Roopkund Lake is situated in a remote area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand State. One of the most challenging and the most celebrated trekking in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges are the famous Roopkund Trek. It is an isolated place with no permanent human settlements in the vicinity, Roopkund is surrounded by glaciers and situated near the base of two Himalayan peaks Trishul, and Nanda Gunti. Despite its increasing popularity, it generally remains inaccessible for six months in a year because of its high altitude and continuous snow.
How to reach Roopkund Lake
Roopkund Lake lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand near the base of two Himalayan peaks? Trisul and Nanda Ghunti. It is a 3-day trek from the base village called Debal or Dewal. This starting point of the Roopkund trek lies at a distance of 57 km from the popular Karnaprayag in Uttarakhand. Considering Delhi as your starting point, the road route is Delhi-Haridwar-Rishikesh-Devprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Debal. The whole distance from Delhi to Debal is 477 km and will take close to 13 hours by road. The alternate route takes you through Nainital and Almora and takes around 12 hours and 50 minutes.
Known for its mysterious surrounding and astounding scenic beauty, Roopkund Lake is a high altitude trek in the base of Trishul Peak and Nanda Ghunti. The maximum height of this trek is 5029 m which adds to the zeal of trekking experience. The trek lies in the Garhwal Himalayas of Chamoli district and offers magnificent views of mountains surrounded by rock- strewn glacier. This 9 days trek goes through moderate to difficult grades and satiates the trekking-obsession of beginners to high altitude experts. The lake at Roopkund is also known as a ‘mystery lake’ for the human skeletons and remains of horses that are found in huge numbers in the surrounding areas of the lake. These remains are believed to be of around 15th to 16th century when a strong hailstorm took away the lives of hundreds of helpless people who went there for pilgrimage.
In autumn, the frozen glacial tarn of Roopkund melts. Hundreds of human skeletons float in it’s waters. Where these skeletons came from is a matter of mystery. Who would travel to a lake which is at 16,000 feet? That too in such big numbers! This mystery that dates back to more than 60 years has been understood only recently.
Skeletons of Roopkund Lake
Roopkund is a glacial lake located at an altitude of about 5,029 m in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. When the ice melts, hundreds of human skeletons are seen floating in the water or below the surface.