Roopkund Trek – Mystery & Skeletons Lake 14 days

 

Roopkund Trek – Mystery & Skeletons Lake
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Roopkund (locally known as Mystery & Skeletons Lake)[1] is a high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India.It lies in the lap of Trishul massif and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The area is uninhabited, located in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet). Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination.

A shallow lake, having a depth of about two metres, Roopkund has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Many theories and opinions exist, from purely spiritual to scientific ones, attempting to explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century CE. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.

Cr: photos and above data from Wikipedia

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Region: Garwhal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Duration: 14 days
Altitude: 14,600 feet
Level: Moderate
Approx. trekking: 55 km.
Best time: May & June (Pre Monsoons) / September & November (Post Monsoons)

Trekking Route for Roopkund trek:
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Mandoli – Bekhal Tal– Wan – Bedni Bugyal – Bagubassa – Roopkund – Bagubassa –Wan – Mandoli – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Delhi

Since the debut of the National Geographic documentary, “Riddles of the Dead: Skeleton Lake”, Lake Roopkund has been launched into international fame and is a very popular destination for trekkers, not only for its cultural significance but for its beauty. The documentary dealt with the discovery of 500 skeletons (along with pottery and jewelry) at this site, the theory being that inhabitants of this long-ago village perished in a large hailstorm around 850 A.D. The history and beauty of this place make it a perennial draw for those seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.

 

Day 01: Arr. Delhi
Arr. Delhi.  Meet at airport and transfer to hotel.
Upon arrival, check- in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi – Haridwar – by train // Haridwar – Rishikesh
After breakfast proceed to railway station to board the Shatabdi Exp train for Haridwar.
Dep. Delhi at 06h45
Arr. Haridwar at 11h22
Upon arrival, meet and proceed to Rishikesh.
Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.
Later visit of Laxman Jhula & Ram Jhula.
Later experience the Ganga Arti in Parmarth Temple.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Rishikesh – Mundoli            [265 kms / 06-07 hrs drive approx.]
After breakfast at hotel proceed to small hamlet of Mundoli ( 2134m ), from where the trek begins.
Upon arrival, check-in at guest house/ tents.
Overnight in Guest House / Tents.

Day 04: Mundoli – Bekhal Tal                  [Aprox.8 Kms / 5-7 hrs walking]
After breakfast begin the trek cross the Lahjung pass ( 2250m ) and continue to Bekhal Tal- a small lake amidst picturesque surroundings.
Stay overnight in Camp. 

Day 05: Bekhal Tal – Wan              [Aprox. 10 Kms/  6-8 hrs walking]
Continue the trek to Wan village. The trail takes you via another small lake- Brahm Tal.
Overnight in Guest House / Tents at Wan ( 2340m ).

Day 06: Wan – Bedini Bugyal
Begin the uphill trek and reach the ‘Bugyals’ (high altitude meadows) of Bedini ( 3354m ) – a beautiful location with magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.
Stay overnight in Camp.

 Day 07: Bedini Bugyal
Full day Bedini Bugyal visit for acclimatization and site seeing.
Stay overnight in Camp.

 Day 08: Bedini Bugyal – Bhaggubasa            [Aprox. 07 kms / 3-4 hrs walking]
Trek through the undulating grasslands to reach Bhaggubasa ( 3380m )
Stay overnight in Camp.

Day 09: Roopkund excursion                 [08-10hrs walking]
Trek to the mysterious ‘Pond of Beauty’- Roop Kund (5029m), close to the base of the Trishul (7120m) and Nanda Ghungti (6310m) Peaks. Roopkund the mystery lake, It was a lake that, a large number of Human bones were found and through anthropologists are still working on its significance. The lake however is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery.
Return to camp at Bhaggubasa for overnight stay at Camps.

Day 10: Bhaggubasa – Wan           [06-08 walking]
Retrace the route back to Wan.
Overnight stay in Guest House / Tents.

Day 11: Wan – Mundoli                  [06-08 walking]
Continue downhill to Mundoli taking a direct route.
Overnight in Guest House / Tents.

Day 12: Mundoli – Haridwar
Drive down along the river to Haridwar.
Upon arrival, Check-in at hotel.
Later walk of Hari-Ki Pauri (Ganga ghat) and experience Ganga Arti at Ganga ghat.
Overnight stay at Hotel.

 Day 13: Haridwar – Delhi              -by Train
After breakfast proceed to railway station to board the train for Delhi
Dep. Haridwar at 06h25
Arr. Delhi at 11h15

Upon arrival, proceed for the orientation tour of Delhi – Drive pass from Old Delhi, the Parliament House, the Secretariat buildings and the Vice Regal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India & India Gate.
Later proceed to hotel where few rooms shall be provided for wash/change followed by dinner (01 room for 06 pax).
On time proceed to airport to board the return flight for your respective destinations.

