RoopKund Trek

duration Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
altitude Maximum Altitude 16,100 ft
visit Best time to visit Apr - Jun, Sep - Nov
age Minimum Age 8+
Camp Base Camp Lohajung
Camp Accommodation type Guest House & Tents
About the RoopKund Trek

Located in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand, the Roopkund trek journeys through various mysteries, mythologies, and local folklores. The roopkund trek Uttarakhand traverses to the roopkund trek height of 7,662 ft above sea level. The 10 km long roopkund trek distance, begins from a small village named Lohajung. The ride begins with an admiring natural beauty of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi, and others and Gomati River on the sides.

The Roopkund trail starts from Kathgodam, on a well-marked path to Raun Bagad. Crossing moderately mixed forests and iron bridge across the Neel Ganga River, finally arriving Didna.

The next day, get ready to continue on a meadow trail of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal. The meadow trek is just the start of this enchanting trek, as you ventures through various switchbacks and grassy oak mountains. And after a soothing walk through these meadows, you will arrive at the beautiful campsite of Patar Nachauni. Have your meals and retire for the day.

Later, the trek begins early in the morning, with an initial gain in altitude. Hike to Bhagwabasa, as you traverse through the snow line over the zigzag ascend to Kalu Vinayak. Head back after paying your homage. Further, head for the Roopkund, the following day.

 

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The following day, hike on the steep trail with soft snow. Leading to Roopkund. Enjoy a panoramic picture of Roop Kund Lake and the beautiful peaks surrounding it. Post spending enough time at Roopkund, start to head back to Patar Nachauni and be careful of the slippery slopes.

 

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The next morning, wake up to the delicious breakfast and start your journey back to Lohajung via Wan. Traverses back through the oak forest along the great views of Mt. Trishul on your way back. Finally returning from beautiful Bugyals, Rhododendron forest, and within an hour reach Wan. Head back to Lohajung and retire for the day.

The next day as the next day marks the end of the Roopkund trek.

The Roopkund trek offers the right dose of adventure with a bunch of steep climbs and slippery but fun descents. No roller coaster can give you the adrenaline rush you get as you walk along a sharp and exposed ridge. Besides, if you want to be within the breathing space of Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, this is the place to be.

 

Best time for Roopkund Trek

Roopkund route is only accessible for 3 to 4 months of the year because of the climatic variations. Whether you wish to journey through a thick blanket of snow or clear, vibrant fields, it is all up to you.

Roopkund trekking is best done during the summer months from April to June, and the post-monsoon months from September to November. However, the trek is strictly prohibited during the monsoon season. During that season, there are major flash floods and landslides in the region. The monsoon season begins in July.

 

How's the temperature during Roopkund hike?

During the months of May and June, the temperature at your campsites will range from 5°C to -1°C during the day and 3° to -4°C at night.

During the months of September and October, the temperature at your campsites will be around 6°C to 1°C during the day and 4°C to -4°C at night.

 

Who can do Roopkund Trek?

The difficulty level of this trek is moderate. If you aren't used to walking for long hours, then you may run short of breath very frequently. Given that, there are several steep climbs along with zig-zag rocky paths.

Switching to an active and healthier lifestyle will improve your physique and stamina. Moreover, an average hike of 5 to 6 hours is best to prepare yourself for this amazing trek. Nonetheless, for any beginner with a basic fit body, this hike is safe and possible.

Roopkund 8D/7N

 

Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung


Drive: 210 km

Altitude: 7,662 ft

Stay: Stay at a guest house/homestay on a sharing basis.

Meal: Dinner 

Start your beautiful drive to Lohajung, you’ll pass through Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani.

The drive will take approximately 9-10 hours to complete, the route will mostly be covering the riverside area.

During the drive, enjoy the great views of peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Nanda Devi and others.

You reach Lohajung, a small village with basic amenities. Head to your stay. Take your meal and rest for the day.

