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Deoriatal Chopta Chandrashila Trek:
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 Himalayan Monal, state bird of Uttarakhand. Tunganath , at an elevation of ~3600 m/11500 being the highest of Panch Kedar, the five holy shrines of Lord Shiva (The other four are, Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar). Sunset from Tunganath on Chaukhamba 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 Chaukhamba standing above 7000 m/23000 ft 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.
Duration: 3 days of trek; Haridwar to Haridwar in 5 days.
Highest Point: Chandrashila ~ 3800 m/12500 ft.
Length: 20 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
Upcoming scheduled dates for Deoriatal Chandrashila trek:
- You can check the scheduled Fixed Departure dates in the calendar available inside Booking Form or inside REGISTER NOW form. Tour starting Dates are highlighted as per our itinerary (Day 1 of 5 days itinerary).
- At present BOOK NOW functionality is disabled. You can get all the information in your email by submitting the REGISTER NOW form.
- If you are a group of people and available dates are not matching then you may select Custom date mode (by clicking the Select your custom date) and fill in the displayed form.
- You can also check all the available dates at a glance in our TREK CALENDAR.
- Trekkers need to reach Haridwar on Day 1 morning (latest by 7 am) or the previous night. Return to Haridwar on Day 5 evening (around 6 pm). Arrange your tickets for inward journey and return accordingly.
|DEPARTURE LOCATION||Haridwar railway station|
|REPORTING TIME||7:00 AM for a prompt departure to Sari (Day 1)|
|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:
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.
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.
Trek down to Sari after lunch – 4 Km – 2 hours - 20 Km drive to Chopta - 1 hour
Hiking around Chopta – 6/8 Km – 5/6 hours
Trek to Tunganath and further to Chandrashila peak and return to Chopta – 10 Km – 7/8 hours
Drive to Haridwar – 240 Km – 10 hours
P.S.: Distances and altitudes are approximate and may not be exact.
CLICK HERE For List of Things to Carry in Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek OR DOWNLOAD PDF BROCHURE.
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TREK FEE: ₹ 6800 (Sari to Chopta) + 5% GST
Book for 3-5 persons and get a discount of 5% and for 5 or more persons get flat 10% discount on TREK FEE
One night lodge accommodation at Sari (Day 1) on sharing basis and dinner.
All meals during the trek. Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
Specialised Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
All night accommodations in tents (3 persons tent) on sharing basis during the trek.
Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek.
Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
Accidental Insurance Policy covering high altitude trekking tours (For Indian nationals it is included in the TREK FEE, up to 60 years of age). It covers your trek as well as your return journey to Haridwar.
Transportation from Haridwar to Sari and return from Chopta to Haridwar. ₹ 6000 for a Tata Sumo and ₹ 9000 for a Tempo Traveller, one way. You pay directly to the driver, sharing equally.
We assume that you will carry your personal Rucksack/Backpack with all your personal belongings. If you want to offload your Rucksack and be carried by our Pack Animal/Porter then you need to pay additional ₹ 1000 for Sari to Deoriatal and back. The Rucksack should not weigh more than 10 Kg.
Any tip/gratuity to the HT supports staff.
Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.