Trek on Day 5 starts from Pathar Nachauni all the way to Bhagwabhasa via Kalu Vinayak Temple which is at an altitude of 14550 feet. From this point you can see Roopkund even though it’s another day’s trek. It’s a vertical zig zag climb for 3 to 4 hours till Kalu Vinayak temple followed by a gradual 2 hours descent till Bhagwabhasa.
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On this day you will be covering less distance but almost 1400 feet of gain in altitude till Kalu Vinayak temple followed by a descent all the way. From Pathar Nachauni campsite which is at 12800 feet, you can see the Kalu Vinayak temple. The zig-zag trail continues all the way up till Kalu Vinayak which is at an altitude of 14200 feet. On this side of the slope you will be able to see small patches of snow and in some places you need to cross these snow patches. The trail is too steep and can be very exhaustive. Take your time and don’t be in a hurry to reach peak. Take break once in a while, maybe after each zig-zag. You gain a lot of altitude here in this place and get to feel the breathlessness here. Take your time as you will be covering less distance today. One way is to keep yourself relaxed is to look around and see the beautiful scenery, snow patched slopes, you can even see the meadows that you had covered on the previous days as you climb up the slopes. Remember not to be in a hurry and take your time to climb, even if you are a quick climber, it advised to slow down so that you can get acclimatized to this gain in altitude. Once you reach the peak, take rest and enjoy the scenery around. This is where the Kalu Vinayak temple is. Tents at Pathar Nachauni campsite will look like small dots in google maps. The visibility may be too poor because of rain, snow, hailstorm or even cloud. The bell at Kalu Vinayak temple is what helps us reach this place during bad weather. Pray for your safe return and continue with your trek. Few may even fall sick or may feel the high altitude sickness, after the climb.
On the other side of this slope is all snow covered slope. From Kalu Vinayak temple on a clear day you get to see the beautiful snow covered Mt. Trishul and just below is Mt Trishul is the Roopkund. It’s hard to make out from this place the exact location of Roopkund. From Kalu Vinayak temple, on one side of the mountain (towards Pathar Nachauni) is all dry or snow patched slope and on the other side (towards Bhagwabhasa) is all covered with snow. These mountain slopes are massive and huge. Continue your trek all the way down till Bhagwabhasa. It’s a gradual descent where you will find remains of huts made of stones. During summer, you may not find snow in this region and it’s easy to find the man made route all the way till Roopkund.
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Explore the Bhagwabhasa camp site. You can see the mountain slopes on one side and Roopkund at the center. Few small avalanches are common on snow covered slopes, a small water fall and valley on the other side. The orange flag at Kalu Vinayak temple is visible from this camp site. The valley deep down is very beautiful and an ideal place to spend time in the evening while have a cup of hot tea. You can get some good time lapse photos/videos here. There are few huts at the bottom of the slope, where some of the trekkers prefer to stay. Enjoy the evening going around the camp site. The weather at Bhagwabhasa camp site can change in no time. Hail storm and snow fall are common in this area. The temperature at night can be really cold and it had dropped below zero during our trek. In addition to drop in temperature, there is too much wind which can make you feel as though it’s even colder that what your temperature meter shows. It’s hard to find flat land other than our camp site.
I went there sometime in early June and our tents were on top of thick layer of ice. Almost all of us had a tough time in sleeping overnight because of extreme cold weather and the temperature had dropped to around zero. Had to sleep early by around 8:30 to 9:00PM as we were told to wake-up early in the morning at around 4:00 AM and continue with our trek and reach Roopkund before sunrise. Here is the video on YouTube of day 4 and 5 from Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa that we had covered in a single day instead of 2 days. Hope you enjoyed the photos and videos. Please leave a comment below and share this article with your friends. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and to follow me on social media for more updates.