Hike the Roopkund Trek to Skeleton Lake

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Head out on this 6-day once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan trek in the beautiful Indian mountain state of Uttarakhand.

The Roopkund Trek is considered one of the best treks in all of India. From thick, winding forests, to rolling hills, to the majesty of the the Garwhal range of the Himalayas, this 6-day adventure has everything you could want in a journey. Arduous, beautiful, awe-inspiring. This trip is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travel approximately 60 kilometres and end up at a 5200m altitude to see the Skeleton Lake - a modern day mystery in the hills. Find a dry lake in the summer or alpine lake in the autumn/winter where hundreds of human skeletons lay which is surrounded by Hindu myth and scientific wonder.

While this trek can be done by oneself, much joy can come from traveling with one of the popular guide companies in the area. Not only will this provide you with the cultural context of the area, greater safety, and an opportunity to offload your packs on to one of their famous mules, but this is a great opportunity to adventure with locals and Indian travelers alike. See companies like India Hikes or Trip N' Thrill for more details and itineraries. These itineraries can also be used to base solo-trips off of. You can also check out wikipedia for more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roopkund

Beware that this is not an easy trek, there is a high elevation gain which leads to significant change in altitude and the possibility of ALS. Be careful and make sure to acclimatize appropriately. There are only a few water points throughout the hike, and following the third campsite there is none, so bring enough water.

Prepare for some of the most beautiful campsites you have ever seen, and enjoy the glory of the wilderness and stars brighter than imaginable.

Pack List

  • Ten essentials
  • Sleeping bag and tent supplies (if travelling solo)
  • Rappelling equipment (if desired)
  • Plenty of water and food (if travelling solo)
  • Cold-weather gear
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

31.1 Miles

Elev. Gain:

8000 Feet

Features:

Forest
Groups
Lake
River
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildflowers

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