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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.
REGION : Uttarakhand
SEASON : Rainy
GRADE : Difficult
MAX ALTITUDE : 15,696 Ft
APPROX TREKING DISTANCE: 53 Km
START POINT: Kathgodam
END POINT: Kathgodam
Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung. Situated at the elevation of 3200 mtrs, this joint has narrow and curvy roads that cross from one slope of the mountain to other. While crossing the mountain, you can witness amazing views of the valley. Didna Village is the second destination. It is very difficult to reach there as it is located at the height. You have to cross mixed forest to reach there. Then you will come to Ali Bugyal. Surrounded by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs. Ghora Latoni is the next destination, which is 3 km far from Ali Bugyal. This walk is an easy walk. Situated on the plain, Ghora Latoni is the best place for campsite. From there, you will reach Bhagwabasa. Trail going to Bhagwabasa is very crisscross and moves uphill towards the mountain. Roopkund is the last destination of the trek. It is 5 km far from Bhagwabasa, and the trail is very ascending and steady. Witnessing the lake after so much exertion is the life time experience. After spending some unforgettable moments, you can come back to your base camp by reversing your trek.
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 Lohajung
Day 8:- Loharjung to Kathgodam
Day 01: Kathgodam to Loharjung
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. 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 Lohajung to Didna Village
The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung 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 Lohajung 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 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 Lohajung 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 Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
Day 08: Loharjung to Kathgodam
After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. 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.
Date:- 17 To 24 September 2017
11500+9% service tax
Inclusion & Exclusion:-
Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipment.
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Per person (Lohajung to Lohajung)
8.Plus Valley will arrange transport from Kathgodam to Lohajung at 6.30 am. The cost of this will have to be borne by the trekkers.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Food during the transit.
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
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Things To Carry:-
1) Warm shirt/ light micro fleece pullover/ full sleeve T-shirt
2) Water resistant trekking pants (Dri-fit)
3) Windproof/ water resistant jacket, down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
4) Thick Fleece/ Full-sleeve sweater
5) Thermal inner wear
6) Woolen cap, Inner fleece gloves, outer water proof gloves
7) Thick dri-fit woolen socks and regular socks
8) Scarf/ muffler / multifunctional headwear (optional)
9) Comfortable waterproof Trekking/ Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
11) Ice Grips / Winter Trax / Crampons
12) Raincoat/ Poncho
13) Small light weight towel
14) Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
15) Cap/ floppy, Sun glasses
16) Sturdy walking stick/ trekking pole
17) Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
18) Torch/ Flashlight (with extra batteries)
19) Personal medication
20) Personal toiletries.
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1) Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
2) Pay heed to the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
3) Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
4) Avoid trekking during the nights.
5) Before undertaking the trek, consult a physician.
6) Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
7) The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.