” MYSTERY LAKE ” – ROOPKUND LAKE TREK
This is a great trek to the mysterious and sacred Roopkund lake, covering the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon. The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2 meters with the edges covered with snow for most part of the year. This mysterious lake was famous in the early sixties because of the existence of more than 300 hundreds human and animal skeletons visible beneath the surface. Teams of anthropologists visited this site to establish facts about the remains thought to be over 500 years old, probably pilgrims en route to Homkund to pay homage to the goddess Nanda Devi, who were trapped by avalanches and snowstorms in the 14th century. Other theories hold that the skeletons are the remnants of an army of the Dogra general from Jammu, Zorawar Singh of Kashmir, coming back from a raid to Tibet in the 17th century. Enjoy superb views of the giants- Nandadevi and Trishul, as well as isolated villages and splendid meadows. The glorious view of the imposing eastern peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas is unforgettably enchanting. They appear so close with their grand glittering snowcaps that on feel like almost touching them
Kund means “Pond” in Hindi. The pond is at around a height of 5300 m, set beneath the towering summit of Trisul (7120m). However, it is one of the most popular treks in the Garhwal division as it abounds in spectacular mountain scenery. The panoramic view of the Western Himalaya and the undulating alpine meadows of Bedni leaves an great impression.
The Trek either can be start from Debal (1 week trek) or from (Kuaripass trek ) near by Joshimath (2 week trek) or from Ghat (9 days) near Nanda Prayag).
Region : Garhwal & Kumaon Himalayas
Duration : 14 / 16 Days.
Altitude : Max.. 4650m
Grade : Moderate
Place covered : Rishikesh : Joshimath (1890m): Auli (2750m): Tali (3506m): Kuaripass (4268m): Dhakwani (2286m) : Ramni (1982m): Sutol (2192m): Bedni (354m): Roopkund (4450) : Patal Nachauni (3650m).
Best Season :May / June / July / September / October.
DAY 01. RISHIKESH / JOSHIMATH DRIVE 8- 9 HRS.
Today after breakfast, long drive(240kms) along the crushing Alaknanda River to Joshimath (1890 m). . The entire drive toady is along the Ganga and Alaknanda river. We stop at Devprayag to visit the confluence at the beginning of the Ganges. Arrive Joshimath and transfer to hotel. Eveing visit the hill town. Dinner and overnight hotel.
DAY 02. JOSHIMATH/ AULI/TALI/CHITRAKNATHA TREK 5-6 HRS.
Gradual climbing to Gairson 1 hour in meadow and ½ hour in forest and than meadow. From Auli you will have your first views of the mountain goddess-Nanda Devi , Neelkanth, Kamet, Hathi parbat, Hathighori, Mukut, Dronagiri and Nanda Devi. From the Tali lake, You can find the panoramic enchanting view of Mt. Dronagiri shadow in the crystal clear lake at Tali. the trail continues through a mixed pine and oak forest for two to three kms, before a short descent to the meadow at Chitriganta ( 3310 m). Today we camp inside a dense forest.Dinner and overnight in tents.
DAY 03. TALI /DHAKWANI TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today is a gladual and sleepy mix climbing till to kunwari pass, from kunwari pass descending to Dhakwani meadow. Today we ascend the ridge above Chitriganta and just below the ridge, the trail leads through a large meadow offering spectacular views of the Himalayas and Zanskar ranges. We then cross over the Kauri pass (3640m ), a small col in a grassy ridge. From the Pass we have beautiful views of Nanda Devi (7816 m) and Nanda Devi East Summit (7434 m). From here the route leads along the right side of the gorge past a small shepherds encampment to a clearing at Dakwani. O/N – Camp.
DAY 04. DHAKWANI / PANA TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today we have a trek about 5 / 6hrs in rich forest of OaK , rhododendron steep climbing and steep descending till we reach to Pana. There is a tiny beautiful village near by where we Camp. O/N – Camp.
DAY 05 PANA / SEEMA KHARAK TREK 4-5 HRS.
Today in beginning first we 2 hour the trail commands descending and later 2 and ½ hour or 3 hour steep climbing in the forest of Deodar blue pines. After crossing a small wooden bridge over the river which flows through the Kauri Pass , we reach up to our beautiful camp side a flat meadow Sem Kharak. O/N – Camp
DAY 06. SEEMA KHARAK /GHUNI ( RAMANI) 4-5 HRS.
We will continue trekking up through the forest for 450 metres to Brithi Ganga. First 1 and ½ hour climbing in the forest there are some small patches of medow on the way. Chechani vinayak (pass) view of Trishuli, around 2 hour gradual descending in the meadow. Ghuni is near by village named Ramni. Explore the village at evening and overnight Camp.
