Roopkund trek

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  • Uttarakhand
  • 9 days
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  • Moderate
  • 15,500 ft
  • 12 to 19°C
  • 0 to 5°C
  • Kathgodam
  • BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone till Lohajung
₹10,800.00
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Roopkund Hills with three eyes pillar.

Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”   — Ray Bradbury

 

view of Snow Capped Mountains

 

Isn’t life just too vast to go through only one story, when you can simply plan and make few more experiences? Roopkund trek, locally known as Mystery and skeleton lake, or simply called Mirror Lake, is a well known for its mythological significance, mysteries and picturesque beauty.

 

Bedni Bugyal Pic Credit Subba

 

This is a very high altitude glacial lake in the middle of the Trishul Massif in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand. This place is mainly known for the large number of human skeletons which are found at the end of the lake.

The corpses are about 500 years ago and some of these are preserved in the cold conditions that muscle attached to the bones are visible when the snow clears up. This lake is quite shallow and small too and is a part of the route from Nanda Jat to Homkund. It is the quintessential Himalayan trek for every trekker who loves the adventures. The surreal beautiful landscape with enigmatic standout makes it adventurous.

The mystery lake is surrounded by flush green meadows, with an average altitude of 8000 feet. Two stunning lakes gathered in deep alpine forests with breathtaking campsites, snow dunes and cold winds pretending to be the guardians of the Roopkund hills make this trek unmissable.

You begin your trek from walking alongside the stray houses, huge Rhododendron and Alpine forests and then, in a blink of your eyes, you have already arrived at Ali Bugyal and Bedni bugyal or a meadow in the hills. The trek is absolutely enthralling for adventure trekkers. The three Trishuls/peaks of Mount Trishul guide you all along the journey.

 

Diversion between Ali and Bedni Bugyal Pic Credit: Upasana

 

We, the team of Discovery Hike, we are providing you this experience of a lifetime for a duration of 9 days and the trail begins from calm and timid to treacherous and mystery.

 

The view Of MT Trishul and Nanda Ghunti

 

Snow capped MT Trishul Pic Credit: Ashu

 

The two giant meadows covered with alpines amongst other trees, Ali and Bedni Bugyal are the intriguing ways to treat your mind and soul.

Other notable attractions are Mt.Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, the stunning Chaukhamba range, the Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedarnath Dome amongst other high peaks on this Trek.

Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung (Discovery hike will arrange the pick up at 7 am from kathgodam station)

Day 2: Lohajung (7000 ft) to Gharolia Patal (10200 ft)

Day 3: Gharolia patel (10200 ft) to Bedni bugyal (11500 ft) via Ali Bugyal (Asia longest meadow)

Day 4: Bedni bugyal to Bedni top and back (photography day)

Day 5: Bedni bugyal (11500 ft) to Pathar Nachuni (13000 ft)

Day 6 :Pathar Nachuni (13000ft) to Bhagwabasa (14000 ft)

Day 7: Bhagwabasa (14000 ft) to Roopkund summit (15500 ft) and return to Pathar Nachuni  and back

Day 8   Pathar Nachuni (13000 ft) to Lohajung ( 7000 ft)

Day 9   departure day

 

Day 1: Kathgodam to Lohajung (7000 ft)

    Estimation time of completion: 9 -10 hrs

    Estimation distance of trek: 205 km

    Tip: get ready to make memory.

Getting to the base camp at Lohajung. The journey from Haldwani or Kathgodam takes around 12 hours.

 

Day 2: Drive from Lohajung (7000 ft) to Wan, trek to Gharoli Patal (10200 ft)

     Estimation time of completion: 5 hrs

     Estimation distance of trek: 1hr drive ( 5 km trek)

     Tip: carry sufficient water or refill from small streams on your way

 

We start from Wan, a sleepy village located within an hour drive from Lohajung. Initially, while trekking we come across a cluster of typical houses in the countryside. A small 30 minutes ascent and we have arrived at a place from where the land starts sloping down and you can see the beautiful creek Neel Ganga at a distance.

