Deoraital Chandrashila Trek
This trek lies in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand with Tungnath temple being one of the Panch Kedar temples (five temples of the Shaivite sect dedicated to Lord Shiva). Trek starts from small village named Sari which also serves as base camp for Deoriatal Lake. Trek offers walks through excellent bugyals (meadows) and gorgeous views of grandeur snow clad peak views of Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Dronagiri, Mt Nandadevi, Mt Nandaghuti, Gorur Parbat, Mt Trishul from Chandrashila peak.
Trek ends at Chopta village followed by breathtaking drive through dense forests till Ukimath and culminates at Dehradun
|Pickup/Drop Point||Dehradun Railway Station (In case one opts for transportation, otherwise it would be Sari village)|
|Departure Time||8:30 AM|
|Return Time||6 PM|
235 kms drive from Dehradun to Sari and camp there
- Pickup would be arranged from Dehradun railway station at 8 AM (If one has opted for to and fro transportation from Dehradun). After freshen up , we would proceed towards Sari village via Srinagar and Ukimath
- We would arrive at Srinagar by afternoon after which we resume our drive towards Sari village
- As we cross Ukimath and enter less commercialized region, fresh breeze start to freshen our mind and bodies. Here, everyone would be given time to make last minute purchases as there are not many options for purchasing essentials post Ukimath
- Tea and evening snacks would be served on reaching Sari campsite (2000 metres) followed by brief instructions. Dinner would be served at around 8 PM
2.3 kms trek from Sari village to Deoriatal and camp there
- This day starts at 7 AM with morning tea. Its the shortest day of the trek and is moderate level ascend to Deoriatal lake (2401 metres) which would take around 2 hours
- Post breakfast at 8:30 AM, we would start the trek towards Deoriatal lake. Hot lunch would be served at campsite itself. We would be camping besides the beautiful lake
- On a clear day, campsite gives majestic views of Mt Chaukhhamba and one can even see reflection of the humongous peak in the lake
- After having lunch, we would go for a short acclimatization hike and while returning, would make a visit to watch tower which gives panoramic view of lake and surrounding peaks
- After having dinner at 8, we retire early as next day would be longest of all
15 kms trek from Deoriatal to Chopta village
- It’s the longest day of trek and would start with tea at 5:30 AM. Breakfast would be served at 6:15 AM and after getting packed lunch, trek would start at 7 AM.
- This day’s trek has rolling terrain beginning with initial gradual ascends and then rapid descends. It would take 7-8 hours to reach Chopta village. Trek would be through dense forests of Cedar trees and trail moves to Chopta through Rohini Bugyal
- Aftre having snacks/soup, dinner would be served at around 8 followed by tea/coffee after which we would retire for the day
8.2 kms trek from Chopta – Tungnath temple – Chandrashila Peak – back to Chopta
- Day 4 starts with morning tea at 4 AM followed by breakfast at 4:30 AM. After getting packed lunch, we will start early in the morning so as to get magnificent views of fresh morning from Chandrashila peak (3646 metres)
- It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Chandrashila peak from Chopta campsite and below the peak is one of Panchkedar temples, Tungnath, dedicated to Lord Shiva
- Chandrashila top gives excellent views of Mt Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Mt Trishul, Mt Dronagiri, Gorur Parbat and many more on a clear day. After reaching top, we will trace our steps back to Chopta to make sure we reach back just before the sunset.
- We would be serving snacks/soup on reaching the campsite, followed by dinner at 8 PM
235 kms drive to Dehradun
- Last day starts with morning tea and light snacks at 5 AM. Post that, everyone would be moved to Dehradun in pre-arranged shared cabs(If one has opted for to and fro transportation from Dehradun).
- We would start from Chopta. It would be a beautiful ride through dense forests till Ukimath after which signs of civilization and commercialization begin to show.
- After reaching Srinagar during afternoon, we would resume drive back to Dehradun. We will target to reach Dehradun by 6 PM.
- Rucksack (50-60 litres): Keep it light, keep only necessary items
- Daypack to carry water bottle and some eatables
- Trekking Shoes 1. It is advisable to have Trekking shoes as they prevent ankle twist and have much better grip than normal sports shoes. Trekking shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We would suggest investing in good quality waterproof trekking shoes. They can last for up to 12-13 treks. Please use new trekking shoes for 3-4 days prior to trek. If used directly on the trek, there are high chances of shoe bite which can be very irritating. 2. Purchase 1 size bigger than the normal that you wear. If you use shoe with size as 8, buy trekking shoes with size as 9 as while descending toes of the feet would touch the end which might cause feet to swell. So it’s better to have one size larger.
- Sandals/Slippers for walking around the campsite
- Trek pants (2 pairs)
- Full sleeve T-shirts (2 pairs including the one you are wearing)
- 1 Full sleeve woollens/fleece
- Thick Jacket
- Socks (2 pairs): 1 cotton (for trekking) and 1 woolen (used while sleeping)
- Gloves(1 pair)
- Woollen Cap/Balaclava
- Water Bottle.
