Chandrashila And Deoriatal Trek

The trails of Garhwal Himalayas evoke thrill and adventure. Lofty terrains leading to the summit make for an incredible experience and the surrounding beauty leaves you enchanted. Chandrashila Trek with Chopta and Tungnath is one of the most exciting and challenging trails you can tread in Uttarakhand.Soaring up at 13000 feet, adorned with mists, coniferous, and snow, this is one heck of a trek you must take.

Right in the heart of the Uttarakhand, Chandrashila Trek is a year-round adventure. Here, you walk the snow trails and live in charming campsites with some of the most scenic backgrounds. Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila summit are the places that take you closest to nature and your escape, in no time, takes the shape of a memorable excursion. Walk the fudgy trail and buy yourself some of the most precious moments ever!

Destination
Chandrashila And Deoriatal Trek
Cost
Pricing 13,000 Rs.

Itinerary

Reaching Sari from Haridwar

Sari acts as the picturesque base camp for the great trek to Chandrashila. The base camp, located in Rudraprayag district, is almost an 8-hour drive from Haridwar. Campsites, homestays, and guest houses are available for trekkers.

Sari is mostly used for overnight halt before setting off for Deoria Tal the next day. The lofted landmass of the village and imposing mountains around are a magnificent spectacle. Keep soaking in the best.

Deoria Tal to Chopta

Bid adieu to Mount Chaukhamba looming into the pristine Deoria Tal Lake as you start trekking on the third day. This is the big day of Tungnath Chandrashila Trek when you further attain an elevation of 1000 feet. Further, you have to negotiate treacherous pathways cutting through the dense forest and jagged alleys. The 14 km distance from Deoria Tal to Chopta takes close to 9 hours.

The trek begins with steady ascent followed by a rapid descent. There are 2-3 water points en route, which you find right before Rohini Bugyal, Akash Kamini Waterfall, and Bhrujgali. The trail continues leaving Forest Guest Lodge and maple trees behind.

Walking across the forest ridges and Rohini Bugyal, you find spectacular views with Himalayan birds chirping all around. Bugyal region is also known for its spectacular sunsets. Following the trail, you find tiny huts of shepherds along the mountains.

Pretty as they appear, you can stop by to interact with the locals and rejuvenate for the onward journey. After walking the entire day, you come finally reach Chopta around 5 pm in the evening. A wonderful campsite awaits you at Chopta.

Deoria Tal to Chopta

Bid adieu to Mount Chaukhamba looming into the pristine Deoria Tal Lake as you start trekking on the third day. This is the big day of Tungnath Chandrashila Trek when you further attain an elevation of 1000 feet. Further, you have to negotiate treacherous pathways cutting through the dense forest and jagged alleys. The 14 km distance from Deoria Tal to Chopta takes close to 9 hours.

The trek begins with steady ascent followed by a rapid descent. There are 2-3 water points en route, which you find right before Rohini Bugyal, Akash Kamini Waterfall, and Bhrujgali. The trail continues leaving Forest Guest Lodge and maple trees behind.

Walking across the forest ridges and Rohini Bugyal, you find spectacular views with Himalayan birds chirping all around. Bugyal region is also known for its spectacular sunsets. Following the trail, you find tiny huts of shepherds along the mountains.

Pretty as they appear, you can stop by to interact with the locals and rejuvenate for the onward journey. After walking the entire day, you come finally reach Chopta around 5 pm in the evening. A wonderful campsite awaits you at Chopta.

Chopta to Chandrashila via Tungnath & then back to Chopta

More adventure awaits you on day 4! Chopta Tungnath trek is one of the highlights of this circuit where the trek route surpasses the 1000-year-old Shiva temple. Sharp ascent and steep climb lead you to Chandrashila Peak located 8 km from Chopta; time taken is close to 5 hours. This route passes the iconic Tungnath Temple at 12000 feet. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is located in Tungnath Range and happens to be the highest Shiva Temple in the world.

Carry adequate water and keep yourself hydrated. The Chandrashila Peak is located 1.5 km above Tungnath Temple complex which is a 600 feet ascent from here.

From here you move towards the Upper Chandrashila base and 45 minutes from here you finally reach the summit. 360-degree views of Garhwal and Kumaon ranges await you at the top. Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, and Jahanukut are some of the prominent peaks visible from here.

Getting back to Chopta via the same route will take you not more 2 hours. Overnight stay in Chopta; a few guest houses here make your stay in the mountains comfortable.

Chopta to Haridwar

This is the day when you head back to Haridwar after having a great breakfast. By evening you can comfortably reach back to Haridwar Railway Station. With memories of one of the most thrilling treks in the Himalayas, you return back home.

Tents, guest houses, and lodges are available for a comfortable stay during the trek on the single as well as sharing basis. While campsites are available in Sari, Chandra Tal, Chopta, and Chandrashila, there aren’t too many lodges available in the area. Sari and Chopta have a few good guesthouses.

If you have booked your trip through a tour operator then be assured of your stays, they will take all the pain arranging stays for you. If you are planning solo, keep a tent and sleeping bag handy in your rucksack. Should you not get a stay available, you’ll never feel abandoned.

  • What’s special about Chandrashila Trek

    The best part about the Chandrashila Trek is that it is a year-round trek as the level of fun, thrill and excitement are exclusive for every season. Autumn and winter treks are the most popular.

    How to reach Chandrashila Trek starting point, Sari Village

    By air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Chopta. It takes around 6.5 hours to cover the 211 km distance from the airport to Sari Village near Chopta by road in a private vehicle.By rail: Haridwar is the nearest railhead which is well connected with major Indian cities. Taxi and local bus options are available from Haridwar to Sari Village – the base camp for Chandrashila Trek.

    By road: Private buses, government buses, and taxis all the way from Haridwar to Chopta. 200 km in little less than 8 hours.

    Chandrashila Trek route: Haridwar – Sari (base camp) – Deoria Tal – Chopta – Circuit (Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila Peak – Chopta) – Haridwar

    There are 2-3 suggested routes for Chandrashila Treks. The itineraries are suggested depending upon the facilities and stay preferred. Kund Camp and Sari Village both act as starting points for different routes. Also, one must understand that the route doesn’t follow an order, so don’t get confused with the route on the map. In case you aren’t good with maps then you don’t need to worry much. Either go ahead with the route suggested by your tour operator or fellow trekkers or pick the best one that I have to suggest.

    Taking a closer look at the trail and nature views in both routes, I suggest you take the Sari to Chandrashila route.