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A Himalayan Trekking Route to Mystery lake Roopkund

Roopkund Trek  ::  Roopkund Travel Guide ::  Trek Route map for Roopkund lake
Duration : 15 Days
Season : June – Mid Oct
Difficult : Moderate
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Highlights!

Roopkund ( Frozen Lake at 5000 m), High-Altitude Trekking, Bugyals ( High-Altitude Meadows), Trishul Peak overlooking.


Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. The road head for Roopkund is Lohajang 155km from Almora, 217km from Naini Tal and 235km from Kathgodam. Roopkund situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. ThisRoopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. The road head for Roopkund is Lohajang 155km from Almora, 217km from Naini Tal and 235km from Kathgodam.

Situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. This area is usually called is the ‘mystery lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age were found here. The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks. The starting point of the trek is Lohajang, easily approached by motor from Almora. Roopkund can also be reached by Ghat, connected by a motorable road with Nandprayag situated on the main highway of Badrinath. The trek of Roopkund passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forest clinging into the slopes of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the Pinder River. Then to round off this trek, one can approach Hemkund via Shila Samunder glacier and then move on Ghat. Bedni Bugyal and Bhagwawasa are the most beautiful places in this trek. You must found lots of “Bramhakamal” near Bhagwawasa. The best time of come here is last week of August to last week of October. You must have 8 days to trekking for Roopkund.

It is a 40km trek from road head. For many years, Roopkund has heel the attention of trekkers because of the bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. The mystery of the same has never been solved but the lake has attracted a number of people over the years. The trek by itself takes one through some of the best terrain in the Garhwal Himalayas, with one passing through thick forest, undulating meadows, towering peaks, etc. On this trek, you would go from Roopkund towards another fabulous destination – Kuari Pass.This trek is also known as Curzon’s Trail (named after the Indian Viceroy, Lord Curzon, who undertook this trek during his stay in India). The main attraction of this trek is the majestic views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Hathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Dronagiri, etc. During the trek one would pass through pristine forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Deodar. The beauty of the region is best described by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who said, “A vision of such beauty is worth a world of striving.”

Roopkund Trek

Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of garhwal. The road head for roopkund is lohajung 155km from Almora, 217km from nainital and 235km from Kathgodam. Roopkund situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. This area is usually called is the ‘mystery lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the poleolithic age were found here.The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks.

The starting point of the trek is lohajung, easily approached by motor from Almora. Roopkund can also be reached by ghat, connected by a motorable road with Nanda Prayag situated on the main highway of Badrinath. The trek of Roopkund passes through lushgreen grassy land and conifer forest clining into the sloper of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the pindar river. Then to round off this trek, one can approach hemkund via Shail Samundras glacier and then move on ghat. Bedni bugyal and Bhagwawasa are the most beautiful places in this trek.

You must found lots of “Bramhakamal” near Bhawawara. The best time of come here is last week of August to last week of October. You must have 8 days to trekking for Roopkund. It is a 40km trek from road head.

Roopkund Trek Itinerary :

Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand Tours

Day 01 : Rishikesh - Mundoli (265 kms / 10 hrs )
Drive to the small hamlet of Mundoli ( 2134m ), from where the trek begins. Overnight in Guest House / Tents.

Day 02 : Mundoli-Bekhal Tal :
Begin the trek; cross the Lahjung pass ( 2250m ) and continue to Bekhal Tal- a small lake amidst picturesque surroundings. Camp overnight. ( Aprox.8 Kms; 5-7 hrs walking )

Day 03 : Bekhal Tal :
Day at leisure to be spent in the beautiful environs.

Day 04 : Bekhal Tal - Wan :
Continue the trek to Wan village. The trail takes you via another small lake- Brahm Tal. Overnight in Guest House / Tents at Wan ( 2340m ). ( Aprox.10 Kms; 6-8 hrs walking )

Day 05 : Wan - Bedni Bugyal :
Begin the uphill trek and reach the 'Bugyals' (high altitude meadows) of Bedini ( 3354m ) - a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Camp overnight.

Day 06 : Bedni Bugyal : Day to explore the surroundings, which is bound to be an experience to be remembered.

