About Rookund Trek
Have you ever wondered to step into a place that awaits your arrival with Human Skeletons? The Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand is one such Himalayan trek that mesmerises you with its eerie beauty. As the name itself explains, 'A pool of Beauty', this glacial lake trails amidst deep untainted forests, untamed mineral-rich streams, vast stretched meadows of Ali & Bedni Bugyal and many more. You will be coming across the local habits of Transhumance, local historic temples, alpine meadows and cascading streams.
Roopkund Trek, Uttarakhand is a trek awaited by many trekkers. You cannot miss this place if trekking is what you love.
Note: The Roopkund Trek is now closed under the Government of Uttarakhand due to violation of rules and regulations for the protection and sustainability of the place. It was noticed that trekkers happened to pollute the rich biodiversity.
Nestled in the deep sloped depression of Mt. Trishul, Roopkund is historically said to be the 'Skeleton Lake of Uttarakhand' that gained the interest and curiosity of many travellers, historians and archaeologists. The lake is believed to have around 600-800 (number still unknown) human skeletons dating back to ages still unknown. Few research reports claim it to be somewhere around 870 years back!
Various historical stories are tagged with the incident that caused this major havoc. One such history claims that these skeletons were of some Japanese soldiers during World War II whereas some people claim it to be the skeletons of Indian soldiers who tried to invade Tibet in 1841. Another suggests that this could have been a cemetery of locals who got hit by an epidemic and were then buried.
When further thorough research was carried on, it was also inferred that these skeletons belonged to a group of an Indian King, his wife and attendants who were enroute to a pilgrimage and were prey to a harsh sudden hailstorm that perished the whole group.
These reports on The mystery of Roopkund Lake are still derivatives and assumptions. No clear statements have yet been made about the Mystery behind Roopkund Lake. In recent times, human behaviours have made it more difficult to date back these skeletons.
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Beauty of Roopkund Trek
Be prepared for the hostile weather conditions that turn this trek from moderate to difficult, enriching and energizing your mind and soul. The snow-covered pristine peaks of the mountains will leave you spellbound and hypnotised throughout the trail.
'The Roopkund Trek' is something beyond your imagination. It can be as adventurous as your mind willing to take on any challenges to reach the destination. It has got both uphill and downhill trails with steep and slippery routes, daunting you to give up your trek at every step. But that’s where the real challenges lie and you are creating your travel diary with such adventurous stories to cover.
We trek from Lohajung to Didina Village through the Neel Ganga River. You would enjoy clear weather with mild sun rays, crystal quiet surroundings, the hustling sound of the flowing streams, birds chirping, cool breeze shushing you, dense forests of oaks and rhododendrons, clear mountain ranges, rich flora and fauna. You get to mix up with the locals and connect to their simple lives living so peacefully. You would want to thrive for that harmony in life they live with.
Roopkund Trek best viewpoints
The Roopkund Trek throughout is filled with scenic beauty. The breathtaking route challenging you at every stage, the snow-covered peaks, canopy of oaks, deodar, cedar, the sparkling Brooks, the campsites amidst the cold atmosphere, the bonfires, all add up to the viewpoints of the Roopkund Trek.
Our guides accompanying you to reach the summit, the food made with love and care for our trekkers are all the best memories you would be collecting throughout.
Apart from this, some of the epic viewpoints you would be coming across while trekking Roopkund are: Ali Bugyal & Bedni Bugyal - the two most loved meadows of the Himalayas, Kaluva Vinayak (Ganesh Temple) at a height of 14,000ft amidst covered with snow and bells filling you with spirituality and strength, Wan village - a secretly enchanted village with untouched greenery and fresh air to breathe in.
Let’s have a look at how our Roopkund Trek itinerary explains all your rising curiosity.
Best Time for Roopkund Trek
Roopkund Trek is a seasonal trek that opens for just 4 months a year.
If you wish to be amidst the snow-covered surroundings, the best time would be Early May /June, post to which monsoon arrives and is no longer open to trekking.
On the contrary, if you wish to encounter the mythological and mysterious Skeletons that gave their name, the best time would be September/October when the frozen lake shrinks and melts, thus allowing the skeletons to appear.
Note: A very famous pilgrimage known as the Nanda Devi Rath Jatra is followed once every twelve years at Roopkund to worship Nanda Devi Goddess. Worshippers and Visitors follow the route from Bedni Bugyal to reach Roopkund and is a highly religious ritual being followed by the locals.
Roopkund Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek and certainly not for beginners. The difficulty level is much higher than the other treks in Uttarakhand. This trek gives you the adrenaline shot and experience of climbing through dense forests, vast meadows and alpine snow lands. Because of its zigzag rocky paths and steep climbs, there’ll be a chance of huffing and may run on short-breathe. It would be good if you train your body and start working out.
If you’re a first-time trekker, we highly recommend you to go for other treks first, as it’ll give you the right experience and knowledge before expanding your trekking threshold. But in case you still want to climb this trek, your body must meet certain requirements to build endurance and more strength.
Prerequisites for trek
3-4 months of training and physically fit body along with the right tools and gears.
Should not have any health issues related to heart and lungs.
Must be in the practice of running at least 4.5 km in 30 minutes.
How to reach Roopkund Trek
To reach Roopkund, you need to first reach Lohajung, in Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
Though Roopkund trek is no longer open for trekkers, but with specially authorized entries, you would be guided by our guides to trek the Summit.
To Reach Lohajung:
Take a bus from Dehradun to Rishikesh—hire a cab/taxi to reach Lohajung via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag.
Take a cab from Delhi to Rishikesh — follow the same route.
Or you can book a train from Delhi to Kathgodam — hire a cab/bus to reach Lohajung.
Roopkund Trek Travel Tips
Travelling in monsoons should be avoided as the hilly region in Uttarakhand has its fair share of heavy rainfall.
The weather is unpredictable at such high altitudes so carry a raincoat and avoid hiking alone in the Himalayan wilderness.
The best time to trek in snow would be from December to May.
Take medicines to deal with AMS problems. It is recommended to not bring more than 2-3 pairs of clothes, 2 pairs of sweat proof socks, bottles, and your own sanitary essentials.