Snow Trek Chopta | Winter Trek | Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek - GIO Adventures

Chopta Snow Trek


Rs.9,500
Product Code: TRCDW
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 05 Days
Season: Dec-Mar
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 rafting on Ganga 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 stay in the lodge.

DAY 02: Kund (1350m) - Kakragad (Stream) – Makkumat - Chalkot Camp (Drive / 20 mins) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)

Post breakfast we drive to the streams at Kakragad. At Kakragad, one may choose to enjoy in the natural pools. The hike past the forests & Himalayan villages will lead you to Makkumat (Winter seat of Tungnath Temple). From Makkumat, the vehicle will pick us up to be driven to Chalkot. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY 03: Chalkot- Sari- Deoriatal – Sari - Chalkot ( Drive /  1 hr ) ( Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)

From the campsite, we drive to Sari, the starting point for our trek. From Sari we begin the trek to Deoriatal, a high altitude lake. Spend a few hours by this magnificent lake, reflecting the Chaukhamba peaks in its still waters. Then, trek back to Sari retracing the same route, from Sari we will be driven back to Chalkot.  Overnight stay in tents.

DAY 04: Chalkot - Chopta (2800m) - Tungnath (3680m) - Chandrashila peak (4000m) - Chalkot / Kund (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs) (Drive / 1 - 1.5 hrs)

We start the day by climbing up the slopes of the snow meadow. The climb is demanding but short and extremely scenic. It will take about a couple of hours to reach Tungnath temple. 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 Chandrashila 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 Kund/Chalkot where a refreshing shower and hot dinner awaits you. Those who want to summit Chandrashilla peak will start at 5 am in the morning. Who just want to trek towards Chandrashilla summit and Tungnath will start at 8 am in the morning. Overnight in the lodge/tents

DAY 05:  Chalkot / Kund  - Haridwar

Post breakfast, we drive to Haridwar. Trip ends here. 

PRICE 


PRICE INCLUDES

  • Professional guide(s) to 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.
  • We provide accommodation in deluxe tents and yurts on single/double/triple occupancy basis at the deluxe mountain lodge in Kund (www.himalayanecolodges.com/kund.php). This lodge has an absolutely fantastic location and good quality facilities and services.
  • High quality Camping arrangements
    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 
    • Hot water bottles in the night (during the trek)
    • Camping stools 
    • Mess Tent
    • Toilet tents (2) with portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 5. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the lodge to the trek points, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • 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.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage 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/sale 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

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >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
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

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. 200-500 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

This snow trek is organized between Jan & Mar when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to popular belief, winters is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. Also there are lots of local festivals in these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun and temperatures would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around -3 to 5 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of -8 to 0 °C. Snow Treks India is more adventurous and challenging, so it is very important to keep warm clothes in your journey

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. Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  3. Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
  4. Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) with a proper hood
  5. Down jacket (with min 600 fill power rating)
  6. Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  7. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  8. Woollen cap (Balaclava)
  9. Inner fleece gloves
  10. Outer waterproof gloves
  11. Thick woollen socks & regular socks (4-5 pairs)
  12. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  13. Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
  14. Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  15. Gaiters
  16. Raincoat / Poncho
  17. Small light weight towel
  18. Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  19. Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  20. Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  21. Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole
  22. Sunscreen Lotion
  23. Lip Balm
  24. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  25. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  26. Personal toiletries
  27. Book, if you like reading
  28. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  29. Carry rain cover for your bags
  30. 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
  31. 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.

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.

Our Trekking Code For Trek to Chopta

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 India trekking experience is required.

5Days|Season: Dec-Mar|Moderate+|MaxAlt4000m(Chandrashila Peak)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar - Kund (1350m) (Drive / 200 kms / 6 - 7 hrs)
Day 02: Kund (1350m) - Kakragad (Stream) – Makkumat - Chalkot Camp (Drive / 20 mins) (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
Day 03: Chalkot- Sari- Deoriatal – Sari - Chalkot ( Drive /  1 hr ) ( Trek / 3 - 4 hrs)
Day 04: Chalkot - Chopta (2800m) - Tungnath (3680m) - Chandrashila peak (4000m) - Chalkot / Kund (Trek / 4 - 5 hrs) (Drive / 1 - 1.5 hrs)
Day 05:  Chalkot / Kund - Haridwar

Description

For the mountain lover, the winters are a great time to be travelling in the Himalayas because of the clear views and sunny days. This winter trek gives you the opportunity to scale a small trekking peak in the Garhwal Himalayas, Chandrashila peak (4000m). On the trek you pass through undulating meadows of snow. With the close proximity of this trek to the roadhead, the trek is ideal for beginners wanting to experience the joys of snow trekking in a safe and relatively comfortable manner.

It is a 15 min drive from Kund to Kakragad and then we trek up to Makkumath. This trail weaves through rich forest on the left bank of stream (Kakragad). This stream originates from the Chopta region. For about 2- 3 hrs you walk along this region and then walk uphill to Makkumath through Himalayan villages which is quite interesting to weave.  From here we drive to Chalkot Camp. The Chalkot camp is located in a completely picturesque setting with supernatural allures of surrounding mountains. On the second day we trek up to Deoriatal. This is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 m and has captivating surroundings with forests all around. This trail would not have much snow and it forms an easy start for the trek ahead. From Deoriatal, the Chaukhamba peak feels like it is an arm’s 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. Chaukhamba Peak view from Deoriatal. From here, we head back to Chalkot.

Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India because of its undulating carpets of snow and a breath taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. We will start getting into big snows on this trail and once in Chopta would have a lot of snow all around. Next day, from here we will trek up to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. There would be thick snow all around and we would have a totally enjoyable experience trekking through this terrain. All along the route one gets wonderful views of the Himalayan giants including Bandarpoonch, Kedar, Chaukhamba peaks and many more. From Tungnath you can trek up a further 1 kms to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000 m. The 180 degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make this trek well worth it. From here we head to Kund/ Chalkot and retire for the night. The day you depart to your onward destination. 

DETAILS
Duration 5 Days
Region Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand - Garhwal

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