Trekking at Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand

Ravers Expeditions
  • 8 days
  • Moderate
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Basically Roopkund is located at the base of the two Himalayan peaks Trishul and Nanda Ghungti. A very interesting story is related with Roopkund. It is said that more than 500 human skeletons were found at the edge of the lake. Much research has been done and finally the fact that came out with the research was that the skeletons were of people from 12 to 15th century who died because of heavy hailstorms. Some bodies are still well preserved because of the icy condition over there. Due to all these reasons it is also known as a mystery lake. The best place for enjoying your holidays. So next time if you are planning for any trekking summit than keep Roopkund as your first choice. If you visit here once you will certainly fall in love with this place.


Region :- Uttarakhand

Max Altitude :- 15,696 Ft.

Approx Trekking Km :- 53 kms.

Roopkund better known as Skeleton Lake is located in Garwhal Himalaya, Uttrakhand, India at an altitude of about 5,029 meters. It is a very popular trekking summit. Every year thousands of people come here from all over the world for trekking. People who are adventurous finds Roopkund to be the most exciting and thrilling trekking spot. If you are planning for trekking to Roopkund it will take maximum 8 days to complete the trekking.

First day will begin with a drive from Kathgodam to Lohagunj(217 kms) where in the way you will get to view beautiful mountains, valleys, rivers and bridges and the day will end with a night stay in the guest house. The actual trekking will start from second day which will be from Lohagunj to Didna Village (7 kms) in between you will cross a small village named "Kulling" and then reach Didna and spend the night in the camp. Moving further third day you will move towards Ali Bugyal (11 kms) with a night stay in a tent. Fourth day from Ali Bugyal you will trek towards Ghora Lotani(6 kms) where you will view meadows in faint shades of olives and browns extended in all directions over the rugged black terrain and then again a night stay in a tent.

On the fifth day you will move towards Bhagwabasa (5 Kms) where you will see snow every where and it will be around 4-5 hrs of walk with a night stay in tent. Sixth day you will head towards Roopkund- the ultimate trekking destination and return to Bedni Bugyal (14 Kms) with a night stay in tents. On day seven trekking will be from Bedni Bugyal to Wan and from Wan to Lohagunj it will be car drive. And the last 8th day you will be back from Lohagunj to Kathgodam.


  • Day 1

    Rishikesh -Mundoli Arrival in Haridwar by 0535 hrs and from here drive to Mundoli (240 km/8-9 hrs) via Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Karanprayag.Arrival at Mundoli by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 2

    Mundoli - Wan - Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts/11000 ft) In the morning drive 10 kms to Wan, which is the road head for the trek. Today we will trek 11 km (5-6 hrs) to reach Bedni Bugyal, probably one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Dinner and 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 situated in the midst of the meadow, where Tarpans are offered by the devotees. Situated nearby is a small temple where the devotees pay there obeisance, during their halt at Bedni Bugyal.

  • Day 3

    Bedni Bugyal Rest day for acclimatization/Exploratory day. Overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    Bedni Bugyal - Bagubassa (4100 mts/13450 ft) After breakfast trek to Bagubassa. 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. Today we will trek 10 km, taking about 4-5 hrs to reach today's campsite at Bagubassa.

  • Day 5

    Bagubassa - Roopkund (4450 mts/14600 ft) - Bedni Bugyal Bhagubasa to Roopkund is easy walking in the flat but in morens ½ hour climbing with same view as last day. (4-5 hours). Kaluka Vinayak (pass) descending till to patar nachwani. The trek to Roopkund passes through delightful alpine pasture lands and snow fields, offering magnificent views of the Trisul, Nanda Ghunti, Badrinath peaks when the snow melts, human and equine skeletons remains can be seen. Some of them with flesh attached. 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. In the afternoon trek back to Bedni Bugyal for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 6

    Bedni Bugyal - Wan (2436 mts/8000 ft) Retrace your steps towards Wan. This will take 3-4 hrs. Dinner and overnight in tents.

  • Day 7

    Wan - Rishikesh (2200 mts /7200 ft) After an early breakfast drive to Rishikesh. Lunch enroute. Arrival at Rishikesh by evening. Upon arrival check into hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


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