The Skeleton Lake
Roopkund is a mysterious lake cocooned in the interior part of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand lies in the lap of Trishul massif. The Roopkund Lake is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters about 16,499 feet above sea level. Roopkund is one of the most popular treks of Uttarakhand, as it offers magnificent mountain scenery. The best time to trek Roopkund is from May end to October.
Set amidst the benevolent mountainous peaks, the Roopkund Lake remains in the spotlight for its unsolved mystery. It has been nicknamed as the 'Mystery Lake' as the remains of human skeletons and horses belonging to the Palaeolithic age can be seen here.
The adrenaline pumping trek to Roopkund starts from Lohajung, a tiny pass seated at 16,499 feet above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas. This shallow lake has a depth of about 2 metres and is the most popular lake in the entire Uttarakhand. The lake is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by rock-strewn glacier.
Roopkund remains frozen for almost all the time of the year. The skeletal remains around Roopkund are believed to be 500-600 years old. While traveling to Roopkund you get a chance to trek through villages rich in pahari culture.