About Us Participation Facts Directions Gallery NATIONAL HIMALAYAN TREKKING EXPEDITION- ROOP KUND- 2017 [ THE MYSTERIOUS LAKE ] 6300.00 Gwaldam Base Camp - 15th Sep to 5th Oct 2017 9N/10D sharing tented accommodation, Simple nutritious veg. Food, Equipments, Group Insurance, Forest entry and Trekking Start Date 2017 15 Sep End Date 2017 05 Oct Schedule & Seats Date Total Seats Seats Booked Seats left Book Now 15 Sep, 2017 30 30 0 -- 16 Sep, 2017 29 29 0 -- 17 Sep, 2017 24 24 0 -- 18 Sep, 2017 28 28 0 -- 19 Sep, 2017 29 11 18 Book Now 20 Sep, 2017 30 1 29 Book Now 21 Sep, 2017 30 1 29 Book Now 22 Sep, 2017 30 30 0 -- 23 Sep, 2017 29 29 0 -- 24 Sep, 2017 30 12 18 Book Now 25 Sep, 2017 30 0 30 Book Now 26 Sep, 2017 30 0 30 Book Now 27 Sep, 2017 30 0 30 Book Now 28 Sep, 2017 30 9 21 Book Now 29 Sep, 2017 30 8 22 Book Now 30 Sep, 2017 30 30 0 -- 01 Oct, 2017 30 10 20 Book Now 02 Oct, 2017 30 30 0 -- 03 Oct, 2017 2 2 0 -- 04 Oct, 2017 20 0 20 Book Now 05 Oct, 2017 30 6 24 Book Now *ABOUT PROGRAM: Roop Kund(15893 feet) is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas. It lies in the lap of MT. Trishul and MT. Nanda ghunti. Roop kund is locally known as mystery and Skeleton Lake, and is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. It is a high altitude glacier lake (Tarn) in the Chamoli district, Uttrakhand State of India. The lake is a popular trekking destination. Many theories and opinions exist, from purely spiritual to scientific ones, attempting to explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century A.D. (1200 years old). Because of the human remains, the lake has been called skeleton lake in recent times. The trekking will be on the same route of the famous pilgrimage " Nanda Devi Raj Yatra" which is conducted in every 12 years. TREK GRADING: MODERATE RANGE: GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND FLORA & FAUNA: There are many trees like Chirr, Oaks, Conifers, Sal, Deodar, Haldu, Yew, Cypress, Rhododendron, Birch, Horse-Chestnut, Sycamore, Willow and Alder are found in Garhwal. A large variety of medicinal herbs, shrubs and bushes like Brahmi and Ashwagandha are found in abundance here. One can also savor fruits like Figs, Mulberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Currants, Medlars, Hazelnuts, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Apricots, Plums, Peaches, Lemon, Oranges, Bananas, Pomegranates and Walnuts. Garhwal is also full of rich animal life which includes mammals, reptiles & birds, Monkey, Languor, Wild-Cat, Goat, Pig, Fox, Wild-Dog, Black Bear, Snow Leopard, the flying Squirrel (locally called Rinoola) etc are also seen in this regions. HIGHEST ALTITUDE GAIN: 15893 FEET. *DURATION: 9N/10D (on 10th day participants will have to check out after breakfast from Base Camp). *REPORTING POINT: Gwaldam Base Camp (Pacca Accomodation at Base Camp) This trek starts from base camp Gwaldam. It is a well known place near kumaun- Garhwal border. It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam. .It is located at an altitude of 6364feet.Gwaldam is around 23 km. from Garur market, 66 km. from Karnaprayag and around 22 km. from Dewal. We can see the Mount Trishul (23360 feet), Mount Nanda Ghunti (20699 feet), from here. The highway that goes to Bageshwar, branches off to take you through a fascinating route amidst thick pine forests, against the backdrop of the Himalayas from Gwaldam. *REPORTING DATES: 30 participants in each reporting day from 15th Sep to 5th Oct 2017. *HOW TO REACH: Our base camp is at Gwaldam, which is easily connected by roads. Busses & sharing Jeeps are available from major town of Uttarakhand, like Almora(92 km),Kausani(36 km). The fastest way to reach Gwaldam from New Delhi is to take- 1. 12040 Shatabdi Exp(from NDLS to KGM) dept-6 a.m. everyday. 2. 15060 Lalkuan Exp(from ANVT to LKU)dept-14:05 p.m.Tues &Thu day. 3.15035 Sampark kranti Exp(DLI to KGM) dept-16:00 p.m. everyday. 4. 15013 Ranikhet Exp(DLI to KGM) dept-22:30 p.m. everyday. 5. 18914 Ahmedabad-KGM(DLI to KGM) dept-00:35 a.m. only Tues day. 6. 18913 ASR-NDLS-KGM (NDLS to KGM) dept-11:10 a.m. sun,wed,sat day. 7. 