Roopkund is a mysterious frozen mountain lake, in the Garhwal Himalayas of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand India. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 5000 meters above sea - level.
Roopkund is a shallow lake of about 2 - 3 mts deep and lies in the lap of the Trishul Mountains surrounded by huge snow clad peaks of the Trishul, Nanda devi and Badrinath.
Roopkund lake is snow covered all year long. In summers when the snow melts human skeletons remains of horses from palaeolithic age can be seen on the surface. There is a lot of mystery behind the human skeletons which still remains unsolved.
Roopkund is one of the most popular treks in Uttarakhand.
The trek offers a mixture of difficult trekking routes, cold climate, beautiful landscapes and panoramic view makes it a dream of every trekking enthusiast come true.
There are two trekking routes to Roopkund one is a 47 kms route taken during the Rajat Yatra and the other is a 35kms route usually preferred by the trekkers.
The starting point of the trek is Debal. It is a moderate level 6 -7 day trek from Debal. The trekking route passes through conifer forests and huge flat green grassy lands known as bugyals.
Bedni Bugyal (flat green lands in the hills), on the way to Roopkund, attracts nature lovers around the world.
The Roopkund trek also offers a magnificent view of the Badrinath and Trishul Peaks.
Pick up from Delhi and travel toward Dehradun / Haridwar / Rishikesh. Later check in hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at hotel
Drive to Karnaprayag (173 kms - 6 to 7 hrs) . Lunch. From here we drive 70kms to reach Mundoli.
Overnight in Mundoli.
Overnight in tourist rest house / Village home stay.
Next day drive to Wan, It is the base camp for the trek ahead.
From Wan we have two routes to go ahead with one goes via Bedni Bugyal and the other routes goes via Ali Bugyal. The road via Ali Bugyal is a longer trek and requires an addition of one more day to the trek.
We trek via the Bedni Bugyal route. This is a 10 km (5-6 hrs) trek to reach the Bedni Bugyal (3354 mts)
Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
After breakfast we start our trek ahead to Bagu Basa. We have to trek approx 10 km, taking about 4-5 hrs via Gairoli Patal. Rest.
Dinner and overnight in tents..
After breakfast we today trek to reach Roopkund (4450 mts). The Roopkund lake is a mystery lake surrounded by huge snow covered peaks of the Trishul (7120 m) and Nandghungti (6310 m). We rest and explore the place. Later we trek back to Bagu Basa.
Dinner and Overnight Stay in tents.
Today we trek 10kms towards Wan. This will take 3-4 hrs.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
Today, we drive back to Rudraprayag ( confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda ). Drive to Dehradun / Haridwar / Rishikesh .
Overnight stay in hotel.
Drive towards Delhi and On Arr. Delhi, transfer to Railway Station / Airport.
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There are two routes for reaching Wan. One of the route is from Rishikesh - Wan - via KarnaPrayag.
The other route is from Kumaon via Kathgodam - Gwaldham - Lohajung - Wan.
The trek from Kumaon via Lohajung goes through Ali Bugyal but extends the route up to about 14 km of climb which is quite stressful.
If you still want to go to Ali Bugyal. Get one day extended and do it during your return from the Roopkund Lake.
The trek to Roopkund Lake is a high altitude trek and proper fitness and rest is required to complete the trek. The trek becomes more difficult during the winter season. Proper prior acclimatization is required for completion of the trek. One of the best way is to drink a lots of water during the trek even during the winter.
It is better to take along good porters, mules and guide during the trek. Carrying a backpack can be quite a pain during your 3 days climb to the Roopkund Lake. Porters can be handy while mules can carry 3 times the load so think what you need during the tour.
The trek becomes unmarked during winters due to snow so a guide is very well needed for completion of the trek.
The local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi. The best time to visit Roopkund would be from May - June and August - September - October.
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