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Programs > Himalayan Treks > Roopkund & Junargalli Pass Trek

  For many years, Roopkund, the beautiful and mysterious lake has held the attention of trekkers not only because of the enchanting landscape surrounding it but also because of the presence of several bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. For years no one could figure out what had happened. The mystery has finally been solved by an international team which found out that around 850 AD, a group of pilgrims faced an unusually severe hailstorm which caused hundreds to die.

The route of the Roopkund trek passes through pleasing and captivating snow fields, alpine pastures, and provides splendid views of peaks like Trishul, Ronti and Chaukhamba. Besides, the same route is taken in the popular Raj Jat Yatra that's held once in 12 years. So, if you have made up your mind to go for Roopkund Trekking, then you must know that the best time to visit Roopkund is from last week of August to last week of October.

 

Information:
Region: 
Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
Duration: 7 days
Grade:
Moderate +
Best season: May – June & Sep – Oct
Start/end point: Kathgodam
Highest altitude: 
Junargalli Ridge (4750m)

Activities: Trekking

Please Carry:
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. 

*Jeans / Trekking Pants-2
*Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
*Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
*Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
*Woolen cap
*Woolen gloves
*Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
*Scarf/muffler (optional)
*Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
*Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
*Raincoat / Poncho
*Small light weight towel
*Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
*Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
*Sun glasses
*Walking stick / Trekking pole
*Sunscreen Lotion
*Lip Balm

*Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
*Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
*Personal toiletries
*Book, if you like reading
*Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
*Carry rain cover for your bags
*Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
*Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.
Batch Dates
Customized dates available.
 

Itinery:

Day 1: Kathgodam- Lohajang(2130M) (Drive/  250 KMS /8-9 Hours)
We will meet at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Lohajung. This is a long but interesting drive. You will initially drive along beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani. Later we get into Garhwal region and continue to drive upto Lohajung. On arrival check into guest house. Overnight in a guesthouse/tents.

Day 2: Lohajang(2130M) Didana (2550M) (Trek/ 5-6 hrs)
Today’s walk is gradual apart from the last stretch to reach Dedina village. The walk is through an enchanting mixed forest abundant in bird life so carrying a bird book will be a good idea. You will cross a few crystal clear streams that means opportunities to experience the ‘Himalayan Bite’, the sting that you get from cold streams and also walk through a couple of villages to appreciate a lifestyle typical of the terrain. After about 4 -5 hrs of walking, initially going downhill and then up again, you will reach the campsite above Didana village getting full view of the trail for tomorrow leading to the famous Ali & Bedni bugyals (meadows). Overnight in tents.

Day 3 Didana (2550M) – Bedni bugyal(3350M)  ( Trek/ 6- 7 hrs)
Today after a steady ascent through thick oak forest we will come to the alpine grazing meadows called Ali bugyal. It’s a super place for taking a break and to enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions and if the sky is clear you will be mesmerized by the views of the Trishul peak. From here on it’s a pleasure walk till Bedni bugyal with the gradient being moderate. Bedni bugyal is a very fine camping site with vast open views and grazing pastures all around, not to forget the close views of the Trishul & Nanda Ghunti peaks. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Bedni bugyal(3350M) Bhagubasa (4100 M) ( Trek / 5-6 hrs)
You will start climbing up the slopes of the meadow and trek up to the ridge on top from where there are fine views. You will have to crest another ridge coming to the shrine at Kalu Vinayak. From here there are fabulous views of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba & Hathi peaks. From here on, depending upon the season you will find snow in varying quantities. The terrain also becomes a bit rocky. Short distance from here is the desolated campsite at Bhugubasa. Today in the final stages one might feel slightly out of breath due to the altitude one will get comfortable in sometime after one spends some time here. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Bhagubasa (4100 M)- Roopkund& Junargalli(4750 M) Patal Nauchaniya(3850 M) (Trek 7/8 Hours)
The day is going to be full of adventure and give you a great feeling of having achieved something. We will start early and mostly make it to the lake in about 2.5-3 hrs. You will climb through moraine, rock gardens and snow patches to reach the periphery of the mystery lake. This trail is steep at sections and there are possibilities of it being under snow for about 9-10 months. Your stamina is sure to be tested. On tricky sections, if required our guides will help you negotiate the trail. If there is not too much of snow around the lake you will get to see human bones and skeletons. Roopkund is a crater like formation in the mountains. The mystery around the lake has apparently been solved recently and these bones and skeleton in such large numbers has been attributed to a massive hailstorm which, centuries ago, caught many pilgrims’ by surprise. There are spectacular views from the region. You will spend some time here and also have the option of climbing up a short distance towards the ridge of Jurangali (20 mins). You spend some time here taking pictures and then retrace your steps to Patal Nauchaniya. This is a long walk down and we will take lots of rest in between. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Patal Nauchaniya(3850 M) Bedni bugyal(3350M) WAN(2550 M) Lohajang 9 (Trek-5/6 Hours (Drive 30 Mins)
Trek down through the beautiful meadows, jungles of pine, rhododendron & oak to reach Wan, a village you are sure to fall in love with. Visit the village temple and rest for some time. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles and drive down to Lohajung. Overnight in tents/ lodge.

Day 7: Lohajang – kathgodam (7 / 8 Hours)
Post breakfast drive down to Kathgodam. Arrive around 4 pm at kathgodam. The trip ends here. Trip ends here.

Rates: (From Dehradun/ Kathgodam to Dehradun/Kathgodam)
Rs. 11,850/- On Double sharing + 2,800/- Transportation
All Charges are per person

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Dehradun/Kathgodam and drop them on the last day of Trek at Dehradun/Kathgodam.

Registration
Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey.

Cheques or DD should be in favour of OUTDOORS UNLIMITED, payable at VADODARA only.

What’s included?
Accommodation: Stay on Sharing basis in Tents while camping.

Meals: All vegetarian meals Starting from Dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 7

Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks

High quality Camping arrangements We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising.
Following equipment is provided on the trek:
3/4 season imported alpine tents, Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality, Comfortable camping mattresses, Mess Tent, Camping stools & tables.
There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats

Forest entry charges: permits & Camping fee (if any)

Porter / Mule: chargesfor carrying camping equipment & rations

First Aid / Medical kit: First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility

What’s not include?
*Accommodation in any other location not mention above
*Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
* Any meals/services not mentioned above
*Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
* Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
* Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
* Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
*Insurance
* GST

Cancellation Charges*:
Minimum: 10%
between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
Last 15 Days: No refund

* Cancellation charges will be applicable on total Program cost.
* Please note that the booking is not transferable.
* Please bring original receipt for claiming the refund.

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