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Ronti Saddle Homkund Trek

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11 Nights 12 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people



About Ronti Saddle Homkund Trek

Ronti Saddle is a saddle between the glorious Himalayan peaks of Nanda Ghungti and Trishul. The Route of Ronti Saddle Trek passes through the trail of Roopkund. Roopkund comes on the fourth day of this trek. The trek offers grand views of Nanda Ghungti(6309 mtr), Trisul I (7120 mtr), II (6690 mtr), III (6007 mtr) mountains. Ronti Saddle and its subsidiary peaks grant you overwhelming pleasure. The mountain lies at the height of 6029m above sea level inspiring us to keep going through ups and downs till we reach our summit.

As you enter the Sheela Samudra meaning ‘Sea of Rocks’. The name is derived from the glacier coming down from Trishul. After climbing the Mandakini river, the trek will take us to Homkund, then Ronti Saddle.

Total Trekking – 110km
Duration: 11Nights/12 Days
Grade: Difficult to Strenuous
Altitude: 17,388ft | 5,334m

How To Reach Kathgodam

By Train: The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Ddn Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi Express or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains overflights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ).  You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.

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  • The trek offers grand views of Nanda Ghungti(6309 m), Trisul I (7120 m), II (6690 m), and III (6007 m) mountains.
  • On the fifth day of your trek, you will come across the famous Roopkund trail.
  • You will experience the best bugyals or meadows of Bedni and Ali.
  • The lovely village Sutol and the beautiful campsites will take your breath away.

Day 1:- Kathgodam to Lohajung

Altitude: - 7,662 ft.
Stay: Guest House/Home-Stay.
Pick up time: - 06:00 am at the parking of Kathgodam railway station.
Route: - Kathgodam - Bheem Tal – Almora- Kausani- Gwaldam- Lohajung.
Drive: -210 km.

Day 2:- Lohajung to Didna

Altitude: - 8,145 ft.
Stay: Tents.
Trek: - 10 km (5-6 hour).
Lunch: - At Campsite.

Day 3:- Didna to Bedni Bugyal

Altitude: - 11,800 ft.
Stay: Tents.
Trek: - 12 km (6-7 hour).
Lunch: - Packed/At Campsite.

Day 4:- Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabasa

Altitude: - 14,100 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 12 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 5:- Bhagwabasa to Sheela Samudra (13,123 ft) via Roopkund (15,750 ft) to Junargali (16,568 ft)

Altitude: - 16568 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 13 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 6:- Rest and acclimatization at Sheela Samudra

Rest and acclimatisation at Sheela Samudra

Day 7:- Sheela Samudra to Dodang (14,698 ft )

Altitude: - 14,698 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 8 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 8:- Dodang to Homkund (13,320 ft) and Ronti Saddle (17,388 ft). Return to Dodang

Altitude: - 17,388 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 10 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 9:- Dodang to Latakhopri

Altitude: - 10,170 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 16 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 10:- Latakhopri to Sutol

Altitude: - 7,217 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 16 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp

Day 11:- Sutol to Ghat

Altitude: - 4,429 ft.
Stay: Tents
Trek: - 11 km total.
Lunch: - Packed Lunch/at Camp.

Day 12:- Drive to Haldwani/Haridwar.

Drive back to Haldwani/Haridwar.

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport from Kathgodam to Kathgodam
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.

8+ Days

Autumn (Oct-Nov)
Summer (May-Jun)

Tour's Location

How long we have to trek every day?
The average walking distance is 7- 8 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details.
What kind of food is provided on the trek?
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha and cornflakes etc. Lunch mainly comprises roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. A dry ration of biscuits and toffees will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.
What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.
What will be the accommodation?
Ronti Saddle Homkund Trek is a 12-day trek. Stay at Lohajung will be in a homestay where rooms or dormitories will be allocated and for the rest of the days, the stay will be in tents. Each tent will be shared among 2 trekkers. Toilet tents will be set up for the convenience of trekkers.
Do you provide tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, you will be provided with tents and high-altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
Which are the best seasons for the Ronti Saddle Homkund Trek?
The best season is from Pre Monsoon — May first week to June end and Post monsoon — September 2nd week to Nov first week.
What is the best time to see snow?
Starting from September-November end, you might encounter the frozen valley. You will also experience a huge dip in the temperature during the night.
What if it rains while trekking?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
What will be the temperature on the trek?
During the summer months, the temperate will be 15 degrees to 2 degrees whereas, in winter, the temperature dips from 15 degrees to minus 5 degrees. In the daytime sunlight is good and the weather is clear but you have to dress in layers at the night.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.
What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops at Lohajung from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.
Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
Why is the trekking pole necessary?
A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.
What is the age limit?
The minimum age limit is 13+ years. However, minors aged between 13- 17 should be accompanied by their parents and guardians but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
Ronti Saddle Trek is a difficult level trek and it requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 13+ years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!. Good fitness is in demand for these treks, and trekkers must involve themselves in cardio exercises regularly to do these treks comfortably. You should also carry the medical certificate stating that you are eligible to undertake this adventure activity.
At what time should we reach Kathgodam?
It is advisable to reach Kathgodam by 6:00 am on Day 1. Nomad Adventures pick up is lined up at that time. From here the drive will be around 9 - 11 hrs till Lohajung.
What kind of vehicle will be there?
Tata Sumo/ Bolero/Max kind of vehicles we arrange and accommodate 6-7 People in a vehicle.
Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Ronti Saddle is graded as a difficult trek. It is advisable to experience one difficult trek in the Himalayas before attempting this trek.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
The last electricity and mobile network charging point would be in Lohajung. You’ll get only the Bsnl/Airtel network. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
Who will be there with us on the trek from Nomad Adventures?
Nomad Adventures team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
What places I can visit before or after the trek?
You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Kathgodam, Bhimtal, or Kausani. Please note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.
I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?
No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.
Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?
All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.
How many members will be joining the batch?
Minimum 6 people and the maximum 20 we take in one batch. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a fixed departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.
Is Diamox advisable?
No, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of myths about Diamox.
Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.
What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?
Carry Adhar ID proof, medical certificate and Covid vaccine certificate.


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