Chopta, Deoriatal and Chandrashila is a window into Himalaya’s spring shading dynamic quality. An all-around adored trek for mountain goers of assorted types, this trek thrives with blooms, particularly rhododendrons red and pink, in late spring while winters are a murky shade with enough degrees to paint the town in spilling snow. The entire visit covers a swoop to the Chandrashila Peak, going by the captivating Deoriatal lake side, and opens up an exhibition of dazzling snow crests the distance.
FIXED DEPARTURE TREK SCHEDULE – 2019
This all-season trek is known for its scenic beauty. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of the snow clad peaks. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is one of the panch-kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.
Little background on Chopta- Chandrashilla - Tungnath -Deoriatal
Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is well known as a base point for the trek to Tungnath temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called as Chopta Bhugyal (bhugyal meaning meadow).
Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is highest point of the mountain on which Chopta is situated. It offers 270 degree views of Chaukhamnba range. It is located 1.5 KMs further of Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 KMs trek from Chopta.
Tungnath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. You can reach it by trekking around 3.5 KMs from Chopta. Madhmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath forms the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
Deoriatal lake, at an altitude of 2438 Mtrs, offers mesmerizing reflections of Chaukhamba range in its crystal clear water. One needs to drive about 12 KMs to Sari Village from Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a trek route of 2 KMs.
The Best Season to Visit Chopta-Tunganth
It is technically accessible throughout the year although a lot depends on weather and landslides. The winter trek is more difficult as the route is completely covered in snow. But the best season is spring and early summer when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. Between mid March to early May should be your preferred time.
Day 1: Dehradun – Sari
- Altitude: 6,400 ft.
- Drive: 8-9 hours, 200 km. (Pick Up Time- 6-7 am)
- Time taken: Expected arrival time at Sari – 5:00 pm
- Stay: Check in Tent or local House Stay.
Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun/Rishikesh and leaves for Sari village. You will have your breakfast in Rishikesh/ Shivpuri at 8:30 am and lunch around 1:30 pm on the way. Drive is about 8 hours’. The drive is along the rivers like Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini. You pass through Devprayag and the drive is a beautiful one as you are driving along the rivers and beautiful places.
Reach Sari village, Sari has only 100 houses and it is a beautiful small village, if you reach there on time you can go to the village and have a glimpse of local life of villagers and their traditional values, you can talk to them and know about how they work for their livelihood as life of people living in mountains is very different. There are paddy fields in this village, explore this area if you want or you can rest in your tents. Dinner and overnight stay in tentsor local House Stay.
Day 02: Sari to Deoria Tal
- Altitude: 7,800ft
- Trek: 4-5 km
- Trek gradient: Easy
- Water sources: None
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Start your trek after having breakfast, the trail from Sari is well defined, it is maintained and is made up by rocks when you go further you can see some houses and a temple on the way. After sometime the trail will get steep and when you go higher you can have a glance of Chandrashil Peak and tungnath temple as the forest is cleared. As you go higher on the mountain you will see a Hawa Ghar made up by forest department, so that people going higher can relax there and can enjoy the views from there so you can rest there for some-time and relish the beauty of that place.
Now, the trail is covered by Rhododendrons and Maple trees, walk under the shade of trees, continue walking, you will get some valley views as you come nearer to your destination. Walk downhill and you will reach Deoriatal, you can see the flowers blooming, birds chirping as there are a variety of Himalayan birds there. Alluring greenery will relax your mind.
Explore Deoriatal, this place offers majestic panorama view of mountains, you can see Mt. Chaukhamba in the background. Setup your tents beside Deoriatal have hot lunch and enjoy Dinner and night stay in tents.
Day 03: Deoriatal – Chopta
- Altitude: 8,700 ft
- Trek: 12- 13 Km / 5-6 hrs
- Trek gradient: Easy
- Water sources: A ground water source before entering Rohini Bugyal. Waterfalls on the second half of the trail.
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Chopta is surrounded meadows and there are lush green woods and this place offers enthralling views of Himalayan ranges, it attracts people and it is base of treks like Chopta and Chandrashila.
Start your trek, you will be walking through a forest of Rhododendrons and Maple, the forest is beautiful, there are fallen leaves on the trail which makes sound when you walk over them, Chaukhamba peaks and Kedar Dome can be seen through the trees. When you come to an end of the forest from there you can see Chandrashila Peak in front of you.
Ascent ahead and you will get the both side valley views, further is Jhandi Dhar at the top of the ridge and from there you can get the panorama views. Then descent to forest ridge you can easily come downhill, the Chopta forest is dense and animals thrive in this region. You will spot many birds on the way. One way goes to Chopta and Rohini Bugyal, go on that trail, and climb higher when forest ends you will see Chandrashila peak welcoming you in front. Now, you have to cross second forest ridge. Continue your trek re- enter a forest and after ascending Rohini Bugyal is few minutes away, it is a meadow with blooming flowers and some enchanting views, this place is picturesque.
