What is the best time to do the Roopkund trek?

The Roopkund trek is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. Many of you have trouble deciding the perfect time to go for the trek. In this video, Swathi talks about the highlights of the trek in each season. And how the best time for the trek can vary from person to person. Watch the video to find out.

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Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is a journalist from Bangalore. She heads the content team at Indiahikes and runs a video show called Trek With Swathi. Writing, reading and trekking are up there on her list of favourite things!

72 thoughts on “What is the best time to do the Roopkund trek?

    1. Hi Anish, there are hardly any skeletons left there. Just a couple of them now. You’ll be able to see them in September. But I would advice you not to time your trek going by the visibility of he skeletons.

  1. I want do Roopkund in the last week of June. Is it the safe time considering the onset of monsoon at that time?

    1. Hi Anil you are safe in the last week of June. July is when the real rain sets in. Expect some showers in the last week of June as well. Make sure you take some rain wear with you.

  2. Hi swathi, I had watched some of your videos on you tube.. I would like to know which will be the best trek in the snow. And what is the best time to do that? I am actually more interested in trekking where it’s very cold.

    1. Hi Vaibhav the best time to trek in snow would be from December to May. If you want to trek when it is very cold and snowy, then do the Brahmatal trek in January. It is peak winter, the temperatures drop to around -10 and there is a LOT of snow. 🙂
      Here are details about the trek – indiahikes.com/brahmatal-trek/

  3. Hi Swathi,
    I have planned for Roopkund trek in October 1st week, but came to know that there wont be snow in any of the camp sites.

    I would like to trek in himalayas where I could get to see “lush greenary and also walk/stay in snow for atleast a day” or 2.

    Could you please kindly suggest me a trek which can full fill my dream of trekking in himalayas.
    any time between “August to december” is fine.

    Regards
    Indraneel Agasthya

    1. Hi Indraneel, I would suggest you try the Hampta pass in the month of August. You may find patches of snow but it is mostly lush green. You will also find huge stretches of flowers in vivid colours blossoming over the green meadows, especially around Shea Goru. You could also go to Bhrigu lake in September. There is no snow in September. However, the skies are usually clear and meadows lush green. The green carpet of grass rolls all around you while the mountains dot the skies. Another perfect month for the trek. Happy trekking 🙂

  4. Can I see greenery and snow as well if I trek in October second week. .. ?? During Roopkund trekking …..

    1. Hi Harshita. In October the trails start browning and the winter snow starts setting in. This is the time when the weather becomes extremely cold. I will not promise you greenery around this time.

    1. This is harder than the Sandakphu trek in terms of terrain, altitude and camping – at Sandakphu you stay in tea houses. Here you stay in tents.

  5. Hii,
    Planning to go to Roopkund in 3rd week of October. Is it the right time to visit.?
    Will there be snow at that time.?

    1. Hi Bharath in October the meadows start turning brown. The first winter snow comes in towards the mid-October on higher reaches. The weather at this time will be extremely cold. You will definitely see snow!

  6. HI KARISHMA JAYAPAU
    i want to do a difficult level of trek and want to do in snow,it doesn’t meter if i cant see the human skeleton at roopkund lake , plz suggest me a good time for roopkund trek.

    1. Hi Darshil
      Well Roopkund is a moderate trek. If you want something more challenging why don’t you try something like Gaumukh Tapovan? It is quite challenging and rates moderate-difficulty on the trek difficulty level. But we do not advice first timers to attempt such a trek. If it is your first time trekking then try going for Roopkund in September because it is truly the best time to be trekking in Roopkund. You won’t find any snow at this time but it will be a beautiful autumn brown. But if you insist on making it challenging then try Roopkund in May because this is when it will be full of snow.

  7. Hi, I wd like to do roopkund trek and also want to see snow. so cd u pls tell me wic month is the best to encounter snow ? is it september or october ? pls advice.

    1. Hi Yatish
      If you really want to see snow on the Roopkund trek then you must do it in May or June. However, the months of September and October are also a good time to do the trek if you want to see crystal clear views.

