Roopkund is a beautiful clear water Himalayan lake, and the most popular destination among adventure and thrill lovers, located in the lap of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. The starting point of the Roopkund is Debal. The picturesque lake is surrounded by snow covered majestic Himalayan Treks and glaciers. It is situated on the Nanda Jat route to Hemkund, and its depth is only about 2 meters. This is a shallow lake which is a main attraction, as it has a human skeletal clearly visible at its bottom. Roopkund is the destination of a religious event in Garhwal called the Nanda Jaat yatra which repeats in 12 years. Thousands of people participate in this event, and many devotees continue their journey to Roopkund. In the month of September the mystery lake of Roop Kund melts for about a fortnight or so, yielding its dark secrets.
Trek Region: Uttarakhand – Indian Himalayas.
Best Season for trekking : June, September and October
Total Duration: 09 Days
Trekking days: 5
Trek grade: Moderate to strenuous
Max altitude: 5030 m
Detailed Itinerary: –
Day 1: Arrive Delhi – Rishikesh (224 Kms 6-7 hrs drive) – Early morning arrival at Delhi international airport , meet to us at airport and drive to Rishikesh and on arrival check-in into the hotel. Evening you will be free to explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/camp
Day 2: Rishikesh – Mundoli ( 215 kms/ 7-8 hrs) – After an early breakfast drive to Mundoli via Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Karanprayag. Arrival at Mundoli by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in Camps.
Day 3: Mundoli – Wan – Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts/11000 ft) – In the morning drive 10 kms to Wan, which is the road head for the trek. Today we will trek 11 km (5-6 hrs) to reach Bedni Bugyal, probably one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Dinner and overnight stay in Camps.
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal – Rest day for acclimatization/Exploratory day. Bedni Bugyal: Bedni Bugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with flowers in a spell binding varieties, in full bloom. There is a small lake situated in the midst of the meadow, where Tarpans are offered by the devotees. Situated nearby is a small temple where the devotees pay there obeisance, during their halt at Bedni Bugyal. Overnight in Camp.
Day 5: Bedni Bugyal – Bagubassa (4100 mts/13450 ft) – After breakfast trek to Bagubassa. Bagua means flowery park and Basa means place. And rightly the place was full of variety of flowers including the rare Bhram Kamal, a special godly lotus found at only and between the altitudes of 14000 – 15000 ft. Today we will trek 10 km, taking about 4-5 hrs to reach today’s campsite at Bagubassa. Dinner and overnight in Camp.
Day 6: Bagubassa – Roopkund (4450 mts/14600 ft) – Bedni Bugyal – Bhagubasa to Roopkund is easy walking in the flat but in morens ½ hour climbing with same view as last day. (4-5 hours). Kaluka Vinayak (pass) descending till to patar nachwani. The trek to Roopkund passes through delightful alpine pasture lands and snow fields, offering magnificent views of the Trisul, Nanda Ghunti, Badrinath peaks when the snow melts, human and equine skeletons remains can be seen. Some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in the alpine condition for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500 -600 years ago. In the afternoon trek back to Bedni Bugyal for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Bedni Bugyal – Wan (2436 mts/8000 ft) – Retrace your steps towards Wan. This will take 3-4 hrs. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 8: Wan – Rishikesh (2200 mts /7200 ft) – After an early breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch en-route and on arrival at Rishikesh check into hotel/Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Rishikesh – Delhi Departure – After an early breakfast drive to Delhi and arrival directly transfer to airport to take late evening flight to home
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