There are some iconic trekking destinations that people do talk about from time to time and Roopkund Trek makes it almost every list. The trekking experience lies in the Gharwal region of the Himalayas present in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is mostly known for the mysterious glacial lake which reveals its hidden skeletal remains as the ice melts. The trek is also known for the difficulty and it is perfect for those who are up for a great adventure. So, let us know a little more about this coveted trekking trail.
About the Roopkund Trek
The Roopkund trek will take you at a maximum altitude of 5,000 m or 15,700 ft. and its main location is in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This is a long duration trek that lasts for almost 8 days and a participant needs to trek for 53 KM in total. This trek is considered a difficult trek because of the terrain that one needs to pass to reach the lake. The path remains closed during the winter months because of the extreme weather conditions.
Wan is the base camp for the Roopkund trek and one will find it easy to reach from nearby towns of Haldwani and Kathgodam. One needs to pass the village of Lohajung when they are on the way to reach Wan, the place from which the real trek takes place. It takes a trek of 6 days to finally reach the beautiful glacial lake. The stops and campsites included in this trek are Ghairoli Patal, Bedni Bugyal, Patar Nachauni, Bhagwabasa, Roopkund, and Junargali.
The rise in altitude from 8000 ft. to 15,700 ft provides you with the experience of having a look at different types of terrains and you also get acquainted with the vegetation and wildlife. The Bugyals or vast stretches of alpine meadows are eye-soothing for the trekker. Along with that, you will also cross dense forests especially in the first days of the trip.
An amazing view of different peaks such as the Chaukhamba range, the Neelkanth peak, the Kedarnath and the Kedar Dome peaks make the whole trek worthwhile. Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunt are the most prominent peaks when you are on your way to the Roopkund Lake.
Quick Facts about the Roopkund Trek:
- Min/Max Temperature: Day: 12 to 18°C and Night: -5 to 7°C
- Altitude: 5,000 m or 15,700 ft.
- Distance: 53 KM
- Difficulty: Difficult
- Starting/Ending point: Wan Base Camp
- Last ATM: Wan
- Base Camp: Wan
- Duration: 8 days
- Region: Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, Garwhal Himalayas
Highlights of the Trek:
Whenever we are planning to go on a trek, the very first things that we think about are the experiences that we are going to have. The Roopkund trek is often known for the mesmerizing views and the diverse terrain. So, here are some of the highlights of the trek:
The alpine meadows that the trekkers get to see in the form of the Bedni Bugyal, as well as the Ali Bugyal, are breathtakingly beautiful. These bugyals stretch over a large area and they act like pastures for the animals living nearby. The greenery of the bugyals will entice any person and make them stay for a long time. They look mesmerising at the right time as flowers make the meadows appear more colourful. These bugyals are unique to the eco-system of the Garwhal region and because of their fragility, conservation methods are being utilised by the government.
Forest and Streams:
Forests and streams are quite important when you go on a trekking tour. The eco-system of the mountains is distinct and it is completely different from the plains. In the Roopkund trek of Uttarakhand you embark on the journey from Wan and as you are on the way to Ghairoli Patal you will pass the ‘Ran ka Dhar’ which is a stream. To reach your destination you will also pass forests of Oak and Rhododendrons. You will also get to see another stream when you are on your way to Patar Nachauni from Bedni Bugyal.
As we have already said above, one of the main highlights of the Roopkund trek is the peaks that you are going to experience. Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunt are the dominant peaks that you can spot throughout the journey. When you reach Roopkund Lake, you can also spot the Neelkanth peak, the Kedarnath peak along with a distinct view of the Chaukhamba range. The view of the white peaks will always stay in your mind.
The main highlight of the Roopkund trek has to be the glacial lake which will be your prime destination. The lake may have approximately 500 or more human and animal skeletal remains and it has always been an interesting topic that pulls more people towards it. The lake is situated at an altitude of 5,000 m and it is surrounded by glaciers and other high mountains. The Lake remains covered in ice most of the time. The human skeletons are definitely an attraction, but people should definitely refrain from picking up a piece for themselves.
When you are on the Roopkund trek you will get to enjoy the campsites that allow you to live right under nature. The mesmerizing view of the surrounding areas along with the pollution-free sky lets you see the stars which you may not have experienced before. On top of that, the campsites allow you to have a personal connection with nature. In the Roopkund the base camp, Wan, in itself is a beautiful sight to behold. The campsites at Patar Nachauni allow you to have a wholesome view of the nearby peaks and mountain ranges.
What is the best time to visit Roopkund Trek?
There are mainly two dominant times for availing the Roopkund Trek. One is definitely during the summer months of May and June and the second one is from September to mid-October. If you are someone who would like to see snow, then we will recommend you to visit during the summer months as you can still see the traces of snow, especially near the Lake. But the post-monsoon months of September and October offer a great view of the Bugyals as they are full of greenery and the flowers are blooming. You should always avoid the monsoon season as they make the trails slippery which may lead to accidents. So, choose a time according to your interest. Roopkund trek has always been a favourite of those who wanted to beat the heat of the summer months.
How to reach Roopkund?
The journey to Roopkund takes you 6 days if you start from Wan which is the base camp. If you are coming from Delhi, then you will need to take a train, a bus or a car to either Kathgodam or Haldwani and from there you have to travel to Wan which is generally via a car and takes about 11 hours. On the next day, you will need to trek from Wan to Ghairoli Patal which takes about 4 hours. On the third day, the trekking is from Ghairoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal which lasts for about 3 hours. On the fourth day, you have to trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni via Ghora Lotani and you can see the green surroundings turning into a rockier terrain. On the fifth day, the trek is from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa, which is a small village and on the way you can pay your regards at the Kalu Vinayak temple. The next day is the most eventful as you will final trek to the Roopkund Lake from Bhawabasa but it is also one of the most difficult treks in the whole journey because of narrow ways and high-altitude.
When you are visiting a place it is quite important to find out about the weather. This helps you in deciding on the time when you want to go on the trek. As Roopkund trek is a high-altitude trek it is quite obvious that you are going to find cold weather over here.
The summer season which lasts from April to June is quite popular among trekkers. In the daytime the weather is pleasant and it does get chilly at night, so people should definitely pack well when they are preparing for the trek. It is best to avoid the months of July and August as there is torrential rain and the weather isn’t favourable for trekking activities. During this time, snow is still present in the upper part of the trek.
The next best season for visiting Rookund is during the autumn months of September and October. The weather is chilly but the lake doesn’t freeze yet and it will reveal the skeletons present in it. The weather is better during the autumn months and fewer crowds are present.
Knowing the temperature of a place helps to decide on the things that one needs to carry with them. When you are on trekking to Roopkund you should always make sure to carry enough warm clothes as it does get chilly by night.
During the summer months of May and June, the temperature during daytime can be anywhere between 18 degrees Celsius to 12 degrees Celsius but during the night it can drop to 7 degrees Celsius to -5 degrees Celsius.
During the autumn months of September and October, the usual daytime temperature is 20 degrees Celsius to 9 degrees Celsius and during the night is alters between 4 degrees Celsius to -8 degrees Celsius
In the winter months, at night the temperature can even fall to -26 degrees Celsius.
So, here are some of the things that you need to know about the mesmerizing Roopkund trek which is known for its campsites along with the great experience that it provides to the trekkers. We think that people who find trekking interesting should definitely try it out at least once in their life.
*Hot water for bathing/washing on a chargeable basis, but that too only if resources are available
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
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- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.
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