We descent to the location of the creek. The bridge at the Neel Ganga with all its beauty and scenic delight force you to stop and admire the wilderness of these snowy mountains.

Take a small rest stop here, and take some longer breathes. Scenic views include ancient trees which resemble dormant giants and the water trips and falls over boulders into the shade. The water is rich with minerals, cold and simply refreshing. We start our ascent to the first camp site, Gheroli Patal.

The trail twists and turns through Ancient Oak and Rhododendron forests and the trail itself is clad in a clothing of dry fallen leaves that make chirpy sound when you walk across them. Almost an hour and half into the trek and you find yourself at a clearing with grassy green camp huts in the vicinity. We have arrived at Gharoli Patel and will be camping here.

 

Day 3: Gharoli Patel (10200 ft) to Bedni Bugyal (11550 ft) via ali bugyal ( Asia long meadow)

     Estimation time of completion: 2 hrs

     Estimation distance of trek: 3

     Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite.

 

Ali Bugyal Asia largest meadow Pic Credit: Shivendra

 

A gradual vertical climb that ushers into a slight ascends in the dreamy meadows. The trail follows a rather difficult climb into those Giant ancient trees. Making your way across stones for an hour and a half leads you to a vast meadow dressed in fairy green.

We take the trail to the right which will lead us straight to Ali Bugyal.

 

View of Bedni Kund from Top Pic Credit Subba

 

Unexpectedly, the ancient trees fall behind us and we are welcomed by mammoth and breathtaking Ali Bugyal.

We have arrived at the famous meadow. The sight is truly mesmerizing. All the dreams for one, one for all the dreams!

 

Day 4: Bedni bugyal ( to Bedni top and back ( 11500 -12500 ft)

    Estimation time of completion: 1- 1.5 hrs

    Estimation distance of trek: 2 km

    Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite.

 

the 360 view of Himalayas from Bedni Top

 

To acclimatize and get some quality time to sleep or rest, we use this day as the day for leisure. Bedni top provides an eagle view of the Bugyal campsite as well as other places like Maiktoli, Neelkanth, Chaukhambha and Mrigatuni

 

Day 5 : Bedni bugyal (11500 ft) to Patar Nachauni (13000 ft )

   Estimation time of completion: 4 – 5 hrs

   Estimation distance of trek: 4 – 5 km

   Tip: carry sufficient water at least 2 liters from the campsite.

 

Pic Credit: Ashu

 

We head out for Patar Nachauni from the Bedni campsite in the laidback easy meadows. We can track the place with our vision for upto 3kms into the trek, before it suddenly disappears into a saddle in the mountains. On crossing the lumber, the trek exposes us to the other side of the ridge.

The panoramic view is awe inspiring. For the first time in your trek, you experience the view of winter snow remnants on the other side of the mountain flanks. We are standing in the beautiful meadows and few meters below are the grasslands of Ghora LOTANI.

 

On the way to Pathar Nachani Pic Credit: Neer

 

The place is like a final pit stop for horses. Beyond this stage, the green meadows marry the alpine-rich mountain side. We are provided two alternatives. The first and relatively easier one requires you to retrace your steps of the previous day to the point where you left the main trail to get into the Bedni campsite.

It’s a 10 mins walk. From here, we get onto the Roopkund trail and carry on our hike way above the Bedni campsite.

The second alternative is to start directly from the campsite, flank the Bedni Bugyal from the right, climb up the steep slope behind the Kund, and climb further onto the trail through a multitude of ways.

Albeit this saves you almost 45mins of trekking time, your lungs will curse you since it is a rather steep climb. Ghora Lotani makes for an excellent campsite where we can adapt ourselves to the altitude and enjoys the delight of great views.

 

Pic Credit: Ashu

 

The views are as good as Bedni’s but there is a certain charm which lingers in this place due to the feeling of a certain level of alienation from everything. Camping can be done almost anywhere at the Ghora lotani, but preferably the ending point of the meadows is a better option due to its visual charm. A clear stream silently makes its way out of the side of slope and makes for a very good water source as well.

