Roopkund Trek is most Popular in Uttarakhand Himalayas
The Roopkund Trek is the most popular trek of all if you are trekking in Garhwal Himalayas Uttarakhand India, the most trek in India. Roopkund is a lake at an altitude of 16,156 feet in Uttarakhand, it is also known as “Mystery Lake”
Roopkund Trek is a picturesque tourist destination which is one of the important places for trekking in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand Himalayas. Which is one of the special treks in the world today, Located within cavernous virgin forests, unending beautiful meadows and magnificent campsites, this trek is a must do for every trekker. Roopkund has everything from deep dark forests to breathtaking snow capped mountains to a frozen lake that is a divine sight to one’s eyes. If you have a quest for Adventure this trek is perfect for you, located at a height of 15,696 ft with bewitching ridges, lush forests, and beliefs of finding humans skeleton sin the lake, which are said to be from the Paleolithic age and are clearly visible when the snow melts. This thrilling fact also gives the lake it’s famous name “The mystery lake”. All this said, the roopkund trek will surely fulfill every one of your Adventure thirsts.
Roopkund Trek 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 precious Lake, you can see snow and ice everywhere and the trail is exhilarating. It takes you through dense forests and fascinating meadows like Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal. Get majestic views of Mt. Trishul along with this catch the
Views of Chaukhamba Range, Kedarnath, Neelkanth and many more peaks are visible from there which makes this place picture perfect.
Sights to Behold
The trail along the Roopkund trek is an enthralling expedition of walking through the splendid oak and rhododendron forests. Throughout the journey you willbe blessed with magnificent views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. One can gaze at thebreath-taking views of the two massive alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal, which almost feels surreal to look at. You can also see the Neel kanth peak, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba range, Kedar Dome and many other gigantic mountains and meadows on your trail to theRoopkund trek. All this beauty makes it one of the most beautiful treks in the country, justifying its popularity.
This divine trek will fill your heart with Adventure, joy, and peace. The lush green forests, along with birds chirping around and with the cold breeze passing through the trees, will calm down your senses and will give you peace like no other. Roopkund is a picturesque, beautiful, and attractive tourist destination in the Himalayas and should be must do for you.
Snow Covered Forests in Roopkund Trek
During your Roopkund trek through undulating meadows and dense forests with abundant trees of Rhododendrons pine forest and Oaks, totally covered in snow and spot some Himalayan animals on the way. Most importantly Roopkund trek is a most popular trek and other Himalayan treks are getting crowded day by day.
However, you will find no other groups on the trail which passes through dense woods serene and unspoiled. Roopkund trek is best for people looking for treks not crowded.
Most Important point for Roopkund Trek?
Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing Roopkund trek.
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of 62 km which is to be covered into 8 days. Yet, it comes under moderate level of easy to moderate because of the things that this trek has to offers. These are:
See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of by taxi 420 Km and on foot 64 km which is to be covered into 07 nights or 8 days. .
Roopkund trek is a high altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 5087 meter
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You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, lakes, pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing through bona fide Garhwali heritage and Kumaon and valleys of Shivalik mountain ranges
During winter season, this fascinating Roopkund trek remains covered in snow and the white sheet of snow makes it look like a magical wide snow-land or lake.
And, in summers, the bedni valley turns totally different and amusing because of meadows, wildflowers and woods blooming in different colors.
Best Time to visit roopkund trek
The Roopkund trek is at its peak beauty during pre-monsoon (summer) and post monsoon (Autumn) seasons, therefore making May, June, and September, October the best months to witness the beauty of this magnificent trek.However, the weather conditions are different during both these seasons. During the summer months the weather conditions can be unpredictable, even so,it is less cold during these months, but the winds can be harsh. If you want to witness the lake in its most frozen form with higher camps covered in snow the summertime is best for you, however the trek during this time can be a little difficult but this mostly depends on the weather conditions. But if are one looking for some added adventure and looking forward to discovering some human skeletons, this season is probably not for you as the lake is frozen making it impossible for the skeletons to peek through.
