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If only Milton had the chance to see the Roopkund Lake, he would certainly have bestowed an ode or two to this ethereal lake. Nestled in the leviathan mountains of Uttarakhand, the Roopkund lake is not only a favourite with the ones seeking adventure but also with people seeking spiritual release.
The lake sits pretty at an altitude of over 16000 feet (4900 metres) above sea-level and remains frozen for most parts of the year. Situated in the Chamoli district, the lake demands a trek from its admirers – if you want to see it with naked eyes and not on your black mirrors!
The Roopkund lake remains frozen for 11 months of the year. But there comes a time, one particular month of the year, when the ice melts away to reveal something straight out of a Tim Burton or a Ramsey Brothers’ movie – hundreds of human skeletal remains!
EEYUPP! The beautiful wonderful Roopkund lake takes on a bizarre, weird form when the ice melts away.
Discovery of the skeletons
The first person to come across the skeletons must have had quite the shock – and dread! Historians suggest that the first reports of the skeletal sightings were made in the 19th century. However, it was the re-discovery in 1942 by Nanda Devi’s game reserve ranger,HK Madhwal, that brought Roopkund the notoriety it has today!
Sherlock Holmes would be baffled
While there are countless theories, none of them have satisfactorily explained the skeletal remains, of over 300 human beings, in the beautiful lake.
Hey, maybe one of you would be the first one to provide a mind-blowing explanation for this! Right?
Time to pack your bags and call your boss!
Roopkund Trek Info
Well, it’s the season for treks. Roopkund is one of the most beautiful treks in India. It’s not very arduous but it’s not a cake-walk either. The conditions, often, get harsh and the trek can take treacherous routes. But what is a trek if not a bit treacherous?
Duration of the trek – 8-9 days (generally)
Independent Trekking – If you are an experienced trekker, you might be able to attempt this on your own. It is highly recommended to take a guide and a porter for this trek. You can also join a group trek expedition conducted by one of the many online trekking websites.
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