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Roopkund Kuaripass - Trekking Tours

Duration : 15 Days
Season : June – Mid Oct
Difficult : Moderate

Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. The road head for Roopkund is Lohajang 155km from Almora, 217km from Naini Tal and 235km from Kathgodam. Roopkund situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. ThisRoopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal. The road head for Roopkund is Lohajang 155km from Almora, 217km from Naini Tal and 235km from Kathgodam.

Situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. This area is usually called is the ‘mystery lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age were found here. The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks. The starting point of the trek is Lohajang, easily approached by motor from Almora. Roopkund can also be reached by Ghat, connected by a motorable road with Nandprayag situated on the main highway of Badrinath. The trek of Roopkund passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forest clinging into the slopes of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the Pinder River. Then to round off this trek, one can approach Hemkund via Shila Samunder glacier and then move on Ghat. Bedni Bugyal and Bhagwawasa are the most beautiful places in this trek. You must found lots of “Bramhakamal” near Bhagwawasa. The best time of come here is last week of August to last week of October. You must have 8 days to trekking for Roopkund.

It is a 40km trek from road head. For many years, Roopkund has heel the attention of trekkers because of the bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. The mystery of the same has never been solved but the lake has attracted a number of people over the years. The trek by itself takes one through some of the best terrain in the Garhwal Himalayas, with one passing through thick forest, undulating meadows, towering peaks, etc. On this trek, you would go from Roopkund towards another fabulous destination – Kuari Pass.This trek is also known as Curzon’s Trail (named after the Indian Viceroy, Lord Curzon, who undertook this trek during his stay in India). The main attraction of this trek is the majestic views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Hathi-Ghodi, Kamet, Dronagiri, etc. During the trek one would pass through pristine forests of Oak, Rhododendron and Deodar. The beauty of the region is best described by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who said, “A vision of such beauty is worth a world of striving.”

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Mundoli Arrival in Haridwar by 0535 hrs and from here drive to Mundoli (240 km/8-9 hrs) :
Overnight in tents.

Day 02: Mundoli – Wan – Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts/11000 ft) Drive 10 kms to Wan :
Which is the roadhead for the trek. Today we will trek 11 km (5-6 hrs) to reach Bedni Bugyal, probably one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight in tents.

Day 03: Bedni Bugyal Rest day for acclimatization/Exploratory day :
Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 04: Bedni Bugyal – Bagubassa (4100 m/13450 ft) :
In the morning trek to Bagubassa, its 10 kms upward trek to reach our next base and it will take near about 4-5 hrs. Up on arrival at Bagubassa set out a camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 05: Bagubassa – Roopkund (4450 m/14600 ft) :
Bedni Bugyal You trek 18 km today enjoying the Himalayan panorama, this will take about 7-8 hrs, moving at a leisurely pace. Overnight in tents.

Day 06: Bedni Bugyal – Wan (2436 m/8000 ft) :
Retrace your steps towards Wan. This will take 3-4 hrs. Overnight in tents.

Day 07: Wan – Sutol (2200 m/7200 ft) :
The trek today is for 14 km (5-6 hrs) through one of the finest mixed forests in the entire Garhwal Himalayas with a good chance of spotting the barking deer. Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Sutol – Ramni (2550 M / 8415 ft):
The trail follows the Nandakini Valley from village to village. A 16 km trek that would take about 7-8 hrs. Overnight in tents.

Day 09: Ramni – Semkharak. camp site Trek 9 kms (5-6 hrs) to reach Semkharak :
Overnight in a tents.

Day 10: Hitoli camp site – Pana (2450 m/8085 ft) :
Today’s trek of 8 kms will take about 5-6 hrs. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Pana – Dakhwani (3300 m/10890 ft) :
Today’s hike of 14 kms is mostly through forests and will take us about 6-7 hrs. Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Dakhwani – Kuaripass (3640 m/11960 ft) :
Today's trek of 14 kms will take us about 4-5 hrs. You will get to see some of the most popular Himalayan peaks while hiking today. Overnight in tents.

