Trek to Roopkund
Kathgodam, Uttarakhand, India
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years
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2017
Fri, 15 Sep, 2017
22
Sat, 16 Sep, 2017
22
Sun, 17 Sep, 2017
22
Sat, 23 Sep, 2017
22
Sun, 24 Sep, 2017
22
Sat, 30 Sep, 2017
22
Sun, 01 Oct, 2017
22
Mon, 02 Oct, 2017
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Sat, 07 Oct, 2017
22
Sun, 08 Oct, 2017
22
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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Roopkund lies between the Trishul and Nanda Ghanti peaks, and is covered in snow for most of the year. The most scenic and convenient route for the Roopkund trek is via Loharjung. On a clear day on this trail, you’ll witness open, green pastures, grazing horses and sheep. As you climb higher, the landscape becomes more stark and desolate.

    In the summer months from April to June, Roopkund lake will be frozen over, and there'll be snow in the higher camps. At this time, it's not easy to see the skeletons. This is a good time for those who want to take on the challenge of an icy trail, and a tougher trek. During the later months of the year, from September to November, there is no snow along the trail, and Roopkund lake with its skeletons is clearly visible. The weather makes this a more moderate trek during this time.

    Destination highlights

    • Trek through forests and meadows on your Roopkund trek
    • Visit the skeleton-lined lake of Roopkund
    • Camp in the most beautiful meadows of Uttarakhand
    • Earn bragging rights for an 8 day trek to over 15,000 feet

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Roopkund trek.

    Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs is not permitted while trekking.

    Cancellation policy

    If a cancellation is made up to 30 days before the Roopkund trek, 90% of the trip cost will be refunded.

    If a cancellation is made 30 to 21 days before the Roopkund trek, 60% of the trip cost will be refunded.

    If a cancellation is made 20 to 11 days before Roopkund trek, 30% of the trip cost will be refunded.

    If a cancellation is made less than 10 days before the Roopkund trek, no refund will be made.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Trek the Himalayas reserves the right to change/cancel the plans for the Roopkund trek without prior notice if deemed necessary. No arguments or refunds will be entertained.

    Any event cost for the Roopkund trek is exclusive of any kind of insurances or medical coverage/benefits.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Kathgodam Railway Station
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    Drop off point
    Kathgodam
    Mode of transport
    Taxi, bus, or a private vehicl
    Start point
    Lohajung
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    End point
    Kathgodam
    Time of departure
    06:30 AM
    Time of return
    06:00 PM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    43 hrs
    Total distance covered
    53 kms
    Start point elevation
    12000 feet
    Maximum elevation
    15696 feet
    Minimum elevation
    7622 feet
    Average per day distance
    8 kms
  • Day 1 of Roopkund trek: Kathgodam to Lohajung

    You'll be picked up at Kathgodam Railway Station by 06:30 in the morning. The crisp air and cool weather make you feel like you're already high up in the mountains. You'll be driven to Lohajung, on a long 10 hour drive through winding roads. You'll check into a guesthouse for the night.

    Day 2 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Didna village

    You'll begin your trek today, just a short one to warm up your trekking muscles. You'll get to Didna village by lunch time, and will be staying in a homestay here. It's a great chance to get a taste of local culture here. Overnight in homestay.

    Day 3 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Ali Bugyal

    You'll be trekking a longer stretch today, climbing up to the Ali Bugyal meadow, which is one of the prettiest meadows in this region. From the meadow, you'll get pretty views, and will be glad you're staying here for the night. Overnight in tents.

    Day 4 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Pathar Nauchani

    Today is a relatively easy trek. You'll be trekking along a ridge, and from the top, you'll start seeing some beautiful views. This easy trek is a good chance to acclimatise to the height you've gained over the last few days. Overnight in tents.

    Day 5 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Bhagwabasa

    Today you'll have a steep climb, and you'll start feeling the effects of the altitude gain. It's a short trek, but you should go as slow as you need to. You'll reach the campsite by early afternoon and will have some time to relax and enjoy the views before dinner. Go to bed early, because you'll have an early start tomorrow. Overnight in tents.

    Day 6 of Roopkund trek: Roopkund day!

    You'll begin your trek at 04:00 hrs, in the dark hours of the morning. Roopkund is a gradual climb of about 3 kms from the campsite, but the last section is steep. The highest point at Roopkund is Junargali, but you can only visit if the weather is favourable. You'll spend some time at Roopkund, then you head back and trek to Pathar Nauchani. Overnight in tents.

    Day 7 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Lohajung

    Today is all descent, and you'll cover a greater distance in a short span of time. Because you're going downhill, you'll have time to enjoy the views. You'll trek to Wan, and board the waiting vehicles that will take you back to Lohajung, which is about a 1 hour drive. Overnight in guesthouse in Lohajung.

