From holy lake to highest Shiva temple in the world and from mini Switzerland to scaling a peak, this wonderful short duration trek has it all. It can be done round the year however in winters it becomes more challenging.
This uphill short trek starts from a beautiful Sari village and leads to scenic Deoria Tal which is at an elevation of 2468 meters. It lies in the Garhwal region of Himalayas and the main attraction is the enchanting reflection of the mighty snowclad peaks on its crystal clear water. The lake has a wide 360 degrees panorama and views of spellbounding snow covered mountains like Chaukhamba, Neelkantha, Kedar range, Bandarpooch and Kalanag . It lies in a heavily wooded lush green protected forested area. Overnight camp.
At an altitude of impressive 2680 (8790 feet) Chopta is popularly known as the “Mini Switzerland” because of unspoilt natural surroundings and views of imposing Himalayan range. It is a gateway to Tungnath ( 4 kms) and Chandrashila trek. Surrounded by forests of deodar, pine and rhododendron it is a part of Kedarnath wildlife sactuary. Chopta is also a popular destination in winter months because of the snowfall it receives. Photographers love to visit this place to capture rare Himalayan species of beautiful Monal pheasant and Musk deer.
Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft) it is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is believed to be 1000 years old. It has a legend linked to the Pandava’s who built the Panch Kedar temples. According to the beliefs the hands of Lord Shiva came to rest here at Tungnath while he tried to escape from Pandava’s .They were looking for Lord Shiva to forgive them as they were culpable of slaying their own cousins, Kauravas. Ironically, it is the easiest of the five kedars to reach.
2 kilometers uphill trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila summit at an altitude of 4000 meters (13123 feet), a vantage point any trekker would vie for. Chandra means Moon and Shila means rock. This place provides the spectacular 360 degrees panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas and a sheer joy to witness mighty Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba to name a few. These white giants waters Mandakini and Alaknanda valleys. Its believed at this place Lord Rama meditated after defeating Ravana.
DAY 1 Haridwar – Sari village ( 7 to 8 hours)
The drive starts from Haridwar railway station. Along the holy Ganges, Alaknanda and after witnessing sacred towns like Devprayag, Rudraprayg and Ukhimath you will reach charming Sari village. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 2 Sari village – Deoria Tal ( 1 hour trek)
The trek will commence from here all the way up to 2 kms to Deoria Tal. The mindblowing views of lofty snow clad sunkissed mountains in the evening is a treat to the eyes. Overnight camp under the sky full of stars next to the lake.
DAY 3 Deoriatal – Chopta meadows
After breakfast and soaking in the beauty of Deoria Tal, trek back to Sari village and a drive of 68 kms through lush green and thick forest will lead to beautiful Chopta meadows. Keep your cameras always handy as you may spot endangered Monal Pheasant, musk deer or golden breasted eagles. Overnight camp.
DAY 4 Chopta - Tungnath/Chandrashila ( 6 to 7 hours)
After taking packed breakfast trek starts early morning for Tungnath and Chandrashila peak which is short but steep. A well laid rocky path is laid upto Tungnath. After munching on breakfast you will embark on another short uphill trek to reach to Chandrashila peak. Enjoy one of the most spectacular 360 degrees panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas followed by trekking back to Chopta. Overnight camp.
DAY 5 Chopta – Haridwar
Drive from Chopta to Haridwar with all the beautiful memories and witnessing the sacred towns. Once arriving Haridwar this memorable trekking trip will terminate.
|Any medicine(s) prescribed to you by doctor||Thermals|
|Photo ID proof(must)||Woolen Socks|
|Trekking shoes(with a good grip)||Sunglasses|
|Thick jacket(light weight)||Sunscreen|
|Light trek pants||Lipbalm|
INCLUSION( base camp to base camp)
Transport (Haridwar to Haridwar)
Veg. meals (during camping)
Forest and camping permits, services of trek leader and associated staff
Accommodation other than provided by agency
Meals other than mentioned above
Porter/mule charges to carry you or your rucksack/bag
Soft drinks, alcohol, beverages etc.
Expenses like shopping & laundry etc.
Cost arising due to unexpected circumstances like bad weather, landslides and blocked roads, accident and medical expenses.