This is an easy 4-days trek to Chandrashila which can be a great experience for amateurs. The only place for a perfect 360-degree view of the Himalayas.
Chopta Chandrashila Deoriatal is a window into Himalaya’s spring color vibrancy. A well-loved trek for mountain goers of all kinds, this trek flourishes with blossoms, especially rhododendrons red and pink, in summer time while winters are a hazy shade with enough scopes to have a ball in spilling snow. The whole tour covers a swoop to the Chandrashila Peak, passing by the enchanting Deoriatal lake side, and opens up a gallery of stunning snow peaks all the way. This 6-day plan is unmatched in nature’s beauty, exhilarating challenges, time-efficiency and convenience. The highlights of the trek range from awe-inspiring summit views to warmth of the forest greens, piquing up interests in all sorts of mountain lovers. You could be a nature treasurer, bird watching amateur, or a shutterbug with a dream of capturing the drama in the highlands, Chopt-Chandrashila-Deorital is a trek for all and fails none.
The first big stop on the trek comes with Deoriatal. Situated at a good height of 7, 841 feet, the lake is gripped with forests all around. At a short distance ahead, the Chaukhamba massif glistens and the reflection of it is caught in the crystal-like waters of the lake. The effect is striking. The site is steeped in myths. As goes the story, the five pandava brothers from the Mahabharata, once thirsty, had come to the waters of Deoriatal and faced a test of wisdom. Camping here the first night under a stardusted sky makes the mellowest of memories on a trek. Next up on the line of visual ecstasies are the extensive meadows that turn to snow fields along the way to Chopta. As one furthers up the trail, great peaks jump to view—Bandarppoonch, Kedar, and Chaukhamba to name a few. These stellar features of Garhwal Himalayas promise to get more elucidated from the zenith of Chandrashila, so the motivation is never lost and one goes on until the end of the summit stretch at the Tunganath temple.
Whom Is This Trek Meant For?
Chopta-Chandrashila-Deoriatal trek is graded easy in comparison to other Himalayan treks. Beginning trekkers and children are welcome to take this trek and remains equally interesting for advanced trekkers. Special shout out goes to those hunting for striking visual compositions with varying colorscapes.
• Anyone above the age of 9 with normal fitness
• Beginners with proactive understanding of fitness and challenges of the wild
• Anyone who has prepared by our exercise chart for easy treks.
To thorough nature lovers, we will recommend the trek from season to season. The delights of the summer absolutely transforms into something else in the winters, you mustn’t miss!
|Pick Up Point||:||Haridwar Railway Station||Distance||:||190 km||Pick Up Time||:||6:00 am||Driving Time||:||7 hour|
|Altitude||:||6,601 ft||Network Availability||:||Available till Sari|
Drive Haridwar Sari -
Our tour guides will expect you at Haridwar railway station at 6:30 in the morning today. You can arrange an overnight bus journey from Delhi, reaching Haridwar in the morning or reach a couple of days earlier to the starting day of the trek. Haridwar-Rishikesh by the Ganges is a famous site on the pilgrim trail of Uttarakhand. You can spend your time in Rishikesh immersing in cultural activities and adventure sports in the choppy waters of Ganga. We can pick you up alternatively from Rishikesh as well.
|Trekking Time||:||1 Hour||Distance||:||3 km||Altitude||:||7, 841 ft.||Water source||:||None|
Trek to Deoriatal-
The trek on the first day is easy with mixed ascent and descent. A well-defined rocky trail will show you to the end, from where the Chandrashila summit is clearly visible and the Tunganath temple is a speck of color. After this point, it’s a steep uphill bend on the ridge back of the mountain. Get ready for an acutely laborious climb, giving you the first taste of challenge. Soon, you will reach the Forest Department built resting stop. Clocked timely by your Trek Leader, you can afford a 20 minutes break here. An excellent view the way of the mountain fall waits here.
|Trekking Time||:||7-8 Hours||Distance||:||14 km||Altitude at Chopta||:||8, 790 ft||Water source||:||A ground water source before entering Rohini Bugyal. Waterfalls on the second half of the trail.|
Deoriatal to Chopta through Rohini Bugyal -
Today’s trail will familiarize you more with the Chaukhamba massif and Mount Kedar summit, rising closely as you process. Rhododendron and maples eclipse the forest path, spreading a cool and rejuvenating vibe. In these thickets you will find two prominent varieties of rhododendrons—red and pink, the concentration of them thickens as you move pass the first forest stretch.
|Trekking Time||:||3 Hour||Distance||:||8 km||Altitude||:||None||peaks visible||:||Mount. Chaukhamba and Kedar peaks|
Chopta circuit -
Today, we do not proceed. Reserving this day for rest and wildlife exploration, we set out early morning for a nature walk inside Chopta forests. There’s a big chance of spotting deers fleeting through the woods. Look out for the exquisite musk deer and a bulkier variety of barking deer. Among birdlife, you will find the gorgeous Monal. This is the state bird of Uttarakahnd- known for its color blend of shinning blue and emeralds. You can opt for hot lunch at the camp as well as packed lunch for a little picnic in the woods. Decision will be taken according to consensus among group members.
|Trekking Time||:||4 Hour||Distance||:||8 km||Altitude||:||12, 083 ft.||Water Source||:||None.|
Trek Chopta-Tungnath, Chandrashilla Top, and back to Chopta - |
We commence the hike today early morning. Starting in the wee hours of dark will let us have a beautiful sunrise experience from Tunganath top. The trek runs on a well-defined concrete-bound trail from Chopta to the temple. Today,the hike will be fraught with steep climbing challenges with sharp turns to cross by. There will be other shrines on the way, of which a particular temple with a flagpole is notable. This one comes after the 10th bend of the road and marks the opening of a splendid view of Chandrashila up ahead. From here, you will also get a clear vision of a connecting peak to Chandrashila. This one is named Ravanshila.
|Drop Off Point||:||Haridwar Railway station||Distance||:||210 km|
|Time||:||7 hour, Destination to be reached around 6:30 pm.|
Chopta to Haridwar - |
A ride back from the Chopta road head to Haridwar is scheduled for day 6. After this 7 hour journey full of mellow reminisces of the hills, you will be reaching Haridwar in the evening. An overnight journey to Delhi will hopefully work out best.
By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun
By Train :-
From Delhi - DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)
By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi's ISBT Kashmere Gate. Cost Terms.