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Fixed Departure Dates: 7th and 28th October, 2016
From Ukhimath or Rishikesh to Sari
Reach Rishikesh and you will be taken to Sari from where your trek will begin.
Get a taxi to reach Sari from Ukhimath, it will take almost 6 to 7 hours.
Sari is a small hamlet near Ukhimath, after lunch you can roam around the place and then start trekking to Deoria Tal situated at a height of 7000 ft.
It is a short 2 kilometer hike from Sari and will not take more than 2 hours to reach there.
After walking 800 meters you can see an ancient Shiva temple and it is a famous landmark.
Continue walking and after finishing 300 meters from there, you can spot some space to relax by sitting in the benches put by the forest department.
You can see majestic Kedarnath Range on the north side, you will reach the camping ground which can accommodate up to 200 people and the entry will be given after paying Rs.150.
Make sure you take enough water along as there is no other point during the trek where you can get water from.
Trek to Chopta or Martoli
The trek is 14 kms long to the camping site but climbs are moderate and stretched out.
Have a look at the valley from a watch tower which is located on far north side of the lake.
The trail is mild in the beginning and walk for 2 to 3 kilometers, get into some sudden and steep climb to Jhandi top.
The climb may take anywhere between 30 mins to 1 hour depending upon the pace of your walk.
On your left you can see the beautiful Kedarnath range and Chaukhamba and on your right you can spot thick forests.
Walk for about an hour on the flat trail and after 300 meters you will descend to the east, then 200 meters long straight climb with hillocks on both sides.
Spot a series of open grass lands while you continue walking and it will further leads to a point where the Changey waterfall meets the ground and you can camp where a group of 8 to 10 people.
There is a concrete bridge across this stream, cross that bridge and follow the trail that is going up and reach Martoli after walking for one hour approximately.
Martoli about 45 minutes from the state highway that connects Ukhimuth to Gopeshwar.
Carry at least 2 litres of water as you won't get water for 12 kilometers of your walk.
Trek to Thungnath
Wake up early and get a kick-start your trek around 3:00 AM, walk to Thungnath.
Thunganth is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva , find solace at the place and rivet in nature's beauty.
Do remember to carry something to eat on the way as it’s very difficult to have breakfast during early morning.
Last section of climb to Tungnath consists of long steep climb of about 300-400 meters long.
Climb to Chandrashilla which forms the backdrop of Tungnath Temple on eastern side which will take almost an hour and the distance is one kilometer, the climb is not very steep but the altitude can make the walk bit tiring.
Return to Chopta for the night stay.
Carry enough water, fruits and energy bar since you are starting early in the morning.
Back to Rishikesh
Drive from Chopta to Rishikesh and your tour ends here.
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