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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Area : Garhwal Himalayas

Duration : 05 Days

Best Season : Round the Year

Grade :

Easy
These treks are 5 to 8 days long and involve walking for about 3-4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These kind of treks are great for families and first timers.

Altitude : 4090 mts

Total Trekking : 30 K.M

About Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Keeping away the clamour of the city life, Chopta valley is perched at an elevation of 2,680 meters and is surrounded by an imposing forest of Oak, deodar and rhododendron that shadow a rich bed of flowering plants. The spell bound Chandrashila Summit Trek is characterized by grandeur of its Himalayan Peak. One of the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region, the Chandrashila Summit Trek, maneuvers through beautiful meadows and the unpaved trails. At reaching the summit, feast your eyes on the spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi at 7,817 meters, Trishul at 7,120 meters, Kedarnath at 6,831 meters, Bandarpunch at 6,316 meters and Chaukhamba at 7,138 meters.

Deoriatal Chopta

It is best to start early in the morning from Chopta to Tungnath, which is the highest Shiva Temple in the world, located at a height of 3,680 meters. The temple is one of the Panch Kedars and is tucked in the lap of the Chandrashila peak. It is believed that Tungnath is more than 1000 years old and holds a legend that corroborates some of the incidents depicted in the Mahabharata epic. From Tungnath temple, a further ascent of an hour terminates atop the Chandrashila summit wherefrom one can capture the silvery sheen of the Himalayan range dotted with several peaks and also of all the green valleys and deep gorges.

The Chandrashila summit trek, which can be journeyed all throughout the year, is considered as one of the moderate treks in the Indian Himalayan region that is located in Uttarakhand. The duration of the trail is approximately 3-6 days. The journey displays rare glimpses of an ancient culture of the Garhwal Himalaya along with the natural hues.

Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Trip Highlights

  • Famous Temples at Haridwar: Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhimgoda Temple, Bharat Mata Temple
  • Famous Temple at Rishikesh: Nilkanth Mahadev, Kunjapuri Temple, Parmarth Niketan Temple, Bharat Mandir, Tera Manzil Temple, Raghunath Temple
  • Tungnath Temple
  • Confluences at Devprayag and Rudraprayag
  •  Crystal Clear Lake: Deoriatal
  • Snow capped Himalayan Peaks: Nanda Devi at 7,817 meters, Trishul at 7,120 meters, Kedarnath at 6,831 meters, Bandarpunch at 6,316 meters and Chaukhamba at 7,138 meters.
  • Low altitude trek with cavernous gorges.
  • Murmuring Waterfalls, lush green meadows & Mountain Goats.
  • Glimpse of an ancient culture of local people.
  • Possible sightings of some wildlife
  • Nights in Hotel, Guest House and Tents

Best Time to Visit Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Best time to travel to Chopta is in summers (April – June) and winters (Oct – Dec). Winter treks are also conducted in Chopta and the best months to trek are between Jan and March.

In Summers: The weather of Chopta remains salubrious during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze can felt early in the morning and in the late evening. Carrying light woolens is advised.

In Monsoon: Chopta turns greener during the monsoon season. Although trekking becomes challenging and there are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides, the scenic beauty of Chopta during monsoons is worth taking the risk for. Carrying raincoats is advised.

In Winters: The region gets blanketed in snow during the winter season and the accommodation options are also restricted to few. But Chopta looks the best during winters and indeed the trek becomes more difficult. Carrying heavy woolens is advised.

Where is the Chopta Chandrashila?

Chopta is a village located some 36kms from Gopeshwar and 254 kms from Rishikesh and approximately 450 kms from the capital Delhi. From Chopta, a trek of approximately 3kms leads to Tugnath and from there a kilometer trek further terminates at Chandrashila peak. An ideal route Chopta Chandrashila from Delhi would be:

Delhi > Haridwar > Devprayag > Rudraprayag > Ukhimath > Chopta > Tungnath > Chandrashila

How to Reach Chopta Chandrashila?

By Air The nearest airport to Chopta is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. It is situated 226 kms away from Chopta. Flights from Delhi are at regular intervals to Dehradun. One can hire cabs that are easily available for Chopta.

By Rail The nearest and most convenient railway station is Rishikesh from Chopta. Situated at about 209 kms, Rishikesh railway station is connected to several cities in the country. One can easily access bus or taxi services for Chopta from Rishikesh.

By Road If you plan to visit the neighboring towns in Uttarakhand, then a road journey would be most convenient. Many buses from nearby towns come to Chopta at regular intervals. One may even hire private taxi or jeep from any of these towns.

Chopta Chandrashila Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi – Haridwar – Ukhimath (225 kms/7 hrs)
In the morning from Delhi railway station take a train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar meet our guide and transfer to Ukhimath via Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi and Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River). Arrival at Ukhimath by evening. Check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Ukhimath (1370 mts / 4500 ft) is on the other side of the Mandakini River Valley from Guptkashi a relatively short steep walk. Ukhimath is the winter seat of Kedarnath, as well as the winter home of the priest who is appointed for the worship. After the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, a movable image of Kedarnath is brought in procession to Ukhimath, where it resides until the Kedarnath temple reopens in late April or early May.