Day 14: Dep. Delhi                           : By International flight
Dep. Delhi.

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 INCORPRATE  HOTELS: (based on 4 and 3 star category of hotel)

CITY HOTEL NIGHT
Delhi Hotel Pluto Inn or similar 01
Rishikesh Hotel Divine resort or similar 01
Mundoli – Mundoli Camp (Alpine shape tent) 09
Haridwar Hotel Godwin  or similar 01
Delhi Hotel Pluto Inn or similar Wash/change room + dinner

 

Cost Includes (Inclusion):

  • 12 nights accommodation based on full boar + wash/change room followed by dinner at hotel in delhi on Day 13.
  • French speaking accompanied guide from day 01 till day 14 staying in same hotel.
  • Services of Air-condition transport (Innove & Tempo traveller from Haridwar to Haridwar) as per above programme and in Delhi portion will be as per below :
  • 04-07 Paying pax                 : AC Tempo Traveler (Indian style)
  • 08-14 Paying pax : AC Mini coach (Indian Style)
  • 15-19 Paying pax : AC Large coach (Indian Style)
  • Entrance fees and camping charges for Uttarakhand, National park.
  • Guide, porters and mule including
  • Experince Ganga Arti in Haridwar & rishikesh.
  • Train ticket on AC Chair car from Haridwar / Delhi / Haridwar.
  • 01 Departure gift.
  • 02 mineral water (500 ml) during tour.
  • Complementary tea and coffee after each meal (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Welcome by Garlanding at airport.
  • Welcome tikka and arti upon arrival at hotel.
  • Present applicable taxes.

Cost doesn’t includes (exclusion) :

  • Any Domastic or international airfare.
  • Insurance of any kind (personal, medical, accidental etc.)
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone bill, tips etc.
  • Trekking Equitments & personal Gears like sleeping bags, Crampons / Microspikes etc.
  • Emergency evacuation charges (if any).
  • Portage at railway stations and hotels.
  • Anything that is not mentioned under the “quote includes” head.

NOTE:

incase of any implementation on tax part or entrance fees , we shall liable to apply the impliment tax or entrance fees on above cost.

FOLLOWING THINGS ARE INCLUDES AND SHALL BE PROVIDED DURING TREK ON ABOVE COST :

 

Accommodation

 

Sleeping tent (Alpine shape) on twin sharing
Mess Tent with dining table and chairs.
Toilet Tents (Pit Style)
 

Food

Continental meal
Kitchen Tent, Equipment & All Rations
Natural Spring / Purified Water during Trek
 

 

Support Team

One Qualified Trek Leader
French speaking guide
Cooks
Helpers
Porters / Mules (for Equipment)
 

 

Safety & Rescue

Mountaineering Course Qualified Trek Leader
First-Aid Medical Kit with the Team
Local Support Team for Geographical Intelligence
Oxygen Cylinder and Oxymeter with the Team (on request with supplement cost)
Trekking Kit One Mattress
One Water Bottle (to be gifted as Souvenir)
 

Nature & Environment

Proper Segregation Bins an Waste Management at Campsite
Charity Support to One Local Community-Based NGO
Water Bottle to Trekkers to Reduce Plastic Waste
Others Equipment Purchase and Rental Support
Maximum 18-22 Trekkers in a Batch

[FAQ] FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1- No. of Trek Leaders / Guide accompanying the group?

One trek leader cum one guide, one cook & a minimum of 4 helpers that makes a total staff of around 6-8 professionally qualified / locals accompanying 15 to 20 trekkers.

2- How trek leaders manage emergency situations. Do we have stratures, oxygen cylinder (on request with supplement) at all times?

Our all trek leaders qualified “Advance mountaineering course” from (NIM, HIM, & ABVIMAS) & trek leaders are certified in “Wilderness first-aid” and are aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with our backpack & one mule and two helpers always stay with trek leader, and for better communication with our other team we use walky-talky.

3- Who will lead and who all will go along with us?

Always trek leads by professional Trek leader who has completed Basic and Advance mountaineering course and certified in first-aid course leads and along with one local guide and supporting staff. Trek leader apart from professional qualification are vastly experienced in scaling various peaks across the country.

4- How difficult is the Roopkund trek?

Roopkund trek is moderate to difficult depends upon snow level, weather condition.

5- How cold does it really get on the Roopkund trek?

In camps above 12,000 ft., you have to dress yourself in layers. During the day time temperature will be above 0 – 2 degree and during the night time 0 to -6 degree. And depend on snow and weather condition.

6- Is Diamox advisable?

No, Diamox is not advisable. If you want use so please consult your doctor before use.

7- How much baggage weight of the trekkers shall be carry by our porter or mule?

Only 05 kg of baggage of the guest will carry by our mule or porter.

8- How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is naturally clean but we use boil and chlorine tablet water for drinking.

9- I should bring my personal medicines with me?

Yes, it is always advisable.

 

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