Honeymoon in Roopkund Trek
If you want your honeymoon to be talked about for years to come amongst your near and dear ones then schedule a trek to the Roopkund glacial lake. If you want a touch of mysticism and eeriness to your honeymoon trip, then a trip to this lake situated at a height of approximately 5029 m, is a must. There is an air of mystery about this lake lying in the midst of glaciers scattered with rocks and pebbles and hemmed in by snow-topped Himalayan mountain peaks. You'll have a spine tingling experience, when you see the skeletal remains lying in the bottom of the shallow lake that comes into view when the snow starts to melt in the month of September.
Roopkund is a Himalayan lake with crystal clear water that lies in the heart of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, a relatively new Indian state that was created after bifurcating Uttar Pradesh. It actually lies on the Nanda Jat route on the way to Hemkund and has a depth of about 2 m. Roopkund is also the venue for Nanda Jat Yatra which is held in Garhwal every 12 years.
How to Get There
There are many tracks (or trekking routes) that lead to Roopkund. The nearest railhead is Kathgodam that is connected to several towns and cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Allahabad. From Kathgodam, you need to head to the base camp at Lohajung from where the trek to Roopkund commences. You can also disembark at Pantnagar Airport and proceed to Lohajung by pre-paid taxi. Public and private bus services are also available. You can reach Lohajung from the nearby towns of Jageshwar, Almora and Ranikhet.
The Best Time to Plan a Tour
You can make a program for visiting Roopkund in the months of April, May, June, September, October or November.
What to Carry
Trekking to Roopkund is not merely hiking on a mountainous trek or taking a stroll in your hometown or city. It's a fairly arduous trek. You'll need to carry the complete trekking gear and other essential supplies in your backpack that can easily weigh upto 8 kgs. So, it goes without saying that you'll need to be in pretty good shape before you can get started.
Furthermore, you'll have to follow a fitness regimen right from the day the trek starts upto the day it ends. You'll have to carry enough food, especially dry foods, biscuits, health drinks, ingredients for making hot beverages, and other non-perishable food items. You'll also need to carry enough woollen clothes, windcheater, muffler, hand-gloves, woollen caps, and other warm garments. Do not forget to carry camping gear as you'll need to take long breaks during the trekking itinerary that'll usually last for 5-6 days.
Where to Stay
There are no accommodation options in Roopkund. You can make bookings for staying in the GMVN guesthouse in Wan which is the closest accommodation to Roopkund. You'll also find GMVN tourist bungalows in Gopeshwar. Apart from that you'll find numerous guesthouses, hotels, and resorts suitable for newlyweds in places around Roopkund including Gopeshwar, Kasauni, Auli, and Gaurikund to name a few.
After your arrival at Kathgodam, you start for the base camp at Lohajung. After resting for the night, you start your trek the next day from Lohajung to reach Didina that takes about 5 hrs. You take a break for the night and start again the following day to get to Bedni Buygal that takes approximately 8 hours. On the fourth day, you head to Bhagwabhasa-the last point before you finally get to Roopkund.
On the way, you'll have to negotiate many sharp twists and bends that'll test your nerves. If you can take the hazards in your stride, you'll be gifted with some of the most enchanting views that you can only imagine in your dreams.T Take snapshots of the innumerable rivulets, rushing streams, and cataracts that you'll find on the way.
Take in the sights and sounds of Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal while en route to Roopkund. Surely visit the tourist spots around Roopkund including Ranikhet, Jageshwar, Badrinath, Adi Badri, Auli, Gaurikund, Valley of Flowers (Ghangaria), and Chamoli.
Your honeymoon tour to Roopkund will not be complete if you do not bring back trinkets, souvenirs and artefacts that are sold by the locals in the spots around Roopkund.
You'll come back from your Roopkund trip with a treasure trove of memories that you'll keep recalling for years to come.