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Roopkund - The Skeletal Lake Trek

Roopkund - The Skeletal Lake Trek

A Beautiful Heaven Ruined By Business Minded Trek Operators

A Himalayan High Experience
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+ Quick Info
  • Duration: 7 days/ 7 nights Lohajung to Lohajung
  • Highest Altitude: 5150m
  • Grade: Moderate + ( learn more )
  • Best Time: May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
  • Activity Type: Trek
  • Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • Starts At: Lohajung
  • Ends At: Lohajung
  • Region: India - Uttrakhand
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
  • Nearest Rail Head: Kathgodam, Uttrakhand
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Roopkund is a beautiful but mysterious skeletal lake with human bones too large for our size scattered all around...

The sight of the beautiful circular glacial lake, emerald in colour, in the covering of snow all round it with tall mountain walls rising over it. This sight inspires a mixed feeling - fearful, unbelievable, surprising, exquisite and what not !!

The Lake does look appealing to the eyes and is definitely photogenic, but what gives the lake its real worth is the name which it has got for itself - The Skeletal Lake. There are lots of other lakes in the Himalayas much beautiful than the Roopkund, but this lake is special. The mystery surrounding the lake due to lots of scattered human bones which are too big for the current generation of Indians, is what makes Roopkund one of the most sought after trek in the Himalayas. It took the World by its imaginations and lots of theories are available on the cause of the mass death around the lake. Recently, the theory reasoning a pilgrimage hit by a massive hail storm causing the tragic death is more believable as per a research study.

Apart from being focused around the lake of Roopkund, in this trek you come across 2 of the most beautiful Himalayan meadows - the meadow of Bedni Bugiyal and Ali Bugiyal. The lush green grass of these bugyals, a small lake of Bedni Kund reflecting the surrounding peaks, the shepherd with his flock of sheep, the locals with their intrinsic charisma, everything about this trek is such an experience !!

The Roopkund trek is done in two season - pre monsoon and post monsoon. While in May and June, the trail is mostly snowy, which adds to the beauty and thrill, trekking the Roopkund post monsoon gives the best experience of the meadows and the Skeletal lake, as the unfrozen lake reveals it true colour to take you by surprises.

 

 

The Sad Story Of Roopkund

Roopkund is perhaps one of the best treks to do in the Himalayas. Until recently, it was peaceful with few odd trekkers trekking in self organized small groups. The current scenario of this trek is very saddening. With unsurpassed and unregulated rise of irresponsible trekking agencies in India, and the false hype created by the online content marketing websites has made a huge negative impact on this trek. 

The situation is such that in the pre-monsoon season of May-Jun, atleast 100 trekkers camp on each campsite, everyday on this trek. Few of the bigger operators and some of the pioneers bring bulk of trekkers to this wonderland. Most of this crown is not Nature Friendly. The rush is such that the local operators and these big companies cannot meet the demand. So, there lots of other small operators who get their groups too, most of these are nonprofessionals. Also, there are self organized groups too.

Then there are local resources to add to, like mules, mules-men, guides, porters, cooks, helpers, etc which accompany the groups. The trekker's hut built by the Government for the trekkers permanently occupied by bigger companies to use as kitchen. What kind of push is it on the Nature to accommodate that huge rush ?? I have no imaginations for it, hence I leave it upto the readers.

All these spoil the ambiance of the trek and we don't like organizing this trek until situation betters. We are more in favour of the Ronti Saddle Trek which is much peaceful once we cross the tourist spot of the Roopkund trek.

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WE DO NOT ORGANIZE OR ARRANGE THIS TREK AS IT IS TOO MUCH OVER CROWDED AND LACKS THE DESIRED HIMALAYAN AMBIENCE TO TREK. WE TREK TO FIND PEACE, EXPERIENCE THE RARE HIMALAYAN SPIRITUALITY AND SOLITUDE WHICH IS SPOILED ON THESE TRAILS DUE TO IRRESPONSIBLE TOURISTIC APPROACH TOWARDS TREKKING BY FEW TREK OPERATORS IN OUR COUNTRY.

 

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  • Day 1

    Drive

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Lohajung (2300m ), Via - Debal (1372m ), Mundoli (2125m ). 7 - 8 Hrs. 222 Kms
    Overnight In: Lohajung (2300m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Evening Snacks, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Trek

    From Lohajung (2300m ) To Didina (2450m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Didina (2450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 3

    Trek

    From Didina (2450m ) To Ali Bugiyal (3400m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Ali Bugiyal (3400m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Ali Bugiyal (3400m ) To Patharnachaunia (3887m ), Via - Ghora Lotani (3703m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Patharnachaunia (3887m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Patharnachauni (3887m ) To Baghuabasa (4300m ), Via - Kalu Vinayak (4328m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Baghuabasa (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Baghuabasa (4300m ) To Baghuabasa (4300m ), Via - Roopkund (4930m ), Junairagali Pass (5150m ). 6 - 7 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Baghuabasa (4300m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Baghuabasa (4300m ) To Bedni Bugyal (3600m ), Via - Pattharnachauni (3887m ), Ghora Lotani (3703m ). 4 - 5 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Bedni Bugyal (3600m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Bedni Bugyal (3600m ) To Lohajung (2300m ), Via - Gharauli Patal (3205m ), Wan (2459m ). 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Lohajung (2300m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Drive

    From Lohajung (2300m ) To Kathgodam (554m ) . 7 - 8 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Kathgodam (554m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 1From Kathgodam To Lohajung, Via - Debal, Mundoli

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Early morning, board your vehicle to get you to Lohajung Its a long journey and reaching Lohajung early will help

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Evening Snacks, Dinner

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Day 2From Lohajung To Didina

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Today after breakfast, we have a small briefing on the trek and most importantly the team introduction. After we wrap up formalities quicly, we get ready for the trek. Our loads are packed and there we are, ready to hit the trail.

