Trek Overview

Region: Chamoli District
State: Uttarakhand
Trek duration: 6 Night / 7 Days
Trek Level: Moderate to difficult
Max. Altitude: 5030 metres.
Trek Length: 56 kilometres.
Trek Route: Wan Village  Ran ki Dhar Neel Ganga Gharoli Pataal Bedini Bugyal Ghode Lauti Dhar Patar Nauchani KaluaVinaya Bhagwabasa  Roopkund Jyuragali Paas  Didna Village Lohajung.
Trek Package: 12,300/- person

Roopkund is a small lake above the snowline of the Greater Himalayas. It is a very small swallow lake, maximum 2 meters in depth and generally remain under the snow for 8 months in a year. At the first glance, nothing special is here. I mean, a 2 meter deep lake, that too without water, is not worth visiting after 24 hours of road journey from Delhi and then a 3-days trek in the middle of a dense forest of Burans, a widespread meadow, some steep climbs on the hills, where you spend your night in a small tent. The nights are freezing cold, body easily become tired due to the thinner air and a single mistake can be fatal at this height and we do all this for a meters deep hole, which does not look like a lake. But, the beauty and charm of these snow-clad peaks, alpine meadows and dense forests attracts hundreds of trekkers every year to this place. Some of them come here to solve the riddle of bones, skulls and skeletons buried deeply under the snow in this lake, Some people come here to enjoy the green alpine meadows and some of them are mesmerized by the beauty of the heaven that lies above the cloud at 16000 ft.

Roopkund Lake is also known as The Skeleton Lake. Hundreds of human bodies buried here. Nobody knows, how? Carbon Dating suggests that these skeletons buried here from almost hundred years when some people died in a fatal hailstorm. But the question remains same, why those hundreds of people came to such isolated place? Some believe they came here for religious purpose, other believe that they were here for commercial purpose. Some even believe that they belong to the army of a King and they came here for a political purpose. Whatever was the reason for their presence at this place, they never went back. They became an integral part of Mighty Himalayas and this place became the part of many mysteries of Himalayas. Today, Roopkund Trek is considered among the best treks in India. It is considered as a moderate trek on the scale of difficulty and it is really easy to complete this trek. But still, at these heights, you have to test your patience, discipline and your limits at each and every step.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:- Dehradun / Rishikesh – Wan Village (298 km drive / approx10hrs)

On arrival at Wan village which is a last village for the trek of Roopkund, in Chamoli, Uttarakhand and at height of 8,000 ft. Later get refreshed & get into your tents. Later in evening have evening tea with snacks. Enjoy evening walk around the Wan area. Later have dinner & overnight stay at campsite or home.

Day 2:- Wan Village - Ran ki Dhar - Neel Ganga - Gairoli Patal (8 km trek)

In the morning have breakfast and after that you may get ready for the morning trek to Gairoli Patal camp site which is at the height of 10,000 ft. Gairoli Patal is the small area which surrounded by the forest through which the trail for Bedini Bugyal & Roopkund. Gairoli Patal is a peaceful place embedded in the depth of the Himalayas. Later get into your tents& have a cup of tea in the evening. Later enjoy the delicious dinner & overnight stay at campsite.

Day 3:- Gairoli Patal - Bedini Bugyal - Ghode Lauti Dhar - Patar Nachauni (8 km Trek)

Early in the morning after breakfast & with packed lunch get ready for the Patar Nachauni trek which is an open area from where you get the view of Village from the height of 12,766 ft. We also cross the area of Bedini Bugyal which is a big meadow area near by Asia’s first largest meadow area named “Ali Bugyal” & we also enjoy the beauty of Ali Bugyal when we come back down from Roopkund. In Bedini there is Kund named “Bedini Kund” Where there is an old saga that any person who dips it 7 times, he dashes his sin.Dinner and overnight stay at campsite.

