Popularly known as the Skeleton Lake, Roopkund Lake is a popular attraction of Uttarakhand. A trek to this skeleton lake is a must for every trekking ethusiast. This beautiful lake is set in the lap of the snowcapped Mt. Trishul, located at an altitude of 16,499ft. The lake is also known as the Mystery Lake because of the having skeletal remains in it. These remains are visible at the bottom of the lake when the snow melts down.
The existence of these skeletal remains has been followed up by a number of opinions and theories. While some theories are scientific, others are spiritual. If the local legend is to be believed, these skeletons date back to 9th century CE when King of Kanauj, Raja Jasdhaval, with his pregnant wife Rani Balampa, servants, dance troupe and others embarked on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi shrine. However, the group faced a strong hail storm with large hailstones, because of which the entire group died at the lake.
The route of this adventurous trek makes the trekkers discover the unexplored side of Uttarakhand. As the trekkers move through oak and blooming rhododendron forests, they feel immensely close to nature. The trek is of moderate level. The trek trails through thick green forests, mountainous rivers, beautiful ridges, and captivating meadows. The terrains of the trek are quite challenging, which makes it a must among list of adventure lovers. Roopkund Lake Trek is also famous because of religious reasons. This trek takes you to the revered site of ‘Nanda Devi’. This pilgrimage takes place once in every 12 years.
Roopkund Trek Infomation
Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights
Altitude: 5,029 meters (16,499 feet)
Level: Moderate to Challenging
Season: May - June and September - October
Rail head: Kathgodam is the nearest rail head.
Roopkund Trek Itinerary :
Day 1: Kathgodam Railway Station – Lohajung base camp
On your arrival at Kathgodam Railway Station, meet our tour guide and get transferred to Lohajung base camp in the evening, around 6 – 7 p.m. Night stay is scheduled at Lohajung.
Day 2: Lohajung – Ghaeroli Pata
Today, your trek starts from Lohajung to Ghaeroli Pata. Overnight stay at Ghaeroli Pata.
Day 3: Ghaeroli Pata - Bedni Bugyal
On third day, continue your trek from Ghaeroli Pata to Bedni Bugyal. Home stay at Bedni Bugyal.
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal - Patar Nachauni
On fourth day, from Bedni Bugyal you trek to Patar Nachauni. Overnight stay at Patar Nachauni.
Day 5: Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa
Today, from Patar Nachauni you indulge in a trek to Bhagwabhasa. Night stay at Bhagwabhasa.
Day 6: Bhagwabhasa - Roopkund - Patar Nachauni
On the sixth day, from Bhagwabhasa trek to Roopkund. Adore the natural beauty and tranquility of Roopkund. And again start your return trek to Patar Nachauni. Overnight stay at Patar Nachauni.
Day 7: Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Wan
Today, from Patar Nachauni trek back to Lohajung via Wan. Home stay at Lohajung.
Day 8: Lohajung – Kathgodam
On eighth and last day, from Lohajung drive to Kathgodam for your onward journey.