Roopkund & Junargalli Pass Trek

Region: Garhwal ( Uttarakhand)
Duration: 7  days
Grade: Moderate +
Best season: May – June &  Sep – Oct
Start/end point: Kathgodam
Highest altitude: Junargalli Ridge (4750m)

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 route of the Roopkund trek passes through pleasing and captivating snow fields, alpine pastures, and provides splendid views of peaks like Trishul, Ronti and Chaukhamba. Besides, the same route is taken in the popular Raj Jat Yatra that's held once in 12 years. So, if you have made up your mind to go for Roopkund Trekking, then you must know that the best time to visit Roopkund is from last week of August to last week of October.

In your Trek to Roopkund- Anala Outdoors presents professionally qualified guides who will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with it.
 

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Activities :  Trekking

Accommodation :
Day 1 : Overnight in Guesthouse / Tents (Lohajung)
Day 2 : Overnight in Tents (Didana)
Day 3 : Overnight in Tents (Bedni Bugyal)
Day 4: Overnight in Tents (Bhagubasa)
Day 5: Overnight in Tents (Patal Nauchaniya)
Day 6: Overnight in Tents / Lodge (Lohajung)
Day 7: Lohajung - Kathgodam (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)

Please Carry : Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

1.    Jeans / Trekking Pants-2
2.    Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
3.    Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
4.    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
5.    Woolen cap
6.    Woolen gloves
7.    Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
8.    Scarf/muffler (optional)
9.    Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
10.    Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
11.    Raincoat / Poncho
12.    Small light weight towel
13.    Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
14.    Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
15.    Sun glasses
16.    Walking stick / Trekking pole
17.    Sunscreen Lotion
18.    Lip Balm
19.    Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
20.    Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
21.    Personal toiletries
22.    Book, if you like reading
23.    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
24.    Carry rain cover for your bags
25.    Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of     heavy rain
26.    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

EQUIPMENT RENT
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth) 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

* Cost in INR per day
* Taxes extra

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.

Food :
Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.

Dates for 2018:

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We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Kathgodam and drop them on the last day of Trek at  Kathgodam.

Rates:  Double occupancy : Rs 11,850/- +  2800/- Transport  + 1750/- porter (Optional)
              Single occupancy :   Rs.15,405/- + 2800/- Transport  + 1750/- Porter (Optional)

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay 7,500/- per person to confirm your booking.The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Cheque or DD should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.payable at Ahmedanad only.
 
Cost Include :

  • Accommodation  as per mentioned
  • Meals

Day 1: Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast

High quality Camping arrangements : We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping  bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising.

Meals: We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping.  Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek.

The following equipment is provided on the trek :

  •      3/4 season imported alpine tents
  •      Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
  •      Comfortable camping mattresses
  •      Mess Tent
  •      Camping stools & tables
  •     There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats.    

Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations.

Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee (if Any)

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Cost not Include :

  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above.
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above.
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST
  • Payment terms & Condition
  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing. Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows

  • Minimum: 10%
  • between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
  • between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
  • Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note : Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day. In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you. Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

Sketch Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathgodam - Lohajung (2130m) (Drive / 250 kms / 8 - 9 hrs)
Day 02: Lohajung (2130m) - Didana (2550m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 03: Didana (2550m) - Bedni bugyal (3350m) (Trek / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 04: Bedni bugyal (3350m) - Bhagubasa (4100m) (Trek / 5 - 6 hrs)
Day 05: Bhagubasa (4100m) - Roopkund & Junargalli(4750m) - Patal Nauchaniya (3850m) (Trek / 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 06: Patal Nauchaniya - Bedni bugyal (3350m) - Wan (2550m) - Lohajung (Trek / 5 - 6hrs) (Drive / 30 mins)
Day 07: Lohajung - Kathgodam (Drive / 7 - 8 hrs)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam- Lohajang(2130M) (Drive/  250 KMS /8-9 Hours)
We will meet at Kathgodam railway station at 7:00 a.m. and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Lohajung. This is a long but interesting drive. You will initially drive along beautiful Kumaon mountains via Almora and Kausani. Later we get into Garhwal region and continue to drive upto Lohajung. On arrival check into guest house. Overnight in a guesthouse/tents.

Day 2: Lohajang(2130M) Didana (2550M) (Trek/ 5-6 hrs)
Today’s walk is gradual apart from the last stretch to reach Dedina village. The walk is through an enchanting mixed forest abundant in bird life so carrying a bird book will be a good idea. You will cross a few crystal clear streams that means opportunities to experience the ‘Himalayan Bite’, the sting that you get from cold streams and also walk through a couple of villages to appreciate a lifestyle typical of the terrain. After about 4 -5 hrs of walking, initially going downhill and then up again, you will reach the campsite above Didana village getting full view of the trail for tomorrow leading to the famous Ali & Bedni bugyals (meadows). Overnight in tents.

