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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.
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.
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
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)
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
Rucksack (60 ltrs): 150
Waterproof gaiters: 50
Warm high-length woollen socks: 50
Trekking poles: 60
*Cost in INR per day
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
My first trek experience with GIO. Had been to Valley of flowers and hemkund sahib. The trek instructors took care of the smallest things. The accommodation and food provided was good. Overall had a wonderful time!
I had till now three treks with them and they are really great at what they do. Keep up the good work Guyz !!!
After doing a lot research online I decided to book my first ever trek with Gio and was part of their 29th July Hampta Pass Trek and I honestly consider myself very lucky that I decided to go with Gio and not with anyone else. Right from day 01 when we arrived in Manali they took care of us like a family member. They have the best group of team members who are always there for you no matter what. They have an answer to each and every question you have in your mind. I was surprised to see the professionalism that every Gio staff displayed during the trek. The quality of their equipment was top notch and the kind of food they prepared for us absolutely was fantastic. We were shocked when their staff made pizza for us at 14000 feet, it was not required but I think Gio has the habit to WOW their customers. We felt the luxury and also the safe environment they created for us during our trek. The biggest highlight for me on this trek was their trek leader - Jagat Bahadur who is like Iron Man, he is a true source of motivation for everyone. A gentleman, a great leader and a superb human being. Please go ahead and book with Gio with your eyes closed as they are surely the best in the market. GIO Rocks, keep u the good work guys :) Cheers, Bhuwan
They do not provide necessary gear to their guides. Put their guide's also at stake. The safety is put at stake. I had a terrible experience on 26 june 2017 midnight when me and my fellow trekkers were left to die all alone in the woods. We some how made it with the help of few locals. Although their hospitality is very good and staff is helpful.
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.
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