Total no. of days: 10 days/9 nights+2 days if desired to extend at Hemkund
Type of Trek: Moderate
Total no. of trek days: 6 days
Fixed Departure dates: Minimum 4 member group
Starting point of trek: Mundoli
End point of trek: Ghat/Kharsoli
Location Chart: Rishikesh - Mundoli - Wan
- Bedni Bugyal - Baggubassa - Shila Samudra - Chandaniya
Ghat - Sutole - Kharsoli - Rishikesh
Average Walking time: 5 - 6 hours per day
Best time to Visit: Summer
This trek is of equal importance to trekkers as well
as to historians. Roopkund is situated at a height of
5029m in the lap of Trishul massif. Also known as the
mystery lake because of the human and animal skeletal
remains many of which bear injury
marks. A recent joint expedition of the Heidelberg University
(Germany) and Garhwal University tried to unravel the
mystery of the lake.
Two of the many explanations regarding these remains are:
1. These are the remains of a party of pilgrims on a yatra to the base of Trishul who could not cope with a sudden bad turn of the weather.
2. These are the remains of the Dogra General Zorawar Singh's army from Jammu which tried to invade Tibet in 1841, but was beaten and forced to find its way back home over the Himalayas.
The lake, surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow clad peaks, is magnificent and enchanting. On the way to Roop Kund lies an extremely enchanting meadow, viz., Bedni Bugyal which is a treat to the eye.
Day 1: Rishikesh, Garhwal Himalayas, India
Arrival in Rishikesh. Interaction with the trek organiser. Local sight seeing in Rishikesh (optional) dinner and overnight stay in Rishikesh.
Day 2: Mundoli
Drive to Mundoli 240km through winding Himalayan roads. Freshly prepared lunch en route. Dinner and overnight stay at Mundoli.
Day 3: Wan. 13km trek to Wan with packed/freshly prepared lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in Wan.
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal
A 12km trek to Bedni Bugyal with packed/freshly prepared lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in Bedni Bugyal.
Day 5: Baggubassa
A 9km trek to Baggubassa with packed/freshly prepared lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in Baggubassa.
Day 6: Shila Samudra (The sea of rocks)
We undertake a 12km trek to Shila Samudra via Roop kund and Jurangali Pass with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight camping in Shila Samudra.
Day 7: Chandaniya Ghat
A 7km trek to Hemkund and a further 7km downhill trek to Chandaniya Ghat with packed/freshly prepared lunch. Dinner and overnight camping in Chandaniya Ghat.
Day 8: Sutole
An 18km trek to Sutole with packed/freshly prepared lunch. Dinner and overnight camping in Sutole.
Day 9: Kharsoli
We reach Ghat after a trek of 25km. After this we drive 20km to Nandaprayag. Dinner and overnight camping at Kharsoli.
Day 10: Rishikesh, Garhwal Himalayas, India
A 191km drive back to Rishikesh. Lunch en route. Arrival at Rishikesh. The Roop Kund trek concludes.
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