Trekking in the Himalayas is the only thing that can relieve a man from his pain and sin into an absolute realm of unsullied pleasure. When you are back from your summit, you are not the same person anymore, but a million times better one, with a different perspective to life. You are healed.
Roopkund has a spooky and chilling vibe surrounding all around it. Be it the awry skeletons of humans at the bottom of the lake, its sheer altitude, strenuous trails or whatever, but one thing is certain, the experience is something extraordinary, the one that can’t be explained. See for yourself, then.
We started our journey traveling to Kathgodam by train and then to Lohajung in a vehicle.
Lohajung - Didna, 5 Hours.
We woke up around at 4 AM and quickly did everything in order to get ready and start the trek. We had to reach our first campsite, Didna. The trail is moderate. If you are not physically confident, you will start doubting yourself over the kind of days that you are about to experience.
Didna – Ali Bugyal, 6 Hours.
This is the part of the trail where the word difficult is introduced. The path is slippery at times with narrow edges. Our team members fell a few times but no one got hurt. I had prepared myself for this trek for over a month with squat, sprint and dead lift training so I was pretty much at home. Ali Bugyal is an ultra scenic path of green, the largest meadow in all of Asia. Staying there overnight was a bliss.
Ali bugyal – Pathor Nachauni, 4 Hours.
The trail from Ali Bugyal to our next destination Pathor Nachauni was gradual and relaxed as compared to the previous day. The elevation is also not all that steep, although there is a big drop in Oxygen levels. Pathaur Nachauni can be reached by lunch and afterwards you can play Cricket with the locals. This was the part where everybody realized the true meaning of the word happiness.
Pathor Nachauni – Bhagwabasa, 4 Hours.
This was the most difficult part of the whole trail. Steel elevation, life threatening crossings, sharp drop in oxygen levels, slippery rocks etc made things really challenging for some faint hearted people of our group. I was scared too because I have a fear of heights. Lack of oxygen made people paranoid, developing doubts and second thoughts. We spent the night in hefty downpour and cold tents.
Bhagwabasa – Roopkund, Junargali, 3 Hours.
We started this part at 2 AM because our trek leader told us that the view and feel of the lake at dawn is almost unprecedented. It indeed was. But that comes later, first is the gripping adventure of waking on extremely slippery, elevated and dangerous trails in sub zero temperatures in the middle of the night in the middle of dense forests to a lake that remains frozen almost through the year and houses skeletons of dead humans ageing as old as 14th century according to some myths. Go ahead, try and picture it. Turned on yet? Haha.
Being at the lake is a different feeling all together. Time stands still and you talk to yourself in a million ways but no words are spoken or heard. You feel alive.