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Roopkund Trek

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Highlights of the trek :

Duration: 7 Days
Meeting Point: Kathgodam Railway Station (06:00 am on Day 01)
Ending Point: Kathgodam Railway Station (07:00 pm on Day 07)
Grade: Moderate - Difficult
Maximum Altitude: 15,696 ft.
Approx. trekking: 55 km.
Best time: May & June (Pre Monsoons) / September & October (Post Monsoons)

Brief on trek to Roopkund Lake :


Roopkund, the magical lake, often makes me fall short of words. The beauty of the place and the journey taken to reach there is incomparable. Roopkund Trek, the name every serious trekker in the country surely knows. Roopkund Lake, a place very close to the heart of those who’ve been there before. The place that is amongst our favourites and one we recommend to every trekker around to experience once.

Roopkund is a glacial lake nestled in the high mountains of Uttarakhand Himalayas. At an altitude of 5030 meters or 16,500 feet, the lake is completely uninhabited and is surrounded by snow clad mountains. It remains covered in snow, rather thick ice, and frozen for the whole winter – summer season from November to June.

Roopkund Lake came to limelight for the mystery of scattered humans skeletons found all over in and around the lake. For the reason, it is often called as The Skeletal Lake or The Mystery Lake. Where the mystery can never be answered with certainty, various theories and stories continue to be told time and again and make this secretive place legendary.

Roopkund Trek continues the inherent legacy and fame of the place and is probably the most treaded of the medium duration treks in India. Roopkund Trek gives one an opportunity to witness the mighty 7000ers – Mt. Trishul & Mt. Nanda Devi and also beautiful 6000er peaks of Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Nilkantha, Maiktoli Peak etc. It takes one to some of the loveliest open grassland meadows, known locally as Bugyals – Ali Bugyal and Bedini Bugyal. The climb to the lake from Bhagwabasa and beyond to Junargali Top challenges ones physical limits.

Roopkund Lake is open to trekkers twice a year – first period is in summers or the pre-monsoon period in May and June, and the second one is pre-monsoon period in September and October. The former is more challenging with lots of snow along the way and Crazy Peaks team is the only one operating with full technical gears and maximum safety. We fix ropes along the climb, provide seat harness and crampons to the trekkers ensuring maximum trekkers scaling the top. Post-monsoon option is a little easier and great for those who want to trek through lush green meadows or Bugyals.

Roopkund Trek can be easily divided into three parts – early village and mountain river stage, middle bugyals and bigger lakes, and last summit or climb stretch. Roopkund Trek is a must for everyone in the Himalayan trekker community. Eight days spend in these Garhwal mountains will surely leave a mark forever in your hearts.

Regular Trek (with Transport) : Rs. 9,000/- per person

Twin Supplement (while camping) : Rs. 1,500/- per person

Single Supplement (while camping) : Rs. 4,000/- per person





Kathgodam to Lohajung or Kuling in Jeep / Tempo Traveller

Local Transport (Local Jeeps)

Lohajung to Kathgodam or Kuling in Jeep / Tempo Traveller


Two Nights at Lohajung or Kuling in Tourist Lodge / Fixed Camps

Four Nights Camping during Trek on Triple Sharing Basis

Camping Tents, Mattresses and Sleeping Bags

Mess Tent for the Group

Toilet Tents - Dry Pit Style


Two Dinners and One Breakfast at Lohajung or Kuling

All Meals (Veg.) during the Trek

All Meals Cooked in Hygienic Conditions

Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek

Special Requests like Jain Food / Food Allergies (at Prior Notice Only)

Support Team

One Qualified Trek Leader

One Assistant Trek Leader / Local Guide

Helping Staff and Porters / Mules for Equipment only

Safety & Rescue

Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader

Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence

Walky Talky with Team Members for Swift Communication

First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team

Crampons / Microspikes (if Required)

Oxygen Cylinder with the Team

Rope-up during Summit Day (if Required)