Another good place to camp is Patar Nachauni, where we head up a bit into the saddle and stay in the picturesque eco shelter huts. The view is undoubtedly beautiful but there is a strong current of winds which might make you a bit uncomfortable.

Looking to your left you see a narrow trail that makes its way down to Bhuna and further onto Sitel and Suthol. From here to Kuari Pass a trail exists. Our climb is upwards to Kalu Vinayak. The end of the meadows is indicated by the Saddle.

 

Day 6 -Patar Nachauni (13000ft) to Bhagwabasa(  14000 ft )

     Estimation time of completion: 5- 6 hrs

     Estimation distance of trek: 5- 6 km

     Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liters

Kalu Vinayak Temple Pic Credit Subba

 

The climb to Kalu Vinayak is a steep precipice cross up the mountain side and it leads us to an elevation of 14000ft. Though the distance is not much, the zigzag trail makes us gain height rapidly. Caution is advised during this part of the trek. A break of 10mins for every 15mins of climb is recommended.

This is the crucial height where most trekkers feel the thinness of the air. Breathlessness and dizziness follow suit. Since we climb Roopkund the very next day, accustoming is a must as it possesses problems later. A well-rested climb to Kalu Vinayak should not take more than 2.5hrs.

Slow pace is recommended. The steady pace ensures that your body adjusts to the increasing height and lack of oxygen.

 

Pic Credit: Anish Nair

 

The climb to Kalu Vinayak is more of a thrill and every time we look up and take bends on the rail, the ridge line seems closer, almost like it is calling you, waiting patiently for your arrival. Surrounded by the vast green expanse of the mountainside during the trek.

The trail is around 2 kms and it meanders through patches of pure white snow. During the summer months especially in June, around noon, the snow gets spongy and you feel like you sinking through your feet. It is recommended to step gingerly, with quick steps and skipping your way across them. Even better, skirt your way around them.

 

Pic Credit Upasna

 

Bhagwabasa is like a small village comprising stone huts established by locals for providing accommodation to trekkers. The nights are filled with sharp winds and extreme temperature drops so sleeping bags is a must. However, if you have tents then walk another 10mins and you will find a campsite to your left. This is Hunia Thal, a small clearing with space for upto 4 tents. The terrain is rocky but not too uncomfortable.

With a clear sky and a fit group of trekkers, a good idea is to attempt Roopkund in the afternoon. At bhagwabasa, nights can be extremely cold with temperatures inside the tent dropping as low as 1. If you are outside at 2.30am, temperatures can be as freezing as -4. Point to note, this is an average summer temperature.

During the autumn months of October, temperatures will further downsize to -6. Layering yourself is Essential to brave the nights inside your tent that goes without saying.

 

Day 7: Bhagwabasa (14000 ft) to Roopkund (15500 ft) and further up till Junargali. Return to Patar Nachauni via Bhagwabasa ( 16000 ft)

Estimation time of completion: 10hr to reach Pathar Nachuni

Estimation distance of trek: 10 – 11 km (3 hrs to Roopkund + 3 hr return to Bhagwabasa + 4 km hr to Pathar Nachuni

Tip: no water source carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liters

 

 

Trek to Roopkund starts at 4am, sooner the better. This is partly because climbing to Roopkund is to be done while the snow is still hard. With the break of dawn, the snow slowly starts becoming spongier.

 Morning time is not advised to start the trek. From Bhagwabasa, a gradual upward sloping walk to Roopkund is around 5kms. The end of the trek leads you through a series of switchbacks and a steep climb over a snowy flank to arrive at Roopkund. The stretch is snow clad and not too long.

If you are trekking solo, you may want to carry ice axes to make way in the snow. The Roopkund climb ideally takes 2.5hrs. If you start your trek at 4 am, you expected to reach by 8am (considering you stop at points). The climb leaves even seasoned trekkers out of breath. The final stretch of climbing over the snowy flank on the left requires the motor support of all four limbs and gets over in less than 10mins.

