Roopkund Lake situated in Chamoli in Uttarakhand state of India & known as a mystery lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. It is a small swallow lake and generally remains under the snow for 8 months in a year.
Roopkund Lake is known as skeleton lake due to scattered bones everywhere near the lake. Lake is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters, in the Himalayas. Every year, when the snow melts, one can see hundreds of scattered skulls, bones, hair, sandals around lake.Scientists have concluded that the skeletons of about 200 people discovered near the frozen lake belonged to the 9th century Indian tribesmen who died due to hail storm. Pilgrims attend the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra that takes place once every twelve years at Roopkund, during which Goddess Nanda is worshipped.
How to reach Kathgodam
Frequent buses are available from Delhi’s Anand Vihar Bus stand to Haldwani, which is a road journey of 8hrs.
One can hire a rickshaw to travel from Haldwani – Kathgodam a distance of 4–5 km which takes around 15 min to reach the Railway Station.
Advanced reservation is required. One can even do online booking at Anand Vihar if you prefer travelling by Volvo.
Max Altitude: 16000 ft.
Distance: Approx. 61 km.
Base Camp: Lohjung.
Duration: 8 Days 7 nights.
Best Season: May-June – Sep-Oct
Day time temperature 17-20°C Night time 3-4°C
Meeting Point: Kathgodam Railway Station
End Point: Kathgodam Railway Station
Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung (A drive of 240 Kms approx. of 8 – 10 hrs)
Report at Kathgodam Railway Station at around 06:30AM (You’re expected to reach at Kathgodam on previous night). We all will meet up there & proceed to Lohajung.
Depending upon the trek members we will arrange a pickup and drop from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis.
Lohajung – Base Camp (2300m, 7500ft Base Camp)
Briefing about the trail & Overnight stay in the guest house. All the major mobile networks have connectivity here.
Day 2: Lohajung To Didina (Altitude: 2450m, 8000ft Distance: 11Kms)
Actual trek starts from today. The walk starts on the level ground with slight ascent on the jeep road; the road goes till the village of Wan. An hour and a half walk on the flat surface will take you to Kulling village at a distance of 6 km from Lohajung. Kulling is a peaceful village in the district of Garhwal. First half of the trek (for about 2 hours which covers 6 km) is a gentle slope crossing the bridge and Neel Ganga River.
One can view the flow of Sona Falls near the bridge (2kms Walk from Kulling village). Starting from the Sona Falls 2nd half of the trek includes a steep climb for the next 2 kms. We cross the cemented bridge and then start climbing the ridge on the right side of the bridge. The road ahead is moderately steep and ends at the village of Didina, situated at an altitude of 2450mts or 8000ft.
We reach by lunch time and enjoy the hot lunch after finishing the trek. There is no charging point at this place. Washroom facilities are available.
Half an hour acclimatization walks in the evening & night stay in the traditional home-stay at Didina
Day - 3 Didina to Ali Bugyal (Altitude: 3400m, 11000ft, 10 Kms) to Bedni Bhugyal (Altitude: 3600m, 12000ft, 3kms) (Total Distance - 12 Kms)
View of Ali Bugyal is clearly visible from the backdrop of Didna. One of the larger Bugyals (High altitude meadows) in Uttaranchal.
We start early morning with a packed lunch by 7.00 am & the trail is quite pleasant for about 100 m & as soon as we reach the dense forest, the actual climb starts. Cool breeze throughout the journey helps better to walk on uphill. After climbing for couple of hours you will reach Tolpani when the forest trail opens up to mini meadows.
After reaching the mountaintop, the tree line gradually recedes, and the plain grasslands start. Continue climbing up on the ridge, all you will see is a vast expanse of a lush green meadow kissing the sky, this is Ali Bugyal.
But even after reaching to this point you will just be at the beginning of Ali Bugyal. It will still take another hour for you to reach on top of the Ali Bugyal.
