09 Days

Roopkund Trek

Roopkund is situated at a height of 4700m, in the lap of Trisul massif. This usually called “Mystery Lake” since human skeletons and remains of horses were found there. The skeletons were discovered in 1942 by a park ranger. At that time, it was believed that the people died from an epidemic, landslide or blizzard. The carbon dating from samples collected in the 1960s vaguely indicated that the people were from the 12th century to the 15th century. In 2004, a team of Indian and European scientists visited the location to gain more information on the skeletons. The team uncovered vital clues including jewelry, skulls, bones and a preserved body.
DNA tests on the bodies revealed that there were two groups of people, a short group (probably local porters) and a taller group who were closely related. Though the numbers were not ascertained, it is believed that three to six hundred people perished. Radiocarbon dating of the bones determined the time period to be in the 9th century, predating the earlier inaccurate tests. After studying fractures in the skulls, the scientists in Hyderabad and London determined that the people died not of disease, but of a sudden hailstorm.
The hailstones were as large as cricket balls, and with no shelter in the open Himalayas, all of them perished. Furthermore, with the rarefied air and icy conditions, many bodies were well preserved. With landslides in the area, some of the bodies made their way into the lake. What is not determined was where the group was headed to. There is no historical evidence of any trade route to Tibet in the area or any places of pilgrimage.

  • Area: Uttarakhand Chamoli Garhwal India
  • Trip Duration: 09 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 07 Days
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate+
  • Max. Altitude: 5029 mts.
  • Best Time: April to October

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day

Day 01: Rishikesh - Mandoli – Lohjung - Pass. 8-9 hours Drive

Drive to the small hamlet of Lohajung Pass , from where the trek begins. Via Devprayag (confluence Bhagirathi and Alkhnanda River),Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alekhnanda and Mnadakini River) and some Himalayan village and markets. Lunch en-route,Overnight at Hotel/tent !

2nd Day

Day 02: Lohajung - Pass – Didhina (2675m) 5-6 hours Trek

Begin the trek, till the village followed the road, 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 5 km and after a gradual climb of 3 km reaches Didina village. Upon arrival tea/coffee snacks, camp fire, dinner and Overnight at Tent.

3rd Day

Day 03: Didina - Bedni Bugyal(3354m) 6-7 hours Trek

Begin the uphill trek and reach the 'Bugyals' (high altitude meadows) of Bedini (3354m) a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Arrive have tea/ coffee then one can walk to the sun set point, dinner, Overnight at Tent.

4th Day

Day 04: Bedni Bugyal - Baguabasa (4100m) 6-7 hours Trek

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 pilgrims. Overnight at Tent.

5th Day

Day 05: Baguabasa - RoopKund (5029 m) and back to Baguabasa 6-7 hours trek.

Stupendous views of Trisul and the mountains around. An arduous and spectacular trek for about three hours gets us to RoopKund, 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. Overnight at Tent.

6th Day

Day 06: Baguabasa – Palbala/Bagcheo (3350 m) 6-7 hours Trek

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. Overnight at tent.

7th Day

Day 07: Palbala - Kanol Village (2900m) 5-6 hours Trek

The donw hill trek take you a remote country and as such has not suffered from overexploitation. Leopard, jungle cats, barking deer and porcupine are some of the main fauna whilst Lammergier, Himalayan Griffon, Golden Eagle and a variety of kites can be seen in the air. The afternoon walk brings us to a beautiful meadow above the village of Kanol . Here we make our camp amongst the superb rhododendron that dot the pasture, as did Shipton and Tilman some 70 years before. Overnight at tent.

8th Day

Day 08: Kanol to Sitel Village 5-6 hours Trek

An excellent day of walking through classic Garhwal scenery. Beyond our campsite lies Kanol village, a traditional Garhwali settlement with stone and slate houses and excellent views of Trisul. Fields are still hand-tilled and provide the villagers with most of their staple foods and a small income from any surplus. From here, a lengthy descent takes us to the Nandakini River, over night in tent / Guest house,.

9th Day

Day 09: Drive back to Rishikesh, 7-8 hours Drive

Morning after Breakfast and Lunch en-route, we will arrive Rishikesh around 4pm, so you can depart to your next Destination by train from Haridwar or by flight from Dehradun (Jolly Grant Air port).