Ronti Saddle

About Ronti Saddle

Ronti Saddleon Roopkund Trail about 30km trek from Lohajun or Lohaghat
30 kms
From Van village road cut, Lohajung

Ronti Saddle in Lohajung

Ronti Saddle trek is a relatively new trek that hasn’t been on many trekker’s radar. It offers breathtaking views of the Nanda Ghunti, Trisul I, II, III peaks. One comes across the mysterious Roopkund Lake where the skeletal remains of the unknown are still buried. In addition to that, you come across beautiful meadows of Ali Bugyal and Bedni Bugyal.

How to reach

For Ronti Saddle trek, one has to reach Kathgodam which is at a distance of 276kms from Delhi. There are various modes of transportations that are available to reach Kathgodam:

  • By Road:  Kathgodam is well connected with major northern cities via motorable roads. There are various bus services available from Delhi to Kathgodam. One can opt for semi-deluxe, deluxe and AC Volvo as per their needs. In addition to that, Kathgodam is connected with Delhi by Uttaranchal State Road Transport Corporation buses on a regular basis from Anand Vihar ISBT.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam Railway Station. There are numerous trains connecting Kathgodam with other major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to Kathgodam is quite high as it is the gateway to the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is the Pantnagar Airport which lies approximately 34 km from Kathgodam, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathgodam – Lohajung (225 kms / 8-9 hours)

Pickup will be from Kathgodam Railway Station and then drive to Lohajung. The drive is a long one but the beautiful views of the hills and rivers should be rewarding enough.

Day 2: Lohajung – Didina (10 km)

Post breakfast, we start our trek from Lohajung to Didina. We traverse through the forests with initial easy trail which then starts to climb up steadily. We camp at Didina for the night.

Day 3: Didina – Bedni Bugyal (12 km)

We leave early for Bedni Bugyal via Tolapani which is a hamlet situated amidst the lush greenery high up in the mountains. After trekking for 2 hours we reach the beautiful Ali Bugyal. Bedni Bugyal is just 2.5 kms from Ai Bugyal. We camp at Bedni Bugyal.

Day 4: Bedni Bugyal - Baghubasa (12km)

After paying our obeisance to the majestic Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nilkantha peaks from Bedni Bugyal, we move forward towards Baghubasa. We reach Baghubasa by evening which is a beautiful campsite. We halt for the night.

Day 5: Baghubasa – Roopkund – Junairgali Pass – Sheela Samudra (12 kms)

We start early today for ascend to the famed Roopkund lake which will take around 3 hours. We spend some time among the skeletons resting and enjoying the lake. Trek to Junairgali top is a little difficult one that requires ice climbing. Once we reach the summit, the view is spellbinding. We descend to Sheela Samudra and camp for the night.

Day 6: Timeout (Rest)

After a tiring day yesterday, we relax today. Explore the vicinity or just lie in the cool breeze. Hope you have your camera ready!

Day 7: Sheela Samudra – Dodang (8 km)

After a refreshing Day 6, we once again start our journey amidst the mountains. We walk beside the Nandakini River as we reach Dodang. We call it a day at Dodang and camp overnight.

Day 8: Dodang – Homkund – Ronti Saddle (10 km)

We start early for our destination – Ronti Saddle. The views offered from the top of Ronti Saddle is breath taking. Ronti Peaks 1, 2 and Trishul 1, 2, 3 and Nanda Ghungti looks amazing.

Day 9: Dodang – Chandaniya Ghat – Latakhopri (16 km)

From today we make our way back to the civilization. We cross a river to reach Lata Khopri which will be our campsite. Overnight stay will be at tents.

Day 10: Lata Khopri – Sutol (12 km)

The descent down to Sutol is a picturesque one which descends down through the forest. Sutol is a beautiful village with a temple, shop and few homes. Overnight stay will be at camps.

Day 11: Sutol – Sitel – Lohaghat (11 km trek, 1 km by road)

We descent back to the civilization via Sitel village. From, Sitel we drive back to Lohaghat. Trek ends at Lohaghat.

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