Kedardome and Kala Parvat peaks are visible from here. Now, cross Rohini Bugyal ridge and get on the trail of Chopta. Keep going on that trail when you go higher the valley views gets better then you come to a meadow where you can see huts from there Chopta campsite isn’t far. Reach there it is a beautiful place for camping, place your camps there and enjoy dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 04: Chopta - Tunganath temple - Chandrashila and return to Chopta 15KM ( 8 hrs)
- Altitude: 13,100 ft.
- Trek: 14- 15 Km / 7-8 hrs
- Trek gradient: Easy
- Water sources: None
- Stay: Overnight stay in tents.
Chopta to Tungnath the trail is cemented but the climb is steep, Tungnath is 2 km away from Chopta and you will get 2 km cemented trail to reach there. On the way you will see an open temple, from here Chandrashila Peak and Tungnath temple will be visible.
Tungnath is half kilometres away from here and Chandrashila Peak is 1.5metres away from the temple and the climb is very steep. Continue walking on the cemented trail there are bends complete the last bend and you will reach Tungnath temple. It is the only temple which is located at this much height, it is one of the Panch Kedar’s and this place is steeped in mythology, this makes this trek more interesting.
Now, climb to Chandrashila it is a gradual ascent, it will take 1 hour to reach there, but when you reach there you will get panorama view of mountains of Kumaon and Garhwal. Some extremely beautiful mountains are visible from the top they are- Gangotri ranges, Jahankut, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Dunagiri and many more ranges, they look so beautiful all together that it becomes tough to get eyes off from them.
There is one more Lord Shiva’s temple which was built by Rama. Now, trek back to Chopta from the same route. It will take less time to descend.
Day 05: Chopta to Dehradun
- Drive: 8-9 hours, 200 km.
- Time taken: Destination to be reached around 6:30 pm
After breakfast start drive to Dehradun and your trip ends here.
The Trip Cost Includes
- Transport: Dehradun to Sari and Return.
- All accommodation during trek. (Home stay, Camping).
- All meals during trek. (Veg. + Egg).
- Necessary Permits and first aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced mountain guide, and support staff.
- Oxygen Cylinder and stretcher for emergency case.
- High altitude rescue expert trek leader.
- Necessary equipments for climbing, ropes, ice axe and other technical gear for climbing.
- Mules to carry the central luggage.
The Trip Cost Excludes
- Any type of personal expenses
- Extra snacks and meals during trek from shop.
- Insurance of the trip
- Things not mentioned under Inclusions.
- Mule or porter to carry personal luggage.
- Personal gear, and equipment
- A rucksack with rain cover
- A water bottle or a hydration pack
- A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
- UV Protection Sunglasses
- A trekking pole
Since it is a high altitude trek, at least 3 layers of clothing is mandatory. A full sleeve shirt, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket are imperative. An additional layer (Thermal bodywarmers) for the evenings in the high altitude campsites are strongly recommended
- Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants - 2
- Full sleeves T-shirts - 2
- Thermal Bodywarmer Upper & Lower - 1
- Fleece Jacket - 1
- Padded Jacket -1 (Goose down or feather is preferable)
- Full sleeves sweater - 1 (Needed if you feel cold at high altitudes despite 4 layers)
- Rainwear (Jacket & Pants) - 1
- Thick woolen socks - 1 pair
- Cotton socks - at least 2-3 pairs
- Undergarments - 1 for every day of trekking
- Pair of Warm Gloves - 1
- Woolen cap - 1
- Hiking shoes (Preferably ankle high) -1
- Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals - 1 pair.
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, cold cream, small towel.
- Anti-fungal cream: Carry an antifungal cream if you are sensitive to sweating and prone to skin irritations around genitals or groin area due to lack of bathing.
- For women:
- Tampons or sanitary napkins,
- 2-3 zip pouches to dispose off non-biodegradable waste
- Vaginal wash to avoid any irritation due to lack of bathing.
- Water bottle
- Camera (optional)
- Personal medicine kit. Though our trek leaders carry a fully equipped first-aid kit, make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
- Dry fruits, energy bars
The Chopta Chandrashila Trek falls in the category of Easy treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek. Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 6-7 Kms in 5 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6 km per hour. You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
- Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
- Hold your breath for 40 seconds
- 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
- Push Ups – 10
- Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
Monitoring health on a trek
Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.
On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone . Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high campsites for any emergency situations.
Acclimatisation in high altitude
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation.
There are 19 different trains available between Delhi to Dehradun.
Nanda Devi, Jan Shatabdi, mussoorie express and Dehradun express are the best options among them.
Normal transports employ from Kashmiri gate Delhi to Dehradun.
You can get a flight between new Delhi to Jolly Grant. Distance between the Jolly Grant to Dehradun is 28 Km. It will take half hour drive to reach Dehradun.
Would recommend you to take just government transports from Kashmiri gate Delhi. Private transports handle from outside ISBT and they are not confiding in value.
Shared Taxis or comparable vehicles will get you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00am.
Our vehicles will pick-up you from Dehradun Railway Station at 6:00 am.
Pick-up is included in the cost of the trek
You will reach Sari village by 3:00 pm