Why Roopkund is a great trek
Arjun Majumdar reviews the Roopkund trek. Find out why the Roopkund trek gets a score of 4.5/5
I have often been asked to review a trek for those who are first timers but would like to try an high altitude trek – and it always puts me in a quandary – it is hard to choose between some of the high altitude treks in India.
This time I am going to review the Roopkund trek in Uttarakhand. And I am going to pick reasons to do the trek that are not familiar to most.
Trekkers are a bit predictable when they describe the Roopkund trek. They talk about the vast greenery of the twin meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal. They talk about the thrilling climb over snow to reach the skeleton lake of Roopkund. Some of them also mention the trek through the oak forests near Wan and a few go on to talk about the climb to Junargali (a ridge beyond and higher than Roopkund).
Frankly, very few actually describe the Roopkund trail for what it is worth.
So here are my three reasons why you must do the Roopkund trek.
1. Ideal for beginners. Do the trek if you are a beginner to trekking and still want to experience high altitude. And make no mistake. Roopkund is a very high altitude trek. It climbs to 15,700 feet which is higher than Mt Blanc, Europe’s highest summit. There are very few trails in our country that is as safe for beginners as the Roopkund trail is and yet climbs to such a high altitude. The trail is wide and well laid out. There is no chance to get lost or lose your way. Frankly, you don’t even need to take a guide on this trek if you follow the Roopkund blog. A guide comes in handy only when you have to traverse the snow patches on your final climb to Roopkund.
2. Trishul. There are many unique things about the Roopkund trek. For example, the twin meadow of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal is the largest high altitude meadows in our country. On your trek you are going to be in the meadows for two and a half days – a fact that is missed by most. Two and a half days spent in meadows is a lot of time and unique to any trek in our country. Each of those hours spent in the meadows is going to be a treasured moment of your life for many years to come.
3. Climb to Roopkund. Again, not all treks present such a magnificent adventure on snow as the Roopkund trek does on its final climb to Roopkund. The setting is truly alpine and the thrill high. Few who get a chance to climb to Junargali find the experience so moving that they break down in tears. I did too.
My final reason to do the Roopkund trek: Experience a trekking adventure that touches the core of your heart by its sheer intensity and thrill. It is an adventure that is rare on most treks.
Note: The Roopkund trek requires physical preparation.
To register for the Indiahikes Roopkund trek, click here: www.roopkund.com
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