The Mystical Roopkund Trek -

8 days, 7 nights
Visit : Lohajung, Didna Village, Ali Bugyal, Ghora Lotani, Bhagwabasa, Bedni Bugyal

The Roopkund trek, popular in the state of Uttarakhand, holds a high altitude glacial lake and is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. On the Roopkund trek, you will be captivated by stunning views of the Himalayan landscape as you trek your way through alpine forests, bubbling streams, verdant grasslands, steep mountain slopes, and snow-sprinkled trails. Marvel at t ...

The Roopkund trek, popular in the state of Uttarakhand, holds a high altitude glacial lake and is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India. On the Roopkund trek, you will be captivated by stunning views of the Himalayan landscape as you trek your way through alpine forests, bubbling streams, verdant grasslands, steep mountain slopes, and snow-sprinkled trails. Marvel at the scenery of the Neel Ganga river on this trek, while crossing the iron bridge of Raun Bagad, soak in spectacular views of the Garhwal Himalayas from Ali Bugyal, and admire the jaw-dropping views of Mt. Nanda Ghunti at Bhagwabasa. Scattered with several skeletal remains, Roopkund lake itself is also covered in a shroud of mystery. With Mt. Trishul looking over the climb up to the Roopkund Lake, this trail is bound to be an ethereal experience.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trek is feasible for seasoned as well as first-time trekkers, as it falls under the moderate category. Nonetheless, it is a test of fitness as the route involves some high-altitude trekking and crossing icy cold rivers. The scenic landscapes accompanying you on the way to the lake combined with the thrill of discovering Roopkund's mystical aura is definitely worth taking time out for.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Camping in the Ali Bugyal, the other twin of Bedni Bugyal , together considered to be the largest alpine grasslands in Asia.
  • A stay amidst the picturesque environs of Ghora Lotani in the midst of the Roopkund Trek
  • Camping at snow-capped Bhagwabasa, surrounded by panoramic views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti
  • Experiencing the mystical beauty of the Roopkund Lake, also known as the Skeletal Lake
Start of Tour

Lohajung

End of Tour

Bedni Bugyal

  • Day 1Kathgodam to Lohajung
    • Your first day of the trip begins as you reach Kathgodam early in the morning, a scenic small town in Uttarakhand. Literally meaning 'timber depot', Kathgodam serves as the entry point to many tourist expeditions in the state. Here, we will be met by our tour guides who will familiarise us about the trail. From here, we head towards Lohajung, which is considered as a base station for Roopkund and other treks in the region. Since the roads start narrowing from this point on, we will reach Lohajung only by evening.
      Depending upon the number of members in the trekking group, we will arrange a pickup and drop from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back. This will be shared equally by each member of the team and is to be paid directly to the driver in cash. Typically a Tata Sumo/Mahindra Maxx/Bolero charges Rs 5500 one way which can accommodate 6 to 8 people. This is NOT included in the TREK FEE and to be payable directly to the driver.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Lohajung to Didna Village
    • Today, with backpacks in tow, everyone is geared up to embark on the trek! Soon after having our breakfast, we walk towards Didna and cross the beautiful waters of the Neel Ganga river via the iron bridge of Raun Bagad. We will forego an alternative and easier route through Wan as it would mean missing the views of delightful backdrops. After crossing the river, we reach Didna, a charming village perched on the slopes of the high mountains in about an hour and a half's time. We will have a night's stop here to recharge our batteries.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 3Didna Village - Ali Bugyal
    • Prep yourself up for our big trek as we flag off towards Ali Bugyal, which can be reached via two routes - by crossing Tolpani (a series of huts belonging to shepherds) and Tolkaan. But if you want a more challenging day, we will directly walk to Ali Bugyal, which is a steeper incline. After reaching Ali Bugyal in two and a half hours, we enjoy the spectacular views of the Garhwal Himalayas and rich biodiversity of the region. The more adventurous among us can explore nearby areas. We spend the night at a campsite in Ali Bugyal, which is renowned for being one of the planet's finest grasslands!

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Ali Bugyal - Patar Nachauni
    • Today is the easiest day of the trek as we head towards Patar Nachauni. This trail passes through beautiful alpine meadows and dense forests of oak, burans and bamboo trees. On the way, we cross a series of mountains, various water bodies and try to spot the stunning Himalayan magpies. After reaching Patar Nachauni, we bask in the splendid landscape of the locale along with our fellow trekkers. Sipping on a cup of tea while enjoying the views of the magnificent landscapes set amidst snow-capped mountain peaks is an experience to cherish!

    • Meals - Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 5Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa
    • Bhagwabasa is the last camping site where trekkers commence their final climb to the Roopkund Lake. At a height of 14,029 feet and 3 kms away from the lake, this place is isolated and in the midst of scattered rocks and stones. Today, as we embark towards Bhagwabasa, we will experience a considerable rise in altitude. Today's trek takes us to an altitude of 14,500 ft. In order to get acclimatised to the weather, we will have an early start. We will reach Bhagwabasa after crossing the Kelwa Vinayak temple. From this vantage point, you will be able to see the entire western Garhwal Himalayan range, and the Chaukhamba, Nanda Ghunti and Trishul mountain peaks.