 

Trekkers making their way to Roopkund Lake early morning Pic Credit Subba

 

Roopkund is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s more like a crater on the mountain face.  It’s much bigger than what most pictures on the internet depict it to be. You are surrounded by the snowy flanks of the monumental mountains on all sides. To reach the lake, you need to climb down around 50-70-ft. The sharp elevation of this place will definitely have you craving for more oxygen to air content.

 

Pic Credit: Shivendra

 

Trekkers are encouraged to attempt Junargali unless the weather plays spoil sport. From Roopkund, the sharp ridge line that towers above you is Junargali. Time taken to reach here is relatively short. The route is gently snow clad with an upwards inclination until it reaches the face of the mountain.

 

 

Roopkund Mystery Lake Pic Credit: Shivendra 

 

After this point it is a steep clamber onto the mountain face to arrive at Junargali. The climb is around 300 ft and not too long. A rope is advised to be used while making this climb which can be a max of 30 minutes for average trekkers.

 

Day 8 : Patar Nachauni (13000ft) to Lohajung (7000 ft) via Bedni and Wan

Estimation time of completion: 5- 6 hrs

Estimation distance of trek: 6- 7 km ( plus 1 hr drive from wan)

Tip: carry sufficient water from the campsite at least 2 liters or refill from Neel Ganga

 

 

There is quite a sense of happy elation as you return through Bedni. The Oak and Rhododendron forests just exponentially enhancing that feeling. Reminisces of the trip are happily afloat in your mind and you feel like a good dream has come to an end, as is the case with all good things. Retrace the path back to Bedni and pass the campsite and take the trail heading to the right and down below. 20 mins later, the tree line appears and a sharp descent that is the signal for the ending of these beautifully splendid and sprawling meadows. You can feel the Bedni and all its ineffable mysteries calling you, waiting for you to return to this Promised Land.

Watch out for the trail to the right as the one straight move to Ali bugyal. Walk into the ancient sleeping forest and half hour into your descent u reach a clearing. The green trekkers huts appear in the vicinity and this is the signal that we have arrived at Gheroli Patal. On clear sunny days, an absolute beauty of a sight beholds with Mt. Trishul standing tall over the whole area

 

DAY 9: Lohajung to Kathgodam (departure day)

     Tip: left mountain and trail clean

Hiking Shoes

Type: Depending on Terrain & the difficulty of the Trek, you will to choose the right kind of Grip & Sole for the Shoe. We recommend that you check for water-resistance & a deep yet flexible sole for the all factors that you will face.

Importance: Your legs need to be well taken care of by the shoes over the course of the Trek. Different Terrains pose different threats & the right kind of shoe will make all the difference in the world.

 

Backpack

Type: This purely depends on the kind of Trek you are undertaking

  • Short Treks (1 – 3 Days) – 15litres to 20litres
  • Long Treks (3 – 10 Days) – 40litres to 60litres

Importance: Your Backpack is as important as your Shoe. Your entire journey will be with the Backpack full of your belongings and all the essentials you need. We recommend that you test the back and choose according to the Trek, your height & comfort it provides.

 

Daypack

Type: This is 10litres – 15litres Daypack Backpack you need to have with you for the Summit.

Importance: Your Daypack will be for those Summit days and shorter days when you just need your essentials with you.

 

Clothing

Padded Jacket – You will need 1 pair of the Jacket for Summer & Winter. Ensure that the jacket is wind-resistant & capable of keeping your warm up to -10 degrees.

Fleece JacketYou will need 2 pairs of the Fleece Jacket. Make sure it’s Cotton or contains more Cotton.

Thermals – You will only require 1 pair of this in the Winter, Summer is optional. It should also be made primarily of Cotton. This will keep your warm during the nights when the temperature usually tends to drop.

Trek Pants – Exclusively meant for Trekking, you will need minimum 2 pairs of Trekking Pants with you always. Ensure it is made of Cotton & provides you maximum comfort to you and is durable.

