The Roopkund Trek is one of the most popular treks in India and is also a fascinating experience for beginners. This trek is a breath of fresh air in your busy lives because you will see India's most beautiful meadows, the Ali and Bedni Bugyal, which are also among the largest to ever exist. They are dotted with thick conifers, Himalayan peaks, green valleys, and streams.
The Roopkund Trek is a 7 day journey that takes you to a height of 16499 feet. Along the trek, you will come across the royal twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Hathi- Ghodi Parvat and spot the rare-yellow Himalayan magpie. Starting with the verdant alpine peaks and leading up to pristine snow clad mountains, this trek promises you unbelievably beautiful views like never before. You will climb through Garhwal peak, and pass by alpine meadows and conifers, which will lead you to the exquisite Roopkund lake. After a zigzag height you will be able to spot India’s second highest peak, the Nanda Devi. The trek includes a variety of food options, amazing camping sites and expert’s guide and supervision, that promises you a time in your lifetime.
Maximum altitude - 16,499 ft.
Grade - Moderate to difficult
Duration - 8 days 7 nights
Trekking distance - 53 kilometers
Trail type - Steep ascent Pathankot, 85 kilometers away
Airport - None
Snow Season - December last week to April first week.
Service from - Dharamsala
Base camp - Roopkund Lake
Best season - (December, January, February, March, April) Summer trek(Aril, May June) Autumn Trek(September, October November)
Who can participate: 10 years and above age People with severe heart disease and asthma are advised not to participate Previous trekking experiences are appreciated however first timers can also take part in.
Itinerary at a glance
One first day you will arrive at kathgodam and head on towards Lohajung where you will stay overnight.
On the second day post breakfast you'll start your ascend towards the Neelganga river, Stop by the Roopkund glacier lake. Then you will hike through conifers and alpine meadows to finally reach Dudna village where you will set up the camp.
On the third day you will arrive at Ali Bugyal which is pristine verdant meadows with mouth-dropping views. Enjoy your dinner over here. As you ascend, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. Reach Ghora Lotani, and relax for a while.
From Ghora Latorni you will have a hike through a zigzag path to finally reach Bhagwabasa. After breakfast at Bhagwabasa, get ready for a challenging day. Your family will reach the Roopkund lake. After breakfast at Bedni Bugyal you will start your journey to the neelganga river. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
Arrive at Kathogodam and start your journey towards Lohajung
On look at the beauty of oak and fir as you approach the tiny village of Lohajung
Enjoy a wholesome dinner at Lohajung
Overnight at Lohajung
Original photo copy of government issued identification card
Trekking Shoes - The trek requires sturdy trekking shoes with a good ankle grip and support and which is suitable to walk on snow
Backpack - You would require a backpack of 50-60 l with good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets
Clothes - You would require 3 base layer t-shirts, 3 insulation layers with 2 light sleeves and one light sweater and 2 pairs of trek pants.
Sunglasses - You would sunglasses to avoid snow blindness
Sun Cap - As you trek, your energy level will drop down with the heat of the sun, to avoid quick exhaustion, you would require a sun cap
Synthetic hand gloves - You would require synthetic hand gloves because you will be trekking in snow and synthetic hand gloves will dry quickly.
Woolen caps - Out head is prone to losing heat, so it is very important to cover our heads
Socks - Carry 3- 4 pairs of socks and carry separate woolen socks to fight the cold.
A toilet kit- Your toilet kit should not include unnecessary things, it should be smartly packed with a small soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet tissue roll, small moisturiser, lip balm and roll ons.
Water bottles - Since Roopkund is a long trek, you would require to keep yourself hydrated. Carry a 1 liter to 2 liter water bottles along with you.
The Roopkund uttarakhand has a beautiful mythology behind it. It is said that God Shiva and Goddess Parvati were returning back home after killing the demons when Parvati wanted to clean herself. That's when Shiva created a glacier lake with his trishul that we know today as Roopkund lake.
Be physically active and indulge in jogging and running activities before you participate in the trek.
Take comfortable and waterproof shoes with you. Also carry a backpack which can fit in your required clothing items.
Stay hydrated and munch on light snacks to keep yourself full and energized.
Stay Close to your group and carefully follow the instructions of your supervisor.
Be aware of your trekking route and itinerary beforehand.
Use walking poles for better support.
The trek is of moderate to high level difficulty. As the trek takes you through 53 kilometers and covers over 8 days and 7 nights, Roopkund Trek is considered a rather challenging experience. However with an experienced guide you will have the most relaxing and wholesome trekking experience ever.
The Roopkund lake is the ultimate destination which has a mysterious story that will inspire you. The path leading from the Bedni Bugyal consists of many curvy zigzag roads that might be a challenging day for beginners. But the view from the vibe is absolutely worth it. Trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail, and trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. You will pass lush confers and alpine meadows that will definitely amuse you with their beauty. You will have expert guidance and supervision throughout the trek therefore it is perfect for beginners as well.
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People are required to have a very active physical fitness schedule. People who are included in daily jogging and running exercises will be benefited with the steep ascent that the Roopkund lake trek has. The Roopkundtrek distance is about 53 kilometers which takes around 3 days for completion hence physical activity is required. People with asthma, heart diseases and other physical ailments are strictly asked to refrain from such hectic trekking activities.
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