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Roopkund Trek - Trekking in Uttarakhand


Roopkund Trek - An Unusual 'Skeleton Lake'

Overview

Connecting Yamunotri and Har Ki Dun Valley Roopkund Trek is a difficult trek and not meant for beginners. It starts from Sankri village in Uttarakhand and ends at Janki Chatti. This trek offers splendid panoramic views of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag, and Swargarohini peaks. The alpine meadows of Dev Thach in the middle of the Ruinsara forest is something to look out for. The Ruinsara lake has unmatched beauty and grandeur. This trek should be in the list of trekkers who wish to experience the nature at its best and push their limits. The best months to do Roopkund Trek are from May to June and from September to October.

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BREIF ITINERARY

  • Day 1 : Kathgodam TO Lohaganj

    Altitude 7,662 ft, Stay in guest house, Drive 210 km (10 hrs drive)

  • Day 2 : Lohaganj To Didina

    Trek 6.5km, Altitude: 7,662 to 8,045 ft

  • Day 3 : Didina To Ali Bugyal

    Trek 10.5 km, Altitude: 8,045 to 11,320 ft

  • Day 4 : Ali Bugyal To Bedni Bugyal To Patarnachaaniya

    Trek 7 km, Altitude: 11,320 to 12,818 ft

  • Day 5 : Patarnachaaniya To Bhagwabasa

    Trek 4 km, Altitude: 12,818 to 14,117 ft

  • Day 6 : Bhagwabasa To Roopkund (Mystry Lake) And Return Patarnachaaniya

    Trek 10 km, Altitude: 14,117 to 15755 ft

  • Day 7 : Upper Dhami to Janak ChattiPatarnachaaniya To Lohaganj (Via Wan)

    Trek 15 km, Altitude: 12,818 to 7,662 ft

  • Day 8 : Lohaganj To Kathgodam

    10 hrs drive, Drive 210 km, Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 1 : Kathgodam TO Lohaganj

    Altitude - 7,662 ft
    Distance - 210km
    Time Taken - 10 hours
    Overnight stay in tents
    Local market and network is available. Pick up time 06:30 am at the parking of Kathgodham railway station.
    Route:- Kathgodam - Bheem Tal - Almora - Kausani - Gwaldam - Dewal - Lohajung We will recieive you from Kathgodam Railway station, Morning depart from Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung(7700 ft), breakfast & lunch on the way. This day you will see glimpse of Uttarakhand, passes through many hill stations,Villages, & rivers & winding roads. Travel distance is 226 km from Kathgodam & Rishikesh (263kms) Haridwar (288kms) which takes 9-10 hours to reach. Night stay in Guest house in Lohajung

  • Day 2 : Lohaganj To Didina

    Altitude - 7662ft to 8025 ft
    Distance - 6.5kms
    Time Taken - 4-5 hours
    Overnight stay in tents/Home stay
    Reach Didna before lunch.Accommodation in village home stay.No local market but Network is available.Till Ruan Bagad bridge gradual descent (4.5 km).Refill your water bottle at Ruan Bagad bridge from Neel Ganga River.After Ruan Bagad bridge 2 hours of a steep ascent to Didna Village (2 km). Morning amazing view of Pinder valley, view of Himalayan range peak Nanda Ghunghuti & villages : Mundoli, Bank, Harani, Didina, Wan. Depart to Didina village Moterable 7 km, Trek start now from Kuling village, a small cultural village with scenic beauty. First 2.5 km descend up to Neel Ganga, after crossing Neel Ganga 3 km ascend, approx 4-5 hours to reach Didina village. Didina Village is a part of Kuling village, villager lives here seasonally .Overnight stay in Home stay or Camp.