Locking Carabiner and Short Sling for Self-Anchor

Nature & Environment

Proper Segregation Bins an Waste Management at Campsite

Charity Support to One Local Community-Based NGO

Clean up Drive at Season Ending


Equipment Purchase and Rental Support

Maximum 18-22 Trekkers in a Batch

Permits up to Rs. 500/-

Trek Contests and Offers (Click Here) - to be updated soon


Personal Gears

Click to Download PDF - to be updated soon (ask for email)


Meals During Transportation


5% GST

Tips, Gratitude to the Team

Any Other Service Not Mentioned Above in Inclusions


Crazy Peaks expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 350/- extra per day per bag.

Cancellation Policy :

Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 21 - 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Between 20 - 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.

Less than 10 Days:- No refund.

Rescheduling Policy :

Up to 10 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be charged.

Less than 10 Days:- No rescheduling allowed

Other Terms :


Any additional costs due to weather / unforeseen situations, will have to be borne by the traveller.

Our team reserves the right to change the plan in case there is danger involved for the group or whenever the trek leader deem it necessary.

Final word of the trek leaders will have to followed by all the members.

No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable.

F.A.Q.s :

1) No. of Trek Leaders / Guide accompanying the group?
One trek leader, one guide & support staff that makes a total staff of around 6-8 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 20 trekkers.

2) How trek leaders manage emergency situations. Do we have stratures, oxygen cylinder at all times?
Our all trek leaders have qualified 'Mountaineering Course' from (NIM, HMI & ABVIMAS) & trek leaders are certified in “Wilderness first-aid" and are aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack & two helpers always stay with trek leader, and for better communication with our other team we use walky-talky. Oxygen cylinder remains with the trek leader and always with the group.

3) Are Crampons provided during the trek?
Yes, we provide crampons whenever required.

4) Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who has completed mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course leads and along with one local guide and supporting staff. Trek leader apart from professional qualification are vastly experienced in scaling variuos peaks across the country.

5) How difficult is the Roopkund trek?
Roopkund trek is moderate to difficult depends upon snow level, weather condition.

6) How cold does it really get on the Roopkund trek?
In camps above 12,000 ft., you have to dress yourself in layers. During the day time temperature will be above 0 - 2 degree and during the night time 0 to -6 degree. And depend on snow and weather condition.

7) Is Diamox advisable?
No, Diamox is not advisable. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.

8) If i am the only girl in trek, so is it safe?
Yes, our first priority is to provide the safety environment for all trekkers and the girls’ safety is of foremost important for us. We always create friendly environment between trekker. And other supporting staff is carefully chosen for your trips. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.

9) I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Yes, But you should intimate 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the porter or mule accordingly.

10) What type of food is served during a trek?
We always serve vegetarian food during the trek.

11) How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is naturally clean but we use boil and chlorine tablet water for drinking.

12) I should bring my personal medicines with me?
Yes, it is always advisable.

13) What if we cannot complete the trek?
Most of the trekkers complete Roopkund including first-time trekkers. But if not it is nothing to be ashamed of. We keep safety and health as the top priority and do not push anyone beyond one’s limits. Even experienced trekkers never complete all of their expeditions!

14) Medical Certificate and Disclaimer Form?
We DO NOT allow anyone on the trek without medical certificate and disclaimer form in the format provided by us.

Day No: 1
KATHGODAM TO LOHAJUNG (213 Km) -> You will be received at Kathgodam Railway Station or the Bus Stand. All trains arrive here from Delhi and various places. Kathgodam is the main Railway Station in the region. From Kathgodam, we begin our journey towards our base for the trek, Lohajung. The drive goes through the popular hill stations of Bhimtal and Almora. Bhimtal is a sister town of Nainital and Almora is a beautiful and historic town of the Kumaon region which was founded way back in 1568. You drive along amny small streams, most prominent being the River Kosi and enter into the Pindar valley. Your overnight stay at Lohanjung will be at the guest house or a permanent camp.

