Roopkund Lake

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Kaintura
New Delhi, India5 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 28 August 2019
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Urban Sherpa
New Delhi, India10 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 1 April 2019
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yashwantjaiswal31
Muzaffarpur, India131 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
Roopkund (locally known as Mystery Lake, 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, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet).[1] Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination.[2]

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.[3] Researchers have concluded that the skeletons are the remains of people killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century.[4] Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent tim
Written 18 December 2018
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The-Great-Next
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Nov 2017 • Friends
The Roopkund lake trek is a spectacular one, but it's also pretty challenging. It's usually not recommended for first-timers because it can get quite tough as you get closer to the lake. However, there are some fit first-timers who have managed it in the past.

You'll start off in the green meadows of Uttarakhand, with beautiful views and open skies. As you gain altitude, the landscape becomes more barren, and there are some tricky sections that are rocky and will slow you down.

You won't be camping near the lake, but you'll be camping a day's trek away. In the morning you'll set off towards the lake, to return by evening to your campsite. This is usually the hardest day of the trek. The weather is very unpredictable here, and from the camp, you'll often see storms raging in the distance.

The lake itself used to be quite a sight, with human and horse skeletons all around. However, as the years have passed, poachers and tourists have taken skeletons from the shores back as souvenirs, so there are more at the bottom of the lake than around. However, the lake is always silent and still, and there are no settlements around, so you'll get the full eerie experience.

Most people now visit Roopkund to take on the challenge of going up to 16,500 feet (that's higher than Leh!) and seeing the Himalayan giants like Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghanti, and Trishul.

There are two seasons for the trek, and each will affect how your trek is. If you go between Sep-Nov, the weather is usually clear and you'll get good views of the giant mountains around. However, there is snow in the upper reaches, and the lake is usually frozen over at this time, so don't expect to be able to see too many skeletons.

You can go in summer too, from Apr-June. The days are warmer by a few degrees, but the lake is thawed so you'll be able to see to the bottom of it.

In terms of temperature, Roopkund is always cold. At night, regardless of which season you go, the temperature drops a few degrees below zero. During the day, you can expect temperatures between 10-18 degrees in both seasons. Naturally the snowy patches in Sept-Oct make it colder.
Written 29 October 2018
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Anjan
Mumbai, India217 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
A trekkers dream ..ever changing landscapes, trek through forest then the unforgettable miles of lush green meadows, then the rocky terrain and the last leg thru snow to the summit. A 6 day moderate to difficult trek but worth every bit of the strain
Written 7 September 2018
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Krish J
Bhimtal, India10 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I visited the lake in the month of May 18.
This time the trek was bit snowy however mostly untouched as the trekking had not commenced for the tour and travel companies.
The trip was a memorable one keeping me mesmerised with the beauty.
Kalu Vinayak temple is must see place as I had to physically clear the snow to get a glimpse of the temple situated on a mountain top.
Due to heavy snow there was some scarcity of drinking water. However it was managable.
I must recommend the trek as the final summit is like a piece of cake after long trekking and I am sure the lake will leave you mesmerised with it's view.
Written 27 August 2018
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SiddharthTanti
Rajkot, India192 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
It was a very successful trip. We got a life time experience. We didn't have much expectations so we were amazed by the views and snow. Journey is a bit tough but it's totally worth it.
Written 19 August 2018
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Abhay k
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May 2018 • Friends
“The Roopkund trek experience was amazing,whole trek gives never forgetting moments. Team which includes Pankaj bhaiya(Guide),Naresh ji,Surendra ,Raju(Bhabhiji) whose hand made delicious food made us to climb there is really awesome. Also the destiny Roopkund & Junargali gives awesome view of Mt.Trishul as well as Nandaghunti. Beautiful Meadows of alibugyal and bedni bugyal will will wash treelines from your mind.Every tiredness is over ruled by this view. I suggest to choose Uttarakhand trip trek(UTT) for this exotic trek.”
Written 23 July 2018
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Jay
Dharamsala, India33 contributions
Jun 2018
It was a very beautiful trek, offers a very good view, the trek is moderate, worth visit place. I completed this trek on 4 days, I went alone there and met 2 guys and they trek along with me
Written 27 June 2018
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DeepakGarg
New Delhi, India37 contributions
May 2018
We were a group of 6 friends started from Delhi (Anand vihar) on 25th May 2018 evening for Haldwani and reached Gwaldham in the afternoon.

You can visit Kainchi Dham Ashram in Nainital and Baijnath temple (9th Century Lord Shiva temple) while travelling from haldwani to Gwaldam.

We stayed one night in Gwaldam and started next day for Wan village and stayed the next night in Wan to adjust our body with higher elevation (to avoid altitude sickness, which feels a lot like a hangover).

Here we booked a package with a local guide Khushal Singh Bisht (a local Wan villager).

His nos are : 078953 54245 & 095575 79014.

He has been very helpful during the entire trek.

We started from Wan and completed the full trek and back in four days. The experience was awesome.

a) The first patch was from forest (from wan to Ali bugyal).
b) Meadow started from Ali bugyal till pathar nachuni and

c) from Pathar Nachuni to Bhgwabasa (5km) but it is the steepest section of the entire trek.

d) Bhgwabasa to Roopkund its 3 km trek in which 1/2km is stone and 2 and 1/2 km is snow (however it depends in which month you are going).

Things to remember :

a) Take proper rest to adjust your body on high altitude.
b) from Bhgwabasa to Roopkund - people start in early morning around 3 O'clock so that they can come back before 10 O'lock. so carry proper thermal and touch for this trek.

This 6 km stretch takes approx 6 hrs so if you start at 4am you will be back by 10am and snow start melting after 9-10am. Since it's a steep trek while coming back from Roopkund to Bhgwabasa could be risky if you are spending too much time around lake or starting late from Bhgwabasa.

we all had a wonderful experience and hope you will enjoy your and have awesome experience on this trek.

Good Luck!
Written 10 June 2018
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