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Roopkund Lake Trek 2023

Roopkund, Uttarakhand
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7 Nights 8 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people



If you are an adventure lover, then trekking must be one of your favourite activities. And if you are looking for an offbeat trekking destination, then Roopkund Trek is your answer. Roopkund Trek is one of the most challenging and popular treks in India. This trek is unique as it offers a blend of adventure, mystery, and spirituality.

Roopkund Lake, also known as Skeleton Lake, is the main highlight of this trek. Located at an altitude of 15,750 feet in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this glacial lake is surrounded by snow-covered peaks. The lake is infamous for the skeletons that are found there. These skeletons are believed to be the remains of several hundred people who died in a storm around 800-900 years ago. The mystery of these skeletons makes Roopkund Trek even more alluring.


Roopkund Trek is an 8-day trek which starts from Lohajung village, in Chamoli district (Uttarakhand).

Trek Difficulty Level

Roopkund Trek is a difficult trek and is suitable for experienced trekkers only. The trek involves steep climbs, tricky trails, and unpredictable weather conditions. Read moreFitness preparation for the Himalayan trek.

Best Time to Visit

Roopkund Trek is a summer trek and is best done between May and June and September and November.

Roopkund Trek Weather/Temperature

The temperature at Lohajung in the daytime is pleasant between 15 to 20 degrees Celsius and at night it goes down to 5 to 10 Degrees Celsius. During the trek, the day temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees and at night it goes down up to -5 degrees.

Trek Duration | Distance

The total Roopkund Trek duration is 8 days including a road journey from Kathgodam/Rishikesh and the total trek distance is 52 km from Lohajung.

Accommodation Type

Lohajung base camp is a remote village in Uttarakhand and accommodation options are limited there, so the trekkers will have to share the room on a triple and quad basis. The dormitory will also be there. During the trek, you will be provided with 3 person tent on a twin-sharing basis and 4 person tent on a triple-sharing basis. Female trekkers will share a room/tent with female trekkers only. Solo female trekkers will be provided with a separate tent.


Meals start from day 1 dinner to day 7 dinner. On Day 8 early departure after tea. During the trek, you will be provided healthy hot meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snacks, hot soup, and dinner with daily desserts. Hot drinking water will be provided daily at the campsite.

Roopkund Trek Altitude/Height

The lowest altitude will be 7,611 ft. at Lohajung and the highest at 15,750 ft at Roopkund Summit.

Departure Points

We have fixed departures from Kathgodam/Haldwani/Rishikesh.

How to Reach Kathgodam/Haldwani

By Train

Ranikhet Exp – Train No. 15013 (Best option, runs overnight, Departs from Delhi (DLI)/Old Delhi Junction station at 10:05 pm and arrives at Kathgodam early morning at 5;05 am. ), Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express – Train No. 15035 and Anvt Kgm Shatabdi are good trains to consider while travelling to Kathgodam. The distance from Haldwani to Kathgodam is 6 km.

By Bus

Regular buses run from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Bus Station to Kathgodam. Delhi to Kathgodam distance by Road is around 300 km.

By Flight

The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport for departure from Kathgodam and Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for departure from Rishikesh, Haridwar and 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. An alternative option is to reach Delhi airport and then take a train or a bus to reach Dehradun.

How to Reach Lohajung | Delhi to Roopkund Distance and Trek Route

Route 1 Via Kathgodam:

The nearest best railway station is Kathgodam/Haldwani. From there 10-12hr road journey takes us to Lohajung (Basecamp of Roopkund Trek) via Bhimtal, Almora, Kausani, Gwaldam and Dewal. Kathgodam to Lohajung distance is around 230 km and the distance from Delhi to Lohajung via Kathgodam is approx. 516 km. The total Trek distance is 52 km from Lohajung.

Route 2 Via Rishikesh

The nearest best railway station is Rishikesh/Haridwar. From there 10-11hr journey takes us to Lohajung via Rishikesh, Devaprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnaprayag, Tharali and Dewal. Rishikesh to Lohajung distance is around 252 km and the distance from Delhi to Lohajung via Rishikesh is approx. 490 km.

Roopkund Trek is not just a trek, but it is also an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Himalayas and the mystery of Skeleton Lake. The trek is challenging, but the stunning views of the snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and crystal-clear Roopkund Lake make it worth the effort. So, gear up and get ready for a journey that you will never forget.

Things to Carry on the trek?

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.


  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
  • Day Pack (20 L-30 L) and Rucksack 50 L – 60 L
  • Bag Rain Cover
  • Fleece pants
  • Woollen gloves and Woollen cap
  • Fleece/ Woollen Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Woollen Socks (4-5 pairs)
  • Trekking poles (1 Pair)
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain-Coat/ Poncho
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm
  • Water Bottles


  • Roopkund lake is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by a rock-strewn glacier.
  • Explore the meadows which make the trek unbeatable.
  • Unravel the mystery from the locals behind the famous name - of Skelton lake.
  • Visit the sacred Bedni bund for crystal clear waters.