DAY 07. GHUNI / SUTOL TREK 5-6 HRS.
Today we follow a well defined trail which leads high above the river along the true right side of the Nandagini valley. Easy but long walking In between 5-6 valleys, sutol last village in the confluence Nandakini – Roopkund. We stay overnight in tents at an excellent campsite beside the Nandagini river, just beyond the village
DAY 08 SUTOL / TALA KAPAR TREK 5-6 HRS
From Sutol, the forest trail ascends to Kunol. Although steep in places, the trail is lined with orchids and luxuriant ferns and passes through one of the finest mixed forests in Garhwal. 1 hour steep climbing 1 hour descending walking with the stream 2 hour steep climbing in the forest of blue pine , Oak , rhododendron and burch .There is a possibility to see the barking deer and the occasional leopard in this area.
DAY 09 TALA KAPAR /BHOGUBASA TREK 5-6 HRS
1 and ½ hour steep climbing the forest, ½ hour in the rocky path of the medow 1 hour flat walking in medow along the river roopkini , around 2 hour steep climbing to Bhagubasa . On the way view of Nanda Ghunti and trishuli, Chaukhamba , Neelkanth (5-6 hours).
DAY 10 BHOGUBASA /ROOP KUND TREK 4-5 HRS
Patar Nachawani- Bhagubasa to Roopkund is easy walking in the flat but in morens ½ hour climbing with same view as last day. During month of August to October the valley is full of fragrance of Saussurea Obvallata flower, locally known Brhma Kamal. This flower acquires specila importance to make offerings to Gods, especially to Lord Shiva and found only in certain places in high altitude.After touching the flower by hand, the smell lasts for hours. The Roopkund lake is surrounded by rock strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks, is magnificent and enchanting. This lake is usually called the ‘Mystery Lake’ since human skeletons and remains of horses were found here. After enjoying views at Roopkund we step back to Kaluka Vinayak (pass) descending till to patar nachwani. O/N – Camp.
Side trip : Jiura Gali & Homkund : (Jiura Gali 4620m) : Homkund (4061m).
From Roopkund , the trail commands to the pass of Jiura Gali, the trail is steep and requires a few handholds in places. The pass offers superb view of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Peaks. It is also remarks the divide between the headquaters of Roopkund and Homkund , the main sources of the Nandakini river. This is topest point in Roop kund region. Hoomkund is on the far side of the opposite valley. The trek takes 4-5 Hrs one way.
DAY 11 PATAR NACHANI / BEDNI BUGYAL (Aali)- TREK 3-4 HRS
The best view of Chaukhamba , Neelkanth and Nanda devi , Trishul and also the peak of the Northern Garhwal enlarge the beauty of Bedni Bugyal. Bedni Whole trek is in meadow.
Bugyal means meadow in Garhwal dialect.
DAY 12. BEDNI / WAN TREK TREK 4-5 HRS
Steep descending 2 and ½ hour and 1 hour climbing in rich forest of rhododendron, Oak camping in small medow of wan with the view of trishuli. O/N – Camp.
DAY 13. WAN / LOHAJANG PASS/MUNDOLI TREK 4-5 HRS.
Easy walking gradual decending around 3 hour and 1 and ½ hour steep climbing to Lohajang pass whole day in rich forest of conifer rhododendron etc. view of trishuli from lohajang pass. Arrive and camp . Our coach / jeep will be waiting for us. O/N – Camp.
DAY 14. MUNDOLI / ( Shivpuri 15kms up river from Rishikesh ) RISHIKESH DRIVE 9-10 HRS. Overnight HIGH BANK Himalayan Retreat On the Ganges Morning after breakfast drive to Shivpuri . Check in to HIGH BANK Himalayan Retreat On the Ganges . Rejuvenate your self with a complimentary Ayurvedic( Traditional Indian ) Massage. Camp fire BBQ followed by dinner. Overnight at the retreat
Cost: Rs.74,989 per person For group of two person or more
4.08% government service tax is applicable on the given cost.
COSTS include: Road transportation from Rishikesh to Rishikesh by car, Accommodation in Medium Class Hotels (where applicable) on a twin sharing basis, all Meals, tents on twin share basis, cooking tent and utensils, table and chairs, permits and entrance fees,English speaking guide, cooks and porters/mules. We serve variety of food on our trips which includes Indian, western and Chinese.
COSTS exclude: Accommodation in Rishikesh, Personal Insurance, all alcoholic beverages and Expenses of personal nature. Good down sleeping bags can be provide at cost of Rs. 50 per day