A PASSION , A DREAM & A JOURNEY
Roopkund Trek : A divine Discovery
Roopkund is a scenically beautiful trek in the Uttrakhand Himalaya, Takes you through the verdant terraced cultivation and typical Garhwali villages, where life seems moving with its unhurried pace and nature itself offers you a gentle wilder welcome call with a vastly over spread alpine pastoral meadows embedded with multi colored flowers. Spiritually known as the sacred route to Raj Jat that takes place in every 12 years.
The mysterious lake of Roopkund nestled in the vicinity of the base camp of two most spectacular snow clad peaks Trishul (7120 m) and Nandaghughuti (6310 m) and the trail passes through the sublime beauty of finest alpine meadows of Ali and Bedni, present plenty of breathtaking views of towering peaks and a myriad variety of diversified flora and fauna.
A brief history behind the mystery
The human skeletons were rediscovered in 1942 by a Nanda Devi Game Reserve, ranger H K Madhwal, although there are reports about these bones from late 19th century. Earlier it was believed by specialists that the people died from an epidemic, avalanche or snow blizard. The carbon dating from samples collected in the 1960s vaguely indicated that the people were from the 12th century to the 15th century.
In 2004 a collective team of Indian and European scientists discovered vital clues on jewllery, skulls. Bones and preserves tissues of the bodies. The DNA tests proved that several groups of people the shorter were the sturdy local porters and taller were discovered as Kokanastha Bramins of Maharastra by DNA mutation characters. Though the number was not ascertained, remnants belonging to more than 500 people have been found and it is believed that even more than 600 people were killed. Its believed that the people were on their way to Nanda Devi Raj Jat pilgrimage cult that takes place after every 12 years, (2013, July – August, is the year of festivity of Raj Jat,)
Radiocarbon dating of the bones at Oxford University was determined the time period to be AD 850+30 years.
Region – Garhwal Himalaya
Duration – 7night / 8day
Grade – Moderate – difficult
Best period – April – July & Sept – November
Maximum Altitude – 5009 m
Lowest temperature -10°c
Accommodation – hotels & guest houses on road & Tents off road
Highlights – Sprawling Bedni and Ali alpine meadows, the mysterious skeleton lake of Roopkund , glorious view of Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunghti and historic village of Wan.
Day 01: Kathgodam – Lohajung (7700 ft ) drive 8 – 9 hrs o/n camp.
We will receive you from kathgodam railway Station, morning depart from kathgodam to Lohajung (7700 ft), breakfast & lunch on the way. This day you will see glimpse of uttarakhand, passing through many hill stations, villagers & rivers & winding roads. Travel distance is 226 km from kathgodam.
Arrive at camp in the evening welcome tea, coffee and snacks. Later get settle in your tents and rest followed by and sumptuous dinner.
Day 02: Lohajung – Dedna village (2652 M), 10 km, 5 hrs o/n camp.
Morning after breakfast trek to Dedna village crossing over the Bedni Ganga by a metal bridge and later climb along a side ridge to Dedna Village. The climb offers stunning views of landscapes with beautifully settled villages in the valley. Reaching in the camp, enjoy your tea with snacks and later the day end up with dinner. Lunch packed.
Day 03: Didna Village – Ali – Bedini Bugyals (3650 M) trek 20 km, 7 hr o/n camp.
Begin the day on a well maintained pastoral trail leads you through a wonderfully perched mixed forest of Himalayan oaks, rhododendron, pine and varied plants. Reaching on Didna top, offers a stunning view of Nanda Ghunghuti and Trishul massifs and lovely scenic landscapes with terraced field laden with multi colour crops, Is a superb spot to savor your lunch. Then a well described path leads you on an undulating terrain of the finest bugial of Ali and Bedni that eventually guides you to camp, where our camping staff will be waiting you to serve hot tea, coffee and snacks. Dinner will be served in camp.
Day 04: Bedni Bugyal – Bhaggubasa (4246 M) trek 10 km, 5 – 6 hr, o/n camp.
Today after breakfast, your trek begins with a gentle climb unto Pather nachauni, further the climb is arduous and apparently the altitude is higher so face difficulty in catching breathe but definitely offers rewarding ever closer view of Roopkund with Nandaghunghti and Trishul massifs in the backdrop. Today you are advised to take enough water with you since the trek is difficult and you may get dehydrated due to thinner air. Lunch will be packed and tea, coffee, snacks and dinner will be served in camp.
Day 05: Bhaggubasa – Roopkund (5029 M) (6 km) – Bhaggubasa 8 – 9 hr, o/n camp.
Morning after breakfast, an arduous section of 6 km takes you to this high altitude glacial lake measuring 76 m x 46 m. You can be dumbfounded to see the lake full of human skeletons laying strewn on the shores. Many stories have abounded and many theories advanced to explain the mystery, still it can leave you clueless once you hit the top. Today again lunch will be packed and rest of the meals you can enjoy in the camp after summing up the day.
Day 06: Bhaggubasa – Bedni trek back o/n camp.
Trek back the same way.
Day 07: Bedni – Wan Village (2438 M) trek 6 hr, o/n camp.
Morning after breakfast, trek down to Wan. A steep descent through dense forest and the Bedni Ganga, a stream of clear glacial water to rinse up your body and further takes approx 1hr by a zig-zag climb to Rankdhar, an open hump to see the valley in full stretch view. Next an hour’s walk takes you to the camp over Wan, an ideal flat and open spot ideal for camping.
Wan is a typically nestled Garhwali style village comprises of some 150 households with a temple of Latoo Devta, the local deity, revered as the protector of the area. The temple is built under a huge Cyprus tree.
Day 08: Wan – Kathgodam railway station drive 226 km, 7 – 8 hr.
Morning after breakfast, drive down to Kathgodam. Encountering a few holy confluences and sublime landscapes settled with dotted villages and colourful towns. Baijnath, Kausani and Bhimtal are prime attractions on the way.
*TRAIN / AIR FARE
* INDIVISUAL TRANSFER
* COST OF EXTENSION OF THE VALIDITY OR DEVIATION FROM ORIGINAL ROUTE DUE NATURAL OR MAN MADE HAZARDS.
* TRAVELER’S MEDICATION AND INSURANCE
* DRINKS- AERATED OR ALCOHOLIC AND PACKAGED WATER
* EXTRA STAY PRE OR POST OF TOUR
* COST OF EMERGENCY EVACUATION
* RAIN COVER OR GEAR
* ADDITIONAL EXTRA TOPPING IF TAKEN WITH
* UP GRADATION IN ACCOMMODATION IN GUEST HOUSE OR CAMP
●Warm clothes, Raincoats, thermals, jackets
●Gloves, Trekking shoes, socks
●Water bottles, glucose, energy bars
●Caps, towels, Umbrella, sunglasses
●Medications and personal toiletries
●Waterproof Sleeping and backpack