Trek Fee

Roopkund Trek

Rs 9550

per person (Lohajung to Lohajung)

Book for 3 and get free pick up from Delhi to Kathgodam (3 A/C train)

Book for 5 and get free pick up from Delhi to Kathgodam and return (3 A/C train)

Note: Service Tax of 3.09 % applicable on Trek Fees

 

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Weather Observations

Dated: 10-10-13

Bright and Sunny at Lohajung. Evenings are getting colder. Night temperatures falling as low as 10 deg Centigrade...

 

Roopkund Trek Itinerary

Day 1Pick up from Kathgodam Railway station at 7.00 am. Drive to Lohajung base camp. Apprx arrival time at Lohajung 6-7 pm.

Day 2Trek starts. Lohajung to Didina. Homestay at Didina. 8 kms, 5hrs.

Day 3Didina to Bedni Bugyal (via Ali Bugyal). 8 kms, 6-7 hrs

Day 4Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa. 8 kms, 7-8 hours

Day 5Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni. 12 kms, 9-10 hours total

Day 6Patar Nachauni to Ghairoli Patal. 6 kms, 3-4 hrs

Day 7Ghairoli Patal to Lohajung via wan. 5 kms, trek, 11 kms road. 6 hrs

Day 8Depart for Kathgodam. Approximate arrival time at Kathgodam: 6-7 pm.


Note: Pick up on Day 1 is linked with the Ranikhet Express. The pick up transport will wait until the train arrives at Kathgodam.

Trek Facts

Difficulty 
Moderate-Difficult. See link for details.

Trail type
Circular; returns to base camp.

Altitude
Roopkund: 15,750 feet (4,800 mts). Junargali 16,000 ft (4,878 mts, highest point)

Rail head
Kathgodam. You can reach Kathgodam by an overnight journey from Delhi. Ranikhet express leaves Old Delhi station at 10.40 in the night to get to Kathgodam by 6.30 in the morning. Indiahikes pick up is lined up with the Ranikhet Express.

Base Camp
Village Lohajung (Chamoli District, Uttarakhand)

Best Season
May 3rd week to June end; Mid September to October end.

Temperature in May, Jun.
Day: 15° to 20°C. Night: 4° to 7°C. Temp at highest camp, Bhagwabasa: Day 5°C to 10°C. Night: 3° to -2°C.

Rains
Rainy season is from the second week of July to mid September. May/June is not the rainy season but afternoon showers are very common in the mountains. These are not the monsoon rains.

Temperature in Sept and Oct.
Day: 13° to 20°C. Night: 2° to 7°C. Temp at highest camp, Bhagwabasa: Day 3°C to 10°C. Night: 3° to -4°C.

Snow
High snow in May from Kalu Vinayak onwards. Decreases in June. Comfortable snow during the last half of June. September has little snow. In the first week of October, the first winter snow is likely to fall in the upper reaches. Usually melts in a few days.

Preparation
Physical preparation mandatory. See link for more details.

Trek Blog

Arjun Majumdar puts down a handy ready reckoner to choose a trek for a season. It is not easy to choose a trek, but the guide here will help. Read the full article here: How to choose a trek for a season.

 

Click on the chart to see a bigger picture.

Download pdf here: Season Trek Guide

Trek Calendar

How to reach Lohajung

Trekkers who come in from different parts of the country sometimes get worried about how to reach Lohajung. Lohajung is in the very interior of the inner Himalayas and can be tricky to access.

To make things easier, Indiahikes organizes pick up vehicles from Kathogodam railway station to bring you directly to the base camp at Lohajung. Kathgodam is the last train station and is in the foothills of Himalayas. It is 32 kms from Nainital, which as you know is a very famous hill station. The Indiahikes pickup vehicles are linked with the Ranikhet express that reaches Kathgodam around 6.30 am. It is a daily overnight train from Old Delhi (not New Delhi).

What happens if you don’t get tickets on the Ranikhet Express?

Ranikhet express is a crowded train and often gets booked many days in advance. First, don’t look for an AC ticket. It is an overnight journey and even sleeper berths are comfortable. Book a Tatkal ticket. Your chance of getting a sleeper ticket in Tatkal is very high.

If for some reason you still don’t get a ticket on the Ranikhet express, there are two options for you.

One, take the earlier day’s Sampark Kranti from Old Delhi (leaves at 4.00 pm). Tickets on the Sampark Kranti are usually easy to get as it is a day seating train. Tickets are usually available even one day in advance. Stay overnight in a hotel at Kathgodam (or Haldwani) and join the team vehicle the next morning.

A good place to stay is KMVN Kathgodam. The number to call is 05946-266090. You could also speak to caretaker Pandey Ji 8650002525 or Ganesh 9411589448. KMVN is Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, a government tourist guest house right next to the railway station. The place is decent and clean. You can also book online at http://www.kmvn.gov.in/

There are lots of other stay options in Kathgodam or Haldwani. Kathgodam and Haldwani are twin towns (5 kms separate them).

Two, take an overnight bus from Delhi’s Anand Vihar ISBT to Haldwani/Kathgodam. It is usually an 8 hour journey. No advanced reservation is required. Try to get to Kathgodam early (by 8 pm) to catch the Indiahikes pickup at the station.

How to get to Lohajung from Rishikesh side..

Some trekkers prefer to get to Lohajung from Rishikesh, rather than Kathgodam. While the Kathgodam route is prettier, the Rishikesh option is worth a try. Connectivity to Delhi is a lot better from Rishikesh.

From the Rishikesh bus stand take any bus on the Joshimath/Badrinath route and take a ticket to Karanprayag. It is a 6-7 hour journey from Rishikesh to Karanprayag. Take a bus that leaves as early in the morning as possible, preferably around 6 am.

At Karanprayag, take a shared Jeep to Tharali, which is in a separate direction. The road to Tharali runs along the Pindar river. Get off at Tharali and again take a shared taxi to Debal. At Debal contact our transporter Raju Shah Ji who can help you with an onward transport to Lohajung. (Distances: Karanprayag to Tharali: 47 kms, Tharali to Debal 14 kms, Debal to Lohajung 24 kms). From Karanprayag to Lohajung the total time taken is usually 4-5 hrs.

Whether you take the Kathgodam or the Rishikesh route it is usually a 10-11 hours journey to Lohajung.

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