The Roopkund trek is a must-do destination for trek lovers. It has got everything going for it. Gurgling brooks, deep virgin forests, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, ice, and snow, and the taste of a great adventure as we climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in six days. The level of this trekking is from moderate to difficult.
The Roopkund Lake also known as the “mystery Lake of Uttarakhand” is a must-do trek for an avid trekker. This trek is a moderate trek, with a beautiful view of mountainous rivers, lush forests, enthralling ridges, and scenic meadows around. The trek starts from Lohajung following to a high altitude of 16,499 ft., during which Bedni Bugyal, the quaint villages of Wan and Didna can be spotted. The zig-zag and snowy trail offer the best views of the Roopkund lake and Neelganga river and a memorable experience of meditating at the Kalu Vinayak temple.
The royal twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Hathi- Ghodi Parvat spot the rare-yellow Himalayan magpie must be noticed.
Roopkund is perhaps the most popular and picture-perfect trek in India is almost picture-perfect. The Roopkund trekking journey climbs out of splendid dark forests suddenly bursting into Ali and Bedni Bugyal, arguably India’s most beautiful high-altitude meadows. The trail quickly gets into terrific alpine stretches out of the fields.
A heart-pounding thrill is felt while climbing on snow to the Roopkund lake. The beautiful Mt Trishul looms over the setting getting closer as a trekker climb higher when at a ridge above Roopkund, only air separates the trekker from them and Trishul.
- The Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung and takes the trekker through Bedni Bugyal, the tiny hamlets of Wan and Dedni, and it also offers mesmerizing summit views of the Garhwal Himalayan peaks.
- It passes through the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons and oaks, and spot the Himalayan magpie as you approach the pristine Roopkund Lake and Neelganga river. The black-stoned lord Ganesha can be viewed inside the Kalu Vinayak temple making the trekking experience unforgettable.
- As this zig-zag trail continues to accomplish the altitude of 16,499 ft. amidst the icy wind, it gives an admiring view of India’s second-highest peak, Nanda Devi.
- The entire distance of 53 KM can be covered in 8 days.
- It would be ideal to share your travel experience with your group, when you relax at the Himalayan campsite, thus even making them attempt the same.
- Hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner (vegetarian) are all included in the normal tour packages to Roopkund. For those who like learning new facts, interacting with the locals, and listening to some interesting stories, this would be a perfect trek.
- Ensure that the trekkers stay covered with thermals and that enough jackets are with them to withstand the temperature that is between 13°C to 18°C during the day and -5°C to 7°C at night.
- All equipment, meal areas, accommodation, etc. are sanitized before and after every use here to ensure the utmost safety and hygiene of the trekkers.
How to reach and return?
Transportation facilities are available from Kathgodam Railway station at 6.00 AM sharp. It is a drive of almost 9-10 hours from Kathgodam and roughly about 216 km will be covered. Transport to Lohajung usually costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.
The trekkers are expected to return to Kathgodam by 8 pm. This transportation back to Kathgodam usually costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.
How to plan?
Day 1 – Kathodam to Lohajung
Day 2 – Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Gehroli Patal
Day 3 – Trekking from Gehroli Patal to Bedni Bugyal
Day 4 – Bedni Top Excursion
Day 5 – Trekking from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni
Day 6 – Trekking from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa via Kalu Vinayak
Day 7 – Trekking from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund and further up to Junargali, and returning to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa
Day 8 – Trekking from Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Bedni and Wan
Day 9 – Lohajung to Kathgodam
Trekking is something that could transform lives. It could completely change a life. The impacts that happen to us after a trek are unimaginable. It could help to change professions, and careers or start a new life. It could get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These treks are thus life-changing experiences. Children build resilience. Families come together. There are people above 55 who do trekkings and seeing them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains. This trek gives a chance to enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. It allows you to enjoy a small bonfire with your friends. Roopkund trek is a feast for your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, forests of fir, oak, and rhododendrons.