We start early and drive through the towns of Devprayag and Rudraprayag to reach Sari village. The route follows the river Ganges till Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From here, we follow Alaknanda till Rudraprayag, where Alaknanda and Mandakini merge into one. Rudraprayag has been mentioned in the book 'The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag' by the famous big cat hunter Jim Corbett. He managed to hunt down the leopard which had killed about 125 people in the area. The river Mandakini is followed upstream from here. We reach Sari by early evening. Overnight in tents near the village.
On this day, we embark on the trail, up the hill to Deoria Tal. The pretty walk through rhododendrons takes one to the ridge above the village. Deoria Tal is a small lake with a meadow beside it. The view of the mountain ranges from here are fabulous. The Chaukhamba massif gets reflected on the clear water at times. Since, the trek is short, one can spend the day soaking in the peaceful forest environment and can also go for short walks around the lake.
The walk on this day is fairly level and through some beautiful forest and meadows. The trail starts from the forest department cottages near Deoriatal. It enters the forest and soon reaches close to a ridge from where the village of Sari is visible far below on our right. We enter the forest again from here. The rhododendron flowers here bloom in spring and one gets the feel of walking through a park. The colors range from red to various shades of pink. If we are trekking in the winter months, some snow can be present in the shadowy areas. There are two camping options, either camp short of Chopta near a stream, or at the meadows below the shops at Chopta.
We start early today. Form the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. The path is a paved one having handrails at places. At times, one can catch a glimpse of the monal bird in the forest on the left side of the path. Monal is type of pheasant and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is a short 2 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred metres. After a visit to the age old temple, we head up to the peak. Soaking in the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas from Chandrashila, we begin heading down to Chopta and reach by late afternoon.
On this day, we can visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. It is the winter abode of the idol of Kedarnath temple. We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening.
Transport Support from and to Dehradun: Starting from Pickup on Day 1 to Drop on Day 5
Guide and Cook Fees
Rent for Camping Equipment
Forest Entry Charges
Porter and Mule Support to Carry Camping Equipment. Please Note That Personal Luggage Can Be Carried by Mules And/or Porters on Chargeable Basis
All Veg Meals Starting from Day 1 Dinner to Day 5 Breakfast
Tented Accommodation Throughout the Trek.
Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown
Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc
Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above
Accommodation in Dehradun
Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag
When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter, after he had to forego his long journey as a Trek Leader at one of the finest Outdoor Activities organizer in India, in 2013, following Kedarnath Disaster which led to dwindling tourist influx, crippling the tourism sector in Uttarakhand. A native of Village Osla, of the majestic Har Ki Dun valley, where daily commute to the nearest roadhead is 14 Kilometers trek even today, Bachan with his two decades of experience in the outdoors industry as Mountain Leader started Himalaya Shelter with an aim to provide an authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas, keeping in mind to safeguard the fragile ecology that the Himalayas inherit. Today we have since come a long way but our vision remains the same "To provide access to Trekking in the Himalayas, while maintaining low impact, sustainable trekking practice, passing the benefits to the inhabitants of these remote trekking destinations." More than 80% of our teammates are locals from far off villages of Uttarakhand & we support our teammates by getting them trained professionally to further their skills for their roles. We are striving to build an ecosystem where we can maximize the benefits of trekking for the Trekkers and the Locals, meanwhile minimizing the impact of Trekking on Himalayan Biodiversity.
If climbing the summit of a mountain, enjoying the beauty of a high-altitude lake, and witnessing most of the highest Himalayan peaks are on your bucket list, then you should definitely start preparing and packing for the Chopta Chandrashila Deoria Tal Lake. This trek will enable you to behold the captivating beauty of the spectacular Deoria Tal, situated at the height of 2438 meters and nestled within lush, green pastures, rhododendron forests and snow-clad mountain systems. The Chaukhamba Massif starts from the edges of the Deoria Tal, and Mount Chaukhamba, at 7138 meters, is a sight to behold! From the Chandrashila summit, you will get a bewildering view of all the highest peaks of the Greater Himalayas- Jaunli, Mt. Thalay Sagar, Mt. Jogin, Mt. Nanda Devi, Mt. Trishul, Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba I, II, III, IV, Kedarnath and Kedar Dome, Sumeru Parbat, Mandani Parbat, etc. Apart from all these obvious offerings, you have the chance to encounter several bird species and record their enchanting beauty with your cameras.
Though the Chopta Chandrashila Deoria Tal Trek is a high-altitude one, it remains open for hikers for almost six months and more. The pre-monsoon/spring season-spanning mid-March to April is preferred by hikers since the snow starts receding and the pastures, thickets, and rhododendron woods start bearing bright colors of spring! The next exciting season to trek the Chandrashila Deoria Tal region is post-monsoon/autumn that spans from late September to early December. The skies are cleared of the monsoon haze and the rain-bearing clouds, and you can get the most amazing views of nature. It is the best time for photographers and photography enthusiasts because the clear blue skies and the pleasant weather conditions make it favorable for you to capture the best photographs of the Himalayan peaks and the wildlife.
But one of the best parts about the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek is that you can embark on this adventure during the winter season as well! You can plan your experience during the onset of December when it just starts snowing, and the snow cover is not too thick to block the trail. On the other hand, you should not try to embark on this journey during the peak winter months of January because the area receives massive snowfall and is often cut out from the rest of the state. Driving becomes challenging as the roads are highly susceptible to verglas.
The trek is ideal for small groups. Follow your guide's instructions, be respectful towards the local culture, and embrace the beauty of nature and wildlife. This crossover trail through the forest is relatively easy and suited for beginners and amateur hikers without prior high-altitude adventure experience. If you plan your travel with a tour operator or an agency, you need not worry about campsites and accommodations. But if you are traveling in a small group, you can rent the camping and trekking equipment with some additional expenses. Besides, if you consider offloading, you can hire a porter at just USD 8 (INR 600) or less per day to carry personal belongings on the trek, not weighing more than 10 kgs. People with heart diseases and breathing issues are not advised to take part in this trek.
Since this trek is graded easy to moderate, you can just maintain adequate physical and mental fitness and embark on the journey. The terrain is not so challenging, but the elevation is quite high, starting from the Deoria Tal lake at 2438 meters to the Chandrashila Peak at 3690 meters. The trek distance is 30 kilometers and can be covered in approximately five days.
Your gear guide and checklist should contain warm clothes like thermal inners, extra pairs of socks and underwear, quick-dry hiking pants, fleece jacket, woollen sweaters, a heavy down jacket, poncho, balaclava, suncap, sunglasses, synthetic and woollen gloves, etc. Apart from these, your trekking essentials should contain a backpack and daypack with rain cover, sturdy hiking boots, well-made walking sticks, toiletries like biodegradable soaps, excess toilet paper, and wet wipes sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, quick-dry towels, etc. Carry your own water bottles to avoid littering the Himalayas with disposable plastic.