Chandrashila Summit Trek
Region: Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand
Style of Trek: Indian Leader
Altitude: 4090 mts/13415 ft
Duration: 05 Days
Season: Round the Year (Except July and August)
Deoriatal - Chopta - Chandrashila Trek is one of the famous treks of the Garhwal Himalayas among trekking enthusiast around the world. It is one of the shortest and finest treks best meant for travellers with less time. You can get a chance to camp next to Deoriatal lake, walk through the dense forests of the North India, tread through alpine fields and climb a peak of 3950m to get a stunning view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains.
On this trek, you can visit Tungnath temple, which is the highest Shiva temple in the world. Also, you can come across the Deoriatal Lake surrounded by dense forest of Rhododendron and a variety of other wild flowers and ferns all around. You can explore Chopta, one of the most scenic places in entire Garhwal region. Located on the Gopeshwar - Ukhimath road at a distance of about 40 Kms from Gopeshwar, Chopta is 2900 mts high. Also known as Mini Switzerland in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand State, Chopta is one of the most beautiful and pictorial spot from where you can get breath-taking view of Himalayan Peaks and its surroundings. Moving ahead, you will trek from Tungnath (3680 ft/12070 ft) to Chandrashila.
Chandrashila is situated at a height of about 4,000 mts above sea level. There are some legendary stories associated with this place. It is believed that Lord Rama has meditated at this place after defeating Ravana. Chandrashila literally means "Moon Rock" and therefore, another legendary story states that Chandra, the Moon-God, has spent time at this place in the sacrament.
Chandrashila is an incredibly beautiful place and offer beautiful views of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba peaks and Kedar Peak.
At Trekking in India, we offer a well-arranged Chandrashila Summit Trekking Tour. This holiday tour of eight days is best in case you have less time in hand. Discover the real beauty of natural with us by becoming a part of our tour.
Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (By Train) - Rishikesh (25kms/45 Mins)
In the morning catch AC Shatabdi Express Train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs, here meet our driver and transfer to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh check into hotel. In the evening visit Laxman Jhoola, Triveni Ghat etc. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Rishikesh: Situated at the foothills of Garhwal hills along Ganges, Rishikesh is a gateway to the important religious places of Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri. Places of interest includes visit to Bharat Mandir the oldest temple in Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev, this is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison churn out of the cosmic ocean among many other temples. Also visit some of its many Ashrams: Ashrams are centers for spiritual studies, meditation, Yoga, sacred prayers besides being residential centers for the resident gurus.
Day 02: Rishikesh - Ukhimath (175 kms/7-8 hrs)
In the morning after an early breakfast drive to Ukhimath via Devprayag and Rudraprayag. One can visit Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi, from Devprayag the Holy Ganges started), Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River). Arrival at Ukhimath by evening. Explore the area. Dinner and overnight stay in Tourist Rest House.
Ukhimath (1370 mts/4500 ft) is on the other side of the Mandakini River Valley from Guptkashi a relatively short steep walk by foot, or a much longer way by road. Ukhimath is the winter seat of Kedarnath, as well as the winter home of the priest who presides over his 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.
This picture shows the outer gateway to the temple complex, which is not only brightly painted and decorated, but two full stories tall (the wall also serves as the back wall of buildings inside). The stones piled at lower left were for some sort of construction project, which was in full swing when I visited (since summer is the "slow" season ritually speaking, it made sense for the place to be torn up them. And the nearby buildings are clearly residential, since a young girl is visible at upper right.
Day 03: Ukhimath - Deoriatal (2438 mts/7998 ft) - Chopta
In the morning you can see snow clapped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Deoriatal through dense forest of Rhododendron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs to reach Deoriatal. Explore the area and later trek back to Sari Village (2 kms/1 hrs), from here drive to Chopta. Dinner and overnight stay in tent at Chopta.
Day 04: Chopta -Tungnath (3680 ft/12070 ft) - Chandrashila - Chopta
After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level the highest in India. The trek is three kms upward. Enroute you will find lush green meadows and you can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayas. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relax one further one kms trek to Chandrashila peak. Later trek back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: Chopta - Haridwar - Delhi
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar and from here catch AC Shatabdi Express Train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.