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Roop Kund(Mystery Lake)

This attempt was made in June First Week - This is strongly suggested not to try this route in this season if you are not used to climbing techniques.

HISTORY: RoopKund becomes famous when large number of Human bones was reported. After that explorers and scientists have tried to explain the mystery but it helped in deepening the mystery rather solving it. Two theories have emerged and one is that these bones are of Gen.Zorawar Singh of Kashmir and his men who were coming back after raiding China-Tibet in 17th Century. Second opinion, which is also believed by locals, is that large numbers of people visiting Homkund were trapped in avalanches and snowstorms and got killed. Not even a single man survived to tell the true story.
It is situated in CWM of Trishul and this is again a positive factor for unpredictable change in weather in Himalayas. At 5025 Mtrs. I have very good Idea what and how it could have happened as I myself gone through very tough time there.

PHASE - (1) It was my plan to see Roop Kund solo. Although solo trekking in Himalayas is not advisable but one can not help if he could not find any partner. Specially in a society where scales to judge about good or bad is purely MONEY. But last minute change happened and my younger brother decided to go with me. He had been to high altitude with me. Together we stand on 5242 Mtrs. High Lalanti la in Kunnaur. A dedicated sportsman and now Lectr. of Physical Education at Stamford International college, Hua Hin, Thailand. We started our journey from Punjab and reached Haridwar ,early morning. A long and tough bus journey and we reached Karan Prayag. Next day after changing jeeps, one broke down bus...we reached Mandoli and climbed up for Lohajung. It was 4.0 PM when we were pitching tent…on a open slope...near Forest rest house.

PHASE-(2) We were told that June is not for Roop Kund and it is all snow laden trek and its not open yet but as we have traveled so far and liked the air of the mountain…so we decided that we will give it a try ,otherwise we will camp somewhere and after good rest of seven days...we will descend down) We started from Lohajung at 6.45 Am and reached WAN at 12.0 AM. After lunch and at 1.0 PM we were again out on trail….it was drizzling which very soon become heavy rainfall. We have to take shelter for some time…and we again started the grueling climb of Bhagwa Basa. It was a tough climb and I remember that with heavy rucksack on my shoulders, I was interested in making a halt in between but somehow I kept on walking step by step and we reached Bedni Bugyal at 5.0 PM. It was cool but sunny evening with clouds settled in valley and sharp colors of sky, mountain and green.

PHASE - (3) Next day we started at 7.0AM and it was day of gaining altitude. Soon snow patch started and we were on a steep climb of Kalua Binayak, which we came to know later that nobody could cross before thatin June. Slope was almost in front of our face but soft snow gave ample opportunity for kicking and climbing. Problem lies in anchors as we were having only one Ice axe and our guide happened to be in love with that.Everyone faced trouble in climbing. We reached upper crest of the ridge and looked down…it was dangerously high exposed ridge and we were not having any security. Very soon snowfall started and we decided to create hot coffee under a overhang which was only shelter posing shear fall ...if anybody slipped.

PHASE - (4) We reached Bhagwa Basa but not without tackling with loose surface of snow which cracked under our feats. And many times I have to tell everyone that they should make their own footsteps, as surface is week. But when we reached Bhagwa Basa we were shocked to see that neither there was enough place to pitch tent. Somehow we erected a loose Dome tent and I spent one of the toughest nights I had in Himalayas. Roop Kund was in clouds and doing hide and seeks with us. Bur its sheer appearance was giving a ghostly look, giving a further truth to gory history of its.

 

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