The Kuari Pass - Roopkund Trek
If you have the power to write your destiny into the Garhwal Himalaya then the Kuari Pass - Roopkund Trek via Bedni Bugyal is a perfect pick. It is one of the best treks in the Indian Himalayan region and Roopkund, which is popularly known as the mystery lake, at an altitude of 5,029 meters, set on the lap of Trishul massif, is a dreamlike trekking destination for explorers and trekkers. The Kuari Pass - Roopkund Trek is a complete contrast of two different altitudes, routes and terrain. Where the Kuari Pass trail that passes through gentle meadows and vivid forest fits the beginners, the Roopkund Trek at a certain level is a hard task even for the experts combating steep climbs, cutting across boulder ridges and narrow paths.
One of the glacial lakes in the Garhwal Himalayan region, Roopkund is popular due to hundreds of human skeletons discovered at the edge of the lake. It is believed that these skeletons belong to a religious sect who went on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi shrine and thereafter they were dropped dead when encountered a hailstorm with massive hailstones. Today efforts are placed by the District Magistrate of Chamoli District to develop the area as an eco-tourism destination to preserve the skeletons. The trek to Roopkund commences from Wan that leads up to Bedni Bugyal, which is set at an elevation of 3,350 meters and is considered as one of the best campsites in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The trail further whirls to Bagubassa, which is at an altitude of 4,100 meters, passing through a vibrant grove and steady climb. From Bagubassa the trail turns to another strenuous stretch to Roopkund wherefrom one can enchant the bird's eye view of the majestic Trishul massif and other towering peaks of the Garhwal Himalayan region. Camping at this site is one of the best highlights in the Kuari Pass - Roopkund trek.
Descending back to Wan via Bedni Bugyal the journey thereafter leads to Sutol at 2,200 meters for Kuari Pass. From Sutol the trail passes through several remote villages and the Nandakini valley to Ramni after a moderate climb. Backpacking from Ramni the trek heads to Pana at 2,450 meters via Semkharak and Hitoli campsites. From this point one can enjoy the vivid forest dotted with oak, deodar, maple, and chestnut trees, which is a home to varied species of avifauna. Get set for a steep climb to Dakhwani, at an altitude of 3,300 meter, which is approximately 14 kilometers up from Pana. The journey then winds up to your destination to Kuari Pass, which is at an elevation of 4,250 meters, after another stretch of 14 kilometers from Dakhwani. Kuari Pass is the base camp of the summit of Pangarchulla. One can further head for a whirling climb to the summit, wherefrom one can get a panoramic view of the mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Changbhang and many more. The Kuari Pass - Roopkund Trek via Bedni Bugyal further enriches the journey when one encounters the shepherds and live a moment of their lifestyle. The 12 days trek in the Garhwal Himalaya descends from Kuari Pass to Joshimath via Auli.
A perfect trek in the Garhwal Himalaya, the Kuari Pass - Roopkund Trek is a dream trek for mountain lovers. Well, beginners are recommended to follow the schedule that is designed with a small course on climbing techniques provided by the guides. Further, during the summers and autumn one gets a click of the best view of the Himalayan panorama.
Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive at the Delhi International Airport where our representatives will welcome you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Haridwar (By AC Train)
After the hearty breakfast, board an AC train for Haridwar. After arriving in Haridwar, our representative will drive you to Rishikesh. Check in to your hotel. In the evening, get ready to visit the sacred city of Rishikesh, famous for temples, ashrams and awe-inspiring nature. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Rishikesh - Wan
After the lip-smacking breakfast at the hotel, our representatives will take you to the Wan Village through the sacred towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Karnprayag. In the evening arrive at the beautiful Wan Village. Overnight stay in the tent or guest house.
Day 04: Wan - Bedni Bugyal
In the morning, undertake trekking from Wan to the Rankiyadhar Ridge. From Rankiyadhar, you will move to the magnificent meadows of Bedni. It will nearly take 5 to 6 hours to reach Bedni Bugyal, one of the excellent and beautiful camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 05: Bedni Bugyal
It is a rest day so that you can acclimatize to the conditions or climate. Dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 06: Bedni Bugyal - Bagubassa
In the morning, proceed for a 10 km trek to Bagubassa. From Bagubassa reach Gairoli Patal. After taking some rest in the Gairoli Patal, the trek again starts and you will climb another ridge where there is a temple devoted to the Lord Ganesha. It is an easy walk of about 1 kilometer to Bagubassa from here. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 07: Bagubassa - Roopkund - Bedni Bugyal
From Bagubassa, the trek turns steeper as we reach towards the Roopkund Lake. After reaching the lake, we begin to start trekking towards Bedni Bugyal. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 08: Bedni Bugyal - Wan
Start trekking towards Wan. It is essentially an easy trek that takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 09: Wan - Sutol
The trek from Wan begins from the top of the ridge and finishes at the Sutol Village. It is a 14 km trek that requires 5 to six hours to complete. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 10: Sutol - Ghunni
The trail starts from Sutol and ends at the Ghunni Village. During trekking, you will get a wonderful opportunity to see the remote Himalayan settlements.
Day 11: Ghunni - Jhinjhi
From the Ghunni Village, the trek begins from the crest of the ridge that is situated just above the campsite. From the ridge, continue trek towards the Vinayak Pass. After spending some time in the pass, move to the Jhinjhi Village. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 12: Jhinjhi - Pana
From the Jhinjhi Village, the trek moves to Birahi Ganga. From the trek will continue to the ridge top. From the ridge top, the trail then moves to the Pana Village. You will be only required to trek only a kilometer to reach your campsite from the Pana Village. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 13: Pana - Dakhwani
The trek begins from the ridge just above the campsite. From here the trek moves to the meadows of Sartoli. From here, the trek continues further to the side stream located in Dakhwani. After crossing the stream in Dakhwani, the campsite is barely a kilometer away. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 14: Dakhwani - Kuari Pass - Khulara
In the morning, the trail continues to the Kuari Pass where you can see the spellbinding views of the snow-clad Himalayas. From the Kuari Pass, the trek descends at Khulara. Overnight stay in the tents.
Day 15: Khulara - Tapovan
The trek starts from Khulara and reaches the Tapovan Village, which is a road head. From Tapovan, board the vehicles and drive towards Rudraprayag. Upon arrival, check into your pre-booked hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 16: Rudraprayag - Rishikesh
In the morning drive towards Rishikesh. You will be captivated by the enchanting beauty of the place. After arriving in Rishikesh, check into the hotel and enjoy a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 17: Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi
After breakfast, drive to Haridwar and from here board an AC train for Delhi. Upon arriving in Delhi, our executives will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day is completely free to give your body much needed rest. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 18: Depart from Delhi
Transfer to the Delhi International Airport for your onward destination.