Chopta Backpacking Trek | Chandrashila Peak Trek | Deoriatal Trek – Gio Adventure

Backpacking Trek Chopta


Rs.6,350
Product Code: BPCD
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 5 Days
Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov
Grade: Moderate
Region: Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
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ITINERARY

DAY 01: Haridwar – Kund (1350m) Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs

We will meet at Haridwar railway station at 7:00 a.m and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Kund. This is an interesting drive. You will, for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga & Alaknanda river before turning into the Mandakini valley. Enroute you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. Evening we will go for a short hike to stretch our leg muscles and also spend some time by the riverside. Overnight in the lodge.

Meal Plan – D

DAY 02: Kund (1350m) – Deoriatal (2438m) Trek/4-5 hrs

Today when you start hiking from the lodge you will initially walk through a few villages and a small temple town, Ukhimath. The walk from here on is through an enchanting mixed forest abundant in bird life. Today’s hike is mostly uphill. We will reach Deoriatal lake by afternoon and spend rest of the day exploring the serene surroundings. This is a fine place for photography and bird watching. Overnight in tents.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 03: Deoriatal (2438m) – Chopta (2800m) Trek/4-5 hrs

Today we walk on a ridge for some time and then get into a series of ascents and descents which are gradual and completely enjoyable. You will encounter a mixed forest having oaks, pines, rhododendrons and a few more local varieties. Also we start getting views of other snow-capped Himalayan peaks. We will reach the campsite by afternoon and spend rest of the day exploring Chopta. The views towards the evening are going to be great so keep your cameras handy. The sunset from Chopta is also a photographer’s delight!! Overnight in tents.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 04: Chopta (2800m) – Tungnath (3680m) – Chandrashila peak (4000m) – Kund Trek/4-5 hrs & Drive/1 hr

We start the day by climbing up the slopes of the meadow. The climb is demanding but short and extremely scenic. It will take about a couple of hours to reach Tungnath temple. The golden meadows in this area are very striking so are the views of big mountains and valleys. Religious or non-religious does not matter, just sit by yourself for a few minutes in the courtyard of the temple with eyes closed you will feel very light! After a brief stop for refreshments and rest carry on with your climb to reach the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000m. The effort is going to be rewarded multiple times with views which are surely unparalleled. From the summit you can see big Himalayan peaks (Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba and many more) and surrounding valleys in all directions. After capturing the views in your camera start walking down to the base camp at Chopta and from there get onto your vehicles and drive down to the lodge in Kund where a refreshing shower and hot dinner awaits you. Spend time by the riverside. Overnight in the lodge.

Meal Plan – B, L, D

DAY 05: Kund – Haridwar Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs

After breakfast those who want to try their hand at the exciting sport of river rafting will get an opportunity to do so. We will offer a stretch of rafting on Alaknanda river which is suitable for first timers also. In case someone does not want to raft they can enjoy at the camp by the riverside and wait for the rest to join them after rafting. After finishing the rafting we will depart for Haridwar enroute crossing the spiritual capital of the country, Rishikesh. Trip will end at Haridwar and one can proceed with the onward journey. We will reach Haridwar by 3-4 p.m. Trip ends here.

Meal Plan – B

PRICE 


TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Transport can be arranged by us which you can pay directly

Please Note: If you need cost to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price for the same.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 2 guides for the group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing. Sharing pattern can change at times depending upon the availability
  • High quality Camping equipment
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek::
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Toilet tent (1) for women
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Meal plan In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you will get breakfast and dinner on this day. Similarly (B, L, D) indicates you will get all meals and so on.
    On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Service Tax
  • Insurance

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation Policy
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi)

For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 300-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (April – Jun) days are going to be sunny and warm (18-26 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 5-13 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) the days are sunny and clear with temperatures hovering around (14-22 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (2-10 °C). Mid-December onwards it gets cold with onset of snow. This region experiences heavy snow which melts only by mid-March. During winter months if the day is clear, then it’s sunny with very comfortable weather. Evenings and nights are cold with temperature going down to about –8 °C. In winters we avoid camping and base ourselves at the lodge in Kund to the maximum extent.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications

List of Essentials

Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Book, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

5 Days | Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov| Moderate| Max Alt: 4000 mts (Chandrashila Peak Summit)


SKETCH ITINERARY

DAY 01: Haridwar Kund (1350m) Drive/200 Kms/6-7 Hrs
DAY 02: Kund (1350m) Deoriatal (2438m) Trek/4-5 Hrs
DAY 03: Deoriatal (2438m) Chopta (2800m) Trek/4-5 Hrs
DAY 04: Chopta (2800m) Tungnath (3680m) Chandrashila Peak (4000m) Kund Trek/4-5 Hrs & Drive/1 Hr
DAY 05: Kund Haridwar Drive/200 Kms/6-7 Hrs

Description

If one is looking at a short 5-day trek in the Himalayas then look no further. This is one of the most enchanting short treks and lies in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. This hike is in a protected area and hence there are minimal signs of civilization and abundance of flora & fauna, which adds to the beauty of the place.

In the first leg of the trek we hike up to Deoriatal. This is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438m and has captivating surroundings with forests all around. The Chaukhamba peak feels like it is an arms length away and the reflection of the mighty peak in the crystal clear waters of the lake creates a beautiful effect. The story associated with this scenic place is that when the Pandavas were in exile and were hiding from the Kaurava king, Duryodhan, they stopped nearby for a rest. When their mother Kunti felt thirsty, one by one four of her sons went to fetch water from this lake but died, as they could not answer the question put forth to them by the Yaksha Devta who resided here. When the eldest son's Yudishtra's turn came, he answered all questions correctly and with the result the dead brothers also came back to life. Here we will camp by the lakeside and enjoy the star spangled sky in the night.

Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India because of its undulating green meadows (carpets of snow in winter!!) and a breath taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Camping here is a totally enjoyable experience. From here we will trek up to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. All along the route, in addition to the abundant flora and fauna, one gets wonderful views of the Himalayan giants including Bandarpoonch, Kedar, Chaukhamba peak and may more. From Tungnath you can trek up a further 1 kms to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000m. The 180 degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make this trek well worth it.

DETAILS
Duration 5 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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