Roopkund

Departure Date

01th, 13th, 20th of every month

Duration

8D / 7N

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Maximum Seats

15

Why This Trek?

Roopkund Trek – If you have gone for a trek anywhere in the Western Himalayas then you must have heard about the famous Roopkund trek. Roopkund Trek is to treks what David Beckham is to football. It would be hard to match its combination of pristine high altitude lakes, meadows (bugyals), spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, secluded villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests.

  • DIFFICULTY : Moderate.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 16,500 ft

  •  BASE CAMP : Lohajung.

  • DURATION : 8 Days.

  • BEST SEASON : May – June / September – October.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 10500

Roopkund Trek Cost: Rs 10500 + 9% Service Tax

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Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake at an altitude of 5,029 metres which lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in NDBR (Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve). It lies in the lap of Mt Trishul massif in which the Trishul I is highest  mountain with a height of 7,120 metres.

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping) during trek on sharing basis.
  • 2 Nights accommodation in lohajung ( Guest house / Hotel / Home stay).
  • All veg meals during the trek from day 2nd lunch to day 7th lunch.
  • All fees and permits.
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
  • All Transport from Kathgodam as per itinerary of the Roopkund Trek.

What’s not Included :

  • Any meals during transit.
  • Any meals during stay in Lohajung.
  • Any expenses incurred due to natural reasons.
  • Porter / Mule for carrying personal luggage.

Brief Itineray Roopkund Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam – Lohajung.
Day 2: Lohajung – Didna Village.
Day 3: Didna Village – Ali Bugyal.
Day 4: Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani.
Day 5: Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa.
Day 6: Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal.
Day 7: Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung.
Day 8: Lohajung – Kathgodam.

Detailed Itinerary Roopkund Trek

Day 1: Kathgodam – Lohajung ( 225 kms /drive 10 hrs)

Arrive early at the Kathgodam Railway station. Various overnight trains run from Delhi and other cities(For more information click here). We will meet you at the station. We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (Starting point for the Roopkund Trek ).Although this drive is long it is very scenic for the most part as we will be driving along rivers before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora. Founded in 1568, Almora, is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand . Overnight stay in forest guest house/tents.

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Day 2: Lohajung – Didna Village ( 9 kms)

The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp for the night. Overnight in tents / Home stay.

Roopkund Trek Weather

Day 3: Didna village – Ali Bugyal ( 6 kms)

We get up early in the morning and do some stretching exercises. It is essential that we stretch ourselves properly to avoid muscle problems through the trek.

Today’s stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. You will after this climb start enjoying the stunning views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali bugyal. Ali Bugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from there you can enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.

Bhagwabasa - Roopkund Trek

Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani ( 6 kms)

Today is a comparatively easy day. Walk while listening to chirping birds and admiring the beauty of our surroundings. After few hours of trekking you will be on other side of the ridge and the view from this point is absolutely Fanta bullous. Ghora Lotani on the Roopkund trek is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. We should reach the campsite by the afternoon with enough to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions and altitude. Overnight camp at Lotani.

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Day 5: Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa ( 4 kms)

The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. A steep and zig zag route takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugu Basa (4100m). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay in tents.

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Day 6: Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Trek Back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa ( 16 kms)

The D day of the Roopkund Trek is here. We will start the day as early as 5 AM. We will start early as during early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 3.5 km gradual up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the Lake. A further trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. Then we head back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extends west across the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop.

Trek to Mystery Lake - Roopkund Lake Trek

 

Day 7: Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung via Wan ( 10 kms trek / 1 hr drive).

Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. On reaching Wan we drive to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.

Bedni Bugyal Trek - Roopkund Trek

Day 8: Lohajung to Kathgodam ( 220 kms / 10 hrs drive)

After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek.Early morning start drive towards Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our trek ends.

Roopkund Trek

Fitness Required for Roopkund Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.