Our trail for the day is easier as compared to the entire trek and soon we get lost in the beauty of it. We trek through the forest following the Neel Ganga. The trail is initially easy which then starts to climb up steadily.  As the trek continues, we get set into it and start negotiating the climb to Ali Bugiyal. After a good climb, we reach our destination for the day.

Didina is a beautiful campsite and we spend rest of the time exploring the place. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 3From Didina To Ali Bugiyal

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As we start the day, to leave our campsite at Didina behind and begin with an easy trek up to Tolapani. Tolapani is a cluster of some 6/7 huts of shepherds. It makes the place very picturesque and we spend some time here.

After Tolapani, we now start to negotiate switch-backs through the forest for about 2 hour which brings us to one of the best Himalayan meadows - Ali Bugyal. Its a lovely meadow amidst the forest and takes our heart instantly.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 4From Ali Bugiyal To Patharnachaunia, Via - Ghora Lotani

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Our morning is delightful today with views of great number of Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nandaghungti. Chaukhamba and Nilkantha. The sight definitely energizes us all as we prepare to start the trek for the day. We can see our route through the mountains as we are above tree line now. The trail is a easy walk and soon reach Ghora Lotani.

From Ghora Lotani, Patharnachauni is a gradual ascend. It is marked by the green trekker's hut built by the Forest Department for trekkers to rest for the night.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 5From Patharnachauni To Baghuabasa, Via - Kalu Vinayak

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From Patharnachauni, our climb becomes tougher as we now start negotiating the switch backs to ascend Kullu Vinayak. Its a 2 hour steep climb. This stretch tests our mental stamina and physical health too. The Kalu Vinayaka top is marked by a small temple of lord Ganesha.

Baghua Basa is an easy walk from Kalu Vinayak top. The trail gently climbs down and take a slow left turn to reach the campsite of Baghua Basa, which too has green Trekker's hut.

Enjoy the beauty around !!

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 6From Baghuabasa To Baghuabasa, Via - Roopkund, Junairagali Pass

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Today is a special day for us. We begin our climb to Roopkund which takes us around 3 hours. The trail climbs up steadily and the last stretch is a good steep climb for an hour. We will find many trekkers walking on this trail and once we reach, we spend some time resting and enjoying the place

We are to cross the Junargali and hence do not have much time to kill. Much difficult task is still to be completed and we get ready for it and that's climbing the Junairagali Pass. We are up against a very steep wall of hard snow and is difficult to climb without support of ice axe. The fall is exposed and a slip can be fatal. Hence rope is necessary. Anti slip traction crampons can help if there is too much hard snow. Its takes about an hour to climb to the top.

From the top, the view is phenomenal. The vast stretch of Sheela Samudra - the glacier coming down from Trishul is visible. The Peaks of Trishul and Nanda Ghungti stands right in front. Also seen is Ronti Saddle in between Nandaghungti and Trishul.

Its been a tiring but rewarding day. We now safely bring ourselves down, to the safety of our campsite at Baghuabasa. 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 7From Baghuabasa To Bedni Bugyal, Via - Pattharnachauni, Ghora Lotani

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Today we retrace our track and bring ourselves to one of the most beautiful campsite in the Himalayas - Bedni Bugyal. Relax for the rest of the day enjoying great views

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 8From Bedni Bugyal To Lohajung , Via - Gharauli Patal, Wan

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To we end our trek by descending down to Wan, a small village near to Lohajung. From Wan, we drive back to Lohajung.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: All Meals

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Day 9From Lohajung To Kathgodam

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  • Lohajung: 2300 meters / 7590 feets
  • Kathgodam: 554 meters / 1829 feets
  • Approximate Time: 7 - 8 hours
  • Day's Activity: Drive
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we end our trek and drive back to Kathgodam to board our onward journey to back home

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

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+ Why Is This Special
  • Grand views of Nandaghungti (6309m), Trisul I (7120m), II (6690m), III (6007m) and other lots of other peaks of Garhwal and Kumaon.
  • The mystery and history of the Skeletal Lake - Roopkund. Its a small circular high altitude glacial lake surrounded by snow on most part of the year. The lake is surrounded by human bones which reveals itself mostly when the snow cover is lesser.
  • The top of Junargali pass not only takes you atop 5150 meters, but also opens up the view of the valley of Sheela Samudra to you, which is just breathtaking.
  • The best bugiyals or meadows of the Himalayas - Bedni Bugiyal and Ali Bugiyal.
  • The ever charismatic locals and their way of life. 
  • Keeda Jadi or Yartsa Gumba and its crazy drive amongst the locals during June, July. 
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