roopkund trek



Roopkund trek is a famous and sought after high-altitude trek that offers adventurers a unique blend of natural beauty, mystery, and cultural richness . The trek’s main attraction is the Roopkund Lake, a  glacial lake situated at an elevation of around 16,500 feet (5,029 meters) , also known as the Skeleton Lake located near the base of two Himalayan peaks: Trishul (7,120 m) and Nanda Ghunti (6,310 m).

The lake is covered with ice for most of the year, with the best time to trek being in autumn (mid-September to October).  the area around the lake is uninhabited ), surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains.

This high-altitude glacial lake is famous for the ancient human skeletons found at its bottom hence the roopkund lake is also known as the ‘Mystery Lake’. Scientists believe these skeletons date back to around 9th century AD, adding a fascinating historical and mythological aspect to the trek. The human skeletal remains are visible at its bottom when the snow melts

The Roopkund  trek starts from lohajung . The route passes thru the twin bugyals of ali and bedni and picturesque vilages of Wan and Didna. The trekking trail is both challenging and rewarding, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Ghunti and Trishul, Choukhamba , Kedarnath, Neelkantha.

The Roopkund Trek is a challenging adventure as the lake is covered with ice for most of the year, best undertaken during the summer and autumn months when the weather is relatively stable. Trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, high-altitude conditions, and ever-changing weather.

The Roopkund trek is also an opportunity to interact with the warm and hospitable local communities, such as the Bhutias and Gharwalis, and to enjoy their culture and cuisine.


  Number of Days: 07 Nights/ 08 Days

  Roopkund Trek distance : 53 kms

  Category : Moderate to Difficult Adventure

  Area: Gharwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India

  Highest point: 4800 meters

  Roopkund LakeTrek best time: March, April, September & October

roopkund trek


Day 1: Rishikesh to Lohajung  (260 kms drive – 10 kms)

  • Start your journey from Rishikesh early in the morning.
  • Drive to Lohajung, the base camp of the Roopkund trek. The journey takes about 10-12 hours.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive and get to know your fellow trekkers.
  • Reach Lohajung, have dinner, and rest for the night in a guesthouse.

Day 2: Lohajung to Didna Village (7 km trek, 4-5 hrs)

  • Begin your trek from Lohajung after breakfast.
  • Trek through dense forests and picturesque landscapes to reach Didna Village.
  • The trek takes about 4-5 hours. Enjoy the local culture and stay overnight in tents at Didna Village.

Day 3: Didna Village to Ali Bugyal (10 km, 5-6 hrs)

  • Trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal, one of the most beautiful meadows in India.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains.
  • The trek takes about 5-6 hours. Camp at Ali Bugyal overnight.

Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Patar Nachauni (7 km, 4-5 hrs)

  • Continue your trek to Patar Nachauni, a high-altitude campsite.
  • Trek through meadows and rhododendron forests, and witness the changing landscape.
  • The trek takes about 4-5 hours. Set up camp at Patar Nachauni and stay overnight.

Day 5: Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa (4 km, 3-4 hrs)

  • Trek to Bhagwabasa, a significant point on the Roopkund trail.
  • The terrain becomes rocky and challenging as you gain altitude.
  • Trek for about 4-5 hours. Reach Bhagwabasa and rest for the night in tents.

Day 6: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake and Junargali Pass (10 km, 5-6 hrs)

  • Start early in the morning for Roopkund Lake, a mysterious high-altitude glacial lake.
  • Optionally, you can trek further to Junargali Pass for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  • Spend some time at Roopkund Lake, exploring the area and taking photographs.
  • Descend back to Patar Nachauni for an overnight stay.

Day 7: Patar Nachauni to Lohajung (15 km, 6-7 hrs)

  • Trek back to Lohajung, retracing your steps through the beautiful meadows and forests.
  • Reach Lohajung after about 6-7 hours of trekking.
  • Celebrate your successful trek with the fellow trekkers and guides.
  • Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Lohajung.

Day 8: Lohajung to Rishikesh (260 kms drive – 10 kms)

  • After breakfast, start your journey back to Rishikesh.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive and reminisce about your adventure.
  • Reach Rishikesh in the evening, concluding your Roopkund Trek.



  1. What is Roopkund Trek? Roopkund Trek is a captivating journey to a glacial lake nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. It’s famous for the mysterious skeletal remains found around the lake, giving it the name “Skeleton Lake.” This trek promises breathtaking views and a touch of mystery.
  2. How Difficult is Roopkund Trek? Roopkund Trek is moderate to difficult adventure. It is suitable for beginners with a basic fitness level. However, the uneven terrains and high altitudes require preparation. Regular exercise, especially cardio and leg strength workouts, can make your trek more enjoyable.
  3. When is the Best Time for Roopkund Trek? The best time to trek Roopkund is during the summer months, from May to June, and in the post-monsoon season from September to October. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, offering clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making the trek safer and more enjoyable.
  4. What Should I Pack for Roopkund Trek? Pack wisely! Essentials include sturdy trekking shoes, warm clothing layers, a good quality backpack, water bottles, energy snacks, a first aid kit, and a raincoat. Don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cap to shield yourself from the sun.
  5. Do I Need a Guide for Roopkund Trek? Having guidance enhances your experience. A local guide ensures safety, provides insightful information about the region, and helps navigate challenging terrains. If you’re a first-time trekker, hiring a guide is highly recommended.
  6. What about Permits and Permissions? Yes, you need permits to trek Roopkund. We at Mapping the Himalayas will obtain necessary permits from the forest department or local authorities on your behalf. Ensure you have all required documents like identification proofs and permits before starting the trek.
  7. Are There Accommodations Along the Trek Route? Roopkund Trek primarily offers camping experiences. Along the trail, there are designated campsites where trekkers set up tents. We will provide you with all camping gears, sleeping bags and everything necessary to complete the trek in a reliable manner.
  8. Is Roopkund Trek Safe? Safety is a priority. Follow the instructions of your guide, stay hydrated, and acclimatize properly to prevent altitude sickness. Also, be mindful of the weather conditions. Trekking during extreme weather is not advisable.
  9. Can Beginners Trek Roopkund? Absolutely! Roopkund Trek is beginner-friendly, provided you prepare adequately. Start a fitness routine before the trek, practice walking with a backpack, and gradually increase the duration of your walks. This preparation will make your trek enjoyable and less tiring.

Embarking on the Roopkund Trek is an unforgettable experience. By preparing well and being mindful, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime. Happy trekking!

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