Chandrashila Peak Deoriatal Trek has a mix of everything that a beginner would be looking for in the first Himalayan Trek. Chandrashila is also known as ‘Moon Rock’ and the summit leads to Tungnath which is the highest Shiva temple in world. The trek offers few steep climbs with breathtaking views, a beautiful lake to camp next to, limitless meadows, Tungnath and multiple peaks which can be seen from Chandrashila Peak at 12,000 feet. Where in world can one imagine to see Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba peaks, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Gangotri range of Uttaranchal of Indian Himalaya all from one spot.
HOW TO REACH
- VIA HARIDWAR: Haridwar is well connect by rail from different parts of the country. If in New Delhi, one can reach Hazrat Nizamuddin/NZM Railway Station and take following train
to reach Sari Village:
Once at Haridwar Railway station, Get Beyond Limits has arranged shared cabs for your convenience on per seat basis which will take you on a 08 - 10 hours journey via the snow capped Garhwal mountains which will drop directly at Sari Village. This entire shared cab will cost Rs 5,550/- which can be divided equally among the participants (usually 5-6 people each cab). The pick up starts at 0630 hrs till 0900 hrs.
Please Note: The amount of the cab needs to be payed directly to the drivers as Get Beyond Limits only connects the drivers and the trekkers for a convenient travel.
Alternatively, you can also reach Sari Village via your own transportation.
- VIA DEHRADUN AIRPORT: The closest airport to Sari Village is at Dehradun. Once in Dehradun, one can take public/private transport from Dehradun to reach Haridwar. This usually takes 1 and half hours. From Haridwar one can follow the route mentioned above to reach Sari Village.
SHORT ITINERARY WITH ALTITUDE & DISTANCE
|DAY 1||Haridwar Railway Station (1,020 feet)||Sari Village (6,554 feet)||215 Kms (Via Vehicle)|
|DAY 2||Sari Village (6,554 feet)||Deoriatal Base Camp (8,000 feet)||4 Kms|
|DAY 3||Deoriatal Base Camp (8,000 feet)||Chopta Base Camp (9,100 feet)||16 Kms|
|DAY 4||Chopta Base Camp (9,100 feet) - Summit Chandrashila Peak (12,000 feet)||Chopta Base Camp (9,100 feet)||10 Kms|
|IN VEHICLE||Chopta Base Camp (9,100 feet)||Sari Village (6,554 feet)|
|DAY 5||Sari Village (6,554 feet)||Haridwar (1,020 feet)||215 Kms (Via Vehicle)|
Chandrashila Peak Deoriatal Trek is also known as a winter trek in the Indian Himalayas. The charm of snow everywhere will always be there with the temperatures at the night going subzero during the winter months of the year. Sari Village gets covered with snow during winters to some extent too. At times we also get fresh snowfall during the trek itself. Trekking in snow is good when all the preparation to handle the cold is done in the right way. The campsites are just too pristine during the snow time. The lakes are frozen, surrounded by pine trees, covered with snow.
DAY 01: SARI BASECAMP
Water Sources: The water of the mountain is waiting for you. Drink clean water throughout the journey to Sari from Haridwar to be on safer side.
We start early morning from Haridwar Railway Station to reach Sari, the basecamp of Chandrashila Peak Deoriatal Trek. During the course of journey we will be passing through the Ganges which passes through Rishikesh, from Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The journey involves a lot of turns. Hence we suggest to be prepared and have light meals to avoid discomfort during the journey. If we get lucky we may get a chance to witness the dawn by the time we reach Sari Basecamp of Get Beyond Limits. The total journey time is around 8-10 hours from Haridwar to Sari. We advise you to stay warm wearing warm clothing including gloves, caps and mufflers if required. We will have one briefing session and few formalities before the lights are turned off for sleep. The challenge of doing Chandrashila Peak Deoriatal Trek that you have taken will make it interesting and worth remembering throughout life.
DAY 02: DEORIATAL CAMPSITE
Water Sources: Only campsite. Follow the standard process of carrying at least 2 litres of water.
Sari Village is one of the most pristine villages with over 400 families living together under the shade of Himalaya. The village offers some great views of the mountains in the vicinity. From the end of the village the trekking distance to reach Deoriatal Campsite is around 4 kms with a steep inclined trail. A small meadow on the trail has some great views of step farming in Sari Village. Soon the trail will lead us to the beautiful campsite of Deoriatal. ‘Tal’- a Sanskrit word which means ‘a lake’. Deorital campsite is also an ideal place for those who just want to camp in the open sky next to a lake with beautiful mountains around. The major peaks seen from the Deoriatal Campsite are Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Nanda Ghunti.
You can explore the Deorital Campsite further ahead by climbing the ‘watch-post’ for better horizons. The locals say that the exact depth of Deoriatal is not known. It is assumed to be more than 5 kms hence getting into the water is strictly not advised.
DAY 03: CHOPTA CAMPSITE
Water Sources: There are 2 main streams to refill water before reaching Chopta Campsite.
We will start the day early morning and proceed towards our next campsite at Chopta which is located at a distance of around 16 kms from Deoriatal. We will follow the trail in the woods which will lead us to Jhandi Dhar. The last stretch of the trail which lead to Jhandi Dhar has is inclined. This is the time where you push yourself against gravity to witness the amazing views and the priceless feeling of achievement. From the top of Jhandi Dhar, the beautiful Sari Village is visible. On one of the sides of Jhandi Dhar one can spot the mighty Chaukhamba and on the other 3 peaks one of which is Chandrashila Peak standing tall at 12,000 feet.
