Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake

Tripoto
19th Jun 2014

Roopkund

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the mysterious skeleton lake

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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish

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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
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Ali Bogyal

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Ali Bogyal

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camp site

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Trishul

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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
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Neelkanth

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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
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bedni

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Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish

ali bogyal

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roopkund

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wan

Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish
Photo of Roopkund Trek - The mysterious skeleton lake by Manish

Roopkund: An unusual trek in the Higher Himalayas

We all dream of that picturesque place that is far away from our city, where we don’t have to worry about emails, phone calls and daily tasks. We would just want to enjoy a peaceful day looking at mountains, valleys and rivers and breathe  fresh unpolluted air. The Roopkund trek was the best choice I had made.

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 8,000ft to 16,000ft in 5 days"

Our journey started from Hyderabad where 9 people(1 Chef,1 mountain climber ,and rest were Software engineers :) ) met for the first time . Everyone was so excited about this trip as for most of us it was our first Himalayan Trek .Our Organiser Ms. Anubha was a known mountain climber and trekker from Hyderabad .She amazed us all with her past trekking experience and told us about all the treks which she is planing to go next .

We reached Delhi by 11 am .we decided to do some shopping as some people had to buy some trekking gears .In the evening we visited India gate and clicked some pictures as we had 3 Professional photographers among us .We boarded out train at 11 pm from old Delhi and slept as we had to wake up early morning.  

Day 0 : Kathgodam - Lohajung  

We Reached Kathgodam by train from Delhi and drove up to Loharjung (7600ft), which is a 10-hour drive through the foothills of the Himalayas – past gushing streams, through valley clouds and on curvy roads.Mr Neggi (Our guide for the next 5 days) came and introduced himself  as a 18 year old guy who had done Roopkund more than 50 times and told us about the local people and all possible Roopkund stories. one of them  says few people came to explore Roopkund and died due to hail storm/bad weather .Even now their Skelton can be seen near Roopkund once snow starts melting.he was very  entertaining and has a very good knowledge of all the near by places 

Day 1 : Lohajung - Didna

It's a five to six hour moderate to slightly difficult trek from Loharjung village to Didna which is another village perched on the mountain slope. No change in altitude, remains 8500 ft. you'll need to get down the valley and a tough climb all the way up to reach Didna. The camping spot is just above Didna Village.

Day 2 : Didna - Bedni Bugyal

This route is one of the spectacular days of the trek. it's a 5 hour moderate trek from Didna to Bedni Bugyal. The initial ascent from Didna to the first clearing at Khopal Top is on the tougher side and then you make your entry into the most beautiful bugyals. It's a relaxed walk from here to Bedni at 11800ft.

Day 3 : Bedni - Pathor Nachoni 

It's a 4-5 hour leisurely and easy trek from Bedni Bugyal to Pathor Nachoni  with an altitude change of 2000ft. we proceed towards  Pathor Nachoni  where our camp was ready ,the campsite was  all surrounded by high peaks and you can see small patch of snow nearby .

 It was a day spent witnessing lush-green meadows and climbing some small hills while constantly moving towards Pathor Nachoni – the next stop at 13,000ft. It was always foggy here, and the valley clouds obstructed the view of snow-capped peaks.

Day 4 : Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund - Pathor Nachoni 

it is the most difficult part of  the trek . We had to start our trek at 2 in the morning so we can reach roopkund early morning before snow starts melting . it was a difficult trek from  Pathor Nachoni  upto KaluVinayak Pass at 15500 ft and then an easy get down to Bhaguabhasa. Altitude change of 1500 ft and today you will be closer than ever to your destination Roopkund. Bhaguabhasa is a very cold place with uneven ground.  Today is the summit day to Roopkund at 15700 ft. It is definitely a difficult day with the early morning cold and snow. It takes 5 hours to go up and come back to Pathor Nachoni .After that, you'll cross Kalu Vinayak Pass and get down to  Pathor Nachoni  which takes 1 hours. 

Day 5: Pathor Nachoni  - Wan 

This is the last day of trek.we all started 8 in the morning from Pathor Nachoni after having maggi :) ,took some rest in bedni and again resumed our journey to wan .we completed the  trek in 5 hours(mostly downhill)  .we were all tired and hungry by the time we reached WAN.

 Thing to carry:

- Backpack 35- 40 Liters (this will go on the horse. If you want to carry it on your back your welcome)
- Small day pack 20 Liters (you can use this on the trail to carry your trail food, camera, water and trail layers.)
- Hiking pants/trousers and shirts
- Good ankle-length hiking shoes
- Flash light with extra batteries
- Sunglasses (mandatory)
- 2 Hiking poles
- Suntan lotion and toiletries
- Camera (optional)
- Water bottle
- Warm jacket/pullover
- Warm gloves
- Warm socks
- Raincoat
- Prescribed medication (if any)

What’s the best time for this trek?

This trek can be done in two windows – either in May-June which is just before monsoons or August - September which is after the monsoons. Now if you chose to do the trek in May/June, the bugyals will be greener than ever and the lake will be thawed which means you get to see the skeletons. However, there won’t be much snow on the trail during this time.
 
Should you chose to do the trek in September, the bugyals will be a little on the browner side, still beautiful, but towards the end of the month, there will be snow - lots of it. And in all probability, the lake will be frozen. So chose your pick – skeletons or snow!
it is a place for peaceful and scenic beauty.It was dark by the time we reached there, so we couldn't look around and went to sleep after the dinner. Crystal clear sky give stargazers stunning views during night so I couldn't resist myself to stare the sky. When we woke up in the next morning, we found a very pleasant weather outside. The morning rays of sun are falling gently in the green lawn of the guest-house. The guest-house is located in the isolation, surrounded by the high Pine trees on a hill, Distance covered from Loharjung to Didna - 12 kms Time Taken - 5 hours Water Sources - plenty on the way Difficulty Level - moderate. Easy descent and a tough ascent Any Snow Capped Peaks Today ? - No, only mist covered tips.
Photo of Lohajung-Didna by Manish
Photo of Lohajung-Didna by Manish
Photo of Lohajung-Didna by Manish
Photo of Lohajung-Didna by Manish
Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, you will witness all on this trek. this is the last day when you get to see trees once you reach at the top you will see nothing but meadows ,Greenland and beautiful flowers . Fact File : Distance Covered – 12 kms Time Taken – 7.45 AM -1.30 PM, 5 hours at a leisurely pace. Altitude Gained – Didna (8600 ft) – Tol Top(10,000 ft) – Ali Bugyal (11,300 ft) – Bedni Bugyal (11,800ft) Water Sources – One just after Didna campsite and the next at Tol Pani and none after that till Bedni Difficulty – Moderate to Difficult, considering the altitude change. Any snow capped peaks today? – Yes, Look out for Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Kali Dak, Chaukhamba, NeelKanth, around the campsite.
Photo of Didna-ali bogyal-Bedni by Manish
Photo of Didna-ali bogyal-Bedni by Manish
Photo of Didna-ali bogyal-Bedni by Manish
you can get a glimpse of trishul from Bedni during night as its too cloudy during day time If you are a cricket fan , You can play cricket with local people in Bedni yes you heard me right , We were lucky enough to play cricket at 12000 ft . Time taken - Bedni Bugyal to Ghora Lautani – 3 ½ hours at a very leisurely pace - Altitudes – Bedni Bugyal (11800 ft) – Ghora Lautani (13000ft)B Water Sources – One near Ghora Lautani. None until Bhaguabhasa again. Difficulty – Bedni to patna chaliya – easy - Any snow capped peaks ? – Trishul, Kali Dak, Chaukhamba, Chanyakot, Nanda Ghunti
Photo of Bedni - Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Bedni - Pathor Nachoni by Manish
The Summit Day -the toughest day of our trek Today is the day I will be reaching new heights! Today is the day I will be completely overwhelmed! Today is the day I will feel insignificant! TODAY IS SUMMIT DAY! It goes without saying that the views were out of this world with vast sweeping ice fields, Shila Samudra Glacier, Ronti Saddle on one side and Roopkund on the other and all the peaks rising high all around us. With peaks rising to as high as 7200 meters in front of me, I felt so insignificant. Ghora Lautani to Kalu Vinayak – 2 hours - Kalu Vinayak to Bhaguabhasa – 30 minutes to 1 hour (20mins for some of us) Altitudes – Bedni Bugyal (11800 ft) – Ghora Lautani (13000ft) – Kalu Vinayak (14550ft) - Bhaguabhasa(14350ft) Bhaguabasa to Junargali – 5 kms Difficulty – Difficult Altitudes – Bhaguabasa (14350 ft) – Roopkund(15700ft) – Junargali (16200ft ) Any snow capped peaks ? – Trishul, Kali Dak, Chaukhamba, Chanyakot, Nanda Ghunti
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni - Roopkund -Pathor Nachoni by Manish
It was fun getting downhill we were slipping and taking all short cuts in order to reach Wan and eat something other than maggi :) Descent from Ghora Lotani to Wan: Difficulty – easy to descend. Going up might be tough with steep slopes. Time Taken to get to Wan – 4 – 5 hours including all our long breaks.
Photo of Pathor Nachoni -Wan, Uttarakhand, India by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni -Wan, Uttarakhand, India by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni -Wan, Uttarakhand, India by Manish
Photo of Pathor Nachoni -Wan, Uttarakhand, India by Manish
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nicely penned down...snow seems xciting..nt skeletons
Wed 07 13 16, 11:07 · Reply · Report
Nice one, even i love to trek, check out "Kheerganga".
Sun 04 10 16, 00:50 · Reply · Report