Day No: 2
LOHAJUNG TO DIDNA VILLAGE (7,575 to 8,530 ft. / 8 km.) -> Today we start our trek, by walking up to the village Didna. Didna is the first camp on the Roopkund Trek. The view from Didna is simply spectacular. The trail to the Didna starts with a steady climb up the Lohajung pass, then there is a descending trail till Bedni River. The Bedni River is also known as Bedni Ganga, as it is locally considered sacred. After crossing a bridge, there is a gradual climb through a forest of Oak and Bamboo. It is a good day, to click some nice photographs but important not to use up your batteries and save them for later. Our campsite is on a beautiful meadow, after crossing the village. Overnight stay in Tents or Homestays.

Day No: 3
DIDNA VILLAGE TO BEDINI BUGYAL via ALI BUGYAL (8,530 to 11,519 ft. / 10 km.) -> Today’s part of the trail has steep ascents. After the climb, the views of the Garhwal Himalayas are simply majestic and stunning. You again pass through a forest of Bamboo and Oak. We eventually reach Ali Bugyal, which is a beautiful grazing meadow. Ali Bugyal is beautiful and lies on top a hill and from here we can have a 360 degrees view of the snow mountains. You can see peaks like Chaukhamba and Neelkanth. This is probably one of the most spectacular camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. We have our packed lunch at Ali Bugyal. We further trek to Bedini Bugyal which is around an hour almost flat walk and slight descend through meadows. Overnight stay in tents.

Day No: 4
BEDINI BUGYAL TO BHAGWABASA (11,519 to 14,100 ft. / 9 km.) -> Today we start our climb in the morning after breakfast. We first reach a place called Ghora Lotani that is around 2-2.5 hours from Bedini. Beautiful meadows follow us to Ghora Lotani from Bedini and in summers this is he last point from where horses return and hence the name. We go slight down for 30 minutes to reach Patharnachani. From here we enter into higher Himalayas with grassland disappearing along the route and rocky path welcoming us. We climb further for about 2 hours to reach Kelwa Vinayak. Kelua Vinayak or Kalu Vinayak as popularly called is a Hindu shrine and the highest point for today. We have our packed lunch here and walk down for 45 minutes to reach Bhagwabasa base for Roopkund Lake. We camp overnight at Bhagwabasa.

Day No: 5
BHAGWABASA TO ROOPKUND SUMMIT (15,696 feet / 3 km.) AND RETURN TO PATHARNACHAUNI (8 km.) -> Today is the day! Today is when we will be reaching the Roopkund Lake. Roopkund, the mystery or skeletal lake. It is advisable to start the day as early as 4 am. 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 km moderate 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 climb of around 20 minutes takes you to the highest point of Roopkund Lake Trek, i.e. Junargali. Then we head back for our campsite at Patharnachauni. The views from the alpine camp at Patharnachauni extends west across the main Himalayan range as far as Gangotri.

Day No: 6
PATHARNACHAUNI TO WAN (15 km. trek) AND FURTHER DRIVE TO LOHAJUNG -> You would see the end of meadows after crossing Bedini Bugyals. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at Mt. 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 beautiful Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga stream. On reaching Wan village, we drive to Lohajung. This completes our memorable and splendid time during the trek. Time to celebrate! Overnight stay at Lohajung.

Day No: 7
LOHAJUNG TO KATHGODAM DRIVE (213 km.) -> Last day of our journey. Today early morning we depart from Lohajung and reach back to our end point of the trip at Kathgodam by 5 pm in the evening. PLEASE NOTE THAT DO NOT MAKE FURTHER RESERVATIONS TO DELHI / OTHER PLACES BEFORE 8 PM AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP SOME BUFFER IN MOUNTAINS. The Mighty Himalayas will miss you all and this marks the end of your Crazy Trek to Roopkund Lake!

Day No: 8
Arrive Delhi in the morning and travel further to your home.

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