Day 13 : Rest day :

Day 14: Auli (2800 m/9185 ft) / joshimath :
Post breakfast, trek to Auli and drive to our Guest house or hotel. Overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 15: Joshimath drive to rishikesh :
Trip end at arrival in Rishikesh.


 

Roopkund Trekking Trip Can be done in 9 days Trip

 

Besides its rivers, rivulets and streams, Garhwal is famous for its high altitude lakes, which hold up a mirror to the awesome peaks that surround them.  Not one of the most beautiful, but certainly the most fascinating lake inGarhwal Himalayas is “Roopkund”, the mystery lake. At an altitude of 4777 metres, this glacial lake is about 50metres in diameter. It is so named, because of its banks lies the remains of human skeleton of scores of men who perished many centuries ago. Many mythological accounts and stories are heard about the remains, they range from Tibetan traders to refugees to Tughlaks army, who were on a mission to Tibet, under General Zorawar  Singh.

Apart from lakes and peaks, the trek passes through one of the best ‘Bugyals’ the alpine meadow of the area, i.e.Bedni  have long been related to myths and mysteries. Even  today, the local people witness the presence of fairies. According  to a popular belief the  Vedas were written in sylvan  haunts of Bedni. Regularly visited and worshipped temple of Goddess Nanda Devi  is situated amidst the meadow. 

A 08 Nights  09  days trip which involves trek to one of the high altitude Himalayan lakes and spiritual  journey to one of the four most sacred place and source of second most important river of Northern India.
Best Time: June to October 

Day 001 : Rishikesh  - Lohajung (260 kms / 10 hrs)
Early morning drive to the small hamlet of Lohajung (2213 m), from where the trek begins.
Overnight: Lodge

Day 02: Lohajung - Didina 2439 mts / 06 hrs walk
In the morning our team of porters will arrive and we will set off on the first stage of our trek. We have a steady climb up to the Lohajang Col at 2590m which we cross to reach the valley of the Bedni Ganga. We descend on the north side of the pass down to the river before climbing back up to the little village of Didina (2439m) where we camp.
Overnight: Tent

Day 03: Didina – Bedni Bugyal
Today is a steep trek through oak trees and large stands of bamboo up to Ali Bugyal. From here we can enjoy an expansive view of the Garhwal peaks. We continue trekking through thick forests as far as Bedni Bugyal (Bugyalmeans meadow in the local Garhwali dialect). Very occasionally the brown Himalayan bear can be encountered on this section of the trail, but it is an elusive animal. From Bedni Bugyal we have an excellent view of the various summits of Trisul (7120m) and the peaks of the north of Garhwal. Bedini Bugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with a myriad of colourful flowers. There is a lake situated in the middle of the meadow where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe, and nearby is a small temple.

The trail's just to the right of the Didna camp site, hanging over the shoulder of Didna village. You cross the village and immediately afterwards the trail veers right and gets steep. Soon, you are amidst oaks and you can catch glimpses of Didna's rooftops below you. 10 mins later you come across a stream. Stop to catch your breath and fill in your water bottles. This is the last water point and there isn't any water source until Bedni, 4 hrs away. The water's cool and crisp and feeds the Didna village.

The climb through the dense oak forest is seductive. Sun beams light up the moss laden bark of the tress. A brown carpet of leaves marks the trail. The air is cool enough to make your sweat cold. Around you is a dense foliage of green, and as you climb the sweet smell of moist earth lingers around.

It is a 2,500 ft climb from Didna to Ali. Quite a bit if you are not used to climbing. Take it nice and slow and enjoy the views. It is perhaps one of the best that Himalays has to offer through dense oak forests.

The forest starts to thin after about 2½ hrs of climb (make it 3 if you are slow)Suddenly, abruptly, the oak falls behind you and stretched in front of you is a largest, greenest rolling carpet ever laid out for you. You've arrived at Ali Bugyal.

