Trek begins at: Lohajung or Wan Village, Uttarakhand
Trek ends at: Lohajung or Wan Village, Uttarakhand
How to reach Lohajung or Wan
Nearest Airport to Lohajung : Dehradun Airport
Nearest Major Towns: Kathgodam, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun
Trekkers usually travel to Delhi by Air or Train, then take a train to Kathgodam
Volvo bus booking can be done on redbus
There is a direct bus from Haridwar/Rishikesh to Wan Village. The bus ride will be long and tiring. The same bus starts back from Wan village to Rishikesh/Haridwar, the next morning at 5 am.
From Kathgodam, Shared taxi or bus can be taken to Bageshwar. From Bageshwar a shared taxi or bus to Deval. From Deval again a shared taxi or bus to Lohajung. You can expect the last shared taxi from Lohajung to Wan between 3:30 pm or 4pm. If you get one after this time, consider yourself lucky!
Lohajung and Wan have GMVN rest houses. There are dormitories and rooms available at both these rest houses. They are well maintained and have neat and clean facilities. A Dormitory bed in the year 2017, costed Rs 150 for a night.
The GMVN rest house at Wan is about a kilometers walk from the Wan bus station. There is a shortcut uphill trail, which is steep and beautiful. The GMVN guest house at Wan is a must stay place for the Roopkund trek. This place gets booked in advance, so you should talk to your guide and make payments/reservations in advance.
The Roopkund lake is also called the mysterious lake, because of the human skeletal remains around the lake.
This trek is best done in the months of May, June or September, October. That is, just before the monsoons begins or right after the monsoons end and before winter sets.
The trek is graded as a difficult trek, as it goes to a high altitude of around five thousand meters and there are some tricky snow covered slops to negotiate. With a number of steep inclines.
There is much more to this trek, than the skeletal remains. The skeletal remains themselves are visible when the snow melts, there is a small window of time in a year when this can be best seen. On this trek, a trekker passes through thick Oak and Pine forests. Walking through the pathway between the trees will be wonderful experience in itself, some of the trees have barks so massive that it will need three to four people to embrace its entire circumference and the tee itself could be seven to nine stories tall.
The trek passes through some of the most beautiful meadows in the country. The Ali bugyal and the Bedni bugyal. There are camping sites on both of these beautiful meadows.
Legend goes that the King of Kanauj along with his wife, servants and a dance troupe had camped at Pathar Nachuni, Nachuni means dancers and the name Pathar Nachuni comes from the tale of the dance troupe doing a performance at this campsite.
The final stretch of the trek, before it reaches the lake will be on snow in the months of May and June. The possibility of snow in the months of September and October is low.
There are two popular routes for the trek. The trek could either start from Wan village or it could start from Lohajung and through Didina Village. The trail from Didina has some seriously steep inclines and is great for trekkers who want to push their limits.
The trail from Wan can directly go to Bedni Bugyal or optionally there could be a diversion to Aali bugyal and then to Bedni Bugyal and to Roopkund.
The Ronti Saddle trek passes through Roopkund. After Roopkund, one needs to climb Junargali and proceed further to Ronti Saddle. The Ronti Saddle trek is a tough trek. Ponies cannot negotiate the Ronti Saddle trek path, so Porters have to be employed for this trek. As Porters carry lesser load and are more expensive than Ponies, and the trek itself being for a longer duration and needing expert guides and staff, the Ronti Saddle trek is not cheap.