Roopkund Trek | The Skeleton Lake - 8 Days

Roopkund The Mystery Lake – Bedni Bugyal, Chamoli District – one of the most popular treks. Roop Kund also is known as Mystery Lake is a clear water Himalayan lake. Roopkund starts from Debal. This beautiful lake is surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks covered with snow and glaciers.

Roopkund (locally known as Mystery LakeSkeletons Lake) is a high-altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India. It lies in the lap of Trishul massif. Located in the Himalayas, the area around the lake is uninhabited and is roughly at an altitude of 16,470 feet (5,020 m), surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. Roopkund is a popular trekking destination.

With a depth of about two metres, Roopokund is widely known for the hundreds of ancient human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The human skeletal remains are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Research generally points to a semi-legendary event where a group of people were killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.

Roopkund is a picturesque tourist destination and one of the important places for trekking in Chamoli District, Himalayas, near the base of two Himalayan peaks: Trisul (7,120 m) and Nanda Ghunti (6,310 m). The Lake is flanked by a rock face named Junargali to the North and a peak named Chandania Kot to the East. A religious festival is held at the alpine meadow of Bedni Bugyal every autumn with nearby villages participating. A larger celebration, the Nanda Devi Raj Jat, takes place once every twelve years at Roopkund, during which Goddess Nanda is worshipped. One of the world’s best natural lake, Roopkund Lake is covered with ice for most of the year.

Day 1
Kathkodam to Lohajung (Long Drive in Hills))

• Travel Distance: 220 Kms (8-9 HRS Exotic Road Drive)

• Altitude: Foothills of Uttarkhand mountains to Lohajung, 2,230 M (7,660 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Road trip, Bhimtal, Kausani, Almora, Gwaldam, Sightseeing.

• Journey Description: Holiday Sarthi will pick you up either from Haldwani Bus stand, Hotel, Kathkodam Railway Station or Pantnagar Airport early in the morning. We will take you to the heights of mountains from the base of Himalayan hills via some of the most beautiful hill stations of Uttarakhand like Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam, etc. Before starting beautiful trekking in Indian Himalayas, your night stay will be arranged in Lohajung (Guest House).

Day 2
Lohajung to Didna Village (Moderate Trek)

• Trek Distance: 6.5 Km (5-6 HRS Pleasent trekking)

• Altitude: Lohajung, 2,230 M (7,660 ft) to Didna Village, 2,550 M (8,365 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Spiritual Nature, Forests, Neel Ganga River, Trekking, Homestay/camping.

• Journey: You will start trekking early in the morning from Lohajung to Didna Village. The trek goes through a beautiful forest of Oak trees and Himalayan Cedar. After 4.5 Km pleasant hiking, you will reach Ruan Bagad, an extremely beautiful old bridge over Neel Ganga River. From Ruan Bagad onwards, you will experience the thrill of hiking in Himalayan hills till Didna Village.

Day 3
Didna Village to Ali Bugyal (Moderate to Difficult Trek)

• Trek Distance: 10.5 Km (7-8 HRS Himalayan Trek)

• Altitude: Didna Village, 2,550 M (8,365 ft) to Ali Bugyal, 3,450 M (11,320 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Camping/Tent, Trekking, Nanda Ghunti and Trishul peaks, Spiritual Nature

• Journey Description: Must start journey very early morning to reach world’s most beautiful destination for view of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul peaks before sunset. There are basically two different ways to reach there, one climbing through the thrilling trek of Himalayas and another is pleasant long-distance hiking. In between, you will take a short break at Tolpani which is the last point for drinking water on trek.

Day 4
Ali Bugyal to Patar Nachauni/Ghora Lotani (Easy Trek)

• Trek Distance: 7 Km (5-6 HRS Beautiful Trek)

• Altitude: Ali Bugyal, 3,450 M (11,320 ft) to Patar Nachauni, 3,907 M (12,820 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Camping/Tent, Trekking, Bedni Bugyal, Ghora Lotani, Spiritual Nature.

