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  • Trip introduction

    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 tough and takes long hours of trekking each day. At some points during the 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. Pair this with the high altitude and the unpredictable weather, and you'll see why this Roopkund trek is a challenging one that is not recommended for first-timers.

    Destination

    In the 1940s, scattered human skeletons were found around the Roopkund Lake, catapulting it into the limelight. For this reason, it is also known as the Skeletal Lake or the Mystery Lake. While many theories have evolved to explain these skeletons, they form a major attraction on the Roopkund trek. The trail moves from charming villages and rivulets in the early stages, to bugyals and lakes of the mid-section of the trek to Roopkund, and finally up into the rockier, scree covered summit stretch.

    Destination highlights

    Spend 7 glorious days in the Garhwal Himalayas. | Trek to the mysterious Roopkund Lake, which is frozen from November to June every year. | Take on the challenge of a tricky climb on the last day of the Roopkund lake trek. | See mountain peaks that are over 18,000 ft high.

    Activity Details

    11635

    15696

    7575

    55 kms

    40 hrs

    9 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Roopkund trek: Drive to Lohajung

    You'll meet the operator at Kathgodam Railway Station, where you'll board a vehicle that takes you to Lohajung, the base of the Roopkund trek. The drive takes you through popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora. At Lohajung, you can go for a short walk, or relax and enjoy the views. You'll stay overnight at Lohajung in a tourist lodge.

    Overnight stay in lodge

    Your first night on the trek will be in a lodge. Stays are on triple/quadruple sharing basis.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Kathgodam

    Lohajung

    06:00 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Roopkund trek: Trek to Didna Village
    Day 3 of the Roopkund trek: Trek to Bedni/Ali Bugyal
    Day 4 of the Roopkund trek: Trek to Bhagwabasa
    Day 5 of the Roopkund trek: Roopkund day!
    Day 6 of the Roopkund trek: Trek to Wan
    Day 7 of the Roopkund trek: Lohajung to Kathgodam
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 30 days or more before departure of the Roopkund trek: 90% of trek cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.

    For cancellations made 21-30 days prior to departure of the Roopkund trek: 60% of trek cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.

    For cancellations made 20-11 days prior to departure of the Roopkund trek: 30% of trek cost will be refunded, minus any transaction charges.

    For cancellations 0-10 days prior to departure of the Roopkund trek: No refund.

    No show and changes/cancellation on the Roopkund trek due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

    Rules on trip

    Any additional costs on the Roopkund trek due to weather/unforeseen situations will have to be borne by the traveller.

    The operator reserves the right to change the Roopkund trek itinerary in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deems it necessary.

    The word of the trek leaders is final and will have to be followed by all members.

    No shows and changes/cancellation on the Roopkund trek due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations on the trek to Roopkund, will have to be borne by the traveller.

    The team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.

    Any changes/cancellation in the itinerary of the trek to Roopkund due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

    It is recommended that you avoid planning any onward journeys on the same day as your return.
    • Trekking Roopkund Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure
    • Trekking Roopkund Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure
    • Trekking Roopkund Uttarakhand Himalayas Adventure
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (veg meals)

    • Transport to and from Kathgodam
    • Accommodation in lodges/tents on triple/multi-sharing basis (tents can be upgraded to twin sharing for INR 1,500 per person)
    • 2 dinners and 1 breakfast at Lohajung/Kuling
    • Sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Qualified trek leader/guide
    • Camp crew/kitchen staff during trek
    • Permits up to INR 500.
    • 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
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • 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.)

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Quick-dry t-shirts (3-4 pairs)
    • Synthetic trekking pants (2-3 pairs)
    • 1 warm fleece jacket
    • 1 pair of warm gloves
    • 4 pairs of warm socks
    • Wind- and water-proof jacket
    • 2 pairs of thermal innerwear
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • 1 pair woollen socks
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
    • Sports shoes/floaters/slippers
    • Restrictive clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Qualified trek leader (completed mountaineering course)
    • Local support team for geographical intelligence
    • Walky-talky communication between team members
    • Crampons/micro spikes to the trekkers (if required)
    • Oxygen cylinder and oxymeter
    • Seat harness to the trekkers (if required)
    • Locking carabiner and short sling for self-anchor
    • Rope-up during summit day (if required)
    • Dome tents and all camping gear

    You need to get

    • Rucksack with rain cover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • Shoes/sandals to wear at the campsite
    • Hand towel
    • Insulated water bottle
    • Cap
    • Sunglasses
    • Trekking pole
    • Toiletries
    • Lip balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Head lamp
    • Dry snacks

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.