All tiredness forgotten, you soak in the mesmerising sight of the undulating meadows of Ali Bugyal. You are on the top of a ridge that spreads in every direction. Acres and acres of green meadow scooped out of the mountainside.

Clouds drift in from below, glide over the ridge and slide down the either side, all in a slow swift motion. You watch countless horses grazing on the bounty of nature. Foals tearing themselves across the turf in an uninhibited abandon, just being themselves.

The climb over, leisurely walk your way to Bedni Bugyal, 5 kms away and more or less at the same level. If you are tempted to take off your shoes and allow the feel of the carpet on your toes, just go ahead and do it! 
Overnight: Tent

Day 04: Rest day at Bedni Bugyal for acclimatization 
Overnight: Tent

Day 05: Bedni Bugyal - Baguabasa (4100 m) Trek 4-5 Hrs. Overnight Tents. 
After 2 hours of gradual climb up, uninterrupted views of Trisul range and Nanda Ghunti can be appreciated. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola and then climbs up to Baguabasa, an improvised stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims.

(4 - 4½ hrs.
Level moderate: Easy assent at the beginning, gradual decent followed by a stiff climb in the middle. Easy walk at the end).
There's is a big change in the days trek. You start at the meadows, gradually climb out of them, make a steep dash to gain height and finally camp on the snow line. The day's trek will also see you climbing from 11,500 ft to 14,500 ft. For the first time on the trek you will feel the effects of altitude and thin air.

Start your day early again. You want to be in Bhagwabasa as early as possible to acclimatise yourself to the altitude before your final push toRoopkund. The trail to Bhagwabasa climbs out of the Bedni campsite in a gradual, easy meander. From your Bedni campsite you can follow it with your eye for 3 kms before it disappears into a saddle in the mountain.
It makes sense to break the day's trek into smaller stages. 
Stage one: Bedni Camp site to saddle on the mountain, where the trail crosses over. 
Stage two: Gradual decent to Patal Nachauni over the Ghora Lotani meadows. 
Stage three: Steep climb to Kalu Vinayak.
Stage four: Gradual decending snow line walk to Bhagwabasa. Overnight: Tent

Day 06: Baguabasa - Roop Kund (5029 m) and back to Baguabasa
Stupendous views of Trisul and the mountains around. An arduous and spectacular trek for about three hours gets us to Roop Kund, a holy lake surrounded by glaciers and high peaks and situated on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Every 12 years thousands of devout pilgrims, carrying a golden idol of the goddess Nanda Devi, undertake a difficult trek to this holy lake from Nauti village, near Karnaprayag.
From Bhagwabasa it is about 5 kms to Roopkund. The stretch isn't long, but the entire bit is on snow patches. At some parts the slope is steep but most parts are easily trekkable.
It takes about 2 hrs to climb up to Roopkund. Make it 2½ if you are slow. Ideally, if you have started at 5.00 am then you are going to get to Roopkundby 7.15. The climb is deliriously exhilarating. The last stretch of climbing over the rocky flank on the left, requires some clambering, but is over in 10mins. The final bend on the snow shoulder will get your hearts pounding. Roopkund is right over the edge, two minutes away and yet you can't see it unless you get there.

Overnight: Tent
Day 07: Baguabasa - Wan (2450 m)
Return trek to Badni Bugyal. The trek then makes a long, steep descent through a fine forest of firs and rhododendrons and across a beautiful clearing with much of the track being paved. After crossing a river, a short climb leads to the main valley, at the head of which is Wan.
Overnight: Tent

Day 08: Wan - Lohajung trek 
Morning after breakfast trek to Lohajung. Arrive and check into Lodge.Overnight: Lodge

Day 09: Lohajung - Rishikesh
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Tour Terminates.
One can take the train to Delhi or stay overnight.

Price for above trip ::  INR 34989 per person.

 

 
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