Roopkund Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Overview

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Location : Ghat Block, District- Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India
Lake Altitude : 5,020 metres (16,470 ft)
Trek Length : 53 Kilometer
Trek Difficulty : Moderate to Difficult

Set amidst the high mountainous peaks, Roopkund Lake remains in the spotlight for its famous mysteries. so has been nicknamed the 'Mystery Lake' as the remains of thousands of human skeletons and horses belonging to the Palaeolithic age can be seen here. On the base of Trisul and Nanda-Ghunghti Mountain, Roopkund is a picturesque tourist destination that is one of the important places for trekking in the Chamoli District, in the Greater Himalayas.
The Roopkund trek starts from Lohajung or Waan village, a tiny pass seated in the Garhwal Himalayas. This shallow lake has a depth of about 2 meters and is the most popular lake in the entire Uttarakhand. The lake is situated foot of Nanda Ghunghati mountain nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by a glacier. The Lake is flanked by a rock face named Jyuragali to the North and a peak named Chandania Kot to the East.
Roopkund Trek popularly also known as  “The Mystery Lake or Skeleton Lake”, Roopkund gained immense popularity after skeletons of horses and people from the past were found here. Spooky! Right. Resting in the inner Himalayan regions of Garhwal, Uttarakhand this lake is known to everyone because of another significant reason which is the Nanda Devi Raj Jaat yatra. Surrounded by massive rock glaciers and peaks the lake remains frozen for the entire year. It is situated at an elevation of 4800m but still, the villages on the trail are highly rich in culture and values. We also get to see lush green meadows like Bedni Bugyal and flower beds seasonally.

Mythological Story Behind the Roopkund Lake
Local legend says that The Shiv made this lake for Parvati. At once time a pilgrimage to Kailash, King of Kanauj Jasdhaval, with his pregnant wife Rani Balampa, took along a large entourage of servants and dancing girls for entertainment. There was much music, dance, and merriment on the route. This insolence of the King and misbehavior in the sacred land angered the Goddess Parvati. after that, the goddess summoned a violent hailstorm, in which the group of king got ended.

Another Story is on also shiv and Parvati. it is a great and long story about "The Nanda Raj jat". The religious festival "Yearly Nanda Jat" 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.

If you’re trekking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must-do or if you are a fitness lover you should trek for the Roopkund trek it improves your physical health massively, and spending numerous hours on the trail and climbing around stones and rock bounding and uphills give your whole body a workout, so ts improves your strength and cardio fitness. Roopkund is located in the lap of the Trishul line and is famous because of the hundreds of human bones found at the edge of the lake. You become amazing views of peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Neelkantha, Trishul & Nanda khat .
There is the most beautiful campsite in the Roopkund trial. This trek is mostly recommended for experienced trekkers who are good at trekkers and its physically fit because of its moderate weather and difficulty level.

Best time for the Roopkund Trek

This trek is a long trek and the difficulty for this trek is high, The best time to do this trek is May - June, and September - October. The lake is covered with ice for most of the year, with the best time to trek in autumn (September to October).

    Roopkund Trek Price :
  • Rishikesh to Rishikesh (6 days & 5 Nights)
    We start our journey from Rishikesh, which is well-known as the Yoga city of Uttarakhand. This is simply :- Rishikesh - Waan Village - Bedni Bugyal - Bhagwa basa - Roopkund - Waan - Rishikesh. Packages start from - Rs. 11,999 Per Person (Including Accommodation and Meal + Transport) + 18% GST

Nearby famous location for this trek is Kathgodam.Nanital is 55 km far from Kathgodam, so you can visit Nainital a famous tourist spot in the mountains that is visited by a lot of people all around the year. Naini Lake is the heart of Nainital where you can enjoy boating and paddling. Here is the topmost mountain view where you can enjoy the views of Nainital. You can walk on the famous Mall Road where you can buy some reminders from the trip.

    Some key Points to be Noted -
  • 40% of the payment will be at the time of Advance booking. And the rest 60% of the payment will be before the day of the trip start.
  • At any place where entry fees are required, they will be paid by the customer.
  • The Meal with this trek will be simple. if travelers want any other option it will be paid for by himself separately.
  • Please Carry Necessary equipment and medical kit with you.

Roopkund Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Itinerary

  • Day 1- Rishikesh → Waan Village

    Take a bus from Rishikesh to Gwaldam/Karanprayag early in the morning so that you can reach your destination on time. After reaching Karanprayag, hire a taxi till Tharali village and then another one till Waan village which is our base camp for today. Your stay will be done in a homestay/guesthouse in the village, take a proper sleep as we would have a challenging day tomorow.

