If you are into trekking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must do! It’s got everything going for it. Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice and the taste of a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in 5 days. Roopkund, perhaps the most popular trek in India, is almost picture perfect. The Roopkund trail climbs out of splendid dark forests suddenly bursting into Ali and Bedni Bugyal, arguably India’s most beautiful high altitude meadows. Out of the meadows the trail quickly gets into terrific alpine stretches. Climbing on snow to the Roopkund lake is a heart pounding thrill. The beautiful Mt Trishul looms over the setting getting closer as you climb higher, when at a ridge above Roopkund, only air separates the trekker from them and Trishul. The meadows that make the trek unbeatable The two gigantic alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal will blow your mind away. It almost feels like walking into the famous Windows XP wallpaper. Throughout the trek you’re fed with magnificent views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nandagunti. Apart from these two, you see the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome and several other high risers on the Roopkund trek.
Pick up at 6.30am from Kathgodam Railway Station. Drive to Lohajung (7,700 ft); 11 hrs.
Drive from Lohajung to Wan 1 hr. Trek from Wan (8,000 ft) to Ghairoli Patal (10,000 ft); 4 kms, 4 hr
Ghairoli Patal (10,000 ft) to Bedni Bugyal (11,700 ft) via Ali Bugyal; 4 hours
Excursion to Bedni Top (12,200 ft) and acclimatization day at Bedni Bugyal
Bedni Bugyal (11,500 ft) to Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft); 4 hours
Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) to Bhagwabhasa (14,100 ft); 5 hours; 3 hours steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak (14,300 ft)
Bhagwabasa (14,100 ft) to Roopkund (15,750 ft), and further up to Junargali (16,000 ft). Return to Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) via Bhagwabasa; 9 hours
Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) to Lohajung (7,700 ft) via Bedni and Wan; 6.5 hours to Wan plus 1 hr drive back to Lohajung
Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam; 10 hrs. Expected reaching time 6.00 pm.
Please note that you will be staying in a guest house at Lohajung. Stay on all other days will be in tents (3 per tent).
BDT 15,200 per person
This trek is perfect for someone who’s looking for the whole package – Trekking in thick forests, in the meadows and in snow. It is more suitable for you if you have been on a couple of Himalayan treks before and if your fitness levels are high, since it falls in the Moderate-Difficult category. Anyone above the age of 8 can attempt this trek.
Difficulty level & Preparation
The first day happens to be the hardest day of the trek with an ascent of 2600 feet. If you get through this, the rest of the trek is quite easy. The summit day can seem hard for some since the air gets thin, as you ascend to 15,750 ft and you tend to get tired every few steps. This is normal for any high altitude trek and also a good way to build your lung capacity and endurance.
The Roopkund trek is classified as a trek of moderate difficulty. This requires not only stamina but also a good amount of strength. You cannot think of stepping on the Roopkund trek without preparation.
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