After a minor descent the climb again continues over a ridge that leads to Bedni Bugyal. While walking on the ridge, take a final look at the magical Ali Bugyal. One can enjoy the amazing beauty of nature.
Trail involves a 3 km walk from Ali Bugyal. We walk around the Bedni Kund and visit the small temple inside the boundary of the Kund.
The Vaitarni lake (also called the Bedni Kund) is located in this region, and is famous for the rare Brahma Kamal flower, and is also a major way-station on the Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra, a ritual procession held every 12 years.
A beautiful view of Trishul (7120 mt), Nanda Ghunti (7817 mt) & and Kali Dak peak overlooks this heaven on earth! On the other side we can see the panorama of Garhwal Himalaya like Neelkantha, Chowkhamba and others.
Camping & overnight stay at Bedni Bugyal. Participants have to stay in tents. No Washrooms are available. One has to use the natural resources or Toilet Tents.
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal to Patarnachuni Distance: 5km (Altitude 3400m to 3850m)
Today is an easier day, you will be walking 5km overall. After a minor descent the climb again continues over a ridge that leads to Patarnachuni. Once you walk half of the distance then you will be reaching one picture square spot Ghora Lotani. This will be our rest point and also best place for acclimatization, from here Ghora Lotani is just one-hour easy walk. You will be having hot lunch at the camp once you reach. Overnight stay in tents on sharing basis.
Day 5: Patarnachuni to Bhagavasa vis Kallu Vinayak Temple, (3850m to 4280m) Distance - 6km
Today is a crucial day for us. After having breakfast we start the trek towards Kallu Vinayak Temple, people consider this is the toughest route till there. Final steep ascend will take 2 hrs to reach Kallu Vinayak. Once you reach near temple you will forget your all pain because of the cool weather, clear skies and fantastic views. You can enjoy view of Nanda Ghunti peak, Trishul peak while admiring the scenery. From here Bhagavasa camp is visible and it will take one hour to reach. Hot Lunch will be waiting for you once you reach camp. Today night is the important one for us because if the weather is clear then will try our summit attempt early ( 1/2 am). Dinner time will be around 7 pm and we will keep all our equipment ready for summit of Roopkund. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Bhagavasa to Roopkund and back to Bedni Bugyal (4280m to 4820m) Distance – 17km
Start very early (3/4 am) as we will be going to summit Roopkund. Carry energy bars, ORS, and enough water. From Bhagavasa camp Roopkund lake is just 3km distance and it will take 3 to 4 hours for regular trekkers. The ascent to Roopkund becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines. After reaching the top you will realize that all the pain was worth taking to be where you are! After spending some time at Roopkund lake, we will take group photos and start descending towards Bhagavasa camp, Descending is also quite tricky so you have to be careful all the time, keep following steps of the person ahead of you.During May, June it will be full of snow at Roopkund lake as well as throughout the trail but won’t see much skeletons, In the time of August, September, October there will be so many skeletons but no snow.
After reaching Bhagavasa camp we will have hot lunch, packing of personal luggage and will start our return journey towards Bedni camp. Now path is a little steep only till Kallu Vinayak Temple afterwards it is completely down. We reach Bedni camp evening time 4/5pm. Retire for the day and overnight stay in tents.
Day: 7 Bedni Bugyal to Lohjung via Vaan village. Distance – 10km, 5/6hr.
After breakfast we start trekking down towards Vaan village. It will take 5/6 hrs time to reach Vaan village.The descent is equally long and tiring through pine forest. From Bedni we take the trekking route via this small destinations like Doliya Dhar - Ghaeroli Patal - Neel Ganga river - Ranka Dhar - Wan Village - drive to Lohajung. Vehicle will be waiting for us at Vaan village. Start back to Lohjung by private vehicle drive will take 45mins to reach. Stay will be in at Lohjung.