Day 4:- Nachauni - Kalua Vinayak - Bhagwabasa (5.5 km trek)

Early in the morning after breakfast & with packed lunch get ready for the Bhagwabasa trek which is 5.5 km trek ahead and located at height of 14,100ftasl and Bhagwabasa is windy too. In the wind chill the -2°C feels like -6°C. You need to put on all your warm clothing and then get inside your sleeping bag to brave the night.The view is just magnificent one with shining and sparkling Trishul on one side and bell shaped Nandaghunti on the other. Dinner & overnight stay at campsite.

Day 5: Bhagwabasa - Roopkund - Jyura Gali Paas - Patar Nachauni (12.5 km back down trek)

Early in the morning after breakfast & with packed lunch get ready to go for Roopkund trek which is at height of 16,000 ft& the peak point near to Roopkund is Jyura Gali Paas which is at 300 m distance above & at height of 16,500 ft. asl. Roopkund (locally known as Mystery Lake, Human Skeletons Lake) is a high altitude glacial lake in the Village Wan, Chamoli, Uttarakhand state of India. It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination.

A shallow lake, having a depth of about two meters, Roopkund has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Researchers have concluded that the skeletons are the remains of people killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.Dinner and overnight stay at guest house or campsite.

Day 6: Patar Nachauni - Didna Village (17 km down Trek)

Wake up normally in the morning & have breakfast. Later start trek down to direct Didna Village with packed lunch. Today we cross the two Big Bugyal’s named Bedini Bugyal & Ali Bugyal (Asia largest Bugyal). We spend some time in Ali Bugyal then trail begins with forest area till Didna village & it takes full day to reach there in village. Dinner and Overnight stay at home.

Day 7: Didna Village - Kulling - Lohajung - Dehradun / Rishikesh (5 km down Trek & 298 km drive / 10 hrs. approx.)

Good morning to Last day of Trip !!

Have breakfast and travel back to Dehradun / Rishikesh with happy memories of Roopkund tour & trek.

!! An Unforgettable Journey will be ended here !!

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Itinerary Briefing

Rishikesh is 250 kilometres North-east from Delhi; travel time by road is 6 hours, by air 30 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is 16 kilometres from Rishikesh, travel time 30 minutes
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, situated at 266 kilometres; travel time by road is 7 hours
274 kilometres by road from Rishikesh to Ratgaon Base Camp via
Devprayag Srinager Karnprayag Tharali Wan

  • Day 1: Dehradun / Rishikesh to Wan Village
  • Meeting Point: Nataraj Chowk, Rishikesh
  • Departure: 6.30am
  • Altitude: 1900 mtrs.
  • Distance: 274 kms.
  • Travel time: 08-10 hrs.
  • Dinner: Wan
  • Night Halt: Wan
  • Day 2: Wan to Gairoli Patal
  • Breakfast
  • Altitude: 10,000 feet
  • 8 kms trek, approx. 7 hours
  • Packed lunch & Dinner
  • Stay at Campsite.
  • Day 3: Gairoli Patal to Patar Nachauni
  • Breakfast
  • Altitude: 12,766 feet
  • 8 kms trek, approx 7 hours
  • Packed lunch & Dinner
  • Stay at Campsite
  • Day 4: Patar Nachauni to Bhagwa basa
  • Breakfast
  • Altitude: 14,100 feet
  • 5 kms trek, approx 6 hours
  • Packed lunch & Dinner
  • Stay at Campsite
  • Day 5: Bhagwa basa to Roopkund to Jyura Gali Paas to Patar Nachauni
  • Breakfast
  • Altitude: 16,000 ft. to 16,500 ft.
  • 5 km trek to Roopkund & Jyura Gali Paas – approx. 04 hours
  • 9 km down trek – approx 05 hours
  • Packed lunch & Dinner
  • Stay at Campsite
  • Day 6: Patar Nachauni to Didna Village
  • Breakfast
  • Altitude: 3,800 ft.
  • 17 km down trek – approx 09 hours
  • Packed lunch & Dinner
  • Stay at Home stay
  • Day 6: Didna Village to Kulling to Dehradun / Rishikesh
  • Breakfast
  • 5 km down trek – approx. 03 hours
  • 298 km drive – approx 10 hours

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