Adventure, Nature & Culture - Trek
the Trip : Mystic
Himalayas – Roop Kund
Number of Days: 09
Number of Nights : 08
Departures - 2017
10th , 17th , 24th
1st , 8th,
15th, 22nd, 29th
5th, 12 th , 19th , 26th
3rd, 10th ,17th , 24th, 31st
11th , 25th
2nd , 9th , 16th, 23th, 20th
Besides its rivers, rivulets and streams, Garhwal is famous for its high altitude lakes, which
hold up a mirror to the awesome peaks that surround them. Not one
of the most beautiful, but certainly the most fascinating lake in Garhwal Himalayas is “Roopkund”,
the mystery lake. At an altitude of 4777 metres,
this glacial lake is about 50 metres in
diameter. It is so named, because of its banks lies the remains of human
skeleton of scores of men who perished many centuries ago. Many
mythological accounts and stories are heard about the remains, they range
from Tibetan traders to refugees to Tughlaks
army, who were on a mission to Tibet, under General Zorawar Singh.
Homekund is yet another lake, situated at a
distance of 8 kms
beyond Roopkund. Homkund
is the final destination of Nanda Jat Yatra, commences after every 12 years. Along the
route, one can witness the excellent close views of
Nanda Ghunti (6309 metres),
Trishul (7142 metres),
Chaukhamba (7138 metres)
and other important peaks.
Apart from lakes and peaks, the trek passes through one of
the best ‘Bugyals’ the alpine meadow of the
area, i.e. Bedni have long been related
to myths and mysteries. Even today, the
local people witness the presence of fairies. According
to a popular belief the Vedas were written in sylvan
haunts of Bedni. Regularly visited and
worshipped temple of Goddess Nanda Devi is
situated amidst the meadow.
A 08 Nights 09 days
trip which involves trek to one of the high altitude Himalayan lakes and
spiritual journey to one of the four most sacred place and source
of second most important river of Northern India.
Best Time: June to October
DAY 00 Arrive Rishikesh.
Arrive Rishikesh &
transfer to Hotel. Dinner & overnight hotel.
Day 001 :Rishikesh
- Lohajung (260 kms /
drive to the small hamlet of Lohajung (2213 m),
from where the trek begins.
Day 02: Lohajung - Didina 2439 mts / 06 hrs walk
In the morning our
team of porters will arrive and we will set off on the first stage of our
trek. We have a steady climb up to the Lohajang
Col at 2590m which we cross to reach the valley of the Bedni Ganga. We descend on the north side of the pass
down to the river before climbing back up to the little village of Didina (2439m) where we camp.
Day 03: Didina – Bedni Bugyal
Today is a steep trek through oak trees and large stands of bamboo up
to Ali Bugyal. From here we can enjoy an
expansive view of the Garhwal peaks. We
continue trekking through thick forests as far as Bedni
Bugyal (Bugyal means
meadow in the local Garhwali dialect). Very occasionally the brown
Himalayan bear can be encountered on this section of the trail, but it is
an elusive animal. From Bedni Bugyal we have an excellent view of the various
summits of Trisul (7120m) and the peaks of the
north of Garhwal. Bedini
Bugyal is a charming green meadow adorned with
a myriad of colourful flowers. There is a lake
situated in the middle of the meadow where Hindu pilgrims come to bathe,
and nearby is a small temple.
The trail's just to the right of the Didna
camp site, hanging over the shoulder of Didna
village. You cross the village and immediately afterwards the trail veers
right and gets steep. Soon, you are amidst oaks and you can catch
glimpses of Didna's rooftops below you. 10 mins later you come across a stream. Stop to catch
your breath and fill in your water bottles. This is the last water point
and there isn't any water source until Bedni, 4
hrs away. The water's cool and crisp and feeds
the Didna village.
The climb through the dense oak forest is seductive. Sun beams light up
the moss laden bark of the tress. A brown carpet of leaves marks the
trail. The air is cool enough to make your sweat cold. Around you is a dense foliage of green, and as you climb the
sweet smell of moist earth lingers around.
It is a 2,500 ft climb from Didna
to Ali. Quite a bit if you are not used to climbing. Take it nice and
slow and enjoy the views. It is perhaps one of the best that Himalays has to offer through dense oak forests.
The forest starts to thin after about 2½ hrs of
climb (make it 3 if you are slow)Suddenly, abruptly, the oak falls behind
you and stretched in front of you is a largest, greenest rolling carpet
ever laid out for you. You've arrived at Ali Bugyal.
All tiredness forgotten, you soak in the mesmerising
sight of the undulating meadows of Ali Bugyal.
