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Roopkund Trek in Garhwal Himalayas

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

Opinions are divided: some say they are the soldiers of General Jorawar Singh who died on the way to Tibet while others hold that pilgrims who went 200 yrs ago on the famous ‘Raj Jat Yatra’ perished due to inclement weather.

**Four Horned Ram Mystery: Significant phenomenon of a four horned ram which takes birth once in Twelve years in this area and the ram leads the pilgrimage from ‘Nauti’ village to the famous rocky heights known as ‘Bugyals’ and ultimately to ‘Nanda Devi Shrine where it suddenly disappears.
 

SALIENT   ATTRACTION

1 -:   46 kms ancient rout crossing beautiful land escape zone, temperate and alpine forest, alpine meadows, snow clad peaks and many more.

2-:    BEDNI BUGYAL (an alpine meadow) —  is the largest and most beautiful alpine meadow in Uttarakhand Himalaya starts at 3500m to 4500m and posses 15kms trek of total pilgrimage, remain full of innumerable species of flowers and herbs in this season.

 3 -:  ROOPKUND a mystic lake (5000m) – The mysterious presence of human skeletons in a lake at threshold of Trisuli & Nanda Ghunti mountain,  has immense potential  to create sensation of thrill and mystery.

4–      HOMEKUND (4500)   A place at threshold of  greater Himalaya where auspicious occasion of Shiv – Nanda marriage is commemorated .

 5- —- SILASAMURA (4600) —  A 5 kilometers wide land patch full of big boulders on pilgrimage rout.

Short version trek ::

ITINERARY FOR ROOPKUND TREK

Day 1: Haridwar to Mundoli
Nanda ghungti (6310m). A religious festival is held at the alpine is an enjoyable experience. All along at Wan and reach Ran ki Dhar. There is some flat area 12–13 km from Wan. There is a huge grazing ground for Bhaguwabasa is hostile for most of the year. One gets a mules, basa.

Day 2: Mundoli – Lohajung pass – Wan
Time: 6-7 hours
Level: Easy

Day 3: Wan – Bedni
Time: 5-6 hours
Level: Difficult

Day 4: Bedni
Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Bedni – Bagubassa
Time: 6-7 hours
Level: Moderate

Day 6: Bagubassa – Roopkund – Bedni
Time: 7-8 hours
Level: Easy – Moderate

Day 7: Bedni – Wan
Time: 4-5 hours

Day 8: Wan- Rishikesh
Drive to Risikesh (arrival by evening)

TREK INFORMATION

Duration 8 - 10 Days
Ideal Season Mid May to June, Mid September to October
Level Moderate - Difficult
Location Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India

Long version trek

 

  Day From - To Drive / trek (Kms.) Description  
           
  01. Delhi/Rudraprayag 355 Pick up from Delhi drive to Rudraprayag, lunch enroute. check in hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.  
  02. Rudraprayag/Wan (2439 mts.) 125 kms. drive Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay in Mandoli at tourist rest house. Dinner and overnight stay.  
  03 Wan/Bedari (3354 mts.) 12 kms. This day trek is a gradual climb till Bedani Bugyal. It also passes through thick forest. Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.  
  04. Bedani/Aali Bugyal Excursion After breakfast short trek to Aali Bugyal back to camp by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.  
  05. Bedani/Baguwasa (4567 mts.) 9 kms. trek After breakfast proceed to Baguwasa with paced lunch. in Baguwasa one can see Brahamkamal here. Dinner and overnight in camp.  
  06. Baguwasa /Rookund 
(5029 mts./Johragali pass 
(5300 mts.)
5 kms. trek
one side.
After breakfast trek to Roopkund and  further 300 mts. climb leads to Johragali pass. Back to Baguwasa. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.  
  07. Baguwasa/Bedani 9 kms. After breakfast trek down to Bedani, hot lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.  
  08. Baguwasa/Wan 12 kms. After breakfast trek to wan village with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in tents/tourist rest house.  
  09. Wan/Sutol 7 hours trek After breakfast trek to Sutol with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.  
  10. Sutol/Ghat/Nandaprayag 6-7 hours trek After trek to Ghat with packed lunch and further 20 kms. drive to Nandaprayag. Dinner and overnight stay in tourist rest house.    
  11. Nadaprayag/Rishikesh 190 kms. drive After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Rishikesh.  
  12. Rishikesh -- Local sightseeing. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Rishikesh.  
  13. Rishikesh/Delhi 225 kms. drive After breakfast drive to Delhi. Lunch tour concluded.

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