    • Meals - Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 6Bhagwabasa - Roopkund - Return to Bedni Bugyal
    • Since our trek entails walking in hard snow today, we will begin our trek at 5 am. It is going to be an arduous hike since we have to trek uphill for approximately 3 kms before we reach Roopkund. The glacial lake of Roopkund, situated at a height of around 5,000 m, is an enigmatic destination due to the many skeletons found scattered around and in the lake. The remains date back to the 9th century. The legend of the lake is intertwined with the Nanda Devi Raj Jat, a pilgrimage undertaken every twelve years in Uttarakhand. If the weather permits, we will also trek to Junargali, which literally translates as 'the alley of death'. It is a narrow path carved in a precipitous cliff with a sheer drop on one side and jagged rocks on the other. After experiencing the surrealism and spiritualism in the holy environs of Roopkund, we will now begin our descent towards Bedni Bugyal. Once at Bedni bugyal, we have time to take a well-earned break with some hot soup and delicious food at our campsite.

    • Meals - Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 7Bedni Bugyal - Wan - Lohajung
    • After breakfast, get your backpacks ready as we head for Lohajung today! We will enjoy a leisurely walk to Wan through the pine and oak forests with amazing views of Mt. Trishul all around us. We reach Wan after crossing the Neel Ganga river which offers the trekker a few moments of respite with its ice-cold waters. From here, a vehicle will pick us up and take us to Lohajung. This road trip is going to be bumpy ride of around an hour. Enjoy great views of the Himalayan countryside and life in quaint villages during your ride.

    • Meals - Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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  • Day 8Lohajung to Kathogdam
    • We have come to the end of our trek, so make sure you have taken enough pictures to show off back home! After breakfast, take a moment to reminisce on all the memorable experiences of this expedition with your group members. After bidding farewell to our fellow travellers, we will head for the airport/railway station towards our respective destinations.
      Similar to the arrival day, we will arrange a vehicle to transfer you back to Kathgodam. The cost of the vehicle will be shared equally between all members of the trekking group.
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Inclusions

  • Sleeping Bag with mattress.
  • All trekking arrangements with the necessary number of dome or ridge shaped tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent etc.
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking trips.
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Experienced Local Guide.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL).
  • All meals during the trek along with early morning tea and evening snacks.
  • 7 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary. Guesthouse accommodation in Lohajung and camping during the trek.
  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.
  • Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
  • Porters or mules to carry upto 10kg of your personal luggage packed in a soft duffel bag or rucksack.
  • Transport of the trekking equipment.

Exclusions

  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Any meals during the transit to/from Lohajung.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any transportation to/from Lohajung. The cost of the vehicle between Kathgodam and Lohajung is to be paid in cash on the spot.
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Trip360 OEL towards the end of the trip.
  • Government Service Tax of 5.0%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2019

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Kathgodam 13,500 10,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

We stay in a guesthouse in Lohajung. During the course of our trek, we stay in comfortable 2 or 3 man tents. At Didna we may spend the night in a home stay instead of tents. This may be on multi sharing basis.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking Boots (Worn In)
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal Underwear / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry Trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating Layers
    • Down Clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 Season Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 50lit)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Small personal First Aid

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking Boots (Worn In)
    • Clothing Apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal Underwear / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry Trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm Fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating Layers
    • Down Clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and Rain protection gear

    Extremities:

    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens or hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 2/3 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs woollen),
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • 4 Season Sleeping bag (-5 deg C or lower)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which is carried by porters
    • A ruck pack which one needs to carry oneself (atleast 50lit)

    Other Gear:

    • Sunglasses
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking Poles (optional)
    • Water bottle - should have at least two 1 lit bottles (hard plastic to be able to fill in hot water at high camps)
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc.
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc.(Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Small personal First Aid

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Flight Information

    You will have to arrive in Kathgodam early on Day 1. If that's not possible, you could arrive a day earlier and we could pick you up from a central location in Kathgodam which will be communicated in advance.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 meters (8000 ft). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of our trips. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. This trip itinerary gives the best possible acclimatisation programme within the limitations of a 2 and a half week holiday. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients, or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    In case the trekker wants to off-load the bag to be carried by a pack animal, the facility is provided and the cost is covered under the price of the trek. Thus there is no extra off-loading charge. We request that such bags not weigh more than 10Kg. Trekkers will also be required to carry a small day pack with them on each day. It will contain water bottles, food as and when provided by the staff (packed lunch for instance), any necessary medicines the trekker must carry on person, a warm layer and a water-proof jacket.

  • Books to Read

    Kamet Conquered: The Historic First Ascent of a Himalayan Giant by Frank Smythe:
    Published in the year 1932, the book describes the author's expedition to climb Kamet, which is located at a height of 7,756 metres in the year 1931. Even if Smythe was an experienced mountaineer, the description of various difficulties faced during the expedition make the readers experience discomfort even while reading about it.

    Forest Rest Houses A Living Natural and Cultural Heritage by B.R. Anjali and S. Singh (Authors) and Somendra Singh (Photographer):
    The forest rest houses in Uttarakhand are one of the best places to be one with nature. The book, with the help of brilliant photographs, describes numerous forest rest houses which aim to inspire the readers to visit these houses and explore their rich history and cultural heritage.

    The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy:
    From the widely acclaimed author of An Atlas of Impossible Longing, a powerful and triumphantly beautiful novel set in contemporary India, about a young woman forging a new life in the foothills of the Himalayas.

  • Approximate Group Size

    2 to 15 persons

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs. 5000 cash in person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and a 8-10 hour walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.