A frozen lake shrouded in myth and mystic, as if a crowned jewel being watched over by gargantuan snow-clad mountains, preserving what lived a thousand years ago- Reason enough to endure through a rough climb? Definitely!
This isn’t even enough to summarise the romance of Roopkund, the experience you have on the way to this mysterious skeletal lake in the upper Himalayas is something words certainly can’t do justice to. Steep ascent through jumbo jungles, majestic mountains staring at you, never-ending greenery of the Bugyals (meadows), Yellow-orange autumn leaves striking a deep contrast to the sandy brown mountains, Sun-ignited snow peaks meditating over you- what else could a trekker ask for? Maybe, an eerie lake at an altitude of 16,499ft, haunted by warriors from the 9th century!
As soon as I had enough time to go for a long trek, I packed my rucksack and headed to Kathgodam with a friend via bus. It took 6 hours for us to get there from Delhi. From Kathgodam, we hired a cab till Loharjung, from where we directly headed for Wan village, which is where our trek starts. Alternately, one could reach Didina village from Loharjung and start the trek there.