Roopkund Trek, the boys have manners

The boys at Kuling

Village kids usually: They ask for candy, they ask for pen. They surround you, they follow, sometimes even tease you. After all they are kids. But it can be overwhelming and irritating.

In the backcountry of Uttarakhand, it’s different. They boys are polite, mannered, even wished us. They are the ones who truly deserve the candy and the pen.
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Roopkund Trek, the drive to Lohajung

After a flight from Bangalore to Delhi, we boarded the train to Kathgodam which lies literally at the foot of the Himalayas. From there we rode Sumos (MUV) towards Lohajung, the base camp for Roopkund Trek by India Hikes. We reached Lohajung by nightfall.

The ride to Lohajung felt like home, Mizoram. Except for the different vegetation and really tall Himalayan mountains.

Narrow Escape. Everytime I look at this photograph, I think of Aerosmith – Livin’ On The Edge.

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Roopkund – High altitude glacial lake

Canon S90. 1147 hours, June 29, 2011.

Roopkund trek with India Hikes, June 2011.

Roopkund (Skeleton Lake) is a glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India famous due to more than five hundred human skeletons found at the edge of the lake. The location is uninhabited and is located in Himalaya at an altitude of about 5,029 metres (16,499 feet).


I saw no skulls and bones. It was partly frozen. And our guide didn’t let us go down. Pavan earlier saw some.