Where is Roopkund? How to reach there from Delhi?
Roopkund known as ‘The Mysterious Lake’ or ‘The skeleton Lake’ is a high altitude glacial lake and a picturesque tourist destination in the Uttarakhand state of India. Lying in the lap of Trishul peak famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The lake is located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 meters (16,499 feet). Roopkund is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. A shallow lake, having a depth of about two meters, Roopkund has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Researchers have concluded that the skeletons are the remains of people killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times. The lake is a popular trekking destination.
Roopkund Trek Location
Roopkund is and one of the important places for trekking in Chamoli District, Himalayas, near the base of two Himalayan peaks: Trisul (7,120 m) and Nanda Ghunti (6,310 m). The Lake is flanked by a rock face named Junargali to the North and a peak named Chandania Kot to the East. A religious festival is held at the alpine meadow of Bedni Bugyal every autumn with nearby villages participating. A larger celebration, the Nanda Devi Raj Jat, takes place once every twelve years at Roopkund, during which Goddess Nanda is worshipped. Roopkund Lake is covered with ice for most of the year.
How to Reach Roopkund:
Roopkund lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand near the base of two Himalayan peaks – Trisul and Nanda Ghunti. Roopkund is not connected to a motorable road all the way. It requires a trek of about 23 km to reach Roopkund Lake after the last motorable point, wan village. This starting point of the Roopkund trek lies at a distance of 57 km from the popular Karnaprayag in Uttarakhand. Being in a remote area, it requires a lot of effort to reach here, unless travelling on a hired vehicle or a private car. From Delhi, a combination of train, buses and shared jeeps are required to reach at Wan Village after the journey of at least 24 hours. Distance wise, it is about 530 km from Delhi via Haldwani, Almora and about 505 km from Delhi via Rishikesh, Karnaprayag.
Roopkund Trek From Delhi
Delhi to Haldwani/Kathgodham:
A train is the best mode of transport for this journey. There are mainly three trains (Shatabdi Express, Uttar Sampark Kranti Express and Ranikhet Express) available between Delhi and Haldwani. I always recommend Ranikhet Express as it starts from Delhi in the night at 10:30 PM and reaches Haldwani in the morning at 04:30 AM. Reaching Haldwani in the early morning is a good idea for onward journey. Kathgodham is the last rail-head on this section and 10 km away from Haldwani. It is better to leave the train at Haldwani, rather than Kathgodham, because Haldwani is a bigger city and transports for the onward journey can be arranged here in a better manner. Buses, Trains and private vehicles are available from Delhi to Kathgodham. So anyone can easily do Roopkund Trek from Delhi.
Let us have a quick look on the trek route followed by us:
- DAY 01: Kathgodham to Lohajung (2130m) Drive/250 Kms/8-9 Hrs
The trip will start from Kathgodham Railway Station with a morning pick up at 7.00 AM. We will drive from Kathgodham to Lohajung, along with beautiful Kumaon Mountains via Almora and Kausani. Overnight stay will be in tents.
- DAY 02: Lohajung (2130m) – Didana (2550m) Trek/5-6 Hrs
The 5-hour trek will take you downhill and then uphill before we reach the campsite above Didana village where we will spend the night in tents.
- DAY 03: Didana (2550m) – Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal (3150m) Trek/6-7 Hrs
A steady ascent through thick oak forests will bring us to the alpine grazing meadows, called Bedni Bugyal. The trek will take us via the beautiful Ali Bugyal. Arrive at the finest camping site of Himalayas. Overnight stay will be in tents.
- DAY 04: Bedni Bugyal (3150m) – Bhagubasa (3650m) Trek/6-7hrs
The trek begins with climbing the meadow slopes, up to the ridges to the Kaluvinayak shrine which will reveal to us the most memorable views of the Neelkanth, Chaukhambha and Hathi peaks. The remaining part of the trek and snow will depend on the season we go in. A bit of rocky terrain for a short distance will lead us to the desolated campsite at Bhagubasa. Overnight stay will be in tents.
- DAY 05: Bhagubasa to Roopkund Summit and Return to Patharnauchani Trek/8-9 hrs
The trek from Bhagubasa is a 5-6 km gradually ascending walk to Roopkund. It begins with crossing the rocky terrains which aren’t that complicated to climb. After spending some time capturing the beauty of Roopkund in your cameras; we will trek back to Patharnauchani. Overnight stay will be in tents.
- DAY 06: Patharnauchani to Wan and Further Drive to Lohajung
Today, we will start trekking towards this beautiful village Wan from Patharnauchani. After spending some time at Wan we will further drive to Lohajung. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles which are waiting for us to drive down to Lohajung. Overnight stay will be at Lohajung.
- DAY 07: Lohajung to Kathgodham Drive:
Bidding farewell to the beautiful Lohajung we will drive back to Kathgodham. Arrive around 9 pm at Kathgodham.
We hope that the above blog has helped you plan your trek to Roopkund – The Mysterious Skeleton Lake. So, if you are a travel freak and adventurous enough to go on this fun-filled adventure trek to Roopkund – The Mysterious Lake then Aahvan Adventures is the right choice for you, we at Aahvan Adventures provide you with the best Roopkund Trek package, with the best Roopkund trek itinerary. Roopkund trek cost is totally affordable and it’s all worth the experience you are going to have there.