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Mystery Lake Roopkund (8 Days)
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Roopkund is located in Garhwal, Uttarakhand at a height of 5000 meters above the sea level. It is said that more than 500 human skeletons were found in this lake, that’s why Roopkund is also known as the Skeleton Lake. Much research has been done related to these skeletons and the fact which came out was these skeletons were of people from the 12th century who died of the heavy hailstorms. Undoubtedly Roopkund is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Most of the time the Roopkund is covered with thick snow. People who are adventurous finds Roopkund to be the most exciting and thrilling trekking spot. From Roopkund one can easily view some of the famous Himalayan peaks like Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba and Trishul. Basically Roopkund is located at the base of the two Himalayan peaks Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. A regional festival named “The Nanda Devi Raj Jat” also takes place at Roopkund once in every 12 year. Roopkund is a must visit place for every one as it is filled with so much natural beauty.

 HOW TO REACH KATHGODAM:
The Kathgudam station is one of the main stations in the district and it is an old station. It has good connectivity to many places and these include Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Tickets from Delhi to Kathgudam by train cost around Rs. 150 for a second class sleeper ticket and Rs. 400 for a third A/C sleeper ticket. It is essential to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.

BY TRAIN :- From Delhi take the Ranikhet Express (5014) Dep. Delhi at 10:40pm arrival Kathgudam at 5:30am (Overnight Journey) or the Uttar sampark kranti (5035) Dep. Delhi at 4:00pm arrival Kathgudam at 10:40pm (6 hrs.40min.Journey) From Dehardun take the Doon Express (4120) Dep. Dehardun at 10:30 pm arrival Kathgudam at 7:10 pm (8hrs.journey)

BY BUS :- Regular buses from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar station to Kathgudam. Buses that go to Nainital stops at Haldwani which is a twin town of Kathgudam (8 hrs. Journey).

  • Kathgodam – Loharjung

    The best way to get to Kathgodam is the Ranikhet Express but one needs to book early to get reservations. As you get to Kathgodam the inviting views of the lower Himalyas welcome you and you can start visualising the mountain scenery ahead. Onwards from Kathgodam you can take a Roadways Bus to Loharjung through the roadway. Mountain roads are narrow and full of sharp curves but the views are grand and green.
  • Loharjung – Didna Village (2439 Mtrs. / 6 Hrs.)

    In the morning we will proceed for the first stage of the trek. First there will be a steady climb up to the Loharjang Col (2590m) which we cross to arrive the valley of the Bedni Ganga. Then descend on the north side of the pass down to the river before climbing back up to the village of Didna Village (2439 Mtrs.). Overnight stay in Camp
  • Didna Village - Ali Bugyal - Bedni Bugyal

    The trek is steep towards Ali Bugyal. From here one can experience expansive view of the Garhwal peaks. Continue trekking through thick forests as far as Ali Bugyal (Bugyal means meadow in the local Garhwali dialect). Just after crossing Didna Village, a few distance away there will be a stream. Stop to here and fill in water bottles. This is the last water point and there isn’t any water source until Bedni, 4 hrs away. It is a 2,500 ft climb from Didna to Ali. The forest starts to thin after about 3 hrs of climb. Then you will find in front of you is a large, green rolling carpet laid out for you. This is Ali Bugyal. Overnight stay in camp in Bedni Bugyal, almost 8 Kms away from Ali Bugyal.
  • Bedni Bugyal – Bhagwabasa (4100 Mtrs. / 4-5 Hrs. )

    Start your day early. You want to be in Bhagwabasa as soon as possible to acclimatise yourself to the altitude before you will be in Roopkund. The trail to Bhagwabasa climbs out of the Bedni campsite in a gradual, easy meander. Overnight stay in Camp.
  • Bhagwabasa – Roop Kund (5029 Mtrs.) and back to Bhagwabasa

    From Bhagwabasa it is about 5 Kms to Roopkund. At some parts the slope is steep but most parts are easy. It takes about 3 hrs to climb up to Roopkund. The climb is deliriously exhilarating.The final bend on the snow shoulder will get your hearts pounding. Overnight stay in Camp.
  • Bhagwabasa – Wan (2450 Mtrs.)

    After breakfast Return trek to Badni Bugyal. After crossing a river, a short climb leads to the main valley, at the head of which is Wan. Overnight stay in Camp
  • Wan – Loharjung Camp

    After breakfast trek to Loharjung. Overnight stay in Camp.
  • Loharjung – Rishikesh / Haridwar / Kathgodam

    After breakfast drive to Rishikesh / Haridwar / Kathgodam. Tour ends.

