Roopkund (locally known as Mystery Lake) is a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and famous due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The lake is located at an altitude of about 15,700 feet. It is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad mountains, making it a good trekking destination. The route leading to the lake passes through the twin Bugyals of Ali & Bedni. All along the trail you get amazing views of peaks like Kedarnath ,Chaukhamba , Neelkantha , Trishul & Nanda Ghunti .
|2||Grade Classification||Moderate Plus|
|3||Maximum altitude||15,700 Feet|
|4||Total Trekking Distance||54 Kms Approx.|
|5||Accomodation type||Camps/Guest house|
|6||Trek Starts from||Lohajung|
|7||Trek Ends in||Lohajung|
|8||What is Included in the Fee||Food as per menu on the trek
Forest Permits/Camping Charges (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
Tents, Sleeping bags, mats
Trek guide, cook, helpers
Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
Services of a Trek Leader
2 Nights Hotel/Guest House Stay in Lohajung
|9||What is not Included in the Fee||Meals during road journeys,if any
Cost of any kind of travel insurance
Any expense of personal nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
|10||Daywise Trekking Distances||Day 2 : 11 Kms,Day 3 : 6 Kms,Day 4 : 6 Kms,Day 5 : 4 Kms,Day 6 : 16 Kms,Day 7 : 11 Kms|
|11||Max. Group Size||15|
On this day you have to report in Lohajung by 5 PM. The details of your accommodation in lohajung will be communicated to you 2 days prior the departure date over the email. Stay will be in Camp/Guest House on sharing basis.We recommend that you plan your travel from Haldwani/Kathgodam early In the morning so as to reach Lohajung by Late afternoon. Distance from Haldwani to Lohajung is 210 Km and takes 10 hours approx. Explore the beautiful surroundings of Lohajung in the evening. Do not leave anything for last minute buying. Lohajung is a small place with very small market.Before the dinner we will have a team introduction session. After the dinner we will have a briefing about tomorrows trek. Retire to bed early on this day to give yourself a good long sleep.
* In case you wish to join us from Haldwani to Haldwani or Delhi to Delhi, you can select the suitable option while booking your trek.
Initially a parallel walk along Neelganga river. After crossing the river by a metal bridge near Kuling there is a steep climb to Tol Pani. The route is via village Didina. Didina lies in the east of Lohajung. Right behind Didina, a snow covered peak can be seen. Its name is Nanda Ghunti (6,309 M). You will see this peak for a major part of this trek. There are two ways for Didina from Lohajung . One way is along the river. For this you have to descent to the river in Lohajung & then walk parallel to it. The other way is via kuling . There is a road parallel to the river from Lohajung to Kuling . From kuling you have to decend to the river . Both of these routes merge in Akhodi which is 15 minutes walk away from kuling. Didina is a beautiful village with very less population. There are a couple of homestay options in Didina. After a small halt in Didina for Lunch we keep walking till be reach Tolpani which is our campsite for the day. Overnight in camps.
We start early today to enjoy the best views. We will walk through twin meadows of Ali & Bedni. The trek is steep till we reach Ali Bugyal. From here the trail comprises of long sections of gradual ascent. The meadows are one of the best in the country as you will realize during your trek. As you are walking through the Ali Bugyal, Nanga Ghunti & Trishuli are prominently visible in the East. We trek on the marked trail. You will spot a small structure made from stones. It is a temple.Slightly to your right you can see a cluster of fibre huts green in colour. Find a suitable spot here for the packed lunch. Starting from the stone structure, a section of the trail ahead is uphill & in zig zag shape. After the lunch we commence trek and reach Bedni Bugyal Campsite by afternoon.
The trek is short today and has been kept so for better acclimatization. We will commence the trek around 8 AM. Walk slow and steady as next campsite is not very far. There is only one steep climb as you leave camping site of Bedni Bugyal. After that there are sections of mild ascent till we reach Patar Nachauni, situated at the foot hill of the mountain at the top of which lies the temple of Kalua Vinayak.
Distance wise todays trek is not very long but it is one of the steepest section of the entire trek. Taking an early start always helps. You have to climb the mountain right in front of you to the top. The trek starts with a flat walk, followed by a steep ascent to kalua Vinayak which is a Temple. The view in Patar Nachauni is restricted by mountains. But once you reach Kalua Vinayak you get a panaromic view. Some of the prominent peaks visible from this point are Kedarnath ,Chaukhamba,Neelkantha,Trishul & Nanda Ghunti. From Kalua Vinayak, the trail is downhill upto Bhgwabasa camps. We reach Bhagwabasa camps by early afternoon.It is the highest campsite of this trek. The night is extremely cold here. Bhagwabasa is used as a base camp for trek to Roopkund lake.
