Day 6 of Roopkund trek starts very early in the morning much before sun rise. It’s a gradual climb followed by steep climb from 12500 feet (Bhagwabasa camp) to 15750 feet. Roopkund is at around 15500 feet. The image that you see on top is the Roopkund. Further climb will take you to Junargali Pass. Followed by this is the return back to Pathar Nachauni via Bhagwabhasa camp where you can camp for the day.
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Bhagwabasa camp site is one place where you need to get some rest and also to get acclimatized as this is the place few of them feel sick because of high altitude. Some fall sick and few of them do get high altitude sickness. So, have a healthy food and make sure you get enough rest and sleep before you trek further. The night before was very cold and even though the temperature meter displayed close to zero, the cold breeze makes you feel as though it was minus four degree Celsius.
Trek Roopkund on day 6 starts very early in the morning much before sunrise at around 4:00 or 5:00 AM. We had to wake up early and have breakfast. Soon after this, we packed our day pack and were asked to wear crampons, helmet and to use head lamp. It’s better to start early much before sunrise as the snow flakes will be hard and it would be easy to walk on that. The trail to Roopkund which is about 2.5 to 3 hours is a gradual climb followed by steep climb. You cannot see Roopkund till you reach there as Roopkund is a pond which is at a bit lower altitude as shown above. As you climb don’t forget to turn around to see the beautiful landscape.
Once you reach Roopkund, check with your guide for the mysterious story of that place. You will find lot of human skeletal remains here in this pond, but none when there is snow. There are lot of theories behind the Roopkund skeletal remains and the latest theory says that the death of so many people were due to huge hail stones. Another 20 minutes climb from Roopkund is the Junargali Pass. On the other side of Junargali Pass is the Mt Trishul. You can see the entire stretch from bottom to top of Mt Trishul. To the right is the glacier and to the left is the very deep valley named Sheela Samudra. Ideal place to visit this place would be after June and before Oct when there is not much snow. The trail here is dangerous and slippery. The trail continues to the advanced base camp all the way to Homkund and Ronti Saddle which is another 3 days of trek. Our group did not go beyond Roopkund and we had to return back to Bhagwabasa camp site. On the way we got a chance to slide down the snow covered slopes.
After a short break at Bhagwabasa camp site we continued our trek back to Pathar Nachauni via Kalu Vinalayak temple. We were stuck for a while because of hail storm and snow fall. The landscape is awesome, snow covered mountains on one side and deep valley on the other side. The weather is very much unpredictable. We camped at Pathar Nachauni and had an awesome evening at our camp site. Check out the video below. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and also to follow me on social media to get more updates.