Day 07 : Bedni-Baguabasa :
Trek through the undulating grasslands to reach Baguabasa ( 3380m ). Camp overnight. ( Aprox.7 Kms; 3-4 hrs walking )

Day 08 : Roopkund excursion :
Trek to the mysterious 'Pond of Beauty'- Roop Kund (5029m), close to the base of the Trishul (7120m) and Nanda Ghungti (6310m) Peaks. Roopkund the mystery lake, It was a lake that, a large number of Human bones were found and through anthropologists are still working on its significance. The lake however is nestled amidst a panoramic mountain scenery. Return to camp at Baguabasa for overnight stay at Camps. ( 8-10 hrs walking )

Day 09: Baguabasa - Wan :
Retrace the route back to Wan. Overnight in Guest House / Tents. ( 6-8 hrs walking )

Day 10 : Wan - Mundoli :
Continue downhill to Mundoli taking a direct route. Overnight in Guest House / Tents. ( 6-8 hrs walking )

Day11 : Mundoli - Rishikesh :
Drive down along the river to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 12 :Rishikesh - Departure :
Morning check out of Hotel to leave by train / surface to onward destination.

Trip Option Two :: Roopkund Trekking  Mystery lake trek

Roopkund (Mystery Lake) Trek
Region : Garhwal Himalayas
Season : May to October
Duration : 12 Nights & 13 Days
Routing : Delhi -Nanital – Mundoli – Bedni Bugyal – Bagubasa – Roopkund – Bhuna – Kanol – Ghat – Rishikesh – Delhi

Tour Highlights
Nanital : Boating at Nani Lake
Rishikesh : Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan, temples & ashrams


Roopkund becomes famous when large number of Human bones was reported. After that explorers & scientists have tried to explain the mystery but it helped in deepening the mystery rather solving it. Two theories have emerged & one is that these bones are of Gen. Zorawar Singh of Kashmir & his men who were coming back after raiding China-Tibet in 17th Century. Second opinion, which is also believed by locals, is that large numbers of people visiting Homkund were trapped in avalanches & snowstorms & got killed.

Roopkund Trek

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with modern. Its strategic location was the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. In fact, more mythological cities are believed to be here, like the city of Indraprastha from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, founded around 5000 BC. Numerous monuments were built over several centuries by different rulers like Qutub-ud-din Aibek, Alauddin Khilji, Tughlaks, Humayun & Shah Jahan, who built the Walled City Shah Jehanabad.

Later in first half of 20th century much of New Delhi was planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who laid out a grandiose central administrative area as a testament to British rule in India. The division in walled city & New Delhi also marks the division in life styles.

Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)

Roopkund (Mystery Lake) Trek
Day 02 : Delhi – Nanital (1938 m) (322 km - 10 hr)
After early breakfast we drive to Nainital, a hill-station popular with Indian tourists. It falls in Kumaon Mountains, known for their idyllic beauty. Nainital is a 100 year old hill-station situated around the beautiful Naini Lake, or abode of the eye-goddess after which the town takes its name.

Overnight Hotel – Nanital (B)

Day 03 : Nanital–Mundoli (2134 m) Mundoli – Lohajung (2350 m) (Drive 195 km - 8 hr & Trek 1 km)
Todaywe drive 115 km towards Kausani (1890 m), a beautiful hill-staton from where we have a 300 km view of the beautiful Himalayas. After crossing Kausani we drive 17 km to Baijnath (1126 m), which has the famous temple complex, dedicated to Lord Shiva. After that we drive to Mundoli via Gwaldam. The road to Mundoli after Gwaldam is little rough. On arrival at Mundoli, we take our backpacks & walk about 1 km towards our Campsite at Lohajung on the top of the grassy ridge about 200 m above Mandoli. It has excellent views south towards the valley & in the north we have our first glimpse of the peak Nanda Gunti (6860 m) & also we look in the direction we will follow tomorrow up the River Gyan Ganga.

Overnight Tent – Lohajung (B, L, D)

Day 04 : Lohajung – Didana (2634 m) (05 hr trek)
Today we start trekking down into Gyan Ganga Valley initially through rhododendron & oak forest. Then we follow the river before a climb to Didana.

Overnight Tent – Didana (B, L, D)

Roopkund Trek
Day 05 : Didana – Bedini Bugyal (3354m) ( 06 hr)
Today starts with a serious uphill section through forest. About 3 hr later we reach the tree line & if the clouds allow we will have wonderful views of Chaukhamba & Nilkanth Mountains. At this point we are on a grassy ridge leading to the meadows of Bedni Bugyal. This high meadow is the main area used for camping by travellers on the great pilgrimage to Roop Kund which takes place every 12 years. It is a beautiful & interesting place dotted with shrines & temples. It is said to be the one of the most stunning alpine campsites in the Himalayas. In the morning there will be a tremendous view of Trishul above the Shila Samudra glacier, as well as Nilkanth to the north-west.

Overnight Tent – Bedni Bugyal (B, L, D)

Day 06 : Bedini Bugyal (3354m) Day for Acclimatization.
Today we trek 500 m higher than Bedni Bugyal & then come down to our same campsite. This exercise is to improve the acclimatization process.