Collared T-shirts – Carrying 2 – 3 pairs are normally recommended. The collar will help keeping the neck from being too exposed to the Sun and being Sun-burnt.

Sun Caps – At high Altitudes, the Sun might be harsh and direct exposure of your head to the sun is not something we would recommend. Carry Sun Caps in case these situations arise to keep your head cool.

Woolen Caps – The nights get very cold in the Mountains and you must protect your ears and head from the cold winds. Woolen caps are essentials during the nights to keep your ears and head warm.

Water-proof Gloves – You will need water-proof gloves as you move towards colder and wet parts of the Trek. Keep your hands clean & warm without getting them wet and most importantly to give you the grip and firmness you need.

 

Trek Accessories

  • Trekking Pole: The Trekking/Hiking Pole saves you almost 60% of your energy when you are climbing a steep slope during high altitude conditions. We make it mandate to carry a Trekking Pole with you for our Treks.
  • Head-lamp or Torch: A Head-Lamp is something we make mandate too for our Treks. Carrying this will help you see better in dark places. In case, you are unable to procure a Head-lamp then we suggest carrying a Torch.

 

Daily essentials

Toiletries: We recommend that you carry all your Toiletries essentials and all other cosmetic & personal requirements by yourself to avoid borrowing. (Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Lip-balm, Moisturizer, Face-wash, Other creams & essentials, Toilet roll, Sanitary Pads, etc.)

Bottles & Boxes: We recommend that you carry all your own Water Bottle, we suggest two 1litres bottles that you will need. And also, your own Boxes to eat the food we provide for both convenience and hygienic purposes.

 

Mandatory Documents to bring:

Carry these document mentioned below and hand them over to the trek leader at the base camp. You need to bring one copy of Disclaimer and one photocopy & Original copy of Government Photo ID.

You also need to bring the Medical certificate approval from the doctor that you are physically fit for high altitude point.

Risk and challenges are the part of life, without taking risk and facing the challenges one cannot become what one wants to be. It teaches and inculcates life skill needed to work and survive in advance conditions of life. It is the motto of company to prepare a person to feel risk of life, challenges coming on the way of life and how to overcome it. Trekking is one of the best way to develop leadership quality, take quick decisions as per the circumstances, lead the life in advance and create situation. It is also a best possible source of learning that how does nature behave and what is the impact of environment one one’s life, what is the role of man to maintain the harmony with godly nature.

The pat experience, research and feedback from different possible sources, it is most important to enlighten our trekkers that these are some risk and challenges that they meet with on the way of either of any trekking route or any other route.

But these can be avoided or faced effectively if we have pre information of those. The company has all arrangements and precaution to avoid these risk and challenges. Lets discuss some common risk and challenges and way to avoid them.

The following possible risk/ challenges many come across in the trek of Roopkund.

 

Risk of slip/skid-

Roopkund is a moderate trek with lists the patience of challenge facing trekker, it develops confidence, patience and planning strategy.

While trekking in winter season there is a possibility of slip/ skidding as the track is covered with snow and especially in case of rain in may and june as weather is unpredictable in Himalayas.

 

Safety measure

The following measures are arranged by the Discovery Hike to overcome these problems.

There shall be a briefing session about the risk of slip/skidding under a trained person who will be your trek leader at the base camp and make the trekker aware about do’s and don’ts.

  • The Discovery Hike shall provide with crampons to the trekker for safety in winter trek. These crampons are especially design to have a better grip on snow trail and minimize the risk of skid up to 95%.
  • Trek leader shall accompany the team and shall aware to the team members about the situation.
  • While choosing your shoe the shoe should have a good grip

 

Risk related to AMS

There are chances of AMS at high altitude trek. On Roopkund trek as the altitude gradually changes from 7000fts to 15000fts in 9 days duration. There are chances of AMS, HAPE and HACE at higher  altitude campsite like Bagwabasa at Roopkund trek

 

Safety measure

Anticipating the above situation, there is a provision to start a course of DIAMOX from the day one as DIAMOX decreases the chances of AMS to a great extent

The trek is well trained to identify the symptoms of AMS; he should immediately inform the trek leader for their advice. The trek leaders are equipped with high altitude medical kit and oxygen cylinder. The use of these precautions shall help the trekker. If the situation is not under control trekker shall have to descend from high campsite to low altitude campsite

 

Risk related to blister, cuts and cramps:

Blisters cuts and cramps are very often occurring while we are walking or trekking on uneven trail.

