Roopkund : Story of the Skeleton Lake with photos

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Hi,

My photographs of the trek to Roopkund (Skeleton Lake) are uploaded on Picasaweb : http://picasaweb.google.com/10990309...7/roopkundtrek

My Video of the Landslide (LIVE) we were almost into (Saved by a whisker) : http://youtu.be/6DND63ycRqo

Do comment or at least like them! Thats the only way to know what you liked !

This was an awesome trek to the Roopkund Lake in Chamoli, Uttarakhand with Aniket, Sumit (Angus), Badari, Kavita, Pushpa, Shailya, Vish & Zain. Left Mum on 19/08 and connected train to Kathgodam on 20/08. Reached Lalkuan and took a jeep to Loharjung where we met our Guide and started for our Trek the next day(21/8). We trekked to Didna-Bedni-Patal Nachauni-Roopkund & night at Baguwa Basa-Bedni-Wan village. We took a jeep back to Lohajung and stayed the night before departing to Rishikesh the next day. Stayed at Rishikesh for a night and departed for Delhi via train.

Anyone interested in trekking even remotely, MUST do this trek - at least twice.

We trekked upto Skeleton Lake as it is popularly known now due to the skeletons seen there after the snow has melted. A little history of this place for the people interested:

Story of the Skeleton Lake (Roopkund)

In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund made the alarming discovery of finding the frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. Something horrible had happened here.

It was evident that the bones were quite old indeed. Flesh, hair, and the bones themselves had been preserved by the dry, cold air, There was no idea what had killed over 200 people in this small valley. For decades, no one was able to shed light on the mystery of Skeleton Lake.

However, a 2004 expedition to the site seems to have finally revealed the mystery of what caused those people's deaths. The answer was stranger than anyone had guessed.

As it turns out, all the bodies date to around 850 AD. DNA evidence indicates that there were two distinct groups of people, one a family or tribe of closely related individuals, and a second smaller, shorter group of locals, likely hired as porters and guides. Rings, spears, leather shoes, and bamboo staves were found, leading experts to believe that the group was comprised of pilgrims heading through the valley with the help of the locals.

All the bodies had died in a similar way, from blows to the head. However, the short deep cracks in the skulls appeared to be the result not of weapons, but rather of something rounded. The bodies also only had wounds on their heads, and shoulders as if the blows had all come from directly above. What had killed them all, porter and pilgrim alike?

Among Himalayan women there is an ancient and traditional folk song. The lyrics describe a goddess so enraged at outsiders who defiled her mountain sanctuary that she rained death upon them by flinging hailstones “hard as iron.” After much research and consideration, the 2004 expedition came to the same conclusion. All 200 people died from a sudden and severe hailstorm.

Trapped in the valley with nowhere to hide or seek shelter, the "hard as iron” cricket ball-sized [about 23 centimeter/9 inches diameter] hailstones came by the thousands, resulting in the travelers' bizarre sudden death. The remains lay in the lake for 1,200 years until their discovery in 1942.

You can still see the skulls, bones, teeth, hair, sandals, etc. Look at the snaps : http://picasaweb.google.com/10990309...7/roopkundtrek


Adapted from http://atlasobscura.com/place/the-sk...roopkund-india

Love and regards,

Amit
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Wierd

Must be a painful death
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Amit, nice photos the trek and the lake. Writeup was also very informative.
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Excellent pictures
Hats off to you
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Beautiful Pictures.
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Hey, Thanks for the appreciation!
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Thanks Shuvamoy! Glad you enjoyed the pics!
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Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the pics!

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