However, the Autumn season is a better match for you with mostly clear weather conditions and the lake being clearly visible one can easily find some skeletons lying around. During the Autumn season the temperatures are on the higher side,but it is overall less windy,and the higher camps are also snow free making the trek level Moderate.Autumn season is the best for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the lush green forests and are fond of the luxuriant unending greenery.
Altitude we are going to cover in Roopkund Trek
Lohajung base – 7,663 feet
Didna Village – 8096 feet
Ali Bugyal – 11,320 feet
Patar Nachauni – 12,818 feet
Bhagwabasa camp – 14,126 feet
Roopkund trek – 15,756 feet
Difficulty level of Roopkund trek ?
Roopkund Trek is moderate trek, roopkund Trek is a mild climb from Lohajung to Roopkund summit Top, and when roopkund comes back from summit, it is completely downhill trek route
When you go on this trek, you will not even know when you have reached the camp, the beautiful view and beautiful hills all around will keep you happy.
This trek is a bit difficult, but if your fitness is good and you have it in your mind that I want to trek then you can do it absolutely. Where help is needed, our guides will support you, you just have to be strong and capable of the trek. One thing is that all you can do is to have courage and I myself am passionate.
Is it a safe Trek ?
Yes this is safe trek. Set amidst the high altitude ranges, concerns among the beginners regarding Roopkund trek safety are indeed very valid questions. We have all the possible probabilities calculated if anything goes off the schedule. All our professional strive their best to provide trekkers with the best experience possible.
Since this is beginner friendly trek we advise trekkers to wary themselves of the path and high altitude medical conditions before proceeding to this trek.
Weather conditions depend on the time of the year trekkers are travelling. Months from May to October experience moderate temperatures during the day with substantially colder nights. Monsoons in these areas are moderate in level with favorable conditions to trek.
Key Points of Roopkund Trek
Duration: – 07 Nights 08 Days from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
Base camp: – Lohajung village
Summer Temperature: – Day 5°C to 15°C- Night 2° C to 8° C
Roopkund – Altitude: – 16,156 feet
Best Time: – May , June, Sep, Oct
Trek Level: – Moderate
Trek distance: – On foot 64 Km – By taxi 420 km
Group Size: – Minimum 05 people maximum 20 people
Short Itinerary of Roopkund Trek –
Day-1- Pickup to you from Kathgodam railway station – Drive to Lohajung – 210 Km (9/10 Hours) (7,663 feet) overnight stay hotel
Day-2: Trek from Lohajung to via Wan to Ghairoli Patal (5.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (10,100 feet)
Day-3: Trek from Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal (10 km) (5/6 hours) (11,506 feet)
Day-4: Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni (07 km) (4/5 Hours) (12,818 feet)
Day-5: Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa (4.5 km) (4/5 Hours) (14,126 feet) via Kalu Vinayak (14,310 feet)
Day-6: Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund (15,756 feet), further Junargali Top (16,156 feet). Return to Patar Nachauni (10 km) (8/9 Hours) (12,700 feet) via Bhagwabasa.
Day-7: Trek from Patthar Nachauni to Lohajung (15 km) (7/8 Hours) (7,663 feet) via Bedni and Wan and back to Lohajung
Day-8: Drive from Lohajung village to Kathgodam (210 km) (8/9 Hours)
How to Reach Roopkund Trek
Roopkund trekis located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the trek starts from Lohajung, and the nearest main railway station in the district is the Kathgodam station.
If you are travelling from big metro cities, you can reach Delhi via air, train or bus. The basic route for travel isDehliàKathgodamàLohajung
After Reaching Kathgodam,the Himalayan Hikers team would arrange for transportation from Kathgodam railway station to Lohajunga .Our vehicles leave between 6 am to 7 am so make sure to reach by then.
