ROOPKUND TREK

 

The Mystery Lake

Roopkund is a quintessential Himalayan trek that is a must for any mountain lover and outdoor enthusiast. It promises unreal beauty however, at an altitude of 16,500 feet to the summit it is a challenging feat. Get ready for a wonderful 8 day journey in the heart of Uttarakhand to one of the most popular treks in the world. Tourists from across the world flock to Roopkund to be a part of this mystical experience.
The trek in itself is a delight for every nature lover with trails passing through gorgeous waterfalls, serene streams and dense jungles, finally leading to the mesmerizing grasslands, the famous Ali and Bedni Bugyals. Beauty aside, Roopkund is a place of utter historical significance as well. The famous Roopkund Lake is known to be the home of several unidentified skeletons scattered all over it. The mystery surrounding these skeletal remains has been the main attraction of Roopkund along with its ethereal beauty No wonder there are so many fables and legends associated with Roopkund often enough shared and explained by locals. It won’t be wrong to say that a trekkers’ life is incomplete without having undertaken a journey to the hauntingly beautiful Roopkund book your trek

Day 1

6:00 A.M                             Participants will meet a representative from Himalayan Freak at the Kathgodam Railway Station

7:00 AM                              Drive to base camp – Wan Village via Lohajung (11-12 hours)

                                            (Transport will be arranged by the company. The cost of this is extra on sharing basis).

7: PM                                  Arrival at Guest House in Wan village

                                            Meet and Greet with other team members and leaders

                                            Orientation and Expectation setting by the team leader

                                            Understanding of route and itinerary and trek rules

                                            Layout and inspection of equipments and gear

8:30 PM                              Dinner

10:00PM                             Lights Out

Day 2

5:00 AM                                Wake Up

5:30 AM                                Early Breakfast

6:00 AM                                4 hours trek to Ghairoli Patal (10,000ft)

10:00AM                               Reach Ghairoli Patal

                                              Hot Tea followed by

                                              Briefing for the day’s plan by the leader

1:00PM                                  Hot Lunch

2:30-3:30PM                          Short acclimatization hike

3:30-5:00PM                          Tent Pitching Lecture, Demonstration and Activity

5:00PM                                  Tea and snacks

6:00PM                                  Outdoor games and activities conducted by leaders

7:00PM                                  Soup followed by Reflection session

8:00PM                                  Dinner

9:00PM                                  Sleep

Day 3

6:00 AM                                 Wake Up and Morning Tea

7:00 AM                                 Rise and Shine Session

8:00 AM                                 Breakfast

10: AM                                   Trek from Ghairoli Patal (10,000 ft) to Bedni Bugyal

12:00PM                                 Reach Bedni Bugyal

                                               Hot Tea

                                               Briefing for the day’s plan

1:00PM                                   Hot Lunch

2:30-3:30PM                          Tent Pitching

3:30-5:00PM                          Short acclimatization hike

5:00PM                                   Tea and snacks

6:00PM                                   Outdoor games and activities conducted by leaders

7:00PM                                   Soup followed by Reflection session

8:00PM                                   Dinner

9:00PM                                   Sleep

Day 4

6:00 AM                                  Wake up and Morning Tea

7:00 AM                                  Rise and Shine session

8:00-9:00AM                           Pack Up

9:00AM                                   Breakfast

10:00 AM                                Bedni Bugyal (11,500 ft) to Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft); 4 hours trek

2: PM                                      Reach Pater Nachauni.

                                               Hot Tea followed by

                                               Pitching of tents

                                               Short acclimatization hike

3:00 PM                                  Hot lunch

4:00PM                                   Rest

5:00PM                                   Tea and Snacks

5:00-7:00PM                           Leisure Time

7:00PM                                   Soup + Reflection session +Next day’s briefing and planning

8:00PM                                   Dinner

9:00PM                                   Sleep

Day 5

 6:00AM                                  Wake up and Morning Tea

7:00 -7:30AM                          Rise and Shine session

8:00AM                                   Breakfast

9:00AM                                   Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa via Kalua Vinayak

2:00PM                                   Hot Lunch

                                                An acclimatization hike and tent pitching

5:00PM                                   Snacks and Tea

6:00PM                                   Team meeting for the plan of action for summit day

7:00PM                                   Early Dinner

8:00PM                                   Sleep

Day 6

 3:00 AM                                  Wake up

3:30AM                                    March to Roopkund and further up to Junargali

