Trekking at Roopkund, Uttarakhand

Gio Adventures
INR11550
  • 6 days
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  • Hilly
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The trek route to Roopkund lies in the remote parts of Chamoli district in Garhwal which is famous for its high quality treks. The Roopkund trail is a classic case of experiencing both, the beauty and the beast. Only here the beast is equally if not more enchanting.



Description

For many years, Roopkund, the beautiful and mysterious lake has held the attention of trekkers not only because of the enchanting landscape surrounding it but also because of the presence of several bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. For years no one could figure out what had happened. The mystery has finally been solved by an international team which found out that around 850 AD, a group of pilgrims faced an unusually severe hailstorm which caused hundreds to die.

On one side you get a great opportunity to hike through a beautiful inviting forest section, cross a meandering stream, walk on the unusually green and world famous high altitude meadows called Ali bugyal & Bedni bugyal only to be welcomed by an intimidating high altitude environment where one gets to see Himalayan giants like Trishul (7120m) & Nanda Ghunti (6310m) at very close quarters. As one approaches the higher reaches, the terrain becomes more barren with possibility of having to walk through snow. Roopkund is a small lake in a depression and is mostly covered in snow all year round. The final stage upwards of Bhagubasa can be testing so be prepared for some hard work but rest assured you will be suitably rewarded. On your way back, you will be crossing an almost oasis like place called Wan. It is a small village, the kind that tempts you to hang your boots and settle down in this paradise. To walk on this trail a certain amount of fitness is required especially if you are a first timer for trekking, so do plan you trip in advance and prepare for it.


Price Includes

  • 2 Guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

  • Accommodation in a hotel/guesthouse at on single/ double occupancy. Accommodation will be in a basic but neat & clean hotel/guesthouse

  • High quality Camping arrangements

  • We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:

  • 3/4 season imported alpine tents.

  • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality

  • Good quality Camping Mattresses

  • Camping stools & tables

  • Mess Tent

  • Toilet tent with portable toilet seats

  • First Aid / Medical kit

  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.

  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations

  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)

  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

  • Service Tax


Equipment Rental

  • Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood): 250

  • Down jacket (for additional warmth): 300

  • Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover: 75

  • Warm Gloves: 50

  • Waterproof Trekking boots: 300

  • Balaclava: 50

  • Rucksack (60 ltrs): 150

  • Waterproof gaiters: 50

  • Warm high-length woollen socks: 50

  • Poncho/Raincoat: 50

  • Trekking poles: 60

  • *Cost in INR per day

  • *Taxes extra


Payment Terms & Conditions

  • Less than 45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)

  • <15 Days: No refund


Price Does Not Include

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG (2130M) DRIVE/250 KMS/8-9 HRS

    We will meet at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Lohajung. This is a long but interesting drive. You will initially drive along beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani. Later we get into Garhwal region and continue to drive upto Lohajung. On arrival check into guest house. Overnight in a guesthouse/tents.

  • Day 2

    LOHAJUNG (2130M) – DIDANA (2550M) TREK/5-6 HRS

    Today’s walk is gradual apart from the last stretch to reach Dedina village. The walk is through an enchanting mixed forest abundant in bird life so carrying a bird book will be a good idea. You will cross a few crystal clear streams that means opportunities to experience the ‘Himalayan Bite’, the sting that you get from cold streams and also walk through a couple of villages to appreciate a lifestyle typical of the terrain. After about 4 -5 hrs of walking, initially going downhill and then up again, you will reach the campsite above Didana village getting full view of the trail for tomorrow leading to the famous Ali & Bedni bugyals (meadows). Overnight in tents.

  • Day 3

    DIDANA (2550M) – BEDNI BUGYAL (3350M) TREK/6-7 HRS

    Today after a steady ascent through thick oak forest we will come to the alpine grazing meadows called Ali bugyal. It’s a super place for taking a break and to enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions and if the sky is clear you will be mesmerized by the views of the Trishul peak. From here on it’s a pleasure walk till Bedni bugyal with the gradient being moderate. Bedni bugyal is a very fine camping site with vast open views and grazing pastures all around, not to forget the close views of the Trishul & Nanda Ghunti peaks. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    BEDNI BUGYAL (3350M) – BHAGUBASA (4100M) TREK/5-6 HRS

    You will start climbing up the slopes of the meadow and trek up to the ridge on top from where there are fine views. You will have to crest another ridge coming to the shrine at Kalu Vinayak. From here there are fabulous views of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba & Hathi peaks. From here on, depending upon the season you will find snow in varying quantities. The terrain also becomes a bit rocky. Short distance from here is the desolated campsite at Bhugubasa. Today in the final stages one might feel slightly out of breath due to the altitude one will get comfortable in sometime after one spends some time here. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 5

    BHAGUBASA (4100M) – ROOPKUND & JURANGALI (4750M) – BEDNI BUGYAL (3350M) TREK/8-9 HRS

    The day is going to be full of adventure and give you a great feeling of having achieved something. We will start early and mostly make it to the lake in about 2.5-3 hrs. You will climb through moraine, rock gardens and snow patches to reach the periphery of the mystery lake. This trail is steep at sections and there are possibilities of it being under snow for about 9-10 months. Your stamina is sure to be tested. On tricky sections, if required our guides will help you negotiate the trail. If there is not too much of snow around the lake you will get to see human bones and skeletons. Roopkund is a crater like formation in the mountains. The mystery around the lake has apparently been solved recently and these bones and skeleton in such large numbers has been attributed to a massive hailstorm which, centuries ago, caught many pilgrims’ by surprise. There are spectacular views from the region. You will spend some time here and also have the option of climbing up a short distance towards the ridge of Jurangali (20 mins). You spend some time here taking pictures and then retrace your steps to Bedni bugyal. This is a long walk down and we will take lots of rest in between. Overnight in tents

  • Day 6

    BEDNI BUGYAL (3350M) – WAN (2550M) – KATHGODAM TREK/3-4 HRS & DRIVE/7-8 HRS

    Trek down through jungles of pine, rhododendron & oak to reach Wan, a village you are sure to fall in love with. Visit the village temple and rest for some time. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles which are waiting for us to drive down to Kathgodam. Arrive around 8 pm at kathgodam. The trip ends here.


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sujata todi

It was one in a lifetime experience. The services provided exceeded expectations. The staff and guides were always courteous and caring. The guides especially Pinkie & Govind were superb and made the whole experience really good.

Jasdeep Kaur

we went on a school trekking trip to chopta chandarshila trek and it was organized by gio and it went out to be a good trip mr. Bhart proved to be good guide

Jatin Balani

This was my first trekking experience with GIO. They are just awesome guys. Took care of small everything. Worth the price they charge you. I went to Kedarkantha Trek for 6 days and the quality of service is excellent. Food, lodging was good. Tough guides can piss you off sometimes.

Maneesh Sehgal

Ultimate experience!!

Jaya Vannila

I visited GIO 5 years ago with my school mates in a tour.. it was Awesome..!!!


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