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Roopkund

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  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 NIghts
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Trek Type: Multiday Trek
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Trekking KM: 12Km
  • Min Age : 10+
  • Nearest Town: Dewal
Tour Details

Though Roopkund trek is closed to trekkers at present, but that doesn’t keep away its tendency to be on news. It may well be a game changer from the prior researches and reveal new facts.

Last month a research paper published on “Roopkund” in ‘Nature’, a well-known and authoritative forum for the publication of important research papers.

A large number of national and regional newspapers printed the news, so as different media websites. Being mountain lovers and trekkers, it caught our eyes at first glance.. Although it seems that there are some confusions about the interpretations of article. Many of us have been to Roopkund and saw the remains of bones and even decomposed flesh and tissues. So what did the new research reveal? Here is my understanding and quick interpretations of the original article to the enthusiastic readers.

I avoided the complex and high technicalities of genetics, as much as possible. Read the original and full article published in Nature here. This attempt may have errors or wrong understanding due to my over enthusiasm! Request you to share your views in comments 🙂

Summary:
Roopkund is a small to medium glacial lake situated at ~ 16000 ft on the Himalayas and famous as Skeletal Lake. Naming is due to scattered human bones and skeletons on the shore and around the lake.

Scientist have used Bioinformatic processing, Population genetic analyses, AMS radiocarbon dating, Stable isotope measurements before revealing the facts which are:

Skeletons are gathered here in multiple chronological events within a time difference of 1000 years, between ~ 800 CE to ~ 1800 C.E.

Price Includes

  • Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Camping
  • Transportation
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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