- Sunglasses (must for winter season as snow reflects UV rays).
- Toiletries(Sunscreen – SPF 30+, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper/wet tissues).
- Headlamp/LED torch.
- Trekking Pole as it prevents joints from injury and provides a good grip while trekking.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to ensure the clothes and other essentials remain dry in case of rain.
- 1 lunchbox and spoon for carrying packed lunch.
ORS/Electrolyte (3 packets – They help a lot when energy levels start to deplete and body is in need of Salt)
- Band Aid – 2 strips
- Paracetamol – 3 tablets
- Moov spray
- Avil 25 mg(in case of allergies) – 3 tablets
- Crocin (in case of fever)- 3 tablets
- Vomistop – 2 tablets
*These medicines are advised on basis of our experiences in mountains. Please consult your doctor/physician before taking any medicine.
- Photocopy and Original Govt id card
- Declaration and Disclaimer form(These would be shared over mail once a trekker registers with us)
• First Aid kits
• Meals (including snacks and soup) starting from Day 1 Dinner till Day 5 Morning Tea
• Tents on Twin sharing basis (Single occupancy also available at extra cost of Rs 500 per night
• Sleeping Bags with fleece linings
• Microspikes in case of hard ice
• Gaiters in case of deep snow
• Services of certified Trek Lead and Local Guides
• Meditation at sunrise
• Camping permissions and charges
• Bonfire if time and weather permits
• Fun activities if time and weather permits
• Transportation from Dehradun to Dehradun (It is available at extra charges of Rs 2250 which can be selected while booking the trek)
• Hiking equipment other than those mentioned above. (Trekking Poles, Poncho/Raincoat available at extra cost which can be selected while booking the trek)
• Any meals not mentioned above
• Guide/Support Staff Gratuity
• Any kind of personal/Accidental Insurance
• Any personal expenses
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
• Mule/Porter services for carrying personal belongings (This service is available at extra cost and can be selected while booking the trek)
Mules/Porter Service: Rs 300 per rucksack per day(it would be charged for 3 days for this trek). If informed at base location or at campsite, charges would be Rs 500 per rucksack per day
Raincoat/Poncho on rent: Rs 100 per raincoat/poncho per day (It would be charged for 3 days for this trek)
Trekking Pole on rent: Rs 100 per trekking pole per day (It would be charged for 3 days for this trek)
*These services can be selected at the time of booking the trek
• For any cancellations 2 weeks prior to starting of trek, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 3-14 days prior to starting of trek, 50% of booking amount would be refunded
• For any cancellations 1-2 days prior to starting of trek, no amount would be refunded
Example, for a trek starting on 1st August,
• Any cancellations on or before 18th July, 70% of booking amount would be refunded
• Any cancellations between 19th-29th July (both dates inclusive), 50% of booking would be refunded
• Any cancellations on 30th and 31st July, no amount would be refunded
For any bookings made within 3-6 days before starting of the trek, only 50% of booking amount would be refunded on cancellations
For any bookings made on last 2 days before starting of the trek, no amount would be refunded on cancellations
We believe that to thoroughly enjoy the trek, basic fitness is necessary. These fitness tips will help in making your trek more enjoyable rather than an arduous activity.
For a moderate-difficult trek like Chopta, a good level of physical fitness is necessary before start of the trek.
Training plan is divided into four categories Aerobic Fitness (Cardiovascular fitness), Anaerobic fitness (Strength and Resistance training), Flexibility training and Nutrition.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood cells and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscle tissues and the ability of the muscles to use oxygen to produce energy for movement.
Mix uphill training and jogging on plains. You can do 2km of uphill running and 2kms of jog on flat surfaces
Here, try adding more resistance and increase the volume
Try to do 4 sets of 12 pushups (add resistance of ¼ bodyweight), 4 sets of 12 squats (Add resistance half of bodyweight), 3*45 seconds Plank Hold and 6*100 meter sprints (full power).
Rest time should be less than 1 minute
We would suggest daily stretch for about 15 minutes, it will not only make your trek easy and cramp free but also improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain.
Few flexibility exercises you can do daily are:
· Runners Stretch, Standing side stretch, Seated back twists, Butterflies, Pigeon Pose, Cobra pose, mountain pose, Hamstring stretch series
· Stretch daily after your aerobic or anaerobic exercise sessions
· Never skip your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day so have it lavishly and eat within an hour after you wake up
· Drink plenty of water, about 3-4 litres a day
· Avoid all junk, sugars
· Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, good carbs and increase your protein intake
· Avoid eating heavy meals after sunset or eat at least 2 hours before you sleep
For more details like how to mix various components of fitness in your workouts and detailed article you can check the following url:
Happy Training 🙂