Chopta Chandrashila Deoria Tal Trek can help you to trek in the lap of nature and take a breath of fresh, mountain air & many more.
Chandrashila is a window to the spring magic of the Himalayan landscapes. One of the most sought after treks, Chandrashila Deoriatal trek is a grand stage to witness the blossom of spring, especially that of Rhododendron. Somewhere on the way to summit you realise the true value of summiting a Himalayan peak.
All the treks in the Himalayas that take on a summit, are the most rewarding ones. Taking on the mountains for hours, climbing uphill, exhausting all the powers and then you are on the top of that mountain as the sun dawns on the eastern horizon lighting the sky in otherworldly glow. Seeing everything from a different perspective, the clouds covering the hills and tiny villages everything is down below you.
There is one very distinguishing feature about Chopta Chadrashila trek, where in other Himalayan treks you see mountain range but not many major peaks but at the summit of Chandrashila you witness all the major summits of western and eastern Uttarakhand, such as Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Ghunti, Mt Kamet, Mt Dunagiri, Mt Chaukhamba, Kedar Dome, Kedarnath, Mt Thalaysagar, the Gangotri ranges, and Mt Nanda Devi, the patron goddess of both Garhwal and Kumaon regions, in all her majesty.
This is the reason why Chandrashila is considered as one of the best vantage points among peak gazers. You see Mt Nanda devi, the highest mountain entirely in India, and a 270 degree view of its surrounding peaks. But this trek is not just all about the views from the summit of Chandrashila, It is much more than that.
First day when you drive from Haridwar to Sari village you will come across some of the most intriguing sites while passing through Karanprayag, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath. For the most part of the drive you will be accompanied by Holy Ganga and all the drive is accompanied by the tributary rivers of Ganga. And then you reach the beautiful village of Sari.
The very next day you trek through trails that are covered in dense forest to reach Deoria Tal, located at an altitude of 7,800 ft with Mt Chaukhambha dominating the background. It will be really bold statements to make but still trail towards Deoriatal is one of the best forest trails. You will be of course, walking through the forest but still you are up close with the giants of Himalayas.
Walking through the deep forest, through some clearings you can peek a boo at mountains. In the peak of winters the forest ground is literally laden with piles of snow and with that comes the red and pink blossom of Rhododendron. It is sometimes too much to believe that how many of the varieties this little trail through a forest can offer. Some parts of the trail are through thick, dark woods, moss covers canopies all over the trail. Pine, Oak, Maples and Rhododendron are just some of the trees which are in abundance throughout the trail.
Spending the evening at Deoria Tal watching the sunset glow of Chaukhambha, you can catch a magnificent sight of birds flocking over the forest. The trek is inside the Badrinath Musk Deer sanctuary which is home to the state bird of Uttarakhand, Monal, probably one of the most vibrant birds of the Himalayan regions.
If you are thinking that this will be the end of all the highlights of the trek then be aware that you will be climbing to the highest SHiva temple of the world, Tungnath, one of the five Kedars. Short but not very easy in winters the trail to Tungnath can be a bit tiring sometimes but motivation to visit the highest shiva temple never fades away. A little ahead of it is the summit of Chandrashila with a view unmatched anywhere in the country.
Haridwar Railway/Bus Station
‣ Drive Distance – 220 Km.
‣ Drive Time – 8 Hr.
‣ MAx Altitude – 6554 ft.
‣ Stay – Home Stay in Sari village
‣ Trek distance – 5 km
‣ Trek Time – 3 hrs.
‣ Drive Distance – 20 km.
‣ Drive Time – 1 hr.
‣ Max Altitude – 8,900 ft.
‣ Stay – Camping at Chopta
‣ Trek Distance – 8 km.
‣ Trek Distance – 4 hrs
‣ Max Altitude – 13,120 ft.
‣ Stay – Camping at Chopta
‣ Drive Distance – 222 km.
‣ Drive Time – 8 Hrs.
‣ Max Altitude – 8,740 ft.
◦ Meetup point – Haridwar (Railway Station) at 07:00AM
◦ Drive Distance – 220 Km.
◦ Drive Time – 7-8 hours drive from Haridwar
◦ Max Altitude – 6554 ft.
Stay – Home Stay in Sari village
8 hour drive through some of the most picturesque setting of lower Garhwal Himalayan Region.
Sari village, located at an altitude of 6,554 ft, is the base camp for Chopta Chandrashila trek. Distance of Sari village from haridwar is about 220 km and it takes 8 hours to cover that distance. Do not worry about the 8 long hours of driving because it is one picturesque drive through Devprayag, the confluence point of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. For the most part of the drive Ganga will be accompanying you starting from Haridwar itself. It is not just the Ganga that is the main attraction of this drive but the mountains also. The entire drive follows through the mountain side. If you can grab the right side window seat you are up for a visual treat of lower Garhwal Himalayan region.
If you are sport for the cultural and spirituality, Rishikesh is very famous for, then it is advised to arrive a couple of days earlier in Rishikesh and indulge yourself in some activities at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is also known as adventure sports capital of India so0 there are p-lenty of things to do in Rishikesh.
The base camp village of Chopta Chandrashila trek, Sari is a typical mountain village, with just 100 homes in the village. Arriving in Sari before the sun downs in the western horizon, will present you with a chance to witness a magical sunset. Take a stroll around the village, you can see the kids playing around the school in the village. The school was built in 1947 and is the only school in the village. Sari is nothing short from being a picture perfect village where the shutterbuck in you will kick in and you will be clicking a lot of pictures. Perfectly laid out paddy fields and mountain range in the background create a perfect setting for some epic photos.
You will be staying in one of the homestays in Sari village.
◦Trek distance – 5 km
◦Trek Time – 3 hours
◦Drive Distance – 20 km
◦Drive Time – 1 hour
◦Max Altitude – 8,900 ft
◦Water sources: None. Carry around 1 litre of water from Sari
Stay – Camping at Chopta
Second day of this trip is when the real adventure begins. The day starts with a cup of steaming tea and a majestic sunrise. After breakfast at Sari village you will be headed to the main market area of Sari Village. You can find a signboard in the market which directs towards the trail which leads to Deoria Tal. You can indulge in conversation with local people of Sari village and you will get to know about the folklore of Deoria Tal. One of them is about how the lake got its name. It is believed by the locals that Devis come here to take a dip in the lake. Or you can just start walking towards the lake, which is just 3 km from Sari village.
The trail which leads to Deoria Tal is well laid rocky trail. It is pretty much easy trek all the way till Lake with little ascent and descent. About half an hour into the trail you can see some old village house and an old local temple. The farmlands surrounding the temple create a very beautiful scenario which a treat to eyes. As soon as you come out of the picturesque farmlands, the trail starts to climb up a bit and it will require a good effort to thread through it. Soon after you pass this ascent you can see a hut, Hawa ghar, which is built by the forest department for the trekkers to rest. The view from the hut is pretty intriguing. Catch a breath here and take in the views.
After the forest hut the trail enters a beautiful forest mainly of Rhododendron and Maple trees. Soon into the trail you will be at one more vantage point, from here Sari village is no visible any more. You are on the opposite side of the mountain, you can see the Ukhimath side of the valley for a short period of time. This point is just one kilometer away from the Deoria Tal. Not more than 20 minutes from this view point, you will be in a clearing of trees. Here you will be welcomed by the grand view of Chaukhambha Massif dominating the background skyline of Deoria Tal. Spend some time at the lake and explore the surroundings of the lake. If the weather is clear and there are not many clouds around, you can see the true grandeur of Chaukhambha Massif.
As the evening approaches you need to prepare yourself to leave this sight to behold and get to your final destination of the day, which is Chopta. First you need to trace back your steps and find the Sari village where a cab will be waiting to take you to Chopta. Camping at Chopta is surely a once in a lifetime experience.
◦Trek Distance – 8 km
◦Trek Time – 4 Hour
◦Max Altitude – 13,120 ft
◦Water Source – No water source on the trail, make sure to carry sufficient water
◦Night Stay – Camping at Chopta
Start your day as soon as possible because sunrise from summit of Chandrashila is something they write poems about, with the valley covered in a thick layer of clouds below you and sun rises lighting up the entire mountain range in an orange glow. The best way to witness the magic is by getting up to the summit even before sunrise, when the clouds are settled down and the wind blows slowly. The trail that leads to Tungnath and Chandrashila from Chopta is very well marked and is cemented all the way till Tungnath. Tungnath is one of the five Kedars of Garhwal region. It is also said to be the highest Shiva temple.
Tungnath temple is 3.5 km from Chopta Campsite and it will take one and a half hours to cover the distance. The walk on the concrete made path is pleasant but steep at some points. There are total 11 scissors bend on this trail. After the 10th bend, look out for some flags and the temple will be on the right side. Tungnath is not the only temple on this trail, there are some other small temples too. From this small temple you can clearly see the Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak in the distance. A peak on the same ridge of Chandrashila, known as Ravanshila can also be seen from here.
To the left, you can see a bunch of Birch trees overlooking the valley below, Birds of this region love the Birch so if you want to see some of the most beautiful birds, this can be the chance you were waiting for. The entire area will be under the thick layer of snow during winter. Take the 11th and the last scissor bend and you are in front of the Tungnath Temple.
