Rup Kund, the Mystery Lake, resides in the land of the goddess Nanda (goddess Parvati’s name before her marriage to Lord Shiva). It was in 1942 that the lake and its mystery were discovered. A forest officer came upon the lake and saw that there were a considerable number of skeletal remains at the bottom. There have been many speculations as to whom the remains belong. The most credible story is that they belong to Raja Jasdal, his wife Rani Balpa (a Garhwali Princess), their two children and the procession which were on a royal pilgrimage (The Nanda Devi Raj Jat). To this day pilgrims continue to use this route to make offerings to their beloved Goddess. Trekkers come for the amazing views, beautiful meadows and forests and the intriguing lake.
Route 15 days/14 nights
Day 1 – Delhi – Mussoorie (2,600m.)
7 hrs. drive to Mussoorie. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 2 – Mussoorie – Srinagar (580m.)
6 hrs. drive to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 3 – Srinagar Lohajung (2,250m.)
6 hrs. drive to Lohajung. Overnight at camp.
Day 4 – Lohajung – Wan (2,460m.)
14 km. trek to Wan. Overnight at camp.
Day 5 – Wan – Bedni Bugyal (3,354m.)
11 km. trek to the beautiful Bedni Bugyal (meadows) with great views of Trishuli (7,120m.) and Nanda Ghunti (6,310m.) to the northeast. Overnight at camp.
Day 6 – Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni (3,650m.)
7km. trek to the meadows of Patar Nachauni. Overnight at camp.
Day 7 – Patar Nachauni – Rup kund (4450m.)
14 km. trek to Rup Kund and back to the camp on the same day. Overnight in camp.
Day 8 – Rup Kund – Kanol (2,287m.)
14 km. trek to Kanol. Overnight at camp.
Day 9 – Kanol – Sitel ( 2190m.)
10 km. trek to Sitel. Overnight at camp.
Day 10 – Sitel – Srinagar
5 hrs. drive to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 11 – Srinagar – Mussoorie
6 hrs. drive to Mussoorie. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse.
Day 12 – Mussoorie – Delhi
7 hrs. drive to Delhi.
Day 13: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast. Pack up and depart by 10am for the drive back to Mussoorie. Check in at guesthouse
Day 14: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast This is a rest day, which leaves plenty of time to walk around town and purchase any last minute gifts for friends and family back home. Overnight in guesthouse
Day 15: Mussoorie.
Morning yoga at 6:30 before breakfast Spend the day relaxing and getting things together for your return. This evening we will spend celebrating the end of our journey. Overnight in guesthouse
- Grade: Challenging
- Best Time: May to June / September to November