Trekking in HImalayas - Roopkund Trek
Regain: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 9 Nights 10 Days
Destination covered: Rishikesh - Mundoli - Bekhal Tal - Wan - Bedni Bugyal - Roop kund - Rishikesh
Altitude: 5029 m above sea level
Grade: Hard Trek
Best Time: Mid April to Mid October
RoopKund becomes well-known when large number of Human bones was reported. After that explorers and scientists have tried to clarify the mystery but it helped in deepening the mystery rather solving it. 2 theories have emerged and one is that these bones are of Gen. Zorawar Singh of Kashmir and his men who were coming back after raiding China-Tibet in 17th Century. 2nd opinion, which is also believed by locals, is that large numbers of people visiting Homkund were trapped in avalanches and snowstorms and got killed. Not even a single man survived to tell the true story.
To be found at a height of 5029 mts in the lap of Trishul massif, Roop Kund Lake is situated at eastern part of chamoli district of Garhwal in Uttaranchal. The lake is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks.
This region is usually called the 'Mystery Lake', since human skeletons and remains of horses from the age of paleolithic age were found here.
The route passes through lush green grassy land and conifer forests clingingonto the slopes of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the Pinder River. Then to round off this trek, one can approach Homekund via Shail Samudra glacier and then move on to Ghat or Nandprayag. For the round trek, services of a guide are advisable. Famous Bedni Bugyal on the way to Roopkund, attracts nature lovers around the world. The magnetism of the treks is bhagwawasa and bedni bugyal. You will found a lot of "Bramhakamal" at trekking routes.
Roopkund Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Rishikesh - Mundoli (269 kms / 9 hrs )
After an early breakfast Drive to the small hamlet of Mundoli (2134m), Lunch enroute to Mudoli, We arrive Mudoli where the trek begins. Dinner and Overnight in Guest House / Tents.
Day 02: Mundoli - Bekhal Tal (8 Kms / 5-7 hrs walking)
Post breakfast begin the trek with packed lunch, Cross the Lahjung pass ( 2250m ) and continue to Bekhal Tal- a small lake amidst picturesque surroundings. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Camp.
Day 03: Bekhal Tal - Wan ( 10 Kms / 6-8 hrs walking )
Post breakfast Continue the trek with packed lunch to Wan village. The trail takes you via another small lake- Brahm Tal. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Camp / Guest house at Wan.( 2340m ).
Day 04: Wan - Bedni Bugyal
Post breakfast begin the uphill trek and reach the 'Bugyals' (high altitude meadows) of Bedini ( 3354m )- a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains. Lunch enroute Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Day 05: Bedni Bugyal
Day to explore the surroundings, which is bound to be an experience to be remembered. (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea and Dinner and Overnight stay in the Camp.)
Day 06: Bedni - Baguabasa . ( 7 Kms / 3-4 hrs walking )
Post breakfast trek through the undulating grasslands to reach Baguabasa (3380m). Lunch enroute. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Camp.
Day 07: Roopkund excursion (8-10 hrs walking)
Post bre Akfast start trek with packed lunch to the mysterious 'Pond of Beauty'- Roop Kund (5029m), close to the base of the Trishul (7120m) and Nanda Ghungti (6310m) Peaks. Roopkund the mystery lake, It was a lake that, a large number of Human bones were found and through anthropologists are still working on its significance. The lake however is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery. Return to camp at Baguabasa for Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Baguabasa - Wan (6-8 hrs walking)
Post breakfast Retrace the route back to Wan with pack lunch. Dinner and Overnight stay in Guest House / Tents.
Day 9: Wan - Mundoli (6-8 hrs walking)
Post breakfast Continue downhill to Mundoli taking a direct route with packed lunch. Dinner and Overnight stay in Guest House / Tents.
Day 10: Mundoli - Rishikesh
Morning after breakfast drive to reach Rishikesh. Tour End.