Note:

  • Minimum Age: 14 years
  • Past experience in trekking: Useful but not essential.
  • Fitness required: You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Country India
State Uttarakhand
District Chamoli
Elevation 5,029 m (16,499 ft)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Coordinates 30.262°N 79.732°E
Local name Mystery Lake
Difficulty Moderate-Difficult
Trail type Circular
Approx trekking 59 Kms.
Nearest Rail Station Kathgudam
Best Season May 3rd week to June end; Mid September to October end.
Rainy season From the second week of July to mid September. In May/June afternoon showers are very common in the mountains.
Snow High snow in May from Kalu Vinayak onwards. Decreases in June. Comfortable snow during the last half of June. September has little snow. In the first week of October, the first winter snow is likely to fall in the upper reaches. Usually melts in a few days.

TARIFF: Rs.9,900 Per Person

Payment option:
By Cheque / Demand Draft / Wire Trasnfer:
Bank Details

BanK:Union Bank Of INDIA, Kailash Colony, NEW DELHI -110075
Name: TRIPS N EVENTS
Account No.:335705010132926
IFSC Code: UBIN0535575
SWIFT Code: UBININBBNDL


INCLUDES

  • Accommodation. (Guest House, Home Stay, Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg.)
  • Trek equipments (Sleeping Bag, Mattress, Dinning Tent, Crampon, Utensils, Tent)
  • All necessary permits and entry fees.
  • First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
  • Mountaineering qualified & professional trek leader, guide and support staff.
  • Transport from Kathgudam to Loharjung and return.

EXCLUDES

  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Food during the transit.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.

Note:

  • It's expected to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay for it.

Dressing for any outdoor activity in the cold is all about layering. Preparing for your trek is exciting. At Himalayan Hikes, we provide you with the best possible experience while trekking. So it’s worth taking the time to bring the right gear so you make the most of it. Packing for a trek is almost as exciting as trekking because you know you’re heading off on an adventure!

   SOCKSS & JOCKS:  Have at least 4 - 5 Pairs of each to keep yourself healthy while on Hikes. (Depending on whether you have the chance to wash and dry clothes) Always wear TWO layers of socks – thin ‘inner’ and some thicker wool socks (it's worth spending the money on good socks). Thin socks move slightly inside the thicker socks, so there is much less chance of getting blisters on your feet as the friction between your feet and the boot is reducedThin liners are easy to wash and your thicker socks stay clean and smell-free for longer It’s warmer and a lot more comfortable!
   THERMAL WEARS:  Travel with two pairs of long thermal pants, a couple of short thermal tops and one or two long tops. Also, add a couple of t-shirts or specific trekking shirts you get from a gear shop (these are expensive and t-shirts are fine ).
Tip: Make sure you wash your new thermals a couple of times with fabric softener before you go so they're not itchy.
   FLEECE LAYER:  A pair of cheap fleece pants are great for wearing in the lodge. If it gets cold during the day, a pair of thermal pants under trekking pants is usually plenty to keep you warm so it’s very unlikely you’ll wear the fleece pants while walking. You need at least one fleece top as well. Lightweight fleece top and one thicker one – one for during the day and one for night. Outer layer: This is for extreme cold and bad weather. These things are very warm and make life far more pleasant once you start getting above 3000m or so. It is essential if you’re going much higher or trekking in the colder months.
   WATERPROOF JACKET & TREKKING PANTS:  Don’t trek in jeans!
By all means pack some waterproof shorts for trekking in the lower altitudes (also good when you’re washing). Trekking pants should be lightweight, comfortable, breathable and quick-drying. One lightweight pair and one mid-weight are fine. If it’s really cold, wear thermals under your pants. Waterproof pants are handy.
Tip:  A webbing belt might also be handy – you WILL lose weight when you’re trekking and your pants can fall down.
   FOOTWEAR:
Crocs / Floaters / Slippers: Ideal for wearing in the lodge or dining tent.
Trekking boots : Water proof hiking shoes are recommended.
Gaiters are something to consider if you’ll encounter deep snow or mud – they keep the stuff out of your boots and keep the bottom of your pants dry.
   HEAD GEAR
   SUNGLASSES with UV protection & wraparound to prevent light coming in from the side.
 SUNCREAM: Good quality sun cream (SPF 50+) is a must. Pop it next to the head of your figure. At night or on a cold day a comfortable beanie (warm hat) is important.
   BANDANA or SCARVES
   WATER BOTTLE:  At least 2 ltrs.
   BAGS WATERPROOF:  Carry a few – one for clean clothes, one for dirty and one for electronic gear or whatever.
    GARBAGE BAGS:  KEEP TREKS AND REGION CLEAN. PICK UP RUBBISH.
   ZIPLOC BAGS:  Snacks, spare batteries and other loose items.
   TOILETRIES:  Personal hygiene kit with a few medicines like pain killers (avoid codeine at altitude), ear plugs, bandaids or blister skins, lip balm (a must), Imodium (or similar) for diarrhea (best not to take these but you may need to!), hand sanitising gel, eye/ear drops plus the usual stuff you’d take on holidas.