    Day 8 of Roopkund: Return to Kathgodam

    Today you'll be driven back to Kathgodam. The 10-hour drive gives you time to rest your legs and enjoy the views. You'll reach Kathgodam by evening. Trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kathgodam
    End point
    Lohajung
    Day start time
    06:30 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lohajung
    End point
    Didna
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    6.5 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Didna
    End point
    Ali Bugyal
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10.5 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Ali Bugyal
    End point
    Pathar Nauchani
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    7 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Pathar Nauchani
    End point
    Bhagwabasa
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhagwabasa
    End point
    Pathar Nauchani
    Day start time
    04:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Pathar Nauchani
    End point
    Lohajung
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    15 kms
    Trekking time
    7 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Lohajung
    End point
    Kathgodam
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation on triple sharing basis in tents, guesthouse, and home stay
    • Transport from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
    • Meals on trek
    • 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
      Excludes
    • Personal expenses
    • Food during transit
    • Insurance
    • Mules/porter for personal backpack (can be arranged for an additional cost of 300/- per day)

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • 2 synthetic trekking pants
    • 2 full-sleeve t-shirts
    • 1 fleece T-shirt
    • 1 fleece jacket
    • 1 down feather jacket
    • 1 wind or waterproof jacket and pants
    • 2 pairs of thermal inners
    • 1 poncho
    • 1 sun cap
    • 1 woolen cap
    • 1 balaclava
    • 1 neck-gaiter
    • A pair of sunglasses
    • 1 pair of trekking shoes
    • 1 pair of slippers (optional)
    • 4 pairs of cotton socks
    • 2 pairs of woolen socks (only for the night, in the tent)
      What not to Wear
    • Sandals and floaters
    • Expensive jewelry and gadgets

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Tent
    • Sleeping bags
    • Sleeping mattress
    • Kitchen and dining tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Camping and cooking gear
    • Crampons and technical climbing gear if required
    • Stretcher, oxygen cylinder and first aid kits
      You need to get
    • Backpack with rain cover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • Walking stick
    • Head torch
    • Water bottle (2 bottles of 1 ltr each)
    • Snacks like energy bars, dried fruit
    • Sunscreen
    • Moisturizer
    • Lip balm
    • Toilet paper and wipes

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of Roopkund trek: Kathgodam to Lohajung

    Overnight at Lohajung

    You'll arrive at Lohajung and will check in to a clean and comfortable guesthouse. You can enjoy a short walk this evening, to get ready for the days of trekking ahead of you. Your stay at the guesthouse is on triple sharing basis. Today's package does not include any meals.

    Day 2 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Didna village

    Overnight at Didna Village

    After your first day of trekking, you'll check in to a homestay in Didna village. This gives you a chance to interact with locals and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Today's package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 3 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Ali Bugyal

    Overnight at Ali Bugyal

    You'll be provided with tents (on triple sharing basis), sleeping bags and mattresses for your first night of camping on the Roopkund trek. In addition, you'll also have access to shower tents, toilet tents, and a kitchen/dining tent.Today's package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 4 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Pathar Nauchani

    Overnight at Pathar Nauchani campsite

    You'll gain some altitude today, so tonight's campsite might be a little chillier than other campsites. Dress up warmly, sip on water, and don't rush your trekking. Today's package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 5 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Bhagwabasa

    Overnight at Bhagwabasa campsite

    You'll be camping close to the Kalu Vinayak temple today. You'll be able to go for a short walk to explore it, if you wish. Today's package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Go to bed early today, because you'll be waking up at 04:00 AM to start your ascent to Roopkund.

    Day 6 of Roopkund trek: Roopkund day!

    Overnight at Pathar Nauchani campsite

    You'll trek to Roopkund today, and will return to Pathar Nauchani for the night. Here you'll be provided with tents (on triple sharing basis), sleeping bags and mattresses. In addition, you'll also have access to shower tents, toilet tents, and a kitchen/dining tent. Today's package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Day 7 of Roopkund trek: Trek to Lohajung

    Overnight at Lohajung guesthouse

    After trekking to Wan village today, you'll board a vehicle that will take you to Lohajung. Say goodbye to the mountains as you trek down into the green meadows of the lower reaches of the Roopkund trek trail. Today's package includes breakfast and lunch.

    Day 8 of Roopkund: Return to Kathgodam

    Trip ends before nightfall

    Today you'll check out of your guesthouse and begin the road trip back to Kathgodam. No meals are provided today. It's a long drive of about 10 hours, which will be a welcome day of rest for you. You'll reach Kathgodam by evening. Trip ends here.

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