Day 1:- Kathgodam to Lohajung

Arrive early at Kathgodam railway station and drive to Lohajung which will take approximately 9 to 10 hours. Breakfast and Lunch will be on the way at a roadside inn, exclusive of charges. The route passes through many beautiful hill stations like Bhimtal, Almora and Kausani. You drive alongside local rivers and get views of many peaks like Kamet, Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, and Nanda Devi amongst others. Arrive at your base camp, Lohajung by the evening. It is a small town with very basic facilities available. Dinner and overnight stay at Lohajung.

Day 2:- Lohajung to Didna Village/Tolpani

Start your journey from Lohajung; take the trail that takes you to Raun Bagad. It is a fairly marked trail that descends through mixed forests. It is a moderate trek and you would take around 2-2½ hrs to reach the Ruan Bagad, which is an iron bridge across the famous Neel Ganga River. The climb to Didna starts once you cross the bridge. It is a difficult climb and you may get tired pretty soon. With a relatively tough time in the beginning, you would reach Didna in about an hour and a half’s time. Overnight at Didna/Tolpani.

Day 3:- Didna Village to Khobal Tal via Ali Bugyal

Today from Tolpani, you take a trail that climbs to Tolkaan in the northern direction. The meadow trek goes through a series of switchbacks and grassy oak mountains. From Tolkaan, you take a sharp left towards the south and steer through the ridge to come out of the forest at Ali Bugyal. It takes nearly two and a half hours to reach Ali Bugyal on this route. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4:- Khobal Tal to Patar Nachauni via Bedni Bugyal

Trek from Khobal Tal to Patharnachuni is an easy trek and follow a straight line ahead of you for about 4 km. On your gradual increase to the slope, the trek brings you to the other side of the ridge. Enjoy the marvellous sight over the ridge. Patharnachuni is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. Overnight at Patharnachuni in tents.

Day 5:- Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabasa via Kalu Vinayak

Start your trek through the steep dash to gain altitude and finally trek in the snow line. The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. It is a high altitude trekking. You would have to start your day early as you would like to reach Bhagwabasa as early to acclimatize to the weather. Continue to climb to Kalu Vinayak, which is a steep and zigzag way to take you up the mountain. Go through this section carefully and slowly. It takes around one and a half hours to reach Kalu Vinayak. The route from Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa is simple and gradually sloping downwards. Bhagwabasa is 2 km away and you can have a view of the Bhagwabasa huts from here. Overnight in the tents at Bhagwabasa.

Day 6:- Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Summit to Pathar-Nachuni

Start the day as early as 4 AM as the snow is still hard, while later in the day, it would get soft and your feet would start sinking in. Roopkund is a 5 km gradually uphill climb from Bhagwabasa. You will have a steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach Roopkund. It would take about 3 - 3½ hours to reach Roopkund. Once you climb to Roopkund, you must climb up to Junargali. The climb to Junargali is not long. It is around 200 ft and doesn’t take much time. It is hardly a climb of 25 - 30 min. You can start off early to return back to Patar Nachuni via Bhagwabasa.

Day 7:- Pathar-Nachuni to Lohajung via Wan

Enjoy your journey back to Lohajung via Wan. The path is fairly simple and you would not feel any distress throughout. You would cross the oak forest as you go and the scenic beauty is just mesmerizing. You would see the end of the meadows after a few minutes. Get astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan and pass the Rhododendron forest. This will be a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. Faster trekkers reach there in approximately one and a half hours. However, you should take your time and enjoy the beauty as you go by. From the river, it takes about half an hour to climb to the ridge above Wan village. Overall it takes about 6 -7 hours to Wan. Drive back to Lohajung.

Day 8:- Lohajung to Kathgodam End of journey.

Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam.

  • 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 Dehradun to Dehradun
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack 🎒 you can give it to porter/Mules🐴, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

8+ Days

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

Tour's Location

Roopkund, Uttarakhand

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 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.
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.
Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?
No, but there are shops on the base camp 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 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 65 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.
Can I take my child along on this trek?
Roopkund Trek is a moderate to difficult trek and requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 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!. It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.
Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?
The last electricity charging point would be in Lohajung. You’ll get a full network in Lohajung and intermittent signals around the campsites. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.
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.
Can I leave my extra luggage behind and collect after the trek?
Since you will be starting and returning to the same base camp in Lohajung, it is possible for you to leave excess luggage behind. However, make sure you do not leave any valuables. Nomad Adventures is not responsible for loss or damage to any belongings.
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.


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