  8. Hello. I am planning for Roopkund trek in Sept end. Could you let me know how the monsoon/rains are in the region at that time? Also any chances of early rain at this time? What are the night temperatures like?

    1. Hello Mohit
      We cannot predict rain in the mountains. It might rain or it might not. However, there is no snow in September. During this time the skies are usually clear and meadows golden. A perfect month for the trek. The temperatures will go up to 20 degrees during the day and down to zero degrees during the night.

  9. Hi,
    I’m planning for a trek in November last week, considering I’m a first timer, Which trek would you recommend where I can enjoy both lush green scenic beauty and snow?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Darshan
      Its difficult to get a trek with snow in the month of November. Those treks that have snow during that time have too much snowfall so they are only accessible again in the summer months. Take a look at something like Deoriatal chandrashila, its a great trek to do in the month of November. This is the time the autumn views come alive on this trek. You can see the details of the trek here – https://indiahikes.com/deoriatal-chandrashila-peak/

  10. Hi,
    I’m planning for a trek in November last week, considering I’m a first timer, Which moderate difficulty level trek would you recommend where I can enjoy both lush green scenic beauty and snow?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hello Darshan
      I’d suggest you go for the Kuari Pass trek. The views on this trek are absolutely breathtaking. You see big mountains like Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, and Hathi Ghoda peaks up close and throughout the trek. As a beginner, this will be a very good experience for you. You can take a look at it here – https://indiahikes.com/kuari-pass/

    1. Well, there are hardly any skeletons left there. But late June is a good time, when there is lesser snow. September-October is even better when there is usually no snow at all at the lake. But the skeletons aren’t really the highlight. The best time to see snow and the lovely green meadows is the first half of June!

  11. Hi,
    Would you help me with the below queries please?
    1. Is May a good time to trek Roopkund? Would you also suggest moderate treks during the month of may?
    2. My fellow trekker had pneumonia a year back and has sinusitis too, she does not get cold too often and does well in dry weather. Considering these, would there be any complications during the trek?
    Much appreciated, thank you.

    1. Hi Priya,
      1. Yes, May is a good time to do Roopkund.
      2. I suggest you and your fellow trekker start off with an easier trek to see how s/he deals with the sinusitis in the Himalayas. You could perhaps consider Deoriatal Chandrashila or Dayara Bugyal. Both of these have easy exits in case your friend faces a problem during the trek.

    1. Hi Ravi,
      There will be way too much snow on the Roopkund trail in March. You will not be able to go all the way to Roopkund.

  12. Hello this is Swagata. I am interested for a solo trip this year and was thinking of roopkund trek during Autumn. Can u plz suggest me something? Since this will be my first solo trip if I can make it and I would really love to.

    1. Hi Swagata,
      By solo trip, do you mean trekking alone with a larger group in an organised trek or go all by yourself?
      Roopkund is a great trek to do in autumn. It is not as crowded as in June. The views are stunning and the forests look beautiful.
      However, if you are trekking on your own (not in a group with an organisation but completely solo), I wouldn’t recommend it as a first time solo trek. You should start with something shorter.

      1. Thanku for replying. Yes I would like to join a group but I will be alone without any friend so in that case I was asking.
        Can u please suggest me any travel agency or tour planner whom I should contact?

        1. Hi Swagata,
          Indiahikes runs Roopkund treks in autumn – September and October. The dates will be up on our website shortly.

  13. how about in march to roopkund trekking,Is that will be wrong time to visit roopkund.please let me know ,thanks in advance

  14. Hi Guys,

    I am in a bit of a dilemma. I have been thinking about it for a while and I need your suggestions.
    I am planning to do a trek this April/ May along with my brother and a friend. My choice is in between Pangarchulla Peak Trek and Roopkund Trek. But I am not sure which one to choose.
    I personally liked Pangarchulla trek, but from your videos and suggestions I felt even Roopkund is a must see. I will obviously visit one of them later. But not sure which one to go to first.
    We’ve been to places like kheerganga and Hampta pass, an we have done it solo. We carried our own tents, stove, food and all. But, we have learnt some lessons from these treks 🙂 and understood that going with experienced guides and leaders is a wise choice 🙂 . Hence IndiaHikes (IH team has been very supportive and helpful during our solo Hampta pass trek).
    My BMI is 25 and I am physically very active. I have also started training for these treks and I am confident I can handle these treks.

