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Deoriatal – Chandrashila Trek
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is one of the best trekking points in India. It is also one of the most beautiful go-to treks in Uttarakhand for minors and seniors. This journey consists of trekking via Deoriatal Lake, Chopta, Tungnath, and finally reaching the Chandrashila peak. Rewind yourself on nature’s great offering in this hike. This is the cheapest winter trek that takes place in a soothing climate, so you can enjoy the trip thoroughly.
All the major summits of the Himalayan range in the Western and Eastern Uttarakhand are the key features on the view checklist that can leave you absolutely captivated. You can find numerous species of birds, dense forests full of oak trees, maple, rhododendron, etc. Along with the picturesque surroundings, you would pass through the Devprayag, the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi that forms river Ganga. Finally, when you stand on top of the Chandrashila summit, all the exhilaration from the trek up will be worth the blessed experience you feel.
The beautiful Deoriatal Lake would have a mesmerising view of the water along the mountain trail and watch animals drinking from the shimmering water. Chopta would give you the luxury experience of trekking through the charming meadows and Himalayan mountainous dwellings.
Further, the trail takes you to the Tungnath peak featuring the highest Shiva Shrine in the world (12,073 feet). Although the rugged terrain can challenge your trekking skills, it’s fairly easy to hike up to Chandrashila summit. It is recommended to book your trekking package during post-monsoon seasons to admire the snow-clad mountains
The Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek is a rock face that may be found both above and beyond the Tungnath Temple, which is the tallest Shiva temple in the world. The route is difficult to navigate due to the sharp inclines and unexpected shifts in the terrain. The snow-covered hills are magnificent and will leave you in amazement; the eerie atmosphere combined with the otherworldly beauty causes everything to come to a complete halt. The route is encircled on all sides by a mighty forest composed of oak, deodar, and rhododendron trees, which cast a shade over a vibrant bed of blooming plants. This underrated and unspoiled natural beauty offers a panoramic perspective of the Garhwal Himalayas, which includes some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. People who are interested in getting their feet wet in Himalayan hiking should absolutely go on this walk. It is also a visual joy, which is why not only hikers but photographers from all over the globe come to the area to capture its breathtaking scenery.
This morning you leave from Dehradun to the trip to Sari, where the hike will begin, which will take you between eight and ten hours. This includes breaks for breakfast and lunch, which will be spaced out at convenient intervals. The whole distance from Dehradun to Sari is roughly 231 kilometres, and it will take around 8-10 hours to get to Sari by car. The trip may be broken up into many legs. The trek will take between 8 and 10 hours, and it will be taxing; nevertheless, you will never run out of tempting sights while you are on the route, so don't sleep since you might miss out on a vista that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Along the route of the trip, we will see a lot of rivers coming together to form one larger river and a lot of beautiful sceneries. Once we have arrived in Sari, we will have completed day 1 of the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek. This will be the point at which the day ends. We are going to stop for the night and get some rest. Dinner will be provided later on, and in order for you to get a sufficient amount of rest, we will recommend that you go to bed as soon as possible.
The distance of three km between Sari and Deoriatal is the subsequent stage of the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek. It takes around three hours to go from Sari to Deoriatal, which is located at an elevation of 2,400 metres (7,800 feet). The path winds its way through thick rhododendron woods, maple tree groves, and a few streams before emerging onto a stunning landscape of wide meadows. Even though the trip starts in Haridwar, the real hiking begins in the hamlet of Sari. After getting an early start on the day with a hearty and scrumptious breakfast, you will start your walk in the direction of Deoriatal.
Following a delicious breakfast, we will go off on an incredible journey that will last around three kilometres. If you so like, you may take a short excursion around the campground to take some pictures. Once you get started on your hike, you will be able to see a reflection of the breathtaking scenery in the lake that is quite clear. Because of this, people often refer to it as "two worlds in one place." The Ganges and the Alaknanda rivers, both considered sacred, will accompany you on your journey to Deoriatal. The path is regarded to be simple since it consists of both climbing upwards and going downhill. The exquisite panorama of the Chandrashila top may be accessed by a rocky path that has been meticulously prepared. From this vantage point, the Tungnath temple seems to be little more than a speck of colour. During the whole three-kilometer trek, there are essentially no opportunities to get water. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have sufficient water reserve in your bottles to satisfy the water need that your body has. For those who have a passion for nature and watching birds, this location is a veritable heaven. When you live in the lush city life that you are used to, you will be taken on a trip that you had no idea existed until the birds begin to sing and the flowers begin to bloom. When we go to the campground at Deoriatal beside the lake, there will be a hot meal waiting for us there, and it will be excellent.
