Here in the high Himalayas lies Robkund Lake, where the mystery and secrets associated with a spot empty and devoid of all manifestations of life, but it is teeming with hundreds of human skeletons and skulls whose owners have not been found, so that this icy region remains a mystery that has puzzled many scientists until our time.

Robkund lake

Robkund lake

Roop Kund Lake, or “Lake of the Dead” as it is called, is a remote lake in the high mountains of the Indian Himalayas, specifically in a snowy valley, strewn with hundreds of skeletons, which made some also call it “the lake of remains and skeletons”.

location and discovery

The lake is located at an altitude of 16,500 feet above sea level, in the state of Uttarakhand, just below a very low slope in the 7,120-meter-high Trisol Mountain, a group of 3 mountains in the Himalayas in western Kumaon.

The lake was discovered by an Indian forest ranger named Madhwal in 1942, who rushed to the authorities, after seeing hundreds of bones and skulls scattered, as well as some human skeletons whose flesh was still intact.

This shocking discovery has puzzled anthropologists for more than half a century, who have limited the number of bodies and skeletons to 600-800 bodies, and have been studying them without reaching any results. What is the secret of those structures and corpses? And where did it come from? How was it maintained so professionally in the first place?

Legends are here

Robkund lake
Illustrative photo, of the remains of about 600-800 people in the lake.

Some suggested the “enchanted ice valley” hypothesis, as some rumors circulated about the snowy valley, some of them say that it is haunted by jinn and demons, and that they are responsible for the presence of these mysterious human structures, and others indicate that these bodies are nothing but the bodies of Japanese soldiers who tried Invading Tibet in 1841, they were tortured and badly beaten, then forced to return home over the Himalayas, killing them on the way back, leaving their remains in the lake.

Mass grave

Contrary to the story of the soldiers, it is common among some local residents to say that the lake was a mass grave, and that the structures in it are the remains of Tibetan merchants who were passing on the Silk Road, and their misfortune fell under the weight of the epidemic spreading at that time, and they died on the road, and then they were killed on the road. He then buried them in the cemetery and buried their bodies.


In addition to the above, another hypothesis behind the presence of the bodies, which has been circulated over the years, is that Roopkund Lake was the cemetery for those who died during a violent snow storm 870 years ago, namely King Gasdhuwal and his wife, and their retinue of soldiers, servants and dancers, who met in It was time to celebrate the birth of the King’s son, but suddenly a storm took their lives.

Mysterious Lake of the Dead

Robkund lake

The local government described the lake as a mysterious lake, and they also warned against visiting it. Despite this, many tourists who are bold enough and brave enough, make their way themselves to discover the mystery related to the lake, but their adventure fails, to return to where they came from, without reaching To any useful information regarding the lake or the scattered structures.

Study of the lake and analysis of the bodies

Depending on the season and weather, the lake remains frozen for most of the year, then shrinks a little, and there are periods when the snow melts completely, and only in this case do the bones and human skeletons appear, and many studies have been conducted in this regard, where scientists have genetically analyzed the remains of 38 bodies, in addition to Carbon dating, and they discovered through it that there are 15 bodies belonging to women, and it is likely that some of them date back to about 1200 years.

Carbon dating indicated that the dead were not necessarily from the same time period, and the genetic structure indicated that there is a diversity of ethnicity as well, some of them represented in one group of people, with genes similar to the current inhabitants of South and Southeast Asia, who died during the events Different between the seventh and tenth centuries, while there is another group that has completely similar genes, to some of the citizens of the European continent today (particularly in the island of Crete), whose death dates back to the nineteenth century.

There is also a third group whose genes belong to the eastern Mediterranean region, which indicates that this region may have been a global destination at some point in history.

Studies have also shown that there are no children among the bodies of men and women, as they all belong to adults, tall, aged between 35-40 years, all of whom are in good health, and have not been touched by any epidemic.

mass death

Then came the last 5-year study, which included 28 researchers chosen from among 16 institutions based in India, the United States, and Germany, and this study suggested that the skeletons were of a group of people, presumably all of them died at once, in a mass accident or catastrophe during the ninth century, and that all the above-mentioned assumptions may not be true.