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Roopkund famously known as the Skeletal Lake, is a high altitude glacial lake in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trek to Roopkund is among the best and must do treks of the country as it offers different varieties and change of landscape ranging from lush green meadows to forest trails, high altitude green meadows, snow capped mountains, a high altitude glacial lake and finally a high altitude Himalayan pass i.e . Junargali Pass. Situated at the footsteps of mighty Trishul & Nanda Ghuti Peaks, Roopkund is famous for mysterious hundreds of human skeletons found at the periphery of the lake. Situated at an astonishing altitude of 5029 metres above sea level, this lake remains frozen for most parts of the year and its after monsoon that the snow melts and one can see hundreds of human skeletons around the edges of the lake. The trek to Roopkund crosses through high meadows of Bedni Bugyal, considered as the most beautiful bugyal of Himalayan region. The trek to Roopkund starts from Lohajung which also serves as the base of Brahmatal Trek. The trail from Lohajung to Junargali pass is of 26 km of moderate grade with some level walks in between. This trek do requires physical fitness and stamina and is not suitable for persons with heart problems, blood pressure and asthma patients.

Day 01: Kathgodam to Lohajung

Altitude: 2337 metres, 230 km drive, approx 8 hours

  •  Trekkers will be picked up from Kathgodam Railway/Bus Station at 6 a.m.
  •  250 km ride to Lohajung in a cab through beautiful roads of Kumaon passing through Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam.
  •  Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the journey. (Exclusive of the charges)
  •  Arrival at Lohajung by 6.p.m.
  •  Halt at the guest house/hotel in Lohajung.
  •  Dinner at Lohajung.
  •  A quick introduction with team members and fellow trekkers at the guest house.

Day 02: Lohajung to Wan to Gharoli Patal

Altitude: 3010 metres, 12 km drive and 7 km trek

  •  Excursion from Lohajung to Wan in a cab after breakfast, followed by a 7 km to Gharoli Patal.
  • The trek commences from Wan village, with a initial steep climb and gradual walk midway.
  • The trail passes through forest offering variety of flora and fauna with glimpses of Neelganga River along the way.
  • Arrival at the campsite at Gharoli Patal.
  • Evening snacks and refreshments.
  • Dinner at the campsite. 

Day 03: Gharoli Patal to Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nauchani

Altitude: 3910 metres, 11 km trek

  •  Excursion to Patar Nauchani from the campsite after breakfast.
  • The trek will pass through Bedni Bugyal, one of the most beautiful high altitude meadows with relatively easy grade crossing different meadows in between.
  • Arrival at the Bedni Bugyal surrounded by green meadows all around with Mt. Trishul and Chaukhambha parvat in the backdrop.
  • Rest at Bedni Bugyal followed by a gradual climb and descend to Patar Nauchani.
  • Arrival at the Patar Nauchani campsite.
  • Evening refreshments and rest.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the camps.

Day 04: Patar Nauchani to Kaluvinayak to Bhagwabasa.

Altitude: 4305 metres, 6 km trek

  • Early morning ascent to Bhagwabasa campsite after breakfast.
  • Steep climb in the initial stages of the trail till Kaluvinayak temple.
  • Arrival at tha Kaluvinayak temple midway.
  • Rest at the Kaluvinayak temple for acclimatization followed by gradual and moderate climb to Bhagwabasa campsite.
  •  The trail to Bhagwabasa may be tricky due to presence of rocky and snow patches in between.
  • Arrival at Bhagwabasa campsite. Bring sufficient woolen cloths as it is among the coldest campsites of the trek. 
  • Evening acclimatization walk in the evening preparing for the summit day ahead.
  • Evening refreshments and tea.
  • Dinner and stay at the camps.

Day 05: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Summit to Bedni Bugyal.

Altitude: 5029 metres, 14 km trek

  • Early morning excursion to Roopkund Summit from Bhagwabasa after breakfast.
  • Challenging day of the trek, comprising of steep climb of 4 km to Roopkund Summit.
  • Carry energy bars, oars and water for the summit.
  • Rest at the Skeletal Lake. The lake remains frozen pre-monsoon and one may find the skeletons post-monsoon along the periphery of the lake.
  • 10 km descend back to Bedni Bugyal from the summit.
  • Arrival at Bedni Bugyal campsite followed by refreshments
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Bedni campsite.

Day 06: Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung

Altitude: 2337 metres, 13 km trek and 12 km drive

  • Excursion to Lohajung from Bedni campsite after breakfast.
  • 13 km descend trek to Wan village crossing Gharoli Patal.
  • 12 km drive from Wan village to Lohajung.
  • Arrival at Lohajung in evening.
  • Stay at a hotel/guest house in Lohajung.
  • Dinner at Lohajung followed by rest in hotel.

Day07: Lohajung to Kathgodam

230 km drive

  • Departure from Lohajung to Kathgodam after the breakfast
  • 230 km ride back to Kathgodam via Gwaldam, Kausani, Almora,.
  • Expected time of arrival 6 p.m
  • Transportation from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Trek Cost: Food(Veg Only- Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner), Tents(Triple Sharing), Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Matts
  • Snow Grips/Micro Crampons for Kedarkantha trekking in winter (if necessary)
  • Accommodation in Hotel/Guest House on Day 1 & 5
  • Experienced Trek Leader, Professional Guides and a very supportive staff
  • Forest permits
  • Medical Amenities – First Aid Kits, Oxymeters, oxygen cylinders.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion list
  • Meals during Transportation
  • Any kind of personal Expenses
  • Unscheduled or extended stay due to road blocks, Landslides
  • Porter/mule charges (Personal), Back pack offloading Charges
  • Cost of Evacuation in case of emergency

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