 

Safety measures:

If the trekker gets blister or cramp, should immediately inform the trek leader for its treatment who is accompanying with treatment kits.

To avoid blister it is suggested that to carry/wear proper trekking shoes that fit your foot well and shoes should be of breathable nature and good grip.

For legs cramps condition put cramps spray that is available with you and also with the trek leader.

 

Risk related to harsh weather conditions:

It is well known fact, that the weather condition at high altitude especially in Himalayan region is unpredictable, it many turn into worst condition.

 

Safety measures:                               

The trek leader shall decide whether proceed further or stay till suitable condition. if conditions remains harsh and the situation may diorite further, for safety measure team shall have to descend, though company has provision to provision to provide all weather tents to meet the weather challenges.

 

Risk related to communication:

On the trek of Roopkund the altitude raises from 7000 ft to 15500 fts the communication link gets weak and weaker as we proceed ahead towards Roopkund and from a certain altitude we lose total communication, consequently are cut off from the rest of the world. We need not worry about the disconnection or delinking.

 

Safety measure:

To link ourselves to the rest of the world we have alternative way to maintain the communication to the different people with the help of wakie -takie. This will help us to communicate with different people at the different campsite.

 

Emergency/ immediate rescue

These are chances to become serine due to health reason or any other reason and the trekker is to be rescued immediately

 

Safety measure:

The situation becomes serious any point of time due to any reason, as due to AMS, Cramps , illness , breathing congestion and need to rescue to trekker. The team leader and trek staff will immediately movalise the resources (porters, mules) accompanying the team as well as a team which is stand by at different campsite will help to rescue the trekker. Airlift in acute situation will be arranged as soon as possible.

 

Risk of low level of oxygen level at higher altitude

It is natural and scientific fact that the oxygen level gets thin, thinner and thinnest as we proceed from low altitude to high, higher and highest altitude as a consequence of that we feel problem in breathing and problem may arises, it doesn’t with trekker.

 

Safety measure

If someone come across that situation and feels breathing problem and any other problem related to low quantity or low level of oxygen. The company have a full prove provision to cope up with such situation. The ample no of oxygen cylinders are with the trek leader, staff and accompanying person of the company. If any trekker feels problem due to less level of oxygen, he/she should immediately inform the trek leader or decent down to lower campsite for immediate remedy.

You enjoyable and purposeful trekking, your safety during entire course of trekking is our prime motto. Hand to hand your corporation in this regard is highly solicited. It is desirable to keep yourself away from away kind of objectionable sustenance’s

Trek fees = Rs. 10800 + 5% GST.

Inclusion-exclusion policy

Services Included

  1. Accommodation (guest house, home-stay, camping)
  2. All meals during trek
  3. Forest permits and allowance
  4. First aid medical kit and medical equipment (oxygen cylinder, BP machine and oximeter)
  5. Qualified and experienced trek leader services
  6. Qualified and experienced trek staff services (cook, porters, mules, and helper)
  7. Trekking equipment (crampons, stretcher, ice ax, rope, all-weather tents, sleeping bags etc)

 

Services Excluded

1) Transport from Kathgodam to Lohajung and back
2) Food during transit
3) Mules or porter carrying personal luggage
4) First and last day stay at Kathgodam
5) Anything not mentioned under Services Included

 

Payment policy

Option1: The trek fee can be paid by making an online transfer.
Option 2: The trek fee can be paid via cheque /demand draft (Mail us on info@discoveryhike.com)

Note: If you choose Option 2, ignore the online registration procedure. Once you send us the email for the payment through cheque/demand draft, our team will get back to you immediately to help you through the complete payment process and respond to any of your queries.

