Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand, India

About Roopkund

Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake nestled in the high mountains of Chamoli district, in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 16,500 feet, the lake is completely uninhabited, desolate and is surrounded by snow-clad mountains. The lake offers you a rare chance to see the ancient remains of human skeletons that surround it.

About Roopkund trek

This moderately challenging trek to the thrilling (and chilling!) Roopkund Lake requires a bit of muscle and stamina to get accustomed to the changing altitude and terrain and is ideal for fit trekkers. It is one of the most popular treks in Garhwal, thanks to its eerie views, as well as some really spectacular mountain landscape. You’ll be walking over verdant green meadows, climbing to more barren heights as you get closer to giant Himalayan peaks, and there’s usually a good chance of snow at the lake itself.

The trek to Roopkund is very scenic and passes through the magnificent Bedni Bugyal. It is a thrilling adventure that takes you through the outer periphery of the Nanda Devi National Park and at the upper reaches of the trek, you'll see legendary peaks like the mighty Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Devi and the beautiful peaks of Mt. Nanda Ghanti, Nilkantha and Maiktoli Peak.

You'll also visit the village of Wan, where locals still wear a Garhwali blanket pinned to their chests for warmth. This route takes you to the Jurangali ridge above the lake, to get views of the spectacular peaks around. En route to the lake, you'll camp in stunning high altitude meadows, wake up to views of famous peaks like Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, and enjoy the best of lush green landscapes and greyer rocky views. The trek becomes a little more challenging in the last leg near Bhagubasa, which is an exciting section.

About Roopkund lake

The highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the mysterious Roopkund Lake. The lake is rather shallow, having a depth of only about 2 metres. It lies in a depression and is covered with snow for most parts of the year. When the snow melts, one can see human and animal skeleton remains and is also known as Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake, because the history of these skeletons baffled experts for years. The skeletons are the remains of about 500 people and are believed to be from the Palaeolithic age. There are many theories about these findings but none are definite. Some believe the skeletons to be those of General Zorawars’ soldiers who died here in a vain attempt to conquer Tibet. These skeletal remains have been preserved in alpine conditions for centuries.

The region around is completely desolate and usually misty, adding to the element of mystery around. It's a thrilling trek for this reason, but the scenery is also a reason that many adventure-seekers come for.

Best season for Roopkund trek

The best season for a Roopkund trek is after the monsoon from September to early November as the weather is usually clear. During the summer months of May and June, you can do this trek, but the Roopkund weather can be unpredictable at this point. At this high altitude, the weather is changing constantly. In summer, day time temperatures range from 13 to 18 degrees C and at night from 7 to -2 degrees C. In Sept-Oct, day time temperatures are usually 15 C to 10 C and at night can dip to 5C to -5C.

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Trek to Roopkund
Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
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The Roopkund trek is a gorgeous trail that takes you over lush grasslands, through pine forests, and up into the desolate upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas. You'll be camping in some of the most beautiful meadows in this region, and will finally visit the legendary Roopkund lake. The lake is shrouded in mystery, with human skeletons scattrered around the edges of the lake. The skulls displayed evidence of blunt force trauma, leading to the discovery that they were the remains of a group of travellers who were killed by a violent hailstorm. Along the Roopkund trek, you'll be seeing spectacular views of the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Ghanti, and more.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation on triple sharing basis in tents, guesthouse, and home stay
  • Transport from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Meals on trek (veg and eggs) from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 7
  • Any trekking or safety gear, if needed
  • Sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Toilet tents
  • Kitchen and dining tents
  • All permits if needed
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced staff
  • Porters/mules to carry common equipment
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  • Personal expenses
  • Food during transit
  • Insurance
  • Mules/porter for personal backpack (can be arranged for an additional cost of 300/- per day)
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Trek to Roopkund, Mystery Lake
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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Roopkund is a mysterious lake in the interiors of district Chamoli. The lake is rather shallow, with having a depth of only about 2 metres. The lake lies in a depression and is covered with snow for most parts of the year. When the snow melts, one can see human and equine skeleton remains. It is one of the most popular treks in Garhwal, thanks to these eerie views, as well as some really spectacular mountain landscape.

IMPORTANT: A minimum group size of 3 pax is required to make a booking.
    Inclusions
  • Transport support starting from pickup on day 1 from Dehradun to drop on day 6 to Dehradun
  • Experienced guide and cook Rent for camping equipment
  • Forest entry charges
  • Porter and mule to carry camping equipment (Note: mules and porters will not carry personal luggage)
  • All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 6 breakfast (Note: Participants will be served hot breakfast and dinner. On trekking days packed lunch will be served)
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek on sharing basis
    Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Porter mule charges for your personal bag
  • Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown and back
  • Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
  • Any transport support during the trek apart from what is mentioned above
  • Any meals during the travel journey to Mundoli and back to Mundoli
  • Accommodation in Dehradun
  • Any cost or service not mentioned Inclusions
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Mysterious Roopkund Trek
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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The Roopkund trek is a moderately challenging one, largely because of the altitude of the lake, but also because of the scree and moraine surrounding it. It is a thrilling adventure that takes you from the green meadows of Chamoli district and into the misty upper reaches of the Garhwal Himalayas.