7:00 AM                                   Descend back

11:00 AM                                 Back to Bhagwabasa

11-12:00 PM                            Short Tea Break and Rest

12:00 PM                                 March back to Patar Nachuani

4:00 PM                                   Lunch upon arrival followed by tent pitching

4:00-6:00 PM                           Rest

6:00 PM                                   Snacks and Tea

7:00 PM                                   Soup and Reflection session

9:00 PM                                   Dinner

10:00 PM                                 Sleep

Day 7

8:00AM                                     Wake up and Morning Tea

9:00AM                                     Rise and Shine

10:00AM                                   Breakfast

11:00AM                                  Patar Nachauni to Wan via Bedni

5:00PM                                     Reach WAN

5:00 -6:00PM                           Tea and Snacks

6:00 -7:00PM                            Free Time

7:00- 8:00PM                            Reflection Session

8:00 – 9:00PM                          Music and Bonfire

9:00PM                                     Dinner

10:00PMS                                 Sleep

Day 8

Drive to Kathgodam from Wan

Day 1

Altitude: 7,700 ft

10-11 hours

 KATHGODAM TO WAN VILLAGE

You will be received at Kathgodam Railway Station or the Bus Stand by a representative of Himalayan Freak. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places.  

You will drive through the popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora finally to the beautiful wan village, one of the most stunning places in all of Uttarakhand.

You will meet the team and leaders. This will be followed by a thorough brief of the trek and camping and trekking rules by the leader.

Remember that this is the last point where you can charge your camera and mobile batteries, because after this, there is no electricity until you return back. You stay here overnight.

DAY 2

From Wan village Trek to Ghairoli Patal

Altitude: From 8,000 ft (2,438 m) to 10,000 ft (3,048 m).

4 hour trek

 The bridge here is a popular photo stop and a great rest time. You can also refill your bottles with the amazingly pure mineral water of the River.

You will then enter the thick dense forest of Oak and Rhododendron. The forests and here you can see the beautiful flora and fauna of the Himalayan region

After a challenging uphill walk you will reach your first camping point at 10,000 feet, Ghairoli Patal

Upon reaching after enjoying some hot tea you will be taken for a short acclimatization walk. The leaders will take the group around the area for a short hike, for the acclimatization of the body to a new altitude and temperature. This is also important to familiarize the team with the surroundings and the flora and fauna of the place.

This will be followed by the briefing for the day’s plan by the leader followed by an ice breaker/activity

After Lunch you can rest. But please note that Rest in the mountains must not be confused with the way one rests in the city. Participants are advised to stay outside as much as they can instead of inside the tents/huts. They can click pictures, get to know each other and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place

 Next will be the very important Tent Pitching Lecture, Demonstration and Activity. Remember that tent is your ‘home’ in outdoors. It is your shelter that needs to be understood in terms of its utility and respected. Participants will be taught how to pitch tents. A demonstration will be given by one of the leaders along with the rules of tent pitching.

All the members will pitch their own tents and then have tea.

After tea we have Outdoor games and activities conducted by leaders for team building and fun. Soup will always be followed by Reflection session. Conducted by the leaders, in the reflection session the entire team sits together and shares their insight about the experience so far, their observations, learning and any queries. This will be followed by the brief for the next day and instructions from leaders.

Day 3

Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal

Altitude: 10,000 ft to 11,500 ft

3-4 hours

 It is very important to stay physically active at all times in outdoors. The mornings begin with a rise and shine warm up and exercise session conducted by leaders. This will be followed by a small game

After breakfast the group will begin trekking through the beautiful bugyals.

Bugyals are high altitude grasslands in mountains. They are especially known for their surreal beauty. Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal located at an altitude of 11,700 feet are considered to be in the most scenic spots on all of Asia!

One can often spot local shepherds grazing their sheep and cattle in these bugyals.

With mules and horses scattered in the meadows and surrounding misty mountains in the backdrop, the place really does look like a utopian world.

Oak, Birch, and Rhododendron trees are the only trees that grow in these areas, and are magnificent and huge in size. After a gradual climb one reaches Bedni Bugyal.

It is truly breathtaking. The best part is that one can spot the peaks of Mt. Trishul and Mrighthuni from Bedni Bugyal. It is supposed to be stunningly gorgeous in spring time with the massive Himalayas surrounding the flower strewn grasslands.

Here the group will repeat the same schedule as in Ghairoli Patal.

