5 Days 4 Nights
The trek to Chandrashila Peak and Deoriatal Lake is a weekend trek in Uttarakhand. The trek offers opens the abundant treasure of nature, the soothing climate, mountain birds, dense forests with maple, trees of Oak and rhododendron, and the magnificent views of peaks like Trishul, Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi.
Chopta (2,680 metres), which is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, is a small region of evergreen forests. Chopta is also the base camp of Trekto Tungnath (3680 meters) temple, which is the third temple of the Panch Kedar. The trail further extends to Chandrashila Peak which offers a great view to the splendid peaks of the Himalayas. Chopta is also a very good choice for bird watchers. Beautiful birds like Monal can be easily seen at Chopta-Deoriatal Trek. It is also home to other rare Himalayan species like Musk deer and Pika Mouse.
Tungnath is the highest and the oldest Shiva Temple. Tungnath is also the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples in the Tungnath Range.
Deoriatal (Deoriya or Devaria), is a beautiful lake at a distance of 3 km and can be easily trekked from the village of Sari, which is around15kms drive from Panger Campsite. Though to keep the lake and the surroundings clean, camps are not permitted near the lake, still trekking to the lake for a day visit is open. As per the stories of Mahabharat, Deoriatal is the where the Yaksha questioned the Pandavas. Some local stories also state that the lake was built by Bheem as by the instructions of Yudhishtar.
Chopta is well connected and can easily be reached from Rishikesh which is at a distance of 162 km. Chopta can be easily reached from Rishikesh via Rudraprayag, Kund, Ukhimath or another route via Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Chamoli, Gopeshwar is also a good option. The distance to Chopta from Delhi is only 450 km.
To reach Chopta pre-booked private Taxis are the best mode to reach from Rishikesh. Though if you are starting from Delhi, you can take an overnight journey from Delhi to Rishikesh and further take a Taxi. Though on the route to Chopta few buses are also available.
Chopta has a pleasant temperature of 10 deg C to 30 deg C from March to June. After which there is rainfall from the months of July to Sept. And from October onwards, Chopta starts witnessing mild snowfall and which significantly increases by every winter month. The temperature in the winter goes to even minus 15 deg C in the night and around 10deg C in the day time.
The Trek is a beauty throughout the year except for the monsoon. But the best time to visit Chopta is the winters during the snowfall. The Place is completely covered with snow in the months of December- January, and February. The temperature at Chopta campsites can go up to minus 10 degrees. The temple of Tungnath, Chandrashila Peak is covered with snow in the winters. Deoriatal offers magnificent views of completely covered snow peaks. The snow surrounded lake surroundings are very charming.
Winter is the best time to visit Chopta. From June to September, the sky is cloudy and the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas are not available. In winters, the sky is crystal clear and the amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas make your trek worth it.
Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun/Rishikesh and en routes to 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 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 Chandrashila 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 Deoria Tal, you can see the flowers blooming, birds chirping as there are a variety of Himalayan birds there. Alluring greenery will relax your mind.
Explore Deoria Tal, this place offers majestic panorama view of mountains, you can see Mt. Chaukhamba in the background. Setup your tents beside Deoria Tal have hot lunch and enjoy Dinner and night 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 view’s 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.
Chopta to Tungnath the trail is cemented but the climb is steep, Tungnath is 2km 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 Kadar’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.
Drive from Chopta to Dehradun/Rishikesh, you will reach Dehradun between 6:30 pm – 7:30pm.