Day 8 of Roopkund trek is all descent in the forest area till you reach Neel Ganga river, after which there is a gradual climb for about an hour, followed by the man-made trail through the Wan village for another 1 hour. It’s a short and easy trek on day 8. Once you reach Wan where there is road connectivity, take a local jeep back to Lohajung, which is the starting point of this trek and is about an hour’s drive.
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Our campsite at Ghairoli Patal which is in the forest area is the last place to get a glimpse of Mt. Trishul. The early morning view of this mountain peak that appears in gold color is mesmerizing. There is a small overpriced Tea shop where you can have breakfast. Continue your trek all the way down in the forest. It’s a zig zag trail and can be steep down at some places. As you reach the Neel Ganga stream/river, you can hear the water movement. There is a concrete bridge to cross this river.
Trekkers stop at Neel Ganga and few take bath here. The water at Neel Ganga is crystal clear and can be used to fill your bottle. Ideal place for photographers to get some long exposure shots of the stream and also for few selfie shots. Spend some time, maybe an hour or so and enjoy at this place. Cross this bridge to continue your trek further. This is a gradual climb. As you climb further you will find less number of trees and more of agricultural, cultivated land and small huts. And this is where the man-made stone block trail starts. Continue till you reach the highest point where there is a U-turn. On the other side of the hill is the Wan village. Few people don’t like to be photographed, so, remember to get permission/ or request them if you can photograph them. Respect them, and don’t blindly click on the shutter button. Few were friendly, and they were happy to be photographed. You will find a lot of kids around and they ask for toffees or money. These kids just say “Bakshish” and also few kids say “namaste”.
The trail continues further down and more you will find a lot of wild colorful flowers as you continue further in the trail. As you hike all the way down, don’t forget to see the mountain slopes and the scenery around. Once you are about to reach Wan village’s main road there are huge pine trees and a temple. Just sit under the tree and take rest for a while, as this will be the last place to take some rest and you are almost done with the trek. Pray in the nearby temple for you safe return and continue for another 10 minutes will you reach the main road. This is where you get cabs which will take you back to Lohajung which was our starting point of Roopkund trek. Wan village is connected with this main road and you get to see many shops here. Have some snacks here before you get into your cab, as it is another 60 to 90 minutes drive from Wan to Lohajung.
The drive from Wan to Lohajung may not be too far, but the drive is not easy. The roads were good, but scary at some places. You get to see landslides, roadblocks, bridges, under-construction bridges, tar roads, concrete roads, walls etc. Overall it was a bumpy drive. On reaching Lohajung, we had our backpack back in our room. Freshen up and have lunch. You get enough time in the evening to go around in the Lohajung village. I visited the local shiva temple and went on shopping. Bought some showcase items and spent the evening at our room in Lohajung.
We packed our bags on the next day morning and soon after having breakfast, our cabs were ready to go back to Kathgodam railway station which was another 8 hours of journey in the ghats and mountain slopes. Roopkund trek was a wonderful experience and a must do. I would recommend you to do this trek sometimes at the end of June if you don’t like snow and also if you want to reach Junargali Pass. Hope you liked this article. Please share it with your friends and follow me on social media for more photography, travel and trek updates of mine. Check out the video below.