National Himalayan Trekking Expedition – Roop Kund – 2017 [The Mysterious Lake]


Roop Kund(15893 feet) is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas. It lies in the lap of MT. Trishul and MT. Nanda ghunti. Roop kund is locally known as mystery and Skeleton Lake, and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.

It is a high altitude glacial lake (Tarn) in the Chamoli district, Uttrakhand State of India. The lake is a popular trekking destination.

Many theories and opinions exist, from purely spiritual to scientific ones, attempting to explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century A.D. (1200 years old). Because of the human remains, the lake has been called skeleton lake in recent times.


Program

TREK GRADING: MODERATE
RANGE: GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND

FLORA & FAUNA: There are many trees like Chirr, Oaks, Conifers, Sal, Deodar, Haldu, Yew, Cypress, Rhododendron, Birch, Horse-Chestnut, Sycamore, Willow and Alder are found in Garhwal. A large variety of medicinal herbs, shrubs and bushes like Brahmi and Ashwagandha are found in abundance here. One can also savor fruits like Figs, Mulberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Currants, Medlars, Hazelnuts, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Lemon, Oranges, Bananas, Pomegranates and Walnuts.

Garhwal is also full of rich animal life which includes mammals, reptiles & birds, Monkey, Languor, Wild-Cat, Goat, Pig, Fox, Wild-Dog, Black Bear, Snow Leopard, the flying Squirrel (locally called Rinoola) etc are also seen in this regions.

HIGHEST ALTITUDE GAIN: 15893 FEET.

Duration: 9N/10D (on 10th day participants will have to check out after breakfast from Base Camp).

*REPORTING POINT: Gwaldam Base Camp

This trek starts from base camp Gwaldam. It is a well known place near kumaun- Garhwal border. It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam. .It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam.

*REPORTING DATES : 30 participants in each reporting day from 15th Sep to 5th Oct 2017.

*HOW TO REACH: Our base camp is at Gwaldam which is easily connected by roads. Busses and Taxi are available from major town of Uttrakhand like Almora (92 Kms,), Kausani (36 Kms) The fastest way to reach Gwaldam from New Delhi is to take Ranikhet Exp from New Delhi to Haldwani then take a taxi from Haldwani to Gwaldam. The nearest rail heads are Kathgodam and Haldwani. Nearest airport is Pantnagarour base camp is at Gwaldam which is easily connected by roads. Busses and Taxi are available from major town of Uttrakhand like Almora (92 Kms,), Kausani (36 Kms) The fastest way to reach Gwaldam from New Delhi is to take Ranikhet Exp from New Delhi to Haldwani then take a taxi from Haldwani to Gwaldam. The nearest rail heads are Kathgodam and Haldwani. Nearest airport is Pantnagar

* Program Includes: Sharing tented accommodation, Simple nutritious veg. Food, Boarding, Equipments, Group Insurance, Forest entry and Trekking.

This trek starts from base camp Gwaldam. It is a well known place near kumaun- Garhwal border. It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam. .It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam.

Day Wise schedule:

Day 1: Reporting at Gwaldam Base Camp(6360feet)– Full day Reporting & Rest Day. Trekkers will be accommodated in tent & will be issued the equipments.

Day 2: Acclimatization and Orientation-Trekker will move around the base camp to gain height for proper acclimatization followed by the opening address in which trekker will be briefed about YHAI. High altitude sickness, do’s and don’ts in mountains etc.

Day 3: Rock climbing and rappelling– Trekkers will enjoy the rock climbing and rappelling by the guidance of our professional Instructors with different useful techniques.

Day 4: Trek to Didna village (9003feet) Via Kulling– On this day trekkers will be lifted from Base camp to Kulling by bus after travelling the distance of 55 kilometers, will be dropped at Kulling Village. Kulling is the point where trekkers will have to start trekking for maximum 4 hours to reach the Didna Camp.

Day 5: Trek to Bedini Bugyal(11004feet)– Early Morning after breakfast trekkers will be provided packed lunch for the trek. This trek will take 07 to 08 hours to reach Bedini Bugyal via Ali Bugyal; Ali Bugyal is a lush green meadow resting at the top of the mountain, like a luxury penthouse of a skyscraper. Bedini Bugyal is a very fascinating plain meadow with greenery above the tree line. Bedini Bugyal is also the main source of the River Neel Ganga.

Day 6: Trek to Bhagua Basa(14354feet) via Patar Nachuni & Kalu Vinayak – On this day early morning after breakfast followed by the distribution of packed lunch, trekkers will have to trek for maximum of 6 hours to reach Bhagua Basa. This is the highest camp site of this expedition, which is located at an altitude of 14354 feet & offers the fascinating scenario of many mountain peaks like Mount Chou khamba, Mount Neel kanth, Mount Mrigho Dhani, Mount Bandar punch etc. Here you can see the Legendary Brahma Kamal & Phen Kamal flower.

Day 7: Trek to Roopkund (15893feet) & back to Patar Nachuni camp. (13002feet)– This is the day, when trekkers will move from Bhagua Basa to Roopkund. Early morning at 5a.m. trek starts .After reaching this destination trekkers will be given the limited time for photography, Prayers etc. And will descent to Patar Nachuni for night stay. It will take maximum of 4 hours to summit and 6 hours to descend to Patar Nachuni.

Day 8: Trek to Minfar Camp (10033feet)– After successful summit, the descending route will be diverted so that extra fascinating views can be covered during the trek. On this day trekkers will descend to the Minfar Camp which will take around 6 hours. On the way to Minfar Camp, one can enjoy the full view of entire trek route.

Day 9: Descend to Wan Village & transfer by Bus to Base camp – This is the final trekking day of this trekking expedition when trekkers will have to descend around 08 kilometers which can take maximum 05 hours to reach Wan Village where trekkers will be lifted by bus, after travelling 62 kilometers trekkers will be dropped at Gwaldam Base Camp. During this trek, trekkers can see many beautiful and famous birds like Monal (State bird of U.K.) etc.

#Day10: Check out after breakfast.

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