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Roopkund – The mysterious skeleton lake!
The starting point of this trek is Lohajung which is the base camp for treks like Roopkund, Ali Bedni Bugyal and Brahmatal. The local culture is beautiful here. There is also a small market here where you can buy any essential commodities. You will have mobile network here.
One can see the magnificent peaks of Nanda Ghugti (Veil of Goddess Nanda Devi) and Mount Trishul (the peaks resemble a trident from a distance).
The first day of the trek comprises of reaching the last village Didina through Wan village. Drive from Lohajung to Wan (1 hour).
The second day of the trek is all about crossing the forests of Gheruli Pathar. On the third day you reach the magnificent Ali Bedni Bugyal, the grandest meadows of the Himalayas. You can find a few stone huts where shepherds live in summers and move on to lower altitudes in winters.
After staying in Ali Bugal, the next day is quite difficult as the altitude becomes more. One has to trek from Ali Bugyal to Bhagwabasa, the base of Roopkund. At this point you are right in front of Nanda Ghunti and Trisul.
The next day you reach Roopkund from Bhagwabasa. Standing at the edge of the lake one can see hundreds of human skeletons. This view is so chilling that makes the trek worth it. From here there is a steep ascent to Junargali which is optional and would take you an hour or so to go up.
There are two seasons for this trek – one being May to June where one can find a lot of snow but the lake remains frozen and skeletons are not visible, and the second season after September – where one can see the skeletons.
This is a moderately difficult trek where one needs to be physically fit. You can travel with agencies which take small groups.
Day 1: Drive to base camp – Lohajung. Nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway station. Public buses are available from Dehradun, Rishikesh and Hridwar. There are tourist lodges available, private rooms and dormitory with views of the mountains (300 kms, 10-11hrs).
Day 2: Drive from Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Didina Village. 1 hour drive + 4 hour trek.
Day 3: Didina Village to Ali Bedni Bugyal (9kms, 6 hour trek).
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal (11,500 ft) to Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft); 4 hours (6kms).
Day 5: Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) to Bhagwabhasa (14,100 ft); 5 hours; 3 hours steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak.
Day 6: Bhagwabasa (14,100 ft) to Roopkund (15,750), and further up to Junargali (16,000 ft). Return to Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) via Bhagwabasa; 9 hours.
Day 7: Patar Nachauni (12,700 ft) to Lohajung (7,700 ft) via Bedni and Wan; 6.5 hours to Wan plus 1 hr drive back to Lohajung.
Mythology and history about Roopkund lake
According to Hindu mythology the Lake was created by Lord Shiva. Goddess Parvathi while taking a dip saw her reflection and it was named Roopkund. The other legend states that the King of Kanauj angered the Goddess Nanda Devi, by taking along with him people on a pilgrimage to the shrine. Having disturbed the peace of her sacred space she showed her anger by a hailstorm which lead to the death of people whose skeletons still remain at Roopkund.
It was in 1942 that a ranger reported about the skeletons to the British officers and was later on speculated by many historians and detectives. The research suggested and carbon dating of the bones revealed that the incident occurred about 1200 years ago.