Overnight Tent – Bedini Bugyal (B, L, D)

Day 07 : Bedni Bugyal – Bagubasa (4100m) ( 06 hr)
Today we again start our trek. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola & then climbs up to Bagubasa, an improvised stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims.

Overnight Tent - Bagubasa

Roopkund (Mystery Lake) Trek
Day 08 : Bagubasa - Roopkund Lake (4778 m) Roopkund Lake - Bagubasa ( 06 hr)
In the morning if the weather is clear you will have great views of Trishul & the mountains around. Today we start our arduous trek of about 3 hr to reach Roop Kund Lake. At Roop Kund, if the snow is not too deep, the mysterious skeletons & remains of human beings & horses can be seen. There are also great views of the surrounding glaciers & high peaks. The lake is haunting as well as very scenic. If interested we can hike another 30 minutes or so up to the ridge above the lake where you will be rewarded with wonderful views of Trishul & the surrounding mountains. After spending some time exploring the area we return to Bagubasa.

Overnight Hotel - Bagubasa (B, L, D)

Day 09 : Bagubasa - Pather Nachauni - Bhuna (3450 m) (06 hr)
Today we trek back till Pather Nachauni & then take a turn to traverse the mountain face & below us on left side is beautiful Bedni Bugyal. The trek is like on a fishbone with steep ravines & valleys cutting on both sides & allowing us an exceptional panorama that spreads itself from Trishul to Chaukhamba. At Bhuna we camp to the proximity of sheep barns.

Overnight Tent – Bhuna (B, L, D)

Day 10 : Bhuna - Kanol ( 2670 m) (6 hr)
Today we descend through a beautiful forest of Cedar & Rhododendron. The valley widens itself & the slopes gradually soften & finally we reach Kanol amidst cultivated fields. Kanol is a picturesque village & nestles among thick forests of rhododendron. The Nandakini River flows close by. The village houses are made up of stone & slate & we can meet the villagers. We may also see monkeys on the trees or on the roof of the houses. The place offers a majestic view of the Trishul

Roopkund Trek
Overnight Tent - Kanol (B, L, D)

Day 11 : Kanol – Sitel (1850 m)
Today we start our downhill trek to Sitel through a pastures & fields, where men & women work on their fields amidst beautiful landscape & River Nandakini flowing nearby with beautiful view of the mountains. Our trek ends at Sitel & rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight Tent – Sitel (B, L, D)

Day 12: Sitel – Ghat (1334 m) 16 km drive Ghat – Rishikesh (216 km - 8 hr)
Today we drive to Ghat, a small town & from there to Nandprayag, where River Mandakini meets River Alananda. From there we drive down to Rishikesh is a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. There is also a cluster of a number of Ashrams & temples giving the entire place a very spiritual atmosphere. The ceaseless flow of the river, regarded as Goddess Ganga adds to the beauty & the purity of the place. Along the river, the area is filled with thick green forests in the all-mountainous region. Roopkund (Mystery Lake) Trek Rishikesh is famous for its yoga & meditation sessions that are taught here by many yoga experts. It is also a very popular centre for Ayurveda system of healing (traditional Indian medicine system). Besides the sadhus & saints, a mass of tourists too visit this place every year to have a look at this much heard about place. In addition to wonderful scenery & the numerous pilgrimage sites, Rishikesh also makes some of the most popular adventure sport destinations of India like river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, hiking.

Overnight Hotel - Rishikesh (B)

Day 13: Rishikesh – Delhi (250 km - 06 hr)
Today we will visit Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan & other temples & ashrams. Later we will drive back to Delhi & reach by evening.

On arrival transfer to airport.

Trekking  Option Three :: Roopkund long version trek

Besides its rivers, rivulets and streams, Garhwal is famous for its high altitude lakes, which hold up a mirror to the awesome peaks that surround them.  Not one of the most beautiful, but certainly the most fascinating lake in Garhwal Himalayas is “Roopkund”, the mystery lake. At an altitude of 4777 metres, this glacial lake is about 50 metres in diameter. It is so named, because of its banks lies the remains of human skeleton of scores of men who perished many centuries ago. Many mythological accounts and stories are heard about the remains, they range from Tibetan traders to refugees to Tughlaks army, who were on a mission to Tibet, under General Zorawar  Singh.

Homekund is yet another lake, situated at a distance of 8 kms  beyond Roopkund. Homkund is the final destination of Nanda Jat Yatra, commences after every 12 years. Along the route, one can witness the excellent close views of  Nanda Ghunti (6309 metres), Trishul (7142 metres), Chaukhamba (7138 metres) and other important peaks.

