Roopkund is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. As you walk through the trail you get some magnificent mountain views. Here we list out the must-see peaks along with details on where to look for them. Pictures and captions by Madhujith Venkatakrishna.
The Plume from Mt.Trishul
From Bedni Bugyal, you get to see Mount Trishul at a staggering altitude of 23,359 feet. At the peak you see three protrusions that resemble a trident. The trident or Trishul is believed to be the weapon of the Hindu God “Shiva”. Hence the name Mount Trishul.
Closer look Nanda Ghunti
On the second day of your Roopkund trek, you wake up refreshed from a good night’s sleep at Lohajung. Outside, the enticing view of Nanda Ghunti awaits you. This 20,698 feet peak becomes your constant companion through the trek. This photo was captured on the route from Lohajung to Didina village.
The Imposing Chaukhamba at 21,325 feet
Chaukhamba is an easily recognizable mountain massif. It’s name translates to four pillars. It is revitalizing to watch the first light of dawn setting it alight. For those who wish to get a better view, climb up to Bedni point which is two hours away from the campsite. The religiously significant Gangotri glacier which is the source of river Bhagirathi lies in a depression on it’s flank.
Mt Bhartekunta, Mt. Kedarnath and Kedar Dome (left to right)
You see these mountain peaks of the Gangotri range from the grasslands of Bedni. At the ridge of Kedarnath lies the Gangotri glacier. It is the primary source of River Ganga.
Clear view of Mrigthuni
Mrigthuni peak at 22,490 feet is a demure name in the mountaineering world. The name means “deer’s navel” as it is neither the highest nor the lowest peak in the Garhwal region.
Neelkanth towering behind the meadows
Watching Neelkanth or “blue throat” bathed in a golden sheath of sunlight is mesmerizing. Neelkanth or blue necked one is a metaphor for the Hindu God Shiva. You see this 21,640 feet beauty from Bedni Bugyal.
Mountain views from Bhagwabhasa at night
At Bhagwabhasa, stepping out of your tent and into the freezing weather is not easy. But the view you get is worth the effort. The sharp contrast of snowy peaks against the starry night sky will take your breath away! Mount Trishul is the snowy peak on the left. Roopkund lies in the bowl-like depression on the right.
View of Mt.Trishul from Junargali
From Junargali you get a close up view of the glorious twenty and twenty three-thousanders – Mt. Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul. You can make it to Junargali if there is no snow. At the Junargali ridge, these mountains seem so close that you extend your arms as if to touch them!
Roopkund is manna from the heavens for every trekker. When you are spell bound by the swirling oak forests and carpeted meadows, don’t miss out on the towering mountains watching your every step.