On the third day of our journey, we are going to make our way to Chopta Rohini Bugyal. This walk is around 15 km long and takes about 7-8 hours to complete. During this walk, you may come across several native birds and animals, in addition to some very stunning mountains covered in snow.
The path is dotted with inconspicuous shrines, which may be found hidden among the foliage of the yellow and red flags that are strung along it. After that, we have to go through a clearing in the woods that is directly in line with the crimson flowers that are blooming in the open. Following this, we will be climbing the trail that goes straight to Rohini Bugyal and Chopta in a direct fashion. After the rise, there is a flat section of ground, and then there is some strenuous hiking upward. The Chandrashila mountain, which is located at the other end of the forest hole, may be seen in all its splendour from this vantage point. After you have traversed the flat terrain, you will once again find yourself in the midst of the forest, which is surrounded with mature oak and maple trees in addition to the rhododendrons. This area is in fact a part of the Kedarnath sanctuary, and if you are fortunate enough, you may be able to see the red fox as well as other wildlings in their natural habitat. After walking for another quarter of an hour, we will arrive at the Bhadawal Temple, which marks the beginning of the descent into the Rohini Bugyal valley. As you go farther, you will come upon a brook where you may satisfy your body's need for water. A collection of cottages may be seen at the top of a short ascent at the place where the meadows seem to begin. You may meet the local shepherds here together with their flocks of sheep. A little distance in front of us is the Chopta settlement, where we will set up tent. Once we have arrived to the campground, we will set up camp at Chopta for the night. At the campground, there will be a dinner waiting for you.
On this day, we will begin our journey from Chopta to Tungnath and then continue on to Chandrashilla mountain. This walk will be around 8 km long and take between 6-7 hours to complete. Take in the beautiful scenery of the mountainous terrain and its trees. Chopta is where we will be staying for the night.
We are going to get our day started as soon as possible. After a scrumptious breakfast, we shall depart from Chopta in the direction of Chandrashila top and continue on our tour. From the peak of Tungnath, we will get a magnificent view of the dawn. On a route that is well demarcated and bordered by concrete, hikers may make their way from Chopta to the Tungnath Temple. The walk is going to be a bit more demanding today, with some high hills and rough terrain. The whole path will be covered with a deep blanket of snow when winter arrives, so be prepared. Along the whole length of the path, there are no water stations. Therefore, you should ensure that you have an adequate quantity of water with you at all times. You will get at the top of Chandrashila after climbing the treacherous slope that is in the middle of the route. From this vantage point, you can see the mountain ranges of Kumaon and Garhwal in all directions, and the mountains in the immediate area are covered with snow. Nanda Devi, Kedar Dome, Trishul, Dronagiri, and Nanda Ghunti are the names of some of the most famous mountains in the area. You will also be able to get a view of Gangotri and Thalay Sagar right at the brink of the cliff. Being encircled by so many mountain peaks in the neighbourhood will make you feel as if you have died and gone to paradise. We will devote part of our time to basking in the splendour of the natural surroundings and praising the awesome power of mother nature. Following this, we will make our way back to the Chopta base camp, and this will signal the conclusion of the day that has been the busiest and most taxing of our hike thus far. As a result, we are going to cook supper at the campground, and then we are going to go to bed as quickly as we can without allowing any more time to pass.
We can guarantee that the whole time you are driving back to Dehradun, you will be reflecting about the hike that you just completed. The magnificent snow-covered mountains and the tranquil cascade of water bodies will continue to flash constantly throughout the video. Your heart will be filled with such splendour that it will force you to become a wandering nomad who is always in search of the love of nature. Your memories of the Deoriatal Chandrashila trip will be with you for the rest of your life. You are without a doubt going to leave back home with a smile on your face and a resolve to come back to this gorgeous location at some point in the future.
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The best time to visit or book Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek package is January to May and October to December.
Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. Any age group from 10 to 17 is good to apply for a first-time trekking experience. Adults and seniors should carry doctors' notes for their fitness requirements for the journey. They should be fit enough to cover a 4 km distance in 30 minutes and should be able to carry at least a 10 kg backpack.
Temperature is generally between 8-25 degree Celsius in summers and 16 to -12 degree Celsius in winters.