Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Duration

9 Days

Highest Altitude

15,750 ft

Age

15 to 55 years

Duration

9 Days

Age

15 to 55 years

Difficulty

Moderate - Difficult

Highest Altitude

15,750 ft

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Trek fee

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Roopkund Trek

The Most Popular Trek of Them All

If you’re trekking in India, the Roopkund trek is a must-do! It’s got everything going for it. Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice and the taste of a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in six days.

Roopkund, perhaps the most popular trek in India, is almost picture-perfect. The Roopkund trail climbs out of splendid dark forests suddenly bursting into Ali and Bedni Bugyal, arguably India’s most beautiful high altitude meadows. Out of the meadows, the trail quickly gets into terrific alpine stretches.

Climbing on snow to the Roopkund lake is a heart-pounding thrill. The beautiful Mt Trishul looms over the setting getting closer as you climb higher when at a ridge above Roopkund, only air separates the trekker from them and Trishul.

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Ropkund Trek Videos

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Quick Itinerary

Day 1

Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung

Drive Distance: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Kathgodam Railway Station

Transport will be arranged at 6 AM. This cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,000 per vehicle, shared among 5-6 trekkers.

Day 2

Drive from Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Gehroli Patal

Drive Duration: 1 hour | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | | Altitude Gain: 7,600 ft to 10,000 ft

Moderate. Initial 30-45 minutes ascent to Ran Ka Dhar followed by a 20-minute descent to the river Neel Ganga. A stiff climb of 3 hours from Neel Ganga to Gehroli Patal.

Day 3

Trek from Gehroli Patal to Bedni Bugyal

Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 10,000 ft to 11,500 ft

Easy-Moderate. Stiff climb for about 2 hours to Ali Bugyal followed by a gentle trail to Bedni Bugyal.

Day 4

Excursion to Bedni Top

Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,500 ft to 12,200 ft

Easy. Acclimatisation day with a steep climb to the Bedni top.

Day 5

Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni

Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,500 ft to 12,700 ft

Easy-Moderate. Easy climb at the beginning to a saddle followed by gradual descent to Patar Nachauni

Day 6

Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa via Kalu Vinayak

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,700 ft to 14,100 ft

Moderate. A 3 hour steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak followed by a gradually descending trail to Bhagwabhasa

Day 7

Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund and further up to Junargali. Return to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa

Trek Duration: 9-10 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 14,100 ft to 12,700 ft via 16,000 ft

Difficult. Gradual ascent to Roopkund with the last 20 minutes consisting of steep switchbacks. 20-25 minutes steep climb to Junargali. Tricky descent on the switchbacks from Roopkund. Descending trail to Patar Nachuani.

Day 8

Trek from Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Bedni and Wan

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Drive Duration: 1 hour | Altitude Gain and Loss: 12,700 ft to 7,700 ft

Moderate-Difficult. Descending trail right through gets steep from Gaehroli Patal to Neel Ganga; the short ascending stretch from Neel Ganga to Ranka Dhar.

Day 9

Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam

Drive Distance: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Return point for Indiahikes trekkers: Kathgodam Railway Station

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent

- We do have a cloakroom facility at the base camp. Do not carry excess luggage other than what is required for the trek.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

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Onward Travel

We organize transport from Kathgodam Railway station at 6.00 AM sharp. It is a 9-10 hours drive from Kathgodam and roughly about 216 km. Transport to Lohajung costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.

Return Travel

You are expected back in Kathgodam by 8 pm.  Transport back to Kathgodam costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.

Day 1

Drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung

Drive Distance: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Kathgodam Railway Station

Transport will be arranged at 6 AM. This cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. Cost of the cab – Rs 6,000 per vehicle, shared among 5-6 trekkers.

Day 2

Drive from Lohajung to Wan. Trek to Gehroli Patal

Drive Duration: 1 hour | Trek Duration: 4-5 hours | | Altitude Gain: 7,600 ft to 10,000 ft

Moderate. Initial 30-45 minutes ascent to Ran Ka Dhar followed by a 20-minute descent to the river Neel Ganga. A stiff climb of 3 hours from Neel Ganga to Gehroli Patal.

Day 3

Trek from Gehroli Patal to Bedni Bugyal

Trek Duration: 3 hours | Altitude Gain: 10,000 ft to 11,500 ft

Easy-Moderate. Stiff climb for about 2 hours to Ali Bugyal followed by a gentle trail to Bedni Bugyal.

