Chopta Chandrashila Trek
The Chopta Chandrashila Trek offers adventurers an exhilarating journey through the breathtaking landscapes and majestic peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. Nestled amidst towering pine forests, lush meadows, and snow-capped peaks, this trek is renowned for its scenic beauty, diverse flora and fauna, and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. Embark on this thrilling adventure to experience the thrill of trekking to the summit of Chandrashila and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.
The journey begins in the picturesque town of Chopta, often referred to as the “Mini Switzerland of India,” where travelers are greeted with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys, and pristine rivers. Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,680 meters above sea level, Chopta serves as the base camp for the Chandrashila Trek and offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and tranquility. Travelers can explore the quaint village, interact with the friendly locals, and soak in the serene ambiance of the Himalayan foothills.
From Chopta, the trek ascends through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and deodar trees, offering glimpses of vibrant birdlife and exotic flora along the way. The trail winds through picturesque meadows, where travelers can catch sight of grazing herds of Himalayan goats and sheep, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains at every turn. As the trek progresses, the air becomes thinner, and the landscape transforms into a rugged alpine terrain, with rocky slopes and icy streams adding to the challenge and excitement of the journey.
One of the highlights of the Chopta Chandrashila Trek is reaching the summit of Chandrashila, which stands at an altitude of approximately 4,000 meters above sea level. The final ascent to the summit is steep and challenging, but the reward is well worth the effort. From the top, travelers are treated to panoramic views of some of the highest peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, and Chaukhamba, bathed in the golden glow of the rising sun. Watching the sunrise from Chandrashila is a truly magical experience that leaves travelers awestruck and inspired by the beauty and grandeur of the Himalayas.
Apart from its natural beauty and stunning vistas, the Chopta Chandrashila Trek also offers opportunities for cultural immersion and spiritual exploration. Along the way, travelers can visit ancient temples and shrines, including the Tungnath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world, and the Bhairav Temple, dedicated to the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva. These sacred sites offer travelers a glimpse into the rich religious heritage and cultural traditions of the region, as well as opportunities for meditation and reflection amidst the serene surroundings of the Himalayas.
In addition to its cultural and spiritual significance, the Chopta Chandrashila Trek is also a haven for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. The trekking route is dotted with scenic campsites, where travelers can pitch their tents amidst the pristine wilderness and spend the night under the starlit sky. The region is also home to a diverse array of wildlife, including Himalayan monal pheasants, musk deer, and black bears, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
In conclusion, the Chopta Chandrashila Trek offers adventurers an unforgettable journey through the pristine beauty and majestic grandeur of the Garhwal Himalayas. Whether trekking through dense forests, ascending rocky slopes, or standing in awe at the summit of Chandrashila, this trek promises an exhilarating adventure that will leave travelers with memories to last a lifetime. With its stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and awe-inspiring vistas, the Chopta Chandrashila Trek is truly an experience of a lifetime for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.
- Camps, Tents, Guesthouses
- High Nutrition Veg Meal During Trek
- Necessary permits and first aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
- First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
- if cancellations are made within 0-30 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total to cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible.
- Any expenses for optional activities.
- Any train/ airline fare is not included
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN DELHI/HARIDWAR
Delhi – Haridwar – Ukhimath (225 kms/7 hrs)
In the morning from Delhi railway station take a train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. After arriving in Haridwar meet our guide and transfer to Ukhimath via Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi and Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River). Arrive at Ukhimath by evening. Check into hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.
Ukhimath (1370 mts / 4500 ft) is on the other side of the Mandakini River Valley from Guptkashi a relatively short steep walk. Ukhimath is the winter seat of Kedarnath, as well as the winter home of the priest who is appointed for the 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.
DAY 2 : Ukhimath - Deoria Tal (2438 mts / 7998 ft)
In the morning you can see snow capped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Deoria Tal through the dense forest of Rhododendron along with wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs. Upon arrival at Deoria Tal set out the tents for overnight stay.
DAY 3 : Deoria Tal - Chopta
n the morning trek to Chopta through dense forest and meadows. It’s a 12km trek. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for an overnight stay. In the evening explore the magnificent view of the Himalayas.
DAY 4: Chopta - Tungnath (3680 ft / 12070 ft) - Chandrashila (4090 mts / 13415 ft) - Chopta
After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680mts above the sea level. The trek is 3kms upward and en route you will find lush green meadows. You can witness a wide range of snow capped Himalayas. Upon arriving, pay a visit to Tungnath Temple. After resting for a while, you can head out for Chandrashila peak, which is a kilometer away from Tungnath. Later trek back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5 : Chopta – Haridwar - Delhi
After an early breakfast, drive to Haridwar and from here catch a train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival Delhi by 22:45 hrs.