Roopkund or Skeleton Lake , is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters, in the Himalayas. It is surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains. The lake is about two metres deep and invites hundreds of trekkers and pilgrims every year. The lake is also called Skeleton Lake because when the snow melts, one can see hundreds of scattered skulls all around the Lake.
Scientists have concluded that the skeletons of about 200 people discovered near the frozen lake belonged to the people of a 9th century Indian tribe who died due to hail storm. The skeletons were first found by a British forest guard in 1942. Initially, it was believed that the skeletons were those of Japanese soldiers who had died while crossing that route during World War II. But scientists have now found out that the skeletons were of pilgrims and locals as the bodies dated to around 850 AD.
The researchers concluded that the death was due to a fatal blow on the back of their heads and not due to any wound by weapons, avalanche or landslide. The marks on their skulls and shoulders indicated at being hit by something round, like a cricket ball. The absence of injuries to other body parts indicated that hard round objects, possibly cricket ball sized hail stones or ice balls, fell from above.
The Roopkund trek is a delight for trekkers, it is a medium difficult trek and a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in 4 days . A high altitude himalayan trek like Roopkund is more than just a trip. It is an experience of a life time. You will be treated to some of the best views which very few people witness in their life times.. September/October is a great time for this trek. If interested contact Road2Travel.
Ref : India Today