At 0700 Hrs, we will assemble at the Haridwar Railway station, board our vehicle and drive up to Himalayan Eco Lodge, Kund. The winding road along the river Ganga takes you through some of the holiest cities in the country, including Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. Entering the Mandakini valley, expect to see some beautiful sights before finally reaching your destination for the night. The evening is reserved for a short hike around the lodge and possibly some great time near the river Mandakini. Overnight at the Himalayan Eco Lodge, Kund.
Today, we drive from our lodge at Kund to Sari, the starting point for our trek to Deoriatal. Deoriatal is a high altitude lake situated at 2438 meters. The still waters of this pristine lake reflect the equally splendid snow clad peaks around. But, here’s the treat. The trek to Deoriatal is as beautiful as the lake itself. There is a range of trees you can spot including the ever famous rhododendron, moss clad oak and the tall pines. After spending a few hours at Deoriatal and exploring the surroundings, we will retrace the same route and return to Sari. A short drive from Sari will take us back to Chalkot, where we will spend the night in alpine tents.
An hour of scenic drive from Chalkot camp to Chopta takes you to the starting point of the trek. Chopta or Chopta Bugyal is an alpine meadow famous for its breathtaking beauty. It’s a demanding but short and extremely scenic climb. After trekking for a couple of hours, you reach the highest Shiva shrine in the world, the Tungnath Temple. Sit in the peaceful courtyard, close your eyes and soak up the beauty of this revered temple. After rest and refreshment, you are ready for the next leg of the trek, the Chandrashila Peak.
A kilometer further up from the Tungnath temple is the Chandrashila Peak (4000 mts). Surrounded with folklores and legends, this beautiful mountain top gives one a 180 degree view of the mighty Himalayas. Witnessing the gigantic mountain peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba is an experience unlike any other.
After you’ve had an eyeful of this enchanting beauty, trek down to Chopta and board the vehicle waiting to drive you to Kund, where hot dinner awaits! Overnight in alpine tents/lodge
Note: People trekking up to Chandrashila peak start in the morning at 0500 hrs while those trekking only to the Tungnath Temple, begin at 0800 hrs.
After breakfast, hop on to your vehicle for Haridwar, a drive of approximate 7 hrs. Your trip ends here.
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
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. 200-700 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.
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
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. 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.
…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
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
4 Days | Apr - Jun & Sep - Nov | Moderate | Max Alt : Chandrashila peak (4000m)
Day 1 : Haridwar - Kund (1350m) (Drive / 200 Kms) (6 - 7 Hrs)
Day 2 : Kund- Sari- Deoriatal – Sari - Chalkot ( Drive / 1 hr ) ( Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 3 : Chalkot - Chopta (2800m) - Tungnath (3680m) - Chandrashila peak (4000m) - Chalkot / Kund (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs) (Drive / 1 - 1.5 hrs)
Day 4 : Chalkot / Kund – Haridwar
Chopta Chandrashila Peak Trek - 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 Chopta Chandrashila Trek.
In the first leg of the trek we hike up to Deoriatal. This is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 m and has captivating surroundings with forests all around. The Chopta Chandrashila Peak feels like 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. 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 km to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000 m and accomplish the Chandrashila Trek. The 180 degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make ChoptaChandrashila trek well worth it.
Another interesting part of this trip is the opportunity to spend time at Himalayan Eco Lodges & Camps at Kund (www.himalayanecolodges.com/kund.php). This lodge overlooks the Mandakini River and is in the shadow of the Kedar peak and is a beautiful base to. While on the other days of the Trek one gets to stay at the base of Chopta meadows in the beautiful campsite of Chalkot.Nestled in the wilderness, Chalkot campsite is surrounded by mixed forests all around, a stream nearby makes it an ideal setting in the Himalayas. The stream serves as home to many migratory birds during the month of March & a perfect base for photography during bird watching. What stands out is the unique location of the campsite on a clearing right in middle of a meadow & the forests. The easy accessibility to Deoriatal & Chopta town will mak your stay in Chalkot a promising one.
Chandrashila peak is one of the most liked destinations for trekking in India. Chopta valley is located at an elevation of 2,680 meters (1.66 miles) and is surrounded by a forest of Oak, Rhododendron and Deodar. Chopta Chandrashila Trek takes you to the highest Shiva temple in the world, situated in Tungnath at a height of 12074 ft. Chopta is also known as Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand. You will surely be fascinated by the beauty around while accomplishing the Chopta Trek. Alike other treks,even for the Chandrashila Trek and Deoria Tal Trek - GIO assists you with professionally qualified expert guides. Our guides will run a small course on climbing techniques to get you to know more about the sport and get comfortable with it.
|Region||Garhwa l - Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand|