Kathgodam is a famous town in the state of Uttarakhand. It is well connected by means of road and rail. There are overnight trains from Delhi too.
This moderately challenging trek to Roopkund takes you to the thrilling (and chilling!) Roopkund Lake, and offers you a rare chance to see the human skeletons that surround it. The Roopkund 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 Roopkund lake itself.
The trek to Roopkund takes you through the more remote parts of the Garhwal region, ensuring that you're deeply embedded in nature, with very few disturbances from the civilized world. You'll get to experience the best of both lush mountain forests, as well as more barren landscapes as you climb higher. The trek becomes a little more challenging in the last leg, near Bhagubasa, as the terrain becomes rocky and ridden with boulders. At the lake, there is often a chance of bad weather, but if possible, you'll have time to explore it to your heart's content. On the way back, you'll pass through the charming village of Wan, which is the perfect spot for a cup of tea and some chit-chat with the locals.
Explore the mysterious skeletal remains at Roopkund Lake. | Take selfies with Himalayan giant peaks like Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. | Earn your boasting rights with the Roopkund Lake trek, which is known as a tough one. | Visit the charming village of Wan and meet local residents all along the route.
It's your first day of the Roopkund trek! Yayyy! You'll have to meet the operator at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 hrs and board the vehicle that takes you to Lohajung. This is a long drive (8-9 hrs), but it takes you through the beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani, so you'll have plenty to look at. On arrival at Lohajung, you'll check into a campsite just outside the village. You'll have some time to explore Lohajung and pick up any last-minute essentials for your Roopkund trek. Overnight in tents.
You will be staying in alpine tents on twin-sharing basis tonight. Each traveller is equipped with clean, warm sleeping bags and sleeping mattresses. For your convenience, the campsite will have separate toilet tents for men and women, as well as a kitchen/dining tent.
If you cancel 45 days or more before departure of the Roopkund trek: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.
If you cancel 30-45 days before departure of the Roopkund trek: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.
If you cancel 15-30 days before departure of the Roopkund trek: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.
If you cancel 15 days or less before departure of the Roopkund trek: No refund
The operator has a set of guidelines for the Roopkund trek that must be adhered to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.
Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader during the trek to Roopkund.
Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited on the Roopkund trek.
While on the trek to Roopkund, participants must follow a proper waste disposal system.