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Roopkund Trek

Uttarakhand , INDIA

Roopkund Trek Highlights

Roopkund Trek Altitude

4802 meters

Trek Level

Difficult

Trek Duration (Days)

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Minimum Age

15

Roopkund Trek Months

May, June, September, October

Pictures of Roopkund

Guides for Roopkund

Found 5 guides for Roopkund trek.

Overview of Roopkund trek

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.

 

A generic itinerary for Roopkund trek

There are multiple itineraries for the Roopkund trek. Each itinerary has its own charm. The Roopkund packages here would be variations of these different itineraries. The cost of the trek varies based on the itinerary as it could involve more number of days or it could mean different stay options which could increase or decrease costs.

Before we get to a broad look of how the itinerary could differ, here is a summary of the roopkund camp altitudes.

Lohajung is at an altitude of 7700 ft or 2346 meters

Didina Village is at an altitude of 8045 ft or 2452 meters

Wan Village is at an altitude of 8000 ft or 2438 meters

Ali Bugyal is at an altitude of 11320 ft or 3450 meters

Ghaeroli Patal is at an altitude of 10000 ft or 3048 meters

Bedni Bugyal is at an altitude of 11700 ft or 3566 meters

Pathar Nachuni is at an altitude of 12818 ft or 3906 meters

Kalu Vinayak Temple is at an altitude of 14300 ft or 4358 meters

Boguabasa is at an altitude of 14117 ft or 4302 meters

Roopkund is at an altitude of 15755 ft or 4802 meters

Junargali is at an altitude of 16000 ft or 4876 meters

 

Below we show three variations of the Roopkund itineraries. More details would be available within the packages. These are itineraries which have to be done with a local guide, as there could be changes needed based on the trekkers fitness levels.

Itinerary 1 is from Wan to Wan

Itinerary 2 is from Wan to Wan via Ali Bugyal

Itinerary 3 is from Lohajung/Didina to Wan

 

Itinerary 1: Wan Village -> Bedni Bugyal -> Roopkund & back the same way.

  • Day 1: Wan Village to Bedni Bugyal
    Maximum Altitude: 3566 meters
    Distance: 12 km
  • Day 2: Bedni Bugyal to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance: 5 km

  • Day 3: Pathar Nachuni to Kalu Vinayak temple to Boguabasa
    Maximum Altitude: 4302 meters
    Distance: 5 km

  • Day 4: Boguabasa to Roopkund Lake to Boguabasa to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 4802 meters
    Distance: 16 km
  • Day 5: Pathar Nachuni to Bedni Bugyal to Wan Village
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance: 17 km

 

Itinerary 2: Wan Village -> Ghaeroli Patal -> Ali Bugyal -> Bedni Bugyal -> Roopkund -> Bedni Bugyal -> Wan Village

  • Day1: Wan Village to Ghaeroli Patal
    Maximum Altitude: 3048 meters
    Distance Covered: 8 km

  • Day 2: Ghaeroli Patal to Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal
    Maximum Altitude: 3566 meters
    Distance Covered: 6 km

  • Day 3: Bedni Bugyal to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance Covered: 5 km

  • Day 4: Pathar Nachuni to Kalu Vinayak temple to Boguabasa
    Maximum Altitude: 4302 meters
    Distance Covered: 5 km

  • Day 5: Boguabasa to Roopkund to Boguabasa to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 4802 meters
    Distance Covered: 16 km

  • Day 6: Pathar Nachuni to Bedni Bugyal to Wan Village
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance Covered: 17 km

 

Itinerary 3: Lohajung -> Didina -> Ali Bugyal -> Bedni Bugyal -> Roopkund -> Bedni -> Wan Village

  • Day 1: Lohajung to Didina
    Maximum Altitude: 2700 meters
    Distance Covered: 12 km

  • Day 2: Didina Village to Tolpani to Ali bugyal to Bedni Bugyal
    Maximum Altitude: 3566 meters
    Distance Covered: 11 km

  • Day 3: Bedni Bugyal to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance Covered: 6 km

  • Day 4: Pathar Nachuni to Kalu Vinayak temple to Boguabasa
    Maximum Altitude: 4302 meters
    Distance Covered: 5 km

  • Day 5: Boguabasa to Roopkund to Boguabasa to Pathar Nachuni
    Maximum Altitude: 4802 meters
    Distance Covered: 16 km
  • Day 6: Pathar Nachuni to Bedni Bugyal to Wan
    Maximum Altitude: 3906 meters
    Distance Covered: 17 km

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