Beautiful Roopkund Trek

Beautiful Roopkund Trek

 

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Roopkund Trek
Region: - Uttarakhand 
Duration: - 08 Days 
Grade: - Moderate to Difficult 
Max Altitude: - 15,696 Ft. 
Approx Trekking Km: - 53 kms
Trek Date:-30th May To 6th June 2016

Start & End Point:- 

Lohargunj To Lohargunj 

How to Reach

The Kathgodam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train.

By Train:- 
From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar Sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey)

From Dehradun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehradun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey)
By Bus:- 
Regular buses ply from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey). 

Trek Fees:-

₹ 10,900 +Service Tax.

How to Reach:-

The Roopkund Trek is the quintessential Himalayan trek. This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated at a high altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the 'Mystery Lake', or the 'Skeletal Lake', on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake. 

A Forest Officer stumbled upon these skeletons in the year 1942, and this surprising discovery triggered a series of visits from scientists from all over the world who wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. A lot of research went into finding out how so many skeletons came to exist near this lake, and eventually it was concluded that these skeletons belonged to a group of pilgrims, who were caught unprepared in a hailstorm( somewhere around AD850). The hailstones were as big as cricket balls, and with no shelter in site, they succumbed to injuries on their skulls. National Geographic aired a story regarding this lake, which made the lake a popular destination among trekkers. Aside from all this myth and mystery around the trek, the Roopkund Trek is the perfect route to showcase the surreal Himalayan beauty; and it the perfect trek to initiate you into high altitude treks. The trek starts from Lohajung, situated at an elevation of 3200 meters, and after gradually trekking uphill for 5 days you will reach Roopkund which lies at approximately 5000 meters above sea-level.

At this altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser than what the lowland folks are used to, and we will give you various tips to enable you to effectively cope with this change. Being in good physical shape will ensure that you adapt to the thinning air quickly. Also, good fitness level will allow you more energy to enjoy the spectacular views without worrying about nagging bouts of altitude induced problems. So when you plan for this trek, also plan out a fitness regime for yourself. 

There are two time windows in a year when you can do this trek – once after winter from mid-May to mid-June, and once post monsoon during September and October. You can choose the post-winter variant if you want to have some fun with snow, or you can choose the post-monsoon variant if you want to stroll through lush green Himalayan meadows. Whatever the season, the weather in the mountains is delicately balanced, and can go from sunny to cloudy in minutes. This adds another dimension to the adventure, and you should be equipped with wind and water proof clothing to face these weather changes. 
The first couple of days on the trek will take you through quaint villages, cheerful streams, and rapid mountain rivers. 

The sunlight streaming through the trees in the forests will make the entire mountainside glow golden. Trek some more, and you will soon leave the trees behind. Now you will be greeted by miles and miles of lush meadows, called 'Bugyals' in the local tongue.

The Bugyals are dotted with small and big lakes at intervals. The pure air, the poignant greens and the effervescent blues will make you forget all your troubles. Next is the summit stretch, where your stamina will be tested as the air gets thinner and thinner. At the end of the climb lies the coveted Roopkund, frozen, serene, and pristine. Near the lake you can still find lots of skeletons, which have been well preserved because of the cold after all these centuries. From here, you can spot a lot of other peaks – Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba.

The route followed on the Roopkund Trek overlaps with a pilgrimage which occurs every year, called the Raj Jat Yatra. This festive pilgrimage is held each year to worship goddess Nanda Devi, and people from several villages of the Kumaon and Garhwal participate in this Yatra. This Yatra starts from a small village 'Nauti' near Karnaprayag, and goes beyond Roopkund to Homkund.

If you are lucky enough to be on the trek during this Yatra, you will meet a lot of locals dressed in their traditional attire participating in the festival. Meeting these welcoming and warm-hearted people will be an unforgettable encounter. The Roopkund trek is a most enriching experience for the body and the soul. This time spent amidst the mountains will remove the cob-webs from your mind and will thoroughly rejuvenate you. 