 

Cancellation policy

The first step to cancel the trek is by emailing us on cancel@discoveryhike.com

If the trek is canceled due to natural reason like natural calamities, flood or other political reasons, Discovery Hike will issue a trek voucher that can be redeemed for the same or a different trek with a time frame of one year.

If you wish to cancel your trek due to your personal reasons then these are the parameters under cancellation policy

 

Prior to 25 days Full refund
Cancellation between 20-25 days to start of the trek 50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to start of the trek No refund

 

Backpack offloading policy

If you can’t carry your own backpack and would require a porter for the whole trip then you will have to bear these charges.

If informed well in advance Rs. 1550 + 5% GST
Informed on the day of the trek day Rs.375 per day plus 5% GST

Note: (The last moment backpack offloading amount needs to be paid at the base camp to the trek leader)

 

Transportation policy

The transportation charges for the trek amounts to Rs.1200 which needs to be paid separately on the payment link which Discovery Hike sends you via email (GST is only applicable on trek and not on transport).

The light vehicle can hold 5 to 6 trekkers
The Tempo traveler can accommodate 8 to 10 trekkers
Most vehicles used are owned by Discovery Hike

 

On- Trek Policy

  1. If the participant is sent down due to safety reason by the trek leader the money will not be refunded to the participant.
  2. If the participant is expelled from the trek due to misbehavior, misconduct, threat or danger to another trekker the trek fee will not be refunded to the participant.
  3. If the participant is caught consuming alcohol & other objectionable substances, the participant is expelled from the trek with no refund.
  4. If the participant is not found fit during the course of the trek, he/she is legally bound not to be carried on the trek.
  5. The participant has to follow the instruction and guidelines set by Discovery Hike and submit the necessary documents to the trek leader at base camps.

NOTE: (Discovery hike has full rights to expel the participants during the trek if he/ she is not fit under the criteria set by us)

 

Fitness Policy

  1. If the participant is sent down or asked to return for safety reasons, the participant needs to abide by it.
  2. Discovery hike has employed experienced staffs, who can deal with the high altitude conditions with expertise, however they are not professional doctors.
  3. If any participant is asked to return or taken to the hospital due to a worsening medical condition, then he/she needs to bear the hospital and medical expenses

 

Non Liability:

Discovery hike is not responsible for your belongings if in case it is damaged or lost

Discovery Hike transport departs from Kathgodam at 6.30am. You are expected to arrive and contact the driver before the departure from Kathgodam to ensure that there is no inconvenience caused for other trekkers

 

Delhi -> Kathgodam -> Lohajung

To reach the Roopkund trek you need to first arrive at Kathgodam from where you can then travel by a vehicle arranged by Discovery Hike. Kathgodam is a significant railway station in Uttarakhand. It is well connected and is one of the oldest stations in the state. Being well connected to capitals like Delhi and Lucknow, the cost of a ticket is an average of INR 400 on a normal sleeper. It is always recommended to book your tickets in advance for Indian Railway.

 

 

Railway Options.

 

Option 1.

Delhi -> Kathgodam

Train Name:                      Rankikhet Express

Train Number:                  5014

Departure:                         Delhi at 10.40 PM                                        

Arrival:                                Kathgodam at 5.30 AM

 

Please note that this is an overnight journey

 

Option 2.

Delhi -> Kathgodam

Train Name:                      Uttar Sampark Kranti

Train Number:                  5035

Departure:                         Delhi at 4.00 PM

Arrival:                                Kathgodam at 10.40 PM

 

Use this option if you want to travel during the day and stay overnight at Kathgodam before you have to travel the next day.

 

 

Bus Options

 

Delhi -> Kathgodam

There are frequent busses that depart from ISBT Delhi Anand Vihar Station.

