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Chopta Chandrashilla Trek

Chopta Chandrashilla Trek

Overview

Chopta Chandrashilla Trek is one of the most quaint treks in the Garhwal Himalayas for adventurous trekkers. If you want to go for a snow trekking then you can go for Chopta Chandrashilla Trek at the time of winters because during the months of December and January it experiences heavy snowfall.

Tungnath is a Shiva temple that is considered as the highest among all the Himalayas and surprisingly Chandrashila peak is a rock face above it.

During this trek, you will get the opportunity to explore some astonishing views of the Himalayan peak such as Kedar, Nanda Devi as well as Chaukhamba. This amazing trek will start as well as end in Dehradun and in just four days you will get the opportunity to explore different beautiful places like Sari, Deoria Tal, Chopta, and Chandrashilla.

This trek is surely going to amuse you, wondering why? It’s because The Chopta Chandrashilla trek will offer you eye-catchy views of lake present around it and also stupefying sunset views.

Chopta to Tungnath will be a thrilling trekking trip because it is a short trek that will make you happy but also fretful at the same time. The holy temple Tungnath is located at the height of 3400 meters above the sea level. If you like to do meditation then this is the right place where you can experience complete peace of mind and do some meditation in order to renew yourself. The pure vivacity coming from the sun will surely refresh you.

The trek is easy and is perfect for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. Do carry the camera with yourself so that you can capture some breathtaking views while passing through dense green forests.

Therefore, the mesmerizing and stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayas keep the trekkers motivated and never let them lose hope until and unless they reach the end of the summit which is stretched at the Tunganath Temple.


Itinerary

Day 01: Dehradun to Sari : Drive 215 km/8-9hours

We will start the drive from Haridwar Railway Station to Sari which is a small 7 beautiful village. Although it will be a long drive but definitely an enthralling one because we will drive through holy towns like Rishikesh, Dev Prayag, and Rudra Prayag. Night stay will be scheduled in the guest house.


Day 2: Sari (6,600 ft) to Deoriatal (7,840 ft) and return; same day drive to Chopta.

After having the lip-smacking morning breakfast, we will start the morning trek for Deoria Tal which is considered as a high altitude lake. Do have a look at the reflection of Chaukhamba peak in its tranquil water because this is something you just cannot miss. Same day we will be also driving to Chopta.


Day 3: Chopta (8,400 ft) to Chandrashilla (12,100 ft) via Tungnath (11,500 ft) and return to base camp chopta

Start your beautiful day by climbing the slopes of Chopta. From Chopta it will take only a few hours to reach Tungnath temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva and is more than 1000 years old. After this, we will be reaching to Chandrashilla peak from where you can have superlative views of different Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, and Trishul.

From here we will be returning back to base camp Chopta and stay.


Day 4: Departure Day : Chopta to Dehradun

After having breakfast, we will drive back to Haridwar and between the route you will explore some amazing views. The trek ends here with some beautiful memories.


How to Reach

By Air :-
The nearest airport to Kathgodam is the Pantnagar Airport located at a distance of 32kms from Kathgodam. The airport is connected with Delhi by 4 round flights per week. Taxis are easily available from the Airport to Kathgodam.

By Train :-
Kathgodam has its own railway station which is just a kilometer away from the main city. Trains to Kathgodam from the other parts of the country are frequent as it is the Gateway to the Kumaon region. Taxis to various major destination of Uttarakhand are available from the station.

By Bus:-
Being the gateway to the Kumaon hills, Kathgodam has an excellent railway network connecting with the other destinations of the state. Buses to Kathgodam are easily available from ISBT Anand Vihar, Delhi.

Amenities

Inclusions :-

Food as per menu on the trek.
Forest Camping charges
Safety Equipment
Hiking Equipment
Trek guide, cook, helpers, and mules for carrying common luggage
Transportation if Specified in Itinerary
Accommodation in Tents, or Homestay
All meals from Lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 7
Group Transfers in tampu traveller/Innova/Xylo
All logistics and meals during the trek like tents, guide, cook and porters.
All currently applicable taxes including service tax

Exclusions :-

Meals during road Journeyss
Any king of Insurance
Any expense of personal Nature
Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
Carriage of personal laggage during the trek
Any private individual Transfer Cost
Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
Insurance, laundry and phone calls, medical expenses
Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list (see above)
Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, accidents & any medical evacuations. Weather conditions. Any train delays, or re-scheduling etc.

Cancellation Policy

  • The cancellation policy is based on the original booking time and original start date of the trek.
  • Cancel before 30 days of trek start date and get full refund after deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.
  • Cancel before 15 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 20% of total trek fee.
  • Cancel before 10 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 40% of total trek fee.
  • Cancel before 5 days of trek start date and get refund after deduction of 60% of total trek fee.
  • Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before trek start date.

Things To Carry

BASIC GEAR
Back pack & rain cover (50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover 20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stick Advisable (At least one)
Head torch 1 Nos.
Water bottle/Hydration pack 2 bottles of one litre each People who use hydration pack- 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter Carry at least one thermos flask
Snacks Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
Personal Medical Kit Consult your doctor
BE COMFY AT THE TREK
T-shirts 2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts 1 Nos.
Fleece jacket 1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket 1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant) 1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower) 1 Pair
Trek pants 2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Poncho 1 Nos.
PERSONAL UTILITIES
Sunscreen cream Hand sanitizer
Moisturiser Antibacterial powder
Toilet Paper & wipes Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm Quick dry towel
THINK ABOUT YOUR HEAD
Sun cap 1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap 1 Nos.
Balaclava 1 Nos.
Neck-gaiters 1 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected. People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek) (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
MIND YOUR STEP
Trekking shoes 1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops 1 Pair (Optional)
Cotton socks 5 pairs
Woollen socks 3 pairs
Gaiters 1 Pair (Our team will notify you if required)
KEEP THESE HANDY
Waterproof gloves 1 Pair
Fleece/woollen gloves 1 Pair

Fitness

At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.

The Kedarkantha Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness

Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.
Fitness Required: The Kedarkantha Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.

These points should not be avoided

  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  • Keep all the Essentials Carefully
  • Maintain Your Wellness
  • Phones don’t work
  • Do not disturb the local life while trekking.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
  • Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colours and heavy apparels as much as possible.
  • A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
  • Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
  • If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
  • Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
  • Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
  • If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
  • Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
  • To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek

FAQ

Fixed Departure

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Dehradun to Sari

Day 2: Sari to Deoriatal and return; same day drive to Chopta

Day 3: Chopta to Chandrashilla via Tungnathand return to chopta

Day 4: Chopta to Dehradun