Skeletons at Roopkund Lake mystery

Travel story – Roopkund Lake mystery

Roopkund Lake mystery travel story

Roopkund trek is a spectacular journey leading through the beautiful views and mysterious Roopkund lake. The story of the lake is as interesting as the trekking experience:

In 1942, A british forest guard found several skeletons in the Roopkund lake. Shocked at first, it was later on established that the skeletons were of Japanese soldiers who had died while crossing the route during World War II.




After some research, scientists revealed that they were far too old to be of Japanese soldiers. It was later established that 70% of the skeletons out of around 200 in total had an affinity with Iran and the rest belonged to a local tribe dated around 9th century. The absence of injuries over their other body parts indicated that hard round objects, possibly cricket ball sized hail stones or ice balls, fell from above. It was concluded that the death was due to a fatal blow on the back of their heads as the victims might had been caught in a sudden hailstorm. The skeletons are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake during a one-month period when the ice melts.

Another famous event at Nanda devi is the “Nanda Devi Raj Jat” that takes place once every twelve years at Roopkund, during which Goddess Nanda is worshipped.

The lake is about two metres deep and invites hundreds of trekkers and pilgrims every year.

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