Best trekking places in India: #2 Roopkund
If you are amongst those who think trekking is the answer to all the questions, you have landed at the right place! Taking a hike is always a good option when you wish to break free from the suffocating and demanding city life. A bunch of passionate globetrotters is celebrating the spirit of adventure and kick-starting a special series on the best trekking places in India.
The ‘Land of the Gods’, center Uttarakhand draws tons of trekking enthusiasts from all across the globe every year. This beautiful Indian state is the geographic center of the great Himalayas. It does not just bewilder travellers with its breath-taking panoramic beauty, but also offers a fun-filled experience to mountaineers who wish to tread through never-before-seen canyons of complete wilderness.
A home to popular hill stations like Mussoorie, Dehradun, Kausani, Valley of flowers and Nainital, Uttarakhand showers tourists with immense opportunities to explore different cultures and cuisines, while delving into the majestic Himalayas and alpine meadows.
There are a number of treks and trails in Uttarakhand with varied difficulty levels. Out of all, Roopkund holds the title of one of the best trekking places in India.
Roopkund Trekking Expedition at a glance:
If you are an avid trekker, embarking on a fascinating journey to the mysterious Roopkund Lake must top your ‘ThingsTo Do’ list. This glacial water body is placed in laps of Mt. Trishul, which is a snow clad peak at an altitude of 16,499ft. The place is 217 km away from Nainital and is at a distance of 235 km from Kathgodam.
A perfect amalgamation of challenging terrain, gigantic alpine grasslands of Ali Bugyal and BedniBugyal, and picturesque snow-dressed peaks entices adventure lovers towards this trek.
Also, a bizarre folklore associated with the Roopkund Lake intrigues anthropologists, historians, and scientists alike. Suspense-filled stories about 300 human skeletons found at 15,750 feet are absolutely inexplicable. It is believed that skeletons at the bank of RoopkundLake belong to the Palaeolithic age.
The Roopkund Trek:
The starting point or base camp for the Roopkund Trek is Lohajung.The entire trail is a mix of ascents and steep downhill hikes. Take the route towards the lake and you will be greeted by blooming rhododendron forests and the most pristine of Himalayan contribution of oak. Camping during the night has a charm of its own. Enthralling temples, lakes, and waterfalls will dot your your way up to Lake. Pleasant breeze throughout the trek will make your trekking experience all the more special.
- Duration: 8-9 Days
- Maximum Altitude: 15,696 Ft
- Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
- Best season: May-June or September-October
- Approx trekking route: 53 Kms
So plan a trek to Uttarakhand and break free from the stress and chaos of your bustling city! Remember, it is about bringing yourself closer to nature and soothing your senses like never before.
Guess it’s time to scroll your calendars! An adventure trek to Roopkund is totally worth it! Keep checking out this space to know where we are heading to next in our series – The best trekking places in India.
Previously posted: Triund Trek
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