  • Day 3 : Didina To Ali Bugyal

    Altitude - 8,045 to 11,320 ft
    Distance - 10.5 km
    Time take taken - 5-6 hours
    Overnight stay in tents
    Carry water and ORS both .Reach Ali Bugyal by late noon. Keep your wind and waterproof handy .Tolpani is the last point for drinking water. First half of is through oak and rhododendron forest (Steep ascent). Second half of the trek is through big alpine meadows (gradual ascent). Start trek to Bedani Bugyal, 3.5 km ascend to Ali Bugyal will take 2- hours, passes through thick forest, hear twittering sound of birds, many kind of high Altitude Flora & Fauna. Lunch in Ali Bugyal, a vast meadow , Incredible view of Valley. Click memories on your cameras, start trek to Bedeni bugyal slighty ascend but not tough, 1.5 -2 hours will take to reach Bedani Bugyal, Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 4 : Ali Bugyal To Bedni Bugyal To Patarnachaaniya

    Altitude - 11,320 to 12,818 ft
    Distance - 7km.
    Time Taken - 4-5hours.
    Overnight stay in tents
    Easiest day of the trek. Accommodation in tent . Reach Patar Nachauni before lunch. Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal (gradual ascent 2 km). Bedni Bugyal to Ghora Lotani (gradual ascent 4 km).Ghora Lotani to Patar Nachauni (gradual descent 1 km).Spend some time at Ghora Lotani good for acclimatization. Wear proper clothing (this is the place where most of the trekkers get AMS).Explore morning view of Bedani Bugyal, around green grass, Bedeni kund, View of patti ka danda. According myth Lord Brahma created here Vedas . After breakfast depart to patternachaniya, 5 km distance takes 2-3 hours to reach. Today all around view is full of charm, Mountain (Nanda Ghughunti , Trishuli), Water falls, small-small watre lakes between meadows. Night halt in camp.

  • Day 5 : Patarnachaaniya To Bhagwabasa

    Altitude - 12,818 to 14,117 ft
    Distance - 4kms.
    Time Taken - 5 hours
    Reach Camp site by lunch. Patar Nachauni to Kalu Vinayak Tempel(first 1 km is gradual ascent and rest 1.5 km is steep ascent). Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa (gradual descent 1.5 km, become tricky in may and June ). There will be snow on the trail in the month of may and june and in sep and oct it will be a rocky trail. Today trek start towards Baguwabasa, 6 km from Patternachaniya (4-5 hours) Patter means Stone & Nauchniya means dancer, believed that dancers converted into stone because of curse of Goddess Nanda. After breakfast we climb to Kailawa Vinayak top, tough ascend about 3.5 km. from Kalwa Vinayak view is unique Himalayan range peaks, Rivers, Waterfalls. After having lunch trek will start to Bhagwabasa (2 km).

  • Day 6 : Bhagwabasa To Roopkund (Mystry Lake) And Return Patarnachaaniya

    Altitude - 14,117 to 15755 ft
    Distance - 10km
    Time Taken - 8-9hours.
    Overnight stay in tents
    Start your trek by 4:00 am. Climb to Roopkund is 3 km. Challenging day of the trek. Carry energy bars, ors and water.Breakfast will be at Roopkund top .Reach Bhagwabasa back by lunch time. Reach Patar Nachauni camp by evening.In Aug,Sep, Oct can see skeleton but no snow. In May and Jun snow will be there but can't see the skeleton. Early morning hot tea & start trek to Roopkund, Breakfast on the way because early morning view is clear, later clouds cover the mountains. Trek is quiet difficult today ascend 3.5km upto Roopkund & 400 meter Junargali Dhar(5029 meter). Roopkund is a small lake in glacier, Humen skeleton is there many years old, some sklaton flesh can be found which lies under snow. From Junargali close view of Trishuli & Nanda Ghughuti & Shila Samudra. Junargali is the last point of this trek, Return back to Patanachaniya via Bhakuwabasa & Kailwa Vinayak, halt for overnight.

