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About Rookund Trek

A lake that has buried thousands of secrets inside itself. This lake is 16000 ft above the sea level. This is located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand(India). This was discovered when a British Forest Guard H.K Madhwal arrived in Roopkund in 1942. Now this is a popular trekking destination. Average depth of lake is 2-3 meter.
Roopkund is widely known for the hundreds of ancient human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The human skeletons remains are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. But what is the reason behind it, where did these bones came from? We don't have strong evidence yet. This thing makes it a mysterious lake. Hence it is also known as "The mysterious lake", people have very different opinions about these bones which raises a lot of questions.
These unanswered questions give us infinite stories and theoried. Let's take a look at some of those stories which are still alive among the locals.
A long time ago Maa Nanda Devi married to Lord Shiva and as per tradition she had to move her husband's home, Homkund. While they were on the way of Homkund, Maa Nanda Devi become thirsty. Hearing this Lord Shiva hit his Trident with great force and water started poring from here. Then goddess Nanda Devi quenched her thirst and saw her face in water. The Lake has since been named Roopkund. Lord Ganesh ji's name Kalua vinayak is also associated with this place.

There are lots of stories about skeleton found here. Local people believe that Raja Jasdhaval and his wife, Rani Balampa were expecting a child. The prief of Kanauj, suggested a pilgrimage with his Royal family, servants, dance troups and most of his Kingdom. Goddess Nanda Devi was not impressed with Raja having entertainment in the pilgrimage. Goddess appeared and pushed the dancer into the stones. On the way to Roopkund their is a campsite Patar Nachuni(Stone Dancer), that's the place Goddess cursed the dancer.
A historian describes the skeletons found in Roopkund as those of Dogra General Zorawar Singh's soldiers. Zorawar Singh captured Ladakh in 1834, But when they were returing from there, the soldiers becaome victims of the icy storm but this fact become unfounded because evidence of no weapon has been found here.
May be traders lost their way, but we haven't found any skeleton of animals.
May be traders trying to find 'Keeda Jadi', hit by hail storm?
May be ritual sacrifice? May be??
A team of Indain and international scientists reported that the remaind belong not just to India but also to individuals hailing from far away regions. Such as present day Greece and South east Asia. The study also established that these people numbering several hundreds did not die in a single catastrophic events as previously thought, but in multiple incidents occuring approximately 1000 years apart.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of True art and true science. Let the mystery of Roopkund be a mystery. Let the beauty be wonder forever.
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Places to see in Roopkund Trek:

There are three tourist spots in Roopkund Trek where travellers can spent their time.

 Roopkund Lake.

 Bedni Lake: Bedni Kund is a part of the Bugyal, which sprowls over 20 Km in the Chamoli.

 Homkund Lake: This is a high altitude lake situated at 15,200 ft above sea level.

How to reach Roopkund Trek:

Roopkund Lies in the lap of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti peaks.
Road Route to Roopkund from Delhi:
Delhi-Meerut-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Srinagar(Garhwal)-Rudraprayag-Karanprayag-Lohajung Pass-Trekking(34 Kms)-Rookund.

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 do carry raincoat and aviod hiking alone in the Himalayan wilderness.

 The best time to trek in snow would be from December to May.


Day 1: Dehradun to Lohajung, 300 Km, 10-11 hrs.

Day 2: Lohajung to Didna Village, 7 Km, 5 hrs.

Day 3: Didna Village to Ali Bedni Bugyal, 9 Km, 6 hrs.

Day 4: Ali Bedni Bugyal to Patar nachuni, 6 Km, 4 hrs.

Day 5: Patar nachuni to Bhagwabasa, 6 Km, 5 hrs.

Day 6: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund and Back Patar nachuni, 8 hrs.

Day 7: Patar nachuni to Ali Bedni Bugyal & View Wan Village Lohajung, 12 Km Trek, 14 Km, 8 hrs.

Day 8: Back Lohajung to Dehradun, 10-11 hrs.



  •  Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay).
  •  Meals while on trek (Veg. + Egg).
  •  All necessary entry fees and permits.
  •  First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
  •  Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and support staff.
  •  Porters / mules to carry central equipment.


  •  Any kind of personal expenses.
  •  Food during the transit.
  •  Insurance.
  •  Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  •  Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Price Includes.
  •  Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
Trek Essentials
Gears on Rent (*This price is for per day)

Basics Gear

Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos. (Hand torch would be an alternative)
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor

Think about your head

Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.

Be comfy at the trek

Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woolen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof jacket & pant 1 Pair
Thermal inners 1 Pair
Poncho 1 Nos.

Mind your step

Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 4 pairs
Woolen socks 2 pairs
Gaiters Raftaar Adventure team will notify you, if required
Gumboots Required only for Chadar trek

Personal Utilities

Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Lip balm Toothbrush and toothpaste
Toilet Paper & wipes Quick dry towel

Keep these handy

Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves 1 Pair

Terms & Conditions

  •  Full payment to be made in advance at the time of booking the trek.
  •  Last Date of booking will be closed before 7 days prior.
  •  Team RAFTAAR ADVENTURE has right to change the itinerary and schedule without any notice.
  •  Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favor of RAFTAAR ADVENTURE.
  •  Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips.
  •  Porters / mules to carry central equipment.

Cancellation Policy

  •  Before 30 days: 90% of total Land Package Cost is refundable.
  •  Between 21-30 days: 75% of total Land Package Cost is refundable.
  •  Between 11-20 days: 50% of total Land Package Cost is refundable.
  •  Less than 10 days: No refund.

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Trek Details
8 Days    |     16,499 ft.    |     52 Km    
Start: Dehradun    |     End: Dehradun
Moderate    |     Uttarakhand    

Roopkund Trek Cost

Fixed Departure Dates
06 February to 11 February (Open)
08 February to 13 February (Open)
12 February to 17 February (Open)
13 February to 18 February (Open)
17 February to 22 February (Open)
19 February to 24 February (Open)
20 February to 25 February (Open)
25 February to 02 March (Open)
27 February to 04 March (Open)
05 March to 10 March (Open)
08 March to 13 March (Open)
12 March to 17 March (Open)
14 March to 19 March (Open)
21 March to 26 March (Open)
25 March to 30 March (Open)
27 March to 02 April (Open)
30 March to 05 April (Open)
Gears on Rent

*This price is for per day

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