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roopkund trek

Roopkund Trek

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  • 7 days
  • 12-15 persons
  • Camping based trek
  • Moderate-Tough
  • Rishikesh / Dehradun
  • Min Age: 15+

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

  • Camping at high altitude meadows
  • Hiking on the snow trail
  • View breathtaking scenery
  • Climb up to the lake Roopkund

Starting Point

Lohajung 

Nearest Roadhead

Lohajung

Nearest Railhead

Kathgodam Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant near Dehradun

Price Inclusions

  • all veg snacks & meals during trek
  • camping equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bags etc.)
  • camp tent accommodation for 1 night (2-3 per tent)
  • forest camping & trek permits (INDIANS ONLY)
  • services of trek leaders, trek guides, cook, helpers
  • transport from Dehradun / Mussoorie to trek base & vice versa ( taxi / cabs from local travel vendors ) - Ex DEHRADUN package only

Price Exclusions

  • any kind of personal expense on food or medicines
  • any kind of travel, lodging or medical cost incurred in case a trekker decides to drop out of the trek
  • any kind of hotel or lodge stay
  • porter charges apply in case a trekker is unable to carry his / her backpack & wants to offload it on mule / porter (₹ 250-300 per backpack per day)
  • any thing which is not mentioned in the inclusions
Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam to LohajungAltitude - 2,450 m

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.

Day 2: Lohajung to Bedni BugyalAltitude - 3,354 m Trek - 12 km Time - 6 hours

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.

Day 3: Bedni Bugyal to Bugwa Basa to RoopkundAltitude - 5,020 m Trek - 15 km Time - 11 hours

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.

Day 4: Bugwa Basa to BhunaAltitude - 2,870 m Trek - 11 km Time - 4 hours

Alternate route of descent to Sutol is possible from the upper slopes.

Steep descent to Bhuna via Pathar Nichauni.

Day 5: Bhuna to Kanol / SitelAltitude - 2,000 m Trek - 18 km Time - 4 hours

A long walk in the valley on a village trail. There is a road from Kanol / Sitel for the drive to Ghat.

Day 6: Kanol to Ghat and KarnaprayagAltitude - 1,330 m

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.

FAQs

Is it necessary to hire a guide on this trek ?

Yes, it is absolutely essential to take a guide for this trek whether you are trekking solo or in a group.

What is the best season for this trek ?

The best season for Roopkund trek is April-May and Sept-Oct.

Is this trek suitable for kids ?

It is ideally recommended for 15+ age kids.

Is this trail safe for women & solo travelers ?

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.

What type of accommodation is available during this trek ?

Camping tent accommodation (2-3 per tent).

Do we have to give tip money to guides / porters ?

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.

Which currency is accepted during transit or in nearby villages on this trek ?

Indian currency is accepted