The summit of Chandrashila is just 1.5 km above the temple complex. The trail goes from behind of the temple. Take the trail which is going towards the right side of the Chandrashila peak after you cross the temple dormitories built for pilgrimage. Once again you will be threading through a series of scissor bend, during winter this trail will be totally buried under a deep blanket of snow. If you are planning to do this trek in winter it is recommended to use crampons/Microspikes and Gaiters. Soon the easy trail will be left behind and a steep ascent begins which goes all the way till summit of Chandrashila.
As soon as you approach the summit, you get a panoramic view of Garhwal HImalayas and Kumaon Hilamayas. There is a little temple at almost the end of the cliff, go past the temple. Right in front of you, is a view unparalleled in entire HImalayan region. There are so many major summits to be seen from Chandrashila and the list starts with the patron goddess of Garhwal and Kumaon region, Nanda Devi. Then it goes on with Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar DOme, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahankut and many more. The little Shiva temple on the summit of Chandrashila is believed that it was built by Ram to atone the sin of killing Ravan.
Head down once you are content with the views of mountains, the descent to Chopta is not so demanding and it takes 20 minutes to reach Tungnath and another hour of walking and you are at Chopta.
Start early in the morning for Haridwar and expect to reach Haridwar by 6 in the evening.
in case of any blockage or weather condition this is suggested to book your further jouney from Haridwar after 8pm.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please call us directly at our contact number.
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Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), GoAdven will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
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High Altitude Treks: Risk аnd Response A high altitude trek calls fоr аn adventurous attitude, but embarking оn аn adventurous trip withоut calculating thе risks iѕ utter stupidity. That’s whу wе hаvе listed a fеw risks аnd thе response planned bу GoAdven tо minimise оr address thе risks in thе bеѕt роѕѕiblе way.
Risk: Altitude Bеfоrе уоu start thе trek, it iѕ important tо understand thе implications оf high altitude оn уоur body. Bе aware оf symptoms оf AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) likе mild headache, nausea аnd general discomfort.
Response: If уоu feel аnу оf thеѕе symptoms, inform thе trek leader оn priority аnd fоllоw hiѕ instructions. Evеrу campsite hаѕ аѕ stretcher, fullу equipped firѕt аid kit, oxygen cylinders tо address thе situation.
Risk: Weather Weather iѕ unpredictable in thе Himalayas. Thоugh wе аrе аlwауѕ observant аbоut thе changing weather, nо оnе саn guarantee a snowfall, rain оr Sun. Dо understand thаt уоur security iѕ оf utmost importance tо uѕ аnd wе will nоt proceed аnу furthеr frоm thе campsite if thе weather iѕ nоt favourable.
Response: Thе decision оf thе Trek Leaders аnd Guides tо proceed оr wait fоr thе weather tо gеt bеttеr will bе final.
Risk: Injuries Often, whilе trekking оvеr difficult terrains, уоu might hаvе minor injuries likе leg sprain, bruises etc. Sеriоuѕ injuries likе fractures оr major cuts аrе vеrу rare.
Response: All оur Trek Leaders аrе Certified Wilderness Firѕt Aid responders. Thеу аrе trained tо handle emergencies аnd саn tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped firѕt аid kit. In case оf ѕеriоuѕ injuries, thе patient iѕ carried оn a stretcher tо thе nearest road-head аnd iѕ led tо nearest medical centre.
Risk: Lack оf communication devices In thе remote areas оf thе Himalayas, mobile networks dо nоt reach. On a trek, оnе iѕ cut оff frоm thе world оf calls, SMSs оr watsapps.
Response: Wе rеlу оn walkie-talkies аnd runners tо communicate bеtwееn thе campsites аnd thе base camps.
Best time to go for Chandrashila Trek is from June to October.
Chandrashila Trek in comparison is easy to moderate difficulty with another high altitude trek.
On an average, we cover roughly 6-7kms between our camping stations.
Beyond our controllable reasons when the trek is extended, then additional charges tend to be applied.
A certified mountaineer with good experience of leading treks in the Himalayas, will be leading the trek. There will be a team of support staff to help in conducting a memorable trek for every participant.
The Chopta Chandrashila trek is a easy to moderate one. The trails are well laid out. The altitude isn’t too high – the highest point chandrashila top is 13,000 ft and you gain this on day 3. At 13,000 feet, the risk of being hit by Acute Mountain Sickness is relatively low. However, you still need to be mindful of the fact that you are in the mountains in extreme weather conditions, and take necessary precautions to ensure that you have a safe trek.
Once you made the booking our team will send you the trek essentials list according to the trek.
Yes, but you should intimate us 15 days in advance or can talk to us after reaching base camp. so that we will arrange the porter or mule for you in extra charge accordingly.
I went to chandrashila trek 2 months back with GoAdven. It was my first Himalayan trek and hence I was a bit scared. But then, GoAdven made sure that I enjoy every bit of this amazing trek with thinking much about anything else. They took care of every minute things and I am really thankful to GoAdven for making this trek a memorable one.