Roopkund Trek

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Region         : Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Duration      : 9 Days
Altitude       : 4450 mts/14600 ft
Grade          : Moderate
Season        : June – October

Situated in the lap of the Trishul Massif, the Roopkund Trek is hidden below a crest on the edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Roopkund attracts trekkers not only for its beauty, but also for the mysterious shallow lake that surrounds in this high altitude. Roopkund Trek came into limelight when a large number of human skeletons and remains of horses were found perished near the lake. In the recent past scientists from different country determined that the people perished due to hailstorm, with hail as large as cricket balls, and with nowhere to hide, the group perished, and their jewellery, skulls, bones and preserved tissue of bodies can still be discovered today.

The Trek to Roopkund passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forests which cling into the slope of hills. En route to the kund offers magnificent views of giant Himalayan peaks i.e Trishul, Ronti, Nanda Ghunti, Changabang , Caukhamba , Bunder Punchh, Hathi parvat among others. The trek is tough at times, as the altitude is the main factor with the added unpredictability of weather at such altitude adding to the challenge!

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi airport meet with our executive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi – Haridwar

In the morning, we will drive to Haridwar. Loocated on the foothills of Shivaliks , Haridwaris the gateway to the famous Chardham Yatra in the Uttrakhand .The River Ganges leaves the mountains over here and enters to the plains towards a long journey to Gangasagar. The city acquires a unique charm in the evening when the ghats become breathtakingly beautiful with thousands of  Diyas and Marigold floating in the waters of Ganges. We visit various places like Mansa Devi temple, Sapt Rishi, Daksha Mahadev temple etc. In the evening we will visit Har Ki Pauri again. In the evening a Maha Aarti is performed on this ghat. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : Haridwar -Rishikesh – Karnprayag – Wan (2200 mts /7200 ft) (170 kms/6-7 hrs)

The day starts with a beautiful drive along the river Ganges. En route visit the famous Prayags (confluences) of historic as well as religious importance. Devprayag is the most notable of all the five confluences, where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meets together for its onward journey as Ganga. We will continue our drive further to Wan via Rudraprayag and Karanprayag by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in tourist rest house.

Day 04 : Wan – Bedni Bugyal (3350 mts/11000 ft) (10 Km/ 4-5 hrs)

The day starts with the picturesque walk through the village of Wan. The school kids, farmers ploughing their fields, women with their cattles is common a sight while passing through the village to the ridge of Rankiyadhar. Here the limit of the village ends, and the trail descends to the river Neelganga. After the river is crossed  a steep climb through the dense forest of Rhododendron and Oak takes one to Gairoli Patal. The trail still continues to climb to the ridge  called Dolia Dhar which is marked with the presence of a temple. From here there is a bifurcation to the Ali meadows. One must avoid the trail to Auli and  traverses on the left to gain a steady ascent  to the alpine grazing meadows of Bedni, known as one of the best camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. With grazing pastures all around your camp and very close views of the Trishul & Nanda Ghunti peaks its truly a divine spot. Overnight stay in tents. Ali bugyal

Day 05 : Bedni Bugyal

Bedini Bugyal is a Himalayan Alpine meadow, situated at an altitude of 3,354 metres (11,004 ft) en route to Roopkund . Trisul and Nanda Ghunti are clearly visible from here. This lush green meadow is adorned with blooms in a wide range of varieties. There is a small lake named Vaitarani (Bedini Kund), situated amidst the meadow. The rich flora of the area includes ‘Brahm Kamal’ or Sauseurea Obyallata. Bedni Bugyal is a destination in itself, and there is plenty of exploration to do and a lot of photography to be done.  Overnight in tents.

Day 06: Bedni Bugyal – Bagubassa (4100 mts/13450 ft) (8 km/ 4-5 hrs)

After Bedni Bugyal (11,500 ft), the trek went up and up; the tree line had finished before Ali Bugyal, so the air was thin and low in oxygen making walking up a bit more strenuous than what it had been so far. The trail from Bedni continues to climb gradually on the true left of the valley to the ridge at the end of the meadow. The peak of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul the highlights during this trek. From this point the trail moves on to the true right of the valley and becomes almost flat until it reaches Patar Nachaniya. You will have to crest another ridge coming to the shrine at Kalu Vinayak marked with the Temple of Ganesha. The view of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba & Hathi Parbat peaks dominates the entire area. A further 01 Kms brings one to Bagubassa. The campsite at Bagubassa is marked with open rocky structures. 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. Overnight in  tents.

Day 07 : Bagubassa – Roopkund (4450 mts/14600 ft) – Bedni Bugyal (7-8 hrs)

The trail from Bagubassa is prominent as it gradually passes through delightful alpine pasture lands offering magnificent views of the Trishul, Nanda Ghunti and Badrinath peaks. This trail is step at sections and there are possibilities of it being under snow for about 9-10 months. If there is not too much of snow around the lake you will get to see human bones and skeletons. 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. 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.

You spend some time here taking pictures and then retrace your steps to Bedni bugyal Overnight in  tents.

Day 08 : Bedni Bugyal – Wan (10 km/ 3-4 hrs) – Rudraprayag

The trek from Bedni to Wan is real a piece of cake, and the reduced physical pressure gives the avid photographer opportunities to take many wonderful pictures on the way back. The walk is almost downhill giving an opportunity to enjoy the forest trail. This will take 3-4 hrs. On reaching the road head, take a drive towards Rudraprayag. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 09 : Rudraprayag – Haridwar – Delhi

After breakfast, drive towards Haridwar via Devprayag & Rishikesh. On arrival at Haridwar visit the temple and by evening witness the famous Aarti at Har Ki Pauri on the banks of the holy Ganges. Later board overnight train for Delhi at 23:15 hrs.

Day 10 : Delhi – Departure

Arrive Delhi and transfer to airport to catch a flight for your onward destination.

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