Day: 8 Lohjung to Kathgodam. Distance 240km, 8/9 hours drive
You can start early in the morning after having tea so that you can reach Kathgodam by 6pm. We advise you to keep one extra day in your plan so that you can avoid missing flights or trains. We will arrange the vehicle (on request) to reach Kathgodam and vehicle charges payable in cash to the driver directly.
Thanks for a great teamwork! Trip ends here with Lifetime memories!!!
What is included in the tour
Activity: Trekking, Camping, sightseeing etc
All meals while on trek (Veg)
Permits (Foreign national need to pay extra on spot)
Basic First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Leader (2), support staff, Helpers
Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tent and Sleeping bags and Carry mats.
Local route guide
What is NOT included in the tour
Meals during transit
Mineral Water or soft drinks
Transportation of any kind (Can be shared between trekkers)
Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
Cost Escalation due to natural reason.
Unscheduled stay due to landslide.
Ruck Sack: Compulsory to carry strong and steady rucksack, Between 55 to 60 Litre
Ruck sack cover: Protect your things from quick rain or snowfall
Day Pack: Optional, carry only if you are planning to offload your bigger bag. If you are offloading your bigger backpack, then you have to carry your personal valuable things, water bottles, pack lunch, raincoat/poncho etc.
Trekking Shoes: Good quality, rubber soul shoes with ankle support is advisable. Please make sure that shoes are well used before trek.
Note: Sports shoes are not recommended but you can carry as additional back up shoes.
T-shirts: As per your need, carry at least one quick dry type, avoid too bright/dark colours T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts avoid especially while walking. Full sleeves T-shirts are recommended.
Track Pants: As per your need, one synthetic quick dry type track pant is highly recommended.
Warm Jacket: Highly recommended one thick fleece jacket/ Down feather jacket is must to carry. You can use this when you cool down at camp.
Windproof Jacket/ Windcheater: We advise you to carry one as it resists wind chill/snowfall and quick burst of light rain.
Thermal Wear: You can use this once you reach the campsite. Thermal will keep your body warm especially during harsh winter temperatures.
Towel: One medium sized light weight towel quick dry type
Raincoat/ Poncho: Raincoats/ ponchos are water-resistant to protect the body from rain.
Woollen Cap / Balaclava: Mandatory to carry woollen cap or balaclava to protect from cold.
Sun cap / Hat: To protect you from direct sunlight
Undergarments: As per your need.
Socks: Hiking socks have the ability to wick moisture and keep feet dry. Full length socks are advisable.
Hand Gloves: Compulsory to carry, few gloves are constructed of water resistant or waterproof material that keep your fingers dry.
Walking stick / Trekking pole: Trekking pole provide useful literal stability on rough terrain and give balance while descending while also reducing pressure on knee.
Water Bottle/ Hydration pack: Compulsory to carry, please do not carry packaged drinking water bottles.
Sunglasses: Compulsory to carry. It is protecting from snow blindness. Person who use spectacle need to carry custom make powered sunglasses.
Head Torch / Torch: It is mandatory to carry with extra batteries. Head torch is advisable to keep your hands free while walking.
Sunscreen Lotion: Optional, advisable to carry sunscreen lotion (SPF 50+ and more)
Chapstick/ Cold cream: Optional, as per your need
Toilet Kit: Must carry, Personal toilet kit (toilet paper)
Sandals / Slippers: Optional, to walk around camp
Small Lunch Box & Tea mug: Compulsory, sometimes we give pack lunch so you can carry pack lunch items in it (one small leak proof lunch box is the best one), also carry one tea mug/glass
Dry Fruits / Energy Bars: We provide healthy adequate food on trip. Some do feel very less energetic compared to others, so you carry energy bars, dry fruits etc.
Repairs Kit: Must, one small repair kit which includes safety pins, needle, thread and string
Personal Medical Kit: Must carry small basic first aid. If you are taking any specific medicine from your doctor please inform us in advance. There will be a basic first kit will be available throughout the trek. Our Instructor has done a first aid course.
Camera: Optional, to capture your lifetime memories.