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RoopKund Trek


Duration : 10 Days Ex- Delhi, 7-8 trekking days.
Trek Grade :
Easy to Moderate

RoopKund Trek Roopkund is a lake situated at a height of 5029 mts. in the lap of the Trishul Massif, hidden below a ridge on the periphery of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. It is often called the “Mystery Lake”, as in it lie some 300 corpses dated to the 14th Century AD, well preserved due to the cold and only seen when the lake thaws. There are two versions for these remains; one, that they are the remains of soldiers under General Jorawar Singh’s army which was on its way to Tibet, the other that they are the remains of people on a pilgrimage to Trishul base about 600 years ago.

High-up in the Himalayas, the Roopkund lake, surrounded by rock-strewn glacier and snow clad peaks, is a marvelous sight. The starting point of our trek is Mundoli village situated in eastern Garhwal Himalaya. To get to this starting point all trekkers are required to initially reach Kathgodam by over night train from Delhi. From Kathgodam guests would be driven to Mundoli, accompanied by a Wayfarer escort.

Day 0 : Delhi – Overnight Train - Kathgodam
Take the overnight train from Old Delhi Railway Station to Kathgodam (Train No. 5013, Departure 22.40 hrs. IST)

Day 1 : Kathgodam – Ranikhet – Kausani – Gwaldam (182 kms, 5 – 6hrs)

Arrive at Kathgodam railway station 06.30 hrs. Received by our escort and transferred to a waiting vehicle after a short break. Drive to Ranikhet (90 kms. 3 hrs.) for quick wash and change at Ranikhet. After refreshing ourselves we continue with our drive towards Gwaldam via Kausani.

Gwaldam with its salubrious climate is a little heaven nestling in the words. In this area, uptoTalwari, there are several orchards - generally of apple. This place gives an awesome view of the Himalayan peaks mainly Trishul, Nandaghunti and others.

Day 2 :Gwaldam -Mundoli –Loharjung- Wan (2439 mts.60 km drive,5 km trek 5 -6 hrs.)
Today’s drive takes us firstly into the Pinder valley, and then we climb up to Lohajung Pass (2,133m). From here a clear path leads northwards to Wan (2439m). The ascent is quite gradual. At Wan the campsite is beyond the Forest Rest House on a ridge that offers marvelous views of Trishul peak.

Day 3 :Wan to BedniBugyal (3354 mts./8 kms.; 4 to 5 hrs.)
The trail from Wan ascends to Bedni which is acres and acres of meadow scooped out of lush mountainscape, a steep ridge arching up into the dusk, and above it, the enormous western flank of Trishul. The spot is absolutely romantic and the campsite is divine.

Day 4 :Bedni to Begubassa (4667mts./9 kms.; 5 to 6 hrs.)
Today is a tough day. The trail from Bedni ascends to the remote village of Begubassa, where we camp for the night.

Day 5 :Begubassa to Roopkund (5029mts./5 kms.; 3 hrs.)
It is an easy day and by mid-day we are at Roopkund. The campsite is at the tip of the lake. We have the entire afternoon to explore the surrounding area.

Day 6 : Roopkund to Bistola (4570mts./7 kms.. 3 to 4 hrs.) :
We follow the same trail to descend from Roopkund. Our overnight camp is at Bistola.
RoopKund Trek
Day 7 : Bistola to Ali Bugyal (3300mts./10 kms.; 4 to 5 hrs.)

Ali Bugyal is another Alpine like meadow that is just as charming as Bedni. We camp here for the night.

Da y 8 : Ali Bugyal to Didana (2700 mts./8 kms.; 3 to 4 hrs) :
The descent from Ali to Didana is easy and we pitch up close to a river.

Day 9 : Didana – Loharjung- drive to Ranikhet :
From Didana we retrace our steps to civilization. The walk to Mundoli is less than 8 kms. and this takes around 3 hrs. At Mundoli, after refreshing ourselves, we board a waiting jeep that drives us back to Ranikhet (115 kms./ 5 hrs.). We check in at a resort for the night.

Day 10 : Ranikhet to Kathgodam (90 kms.) – Overnight train:
Today is a day when we can chill out and relax. Late afternoon we board a vehicle that drives us to Kathgodam. There is also the option of leaving Ranikhet after breakfast and driving to the legendary JimCorbettPark. The train to Delhi departs from Kathgodam at 20.40 hrs.
 
 
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