A long awaited dream turned to reality in September of 2015 when we finally booked our tickets for the Roopkund trek! The ‘skeleton pond’ has been bewildering generations since pre-historic eras.
A flight from Pune to Delhi, then an early morning bus to Rishikesh. Some broken naps in the rugged state transport bus, and we finally reached Rishikesh.
From there, we hired a taxi till Lohajung for a treacherous 9 hours journey.
After a day of rest at Lohajung, we began our trek. The first hour was very exciting. Cypress trees, steep ascends, and mountain-edged homes.
We trekked till 4 PM, and then had our first night halt at the beautiful Bedni Bugyal. It was magical watching the snow peaks illuminated by the setting sun.
Next morning, we continued as the views became more beautiful. After 1.5 hours, we reached Pathar Nachoni. We had some tea here before moving towards the base.
After 2 hours of trek, we reached the final base, Bhagwabusa. The weather was very cold, and as night grew close, storms started to build up. Some delicious khichidi for dinner, we took to our tents to sleep. With rains and winds hitting the tents hard, we had a lifetime experience!
The storm of the night resulted in some snow! After breakfast, we began the last stretch. As we reached closer, the glaciers began appearing! After 3 hours of intense climbing, we finally reached the summit! It was a surreal. We basked in all we could and then began descending to civilisation.