasa, the place is 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 Bhagwabasa (14,110 feet) to Roopkund (16,156 feet), further Junargali Top and Return to Patar Nachauni (12,700 feet) via Bhagwabasa
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 clear view of the mountains and later they get covered by the clouds.
Today trek to Roopkund is difficult ascending and 400 meter to Junargali Dhar Top summit (5029 m). 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 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 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 Bhagwabasa 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 Bhagwabasa, descend down 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 Patthar Nachauni (12,700 feet) to Lohajung (7,710 feet) via Bedni and Wan (6.5 hours) to Wan and back to Lohajung (1 hour)
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 dense forest there are big and thick trees, this place is rich in flora and fauna.
At Wan village there is a famous temple of Latu Devta in which there is puja organised every 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 down and you will enter a forest region and there are trees all around. You can hear birds chirping which.
The trail is varying so walk carefully so that you don’t get slipped walk further cross some yards and you will reach Gharoli Patal which is opening of a forest. Then reach the banks of river Neel Ganga continue walking and visit 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 Lohajung to Kathgodam (10 hours)
Depart for Kathgodam and reach the Railway station by 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Please carry the documents given below
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker)
- Risk Certificates
Trekkers must bring :
- Strongly built hiking shoes, if you do not own a pair you can rent it from Sankri.
- Sandals or slippers to wear in campsite
- Thick woollen socks, it will keep your feet warm
- Daily wear socks
- Thermals are very important
- 1 shirt, it should be long sleeved
- Shirts and pants for campsite, should be warm
- 1 raincoat or poncho
- Thick gloves
- Trek pants
- Cap and Balaclava (or a scarf)
- Sun glasses
- Sun tan lotion
- Lip balm
- Water bottle
- Personal toiletry items
ATM Point & Mobile connectivity:-
Withdraw money before your journey, before Kathgodam is the last point where you will find ATM.
Networks will be available till Lohajung, there are no other networks ahead, so make sure you finish all your important work and calls before the trek.
Trekking demands a good investment and this extremely expensive activity is the passion of many, so we have a great announcement to make which will be a great relief to your pockets. Now get your Trek Gear on Rent and all you have to do is make a special renting request while booking your trek. That’s it! We have kept it simple for you.
We carry first aid kits but it’s necessary to carry a personal medical kit.
(Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)
– Diamox – (prevents altitude sickness)
– Digene – (it cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)
– Crocin Advance – (cures fever and headache)
– Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)
– Disprin/Saradon – (cures headache)
– Avomine – (prevents motion sickness)
– Avil – (it treat allergies)
– Norflox TZ & Lomofrn – (prevents Diarrhoea)
– Ranitidine – (reduces the amount of acid in stomach)
– Volini/Moov spray – (for sprains)
– Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)
– Band aid
– Stretchable/elastic bandage
– Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor in case you face any problem in your trek, take advice from Professional guide before taking any medicine.
– Drinking water is necessary during your trek, keep 1 litre of water bottle filled and drink it on proper interval of time, it is very important while hiking.
May, June, September and October
- Cancellation up to 30 Days: You will get Refund of 90 Precent of Trek/adventure program cost.
- Cancellation between 21 to 30 days– You will get refund of 50 Precent of Trek/Adventure/Tour/Travel/Hotel program cost.
- Cancellation in less than 20 days – No refund