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Mystery Lake – Roopkund

Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal at a height of 5029m and is set beneath the towering summit on the lap of Trishuli massif (7120m).

Roopkund Pics-3Here you can find over 300 mysterious human skeletons and remains of horses which are more than 500 years old; hence this area is usually referred to as the ‘mystery lake’.

The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad white peaks. The trek of Roopkund passes through lush green grassy lands and coniferous forests clinging onto the slopes of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the Pindar River. Various theories have been proposed about to the calamity which must have deposited them here. One of it claims a group of pilgrims en route to Hemkund to worship Nanda Devi, lost their footing and tumbled down into the icy depths of the lake. This reminder of these long-dead pilgrims presents a rather macabre spectacle, the grim and gruesome atmosphere enhanced by the desolate nature of the landscape. The highest Point is 4620m (Roopkund). Come to witness the mystery as it unfolds before your eyes!!!


Day 01

Reach New Delhi and proceed to Old Delhi Railway station. Overnight train journey to Haridwar.

Day 02
Arrive at Haridwar, check in to hotel. After freshening up drive to Harki Paudi where one can take a holy dip in the Ganges. Post lunch drive to Gwaldham
200 Kms. – 10 Hrs.
First views of snow clad Nanda Gunti and Trishul peaks

Day 03
Drive to Lohajung 40 kms and proceed towards Wan in a shuttle taxi. Wan is the last motorable village on the trek to Roopkund.

Wan is the first camping point on the trek to Roopkund.

Camp 1 in tents.

Day 04
Begin the uphill trek and reach the ‘Bugyals’ (high altitude meadows) of Bedini ( 3354m ) – a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.IMG_4191

There is a small lake situated in the midst of the meadow, where Tarpans are offered by the devotees. Situated nearby is a small temple where the devotees pay there obeisance, during their halt at Bedni Bugyal.

Bedni Bhugyal is the largest meadow of its kind in Uttarakhand.  Excellent reflection photos can be got of Trishul peak from Bedni.

10 Kms – 6 Hrs.
Camp 2 in tents.

Day 05
Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Baguabasa.

Trek from Bedni to Bhagubasa is a complete uphill climb. One has to walk slowly and get acclimatized to the rarefied atmosphere.

Roopkund Pics-11Enroute to Bagubasa a small temple of Kalluvinayak is present. Kalu Vinayak gets its name from the black Ganesh idol enclosed in a stone shrine just as you finish the climb from Ghora Lotani. Everyone offers a prayer here for a safe pilgrimage to Roopkund.

The trail from Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa is easy and gently sloping downwards.

From Bahgubasa one can view Chaukamba, Neelkanth and Nanda Gunti from close quarters.

Camp 3 in tents.

Day 06
Post breakfast leave early to Roopkund (15,500 ft).Roopkund Pics-13

Trek to the mysterious ‘Pond of Beauty’- Roop Kund (5029m) lies close to the base of the Trishul (7120m) and Nanda Ghungti (6310m) Peaks.

Roopkund the mystery lake is 5 kms from Bhagubasa, at Roopkund a large number of Human skeletons are found and anthropologists are still working on its signifcance. The lake however is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery. After spending a while at Roopkund descend town to Bhagubasa for night halt.

Camp 4 in tents.

Day 07

Roopkund Pics-17Baguabasa to Alibugyal.

From Bhagwabasa descend  down to Ali Bugyal is another Alpine like meadow that is just as charming as Bedni .

5 kms- 4 hours

Camp 5 in tents.

Day 08
Alibugyal to DidanaRoopkund Pics-19

The descent from Ali to Didana is easy and we pitch up close to a river.
8 Kms – 6 Hrs.
Camp 6 in tents.

Day 09
Didana  to Lohajung

Trek from Didan to Lahajung takes around 4 hours. At Lohajung one can treat themselves to Chowmein and other delicacies.

10 Kms – 5 Hrs.

Drive to Gwaldam. Halt at a hotel

Day 10
Roopkund Pics-14Gwaldam to Marine drive. White water rafting in Alakananda river for 9 Kms (Marine drive to Shivpuri) .Get off the raft at Shivpuri and continue journey to Haridwar.

Overnight journey to Old Delhi by Mussourie Express.


Day 11
Reach New Delhi. Check in to the Hotel
End of package.

Note: Journey by SUV Toyota Innova / Scorpio.

Individual to carry their own Rucksacks.

Stay in tent on Triple sharing basis.

Permits, equipments, transport and food all inclusive.

Train Journey by sleeper II tier.

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