• Journey Description: This is going to be much easier hiking but needs to reach the destination in the noon as next day you must do thrilling hiking on snow of Himalayan mountains. You will get to see some of the most beautiful landscape on earth in Bedni Bugyal.

Day 5
Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa via Kalu Vinayak (Snow Trekking)

• Trek Distance: 4 Km (5-6 HRS Though Trek)

• Altitude: Patar Nachauni, 3,907 M (12,820 ft) to Bhagwabasa, 4,300 M (14,115 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Camping/Tent, Trekking, Kalu Vinayak Temple, Spiritual Nature.

• Journey Description: Most likely on this day, you will have to do snow trekking in the snow of Himalayan mountains. On the way to Bhagwabasa, you will experience natural peace in Kalu Vinayak Temple. Moreover, you can explore this night on one of the world’s best camping location in laps of Himalayan Glaciers.

Day 6
Bhagwabasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni (Difficult Trek)

• Trek Distance: 10 Km (10-12 HRS Indian Himayalas Trek)

• Altitude: Bhagwabasa 4,300 M (14,115 ft) to Roopkund, 4,785 M (15,696 ft) to Patar Nachauni, 3,907 M (12,820 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Camping/Tent, Trekking, Roopkund Lake, The Skeleton Lake, Spiritual Nature.

• Journey Description: The day for which you did an exciting trek, visit Roopkund Lake which is also known as The Skeleton Lake. This will give you the pleasure to see heaven on earth, with one of most beautiful freshwater lake. Later will start down trek to Patar Nachauni camping sight.

Day 7
Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Wan (Downhill Trekking)

• Trek Distance: 15 Km (TREK: 8-9 HRS/DRIVE: 30 MINS+Trek: 2-3 HRS Enjoyable Hiking)

• Altitude: Patar Nachauni, 3,907 M (12,820 ft) to Lohajunga, 2,230 M (7,660 ft)

• Attractions and Activities: Homestay, Hiking, Sightseeing, Spiritual Nature.

• Journey Description: Continue downhill trekking, if you are ready to explore the more natural beauty of Uttarakhand. Otherwise, can take a short half an hour drive from Wan to Lohajung. This will be your last night in the most beautiful destination of world.

Day 8
Lohajung to Kathgodam (Road trip)

• Travel Distance: 220 Kms (8-9 HRS long hilly drive)

• Altitude: Lohajung, 2,230 M (7,660 ft) to Foothills of Himalayas

• Attractions and Activities: Road trip, Sightseeing, Boating in Nainital.

• Journey Description: If you want to experience boating in one the best hill stations of India in Nainital, then need to start the journey early in the morning. Holiday Sarthi will drop you to preferred Hotel/Railway Sation/Bus Stand/Airport near Kathkgodam.

Trek Package Inclues

  • • Accommodation: Guest House, Homestay, Camping
  • • Food: Meals while on the trek.
  • • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, kitchen & dinning tent, mattress, tent (twin sharing), toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
  • • Services: Lohajung to Lohajung
  • • Permits: All necessary permissions and entry fees
  • • Support: Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, Support staff and cook.
  • • Mules: To carry the central luggage.
  • • Medical: First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

Trek Package Excludes

  • • Personal Expense: Not Any kind of personal expenses.
  • • Food: No Meal during the transit.
  • • Insurance: No personal insurance.
  • • Services: Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • • Emergency: Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
  • • Addon: Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

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Price From INR ₹ 10,990 INR  8,490/person
Total 8,490 INR

Trip Facts

  • Moderate to Difficult
  • 4,785 M (15,696 ft)
  • 53 Km
  • Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Lohajung
  • Kathgodam
  • Pantnagar Airport
  • Lohajung
  • May, June, Mid August to October
  • Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Guest house, Camping
  • Meals while on trek (Veg + Egg)
  • Mid December to Mid June