The other-wordly feel at the lake is only amplified by the human remains that have mystified historians for decades. You'll also visit the village of Wan, where locals still wear a Garhwali blanket pinned to their chests for warmth. This route takes you to the Jurangali ridge above the lake, to get views of the spectacular peaks around.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip, so a minimum group size of 6 pax is required to make a booking. This will be a private trip, just for your group.
    Inclusions
  • Road transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by car
  • Hotel accomodation in Lohjung
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking
  • All meals as specified
  • All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress, kitchen, dining and toilet tent
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules
    Exclusions
  • Accommodation in Rishikesh
  • Personal insurance
  • All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses
  • Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs.100 per day
  • Non veg food can be arranged at an additional cost if informed in advance
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Trek To Roopkund
Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
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This moderately challenging trek to the thrilling (and chilling!) Roopkund Lake offers you a rare chance to see the human skeletons that surround it. The trek requires a bit of muscle and stamina to get accustomed to the changing altitude and terrain and is ideal for fit trekkers. You’ll be walking over verdant green meadows, climbing to more barren heights as you get closer to giant Himalayan peaks, and there’s usually a good chance of snow at the lake itself.
    Inclusions
  • Transport from Kathgodam-Lohajung-Kathgodam
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • Accommodation in a guesthouse/camping at Lohajung on double occupancy
  • Accommodation in imported alpine tents on twin sharing basis
  • Dry pit toilet tents with portable toilet seats (separate for men and women travellers)
  • Meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Personal porter/mule to carry your bag (Can be arranged at an additional cost of INR 1750, per bag, for the entire trip)
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Jain food can be arranged with special notice
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The Roopkund trek
Kathgodam, Uttarakhand
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This 8 day Roopkund trek takes you to a glacial lake and is one of the most sought-after treks in India. If you love your mountain myths and mysteries, you'll be keen to see the eerie human remains that edge Roopkund lake, glowing in a ghostly manner in the always present mist. But apart from the skeleton watchmen, the Roopkund trek is a gorgeous mix of pristine lakes, lush green meadows, and beautiful pine and oak forests.

The trek to Roopkund is considered a moderately challenging one, and requires a good amount of cardiovascular fitness. Trekking to Roopkund takes you to a height of about 16,000 feet, and it can get very cold at the lake. In the later sections of the Roopkund trek, the air gets thinner and you might find yourself walking slower.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation (camping) during trek on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mats
  • 2 nights accommodation in Lohajung ( guest house/hotel/home stay)
  • All vegetarian meals during the trek from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 7
  • All fees and permits
  • First aid and medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader
  • Guide and support staff
  • All transport from Kathgodam as per itinerary of the Roopkund trek
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals during transit
  • Any meals during stay in Lohajung
  • Any expenses incurred due to natural reasons
  • Mule charges for carrying personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 300 per day for a 10 kg bag)
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Roopkund Trek
Nainital, Uttarakhand
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Nainital, Uttarakhand
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Roopkund is a glacial lake nestled in the high mountains of the Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is covered in snow for most of the year, and is completely uninhabited. At a height of 16,500 feet, trekking to Roopkund lake is a tough task, and takes long hours of trekking each day, at a high altitude, making this 7-day adventure a moderate to difficult trek. On this trek, you'll have ropes fixed along the climb, as well as seat harnesses and crampons, to ensure that you reach your destination in the best form. This also makes it an exciting trek with some big challenges.
    Inclusions
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (veg meals)
  • Transport to and from Kathgodam
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Lohajung on triple, quadruple sharing basis
  • 2 dinners and 1 breakfast at Lohajung/Kuling
  • Accommodation in tents on triple sharing basis
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Qualified trek leader/guide
  • Camp crew/kitchen staff during trek
  • Permits up to Rs. 500/-
  • First aid
  • Pit toilets and toilet tents
  • Proper segregation bins and waste management at campsite
  • Crampons/microspikes to the trekkers (if required)
  • Cramponing (training) before the use of crampons
  • Locking carabiner and short sling for self-anchor
  • Rope-up during summit day (if required)
  • Oxygen cylinder with the team
  • First-aid medical kit with the team
    Exclusions
  • Personal gear
  • Meals during transportation
  • Any additional permit cost if charged over Rs. 500
  • Tips to the team
  • Any service not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal porters (this can be arranged at Rs 350/- per bag, per day.)
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