Roopkund is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal Himalaya. famous due to more than five hundred human skeletons found at the edge of a lake. Radiocarbon dating of the bones at Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit determined the time period to be AD 850 ±30 years. The location is uninhabited and is located in Himalaya at an altitude of about 5,029 metres (16,499 feet).
The road head for Roopkund is Loharjung 155km from Almora, 217km from Nainital and 235km from Kathgodam. Roopkund situated at a height of 5029m in the lap of Trishuli massif. This area is usually called is the ‘mystery lake’, since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age were found here.
The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks. The starting point of the trek is Loharjung, easily approached by motor from Almora. Roopkund can also be reached by Ghat, connected by a motorable road with Nanda Prayag situated on the main highway of Badrinath. The trek of Roopkund passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forest covering the slope of the mountain. The trek winds its way along the Pindar River. To round off this trek, one can approach Homekund via Shail Saundra’s glacier and then move towards Ghat. Bedni Bugyal and Bhagwabasa are the most beautiful places on this trek. One finds the rare flower - “Bramhakamal” near Bhagwabasa. The best time to visit of come here is last the week of August to end of the October. It takes 8 days to complete the Roopkund trek, though it is 40 kms from the road head owing to the high altitude.
Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 10 Days.
Altitude : 4463 mts /14638 ft
Grade : Moderate to Challenging
Season : May - June & Sept - Oct
On arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning catch an AC Train from New Delhi station at 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs and then drive towards Srinagar. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight stay.
The day starts with a beautiful drive along the river Ganges. En route visit the famous Prayags (confluences) of historic as well as religious importance. Devprayag is highly revered as it is the place where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda converge to form the holy Ganges. Continue to drive further via Rudraprayag and Karanprayag to reach Wan by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in tents/tourist rest house.
The day starts with the beautiful walk through the village of Wan. The school kids, farmers ploughing their fields, women with their cattles is common sight while passing through the village to the ridge of Rankiyadhar. From here the frontiers of the village ceases and the trail descends to the banks of the river Neelganga. After the river crossing it’s a steep climb through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak to Gairoli Patal. The trail continues to climb to the ridge top called Dolia Dhar which is marked with a temple. From here there is a bifurcation to the high altitude Ali meadows. After this, the trail traverses on the left and slightly climbs to the meadows at Bedni, probably one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.
Bedni Bugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with flowers in a spell binding varieties, in full bloom. There is a small lake called Bedni Kund situated in the midst of the meadows, where Tarpans are offered by the devotees. Situated nearby is a small temple where the devotees pay their obeisance, during their halt at Bedni Bugyal. The peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trishul are a real treat for the eyes.
Rest day for acclimatization/exploration. Overnight in tents.
The trail from Bedni continues to climb gradually on the left of the valley to the ridge at the end of the meadow. The peak of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul are a highlight for this hike. From here the trail moves on to the right side of the valley and becomes almost flat until it reaches Patar Nachaniya. From here the trail ascends steeply to reach the top of the ridge marked with the Temple of Ganesha. A Kilometer’s walk takes us to Bagubassa. The campsite at Bagubassa is marked with rocky makeshift structures.
Bagua means flowery park and Basa means place. And rightly the place was full of variety of flowers including the rare Bhram Kamal, a special godly lotus found at only and between the altitudes of 14000 - 15000 ft. Overnight in the tents.
The trail from Bagubassa is prominent as it gradually passes through delightful alpine pasture lands offering magnificent views of the Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Badrinath peaks. On the later part the trail becomes steep until you reach the lake. When there is no snow one can see human skeletons remains with flesh still attached to it. These remains have been preserved in the alpine condition for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500 -600 years ago. Later start retracing your steps towards Bedni Bugyal. Overnight in the tents.
The trek from Bedni to Wan is very relaxing, as it is down hill most of the way ; thus giving an opportunity to enjoy the forest trail. This easy descent will take 3-4 hrs. Overnight in the tents.
After an early breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute. Arrival at Rishikesh by evening. Upon arrival check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Early in the morning transfer to Haridwar railway station and from here catch an AC train for Delhi at 06:30 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 11:50 hrs and then transfer to international airport to catch onward flight.
Chadar trekking was a fantastic experience and adventure... Until the 15th I only saw one tourist, but after 15th more people showed up. The guide Lama looked behind every time danger was near for me or for my equipment. At one point he even risked his own safety by when he jumped to hold me from sliding down from a high frozen waterfall into the Zanskar river.