 

Day 2: Lohajung to Didna Village/ Toplani


Trek: 10 Km

Altitude: 8,145 ft

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake up, have breakfast and start your trek over a well marked path to Raun Bagad.

You walk through the mixed forests, moderately which will take around 2-3 hours.

You will cross the iron bridge across the Neel Ganga River towards Didna.

Now the trail starts to get a little tough and you’ll get tired soon. Reach Didna, pitch your tents, take your meal and retire for the day.

 

Day 3: Didna Village to Abin Kharik Via Ali Bugyal


Trek: 7 Km

Altitude: 8,324 ft

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake up, have breakfast, start your trail to Tolkaan north way.

The meadow trek will be passing through various switchbacks and grassy oak mountains and reach Tolpani.

Take a sharp left towards the south and keep steering through the ridge and reach out to the forest of Ali Bugyal.

A couple of hours more into the trek you reach Abin Kharik, pitch your tents here, have your breakfast and rest for the day.


Day 4: Abin Kharik to Bhagwavasa via Bedni Bugyal


Trek: 8 Km

Altitude: 12,818 ft

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake u have your breakfast, start your trail to Bhagwavasa, an easy straight trail for about 4 km.

The trail will keep ascending gradually, till Bedni Bugyal. Also the trek will bring you to the other side of the ridge.

Enjoy the mesmerizing sight from the ridge, a couple of more kms into the trek you will reach the campsite for the day.

Bhagwavasa is a beautiful campsite, offers great views all around. Have your meals and retire for the day.


Day 5: Bhagwavasa to Roopkund and Junargali, back to Bhagwavasa

Trek: 5 km

Altitude: 14,500 ft

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Start your day as early as 4 am, the snow at this time is still hard and will help you to hike through.

Roopkund is a gradual 5 km up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa, and as you hike ahead the snow starts to feel soft and the feets start to sink.

Keep walking over the steep trail to reach Roopkund, enjoy an open view of the roop kund lake with the majestic peaks all around.

Post spending enough time at Roopkund, start to head back to Bhagwavasa. Be careful of the slippery slopes.

 

Day 6: Bhagwabasa to Gairoli Patal via Bedni Bugyal


Trek: 12 km

Altitude: 16,100 ft

Stay: Stay in tents on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake up and have your breakfast, start your journey back to Gairoli Patal via Bedni Bugyal

You will cross the oak forest and the scenic beauty will amaze you. Enjoy great views of Mt. Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal.

Keep descending and enjoy the Rhodederon forest, spend enough time at every stop.

 

Day 7: Gairoli Patal to Lohajung, via Wan


Trek: 12 km

Altitude: 7,662 ft

Stay: Stay in a guest house on a sharing basis

Meal: Breakfast - Lunch - Evening Snacks - Dinner

Wake up and have your breakfast, start your journey back to Lohajung via Wan

Keep descending and enjoy the Rhodederon forest, spend enough time at every stop.

You reach the river area and from there it's just 1 hour to Wan, from there return to Lohajung.

 

Day 8: Lohajung to Kathgodam


Meal: Breakfast

Drive: 210 km

Wake up, have your breakfast, start your drive back to Kathgodam.

Trek ends here.

Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport which is just 32 km away from Kathgodam. You can take a taxi from the airport to reach Kathgodam. You can also take a flight till Delhi and from there board a train or bus to reach Kathgodam, Delhi airport is approx. 280 kms from Kathgodam railway station.

Road: Volvo transfers are available from Delhi to Kathgodam, It takes around 6 hrs to reach.

Rail: Nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is well connected with different parts of the country.

Before booking a cab or bus to or from Dharchula, it is advisable to contact the trek operator first as they have the local transport facility running which usually borne and shared between the trekkers.

