Roopkund Trek Experience – Part 3
Day 6: Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund – Junargali (Altitude: 5000m/16200ft) back to Pathar Nachauni (Total Distance: ~12kms)
As soon as I woke up at 2 am, I knew it was gonna be a long and hard day. We started our epic journey to the summit of Roopkund by 4 am in the morning. Since the daylight wouldn’t be out for hours, we took out our torches. The overall distance to Roopkund from Bhagwabhasa is around 3.5kms out of which the first 3kms is a flat trail with very limited and short ascents and descents. The last 0.5km trek to the top was very exhilarating as that part of the trail was steep and a combination of loose sand and small stones. The width was just enough for a person to keep both the feet (This is when I felt grateful for the expensive-as-hell trek shoes).
It was one of those “I finally did it” moments when I reached Roopkund. 8 days in an unknown land, attaining high altitude every day, testing mental and physical endurance, I was there. Safe and sound. Although, I have to admit that the sight of the Roopkund was a disappointment. There was no water, no snow, nothing at all. Only stones, and of course, skeletons. Junargali was the next destination, which is a sharp ridge rising above Roopkund lake. It approximately took some 20 minutes to reach Junargali. I just hoped Junargali gave us more views than this. And boy was I glad I climbed uphill to Junargali. It was steeper than the climb to Roopkund, very scary and made me wary (No, I did not get a course on rhyming). But the views were ALL worth it. The endearing Mt.Trishul was right beside us!. If I’m not wrong, this is the closest you can get to near Mt.Trishul, in any of the Himalayan treks. Did you know, you would not lose the sight of Mt.Trishul and Nanda Ghunti throughout the trek!
After around 20 minutes, the dreadful descent began (I hate descents!). We reached Bhagwabhasa and after half hour or so, left for Pathar Nachauni and camped for the night.
Day 7: Pathar Nachauni to Wan (Distance: ~11kms) to Lohajung
Remember, how I told you that the 1st day of this trek was 2nd most difficult one for me? Well, this was the most difficult day for me. It took every ounce of energy I had. Descending constantly for almost an entire day is not easy. It’s very hard on your knees and feet. We passed through both the camps, Bedni Bugyal and Ghaeroli Patal. From Bedni to Ghaeroli we took a short route and skipped Ali Bugyal. Lunch was served in Ghaeroli Patal and the descend to Neel Ganga began again. The short stop over at Neel Ganga was a blessing in disguise. Only during the last 1km of the trek, did it rain for a while. It hadn’t rained even a drop all the other days.
The moment we reached Wan, it was all happy faces, exchanging congratulatory messages. We had done it! All of us! 🙂
And as a reward for myself …. I took shower the moment I reached base camp! Yayyyy! 😀 This too was a part of the experience on this trek. Forget about showering, washing our plates in bare hands was a challenge on its own. “Whose turn to do the dishes” was a common fight among couples and friends during the trek 😛 The shower at the base camp was the most sought after luxury once we reached Lohajung followed by a blissful, content sleep.
Day 8: Lohajung to Kathgodam
The certificates were distributed to each one of us for successfully accomplishing the Roopkund Trek. We took a moment to thank our guides, without whom this trek would have simply been impossible. We returned to Bangalore the next day from Delhi. And an epic journey ended, with lots of memories and experiences.
PS: No one tells you this, but do make a note that acclimatizing to the city and its woes will be more challenging than the trek itself 😛 Proof for that is …
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