Roopkund Trek Difficulty Level:   Roopkund Trek Difficulty level is an Moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness

Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a person who has done a high altitude trek before.

Fitness Required: The Roopkund Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.

You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.

Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.

Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body

Poncho, Rain Coat  or Umbrella  any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Light towel
Lip Balm
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Gloves
Trekking Pole
and CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries!

What is the Roopkund  Trek?
Roopkund Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the pre-monsoon and post monsoon. The trek is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

When is the best time to go to for the Roopkund Trekking ?
The best time for Roopkund Trekking is during the months of May,June, September and October. Due to heavy rains in monsoon months it’s better to go for Valley of Flowers Trek

 How difficult is the Roopkund trek?
Roopkund trek difficulty level is considered by comparison a moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful  for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation  section to get a better understanding of this.

What are the the Roopkund temperature?
During the trek Roopkund temperature vary between 0-20 degree celcius. There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.

How is Roopkund Weather ?
During the trek Roopkund Weather remains pleasant and temperature remains in the range of 0-20 degree celcius. Roopkund weather in June which marks the arrival of monsoon you can expect some rains.

 How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9  Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.

What medicines should I carry during the trek?
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.

Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Betadine cream
Moov spray

Tablets:
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.

Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.

How big are the trekking groups?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.

What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.

I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.

What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section  things to carry for this information

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same?
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and  you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 250 per day.

 Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes  are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes.

How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents  were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Roopkund trek. This is a trek which can be done by a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.

What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.

Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.

 What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.

What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.

Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Can you customize a Roopkund trek?
Yes Roopkund trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized  trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Kathgodam
Kathgodam is the base location for our Roopkund trek. Our meeting point in Kathgodam is the railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Lohajung. The entire drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung takes around 8 Hours.

Reaching by train
Kathgodam is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a junction.

For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.

Reaching Kathgodam by Road (Bus)
Kathgodam is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Kathgodam which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate in delhi.

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Here’s a short itinerary of Roopkund Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Kathgodam – Lohajung.
Day 2: Lohajung – Didna Village.
Day 3: Didna Village – Ali Bugyal.
Day 4: Ali Bugyal – Ghora Lotani.
Day 5: Ghora Lotani – Bhagwabasa.
Day 6: Bhagwabasa – Roopkund Lake – Bedni Bugyal.
Day 7: Bedni Bugyal – Lohajung.
Day 8: Lohajung – Kathgodam.

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10 Reviews
  • Yash
    March 20, 2017

    We did Hampta Pass trek 2016 with Renok Adventures and coming for Roopkund trek in May 2017 we are group of 5 and looking for group discount please send the details for Roopkund trekpackage from Kathgodam to Kathgodam with other details like Roopkund Temperature, Roopkund trek cost, roopkund trek indiahikes, roopkund trek map roopkund trek difficulty level, roopkund trek blog, roopkund temperature, roopkund weather

  • Jai Govind Meena
    March 20, 2017

    Roopkund Trek package includes all cost from Kathgodam to Kathgodam (Including transport

  • Amir Khan
    March 6, 2017

    Best Trek

  • Arnab Chakraborty
    February 13, 2017

    Hi,
    We are looking forward to go on Roopkund trek on late September of this year. we would like to start our trekking journey from Kathgodam on 28th Serptember and want to back at Kathgodam on 5th October. Now Coming to the group info part is that we are 3 members in our group. So, we need the full itinerary of this trekking trip for that above mentioned date and total cost per person of this package trip including Service tax as well. Also, mention the inclusions and exclusions of this package trip.

  • BIJAN KUMAR GOSWAMI
    May 10, 2016

    willing to trek Rupkund during 1st week of September,this year 3-of us,please confirm if possible

    • Rohan Jain
      September 21, 2016

      Hey Shyam,
      have sent the detail in your e-mail.

  • Shyam
    September 19, 2016

    we are 2 friends looking tor 1st October batch , let me know if it available

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