Apart from lakes and peaks, the trek passes through one of the best ‘Bugyals’ the alpine meadow of the area, i.e. Bedni  have long been related to myths and mysteries. Even  today, the local people witness the presence of fairies. According  to a popular belief the  Vedas were written in sylvan  haunts of Bedni. Regularly visited and worshipped temple of Goddess Nanda Devi  is situated amidst the meadow. 

A 14 Nights  15  days trip which involves trek to one of the high altitude Himalayan lakes and spiritual  journey to one of the four most sacred place and source of second most important river of Northern India.

Best Time : June to November   

Itinerary

Day 0. Arrive Rishikesh. Check in to High Bank Peasants Cottage. Evening introduction with trekking guide & camp staff followed by welcome dinner. Overnight High Bank Pesants Cottage.

DAY 01. RISHIKESH / JOSHIMATH   DRIVE 8- 9 HRS. OVERNIGHT HOTEL

Morning after breakfast drive to Joshimath. The entire drive toady is along the Ganga and Alaknanda river. We stop at Devprayag to visit the confluence at the beginning of the Ganges. Arrive Joshimath and transfer to hotel. Evening visit the small hill town. Dinner  and overnight hotel.

DAY 02. JOSHIMATH/ AULI/TALI  TREK 5-6 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS

Morning after breakfast trek to Tali . The entire trek today is Gradual climb through the forest and  in open meadow . One can get the view of - Neelkanth, Kamet, Hathi parbat, Hathighori, Mukut, Dronagiri and Nanda Devi.  Arrive Tali &  camp in meadow. Meals and overnight camp.

DAY 03. TALI /DHAKWANI TREK 5-6 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS.

Morning after breakfast trek to Dhakwani. Today we climb all the way to Kauri Pass. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Greater  Himalayan Peaks and trek down to Dhakwani. Arrive Dhakwani & camp. Dinner and overnight camp.

DAY 04. DHAKWANI / PANA  TREK 5-6 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS

Trek in rich forest of Oak , rhododendron steep climbing and steep  descending

DAY 05 PANA / SEEMA KHARAK TREK 4-5 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS

A 2 hour descending  and 2 and ½  hour or 3 hour  steep climbing in the forest of  Deodar  blue pines.  (4-5 hours)

DAY 06. SEEMA KHARAK /GHUNI ( RAMANI) 4 -5 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS

First  1 and ½ hour climbing  in the forest  there are some small patches  of meadow on the way.  Chechani vinayak (pass) view of Trishuli,  around 2 hour gradual descending in the meadow 

DAY 07. GHUNI / SUTOL TREK 5-6 HRS. OVERNIGHT TENTS

Easy but long walking  In between  5-6 valleys, sutol  last village in the confluence  Nandakini – Roopkini

DAY 08 SUTOL / TALA KAPAR  OVERNIGHT TENTS

 1 hour steep climbing 1 hour descending  walking with the  stream  2 hour steep climbing  in the forest  of blue pine , Oak , rhododendron and burch (5-6 hours).

DAY 09 TALA  KAPAR /BHOGUBASA OVERNIGHT TENTS

1 and ½ hour  steep climbing  the forest, ½ hour in the rocky path of the medow  1 hour flat walking in medow  along the river roopkini ,  around 2 hour  steep climbing  to Bhagubasa . On the way  view of  Nanda Ghunti  and trishuli, Chaukhamba , Neelkanth .

DAY 10 BHOGUBASA /ROOP KUND -  Patar Nachawani- Bhagubasa to Roopkund is easy walking in the flat but in moraines ½  hour climbing  with same view  as last day. (4-5 hours). Kaluka Vinayak (pass) descending  till to patarnachani.

DAY 11 PATAR NACHANI / BEDNI  (Aali)- OVERNIGHT TENTS

The best view of Chaukhamba , Neelkanth and Nanda devi , Trishul. Whole trek is in meadow. (3-4 hour).

DAY 12. BEDNI / WAN OVERNIGHT TENTS

Steep descending  2 and ½ hour and 1 hour climbing in rich forest  of rhododendron, Oak  camping in small medow of wan  with the view of trishuli (3-4 hours).

DAY 13. WAN / LOHAJANG PASS/MUNDOLI TREK 4-5 HRS.

Easy walking  gradual  decending  around 3 hour and  1 and  ½ hour  steep climbing  to Lohajang  pass whole day in rich forest of conifer rhododendron etc. view of trishuli  from lohajang pass. Arrive and camp .

DAY 14. MUNDOLI /  RISHIKESH DRIVE 9-10 HRS. Overnight

HIGH BANK Himalayan Retreat On the Ganges  

Morning after breakfast drive to Rishikesh.

DAY 15 . RISHIKESH / Onward Journey .

Morning after breakfast Trip terminates.

On can stay in Rishikesh or drive to Delhi .

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