Toilet tents, Kitchen tents and sleeping tents will be pitched. The team will indulge in short hikes and fun games throughout the day. Late evening the group will indulge in reflection session with the leaders. To be in a heavenly place like Bedni truly is an experience of a lifetime.

Note* It is very important that participants follow the “buddy system” especially at night. Strolling outside alone at night is highly risky as there is always a lurking danger of wild animals.

Day 4

Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachaun

Altitude: 11,500 ft (3,505 m) to 12,700 ft (3,871 m)

4 hours

 Since Roopkund is a super popular trek one will be amazed to see how commercial it is. The locals have put tea and Maggie stalls en route and try profiting from the high tourism in the place.

Patar Nachauni is one such campsite. It has couple of small dhaba like shacks which give amazing tea coffee Maggie and other food items. You will not only get every item in these shops but even network in some magical spots!

A beautiful and failry straightforward trek in the bugyals will lead you Patar Nachauni. The trail becomes rocky towards the end. After a slight uphill walk you will finally gradually descend to the Patar Nachauni campsite.  

Now you will be leaving grasslands and entering the snowy and more challenging terrain of mountains. Ghora Lotani is the last grazing point. You will start seeing the difference between camping in meadows and higher altitude camping from this point. As opposed to Bugyals this campsite is also more windy and the terrain more risky.

It is a simple rule of mountains that one starts taking more and more precautions as they go to higher altitude.

At Patar Nachauni you will be brifed by the leaders about mountain hazards and you will also be prepared to deal with snow that you are going to see

Day 5

Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa

Altitude: 12,700 ft (3,871 m) to 14,100 ft (4,298 m)

5 hours

Like mentioned above, you will now be gaining more altitude and will be expected to be really cautious and more disciplined.

The group will leave from Pathar Nachauni and trek all the way to Bhagwabasa

Bhagwabasa is the summit camp of Roopkund. The last camping spot before a summit is called the summit camp.

It is an exhilarating feeling to be able to spot Roopkund as you ascend. It is an emotional moment for all to be able to finally feel and be close to the target. It is a great coincidence that en route to Bhagwasa stands the Kalu Vinayak Temple which is at an altitude of 14550 feet. It is indeed the perfect time to take the blessing of the local deity before moving ahead. 

The term Kalua Vinayak literally means The Black Ganesha. It has a black idol of Ganesha, hence the name of the temple.

A famous mythological story about brothers Ganesha and Kartik, sons of Shiva and Parvati is based on this place. It is believed that it was at this exact geographical spot where the brothers challenged each other to take a round of the universe and be back! It is said that Ganesha was witty and he simply took a round of his parents whereas the simpleton Kartik actually flew away to circle the universe on his peacock. When Karik came back he was told by Ganesha that his parents are his universe which is why he didn’t have to go anywhere.

 The trail is uphill and challenging only up to the temple. Beyond it is an easy gradual descent to Bhagwabasa

Upon reaching Bhagwabasa a very thorough recap of rules and customs of mountain will be taken by the leaders. The leaders will get stricter and here the group has to take everything very seriously as it is a risky snowy realm of sub zero temperature.

At night once again the group will have a meeting for the plan of action for the summit day. Dinner will be early as next day you will be expected to start very early in the morning

Day 6

Bhagwabasa to Roopkund to Junargali . Return to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa

Altitude: 14,100 ft (4,298 m) to 15,750 ft (4,800 m) to 16,000 ft/4,877 m (at Junargali) and down to 12,200 ft (3,719 m)

Total 8 hours approx

The group will wake up at around three and depart by 4. It is going to be very dark and herein you head torches come handy.

The turnout of a mountaineer has to be perfect. Make sure that you have all your gear. For the summit you will pack very light and will only have bare essentials in your bags.

Although the view keeps getting better with the altitude, but the situation only keeps getting harder as you go higher. While trekking to the summit one is likely to feel breathless and more tired. This point is the ultimate test of your mental and physical strength but more importantly your will.

Listening to the guide and staying calm will only help you reach your goal faster.

It is advised that you go slowly but steadily and breathe through nose.

Upon reaching the summit, depending on the weather, you are given some time to click pictures. It is a half hour trek to Junargali Pass and depending on weather and fitness of the group the leaders will decide against or for it.

Since the snow starts to get loose due to the sun and heat it becomes a bit difficult in descending from Roopkund. This is the time to be really cautious as more accidents occur in mountains while descending as opposed to while ascending.

This is mainly because of overexcitement, overconfidence, snow condition and fatigue.

