Roopkund Lake Trek (17 Nights / 18 Days)
Nights / 18 Days
Max Altitude: 5029
Best Time: May
to June & Sep to Oct
Lake is situated at an altitude of 5029 mts. in the interior
of the Chamoli district, Roopkund is famous for the mysterious
shallow lake of about 2 mts., with the edges covered with
snow almost throughout the year. After the snow melts, skeletal
remains which are believed to be 500-600 year old, many theories
explain the findings but none seem satisfying. The lake is
nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery.
On arrival, pickup from the Delhi International airport and
transfer to hotel.
02: Delhi - Rishikesh
Drive to Rishikesh enroute visit Haridwar (Holy City). Upon
arrival Rishikesh transfer to Hotel.
03: Rishikesh - Mandoli (265 kms / 10hrs)
Drive to the small hamlet of Mandoli (2134m), from where the
04: Mandoli- Wan
Begin the trek with a 2 km climb to Lahajang Pass (2590m)
on the top, a few small temples & the bell hanging from
a tree. This place is named after a mythological demon that
was killed here by Goddess Nanda Devi. The trail goes down
7 km and after a gradual climb of 5 km reaches Wan. Overnight:
05: Wan- Bedni Bugyal (3354m)
Begin the uphill trek and reach the 'Bugyals' (high altitude
meadows) of Bedini (3354m) a beautiful location with magnificent
view of the surrounding mountains.
06: Bedni Bugyal - Baguabasa (4100 m)
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
07: 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.
08: 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.
09: Wan - Kukin Khal Pass (2900 m) - Sutol (2200 m)
Walking on past Latu's temple the path climbs gently up through
magnificent cypress trees. After the pass the path drops down
to broad meadows. The village of Kunol (2650 m) is set in
an idyllic location with stunning views of the high peaks
north of Josimath. Above the village rhododendron trees remain
in full bloom from april until beginning of june. Further
down the trail is lined with orchids and luxuriant ferns as
it passes through one of the finest mixed forests in Garhwal.
10: Sutol - Ramni (1982m)
The trek now traverses along the valley with a number of ups
and downs and huge drops down to the river gorge below, through
forests smelling of fir trees. After dropping to a river,
crossed by a green girder footbridge there is a long steep
climb to a little temple followed by a gradual climb through
forest to emerge near farms and fields, on a ridge with amazing
views of Trisul.
Ramani, a fairly big village.
11: Ramni- Jhenjipani (2015 Mt)
13 km trek from Ramni to Jhenjipani. A good zigzagging track
leads to open grassy grazing meadows. Snow peaks begin to
emerge above the forest to the north. We then begin to climb
steeply as the path moves diagonally through forests of rhododendrons,
pines and holm oak with more pastures and shepherd huts.
12: Jhenjipani- Sinyartoli (2043 Mt)
12 km trek from Jhenjipani to Sinyartoli. The trail carries
on down past small farms, through woods, to the spectacular
suspension bridge across the Brithi Ganga gorges. After a
very steep climb the path is almost flat, passing through
fine rhododendron forest, with many streams and waterfalls.
13: Sinyartoli - Dhakwani
10 km trek Sinyartoli to Dhakwani. This is a long, but spectacular
day. The route starts a steep climb up into rhododendron forest,
then descends gently to open meadows with views across to
the Kauri Pass, and finally plunges down a very steep section
to a river. From there a final climb brings us above the tree-line
to large pastures. Overnight stay tent.
14: Dhakwani - Tali via Kauri Pass (4268 Mt)
12 km trek Dhakwani to Tali via Kauri Pass. The climb up to
the pass is made on a zigzag track to the top. From the pass
the Himalayan summits seem to be arrayed before us in a stupendous
arch. It is often said that this is one of the greatest mountain
views in the world. Overnight tent.
15: Tali - Auli (2519 Mt)
14 km trek from Tali to Auli. Overnight stay at the hotel
in Auli (a popular skiing zone in India)
16: Auli - Rishikesh
After breakfast drive to Rishikesh. On arrival check into
Hotel. Evenign free.
17: Rishikesh - Delhi
Morning free in Rishikesh to visit the Temples and Ashrams
and later in the afternoon drive to Delhi. On arrival transfer
18: Delhi Departure
Transfer to International Airport