Day 4

Excursion to Bedni Top

Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,500 ft to 12,200 ft

Easy. Acclimatisation day with a steep climb to the Bedni top.

Day 5

Trek from Bedni Bugyal to Patar Nachauni

Trek Duration: 4 hours | Altitude Gain: 11,500 ft to 12,700 ft

Easy-Moderate. Easy climb at the beginning to a saddle followed by gradual descent to Patar Nachauni

Day 6

Trek from Patar Nachauni to Bhagwabhasa via Kalu Vinayak

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours | Altitude Gain: 12,700 ft to 14,100 ft

Moderate. A 3 hour steep ascent to Kalu Vinayak followed by a gradually descending trail to Bhagwabhasa

Day 7

Trek from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund and further up to Junargali. Return to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa

Trek Duration: 9-10 hours | Altitude Gain and Loss: 14,100 ft to 12,700 ft via 16,000 ft

Difficult. Gradual ascent to Roopkund with the last 20 minutes consisting of steep switchbacks. 20-25 minutes steep climb to Junargali. Tricky descent on the switchbacks from Roopkund. Descending trail to Patar Nachuani.

Day 8

Trek from Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Bedni and Wan

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Drive Duration: 1 hour | Altitude Gain and Loss: 12,700 ft to 7,700 ft

Moderate-Difficult. Descending trail right through gets steep from Gaehroli Patal to Neel Ganga; the short ascending stretch from Neel Ganga to Ranka Dhar.

Day 9

Drive from Lohajung to Kathgodam

Drive Distance: 216 km | Duration: 9-10 hours | Return point for Indiahikes trekkers: Kathgodam Railway Station

Please note: The distance between campsites may vary by 100 meters depending the weather conditions and the route you take. The altitude may also vary by 100 feet for similar reasons.

IMPORTANT POINTS

- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo ID for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

- At the base camp, your stay will be arranged in lodges

- On the trek, you will be staying 3 in a tent

- We do have a cloakroom facility at the base camp. Do not carry excess luggage other than what is required for the trek.

Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.

PRO-TIPS

Onward Travel

We organize transport from Kathgodam Railway station at 6.00 AM sharp. It is a 9-10 hours drive from Kathgodam and roughly about 216 km. Transport to Lohajung costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.

Return Travel

You are expected back in Kathgodam by 8 pm.  Transport back to Kathgodam costs Rs 6,000 per vehicle (shared between 5-6 trekkers) and Rs 9,500 per 10-12 seater vehicle one way.

Campsites at a Glance

At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Roopkund trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.

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Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.

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Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, first went on this trek almost 6 years ago. Here, he shares his candid thoughts about the Pin Bhaba Pass trek.

2015 was one of my most memorable years of trekking. It was the year when I did the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. It has been quite a while now, and I have done more treks in between. Yet, none of them has been able to match Pin Bhaba for such dramatic changes in scenery.

What I Like About the Roopkund Trek

What I Like About the Roopkund Trek

Arjun Majumdar, Founder, CEO

Arjun Majumdar, the Founder of Indiahikes, first went on this trek almost 6 years ago. Here, he shares his candid thoughts about the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. 2015 was one of my most memorable years of trekking. It was the year when I did the Pin Bhaba Pass trek. It has been quite a while now, and I have done more treks in between. Yet, none of them has been able to match Pin Bhaba for such dramatic changes in scenery.

1. The dense oak forests of Gehroli

On the very first day, the trail enters the deep oak forests of Gehroli Patal. On a quiet day, all you’ll hear is the rustling of dry leaves, wind whistling through the branches and birds cooing amongst the foliage.

The climb lasts just around 3-4 hours before you reach your campsite. You camp right in the middle of the forest, in a clearing, surrounded by ancient oak trees. The evening light on these trees and Mt Trishul that peeks at you from the horizon is picture-perfect.

2. The meadows make the trek unbeatable

The two gigantic alpine meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyalwill blow your mind away. It almost feels like walking into the famous Windows XP wallpaper.

Throughout the trek, you’re fed with magnificent views of Mt Trishul and Mt Nanda Ghunti. Apart from these two, you see the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanthpeak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dome, and several other high risers on the Roopkund trek.

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Near Chika Campsite

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Roopkund trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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