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The Chopta Chandrashila trail goes through paradise and you are marvelled at the scenic beauty of the place on each step. Be it the reflection of Chaku...
The trek was awesome and I am out of words to explain the beauty of the trek. I so love this trek, and I am pretty sure that you all will love it too. ...
About the destination:
Nestled amidst the astounding Himalayas is the famous treks for adventure junkies that is Chandrashila Trek with Chopta- Tungnath which acts as the gateway to the vibrant colours in the Himalayas. It is a favourite trekking route for all kinds of travelers as well especially in summer when the entire region will be filled with rhododendron flowers and of course when the whole region would be blanketed by spine chilling snow cover in winter.
The unwinding trails to Chandrashila via Chopta and Tungnath will show you the major peaks of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand and they are the tallest ones in the region. As every trekker has shared his experience about watching the peaks from the top of Chandrashila summit, it is a blessed feeling. Mainly Chandrashila trek goes through the enchanting Deorital Lake and then to a stunning valley and peaks proceeding to the vast forest greenery with high chances to spot many rare birds and wild species.
Tungnath is always the starting point of the Chanadrashila summit trek which possesses a captivating beauty with the help of many deodar and rhododendron forests. Chopta has myriad collection of pictorial sights to bewitch the visitors which is marvelously engulfed by huge vegetation in spring and summer. During winter it would be appealing to all eyes since the thick cover of snow will be an amusing part of the region.
About the trek:
Here is a 4 day 3 nights Chandrashila trek with Chopta-Tungnath starting from Haridwar. Sari is the base camp of the trek from where you will be easily connected to Deorital located at a height of about 2438 meters. Deorital trek would amuse you definitely, for it is the most visited lake with enthralling sights around it and then you will also be getting the mind-blowing sunset views from Chaukhamba Peak on the way. Chopta as a destination is reverberating, because of the largely vivacious patches of pine, oaks and rhododendron are quite alluring to watch. From 3000 meters height above sea level, one will be entertained by the visibility of Himalayan ranges pretty closer.
Chopta to Tungnath would also be an exciting trekking trip since the short trek has tricky trails to make you happy as well as anxious. The holy Tungnath temple is situated at 3400 meters above sea level. It is the right space to experience peace of mind and even do meditation to rejuvenate yourself by absorbing the pure radiance from the sun coming in between the swaying trees. Chandrashila Summit trek will also be happening on the same day that is almost near to Tungnath but at a height of about 3600 meters. Kedar, Chaukhamba and some of the other major peaks come closer to you while you are on the top portion of Chandrashila. Golden-breasted eagles are a normal sight from the summit.
This trek is comparatively easy making it suitable for beginners and also for children. Yet, advanced trekkers would also find it quite interesting passing by the thick green forests and watching the snow-clad peaks at the distance. Normal fitness is only necessity to do this trek and those who love nature deeply would get a feast to their eyes with this closer to nature trek and the sights will be varying depending on the season you choose.
On the last day of the trek, you will be travelling back to Haridwar watching the beautiful Alakananda and other rivers. While you take this trekking expedition, you will be walking for 6-7 hours on an average every day but it will be really smooth and soothing for your body and mind, truly.
- The summit views including the high mountain peaks in the Himalayas with snow-caps on them are the major highlight of the trek.
- Birding is a favourite activity that keeps inviting nature lovers in plenty to the region.
- Peaceful lakeside picnic can be the best to do with your family watching the blossoms in the forest ranges around.
- Watch the valleys with small houses and experience the stay at Himalayan eco-lodges and huts.
Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-3°C
Maximum Altitude: 12,083 ft
Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sari Village (6 hrs drive from Haridwar)
ATM: Last ATM is in Ukhimath, around 13 km before Sari.
Your arrival in Haridwar will be followed by a drive to Sari along the holy Ganges and Alaknanda rivers. On the way to Sari, you can also have the glimpses of the sacred towns like Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. Arriving in Sari, get prepared for a steady yet enthralling trek to Deorital Lake.
A picture-perfect destination for nature photography, you can also witness the magical views of the sunset from the Chaukhamba Peak during this tour. Also, during this time, the lake offers the most stunning views when the golden rays of the sun strikes its surface.
Waking up today morning, you will be trekking through the lush and scenic patches of pine, oaks and rhododendron forests. Stunning views of the mighty Himalayan Range and evergreen forests will keep you soaked with excitement all throughout the trek. Trekking in this region is a unique experience as the forests in this vicinity changes their colour according to the variations in temperature. The day's trek will wind up as you arrive in Chopta (3,000m).
A short, yet scenic trek, today's hike will take you to the holy Tungnath Temple. An ideal place to seek mental peace, this temple is popular among the locals and trekkers as well. Moving further from the temple; after a short break, you will be experiencing Chandrashila Summit trek that attains a towering height of 3,600m.
Enjoy some of the most stunning and panoramic views of the Kedar, Chaukhamba and other nearby peaks before trekking back to Chopta. While in this region, you can also witness the rare and endangered golden breasted eagles.
Today morning, an exciting drive through the scenic passes and terrains of Chopta will take you back to Haridwar. On arrival in Haridwar, this amazing Chandrashila trekking tour will come to an end.
