Roopkund Trek Difficulty Level
Roopkund trek takes you to a small lake above the snowline of the Greater Himalayas and once you reach the Roopkund Lake “Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination” will flash in your mind. Roopkund Lake is a very small swallow lake, maximum 2 meters in depth and generally remain under the snow for 8 months in a year. The Roopkund trek difficulty level varies with season of the trek you are doing but generally it falls in moderate to difficult trek category.
Fitness Required for the Roopkund Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
Roopkund trek is a moderate to difficult trek so a prior experience of Himalayan trekking would be helpful and you should be fit enough to walk for 7-8 hours at a stretch.
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking is advisable but not necessary. If you follow play sports and maintain sound physique and more importantly have the zeal to do this amazing trek then you should be able to complete this trek.
Fitness Required: The Roopkund trek falls in the category of moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has a few steep ascends and descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
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Things to get for Roopkund Trek
- Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes
- 3 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of Socks
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable)
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
What to Buy and What not to buy
First of all never ever buy a heavy jacket for a trek instead buy a good down feather jacket. Trekking shoes should be of good quality. A few outdoor brands we recommend are Quechua, Merrel, The North Face, Columbia, Jack Wolfskin, Black Diamond, Borreal, Lafuma to name a few.
Here is a list of locations you can buy your trekking gear from.
- Adventure 18, Satya Niketan, Opposite Venkateshwara College, South Campus University of Delhi
- Adventure Point, Satya Niketan, Opposite Venkateshwara College, South Campus University of Delhi