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Roopkund is a mysterious lake at an altitude of 5,020 m – the large number of skeletons ( as many as 200, according to some estimates ) in the bed of the lake and its vicinity continue to puzzle visitors and trekkers alike. Roopkund trek is one of the most famous Himlayan treks which requires prior trekking experience and good fitness level.
Roopkund trek is ideal for trekkers looking for a week long Himalayan trek which offers everything, from scenic meadows to snow trails to the view of higher Himalayan peaks.
Who can go to Roopkund trek ?
Roopkund trek is a high altitude trek which does require good fitness level & some trekking experience. Roopkund can be a challenging especially on the higher reaches during winter time due to snow. A physically active & healthy person can do this trek. Recommended age group 12 years or above.
Best things about Roopkund trek
Kathgodam Railway Station
Jolly Grant near Dehradun
Road travel from Kathgodam ( last railhead ) to Lohajung
One can drive further to Wan where rest house & transport is available.
Roopkund is a popular trek especially in summers when the trail can get crowded. Travel to Lohajung from either Karnaprayag or Kathgodam; both via Gwaldam.
A broad and steep trail goes through forests to a vast and open meadow on the top. Here, there is a small lake, a temple, good places to camp and sweeping views.
Continue on the wide trail. It is tiring day as you gain significant altitude. Higher up, the ridge flattens out.
Follow the trail again; it is difficult if snowbound. Descend to the lake which you can see from above. Return to Bugwa Basa.
Alternate route of descent to Sutol is possible from the upper slopes.
Steep descent to Bhuna via Pathar Nichauni.
A long walk in the valley on a village trail. There is a road from Kanol / Sitel for the drive to Ghat.
The road will take you to Ghat along Nandakini river and then, to the Karnaprayag-Badrinath road. It you wish to go via Gwaldam, return on the same trail to Wan.
Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.
The best season for Roopkund trek is April-May and Sept-Oct.
It is ideally recommended for 15+ age kids.
Yes, in fact all the Himalayan trails are quite safe for women & solo travelers. People of the region are very warm, caring & hospitable in nature.
Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).
Guides & porters in the region will never demand any tip money from you. They just need their daily wages paid by the trek operator. However, it is always encouraging if one can give a little tip to them if they provide good services.
Indian currency is accepted