   First Aid Kit: All our guides carry a first aid kit on every trek. It will include such items as bandages, plasters/band aids, tubigrip/support bandages, iodine, dressings, electrolyte solution for dehydration, ointment for insect bites. However if you know that you might need some additional kind of medication along the trip, ie a particular support for a weak joint or medication for a particular allergy etc; then please bring this with you.
If you have any medical history relevant to trekking please let us know. If you have extreme reactions to bee stings you should bring your own medical kit.

ACCESSORIES:

  • Spare laces
  • Multipurpose knife
  • Match Box / Lighters (2)
  • Torch with extra batteries and spare bulb or LED Torch.
  • Sleeping bag ( Personal)
  • Rucksack (65 ltrs)
  • Daypack, Haversack
  • Poncho – Rain gear
  • Ski Poles / Sticks
  • Ice Axe / Crampons – For trekking expeditions or snow bound treks.
  • Personal Mess tin.
  • Money Pouch or Belt

BOOKINGS & CANCELLATION:
Your booking is made with TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS – NEW DELHI- 110075, INDIA.
BOOKING:
To book a tour: send the completed booking form together with a non-refundable deposit. (10 % of Invoice value on per person basis). The balance is due eight weeks prior to departure. No reminder will be sent, so if the balance is not paid by the due date we will regard the booking as cancelled.
CANCELLATION CHARGES:
  • 30 days before departure : NIL
  • 15 days before departure : 10%
  • 07-14 days before departure : 25%
  • 02- 07 days departure : 50%
  • Less than 2 day : 100%


PRICE:
Though the price is FIXED however, we reserve the right to increase the price of a holiday due to fuel costs, taxes or exchange rate changes.

GROUP SIZE:
A minimum number of bookings is set for scheduled group tours and if there are insufficient members or if we have to cancel your trip for any other reason a full refund will be given. If we cancel your tour we will advise you at least four weeks prior to the departure date.

SAFETY & SECURITY:
Our tours involve travel in remote, mountainous regions, at high altitudes, where amenities and medical facilities are few and far between. Every effort is made to ensure your safety and well being, but bookings are accepted on the understanding that you appreciate the risks and hazards associated with this sort of travel. TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS, NEW DELHI, INDIA will not accept responsibility for accidents, injury, lack of fitness, carelessness, illness, negligence or lack of punctuality attributable to the customer. If you have any disability or illness, you must inform us at the time of booking the holiday so advice can be given on the suitability of the trip.

INSURANCE:
All trekkers or participants are responsible for arranging their own insurance which must cover medical expenses, injury, death, rescue, helicopter rescue (if appropriate), repatriation, cancellation and curtailment. Customers must provide TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS with evidence of their insurance. We recommend you take out insurance at the time of booking and double check the small print to ensure it covers all activities you are involved in.

AIR FARE:
With regard to international & domestic flights: TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS can book flights for customers but cannot however take responsibility for changes or alterations to any flights.

PERSONAL ITEMS:
Personal items and baggage remain at all times the responsibility of the customer. In addition responsibility must be accepted for any equipment loaned to you, and you must agree to pay for any loss or damage caused to this equipment while in your care.

IMMIGRATION & VISA:
You are responsible for arranging your passport, and any necessary visas and vaccination certificates. Please check with the relevant embassy for the latest requirements with regard to visas and vaccinations.

LIABILITY:
TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS cannot be held responsible for; the consequences of any delays, expenses incurred or alterations caused by illness, weather, war, terrorism, political events, civil strife, strikes, natural disaster, technical difficulties or any event beyond our control.

ALTERATION OR AMENDMENTS:
The tour itinerary may have to be changed due to altered circumstances and conditions. We will make alternative arrangements as required but no refunds will be given for services which are not utilised as a result.

COMPLIANCE:
Due to the adventurous nature of the tours, all customers must at all times agree to comply with the decisions taken by the guide or the management.

COMPLAINTS:
If you should have a complaint about the tour, it must be made in writing by letter or email and received by TORNA EXPEDITIONS TOURS N TRAVELS within 14 days of the end of the tour.

LEGAL:
In the unlikely event of any sort of dispute arising, the jurisdiction of Delhi shall apply. If the dispute cannot be resolved directly between us within 6 weeks of written intimation of the dispute, both TORNA and our customer shall attempt to settle the dispute by an arbitrator. An arbitrator will be selected on mutually agreeable basis.

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