Ronti Saddle is a saddle between the glorious Himalayan peaks of Nanda Ghungti and Trishul closer to the Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary. The trek to Ronti Saddle is approached from the more popular Roopkund side and you enter the Sheela Samudra valley once you cross over the Junairagali Pass above Roopkund. A sharp descend from the Junairagali pass gets you to the vast and remote grassland of the Sheela Samudra. The name Sheela ( rocks ) Samudra ( sea ) translates to 'Sea of Rocks' and is given to the glacier coming down from the might Trishul. If there is some noise in this valley, it is of the frequent ice breaking and falling down from Trishul, feeding the Sheela Samudra glacier. Here, you will only find yourself and few 'Keeda Jadi, Yartse Gumba' pluckers during the months of June. The trek after Sheela Samudra climbs up following the Nandakini river to the campsite of Do Dang ( 2 rocks ). It then treks over a broken ridge with sharp verticle fall on one side to takes us to Homkund - a small lake mostly under snow. From Homkund, the trek starts climbing to Ronti Saddle. We will come back to Do Dang and exit via Ghat, trekking through the deep forest cover of Lata Khopri and the villages of Sutol and Sitel, following the Nandakini River.
Arrival at Lohajung (7,545 ft)
On this day you have to report in Lohajung by 3 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.
Lohajung to Didina (8,038 ft) - 10 km
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.
Didina to Bedni Bugyal (11,811 ft) - 12 km
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. We spend some good time here depending upon the weather. One more of a finest bugyals is waiting for us and we head towards i, yes - The Bedni Bugyal. It takes some good walk of around 2.5 hours to reach Bedni Bugyal from Ali Bugyal. Once we reach we know why it is regarded as one of the best campsites in the Himalayas. In the evening, do not forget to click some reflection of the beautiful Trishul on the Bedni Kund, a small lake in the campsite.
Bedni Bugyal to Bhaguabasa (14,107 ft) - 12 km
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. From here 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.
Bhaguabasa to Sheela Samudra (13,123 ft) via Roopkund (15,750 ft) and Junargali (16,568 ft) - 13 km
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 descend from the pass top to Sheela Samudra is a sharp one initially which requires good concentration. Snow makes it further trickier. Its best advised to follow the trusted steps of your guide here. Around 2 hours of continuous descend brings us to our campsite marked by a huge boulder which acts like a wind shield.
Rest and acclimatisation at Sheela Samudra
Rest and acclimatisation at Sheela Samudra.
Sheela Samudra to Dodang (14,698 ft ) - 8 km
We feel fresh after a rest day and are fully prepared to tackle the day. We start off slowly and soon find ourself crossing the boulders of Sheela Samudra. We witness numeric tarns of the once a mighty glacier. The route then follows the Nandakini river climbing gradually upwards, though some part of the trail is unmarked and very slippery with almost no distinct trail. We need to be careful in these sections. Our campsite is marked by a huge boulder forming a cave.
Dodang to Homkund (13,320 ft) and Ronti Saddle (17,388 ft). Return to Dodang - 10 km
We start our trek early. After some easy trek we come across a sharp ridge breaking down from its right hand side, almost like a 90 degree slab of mud. We take the trail little downside on the left side of the ridge which looks safer. The rigde slowly turns right to bring you to Homkund. After offering prayers, we start to climb up the steep snowy climb to the Ronti Saddle. Initial scrambles and walk over the boulders for some 2 kilometers and then switchbacks through the snow field, we reach the top. Its a 2 hour steep and strenuous climb from Homkund to Ronti Saddle. The views offered from the top of Ronti Saddle is breath taking. Ronti Peaks 1, 2 ; Trishul 1, 2, 3 ; Nanda Ghunti ; Dronagiri looks just amazing and a sight only the lucky few get. Return to Dodang for the night.
Dodang to Latakhopri (10,170 ft) - 16 km
This is an eventful day with a eventful river crossing to do. Its a long day and the river crossing is the trickier part. Once thats done, we take it easy to reach our campsite at Lata Khopri. The trek passes through some of the deep lush green forest of the Nanda Devi Biosphere. Its a beautiful campsite amidst the deep jungle.
Latakhopri to Sutol (7,217 ft) - 12 km
The descend down to Sutol is a picturesque one which descends down through the forest. Sutol is a beautiful village with a temple, shop and few homes.
Sutol to Ghat (4,429 ft) - 11 km. Drive to Lohajung.
Our descend back to civilization ends today as we hit the trail with great energy. About 4 hours of walk get you down to the motor head where your cab will be waiting to take you down to Ghat, where our trek ends. A short jeep drive takes us to Lohajung.
A basic mountaineering course is recommended though not mandatory in case of highly experienced & skilled trekkers. At least 2-3 challenging treks along with 20 – 25 total trekking days in the Himalayas. Medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Roopkund - Homkund - Ronti Saddle is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt this trek only If you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 metres. It is recommended not to opt this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in high altitudes. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale
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Ronti Saddle is a saddle between the glorious Himalayan peaks of Nanda Ghungti and Trishul closer to the Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary. The trek to Ronti Saddle is approached from the more popular Roopkund side and you enter the Sheela Samudra valley once you cross over the Junairagali Pass above Roopkund. The trek offers majestic views of peaks like Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.
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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.
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.
Kathgodam is located in Nainital district of Uttrakhand. Nainital is 53 km from Kathgodam 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.
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