Chandrashila Chopta Trek

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Chandrashila Chopta Trek


Chandrashila, literally meaning the Moon Rock, in the Garhwal Himalayas is located at an altitude of about 4,000 metres (13,000 ft.) above sea level. This peak is an impressive vantage point that offers 360 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world, and also one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples, is located here. Beyond Tungnath lies the summit to the Chandrashila peak.

The trek begins from Chopta, a haven of beauty devoid of the hustle and bustle of a tourist hotspot. Popularly known as the 'Mini Switzerland', Chopta is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons. The valley between Chopta and the Tungnath temple has wooded hills with rich alpine meadows as also agricultural fields. When in full bloom during March, the rhododendrons display dazzling colours ranging from crimson to pink.

If the daily grind of life is draining the energy out of you then this trek is best suited to forget that routine and gift yourself an experience so beautiful that you will etch it in your memories for a long time. Since the trek is rated as easy to moderate, anybody with a reasonable level of fitness can take up this trek. You sure are going to be pampered to the most delightful of landscapes.

Chandrashila Chopta Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Rishikesh – Dugalbitta (Day 1)

We meet at Rishikesh early in the morning and drive to Dugalbitta Village on the Ukhimath-Chopta road. Reach our campsite/hotel by evening, and spend the rest of the day exploring the area and preparing for the next day’s trek.

Day 2: Dugalbitta – Deoria Tal (7,900 ft) – Dugalbitta

After an early breakfast, we start our trek to Deoria Tal. This lake is a blend of beauty with intriguing stories from mythology. Located at a distance of about 3 km from the villages of Mastura and Sari on the Ukhimath-Chopta road, Deoria Tal is situated at an altitude of about 2,387 metres. It has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow covered mountains in the backdrop. On this uphill trek, you will even come across mixed forests of oaks and rhododendrons along with pristine vast meadows. The emerald green lake boasts of a spectacular backdrop of snowcapped mountains and bright blue skies. During the early morning hours on a clear day, Deoria Tal blesses us travellers with reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water. The lake also has a mythological connection with the epic Mahabharata. If legend is to be believed, this is the place where Yaksha asked the Pandavas to answer his questions before drinking the water of the lake. After spending some time here, we’ll trek back to Dugalbitta for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Dugalbitta – Chopta (9,500 ft) and surrounding areas – Dugalbitta

In the morning, we make our way to Chopta – a picturesque hamlet still unexplored by travellers. The cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations. The morning view is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow-laden Himalayas. Chopta is from where we will begin our ascent of Tungnath. A further 1.5 km trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila which offers ––panoramic views of snow-clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. Chopta itself offers splendid views of the imposing Himalayan range. It is located at an elevation of 2,680 metres above sea level. Rich in varied flora and fauna, Chopta is situated amidst thick forests of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.

Day 4: Dugalbitta – Tungnath (12,070 ft) – Chandrashila (13,415 ft) – Dugalbitta

Today we start the trek early, preferably before sunrise, so that we can treat ourselves to a sunrise from Tungnath or Chandrashila itself. The trek up to Tungnath is accessible via a cemented pilgrim trail. To get there from our campsite in Dugalbitta, we follow a winding trail as it ascends sharply via a series of 11 scissor bends. The walk is pleasant, but is a steep climb. After you reach the 10th scissor bend, look for a flag and a small open temple towards your right side. From here you can now see the Chandrashila peak and the Tungnath temple complex at its base. The views from here onwards are incredible. A connecting peak leading to Chandrashila, known as Ravanshila, is visible on your right. Tungnath temple is only half a kilometre from here. On your left, overlooking the valley is a section of birch trees. This is a haven for birds like Monal and Griffin vulture, which you will see in plenty. Take the 11th and last bend to reach the famous and holy Tungnath temple. The route to Chandrashila peak goes through the temple complex and is a series of scissor bends. During winter, expect this trail to be completely buried in snow. The climb from Tungnath to Chandrashila is an ascent of 600 feet and is a very steep climb. The trek up to the summit takes 30-45 minutes. Once at the top of the peak, you get a 360 degree view of the mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon. Walk past a temple and see some great mountains of Uttarakhand, like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut and more. The sunrise view from this spot is one of the best you will get to see in all of the Himalayas.

Day 5: Dugalbitta – Rishikesh

In the morning, after breakfast, we wind up camp and drive back to Rishikesh via Rudraprayag and Devprayag.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

1 - The package includes ALL meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), snacks and refreshments throughout the trek. Meals would be wholesome, delicious and abundant.
2 - Accommodation in tents on twin-sharing basis.
3 - Transfers from Manali to the starting point of the trek and back.
4 - Entry fees, permit to trek and forest camping charges in the region for the entire duration of the trek, wherever applicable.
5 - Needless to say, we'll provide you with sleeping bags, mattresses, tents and other safety equipment required.
6 - We'll have an English-speaking guides and a team of porters / mules to carry common group equipment.
7 - A trained cook along with helper/ requisite staff.
8 - First aid kit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

1 - Expenses that are personal in nature.
2 - Porters/ Mule to carry personal rucksack.
3 - Insurance
4 - Expenses arising out of emergency/evacuation/rain/landslides/unforeseen circumstances beyond one's control.
5 - Though we'll have a well-equipped first-aid kit, we suggest that you bring your own personal medicines.
6 - Anything not expressly stated.

Cancellation Policy

Up to 30 days – 90% Refund
Between 21- 30 days - 80 % Refund
Between 11 - 20 days - 50 % Refund
Less than 10 days - No Refund

NOTE

All programmes are subject to change without prior notice.

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