14012 Hoshiarpur-Delhi Exp(ANVT to KGM)dept-6:00 a.m.Wed,Fri,Sat day. up to Haldwani, then take a sharing jeep or bus, from Haldwani to Gwaldam. The nearest Rail heads are Kathgodam & Haldwani. Nearest airport is Panthnagar. From Haldwani,take a bus for Bageswar & get down at Garur. From Garur sharing jeeps are available till Gwaldam. Note: Participants are advised to reach before 8 pm at Base Camp Gwaldam. As no conveyance will be available after 8 pm in hilly area. *PROGRAM INCLUDES: Sharing tented accommodation, Simple nutritious veg. Food, Equipments, Group Insurance, Forest entry and Trekking. *DAYWISE SCHEDULE: #Day 01: Reporting at Gwaldam Base Camp(6360feet) Full day Reporting & Rest Day. Trekkers will be accommodated in tent & will be issued the equipments. #Day 02: Acclimatization and Orientation Trekker will move around the base camp to gain height for proper acclimatization followed by the opening address in which trekker will be briefed about YHAI. High altitude sickness, do’s and don’ts in mountains etc. #Day 03: Rock climbing and rappelling Trekkers will enjoy the rock climbing and rappelling by the guidance of our professional Instructors with different useful techniques. #Day 04: Trek to Didna village (9003feet) Via Kulling On this day trekkers will be lifted from Base camp to Kulling by bus after travelling the distance of 55 kilometers, will be dropped at Kulling Village. Kulling is the point where trekkers will have to start trekking for maximum 4 hours to reach the Didna Camp. #Day 05: Trek to Bedini Bugyal(11004feet) Early Morning after breakfast trekkers will be provided packed lunch for the trek. This trek will take 07 to 08 hours to reach Bedini Bugyal via Ali Bugyal; Ali Bugyal is a lush green meadow resting at the top of the mountain, like a luxury penthouse of a skyscraper. Bedini Bugyal is a very fascinating plain meadow with greenery above the tree line. Bedini Bugyal is also the main source of the River Neel Ganga. #Day 06: Trek to Bhagua Basa(14354feet) via Patar Nachuni & Kalu Vinayak On this day early morning after breakfast followed by the distribution of packed lunch, trekkers will have to trek for maximum of 6 hours to reach Bhagua Basa. This is the highest camp site of this expedition, which is located at an altitude of 14354 feet & offers the fascinating scenario of many mountain peaks like Mount Chou khamba, Mount Neel kanth, Mount Mrigho Dhani, Mount Bandar punch etc. Here you can see the Legendary Brahma Kamal & Phen Kamal flower. #Day 07: Trek to Roopkund (15893feet) & back to Patar Nachuni camp. (13002feet) This is the day, when trekkers will move from Bhagua Basa to Roopkund. Early morning at 5a.m. trek starts .After reaching this destination trekkers will be given the limited time for photography, Prayers etc. And will descent to Patar Nachuni for night stay. It will take maximum of 4 hours to summit and 6 hours to descend to Patar Nachuni. #Day 08: Trek to Minfar Camp (10033feet) After successful summit, the descending route will be diverted so that extra fascinating views can be covered during the trek. On this day trekkers will descend to the Minfar Camp which will take around 6 hours. On the way to Minfar Camp, one can enjoy the full view of entire trek route. #Day 09: Descend to Wan Village & transfer by Bus to Base camp This is the final trekking day of this trekking expedition when trekkers will have to descend around 08 kilometers which can take maximum 05 hours to reach Wan Village where trekkers will be lifted by bus, after travelling 62 kilometers trekkers will be dropped at Gwaldam Base Camp. During this trek, trekkers can see many beautiful and famous birds like Monal (State bird of U.K.) etc. #Day10: Check out after breakfast. *WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? The participant must be physically, and medically fit and above the age of 15 years. YHAI membership is mandatory to participate. This condition will be adhered to strictly. Under age will not be considered in any case. The participant should be in position of Medical Certificate at the time of reporting, and the validity of Medical Certificate will be considered only for one month. *HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Online Booking: Members desirous of joining this programme may apply online by paying requisite program fee Rs. 60000+ 300 (online charges extra) = Rs6300/- We accept Net Banking, Debit Card and Credit Card payment on www.yhaindia.org for online payments. After successful transaction Admit Card will be generated. Participant has to carry "Admit Card", "Trekking Medical Certificate" & "Membership Card, two passport size photographs at the time of reporting to the Base Camp. Offline Booking: Members desirous of joining this programme may apply on the prescribed "Trekking Registration Form" duly supported by a "Trekking Medical Certificate", along with a Demand Draft of requisite amount of Rs.6050-(Rs. 50 Postage Charges) in favor of “Youth Hostels Association of India” payable at New Delhi. The Trekking registration Form, Trekking Medical Form and Demand Draft may be sent to following address: Trekking Department, National Office Youth Hostels Association of India 5, Nyaya Marg, Chankayapuri. New Delhi – 110021, Contact No.: 7827999000 All Offline Booking confirmation is subject to availability of seats. National Office will send the Admit Card along with confirmation letter to the participant at the address mentioned in "Trekking Registration Form". *CANCELLATION POLICY: In case you are unable to