It’s all about it. Deep forests, gurgling streams, breath-taking campsites, miles of rolling meadows, snow and ice and a taste of great adventure as you ascend from 8,000 feet to 16,000 feet in six days.
Perhaps the most popular trek in India, Roopkund is almost perfect. The Roopkund trail climbs out of beautiful dark forests and suddenly bursts into Ali and Bedni Bugyal, arguably India’s most beautiful alpine meadows. From the meadows, the trail quickly descends into stunning alpine sections. Snow climbing to Roopkund lake is exciting. The magnificent Mount Trishul looms over the setting and gets closer as you climb higher, with only air separating the hiker from them and the Trishul on the ridge above Roopkund.
Why Roopkund trek?
- The famous Roopkund lake remains frozen throughout the year.
- It is surrounded by glacier-strewn rocks and snow-capped mountains, giving it a mysterious aura that invites several tourists to explore the area.
- While traversing Roopkund, you can get a glimpse of the rich Pahari culture of the villages.
- You can walk through the alpine meadows and also visit the sacred Bedni Kund with its crystal clear water.
- Bhagwabasa situated at an altitude of 4,100 meters is 5 km before Roopkund.
- The trek to Roopkund is steep from Bedni Bugyal so prior trekking experience is required.
Roopkund Trek Food Guide
Trekkers take with them food supplies that they have purchased before starting the trek. The chef can prepare a delicious cooked meal. In general, packaged foods are a viable option in these remote locations.
The mythology of Roopkund Trek
Hindu mythology states that Goddess Parvati sought to purify herself when she and Lord Shiva travelled to Kailash after vanquishing the demons. Shiva then created a ‘Kund or lake with the help of his Trishul for his consort to bathe.
While the second legend says that Raja Jasdhaval, King of Kanauj angered Goddess Nanda Devi by taking his pregnant wife along with many dancers, musicians and servants on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Nanda Devi. After Rani Balampa, the queen of Raja Jasdhaval disturbed the peace of her sacred land with her elaborate retinue, she gave birth to a child in a nearby cave (considered impure for a time). It is believed that hailstones as large as tennis balls fell on the pilgrims’ heads, leading to their sudden death.
Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung
Mileage: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Pick Up Point for Indiehikes Tourists: Kathgodam Railway Station
Transport will be provided at 6 o’clock. These costs must be borne by the tourists and paid directly to the driver. Cab Cost – Rs 6000 per vehicle, shared between 5-6 tourists.
Drive from Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Gehroli Patal
Driving time: 1 hour | Trek length: 4-5 hours | | Elevation: 7,600 to 10,000 feet
Meek. An initial 30-45 minute ascent to Ran Ka Dhar is followed by a 20-minute descent to the Neel Ganga River. Hard 3-hour climb from Neel Ganga to Gehroli Patal.
Trek from Gehroli Patal to Bedni Bugyal
Trek duration: 3 hours | Elevation: 10,000 to 11,500 feet
Easy-medium. Steep climb for about 2 hours to Ali Bugyal followed by a gentle trail to Bedni Bugyal.
Trip to Bedni Top
Duration of the trek: 4 hours | Elevation: 11,500 to 12,200 feet
Easy. Acclimatization day with a sharp ascent to the top of Bední.
Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni
Duration of the trek: 4 hours | Elevation: 11,500 to 12,700 feet
Easy-medium. A gentle climb at the beginning to the saddle followed by a gradual descent to Patar Nachauni
Trek from Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa by Kalu Vinayak
Trek length: 5-6 hours | Elevation: 12,700 to 14,100 feet
Meek. A 3-hour steep climb to Kalu Vinayak followed by a gradually descending trail to Bhagwabhasa
Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund and further till Junargali. Return to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa
Trek length: 9-10 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 14,100 feet to 12,700 feet over 16,000 feet
Difficult. A gradual climb to Roopkund with the last 20 minutes consisting of sharp switchbacks. 20-25 minutes steep climb to Junargali. Challenging descent on switchbacks from Roopkund. Descending trail to Patar Sichuan.
Trek from Patar Nachauni – Lohajung near Bedni & Wan
Trek length: 7-8 hours | Driving time: 1 hour | Elevation Gain and Loss: 12,700 ft to 7,700 ft
Moderately difficult. A descending trail straight through them steeps from Gaehroli Patal to Neel Ganga; a short ascending stretch from Neel Ganga to Ranka Dhar.
Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam
Mileage: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Return Point for Indiehikes Hikers: Kathgodam Railway Station