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Rated : 5.0
The Chopta Chandrashila trail goes through paradise and you are marvelled at the scenic beauty of the place on each step. Be it the reflection of Chakumbha and adjoining mountains on Deoria Tal, the starry nights or the mountains basking in moonlight. On day 2 you go through forests blooming with rhododendrons and beautiful green meadows. The final trek to peak is majestic with walk through snow clad woods and elevated fields of snow. May is the time if you want greenery and December/January if you are looking for snow. Anybody fit enough to jog mile or two can take the trek.
Rated : 5.0
The trek was awesome and I am out of words to explain the beauty of the trek. I so love this trek, and I am pretty sure that you all will love it too. It is absolutely breath taking. It feels like it is out of the world. The snow capped mountains are truly something to watch. I recommend this trek to all nature lovers.
Rated : 5.0
After the Chandratal lake experience, this one simply blew me away. Very well-organized and safe trip. Everything was on point. The trek, food, accommodation, the place, everything was excellent. Couldn't have asked more when something is this well planned and executed.
Rated : 5.0
Amazing experience. The trek was difficult to be honest but I challenged myself at each point to do a litlle better and be a little more! And what I saw along the way was very pleasant and peaceful so I was all motivated to complete this trek. It was serene and refreshing it. Only suggestion would be to carry lots of warm clothes.
Rated : 5.0
One of the best treks, I would recommend it highly. It was one of my best experiences in India.
Rated : 5.0
The trek to see Tungnath Temple was worth it all. Had an amazing time and we relaxed near the temple for a very long time. The climate worked in our favour as it was not too cold.
Rated : 5.0
Got to see the lovely and intimidating views of the Kedar and Chaukhamba Peak and it was quite an amazing feeling. We have never gone trekking to the north before and this was an amazing experience.
Rated : 5.0
It was the best trek of my life...me with my friends were unaware of the place..so you may say that we took the risk...but it was worth taking risk...so serene surroundings...so beautiful scenery...we enjoyed a lot...
Rated : 5.0
Tungnath actually seems to be blessed by the lords above with unparalleled natural beauty. It was great fun amidst natural beauty Challenging at times but I guess HE was watching over all of US!
Rated : 4.0
Tungnath temple is famous all over India and I was more eager to see the Himalayan peaks covered by snow. I and some of my friends planned to book a tour through one of the tour vendors we knew for a long time. He arranged a four day tour to Tungnath and other nearby places. I expected it to be a holy or pilgrimage but to my surprise it was filled with fun and entertainment. The trekking through the rough roads was unexpectedly exciting. My friends also enjoyed it very well. Tough it was at times. But I suggest all my friends who love adventure should go there and find yourself exhilarated. If it is raining, then it will be somewhat difficult. September, October time is the best. We went during the rainy season. So most of the times, it was raining. But it did not let us feel bad. We climbed the hills in that rain and it was challenging, some roads were slippery. When we reached the temple, we saw a lot of people who are from the different parts of the country, swamis, etc. The rituals in the temple were in the evening but we reached there in the afternoon. Still we thought, we will wait for some more time and watch the rituals. Also, I should comment about the accommodation arranged by them. It was better than I expected. Except the cold at night, the climate was fine to do the adventure activities. Rain made it more challenging but with complete thrill.
What is the best time to go for Chandrashilla trek?
This is an ‘All Season Trek,’ however, the best time to go for the trek is between September and November, when the views are extremely clear and no snow. On the other hand, if you go for the trek between January and March, the trek trails will be full of snow
Will there be snow during Chandrashilla Chopta trek?
If you going for the trek between January and March, the trails will be full of snow and you can experience the snow fall too.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Mobile network is available for Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL numbers at Sari. However, at some places, there may not be connectivity so finish your calls at Sari and inform your family about limited phone connectivity.
Which type of shoes should I bring?
Please do not carry the normal sports shoes. As you need the good traction during the trek, shoes from Woodland or Forclaz 500 is a recommended choice.
What are the clothing and equipments that need to be carried from our end on Chandrashilla trek?
As the temperature is cold throughout the trek with the possibilities of rain, we recommend that you carry woolen clothes, which can be full sleeves woolen sweater, thermal inner wear, windproof jacket, etc. along with a raincoat.
What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?
Veg meals along with the egg dishes and safe drinking water is provided throughout the trek.
How much weight will I have to carry?
It is advisable to carry a 6L backpack, weight to be carried will depend on your requirements and capacity.
When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Consuming alcohol while you trek to the high altitudes and in cold climatic conditions will be dangerous to your body. Also, consuming alcohol will make you dehydrate fast since it makes your pores in the body open and get the cold inside. It is always better to avoid drinking alcohol while trekking and most of the travel agencies prohibit the consumption of alcohol.
How is the Chandrashila trek weather?
Weather is unpredictable in Chandrashila but except monsoon, all the other seasons are good for trekking. From April to June, the climate would be sunny and also a bit hot and the temperature at night would be in the range of 5 to 10 degree Celsius. From September to November, the days will be clear and warm with a temperature of 18 degree Celsius on an average. With the onset of October, the cold climate starts embracing the valley and till mid-March, there will be thick snow cover and extreme cold weather.
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