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
  • Trek at an altitude of 16,499 ft. and admire the mighty Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dom. Soak in the beauty of Roopkund Lake (which lies in the lap of Trishul’s peak)

  • Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends

  • Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, forests of fir, rhododendron, and oak during the Roopkund Trek

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • In case, the trek needs to be canceled, the authorities should be informed beforehand.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government are to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitization and use of masks is recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced drivers especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the Roopkund trek.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for Roopkund trek.
  • Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Thrillophilia'' reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Thrilllophilia or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Thrillophilia reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like a change in flight and train schedule, cancellation of flights/1trains, political disturbances, natural phenomenon, roadblocks, etc. will not be accommodated in the package cost. No bill will be reimbursed for any missed service/facility.
  • During a trip, in case the roads are blocked due to landslides or a reason that is beyond control, Thrillophilia will rearrange the itinerary for the travellers real-time, however, the cost of alternative accommodation will be borne by the customer as the hotels pre-booked execute their cancellation policies and are nonrefundable.
  • Because of any reason natural or personal, if the Trek or a particular activity is not completed, no refund will be processed.
  • The difference in the cost shall be borne by the client in case of any amendment in the package due to change in the number of guests, hotel change, itinerary change, etc.
  • If in case any traveller wants to or decides to leave the trip in the middle, all the expenses from that point onwards will be borne by the traveller. Neither the operator nor Thrillophilia will be held responsible for such decisions or for any refund.
  • The refund or compensation is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. refund or compensation are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of Thrillophilia.
  • At Thrillophilia, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event we might have to call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity or other issues like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that might prevent a safe trekking experience. In such cases, Thrillophilia will issue a Credit note summing up to the same amount as your trek fee that can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
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Highlights of Roopkund Trek

Highlights of Roopkund Trek

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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Day 1

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?

What To Pack For Roopkund Trek?
  • 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.

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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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