How to reach Kathgodam
By Train: If you are travelling from Delhi, your first option would be to take the Ranikhet Express from Delhi. The train departures at 10.40 pm from Old Delhi Railway Station and reaches Kathgodam at around 5.30 am if you would prefer an overnight journey or you could take the the Uttar sampark Kranti train from Old Delhi that leaves at 4:00pm and would reach Kathgodamby 10:40pm.If you are taking the day train, Uttar sampark Kranti then you would have to stay overnight at Kathgodam.
From Dehardun catch the Doon Express that will departure from Dehradun at 10:30 pm at will arrive at Kathgodam at 7:10 pm.
By Bus: Hop on to an overnight bus from Delhi to Kathgodam, regular buses leave from Anand Bihar ISBT mostly around midnight. You could also find some Volvo buses that leave around 9 pm. Try to reach early at ISBT to get yourself a seat as there are no prior booking or online bookings for Buses to Kathgodam.
(Note: Reach Kathgodam Railway Station between 6:00 am – 7am to catch our team’s pick-up transportation from the station)
Additional Services and Connectivity Availability in Roopkund Trek
Please make sure to carry cash during the start of your Journey from Delhi as there would be no banks or ATMs available during our entire trip. The last ATM would be Kathgodam, but depending on this ATM service would not be advised.
There is no Network reception during the entire trek, so one should be prepared accordingly. You can give your family members our head office contact number in case of some Emergency.
Why to Choose Himalayan Hikers?
- Himalayan Hikers is one of the oldest trekking organization, which is organizing trekking and adventure expedition in Uttarakhand Himalayas from almost past 30 years.
- We are the local people of Uttarakhand who can provide you the best experience here
- Good and experienced people from more than 20 villages are working with us, who will continue to serve you in your trek and will always be there with you throughout the trek.
- Himalayan Hikers provide the safety of their trekkers and good experience throughout the trek as well as share every story related to the mountains with you.
- Himalayan hikers will feed you with good, healthy and delicious food every day during the trek
Where you can get the experience of Himalaya Hikers
Will there be electricity in Roopkund trek
Let me tell you that there is no electricity in the forest area of roopkund trek . Here we use Stobe Light and or Solar Light, candal light at the nights
If you come on this trek, then you should bring your own head light and your camera with full charge, if possible, it would be good to bring extra battery backup, and also bring the phone after full charge, today people most of the phone use the same
You will get the last electricity only in our home stay at Lohajung base, where you have to charge the battery of your phone and camera at night.
What do we do for safety in Roopkund trek?
First of all, the safety of trekkers is much more for us, if you see in the trek, then there are all the risks, which I do not think about.
Himalayan Hikers worry more about you that no one should ever have any problem in the trek.
What should we and you keep more safety in the trek
- Whenever you are going for any trek, it is very important that you go completely fit and ready.
- Roopkund trek is Moderate, if you make your feet and your mind calm and strong, you will find the trek very easy.
- While trekking, keep in mind that you are walking on the right route or not always with your guide.
- Most people look somewhere and where they are walking, this can cause twitching in your legs, which can ruin your entire trek.
- It is important to ask your doctor if you have any medical problems
- I should always keep my medical kit with me, it is very important.
- Himalayan Hikers always keep a medical kit with you, such as oxygen cylinders, medicine to be given in emergency on the trek
- If any trekkers have any more problems, then they are brought back to the base camp by laying them in the stretcher.
- Our Camp in Roopkund trek is around the 6000 feet to 13,000 feet where you can not have any problem of oxygen, this is tree line area
- In case of any medical problem, the help of your guide or a well-informed trekkers should be taken
- If there is major health problems inroopkund trek , then Nearest Hospital is in Chamoli- Karanparyag which is about 98 Kms away from Roopkund trek last option in dehradun and Rishikesh the distance is 257 kms
- Remember that when we go on any trek, we go from low altitude to high altitude, it does not cause much problem on us.
- Our camps also move forward day by day and our bodies also work with the altitudes that are safe for trekkers
- Along with the trek we keep getting acclimatization