Brief itinerary
Day 1:- Kathgodam to Lohargunj
Day 2:- Lohargunj to Didna Village
Day 3:- Didna Village to Ali Bugyal
Day 4:- Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani
Day 5:- Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa
Day 6:- Bhagwabasa to Roopkund to Bedni Bugyal
Day 7:- Bedni Bugyal to Lohargunj
Day 8:- Lohargunj to Kathgodam

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathgodam to Lohargunj

Arrive early at the Kathgodam Railway station. Various overnight trains run from Delhi and other cities. We will meet you at the station. We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohargunj. Although this drive is long, it is very scenic for the most part as we will be driving along rivers before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora. Founded in 1568, Almora, is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand . Overnight stay in forest guest house/tents.

Day: 2 Lohargunj to Didna Village

The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohargunj to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohargunj pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp for the night. Overnight in tents.

Day 3: Didna village to Ali Bugyal

We get up early in the morning and do some stretching exercises. It is essential that we stretch ourselves properly to avoid muscle problems through the trek. Today’s stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. You will after this climb start enjoying the stunning views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali bugyal. Ali Bugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from there you can enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani
Today is a comparatively easy day. Walk while listening to chirping birds and admiring the beauty of our surroundings. After few hours of trekking you will be on other side of the ridge and the view from this point is absolutely Fanta bullous. Ghora Lotani on the Roopkund trek is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. We should reach the campsite by the afternoon with enough to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions and altitude. Overnight camp at Lotani.

Day 05: Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa
The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. A steep and zig zag route takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugu Basa (4100m). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 06: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund. Return to Bedni Bugyal
The D day of the Roopkund Trek is here. We will start the day as early as 5 AM. We will start early as during early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 5 km gradual up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the Lake. A further trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. Then we head back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extends west across the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop.

Day 07: Bedni Bugyal to Lohargunj via Wan. Bedni to wan (trek) wan to Lohargunj (drive).
Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. On reaching Wan we drive to Lohargunj. Overnight stay at Lohargunj.

Day 08: Lohargunj to Kathgodam 
After getting to the base camp at Lohargunj and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohargunj. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek.Early morning start drive towards Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our trek ends.

(Note:- Plus Valley Adventure Arrange Vehicle From Kathgodam To Lohargunj but Vehicle charges upto Lohargunj paid by participants. )

Fees Includes:-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) 
3. Trek equipments.
4. Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.

Fees Excludes:-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.

Things To Carry:-
Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T-shirt
Water resistant trekking pants (Dri-fit)
Windproof/ water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve sweater
Thermal inner wear
Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, outer water proof gloves
Thick dri-fit woollen socks and regular socks
Scarf/ muffler / multifunctional headwear (optional)
Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
Gaiters
Ice Grips / Winter Trax / Crampons
Raincoat/ Poncho
Small light weight towel
Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
Sturdy walking stick/ Trekking pole
Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Personal medication
Personal toiletries

Advisory
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
Avoid trekking during the nights.
Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.

For Medical Form please visit : https://www.plusvalleyadventure.com/medical-form/

Contact –
Plus Valley Adventure – 7720080918
– 8308962700
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Payment Method -
1.Online on http://www.plusvalleyadventure.com/

2. In Bank Account of Plus Valley Adventure.
Bank Details -
Account Name - Plus Valley Adventure.
A/c number - 915020032483908
Bank - Axis Bank LTD.
Branch - Paud Road
IFSC Code - UTIB0001894
(Note - Only Cheque deposits and NEFT transfers.
No cash deposit)

2. You can Pay the cash in our Office. Receipt will be given to you.

Address - Plus Valley Adventure Office, 3, Anand Complex, Alkapuri Society, Opp. Hotel Kinara, Above Bata Showroom, Vanaz Corner, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune- 411029.

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