The Roopkund Trek is also known as the Skeleton Lake Trek because of the skeletons that surround the final destination of the trek: Roopkund Lake. Many theories, stories, and tales have been made to explain the skeletons found in the lake. Some say that the skeletons were the victims of a landslide in the area, while some believe that they are skeletons of soldiers who died in World War II. Apart from its mystery, the trek is famous for the forests, animals, brooks, waterfalls, and temples throughout the journey.

The Roopkund Trek is not for the weak. The eight-day tour consists of six days of trekking ascends and descends. To survive the Roopkund Trek, you must be fit and have the stamina to be able to walk a distance of five kilometers within 30 minutes. Since it is a long trek with different campsites, you should prepare to tote a 10 to 15-kg backpack. It is not recommended for people with heart problems, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy to climb the Roopkund Trek. Their condition might put them in danger during the trip.

Altitude: 16250 Ft. 
Trek Length: 36 -40  Km. 
Duration: 08 Days 
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging 
Base Camp: Wan
Best Season: May, June, and  September - October
Pick & Drop: Rishikesh To Rishikesh 

08 Days
Rishikesh to Rishikesh
INR 19,999 Per person + 5% GST


Tour Itinerary 

Day 01

Ride from Rishikesh to Wan via Lohajung
You will begin your journey with a 10 to 11-hour ride from Rishikesh to Lohajung. Enjoy the scenery along the road, which features curves and forests. There will be two stops on this trip which will lead you to Lohajung, where you will stay for the night at a lodge or a rest house.

Day 02

Trek to Gehroli Patal
This is the official beginning of the Roopkund Trek. You will hike an ascending road  Gehroli Patal, enjoy the sight of nature, breathe the fresh, crisp air, and spot exotic birds. Night stay at Gehroli Patal.

Trek Duration - 04 Hour 

Day 03

Gehroli Patal (10,000 ft) to Bedni Bugyal (11,500 ft)

Upon leaving Didna Village, the road will lead you to an ascent. On the way to Ali Bugyal, one trail is less steep, yet longer. This trail will lead you to temporary local shepherd settlements called Tolpani. These locals are welcoming and view that sharing their lunch with guests as true virtue. The other trail is shorter and steeper. Upon reaching the peak of the path, you will see fewer tree lines, and you will encounter more grasslands. After three to four hours of climbing, Ali Bugyal will welcome you with a beautiful sight.
The location features the view of the peaks of Trishul and Mrighthuni, the two tallest crests in this area of the Himalayas. You will then cross the meadows until you reach Bedni Bugyal where you can camp for the night. Here, you may visit the temple in Bedni Kund. If weather permits, you may have a great view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.

Day 04

Trek to Ghora Lotani
You will be walking further in an ascent to Ghora Lotani. Through this trek, you will cross the landmass of Patat Nacholi. For this day’s trek, you will climb from an altitude of 12,500 feet to 14, 500 feet. Be aware that you may feel muscle pains from the long walks at this time. Breathing at higher elevations may be more difficult as well, so brace yourself at this point of the tour. To help you in your journey, you may look through the view to inspire you to keep on going through this trek. The route will lead you to your campsite, Ghora Lotani, where you should relax and prepare for the longest trekking day of your trip.


Day 05

Trek to Bhagwabasa
This day is the longest trekking day of the trip. The trek consists of 10 km of steep slopes. You will travel towards Bagubasa, which is around 14,000 feet above sea level. Then, you will pass through an uneven zigzag road to go across Kalyuvinayak Temple, which is at an altitude of about 200 feet. The climb is quite challenging since the air gets thinner and the oxygen decreases as you walk to a higher altitude.
You might experience headaches and stomach pain at this point, so don’t forget that you are allowed to rest every once in a while. Taking a rest will also allow you to view the beautiful sights. Also, from the Kalyuvinayak temple, you may already see the final trekking destination, Roopkung Lake, surrounded by Trishul and Nandagunti. Walk further up the trail leading to Bhagwabasa at a one-kilometer distance from the temple. You will then camp at Bhagwabasa and stay for the night.

Day 06

Trek to Roopkund and back to Bedni Bugyal
Start the trek early to Roopkund, located at an altitude of 16,000 feet. It is a difficult climb because of the condition of the air at higher altitudes. Your first stop for the day is Chhirianag (meaning ladder-like snake.) From Chhirianag, you will trek to Roopkund Lake. The trek is also called the Skeleton Trek as you will be astonished by hundreds of skeletons around the lake. You will then trek further to Nanda Devi temple near the Nanda Devi Biosphere. From here you will begin your descent where you will pass through Bhagwabasa, Patar Nachuni, Ghora Lautani, and Back to Bedni Bugyal where you will stay for the night.


Day 07

Trek to Loharjung
Your descending trek from Bedni Bugyal to Loharjung may seem easy, but you have to walk with caution as there might be rough and slippery slopes on the way. You will walk through the forest of Gahroli Patal until you reach Neel Ganga. Walk further to the village of Ran ka Dhar and then to the village of Wan. You may then ride to Loharjung where you will sleep for the night .


Day 08

Loharjung to Rishikesh
You will ride to back to Rishikesh for 10 hours.




  • Transportation during the journey from the pickup on day 01 to drop on day 08 till Rishikesh is covered.

  • Accommodations on sharing basis as per itinerary (Triple /Quad Occupancy).

  • Meal Plan: AP (Breakfast+ Lunch + Dinner, starting from Day 01 Dinner till Day 08 Morning tea Only)

  • The trip Lead will be present at all times during the tour.

  • Local Transportation Joshimath to Pulna and Return

  • A Local Guide will be present at all times during the tour.

  • All kinds of Permits

  • First Aid Kits

  • Oxygen Cylinders

  • Infrared Thermometer

  • Oximeter



  • Any expenses of personal nature.

  • Meals during transit.

  • Hot water Rs. 100 per bucket in Ghangaria.

  • Insurance of any kind.

  • Any fees and permits (for non-Indians).

  • Unscheduled delay due to a landslide.

  • Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure and Evacuation charges”.

  • Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.

Cancellation Policy


The Trans Himalayan reserves the right to cancel trips. The Trans Himalayan is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by preparing for the trip (for example non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, visa fees, medical expenses, etc.).

  • If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:

  • More than 60 days prior to the trip start date, we will grant you a full refund less a INR 2500 per person administrative fee.

  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 25 percent of the trip cost

  • Between 29 and 15 days prior to the trip start date, we will retain 75 percent of the trip cost.

  • Less than 15 days prior to the trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there will be no refund.

  • Day Hike Cancellation Policy: 50% refund with 48 hours notice; no refund within 48 hours

Things To Pack

  • Thermals (Upper & Lower)

  • Down Jacket /Main Jacket

  • Clothes

  • Socks

  • Undergarments

  • Gloves

  • Slippers

  • Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

  • Hats/Caps

  • Daypack

  • Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

  • First Aid Kit

  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

  • Sun Glasses

  • Torch

  • Water Bottle

  • Power bank

  • Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

  • Raincoat

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

  • Cold Cream

  • Lip Guard

  • Sunscreen Lotion

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