Roopkund is one of the Mysterious glacial Lake lying at high altitude 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, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet) the beauty
and charm of these snow-clad peaks, alpine meadows and dense forests attracts hundreds of trekkers every year to this place and the lake is a popular trekking destination.
1st Sep’ - 9st Sep’
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 25
- Day 1: Haldwani /Kathgodamto Wan
- Day 2: Wan Base Camp to Garelipatal
- Day 3: Garelipata to BedniBugyal
- Day 4: BedniBugyal to Patarnachoni
- Day 5: Patarnachoni to Bhaguabasa
- Day 6: Bhaguabasa to Summit & back to Patarnachoni
- Day 7: Patarnachoni to Wan
- Day 8: Ending up the trek by reaching Haldwani
- Experienced mountain guide and cook
- Camping tents
- Sleeping bags
- Camping mattresses
- Camping stool/chair
- Mess tents
- First aid kit
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Wan Base camp to Wan Base Camp)
- Pick up and drop from Kathgodam to Wan and back.
- Forest entry
- Personal Porter Charges (Rs350/-)
- Personal expenses like tips, medicines, phone calls etc.
- Any transport support during the trek apart from it is mentioned above
- Food – During the Transit
- Any service not mentioned above
- Extra stay and food will be Rs.600/- per head/ day other than the specified days in the itinerary.
- In case of natural calamity if trek days are reducing or trek is getting cancelled, no refund will be processed.
Nearest Rail and bus terminal is Kathgodam. One of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam by train cost around Rs. 180 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 450 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.
- Ranikhet Express (5014) Departure Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgodam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey).
- Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Departure Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgodam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey).
- Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Departure – Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgodam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey).
Regular buses run from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgodam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgodham (8 hrs. Journey).
Usually buses drop you at Haldwani bus staiton. From there you have to come to Kathgodham Railway Station, which is 4km away.
Our vehicles will pick-up you from Kathgodham Railway Station
We would suggest you to take only government buses from ISBT Anand Vihar. Private buses operate from outside ISBT and they are not trust worthy.
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About Roopkund - The Mysterious Lake
Roopkund is one of the Mysterious glacial Lake lying at high altitude 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, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet) the beauty and charm of these snow-clad peaks, alpine meadows and dense forests attracts hundreds of trekkers every year to this place and 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. Researchers have concluded that the skeletons are the remains of people killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.
History of Skeletons
Skeletons were rediscovered in 1942 by a forest ranger H K Madhwal, although there are reports that these bonesare from the late-19th century. At first, British authorities feared that the skeletons represented casualties of a hidden Japanese invasion force, but it was found that the skeletons were far too old to be Japanese soldiers. The skeletons are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake during a one-month period when the ice melts. Along with the skeletons, wooden artefacts, iron spearheads, leather slippers, and rings were also found. When a team from National Geographic magazine retrieved about 30 skeletons, flesh was still attached to some of them. Geneticists, NirajRai along with Manvendra Singh at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hyderabad, conducted DNA tests on a hundred samples from the lake and compared them to the current Indian population.
Results indicated that 70 percent of them had an affinity with Iran, while the remaining belonged to the local population. It is hypothesized that the Iran group took the help of local porters to seek new land for settlement. Later studies placed the time of mass death around the 9th century CE (1,200 years old).
Local legend says that the King of Kannauj, Raja Jasdhaval, with his pregnant wife, Rani Balampa, their servants, a dance troupe and others went on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi shrine, and the group faced a storm with large hailstones, from which the entire party perished near Roopkund Lake. The Anthropological Survey of India conducted a study of the skeletons during the 1950s and some samples are displayed at the Anthropological Survey of India Museum, Dehradun.
Itinerary & Best season :- May to October
- Day 1: Reaching from Haldwani /Kathgodamto Wan. (29th June 2018)
- A beautiful village “WAN” is our base village to start this trek. The alleviation of this village is 7875 ft. approximately. Here we are arranging stay in tents or partial in home stay. Dinner shall be enjoyed in a local house. Take a rest and night stay. Time taken – 10-12 hrs
- Day 2: Reaching from Wan Base Camp to Garelipatal. (30th June 2018)
- This morning take a deep breath in fresh air with beautiful mountains surrounded and get ready to start our awaited trek. Our Lunch shall be at GharoliPatal and Overnight stay at BedniBugyal. Time taken – 3 to 5 hours
- Day 3: Reaching l to BedniBugyal fromGarelipata (1st July 2018)
- with a fresh start overlooking the ferocious forests surrounding us, we are heading towards another beautiful place known as “BedniBugyal”. This is one of the largest high altitude meadows. Our overnight stay shall be at BedniBugyal. Time taken – 4 to 5 hours
- Day 4: Reaching fromBedniBugyal toPatarnachoni. (2nd July 2018)
- This is a place where you will be witnessing the world beneath your feet as the Tree line of “BedniBugyal” 11155 feet approx. and Ali bugyal (one of the beautiful bugyals in Himalayas) will be lying on lower altitude. The location called “Patarnachoni” 12770 feet will be our campsite for this night. Sky seems clear as of now but the heavy wind may welcome us on this adventurer’s day. Time taken – 3 to 4 hours
- Day 5: Reaching from Patarnachoni to Bhaguabasa. (3rd July 2018)
- This day will be tough nut so assembled all our grit as our target is to reach at an altitude of 14000 feet approximate “BhaguaBasa” via a steep ascend of KalooVinayak. Time taken- 4 to 5 hrs
- Day 6: Reaching from Bhagua-basa to Summit & back to Patarnachoni. (4th July 2018)
- Early morning we will start for Roopkund (16000 feet), Junargali Top (16500 feet) & back to Patarnachoni. Fingers crossed for the weather so that we complete the summit his day else we will be summiting next day.
- Day 7: Reaching from Patarnachoni to Wan. (5th July 2018)
- With flock of wonderful memories we will be reaching down at wan for overnight say.
- Day 8 Ending up the trek by reaching Haldwani. (6th July 2018)
- Aftertaking breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to everyone with a commitment to meet again in some other enduring Himalayan trek
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