Day 02: Ukhimath - Deoria Tal (2438 mts / 7998 ft)
In the morning you can see snow capped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Deoria Tal through the dense forest of Rhododendron along with wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs. Upon arrival at Deoria Tal set out the tents for overnight stay.

Day 03: Deoria Tal - Chopta
In the morning trek to Chopta through dense forest and meadows. It's a 12km trek. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for overnight stay. In the evening explore the magnificent view of the Himalayas.

Day 04: Chopta - Tungnath (3680 ft / 12070 ft) - Chandrashila (4090 mts / 13415 ft) - Chopta
After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680mts above the sea level. The trek is 3kms upward and en route you will find lush green meadows. You can witness a wide range of snow capped Himalayas. Upon arriving, pay a visit to Tungnath Temple. After resting for a while, you can head out for Chandrashila peak, which is a kilometer away from Tungnath. Later trek back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 05: Chopta – Haridwar - Delhi
After an early breakfast, drive to Haridwar and from here catch train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival Delhi by 22:45 hrs.

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Things to Carry for Chopta Chandrashila Trek

  • Warm clothes: windproof jackets, fleece/full sleeve sweater, thermals, woolen cap and socks, mittens and scarf
  • Comfortable clothes: tee-shirts, trousers or tracks
  • Raincoat or poncho to avoid rains
  • Walking stick or trekking pole
  • Comfortable trekking or hiking shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen lotion, lip balms, skin ointment and basic medications (or prescribed if any)
  • Torchlight or flashlights with extra number of cells and bulbs
  • Personal toiletries and towels

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Chopta Chandrashila Trek?
You should book Chopta Chandrashila Trek two months in advance in order to get ample amount of time to prepare well for trekking 4000mts.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that can carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry your knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us, we shall provide a list of things to carry, which should not have weigh more than 12kgs.

Where to meet you us?

Our pick and drop point for Chopta Chandrashila Trek is New Delhi Railway Station at platform no. 16. We will hand over the train tickets and you are asked to board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar, our guide will greet you at the railway station and will assist your further.

How we run the trek?

We have an experience trekking guide who leads throughout the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.

What is the minimum age required for Chopta Chandrashila Trek?

Chopta Chandrashila Trek is an easy trek with a maximum altitude of 13415ft (4090m), so the minimum age required is 5 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Chopta Chandrashila Trek?

Between the months of April and June and September and November, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 10 Degree Celsius during the night, Between December and March, the temperature in drops to minus.

How long is the Chopta Chandrashila Trek?

The Chopta Chandrashila Trek is 30 kms long, which can be accomplished in 3 days.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reason?

If the trek duration had to be increased due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charges may apply for the hotel stay and food.

Can I take the Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for a female to go on a trek?

Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is a good shoe brand with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Pakora, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance likw Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure with Dates 2016

23 March 2016 09 April 2016 16 April 2016
23 April 2016 30 April 2016 06 May 2016
13 May 2016 20 May 2016 27 May 2016
03 June 2016 10 June 2016 17 June 2016
24 June 2016 16 Sept 2016 23 Sept 2016
30 Sept 2016 07 Oct 2016 14 Oct 2016
21 Oct 2016 28 Oct 2016 05 Nov 2016
12 Nov 2016 19 Nov 2016  

Dear Team,
It was a pleasurable trek and treat that Tour My India gave us during our recent travel to Tungnath-Chandrashila. We had a great time and despite all odds managed to complete the trek thanks to your team, Anil and Puran Singh Ji. Hoping to have many more wonderful times with you all at Tour My India. Next in line is Gomukh-Tapovan coming May-June... A big thank you once again.
Regards,
Dr Gowri Kulkarni

Dear Team,
I just wanted to say what a fantastic trip I recently had with your company! Everyone who accompanied and helped me on my trek was excellent, specifically my guide, the cook and the driver Raju. Prem was a super guide, he was always full of information and letting me know about special things about the areas we were passing through. Mr. Mohan was an amazing cook, and I have never eaten so well as I did on this trek! And Raju was likely the safest driver I've met so far in India, I always felt safe in the car with him at the wheel through the mountain roads. All three gentlemen were very kind and always watched out for my safety, especially since I was a solo female trekker and this was very comforting. Again, thank you very much for arranging my trip, and please extend my gratitude to Prem, Mr. Mohan, and Raju, as I couldn't thank them enough when I left for Delhi today! I thoroughly enjoyed the Chopta Chandrashila trek and hope to do another one in the future.
Thanks Again,
Emily

Dear Team,
Trust this email finds you in the best of spirits and health.
I have been wanting to write to you since we came back from the Deoriatal-Chopta-Tungnath trip but have managed to do it only now.
I want to thank you and your team, particularly Satish and his team including Anil, our cook, and Vinod, for a wonderful trip.
We look forward to more such trips.
Best regards,
Ashutosh

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