Roopkund... The mysterious lake!

Tripoto
15th Sep 2017

Mesmerising Bedni Bugyal lake!

Photo of Roopkund... The mysterious lake! by Swati Keshri

We booked our seats with YHAI. We were excited and skeptical at the same time as YHAI was organizing Roopkund trek for the first time and we were in the first batch of it! We still took a leap of faith and left from Bangalore to reach Delhi.

Day 1

After a combination of air, train(Delhi to Haldwani) and road (Kathgodam to Gwaldam) travel we finally reached Gwaldam, the base camp for the trek. The initial three days (including the one when we arrived) were for acclimatization wherein we did a small trek one day and rock climbing the other. It was fun. Our itinerary looked like the following thereafter.

Day 4

We were shipped to Lohajung (7660 ft) via a jeep on the 4th day. From here, we left for a beautiful village called Didna (8045 ft). The route was very easy.

Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Didna, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Day 5

From Didna, we moved ahead to reach the beautiful Bedni Bugyal (11000 ft). This was the most beautiful part of the entire trek. The weather was perfect and in the night one can see geostationary satellites and Milky White Galaxy as we did!

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

Bedni lake as seen from distance.

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

The beautiful Bedni lake!

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

The Milky way as seen from Bedni Bugyal!

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

Golden Mt.Trishul as seen in the evening.

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

Campsite in evening.

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

Campsite!

Photo of Bedni bugyal, Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Day 6

After doing Tata to Bedni with a heavy heart, we moved ahead for Bhagwabasa (14120 ft) via Kalu Vinayak (a temple which comes en route). Because of swift height gain, my head was thumping like anything. This happens when the body is not acclimatized properly. To ensure proper acclimatization it is suggested to walk slowly.

Photo of Bhagwa Basa, Roopkund Trail, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Bhagwa Basa, Roopkund Trail, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Bhagwa Basa, Roopkund Trail, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Bhagwa Basa, Roopkund Trail, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Day 7

The D-day had arrived! We had to leave at 4:30 am with some food for the lake. It was total 3-4 hours trek but became too difficult because of low oxygen levels at such heights.

This is the kund! It was dry when we went as the monsoon arrived after our trek!

Photo of Roopkund, Uttarakhand by Swati Keshri

View from the kund.

Photo of Roopkund, Uttarakhand by Swati Keshri

The skeletal reportedly belongs to the Indian tribesmen who died in the hailstorm here.

Photo of Roopkund, Uttarakhand by Swati Keshri

There was no time to waste and we had to start descending down to reach the Bhagwabasa camp from where we quickly packed our luggage for Patar Nachauni (12800 ft) camp. It was raining heavily while we were descending and this further aggravated the headache that I was having! Nevertheless, my mood was brightened with a cup of tea at Kalu Vinayak and then a Double Rainbow at the camp!!

Photo of Pathar Nachuni, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri

Double rainbow!

Photo of Pathar Nachuni, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Day 8

In the next 2 days, we reached the base camp at Gwaldam.

Day 10

As we left from Gwaldam today, we paid our homage to Lord Shiva at Baijnath temple, en route Kathgodam from where we had our train to Delhi. From Delhi, we had our flight to Bangalore. This marked the end of the beautiful 10 days in the Himalayas with a promise that I will come back, again and again, to take solace in the laps of the Mighty Father!

Photo of Baijnath Temple, Almora-Bageshwar-Karanprayag Road, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Baijnath Temple, Almora-Bageshwar-Karanprayag Road, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
Photo of Baijnath Temple, Almora-Bageshwar-Karanprayag Road, Baijnath, Uttarakhand, India by Swati Keshri
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