You are on the top of a ridge that spreads in every direction. Acres and
acres of green meadow scooped out of the mountainside.
Clouds drift in from below, glide over the ridge and slide down the
either side, all in a slow swift motion. You watch countless horses
grazing on the bounty of nature. Foals tearing themselves across the turf
in an uninhibited abandon, just being themselves.
The climb over, leisurely walk your way to Bedni Bugyal, 5 kms away and more or less at the same level. If you
are tempted to take off your shoes and allow the feel of the carpet on
your toes, just go ahead and do it!
Day 04: Rest day at Bedni Bugyal for acclimatization
Day 05: Bedni Bugyal
- Baguabasa (4100 m) Trek 4-5 Hrs. Overnight
After 2 hours of gradual climb up, uninterrupted views of Trisul range and Nanda Ghunti
can be appreciated. The trail crosses a hump to reach Bistola
and then climbs up to Baguabasa, an improvised
stone shelter that is generally used by local pilgrims.
(4 - 4½ hrs.
Easy assent at the beginning, gradual decent followed by a stiff climb in
the middle. Easy walk at the end).
There's is a big change in the days trek. You start at the meadows,
gradually climb out of them, make a steep dash to gain height and finally
camp on the snow line. The day's trek will also see you climbing from
11,500 ft to 14,500 ft. For the first time on
the trek you will feel the effects of altitude and thin air.
Start your day early again. You want to be in Bhagwabasa
as early as possible to acclimatise yourself to
the altitude before your final push to Roopkund.
The trail to Bhagwabasa climbs out of the Bedni campsite in a gradual, easy meander. From your Bedni campsite you can follow it with your eye for 3 kms before it disappears into a saddle in the
It makes sense to break the day's trek into smaller stages.
Stage one: Bedni Camp site to saddle on
the mountain, where the trail crosses over.
Stage two: Gradual decent to Patal Nachauni over the Ghora Lotani meadows.
Stage three: Steep climb to Kalu Vinayak.
Stage four: Gradual decending snow line
walk to Bhagwabasa. Overnight: Tent
Day 06: Baguabasa - Roop Kund (5029 m) and back
of Trisul and the mountains around. An arduous
and spectacular trek for about three hours gets us to Roop
Kund, a holy lake surrounded by glaciers and
high peaks and situated on the outer rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Every 12 years thousands of devout pilgrims, carrying a golden idol of
the goddess Nanda Devi, undertake a difficult trek to this holy lake from
Nauti village, near Karnaprayag.
From Bhagwabasa it is about 5 kms
to Roopkund. The stretch isn't long, but the
entire bit is on snow patches. At some parts the slope is steep but most
parts are easily trekkable.
It takes about 2
hrs to climb up to Roopkund.
Make it 2½ if you are slow. Ideally, if you have started at 5.00 am then
you are going to get to Roopkund by 7.15. The
climb is deliriously exhilarating. The last stretch of climbing over the
rocky flank on the left, requires some clambering, but is over in 10 mins. The final bend on the snow shoulder will get
your hearts pounding. Roopkund is right over
the edge, two minutes away and yet you can't see it unless you get there.
Day 07: Baguabasa - Wan (2450 m)
Return trek to Badni Bugyal. The trek then
makes a long, steep descent through a fine forest of firs and
rhododendrons and across a beautiful clearing with much of the track
being paved. After crossing a river, a short climb leads to the main
valley, at the head of which is Wan.
Day 08: Wan - Lohajung trek
breakfast trek to Lohajung. Arrive and check
into Lodge.Overnight: Lodge
Day 09: Lohajung - Rishikesh
drive to Rishikesh. Tour Terminates.
One can take the
train to Delhi or stay overnight.
The Fixed Departures cost includes
1. Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary.
2. All meals hygienically cooked and served by our specially trained
staff for westerners.>
3. Services of professional trekking guide, cook
& camp staff during the trip.
4. Camping equipment on trek e.g tents,
Mattresses, Sleeping bags etc.
5. Portage of personal rucksack on the
trek, as per the option taken.
6. Trekking permits & camping fees on the trek .
7. Portage of camping equipment, food, kitchen equipment on trek.
8. All tourist taxes on the trip.
9. Visit to the entire place as per the itinerary.
The FD’s cost Does
1. Items of personal nature e.g. table drinks, telephone,
insurance, medical services, evacuation and services in unforeseen
2. Riding ponies on the trek.
3. Services other than specified above.
The Above Costs are :
1. Subject to government service tax which is at present 6 %
2. Nett & non commissionable.
3. Valid for trekking season of 2017 from Feb to November.
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