Trekking at Roopkund, uttarakhand

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  • 6 days
  • Easy
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  • Hilly

Trekking at Roopkund, which is a mysterious lake in the interiors of district Chamoli.The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2m with the edges covered with snow for most parts of the year.


Trip Highlight

Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights

Trekking Days: 4 Days

Level: Medium

Total Distance: 48 km

Maximum Elevation: Roopkund Lake - 5100m

Weather: Very cold at nights, days will be pleasant

Restrictions: None

Getting from/To: Nearest road head is Mundoli which is 7hrs drive from Rishikesh

Equipment: None for walking

When the snow melts;human and equine skeleton remains can be seen, some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in the alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500-600 years ago. There are many theories about these findings but none are satisfying. Hence the lake is known as the Mystery Lake. Some believe them to be those of General Zorawars’ soldiers who died here in a vain attempt to conquer Tibet, while others maintain that they are the skeletons of the zealous pilgrims, who went on the Raja Yatra to the base of Trishul. It is however one of the popular treks in Garhwal as it abounds on spectacular mountain scenery. The trek to Roopkund is very scenic and passes through the magnificent Bedni Bugyal. The trek goes through the outer periphery of the Nanda Devi national park and is one of the best treks to view the magnificent peaks of the Nanda Devi Park.

Cost Includes

  • Forest entry charges payable at forest check post
  • Guide and cook fees
  • Rent for camping equiptment. ( tents, sleeping bags, Air carry mats, kitchen tents, dining tents, camping stools, camping table etc)
  • Mule and porter support to carry camping gear. Please note that personal luggage will not be carried by the porters.
  • All veg meals on trip starting form dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day. Please note that Breakfast and Dinner will be hot while Lunch will be packed.
  • Accommodation in trek base village based on availability.
  • Service tax of 3.5 %

Cost Excludes

  • any meals while travelling from Rishikesh to Mundoli and back.
  • accommodation in Dehradoon/Rishikesh
  • any tips, laundry, phone calls, medicines., personal expenses on soft drinks, alcohol etc
  • personal porter will be chargeable at Rs 200 per bag per day. Weight of 1 bag will be 12kgs.
  • Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per day based on availability .
  • Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per day based on availability .


Transport can be arranged from Rishikesh to Mundoli and back at Rs.15000


Reporting at Rishikesh or Dehradun

Refund Policy

  • 7+ Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
  • 7 Day Or Less: No refund


  • Waterproof Rucksack
  • Comfortable Trekking Boots
  • One Raincoat
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Thermal inner wear
  • 2-3 T-shirt/Shirt
  • 2 Trouser/Jeans
  • Tourch
  • Trekking Pole
  • Woollen Gloves
  • Sun Glasses
  • Thermal Inner-wears
  • Warm Fleece
  • Woolen Cap
  • Woolen Socks & Regular Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Camera & Phone if you like (with full/Extra Batteries)
  • Identity Cards
  • Slippers
  • Specific Medication Medicine
  • Personal Toiletries


The higher areas and the nights can be cold; day temperatures are pleasant during the season.


  • Day 1

    HARIDWAR - KARNAPRAYAG - MUNDOLI Morning after breakfast we drive to Rudraprayag (173 kms - 6 to 7 hrs) and 70kms later reach Mundoli. Lunch en route. On arrival check into guest house.Overnight in Mundoli.

  • Day 2

    MUNDOLI - WAN- BEDNI BUGYAL 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 the Alpine Meadow of Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts), probably one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Dinner and overnight stay in tents. Alternate route to Bedni Bugyal is via the scenic Auli Bugyal. However this will add one more day to the itinerary.

  • Day 3

    BEDNI BUGYAL - BHAGGUWA BASA After breakfast we trek to Bhaguwa Basa. Bhaguwa means flowery park and Basa means place. And rightly the place is full of variety of flowers including the rare Brahma Kamal(state Bird of uttarakhand), a special godly lotus found only between altitudes of 14000 - 15000 ft. Today we will trek 10 km, taking about 4-5 hrs to reach today's campsite at Bhaguwa Basa. Dinner and overnight in tents.

  • Day 4

    BHAGGUWA BASA -ROOPKUND LAKE - BHAGGUWA BASA/BEDNI BUGYAL It is an easy day and by mid-day we are at Roopkund (5029 mts). Roopkund is a picturesque and beautiful tourist destination in the Himalayas, located near the base of two Himalayan peaks: Trishul (7120 m) and Nandghungti (6310 m). In the afternoon we trek back to Bedni Bugyal or Bhaguwa Basa for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 5

    BEDNI BUGYAL/BHAGGUWA BASA TO WAN Today we retrace our steps towards Wan. This will take 3-4 hrs. Dinner and overnight in tents.

  • Day 6

    WAN - MUNDOLI - RUDRAPRAYAG- RISHIKESH Today, after breakfast, we return back to Mundoli drive back to Rudraprayag. Wevisit the confluence of rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. Continue the journey to rishikesh.


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