1. Shirts / T-shirts –2/3, Jeans / Trekking Pants -2

2. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood

3. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

4. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower), Scarf/muffler (optional)

5. Woollen cap, Woollen gloves, Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)

6. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (Waterproof shoes with a thick sole are recommended)

7. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers

8. Raincoat / Poncho, Small quick dry towel

9. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)

10. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face

11. Sun glasses (polarized/UV Protected), Walking stick / Trekking pole

12. Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm, Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

13. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication

14. Personal toiletries

15. Day pack/small bag in case if you are planning to offload your regular backpack

16. Hand Sanitizer

17. Extra face masks

Inclusions:

1. You will be greeted by our trek team on your arrival at Lohajung.

2. All stays included from Dharchula to Dharchula on sharing basis:

 (i) Guest house on day 1 & 7.

(ii) Tents on day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

3. All meals included from Day 1 dinner to Day 8 breakfast. Vegetarian meals will be served throughout the trek.

4. Skilled local staff who have ample knowledge of the route

5. Hot water in buckets can be provided on request depending on availability, while staying at guest houses / home stay only.

6. All trek essentials included–

 (i) Accommodation - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats etc.

 (ii) Safety equipment - microspikes, gaiters as per requirements and basic first aid kit with a portable oxygen cylinder.

 (iii) Permit - forest and camping fee included.

 

Exclusions:

1. The above trek charges does not include the GST charges (5%).

2. Personal essentials -

(i) Equipment - Gumboots, trekking poles, etc.

(ii) Insurance - Personal and travel insurances.

(iii) Beverage - Mineral water bottles/bottled or canned beverages

(iv) Snacks - Chocolate, dry fruits, protein or nutrition bar.

(v) Entertainment - Camera or drone fees.

3. Transportation - The charges of transportation on day 1 and 8 are to be borne and shared between the trekkers.

4. In case if your trek remains incomplete or uninitiated because of ""force majeure"", medical emergency or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain unutilized by you.

5. Any additional cost incurred due to changes in Government Guidelines related to travel/trek/COVID-19 will be borne by the Guest.

6. Anything which is not included in Inclusion.

1. If cancellations are made 25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, no cancellation fee will be charged.

2. If cancellations are made between 4-25 days prior to the start date of your trek/tour/activity, EITHER 75% of the total booking amount will be returned to the guest (25% of the total booking amount will be charged as cancellation fee) OR whole advance amount can be adjusted against any trek within next 12 months.

3. If cancellations are made within 4 days from the start date of your trek/tour/activity, 100% of the total booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

4. If you book the tour/trek/activity by making a partial payment of the total booking amount and fail to make the 100% payment before 30 days from the date of travel. In this case, your booking will get canceled automatically and can only be reconfirmed once you make the full payment, depending on the availability of slots.

5. In case if your tour/trek/activity remains incomplete or uninitiated because of "force majeure", medical emergency, government policy changes, local strikes, or by personal choice after you arrive at the starting point, you will not be able to get a refund, reschedule or replace any services that remain underutilized by you.

6. Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

7. The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days.

Q1. What is a suitable rucksack to buy for Roopkund Trek?

Answer: A rucksack which is at least 60 L.

 

Q2. Will food and water be provided on Roopkund Trek?

Answer: Yes, vegetarian meals will be provided.

 

Q3. Is there electricity during the Roopkund trek?

Answer: Electricity will be available during the stay in guest house but the nights you have to spend in the camps and tents will be devoid of electricity.

 

Q4. What are the preventive facilities of Altitude sickness on Roopkund Trek?

Answer: Package includes first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinders. An experienced trek leader will accompany you throughout the journey.


Q5. Will there be porters to carry my luggage at Roopkund Trek?

Answer: Yes, at an extra cost.


Q6. How cold does it really get on the Roopkund Trek?

Answer: During September the weather is cold and in May to June period, the temperatures vary between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius and at night it gets between 7C to -2C.

Q7. Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the Roopkund Trek?

Answer: Consumption of alcohol or smoking during the trek is strictly not advisable.

 

Q8. What is the mystery and story behind Roopkund Lake?

