ROOP KUND

For many years, Roopkund, the beautiful and mysterious lake has held the attention of trekkers not only because of the enchanting landscape surrounding it but also because of the presence of several bones and skeletons that can be seen in its waters. For years no one could figure out what had happened. The mystery has finally been solved by an international team which found out that around 850 AD, a group of pilgrims faced an unusually severe hailstorm which caused hundreds to die.

The trek route to Roopkund lies in the remote parts of Chamoli district in Garhwal which is famous for its high quality treks. The Roopkund trail is a classic case of experiencing both, the beauty and the beast. Only here the beast is equally if not more enchanting.

On one side you get a great opportunity to hike through a beautiful inviting forest section, cross a meandering stream, walk on the unusually green and world famous high altitude meadows called Ali bugyal & Bedni bugyal only to be welcomed by an intimidating high altitude environment where one gets to see Himalayan giants like Trishul (7120m) & Nanda Ghunti (6310m) at very close quarters. As one approaches the higher reaches, the terrain becomes more barren with possibility of having to walk through snow. Roopkund is a small lake in a depression and is mostly covered in snow all year round. The final stage upwards of Bhagubasa can be testing so be prepared for some hard work but rest assured you will be suitably rewarded. On your way back, you will be crossing an almost oasis like place called Wan. It is a small village, the kind that tempts you to hang your boots and settle down in this paradise. To walk on this trail a certain amount of fitness is required especially if you are a first timer for trekking, so do plan you trip in advance and prepare for it.

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