Hence it is advised to do as the leaders say, keep calm and walk steady.

Once you reach Bhagwa Basa safely, then it’s a cakewalk to Patar Nachaun

Day 7

Patar Nachauni to Wan

5 -6 hours

Altitude: 12,200 ft (3,719 m) to 7,700 ft (2,347 m) via 11,500 ft and 8000 ft

 This will be a long downhill walk directly from Patar Nachaun to village Wan. It is the back to the same trail only downhill now. This 15km walk is utterly enjoyable as one crosses several types of terrain at a go.  The team will however get adequate resting points and refreshments on their way back. Upon reaching Wan, the leaders will inspect the mental and physical fitness of all members. This will be followed by a session of borne fire and music and a celebration of the victorious feat of summiting Roopkund

DAY 8

Altitude: 7000 feet

Wan to Kathgodam

10 hrs

You can reach Kathgodam by evening.

These are the Mantras for a safe as well as responsible trek:

  • Plan Prepare Ahead  You cannot start out without proper planning. Know the trek leaders, your team members and the terrain thoroughly. Pack all essentials
  • Follow the leader  Please understand that you have to follow the instructions and briefing given out at all times. Make sure that the leader is aware of your whereabouts at all times.
  • Stick with the group  A trek has a leader and then there is a guide who takes lead while marching. You will always follow the guide and be behind him/her. A co guide or sweeper stays behind everyone to make sure everyone is together. Make sure that you are not behind the co guide or the sweeper. Do not wander away from the group, ever.
  • Know your campsite  Inspect the place you camp at and know your surroundings. The surface where you pitch your tents should be a flat and durable surface away from any kind of danger and risk.
  • Trash the Trash  While trekking or camping make sure the environment and surroundings are not being littered. Always make sure to have a trash bag with you at all times.
  • Leave No Trace  Very close to the previous rule this means that you must leave nature unharmed and untouched while you are there.
  • Cover the pits  the pits dug in grounds for defecation should not be left open. That is a big No.
  • Respect Wildlife  Do not pester the wildlife by extra noise and other disturbances.
  • No Drinking and Smoking  Consumption of tobacco liquor and drugs is prohibited and punishable.

Walking Manners  

You cannot walk in the mountains as you like. Your every step will determine the success of your trek so place it cautiously and follow the rules listed below

  • Always walk on the mountain side. For safety of yourself and fellow trekkers
  • Give way to other trekkers.
  • Take permission before overtaking
  • Walk in a ZIG ZAG way to feel less tired
  • Take small steady steps
  • Walk on already established trails to avoid harming vegetation
  • Stay away from wild berries and fruits. Do not consume without knowledge
  • Click pictures in a safe spot
  • Do not listen to music with earplugs while trekking
  • Never run. Be it downhill or uphill
  • Walk in a rhythm
  • Stop at assigned rest points and not every now and then
  • Do not drink water while trekking.
  • Make sure to have water in your bottle till you reach your camp/summit
  • Treks at night time are discouraged

Mountain Customs

  • Respect other visitors and trekkers
  • Greet people you see and meet
  • Always greet the locals. They share valuable information
  • Always report the slightest problem/discomfort to the leader
  • Always acclimatize yourself to the altitude.
  • Do not sleep in the day
  • Do not stay up at night. Take good rest
  • Do not be overconfident. Approach the mountains humbly

Planning is the mother of proper execution. Planning and preparation is the most important part of a trek. Landing on a trek without adequate preparation is the worst nightmare of a responsible traveler. Often trekking aspirants waste a lot of time thinking about what they should carry to the wilderness. However, the truth is that there isn’t much to decide. There are only essentials and must haves that have to be carried and used.

Do not leave home unless you are carrying these!

We know it can be quite frustrating to decide what to carry on a trek. We have made this easy for you

Ensure that you have all of these:

Note* you can rent or hire stuff that you don’t wish to buy but make sure you have it

Clothing

Pairs of trekking trousers (zip-offs preferred)
T-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts
Zip-up vest
Pairs of socks (2 liner socks, 2 trekking socks and 2 padded trekking socks)
Pairs of breathable underpants
Sports bras
Pair of long johns (thermal underwear)
Fleece-lined tracksuit bottoms or down trousers
Lightweight, wind-proof fleece
Warm fleece
Down jacket
Lightweight synthetic raincoat
Waterproof rain trousers
Fleece headband
Fleece hat
Neckband
Balaclava
Lining gloves and windproof gloves

