Roopkund Trek

8 days / 7 nights -

Ex Kathgodam

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Trek Duration

8 days / 7 nights

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Overview

If you have gone for a trek anywhere in the Western Himalayas then you must have heard about the famous Roopkund trek. Roopkund is to treks what David Beckham is to football. It would be hard to match its combination of pristine high altitude lakes, meadows (bugyals), spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, secluded villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests. The name of the trek is based on a magnificent lake that remains frozen all through the year. The Lake is a glacial lake at an altitude of 5029 metres which lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in NDBR (Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve). Located at the high elevation and enclosed by the mountain range from all sides, this lake offers the immense beauty of nature. One such trek that is the dream of every trekker is Roopkund.

Quick Look

  • Day 1 – Kathgodam – Lohajung (215km drive)
  • Day 2 – Lohajung – Didna Village (6.5km trek)
  • Day 3 – Didna Village – Ali Bugyal (10.5km trek)
  • Day 4 – Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani(7km trek)
  • Day 5 – Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa (4kms trek)
  • Day 6 – Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal (10km trek)
  • Day 7 – Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung (15km trek)
  • Day 8 – Lohajung – Kathgodam (215km drive)

Day 1

Kathgodam - Lohajung (215km drive)

We will meet you at the station. We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (Starting point for the Roopkund Trek) although this drive is long but it is very scenic for the most part as we will be driving along rivers before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora. Founded in 1568, Almora is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand . Overnight stay in forest guest house.

Meal - Dinner

Day 2

Lohajung - Didna Village (6.5km trek)

The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp for the night.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 3

Didna Village - Ali Bugyal (10.5km trek)

We get up early in the morning and do some stretching exercises. It is essential that we stretch ourselves properly to avoid muscle problems through the trek.Today’s stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. You will after this climb start enjoying the stunning views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali bugyal. AliBugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from there you can enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 4

Ali Bugyal - Ghora Lotani(7km trek)

After breakfast we head towards our next Camp Khabekhal also called Brahmatal, the trek leads from thick Oak forest for a long time and we reach Telandi, we descend further towards an open area with a House without roof marks our arrival at Khabelkhal. After dinner overnight at Khabelkhal campsite.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 5

Ghora Lotani - Bhagwabasa (4kms trek)

The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. A steep and zig zag route takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugu Basa (4100m). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay in tents.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 6

Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake - Bedni Bugyal (10km trek)

The day of the Roopkund Trek is here. We will start the day as early as 5 AM. We will start early as during early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 5 km gradual up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the Lake. A further trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. Then we head back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extends west across the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 7

Bedni Bugyal - Lohajung (15km trek)

Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. On reaching Wan we drive to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.

Meal - Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 8

Lohajung - Kathgodam (215km drive)

After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek. Early morning start drive towards Kathgodham. You’ll reach Kathgodam by 06:00 PM, book your journey after 08:00 PM.

Meal - Breakfast

  • All Veg meals as indicated above in the itinerary
  • Tented accommodation on triple sharing basis
  • Guest House in Lohajung on triple sharing
  • Morning and Evening tea with light snacks during the trek
  • All necessary fees and permits
  • Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes etc.)
  • Medical First Aid Kit
  • Services of an expert trek leader
  • Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
  • Transport from Kathgodam to Lohajung and return by tempo traveller
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • Food during transit
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any expenses for optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything apart from the inclusions
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Backpack(40-60 litres)
  • Daypack(10 litres)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Personal medication Kit
  • Two warm layers
  • Two trek pants
  • Two collared t-shirts
  • Thermals
  • Jackets
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Power Bank
  • Toiletries
  • Water bottles
  • Rain covers /
  • Umbrella
  • Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4 km in 40 mins before the start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training.
  • Backpack carrying: Tripsaa expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge before they start the trek. No suitcases/trolleys will be allowed.
  • Drop out during trek: If for any reason a participant has to drop out from the trek on any day then Tripsaa will help the trekker to reach the nearest road head. A support staff will accompany the participant to the nearest road head.
  • Non-liability: Tripsaa is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/ equipment or other belongings on the trek.
  • Payment: You may make this payment by Cash, Cheque, Online, DD or NEFT. Once you done the payment kindly provide us the payment detail through an email. (Go through payment procedure also.)
  • Payment procedure: To confirm your registration you need to pay at least 30% of trek fee as an advance and the balance payment has to be cleared before your pickup.
  • Cancellation: If the trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike etc), Tripsaa will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.The cancellation charges are as under:
    • Cancellations prior before 30 days from the start of the trek – Full Refund.
    • Cancellations prior to 29-15 days from the start of the trek – 80% Refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
    • Cancellation prior to 7-14 days from the start of the trek — 50% refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
    • Cancellation prior to 7 days from the start of the trek — no refund or Trek Voucher worth paid amount (Trek Voucher is valid 12 Months).
  • Drinking and smoking during the trek are strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be canceled with immediate effect.
  • Route changes, postponement, delay or finishing the trek a day earlier: Under some extraordinary circumstance, your trek may end a day earlier or start a day later. This may become necessary due to inclement weather, snow and ice conditions, political restrictions or any other cause. In the event of a change, postponement or delay, participants have no right to refund of the trek (in whole or in part) or other compensation for any injury, loss or damage. Trek fee is not charged broken down in terms of days but is a composite fee for the whole trek.
  • Carry a valid govt. issued I’d. (Original and photocopy both)

Trek Fee

₹12,900/-

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