The trail further leads us onto the ridge which goes downhill towards the wilderness. Many meadows can be witnessed during the journey. The trail then is a combination of downhills and uphills eventually leading us to Chopta. On the way one can find flags surrounding a small temple. The locals believe that this temple protects the jungles and mountains of this region.
Going further one will encounter a major resting point called Rohini Bugyal, which used to be a campsite earlier. This region also has a beautiful meadow from where ‘Kala Parvat’ is clearly visible standing tall and charismatic. This is one of the major water refilling point. One now successfully covers a distance of around 7 kms.
Right after crossing Rohini Bugyal, one will encounter a distance board of 4 Kms to Chopta. The other route leads to Besudi Tal which is another Alpine Lake Trek. From this point one can notice that the trail is downhill till we reach Akash Gamini River. We will cross the bridge on the river, refill our bottles and spend sometime to connect with the beauty of the place.
After crossing Akash Gamini River this will be the last incline stretch for today. Will will hit the main road as soon we complete this stretch. Encountering a main road on a trek is not a very common site. Taking a left and will lead us to our campsite. This road connects Sari Village and the famous Badrinath as well. Looking down, one can find Sari Village and all the mountains till Chopta. This is the trail to took to reach this point. You deserve to feel proud about yourself for accomplishing this.
DAY 04: SUMMIT CHANDRASHILA PEAK AND RETURN TO CHOPTA BY TAXI
Water Sources: Towards Tungnath which is 1km before the peak there are few tea stalls where you can refill water.
We leave before sunrise on summit day to reach Chandrashila Peak. From our campsite the peak is around 5.5 kms in distance. Although the route is inclined but has a man made path because of Tungnath which is also the highest Shiva temple in the world.
On the trail, one can always spot Kala Parvat and it will keep getting closer with every step we take. On reaching Tungnath, we will take a side route going to Chandrashila Peak which is at a distance of 1 km. On top of the peak one can feel the fresh air as it is usually is very windy at the peak.
The appealing 360 degree view of Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba peaks, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Gangotri range of Uttaranchal of India Himalaya are visible on a clear summit day.
We start going back on the same route towards Chopta Campsite for lunch and further explore the area. We will head towards Sari Village in vehicles and conclude an eventful day.
DAY 05: SARI BASECAMP - HARIDWAR
Water Sources: Take some water from the mountain. This will keep you charged in the concrete jungle of the city.
'Don't bring the city to the mountain but take the mountain to the city'. The idea is to learn from the locals, they are calm in all situations, they are grounded, work is worship no matter what it is, mountains are next to god and nothing is more important than a positive mind which makes you trespass your limits. The connections that you make on the mountains will always be special. We wish that your tempo remains high always. Check out the photo album once you reach home.
Chandrashila Deoriatal ka tempo high hai and so shall be yours!
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THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity for Rucksack: 50-70L||1|
|DAY PACK||You will need this bag to carry your raincoat, food, water bottle, etc during the trek if you have opted for Offloading. Suggested Capacity for Day-pack: 20L||1|
|TREKKING SHOE||A pair of shoes with good traction and water proof body is an ideal pick. Ensure that the shoes are not old or very new. If they shoes are brand new then get used to them before you take them on a trek. As a rule you should be comfortable to walk in them in different terrains and weather conditions.||1 Pair|
|DOWN JACKET||The weather changes drastically, carrying a down jacket for subzero temperatures is required specially at night and morning.||1|
|FLEECE JACKET||Most of the times in cold conditions you will be wearing a fleece jacket on top of t-shirts. To some extent, this can act as a windproof jacket as well.||1|
|THERMALS||You need them when you reach campsite after the trek and at night||1-2 Upper and 1-2 Lower|
|T-SHIRT/SHIRT||T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn||4 - 5|
|RAIN COAT/PONCHO||A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry is very important||1|
|CARGOS/TRACK PANTS||A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry. Cargos are rugged and are hence good on jungle terrains||3|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the camp and the return journey.||1|
|SOCKS||Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet||3 Pairs|
|WATER BOTTLES||Carry a good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any. You can carry Thermo Flask bottle which does not change the temperature of water||2 Liters|
|UTENSILS||A compact, unbreakable and easy to wash lunch box for the food you deserve. Mug for keeping yourself hydrated with hot drinks and spoon if you don't want to wash hands frequently in cold water||As Applicable|
|TORCH||A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset.||1|
|PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT||Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently.||1 Set|
|REPAIR KIT||Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort||1 Each|
|TOWEL||It should be light and easily dry after use||1|
|TOILETRIES||Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience||1 Each|
|TREKKING POLE||A trekking pole is like a third leg which can help in having a comfortable trek. Nevertheless one can smoothly do a trek without trekking pole too. It is always a personal choice.||1|
|ACCESSORIES||Sunglasses, muffler, gloves, balaclava (warm head cap) sun cap, handkerchief and small waterproof pouches/bags to protect your electronic devices against rains and to segregate dirty/wet clothes.||As Applicable|
|DOCUMENTS||Self - signed disclaimer (via email)
Medical form (via email)
Photocopy of valid id proof (at base camp)
All the camping and tenting arrangements will be taken care by Team Get Beyond Limits.
In case you are wondering to find out the right way to pack all the above into your rucksack, then here is a detailed write up from Neha Yadav from team Get Beyond Limits on 'What To Pack And How To Pack Your Rucksack For A Himalayan Trek'.