It is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. Please do note that if you leave around 9.20 pm from Delhi you will reach Kathgodam by 5.30 in the morning.

you can also book your ticket online from Red bus app

Self-Travel Options

Delhi -> Kathgodam -> Almora -> Kausani -> Gwaldam -> Dewal -> Lohajung

 

Fitness Tips for the Mountains:

The Mountaineer Fitness Plan starts with training both the Mind & Body. It’s a physically grueling task to trek a mountain, but the mindset wins it all in the end and the body will come to the rescue. Persistence consists of 50% you Mind & 50% your Body.

We at Discovery Hike believe that with our Mantra of SSS, you get in the right shape of mind and body before you come to trek with us. Whether you are a Beginner or a Pro. An adult or a teenager you follow this regiment for 30 days prior to your Trek, it will provide you the desired results.

 

What is the SSS, you ask? It is:

Stamina

Strength

Stretch

 

Stamina – You will need to particularly enhance your current stamina to a fiercer one to undertake any Trek. You will need spare 30 – 45 Daily for this activity and increase it based on the Trek.

You will need to start with walking 4 km & more gradually. Effectively your goal will be to walk for 4+km a day.

Once you have successfully completed walking, turn this into running/jogging for the same distance. Effectively your goal will be to run 4+ km a day

 

Strength – Working on Stamina is just restricted to your running. Strength is working on various parts of your body to compliment your Stamina. Upper Back, Lower Back, Core, Legs, Arms & more.

Upper Body – You will need to do Push-ups after you have done with your running exercise. You will need to make it 5 – 10 push-ups a day. Repeat the same in sets of 3 daily. Effectively your goal will be to reach 15 – 30 push-ups daily.

Lower Back – Perform a Plank starting with 30 seconds a Day. Add 10 – 15 seconds more daily to improve the strength you add to you core. Effectively your goal will be to perform a Plank for 3 – 5 minutes.

Arms – You can do lights lifts in the Gym. If not the gym, you can use a heavy book or object & move it towards your shoulder without losing form & repeat the same for both arms for about 30 times in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 100 lifts in each arm.

Legs – You will have to start with squats of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Alternatively, you can also do Wall sits-up of 5 – 10 in sets of 3. Effectively your goal will be to perform 15 – 30 squats/sit-ups.

Core – You will need start with crunches of 5 – 10 in sets of 3 and keep adding more towards by the day. This will build not just the core but your Lower back & Stamina too. Effectively your goal will be to reach 30 – 50 squats in a day.

 

Stretch – Probably the most neglected but the most crucial part of the exercise Stretching. This will enable all your muscles to stay intact & be activated rather than cramping. It will improve your performance in all activities you undertake. decrease your risk of injuries, help in your joints movements & enable your muscles to work at their best.

Shoulder stretches

Wrist stretches

Hamstring stretches

Calf stretches

 

Mental Health – The other 50% of your Training comes from Mental Wellness. This will surely help you when you are faced against the harness of nature to give you the strength required to overcome obstacles of any kind. The best mind that can achieve this is a calm mind. We recommend that you partake in Yoga for some Mental Rest & Relaxation.

 

Take slow, deep breaths. Or try other breathing exercises for relaxation

Soak in a warm bath

Listen to soothing music

Practice mindful meditation

Sleep early and Rise Early

 

Hope the above suggestions proved to be useless. These are merely guidelines to be in the right shape of Mental & Physical state. If you are already following a regiment that is suitable to your body, we suggest that you continue. This is for Beginners and Start-up kit for those who are about to undertake the Trek with us.

 

BMI CUTOFF

BMI for different trek grade conditions are different. If anyone above the cutoff will be considered as overweight and not be allowed to trek with us.

BMI cut off for high altitude trek

1. BMI For easy trek Not above 29
2. BMI for moderate trek Not above 28
3. BMI for difficult trek Not above 27

 

BP CUT OFF

BP cut off is different for different altitude. If BP is above our cutoff the trekker need to Decent down as soon as possible to the core base. Higher reading is dangerous.

BP cut off for high altitude trek

1. Systolic reading Not more than 160
2. Diastolic reading Not more than 100

 

 

We shall see you soon

– Discovery Hike Team

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