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Roopkund

Postby anirban » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:04 pm

Roopkund

If you are into trekking and hiking and haven't done the Roopkund trail, then you need to start planning for it right away. It is one trek that is a must-do.This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated at a high altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the 'Mystery Lake', or the 'Skeletal Lake', on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake.
There are two time windows in a year when you can do this trek – once after winter from mid-May to mid-June, and once post monsoon during September and October. You can choose the post-winter variant if you want to have some fun with snow, or you can choose the post-monsoon variant if you want to stroll through lush green Himalayan meadows. Whatever the season, the weather in the mountains is delicately balanced, and can go from sunny to cloudy in minutes. This adds another dimension to the adventure, and you should be equipped with wind and water proof clothing to face these weather changes.

Can I do it Solo? Yes, you can. Many people did the same and you can also. But, the problem is the food. Beyond Bedini Bugyal, there is no dhaba for food. So if you don’t have your own food, then you have to proceed from Bedini Bugyal to Roopkund and then again return to Bedini Bugyal on the same day.

Can I do it without guide? Yes. The trail is clearly visible and not confusing. In the peak seasons, there are many people on this trek. The funda is where there are two trails and you are not sure, wait for the help.

Tour Operator or Own Effort? At least two renowned tour operators (India Hikes, TTH) are working in this area. Their tour packages (Lohajung to Lohajung) vary from INR 10000 per person to INR 13000 per person. They arrange all the required equipments like tent, sleeping bag and also arrange mules, guides etc. Usually, there are 20-30 people in a group. So, in this case, you have to pack your backpack only and rest of the things will be arranged.

Route 1:
Lohajung is basically the base camp for the trekking companies operating in this area. The typical tour programme looks like Lohajung- Didna Village- Ali Bugyal- Bedini Bugyal- Patharnachni- Bhagwabasa- Roopkund- Junargali – Patharnachni- Bedini Bugyal- Wan Village- Lohajung.
Route 2:
This route again starts from Lohajung only, but goes like: Lohajung – Wan- Bedini Bugyal – Patharnachni – Bhagwabasa – Roopkund – Junargali – Patharnachni – Bedini Bugyal – Ali Bugyal – Didna Village – Kulling Village – Lohajung. But, we did it in reverse direction and climbed via Didna Village and returned via Wan village. You can choose either of these routes. We feel Route 1 is much more easier comparatively.

Let us have a quick look on the route followed by us:

Day 1 : Katgudam Station to Koushani Via Bhimtal, Almora by car.
Day 2: Koushani to Goaldam to Debal to Lohajung by car.
(You can travel directly Katgudam to Lohajung in a same day)
: Trek Start:
Day 3 : Lohajung to Kulling Village by car afterwards Kulling Village to Didana
Day 4: Didna to Ali Bugial to Baidini Bugial
Day 5: Baidini Bugial to Pather Nachuni to Kolu Binayak to Boghuabasha
Day 6: Boghuabasha to Rani-ki-surana to Rupkund to Junargali Pass and back to
Pather Nachuni.
Day 7 : Pather Nachuni to Wan to Lohajung .
- Trek End -
Day 8: Lohajung to Ranikhet.
Day 9: Ranikhet to Nainital.
Day 10: Nainital to Katgudam Station by car.

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Images

Postby anirban » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:11 pm

Few more Images of Roopkund Trek
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Re: Roopkund

Postby aashish2137 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:13 pm

That's a beautiful post Anirban and the information is great to have.

Roopkund is definitely on my to-do this year and this post will be a good reference point.
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Re: Roopkund

Postby getpackingvinod » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:21 pm

Thanks Anirban for posting all the vital details about this trek .. and a wonderful set of pictures..
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Re: Roopkund

Postby Nachikethas » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:33 pm

Beautiful pics Anirban.
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