Roopkund Lake is situated at an elevation of 5,029 mts above sea level in the base of Trishul peak and Nanda Ghunti. Roopkund is also known as ‘Mystery Lake’ since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age was found here. The lake is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by rock-strewn glacier. Roopkund remains frozen for almost all the time of the year. The skeletal remains around Roopkund are believed to be 500-600 years old.
If you have gone for a trek anywhere in the Western Himalayas then you must have heard about the famous Roopkund trek. Roopkund Trek is to treks what David Beckham is to football. It would be hard to match its combination of pristine high altitude lakes, meadows (bugyals), spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, secluded villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests.
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
Roopkund Trek Difficulty level is an Moderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared.
Roopkund Lake is open to trekkers twice a year – first period is in summers or the pre-monsoon period in May and June, and the second one is pre-monsoon period in September and October. The former is more challenging with lots of snow along the way and Crazy Peaks team is the only one operating with full technical gears and maximum safety. We fix ropes along the climb, provide seat harness and crampons to the trekkers ensuring maximum trekkers scaling the top. Post-monsoon option is a little easier and great for those who want to trek through lush green meadows or Bugyals.
Roopkund Trek can be easily divided into three parts – early village and mountain river stage, middle bugyals and bigger lakes, and last summit or climb stretch. Roopkund Trek is a must for everyone in the Himalayan trekker community. Eight days spend in these Garhwal mountains will surely leave a mark forever in your hearts.