Amidst the gorgeous 7000m peaks of Chamoli district in Uttrakhand, lies the majestic Chandrashila, a trekkable 4000m summit which can be classified as one of the best treks in Uttrakhand. This becomes even better, when the trek is extended and we get a chance to camp at one of the most beautiful lakes of Uttrakhand, known as Deoriataal. Legend has it, that it was Deoriataal where Yaksha confronted the Pandavas with his questions. Another mesmerizing fact about this trek is that you get to trek up to Tungnath which is the world’s highest Shiv temple.
Departure Day: Start our journey towards Sari from Delhi; 8:00 pm
Day 1: Arrival at Sari. Trek to Deoriataal. Overnight in Camps
Day 2: Trek back to Sari. Drive to Chopta. Trek to Chandrashila/Tungnath and back. Overnight at Chopta
Day 3: Drive from Chopta to Rishikesh. Start for Delhi.
Pickup from Delhi will be at 8:00 pm followed by a long overnight drive in our traveller to the village of Sari.
We will be stopping on the way for Lunch and Breakfast
Sari is a gorgeous village situated in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand famous for its step cultivation and warm people. We will be resting here for a washroom break and post that, we will tighten our back straps and hike up to Deoriataal (2-3 km over a period of 1 hour)
Deoriataal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttrakhand overlooked by majestic peaks of Nandakot, Kedar Dome, Chaukhamba and many more. We will be camping at the banks of the lake followed by tea and dinner.
Wake up to a splendid sunrise, while the snow clad peaks around you get lighted by the first rays of the day. Sip some tea followed by an early breakfast.
We will hike down now to Sari (2-3 km over a period of 40 min)
Our taxis will pick us up from Sari and take us to our base camp Chopta.
Chopta is known as the mini Switzerland of India, due to its breathtaking flora while being surrounded by big 6500m peaks.
We will be staying at guest houses here. Please note that Chopta is quite remote and these guest houses are not fancy. They will have basic facilities like running water, washrooms and hygienic bedding. Alternatively, camping can also be arranged.
After checking in, we will be trekking up to Chandrashila. We will stop for Lunch at Tungnath.
Tungnath is the highest Shiv temple in the world, with unique architecture. Chances are that you might experience snowfall here. We will continue our hike to Chandrashila from here (5 km in total over a period of 3 hours)
At Chandrashila you will be summiting a peak of 4000 m with a panoramic view of mountain ranges. Considerably, this is the best perennial view in all of Uttrakhand. Chandrashila is the best 4000 m climb in any of the mountain ranges in India.
And yes, if you are trekking for the first time, this can be your official first summit: D
We will descend to Chopta now (5 km in total over a period of 2 hours)
At Chopta, dinner will be arranged followed by some bonfire, music and magic
Wake up late followed by power breakfast
Time to say goodbye to our local hosts. After packing our bags, our taxis will take us back to Rishikesh by evening. Overnight journey to Delhi.