join this trek, you will get a refund of 50% of your booking (except online charges) provided when your request is received through http://www.yhaindia.org/program-cancellation.php & offline booking should be come through the post directly at the National Office-New Delhi, before 25th August, 2017. After this date no refund application will be considered. Any unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity will not be considered as a cause of cancellation. Online Booking must be cancelled through online or by mail, mail or written request will not be considered for refund if not received by or before scheduled date (25th August). OR Offline Booking Request for cancellation and refund may be sent through post/courier at following address provided it should reach National Office before 25th August’2017 Seat once booked may not be re-scheduled or transferred. Any unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity will not be considered as a cause of cancellation. Refund may be given after completion of the programs 30 to 45 working days. Rucksack (if You have one), Walking stick, Woolens, Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enameled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Lunch box ,Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, Rain sheet, Medicines which you normally use at home, Camera with extra batteries. * Food & Supplies:Simple, nutritious vegetarian meals * Accommodation Facilities:Tented accommodation, pucca toilet cum bathroom facility, at the base camp. * What participants should bring along:Rucksack (if You have one), Walking stick, Woolens, Cotton Shirts, Slacks, Cotton Pants, Sun Cap, Shoes, Socks, Enameled or Steel Mug / tumbler, Plate, Lunch box ,Spoon, Water purifying tablets, Pen knife, Needle, Thread, Spare buttons, Goggles, Cold cream / Vaseline, Soap, Toilet Paper, Towel, Rain sheet, Medicines which you normally use at home, Camera with extra batteries. * Safety & Security: Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of trekking routed for your safety. Our field staff and experienced camp leaders have been visiting the area to check all details. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities. *ADDITIONAL NOTES: Notice to Participants: YHAI membership card or Receipt of payment for membership fees and Admit card, original Medical Certificate & two Passport size photographs is must to enter into the Base Camp. Without these documents participating members will not be allowed at Base Camp. * Special Casual leave: The Trekking Expedition organized by Youth Hostels Association of India have the approval of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Dept. of Personnel And Training), Government of India, vide Office Order no. 28016/3/89-Estt (A), Dated 25 October, 1989. Participants working in the Central Govt. Organization can apply to the authorities concerned for availing special casual leave for the duration of the expedition. This leave can be sanctioned by their office up to 30 days in calendar year. *CERTIFICATE: Participants, who successfully complete the trekking and abide by the discipline of the program, will be awarded certificates. * Adventure Scholarship: Justice TPS Chawla Scholarship: YHAI announces Justice T.P.S. Chawla Memorial Adventure Scholarship for underprivileged girls for participation in YHAI adventure activities. Deserving participants may apply to the National Office YHAI supported by relevant document / certificates. Adventure Scholarship for Physically Challenged : YHAI announces 50% adventure scholarships of Rs.3000/- each to physically challenged youth (including deaf & dumb) for this expedition. Deserving participants may apply to the National Office YHAI, on a plain paper supported by relevant documents/certificates. Off the beaten Siddhartha Scholarship: To provide underprivileged young men and women less than 30 years of age with an opportunity to participate in outdoor adventure activities / programs by YHAI in various parts of the country. Deserving participants may apply to the National Office YHAI supported by relevant document / certificates. * Photography Competition: After the completion of each trekking expedition, a photography competition will be held for which attractive cash prizes and certificates will be awarded. You may also send your entries in the form of colored slides or prints on the following subjects: Nature-birds, Flowers, Scenic Beauty, Camping and Trekking. The size of the prints should be 8” x 10”. Please give brief details of the location of the subjects and also your name, address and group number on the reverse of the photograph. YHAI has the right to retain/use even the entries which are not selected for awards due to acknowledgement/compensation. Last date for submitting entries is 30 October 2017. No Map detail.