Roopkund Trek Overview

The Roopkund trek is one of the most popular treks in India and is also a fascinating experience for beginners. This trek is a breath of fresh air in your busy lives because you will see India's most beautiful meadows, the Ali and Bedni Bugyal, which are also among the largest to ever exist. They are dotted with thick conifers, Himalayan peaks, green valleys, and streams.

The Roopkund trek is a 8 day journey that takes you to a height of 16499 feet. Along the trek, you will come across the royal twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dronagiri, and Hathi- Ghodi Parvat and spot the rare-yellow Himalayan magpie. Starting with the verdant alpine peaks and leading up to pristine snow clad mountains, this trek promises you unbelievably beautiful views like never before. You will climb through Garhwal peak, and pass by alpine meadows and conifers, which will lead you to the exquisite Roopkund lake. After a zigzag height you will be able to spot India’s second highest peak, the Nanda Devi. The trek includes a variety of food options, amazing camping sites and expert’s guide and supervision, that promises you a time in your lifetime.

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Highlights of Roopkund Trek

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Maximum altitude - 16,499 ft.

Grade - Moderate to difficult

Duration - 8 days & 7 nights

Trekking distance - 53 kilometers

Trail type - Steep ascent

Airport - Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Snow Season - December last week to March.

Service from - Lohajung

Base camp - Roopkund Lake

Best season - In Winters (December, January, February & March)- In Summers (April, May June)- In Autumn (September, October & November)

Region: Uttarakhand

Who can participate: 10 years and above age

  • People with severe heart disease and asthma are advised not to participate.
  • Previous trekking experiences are appreciated however first timers can also take part in.

Short Itinerary for Roopkund Trek

  • Day 1: One first day you will arrive at kathgodam and head on towards Lohajung where you will stay overnight.

  • Day 2: On the second day post breakfast you'll start your ascend towards the Neelganga river, Stop by the Roopkund glacier lake. Then you will hike through conifers and alpine meadows to finally reach Dudna village where you will set up the camp.

  • Day 3: On the third day you will arrive at Ali Bugyal which is pristine verdant meadows with mouth-dropping views. Enjoy your dinner over here.

  • Day 4: As you ascend, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. Reach Ghora Lotani, and relax for a while.

  • Day 5: From Ghora Latorni you will have a hike through a zigzag path to finally reach Bhagwabasa. After breakfast at Bhagwabasa, get ready for a challenging day.

  • Day 6: Your family will reach the Roopkund lake and overnight stay in Bedni Bugyal.

  • Day 7: After breakfast at Bedni Bugyal you will start your journey to the neelganga river. Overnight stay at Lohajung.

  • Day 8: Departure for Lohajung

Roopkund Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Kathgodam- Lohajung

  • Reach Kathgodam and embark on the journey towards the charming village of Lohajung, surrounded by the beauty of oak and fir trees.

  • Savor a hearty dinner in Lohajung and spend the night there, taking in the peaceful ambiance of the village.

What To Pack For Roopkund Trek?

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  • Documents - Original photo copy of government issued identification card

  • Trekking Shoes - The trek requires sturdy trekking shoes with a good ankle grip and support and which is suitable to walk on snow

  • Backpack - You would require a backpack of 50-60 ltrs with good hip support, shoulder support and quick access pockets

  • Clothes - You would require 3 base layer t-shirts, 3 insulation layers with 2 light sleeves and one light sweater and 2 pairs of trek pants.

  • Sunglasses - You would sunglasses to avoid snow blindness.

  • Sun Cap - As you trek, your energy level will drop down with the heat of the sun, to avoid quick exhaustion, you would require a sun cap.

  • Synthetic hand gloves - You would require synthetic hand gloves because you will be trekking in snow and synthetic hand gloves will dry quickly.

  • Woolen caps - Out head is prone to losing heat, so it is very important to cover our heads.

  • Socks - Carry 3- 4 pairs of socks and carry separate woolen socks to fight the cold.

  • A toilet kit- Your toilet kit should not include unnecessary things, it should be smartly packed with a small soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet tissue roll, small moisturiser, lip balm and roll ons.

  • Water bottles - Since Roopkund is a long trek, you would require to keep yourself hydrated. Carry a 1- 2 litre of water bottle along with you.

Know Before You Go for Roopkund Trek

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  1. Be physically active and indulge in jogging and running activities before you participate in the trek.

  2. Take comfortable and waterproof shoes with you. Also carry a backpack which can fit in your required clothing items.

  3. Stay hydrated and munch on light snacks to keep yourself full and energized.

  4. Stay Close to your group and carefully follow the instructions of your supervisor.

  5. Be aware of your trekking route and itinerary beforehand.

  6. Use walking poles for better support.

Why to Go for Roopkund Trek?

The Roopkund lake in Uttarakhand is one of the finest glacier lakes that everybody talks about. The trekking experience is exquisite and starts at the Lohajung taking you through the alpine meadows, lush conifer forests, zigzag paths finally leading up to the Roopkund lake, which is mysteriously beautiful.

The entire trekking promises you unforgettable views of the Himalayan mountain scapes that you will never get over. The Roopkund trekking is considered to be of moderate level and can become quite challenging during the winter months. You will go upto more than 16499 feet and come across ethereal Himalayan views with the beautiful glacier lake of Roopkund in the middle which marks the end of your steep ascend.

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FAQ's of Roopkund Lake Trek

How Difficult is the Roopkund Trek?

    The trek is of moderate to high level difficulty. As the trek takes you through 53 kilometers and covers over 8 days and 7 nights, Roopkund Trek is considered a rather challenging experience. However with an experienced guide you will have the most relaxing and wholesome trekking experience ever.

    The Roopkund lake is the ultimate destination which has a mysterious story that will inspire you. The path leading from the Bedni Bugyal consists of many curvy zigzag roads that might be a challenging day for beginners. But the view from the vibe is absolutely worth it. Trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail, and trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. You will pass lush confers and alpine meadows that will definitely amuse you with their beauty. You will have expert guidance and supervision throughout the trek therefore it is perfect for beginners as well.

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