    Please suggest which trek would be more fruitful and fun. I am also worried that I might miss the slots 🙂 . Any quick suggestions would be appreciated. Else I’d have to toss a coin 🙂

    1. Hi Sreeman,
      I suggest you do Pangarchulla in April and Roopkund in autumn.
      Pangarchulla gives you the thrill of a summit climb and you will get to trek in a lot of snow in April. You get to see a whole range of peaks of the Garhwal mountains for a major part of the trail.
      Roopkund is less crowded in autumn and the colours you see on on the trail are outstanding in this season.
      Hope this helps you in deciding 🙂

      1. Hi Sneha,
        Thank you very much for the reply.
        Well put. Looks like ‘Pangarchulla in April’ and ‘Roopkund in autumn’ are opposite sides of a coin. One with lots of snow and one with colors. I will definitely consider your suggestion.
        I visited Hampta pass in September’ 17. There was no snow at all and we only came across a half melted glacier. So this time, we are looking forward to trek in Snow. I am sure there will be lots in Pangarchulla this April.

        One quick question though. By any chance, will there be any snow in Roopkund during September? (its just that the lake looks beautiful with all the Snow around!)

        TIA,
        Sreeman

          1. Hi Sneha,

            Thank you for the Info. I am joining the Pangarchulla trek which starts on 8th April.
            It was nice talking to you.

            Cheers,
            Sreeman

  15. Hi Guys,

    I am interested in Roopkund trek in either 1st week of June (i.e. 2 Jun to 10 Jun 18) or last week of September (i.e around 22 Sep to 30 Sep 18).
    My query is of these two periods, when will there be more green and less/no snow during the trek. Also during these two is there possibility of rain.
    Kindly guide.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Mouchumi

    1. Hi Mouchumi,
      In June, it will be green all the way till Bedni Bugyal and even Patar Nachauni, but you will find snow closer to Bhagwabasa and above that. The meadows and forests will be green in September end as well but you will so begin to see autumn colours. There will be no snow in September. Chances of rain are lesser in September end.

        1. Hi Mouchumi,
          There’ll be light showers in early June since monsoon sets in full swing only by July. That said you can never completely rule out the possibility of rain in the mountains.

  16. hi!
    what are some good options for moderate-difficult treks in sept october? preferably in uttrakhand. thankyou!

  17. Hi i would like to do trek in 3rd or 4th weak of may.its my first time and i also want to see snow so tell me plz which trek is best

    1. Hi Yash,
      You can go to Roopkund in May – this is suitable for first time trekker provided you are very fit. If you can wait till June, Buran Ghati will be a great option. This also requires high levels of fitness.

  18. Hi Swathi / Team India Hikes
    Great Work by India hikes. I am much impressed with the video’s and suggestions you pouring at the followers.
    Now i would like to trek majestic himalayas for the first time in my life and i am all set with preparation and planing. But which is the best trek to expedit & return with a feeling to continue himalyan trekking for rest of life for a ling time .
    My intrests : snow , clear sky views while sunset n sunrise and clear views of himalyan peaks on paths.
    Personally intrested : Roopkund(Trishul View) , HarKiDoon , kedarkanta

    1. Hi Anjani,
      When are you planning to trek? If you want to trek in snow and get clear views, Kedarkantha and Kuari Pass are good options in March or early April. If you wish to go to Roopkund, you can plan to go in June since our May batches are full. Since you are a first time trekker, make sure you are really fit if you decide to do Roopkund.

  19. Aahvan adventure state that May-june is best for green meadows and clearer views whereas your opinion is autumn. Its confusing what the reality is. When do we see the rhododendrons as well. Logic makes me believe that rains should make meadows greener and flowers bloom, hence autumn. But will mid October be still good.

