5D/4N
Duration
Easy
Grade
4/10
Physicality
3800 m/12500 ft
Highest Point

Deoriatal Chopta Chandrashila Trek:

About: This is the ideal beginning to introduce people who want to explore Himalayas much more than that of a regular tourist yet staying in the comfort of Tea House. The places covered in the trek promises almost everything that a high altitude Himalayan trek offers. Pristine canopy of forest around Chopta, blooming Rhododendrons in Spring, to foliage in autumn. Wildlife around Chopta is well know. Exploring the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary may produce a glimpse of Himalayan Thar or the Monal, state bird of Uttarakhand. Tunganath , at an elevation of ~3600m/11500 being the highest of Panchkedar, the five holy shrines of Lord Shiva (The other four are, Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar). Sunset from Tunganath on Chowkhamba is compelling. Chandrashila, a small peak above the temple is just an hour walk. Often it is referred as the ‘Switzerland of India”. 180 degree panoramic view from the top covers numerous peaks of Kumaon (including Nandadevi, Trishul ) to far western peaks of the Kedarnath area. The four pillars of Chowkhamba standing above 7000m/23000ft are so close that you have to zoom out your camera .  This is not all at all!  Deoriatal, a lake hidden inside the valley at a much lower altitude but yet the mountains and reflections on water are massive. This trek can be done almost throughout the year apart from few months of monsoon. It has to offer something unique in each season. Fresh snow in winter and flowers in spring are a delight to watch. Even till late of spring, Tunganath and Chandrashila remains covered with snow, and it is fun to walk indeed.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Haridwar to Sari – 220 Km by car – 9/10 hours – 4 Km trek to Deoriatal – 2/2 and half hours
Day 2: Trek down to Sari after lunch – 4 Km – 2 hours – 20 Km drive to Chopta – 1 hour
Day 3: Hiking around Chopta – 6/8 Km – 5/6 hours
Day 4: Trek to Tunganath and further to Chandrashila peak and return to Chopta – 10 Km – 7/8 hours
Day 5: Drive to Haridwar – 240 Km – 10 hours

 Duration: 3 days of trek; Haridwar to Haridwar in 5 days.

 Highest Point: Chandrashila ~ 3800 m/12500 ft.

 Grade: Easy

 Length: 25 Km

 Seasons: April to June and October to January.

 Further Option: From Tunganath one can trek towards Rudranath

 Access: Trek starting point is Sari and end point is Chopta.

Rail station: Haridwar (STN Code: HW)

 Airport: Dehradun or Delhi

 Map:

Fixed Departure Dates:

All dates are Haridwar to Haridwar

*** Trekkers need to reach Haridwar on Day 1 morning or the previous night. Return to Haridwar on Day 5 afternoon or early evening. Arrange your tickets for inward journey and to back home from Haridwar accordingly ***

Trek Code: DCC16W1 – 10th Dec (Day 1) to 14th Dec’16 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W2 – 17th Dec (Day 1) to 21st Dec’16 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W3 – 24th Dec (Day 1) to 28th Dec’16 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W4 – 25th Dec (Day 1) to 29th Dec’16 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W5 – 31st Dec (Day 1) to 4th Jan’17 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W6 – 8th Jan (Day 1) to 12th Jan’17 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W7 – 21st Jan (Day 1) to 25th Jan’17 (Day 5)

Trek Code: DCC16W8 -22nd Jan (Day 1) to 26th Jan’17 (Day 5)

Getting to Sari (The trek base):
We will arrange a car pickup from Haridwar to Sari and back from Chopta to Haridwar. This will be shared equally by the availing team members.
Otherwise if any trekker wants to reach Sari by public vehicle then the option is:
a) Take and early morning bus from Haridwar to Rudraprayag. Change here for Ukhimath. From Ukhimath reserve a car for Sari which is 20 Km.
b) While returning for Chopta, get a cab for Ukhimath in the morning. From Ukhimath change for Rudraprayag and then to Haridwar.

Read here for detailed information on how to reach Haridwar.

DEPARTURE LOCATION Haridwar railway station
REPORTING TIME 6:00 AM for a prompt departure to Sari (Day 1)
RETURN LOCATION Haridwar
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:00 PM (Day 5)

Access to Chopta (The trek base): Depending upon the trek members we will arrange a pick up and drop from Haridwar to Chopta and return from Sari to Haridwar. This will be shared equally by the team members on actual basis.
Otherwise if you want to reach Sari and return from Chopta on your own then:
1) Take an early morning bus from Haridwar to Rudraprayag. Change here for Ukhimath. From Ukhimath hire a cab for Sari which is 15 Km.
2) While returning from Chopta, hire a cab for Ukhimath in the morning. From Ukhimath change for Rudraprayag and then to Haridwar by bus.

