The Roopkund Trek is also known as the Skeleton Lake Trek because of the skeletons that surround the final destination of the trek: Roopkund Lake. Many theories, stories, and tales have been made to explain the skeletons found in the lake. Some say that the skeletons were the victims of a landslide in the area, while some believe that they are skeletons of soldiers who died in World War II. Apart from its mystery, the trek is famous for the forests, animals, brooks, waterfalls, and temples throughout the journey.
The Roopkund Trek is not for the weak. The eight-day tour consists of six days of trekking ascends and descends. To survive the Roopkund Trek, you must be fit and have the stamina to be able to walk the distance of five kilometers within 30 minutes. Since it is a long trek with different campsites, you should prepare to tote a 10 to 15-kg backpack. It is not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy to climb the Roopkund Trek. Their condition might put them in danger during the trip.
- Roopkund Lake. The lake of skeletons in Roopkund is one of the most mysterious places in the world. You will see hundreds of skeletons of humans and horses in this lake. Should you wish to see the view of the skeletons, opt to schedule your trip in the autumn.
- Nanda Devi Temple and the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. On the descent from Roopkund Lake, you will see the Nanda Devi temple and Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The area features a picturesque view where you can take photos of the site as well as your pictures with the rest of the trekkers.
- Bedni Bugyal. Bedni Bugyal is one of the campsites throughout the whole trip. It showcases a beautiful sight of the peak of Trishul, as well as a lush green area suitable for camping. The area is also near the temple of Bedni Kund which you may also visit.
Location of Roopkund
Roopkund is at the base of Trishul and Nandghungti peaks in the Himalayas. It is located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal. It sits at an altitude of nearly 4,800 meters. It is 235 km away from the hill station of Kathgodam where the trekking itinerary begins.
Best Time to trek Roopkund
Anytime can be the best time to travel Roopkund, depending on your preference. However, sources recommend summer treks (from April to June) and autumn treks (September to November).
During summer, the Roopkund trek is less cold, yet windier. The weather can be unpredictable during the summer. However, you may not see human skeletons during this time.
During the autumn, the trek is less windy but colder. Autumn offers mostly clear weather in Roopkund. At this time, travelers can see human skeletons around the like as it is most adequately visible at this time of the year.