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  • Day 2- Waan village → Bedni Bugyal

    Today is the hike day, so be energetic and excited to see the best of nature. We will start our trek from Wan village and head towards Bedni Bugyal, yet another very famous spot/place of Uttarakhand. Bedni Bugyal is a lush velvety green meadow at a distance of 10kms from the village. The hike is not a tough one instead gives you a treat of nature as we pass through green pastures, dark oak woods and wild. The place is also well known for its religious reasons as locals come here to worship their deities. The crystal clear water at the Bedni Kund is also a mesmerizing view with Trishul Peak in the front. Set up your camps here and enjoy nature, wildlife and devotion.

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  • Day 3- Bedni Bugyal → Bhagwa Basa

    As we come closer to the snow capped mountains and glaciers you will feel a change in the weather on day 3 as we head towards Bhagwa Basa. Today the hike is just 4kms, so we can leave accordingly to the speed of the team but it is important to reach the base camp before dark. Pull out your sweaters and shawls as the weather is going to take a plunge. Bhagwa Basa is a beautiful location surrounded by giant peaks from all four sides.

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  • Day 4- Bhagwa Basa → Roopkund →Bhagwa Basa

    The route till Roopkund from here is mostly covered with snow, so it is advised to start the trek early today because walking in snow makes us slow. It would take us 3 hours to cover 3kms and reach at the lake before noon. On reaching the lake, relax and breathe, take pictures, listen stories from our guide. Start heading back to Bhagwa Basa and reach before dark.

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  • Day 5- Bhagwa Basa → Waan village

    As we descend towards Waan village, we will come across the magnificent views of Nanda Ghunti peak, Trishuli and cross the meadows again. Don’t be in a hurry, sit and try to capture everything with your naked eyes as this experience would be a memorable one. We would stay in the guesthouses at the village and put your doubts in front of the locals and get ready to listen to the extraordinary lores.

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  • Day 6- Waan village → Rishikesh

    Its time for a wrap up. Pack your bags and leave for Rishikesh with this marvelous experience.

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People Also Ask About Roopkund Lake Trek, Uttarakhand

Q.1 What is the best time to go for Roopkund?

Looking for a peaceful and adventurous journey towards Himalayas, it is best trek to visit in March to May and June to October. You will get to see snow capped mountains throughout the year.

Q.2 What is the Distance between Tharali and Waan village ?

The distance between Tharali to Waan village is approx 50kms.

Q.3 Can beginners do Roopkund Trek?

This is one of the best treks for beginners. Roopkund is a moderate-level trek where you'll be climbing through great forests, vast meadows, alpine snow land, terrific views, and you should physically fits :)

Q.4 How long is Roopkund Trek?

its one-week trek, Roopkund trek distance: 53 -55 KM. Maximum altitude: 16,499 ft. Roopkund trekking is Moderate to difficult. Last ATM: Last Atm is in Lohajung, around 10 KM from Bedni. It takes around 6-7 days..

Q.5 What is the best time for Roopkund Trek?

June is the perfect time to visit the twin Bugyals /meadows of Ali and Bedni as by this time, the meadows are in their full spring. Trekking between the last week of August and the first week of October is another good trekking season in Roopkund.


All Roopkund Lake Trek, Uttarakhand Customer Reviews 4 Users Reviewd
Lakshmi, 2022-09-22 12:48:36

It was an awesome experience with the firstrek team it was my third trip The firstrek team was as always very helpful and experienced. And the camp from the first trek team provided location was awsome and the services is good in camps , staff is very good and services provided by camp and food is too awsome . I was a complete guide by the team for whole trek . Dinner lunch and snacks provided by team for whold trek is very tasty and healthy and all the camps provided by team is good . we enjoyed ourselves a lot Thank you so much trip on the firstrek team for this adventure trekking. It's an amazing Trekking to go to Roopkund trek :)

Chandan Somayaji
Chandan Somayaji, 2022-06-20 08:40:13

Many Many thanks to our tour guide whole instriction made this long trip possible. i miss my camping moments at bhagwabasa and ali bugyal... i was so relaxed there... magnificient mountain views followed me everywhere but when we reached roopkund, the peaks were damn beautiful....the roopkund lake was frozen too. one of the best ever experience of my life.

Urban Sherpa
Urban Sherpa, 2022-06-20 08:38:57

Roopkund is a great trek that has it all. It journeys from vast meadows through dense jungles onto rocky paths before converging into a lake snow bounded by mountains all across. We have a complete review of the trek on our website too.

Kaintura, 2022-06-20 08:36:31

We have done Roopkund trek in October starting from Wan village(1st day stay). We stayed at Bedni bugyal on second day followed with Bhawabasa stay on 3rd on 4th we submit Junargali pass & came back to Bedni bugya for stay, next day we travel back from Bedni bugyal to Srinagar Garhwal & then to Delhi next day. Bhawabasa was having a temp of -7 in night.

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