Shoes

Hiking boots (it is ESSENTIAL that your boots are broken in well before your trek)
Trekking sandals or thongs
Down shoes

Gear

Trekking poles

Head torch (remember to pack spare batteries)

Towel
High quality sleeping bag
Thermal sleep sheet
Water sterilizing tablets

Daypack
Camera
Sunglasses
Hydration sack or drink bottles

Waterproof sack

Toiletries

Face wash

Toothpaste+ brush

Toilet paper
Baby wipes
Talcum powder
Travel-sized shampoo (just in case, although rarely one gets a chance to shampoo in treks)
Hand sanitizer
30+ SPF sunscreen
30+ SPF lip balm
Travel clothes wash
Tissues (double as toilet paper)
Tweezers

Plastic bags/bin liners
Electro hydrate sachets
Power adapter
Plastic bags (handy for all sorts of things)

Snacks, such as chocolate bars, nuts and fruit

PERSONAL MEDICATION*

Don’t forget to carry medicines as per your requirements

Please note that the organizers always carry a first aid kit with all essential medicines. However, your personal first kits will be appreciated

Please understand that Roopkund is a highly commercial, successful and popular trek. Planning well in advance and booking tickets for flight and train accordingly is advisable. In Uttarakhand, the main point for reaching Roopkund is The Kathgodam Railway station which connects to major cities like Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah.

TRAIN 

OVERNIGHT JOURNEY

From Delhi - The Ranikhet Express (5014)

Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm

Arrive at Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey)

Or       

The Uttar Sampark Kranti (5035)

Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm

Arrive at Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs, 40min Journey)

BUS

ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam

These frequently asked questions will be of great help to solve your own doubts and queries. Have a look!

1. Which is the best season to trek?

This depends on a lot of factors. What do you mean by best? Are you looking to seeing a lot of snow? If yes, then the summer treks around May June promise more snow. However, they are way more challenging. If you are looking to be more comfortable and enjoy scenic beauty, then you must opt for the October season. Every trek has its own beauty which varies season to season. Read up about the treks to get a better idea.

2. What will the weather be like?

Again, depends on which trek you are opting for at what time of the month and what the altitude of the place is.

Treks are mostly conducted at a time when the mountains are enjoying good weather. In extreme winters and rainfall time treks do not happen. Please check the temperature of the place on the internet before you opt for it. Prepare yourself accordingly. Nights and mornings are damn cold, and it can get really hot in the day.

Please remember that mountains are unpredictable when it comes to weather. Rainfall, snowfall is common. The course of the trek is decided according to the weather on a daily basis by trek leaders.

3. What should I pack?

Please refer to the Himalayan Freaks To-Pack List. Carry everything

4. What kind of a bag do I need?

It should be more than 60 liters. opt for a good quality branded rucksack that is durable and comfortable.

5. How many trek leaders will be there?

This depends on the number of participants. We ensure a healthy ratio of leaders and clients for your adequate care.

6. Should I carry my own food?

Yes, only dry snacks and not a lot of it because you must carry the bag to the top. Pack light.

7. How many people stay in one tent?

This depends on the size of the tent. We carry four men tents that are comfortable and spacious for four people

8. What kind of food will we get in the mountains? Will we cook our own food?

No. A dedicated kitchen team will trek along with you. The food is fantastic

9. Do I need any documents ?

Refer to the terms and conditions page

10. I don’t have prior trekking experience. What should I do?

You must definitely trek because everyone has a first time. But make sure to pick a moderately easy trek if it is your first time. Prepare physically

11. I am not physically very fit. Can I go?

Physical fitness is a must for treks. For a fun and enjoyable experience train yourself before signing up for a trek. We expect a recent medical certificate from an authorized MBBS doctor proving that you are fit for high altitude trekking. You can download the medical form from the website

If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart, asthmatic, or bronchial disorders, or have high blood pressure you are advised against coming on HF trekking trips that go to altitude.

12. Will I get my money back in case I cancel it last moment?

Refer to our cancellation and refund policy page

13. What is the age limit?

14 to 70 (Minors have to be accompanied by parent/guardian)

14. Are there toilets there?

In the mountains, toilet tents are pitched which basically means that you do your business in pits dug in the ground. Sometimes, depending on the situation one might have to go in the open. This is part of the mountain life

15. Do we carry our own tent and sleeping bags?

No these are carried by porters and provided by us. If you wish to get your own sleeping bag you can.

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