  • Day 7 : Upper Dhami to Janak ChattiPatarnachaaniya To Lohaganj (Via Wan)

    Altitude -12,818 to 7,662 ft
    Distance - 15kms
    Time taken - 10-11 hours.
    Ranka Dhat to Wan Village road head ( 1.5 km gradual descent). Wan Village to Loharjung ( 45 minutes drive, road condition is not good). Route :- Patar Nachauni - Ghora Lotani - Bedni Bugyal - Doliya Dhar - Ghaeroli Patal - Neel Ganga - Ranka Dhar - Wan Village - drive to Lohajung. Enjoy morning sunrise view hot Breakfast & start moving towards Lohajung via Bedani Bugyal, Garoli patal & wan villege. It is a great journey back to Lohajung via Wan. Today from Bedani bugyal another route to Lohajung, passes through dense forest, Giant trees, Floora & Fauna, Neel Ganga & a cultural village wan, people of this village is very hard worker. There is Latu Devata main Temple, every year villager organise worship. From wan to Lohajung moterable (20 km), night stay in Guest house.

  • Day 8 : Lohaganj To Kathgodam

    Distance - 210 km
    Time taken - 10 hours drive
    Good bye Himalayas ,Today is the last day of this trek, Depart to kathgodam (226 km)/ Rishikesh (263 km), Lunch & Breakfast on the way. After crossing Gwaldam Kumoun region starts on the way famous places Baijnath, Almora, Kousani can be seen.

INCLUSIONS

All transfers in shared taxi right from PICKUP POINTS to DROP POINTS
Permits and Entrance fees.
Accommodation in tents on share basis during trekking.
All meals, { from BASE CAMP to BASE CAMP} Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, Dinner, after dinner hot Chocolate, lemon tea. etc...
All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Liner,Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tent.
Good Experience Hindi/ English guide, cooks and porters, mules.
Insurance of UTT staff.

EXCLUSIONS

Personal Insurance.
Personal toiletry Items
Personal Medicine kit
Meals during transit.
Charges of mules/poerters carrying extra luggage. (Rs 300/per bag payable to UTT Personnel at the base camp )

PAYMENT POLICY

46 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost.
31- 45 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost.
30 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost.
Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received less than 30 days before date of departure.

CANCELLATION POLICY

For the cancellation of trek services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons, we must be notified of the same in writing


*CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON

30 days or more before the departure date: 25% of the total cost.
29 - 20 days before the departure date: 50% of total cost.
Less than 20 days before the departure day: 100% of the total cost.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek: Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

*IF WE CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY

We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel you travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond control ( e.g. bad weather, insufficient bookings) we shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour has'nt already commenced. If the alternate arrangement does not suit you, we will refund the amount in full.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/ she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by UTT.
UTT holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

Cancellation is processed only by email intimation. Please email any cancellation requests to :- info@uttarakhandtourtravels.com or call us @ +91-7455937345 Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "UTTARAKHAND TOUR TRAVELS" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which UTT or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. UTT reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

NOTE: *Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day. *In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

HOW TO REACH

By Air :

Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun.

By Train :

From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205).
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)

By Road :

By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country.
NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi-garh and Shimla.
NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar.
Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi.
NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km).
There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi's ISBT Kashmere Gate

GUIDELINES

DO’S AND DON’TS ON A TREK

Alcohols or any other intoxicating products "STRICTLY PROHIBHITED" during the trek.
Always pay heed to the trek guides or instructors.
Try not to leave the group under any circumstances.
Avoid trekking during the nights as it is extremely dangerous.
Avoid using earphones as that might hinder your hearing.
Do not participate or encourage littering of the places in any form.
While visiting the local villages and tourist sites, obey the local guidelines and instructions.
Do not harm or interrupt the local sentiments of the places.

IMPORTANT:

Your safety is of paramount concern while travelling with UTTARAKHAND TOUR TRAVELS. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

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Trek Information

  • Location : Uttarakhand
  • Duration : 8 Days
  • Level : Moderate, Challenging
  • Base Camp : Lohaganj
  • Distance : 53 Kms
  • Altitude : 5300mtr
  • Pickup Point : Haridwar
  • Drop Point : Haridwar
  • Best Season : May 1st week To June end, September 2nd week to November 1st week

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