Answer: The story behind the Roopkund Lake Trek dates back to the 9th century when people dwelling there were killed in a sudden valiant storm. There skeletons lying at lake are visible till date  when the snow starts melting that is why the lake has been called Skeleton Lake.

 

Q9. How much does Roopkund Trek cost?

Answer: The trek Starts From 11,999 + 5.00 % GST

 

Q10. Can I do Roopkund Trek solo?

Answer: It is not advisable to do the Roopkund trek solo because of its rough and difficult terrain. As a result, trekkers may face dizziness, nausea and respiratory difficulties, so it is advisable to go on this trek with a group or at least a couple of friends.

 

Q11. What is the suitable time for Roopkund trek?

Answer: Roopkund trek best time is Apr - Jun, Sep – Nov

 

Q12. I am a first timer. Should I go for the Roopkund trek?

Answer:  Yes, this trek is suitable for beginners but you should be physically fit to do this trek.

 

Q13. What kind of accommodation will be provided in Roopkund lake trek?

Answer: Guest House & Tents

 

Q14. Where is Roopkund Lake situated?

Answer:  Roopkund Lake or Mystery Lake is situated at an altitude of 16,470 feet above sea level in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state

 

Q15. How to reach Roopkund Lake?

Answer: The Roopkund trek begins from a pass called Lohagunj where you take the trail upto Bedni River followed by the Didna village. Then we move towards the meadows of Ali Bugyal and then towards Ghora Lotani and Bhagwabasa finally to Roopkund Lake.

 

Q16. What is the height of Roopkund trek?

Answer: The Roopkund (lake) is located at an altitude of about 16,100 feet.

 

Q17. How much distance do we have to cover in Roopkund trek?

Answer: 10 km approx... Each day.

 

Q18. Why should I go for this trek?

Answer: Roopkund takes you through alpine forests and meadows. The Roopkund Lake is famous for having skeletons dating hundreds of years back, All along the trail, you get amazing views of peaks like Chaukhamba, Neelkantha Kedarnath, Trishul & Nanda Ghunti.

 

Q19. What are the good months to visit this trek?

Answer: Roop kund trek best time is: May-June, September-October.

 

Q20. What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Answer: Kathgodam, Nainital, The famous Mall Road.

 

Q21. What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

Answer: Minimum 8 years of age is required.

 

Q23. What temperatures can we expect during this trek?

Answer: During the months of May and June, the temp. at your campsites will range from 5°C to -1°C during the day and 3° to -4°C at night.

During the months of September and October, the temp. at your campsites will be around 6°C to 1°C during the day and 4°C to -4°C at night

 

Q24. When will there be snow on this trek?

Answer:  Between mid-May to the end of June.

 

Q25. What is the difficulty level of Roopkund trek?

Answer:  Moderate to difficult.

 

Q26. Is Roopkund Trek dangerous?

Answer: Roopkund trek is definitely one of the most dangerous treks in the country. Also, because of the high altitude, even experienced trekkers feel uneasy at different points of the trek.

 

Q27. How long is Roopkund Trek?

Answer: It is about 10km approx...

 

Q28. Is Roopkund trek safe for female trekkers?

Answer: Yes, it is absolutely safe for female travellers to go for Roopkund trek with the group.

 

Q29. Is the trekking pole necessary?

Answer: Yes, trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent on daily basis charges.

 

Q29. Which type of Experience is required?

Answer: Should have trekked for at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas.

 

Q30. Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Answer: Lohajung is a small town with a very small market.

 

Q31. Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in fixed departures?

Answer: Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case if there is only one woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

 

Q32. If we trek in snow, what equipments will you provide?

Answer: You will be provided with good quality of gaitors and microspikes, ropes and ice axe depending upon the snow.

 

Q33. What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Answer: Vegetarian meals

 

Q34. What equipment can I rent from you?

Answer: Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

 

Q35. What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

Answer: ID Proof i.e. adhaar card, driving license (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) is the mandatory document required for the trek.

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