There are direct trains from Kolkata to Haridwar.

KUMBHA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12369 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)

UPASANA EXPRESS – Train No. – 12327 ( Very good option to reach Haridwar by 5 pm; Spend the night in Haridwar and start your onward journey by car next morning)

DOON EXPRESS – Train No. – 13009 (Don’t book this train when you plan a long onward journey immediately in the morning)]

Avoid booking wait listed (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Following trains are good to reach Haridwar and run daily.

DDN JANSHTBDI – Train No. 12055 (Arrives HW in the evening @ 7:30 pm, good choice when you stay the night in Haridwar and have a long drive ahead next day)
NANDA DEVI EXP – Train No. 12205 (arrives HW early morning @ 4am)
UTKAL EXPRESS – Train No. 18477 (arrives HW in the night @ 9pm)
MUSSOORIE EXP – Train No. 14041 (arrives HW in the morning @ 5:45am)
Always avoid booking waitlisted (WL) tickets in AC classes (1A/2A/3A) or Chair Car (CC). Book Sleeper class (SL)/Second Sitting class (2S) tickets which have normally more seats/berth and hence much better chance to get confirmed.

Govt. Road Transport (Roadways of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab etc.) buses are frequently available in day time and night from Kashmiri Gate ISBT (http://www.delhi.gov.in/wps/wcm/connect/doit_transport/Transport/Home/ISBT/Fare+Chart). Tickets are available on board for these regular type buses. From Delhi Airport or Station you can reach ISBT Kashmiri Gate via Delhi Metro service (http://www.delhimetrorail.com/metro-fares.aspx). It is only 4 Km from NDLS and can be reached easily by booking an auto rickshaw.

For privately operated bus, you can book online from different portals (http://www.redbus.in). Select a boarding point suitably. Overnight Volvo/A.C/Push back bus service.

For night stay in Haridwar:

Trekkers reaching on the previous day before the journey to the actual trek base need to stay the night in Haridwar. There are several options in Haridwar for spending a night while staying in Premium, Standard or Budget accommodation. Options vary from Privately operated Hotels/Lodges, to State run Tourist rest House and Dharamshalas.

State run GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) operates Hotel Rahi just beside the Bus Stand and opposite to the Haridwar Railway Station. This is a reliable and a decent choice for Standard accommodation.
Check the following for online booking of the above: http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/tour/booktrh.asp
You can call or visit GMVN nearest office or even send an email for more information.The information is available at:
http://www.gmvnl.com/newgmvn/online_reservation/#

Normally you reach Haridwar from any trek base by 7/8 pm in the evening. You can take any train after 9 pm or regular bus service as mentioned above to reach Delhi or directly to your homeward journey in the same night.

Day 1

Drive to Sari: 220 Km - 9/10 hours; Trek to Deoriatal - 4 Km - 2/2 and half hours


Pickup from Haridwar in the morning and reach Sari (~ 2300m, 7500ft), 220 Km away. The journey may take around 9/10 hours with a break or two.

Day 2

Trek down to Sari after lunch – 4 Km – 2 hours - 20 Km drive to Chopta - 1 hour

Day 3

Hiking around Chopta – 6/8 Km – 5/6 hours

Day 4

Trek to Tunganath and further to Chandrashila peak and return to Chopta – 10 Km – 7/8 hours

Day 5

Drive to Haridwar – 240 Km – 10 hours

P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.

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TREK COST: Rs 5800 (Sari to Chopta) + 4.5% Service Tax

Book for 3-5 persons and get a discount of 5% and for 6 or more persons get flat 10% discount

Inclusions:

1 night accmmodation at Deoriatal (Day 1 ) in small dhaba/lodge on sharing basis

All Meals ( vegetarian/egg) during the trek (breakfast, hot/packed lunch, dinner, tea/coffee/soup

Professional Guide

Porters/Packed animals to carry the central logistics

3 nights accommodation at Chopta (Day 2, 3 4)

Permit fee, forest levy as required in the trek

Basic Medical & First Aid kit

Exclusions:

Transportation from Haridwar to Sari and back from Chopta to Haridwar (Rs 1500 per persons both ways for the pick up and drop)

We assume that you will carry your Rucksack/Backpack including all your personal belongings. If you prefer to offload your bag and carried by our horse/porter then an additional Rucksack offloading charge (Rs 800, for Sari to Deoriatal and back to Sari) is to be paid

Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staffs

Any kind of insurance during the trek or transit

Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature

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Chandrashila Deoriatal Trek