This was one of the treks which we will always remain close to my heart. The whole trek is really a good mix of greenery, snow plodding, boulders and glacial moraines. One can feel the closeness of the mountains without going to very high altitude. Most of the times we were walking amidst huge mountains and got very close views of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul ranges. The trek is also spiritually motivating – Homkund is one of the most enchanting places that I have seen on my treks.
Having said all this, I would say that I have had the luck and pleasure of trekking with some really fine people. Treks like these are never possible without the company of great friends and one always has a lot to learn from your trekking companions.
If you ask me , is this trek suitable for beginners – I would say yes, but till Roopkund and that too with some level of physical and mental toughness.
I would also say that experienced trekkers should go beyond Roopkund towards Homkund and Ronti Saddle. The trek takes a very different perspective as you cross Junar Gali.
I have been thinking of what to do next. There are still many a trails to be trodden, many a passes to be crossed and many a mountains to be climbed. Stok Kangri, Lamkhaga Pass, Dhumdhar Kandi Pass, Auden's Col, Kang La are some of the treks we want to attempt sometime. So maybe it might be one of those or maybe something else. It is all up to the mountains. One thing is certain – it will be a trip to the majestic Himalayas. So keep following this space and watch out for my next trip report.
For more photos see Roopkund Ronti Saddle Photos