Starting early is the key today. As we get late snow starts melting and makes the climb difficult. Morning snow is fresh and easy to walk upon. Trek today is a 4 km long gradual ascent with sections of steep ascent in between. In the last leg you have to climb down 250 feet to reach the lake. If weather permits we will trek to Junargali which is just 250 ft up from Roopkund. After spending some time around we will head back to Bedni Bugyal. Expect to reach Bedni Bugyal by late afternoon.
Break camps early & head towards Wan. Todays trek is about 5 Hours. We descent to wan village.We will take a brief halt at Ghairoli Patal which is also a good camping site.We have to descent to the bottom of the valley where river Neel Ganga welcomes us. Its not a bad idea to wash yourself in the river after a strenuous downhill trek. From the river it’s a half an hour uphill trek upto Wan. From Wan village its further one & half hour downhill upto Kasar Bagad which is the road head.We boad a vehicle from here. Drive up to Lohajung. Check into the Guest House in Lohajung. Trip end here. You may plan your return the next day on your own. If you wish to book your return journey with us, select the suitable option while making your booking.
For those who have booked their return travel with us, vehicle will be ready early morning. Board this vehicle for Haldwani. Expect to reach Haldwani by late in the evening.
Cover all the significant milestones on the trek including Didina, Tolpani, and Ali Bugyal, ensuring a gradual ascent.
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Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
Roopkund Trek is a moderate plus level trek i.e. it requires more strength and endurance than easy and moderate level treks. It is a high altitude trek climbing to the height of 5,029 meters. Therefore, it is recommended that you first gain an experience of trekking to altitudes of 3000 meters, and then move up a notch with Roopkund Trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
Here is your checklist for this trek. Make sure you pack all these items for a comfortable trekking experience.
The trek begins from Lohajung which is about 200 km from Kathgodam/Haldwani. There are no direct buses from Kathgodam/Haldwani to Lohajung. But you can take a shared jeep which will cost you around INR 900. It takes around 12 hours to get to Lohajung from Haldwani/Kathgodam.
Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi through rail and road transport. Here is how you can reach:
Uttarakhand Roadways provides all kinds of bus services between Delhi ISBT to Haldwani. The distance between Delhi to Kathgodam is 294 km which takes about 7 hours to cover. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. You can also hire a private taxi or an outstation cab from Delhi. These taxis come at exorbitant prices.
Kathgodam is the last railhead before Lohajung. Board Ranikhet Express from Delhi which reaches Kathgodam early in the morning. Or you can take Delhi Sampark Kranti which reaches Kathgodam in the night in case you want to stay the night.
Pantnagar Airport is the closest to Lohajung at a distance of 256 km. There is one Air India flight running every day between Delhi and Pantnagar. It is suggested to make your bookings well in advance due to a low frequency of flights. In case you are flying to Pantnagar, take a taxi from the airport to Kathgodam and then take one of those shared jeeps to reach Lohajung.
Kathgodam is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. It is 53 km from Nainital and can be reached by local buses. Nainital is a famous tourist spot in the mountains in visited by a lot of people all around the year. Naini Lake is the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating, yachting, and paddling. Perch on the Tiffin Top to enjoy the views of Nainital. Stroll at The Mall Road where you can buy some souvenirs from the trip.
One can expect full network till Wan Village and some points beyond this village. Garoli Patal is one point where you can expect reception. BSNL network connectivity is sparsely available through the trail till Patarnachauni.
From : Sonu Goyat
Roopkund Trek - 2015
"Roopkund was one of my most beautiful and amazing experience. Surrounded by wonderful natural beauty, the trek was a life changing experience for me. Team was very friendly, supportive and well trained to address all the challenges and helped me in learning about outdoors, do & don’ts in mountains. Scaling heights with steep inclines and snow covered trail left me with the feeling of accomplishment and moments to cherish. I would definitely recommend this trek & this team. "
From : Vivek Meena
Roopkund Trek - 2014
"Overall an awesome experience. The entire team was supportive. Trek lead motivated us at every step when going got difficult. The kitchen team too deserves a special recognition."
From : Prasoon Singh
Roopkund Trek - 2015
"Amazing views on this trek. The entire arrangement was neat & clean. Would love to trek again soon. Excellent team! One advice for all beginners : exercise & stay fit before the trek. The distance of the trek is not very long but the altitude is high. "
From : Sandeep Dhariwal
Roopkund Trek - 2015
"I had the best time there . I went in 2015.The team is super friendly and understands the perspective of people who were doing a long trek for the first time. We got to learn how to pitch camps,How to walk over snow. Also learned the use of some technical equipment. The rope knot session in Patar nachauni camp was super fun."
Roopkund Trek - 2016
"As the incline started, my city lungs had to adjust and I had to set a patterned breathing, which my heart had to obey, akin to accepting the mountain both, inside & out...Click to Read More"