ROOPKUND TREK: BEGINNER’S GUIDE

 ROOPKUND TREK: BEGINNER’S GUIDE

Introduction

India’s most popular Himalayan adventure destination, the Roopkund Trek is steadily rising in popularity. Roopkund is a well-deserving name. It can be translated as “beautiful Pond” and attracts backpackers from all over India, as well as foreign visitors, with its beauty and mystery.

Roopkund is a glacial lake at a high altitude that lies deep in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal Himalayas. This 54 km trek takes you through some of the most beautiful and varied Himalayan trekking scenery. It also allows for six days of trekking, plus one on each side for jeep transport back to connectivity points.

The views along the trek are breathtaking, and many trekkers will testify to that. However, most people come to the lake to verify if the rumors of skeletons around the lake are true.

Day one is a day to relax. The only challenge is to find Lohajung, the tiny village at 7,700ft, which will be the route. You will find several comfortable homestyle here. The panoramic views of the mountains give you a glimpse into what’s to come.

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On day two, tourists can leave Lohajung and stop at a beautiful-rugged temple to reflect before moving on to the valley of dark undergrowth, which covers most of the 11km. The trail winds through the sun-drenched forest, gently curving along the Neel Ganga as it climbs up to Didina.

This homestay and chai stand offers warm hospitality and is a popular spot for lunch breaks. After the cheerful opening at 8,300ft, it’s back into the forest until you reach Tolpani, where many opt to camp for the night. Tolpani is a rare, impressive, and aggressively lush place. The entire area is green and vegetative, with a tiny summer residence for shepherds nestled among the stalks.

This journey abruptly ends in the open air on top of Ali Bugyal, India’s most beloved meadow. The high-altitude, green, rolling carpet of neon grass seems to stretch indefinitely, providing trekkers with beautiful wildflowers and grazing livestock.

You will continue on the 6km route, passing a Maggi point and ending at Bedni Bugyal. This is the second high-altitude meadow at 11,700 feet where you can find several Trishul-laden Temples. You can also camp here.

Day four is a day of gifted possession. It begins at the top of the first climb. The trail takes tourists 6km to reach the next section, which is just a few km above Bedni Bugyal. This opens up the valley view to all. The trail that is carved into the mountainside makes trekkers look like ants. It can be seen here from Patar Nachauni which is the night’s destination at 12,700 feet.

Kalua Vinayak is the defining point of day 5. This temple, which is a highly-gifted temple, can be reached after a steep climb. It overlooks Kedarnath and Neelkantha as well as Chaukhamba, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti. You have reached Bagwabasa, at 14,200 feet, the official Base Camp of Roopkund.

At 2:00 AM, the sixth-day summit push begins. The 6 km climb up to the lake is steep and rocky. Many will need crampons. This night hike is meant to avoid the sun creating a slippery surface of half-melted ice. However, the reward is priceless. Roopkund, at 15,750ft, is in all its glory with skeletons in the snow and cozy at the bottom.

The bones found here belong to approximately 300 biologically distinct skeletons. They have been carbon-dated back to around 1,200 years ago, in the 9th Century A.D. What is the mystery? It is not known who or why they were there. There are many theories, ranging from an angry god punishing armies to a hailstorm killing migrants. But one thing is certain: they all died after suffering severe skull injuries.

Although it is easy to be distracted by the uniqueness of the summit, the real prize is only 250 feet higher. Junargali, the crown jewel of Roopkund is atop a majestic throne made of snow. This iron gate, which is symbolic of the gateway between the valleys, sits atop a magnificent throne of snow. It is also home to a single golden bell that rises from its peak among the sparkling white mountains surrounding it. If the weather is good, this thing can be the grand finale to the trek to Roopkund.

End of the day, descend 10km to Bedni Bugyal and descend 11km to Wan. You should make time to talk to the locals and enjoy a cup of tea.

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