    1. Hi Somdeb,
      It is true that the meadows are very green in June. However, they are green in September and early October as well. They turn brown towards mid October. In autumn, the forests on this trail are especially beautiful as the leaves change colour to various shades of orange and yellow. The views are clearer in autumn and you can see farther into the distance and spot a wide range peaks such as Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Kedar Dome etc in addition to Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. Towards end October, it starts snowing on higher reaches of the trail. Another advantage of trekking to Roopkund in autumn is that it is far less crowded than in May-June.
      Rhododendrons bloom in April so it won’t be possible to see them in either season. You can trek up to Bedni Bugyal at the most in April as the trails above that will be covered in snow.

  20. Hi sneha, I am planning for roopkund-trek around 1st week of May.. could you please suggest few trekking groups who are best in what they do. I have heard about indiahikes.. but they are booked for the may month.. Also, any reviews on Himalayan trekkers ??? How good or trust worthy these guys are ??
    Looking forward for your inputs…
    Thanks
    Puneeth

  21. Hey Sneha , I wanna go for roopkund trek and am a first timer. I wanna see the Green Meadows but experience snow fall as well. Could you please suggest me a good time?

    1. Hi Alisha,
      If you want to experience fresh snowfall on the Roopkund trek, you will need to go in October. However, the meadows will not be green then.
      If you go in early June, you will see accumulated snow from the winter at the higher campsites and even on the trail to Roopkund. The meadows will also be very green in June. Make sure you work thoroughly on your fitness before going on the trek, especially if you are a first time trekker.

  22. Hello,
    I’m planning to do Roopkund trek in the last week of June this year. How will be the weather? can i see snow? Please suggest
    Thanks in advance.

  23. Hi Sneha,

    I am planning to go for the Roopkund trek in early October (Oct-7 to 15). Will I be able to see Green Meadows? I would like to experience the snowfall as well. Is it a better time for both? Or could you suggest me a different time that I can visit?

    1. Hi Dhivakar,
      The meadows will have turned brown in October. However, it is likely that you will get to see fresh snowfall at Bhagwabasa and on the trail to Roopkund.
      Early June is a good time to see both green meadows and snow (at Bhagwabasa and higher).

      1. Hi Sneha,
        planning to ronti via roopkund & back via ghat in mid November..
        How would be the weather,..
        and scenic beauty at that time?
        Would it be accessible
        Also the possibility of snow..

        Plz suggest..
        Thanks

        1. Hi Somnath,
          I suggest you go a little earlier if possible. It’ll start getting very cold by mid November and there is a possibility of snow at higher altitudes as well. If the snow cover is light, the trail will be slippery.
          Views in October and November will be very clear. The meadows begin to go brown in October. By November, they will be completely brown.

          1. Thanks Sneha,
            For your advice..
            But will there be any snow in late October..?
            Bcz we are very keen to walk or trek on snow for atleast a couple of days, ..
            Also to camp for atleast a day on the snow…
            Plz suggest..
            Eagerly awaiting your advice
            Thanks again

          2. Hi Somnath,
            Chances of crossing Ronti Saddle at any time of the year are very slim. More so after mid October, when going even up to Junargali can be a challenge if there is heavy snow.
            We recommend Ronti Saddle only to very experienced trekkers. So, I hope everyone in your group has enough high altitude trek experience.

  24. Hi,
    I’m planning to go for the Roopkund trek on 21-29th June. Will I get to trek through snow? If not could you suggest another similar trek ? I really wish to walk/trek for a day or two in snow. Also, I enjoy photography, so is June end a good time visually? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Harsh,
      You will find snow in patches on the Roopkund trek in June end. It will not be deep snow. You will have to go above 16,000 ft that time of the year to get deep snow. These treks are generally difficult to do.
      June end will be a very good time visually. The meadows of Bedni and Ali Bugyal will be really green.

      1. Hey Sneha,
        Thanks you the reply. Even if it’s not deep snow but I guess as long as I walk through patches which are enough to give me a feel of being in snow, it should be enough right? Should I expect a lot of rainfall too? I know you cannot be certain about it but generally what’s the rainfall like towards the end of June?
        Thanks

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