Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake in Indian Himalayas surrounded by glaciers and snow-clad mountains. It is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters (16,499 feet) with a depth of about two meters in Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Do you know why Roopkund is so popular amongst trekking community in Indian Himalayas? well, A Forest Officer during one of his expedition loses his balance and found thousands of human internal framework of bones on the verge of the lake and after that scientist from all over the world came here to resolve the mystery of Roopkund Lake. They carried out lots of research to find out the mystery behind the existence of skeletons near Roopkund lake, and at the end, they figured out that maybe these skeletons belong to some group of travelers who were trapped in a hailstorm and, that's why it is also known as a lake of skeletons. Of Course, you can not find them during winters when mountains and lakes are snow-capped but when the summer arrives and snow melts you can see them at lakes bottom and this is the reason, Roopkund has become so much popular for trekking in India. Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung, a small beautiful village, located in Chamoli district in Indian Himalayas. Ideal elevation of about 2350 meters & the magical glimpse of the mountains makes Lohajung, starting point for Roopkund Trek. Every experience you will get during Roopkund trek is very unique. every year thousands of trekkers come here to just explore the charm of beautiful villages, incredible mountain views and of course this mysterious lake at high altitude. you just can not find this kind of combination just during one trek.
Roopkund trek Highlight:
Duration: 9 Days | Kathgodam to Kathgodam.
Age criteria: 18+ years.
Max Altitude: 15,750 ft.
Temperature: Day (10-20°C) & Night (0-10°C)
Group size: 20 to 25 plus Explore Himalaya team.
Region: Uttarakhand, Indian Himalayas
Why Roopkund trek:
a) If you are a beginner in trekkers community but still want to experience high altitude.
b) One of the safest trails in Indian Himalayas.
c) Explore oak forests, enjoy the green alpine meadows and experience the beauty of villages in Uttarakhand
d) Enjoy the best view of mount Trishul from the top of Junargali at 16,000 ft.
e) Enjoy trekking in Uttarakhand & explore Roopkund lake.
f ) Be a part of an adventure tour that will certainly touch your heart by its beauty and thrill.
|Guest house home stay camping Accommodation.|
|Morning Tea and evening soup/snacks|
|Nutritious high calorie vegetarian food during trek|
|Trek equipments like Sleeping bag|
|Kitchen & dinning tent|
|First aid medical kits|
|All necessary permits and entry fees.|
|Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader.|
|Guide and Support staff.|
|Trek completion certificate.|
|Food during the transit.|
|Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.|
|Any kind of personal expenses.|
|GST @ 5%|
|Transportation from Delhi/Kathgodam to Loharjung and back|
Uttarakhand’s point of interest: Roopkund trek is one of the popular destinations for the backpackers, hikers and adventure junkies. The state has two distinct administrative division known as Garhwal and Kumaon. Just like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand is also termed as Devabhoomi that is the land of god and goddesses. Millions of devotees come to Kedarnath yatra in Uttarakhand which makes a significant place of socio-cultural history for the people of India.
How to reach
The nearest airport is in Pantnagar. It is 140kms away from Roopkund. Air India and Alliance Air have flights operating on the route.
We can’t deny that road trips are fun. If you are planning to go to Uttarakhand through road then leave early in the morning to beat the traffic. The buses are operational from New Delhi ISBT in Kashmiri gate. Private Volvo buses are available if you want to travel in deluxe buses.
The nearest railway station to Roopkund lake is Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is well connected with the road. Once you reach Rishikesh, you can continue the journey by road until you reach Roopkund lake.
Elevated at the altitude of 15,696 ft. covering the distance of 53 Kms in 9 days requires a strong belief within oneself. Always make sure you are physically and mentally prepared to go to such great lengths when doing such big treks. However, the difficulty level comes down at times. Conserve your energy and always think ahead of the route. The weather conditions should be checked to tackle any problems that may hinder the trekking plans.
What to carry
Carry the essential list of equipment for trekking. Warm clothes, medical kit, water bottle, lighter, compass, backpack, food items like energy bar and dry fruits always come in handy and help the hiker stay relaxed and motivated.