Day 3 Didana (2550M) – Bedni bugyal(3350M)  ( Trek/ 6- 7 hrs)
Today after a steady ascent through thick oak forest we will come to the alpine grazing meadows called Ali bugyal. It’s a super place for taking a break and to enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions and if the sky is clear you will be mesmerized by the views of the Trishul peak. From here on it’s a pleasure walk till Bedni bugyal with the gradient being moderate. Bedni bugyal is a very fine camping site with vast open views and grazing pastures all around, not to forget the close views of the Trishul & Nanda Ghunti peaks. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Bedni bugyal(3350M) Bhagubasa (4100 M) ( Trek / 5-6 hrs)
You will start climbing up the slopes of the meadow and trek up to the ridge on top from where there are fine views. You will have to crest another ridge coming to the shrine at Kalu Vinayak. From here there are fabulous views of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba & Hathi peaks. From here on, depending upon the season you will find snow in varying quantities. The terrain also becomes a bit rocky. Short distance from here is the desolated campsite at Bhugubasa. Today in the final stages one might feel slightly out of breath due to the altitude one will get comfortable in sometime after one spends some time here. Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Bhagubasa (4100 M)- Roopkund& Junargalli(4750 M) Patal Nauchaniya(3850 M) (Trek 7 / 8 Hours)
The day is going to be full of adventure and give you a great feeling of having achieved something. We will start early and mostly make it to the lake in about 2.5-3 hrs. You will climb through moraine, rock gardens and snow patches to reach the periphery of the mystery lake. This trail is steep at sections and there are possibilities of it being under snow for about 9-10 months. Your stamina is sure to be tested. On tricky sections, if required our guides will help you negotiate the trail. If there is not too much of snow around the lake you will get to see human bones and skeletons. Roopkund is a crater like formation in the mountains. The mystery around the lake has apparently been solved recently and these bones and skeleton in such large numbers has been attributed to a massive hailstorm which, centuries ago, caught many pilgrims’ by surprise. There are spectacular views from the region. You will spend some time here and also have the option of climbing up a short distance towards the ridge of Jurangali (20 mins). You spend some time here taking pictures and then retrace your steps to Patal Nauchaniya. This is a long walk down and we will take lots of rest in between. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Patal Nauchaniya(3850 M) Bedni bugyal(3350M) WAN(2550 M)Lohajang 9 (Trek-5/6 Hours (Drive 30 Mins)
Trek down through the beautiful meadows, jungles of pine, rhododendron & oak to reach Wan, a village you are sure to fall in love with. Visit the village temple and rest for some time. Our trek will end here and we will board the vehicles and drive down to Lohajung. Overnight in tents/ lodge...

Day 7: Lohajang – kathgodam (7 / 8 Hours)
Post breakfast drive down to Kathgodam. Arrive around 4 pm at kathgodam. The trip ends here.. Trip ends here.

 


 

Reporting : Participant has to report at Kathgodam on the day first at given time. and we will drop back to kathgodamon the last day of the Trak.  

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note :

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
  • You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – KAHGODAM – DELHI)
For travel to Kathgodam and back one can choose between rail & road. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haldwani/ Kathgodam. This takes about 7 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Condition
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (May-Jun) there will be snow along the latter part of the trail which generally melts by end June. Days are going to be sunny and warm (12-20 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of -2 to 6 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Oct) there is hardly any snow at the start with possibility of snowfall towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (10-16 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (- 5 to 5 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

When is the best time to go Roopkund?
Roopkund is a trek which changes its beauty in pre monsoon post monsoon and. If you love snow and slightly difficult trek then May and June is the best time and if you want to see skeleton and slightly easy trek then Sep, Oct, is the best time.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
Roopkund trek is a moderate to difficult trek so  a prior experience of Himalayan trekking would be helpful and you should be fit enough to walk for 7-8 hours at a stretch.  Prior trekking is advisable but not necessary. If you follow play sports and maintain sound physique and more importantly have the zeal to do this amazing trek then you should be able to complete this trek.
 
Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.
 

  • Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’
  • Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.

Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.

  • The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
  • Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
  • In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
  • It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
  •  The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.
  • In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .
  • Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
  •  We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
  •  The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
  •  Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer: While all care will be taken for the safety of the participants, ANALA OUTDOORS, or any individual connected to it would not be held responsible for any accident or any unforeseen incident. Participants will have to look after their luggage throughout the journey as well as during the camp/tour. Doctor’s certificate would be required if the participant is undergoing any medical treatment, is over-weight or above 60 years.
ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD. reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.