Deoria Tal – Chandrashila Trek
A Walk Into Himalayan Scenery
Deoria Tal – Chandrashila Trek is the best Himalayan beginner level trek which is also a perfect weekend adventure. Deoria Tal is a scenic lake at an altitude of 2,500 m which offers a perfect mountain camping place with Chaukhamba peak in the background. Deoria Tal trek further takes you to scenic Chopta, then to the highest Shiva temple Tungnath (3,660 m) & finally to the Chandrashila peak (4,130 m)
Deoria Tal Chandrashila Trek – 2017
Deoria Tal – Chandrashila Trek is the best Himalayan weekend trek that gives you a detox of fresh mountain breeze & helps you rejuvenate in the lap of nature. Going on a weekend trek is a great way to visit the scenic Himalayas in a short time. In fact, even a few days of Himalayan tour can do wonders to the quality of your life !
The trail to Chopta has lush green meadows with panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. This trail further takes you to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3,660 m, is the highest Shiva temple in the world. Deoria Tal seems just like entering a scenic painting with animals & birds around a crystal clear lake in which you can see the reflection of the mighty Chaukhamba peak.
Beyond the Tungnath temple, there is 1.5 km of challenging trail with sudden changes in the terrain which brings you to the Chandrashila peak (4,130 m). The peak has a temple dedicated to Chandra devta (Moon God). Chandrashila peak gives ultimate paniramic views of higher Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba & many more.
Suggested weekend trek itinerary for 2 nights 3 days from village Sari / Tala with one night camping each at Deoria Tal & Tungnath. TrailHikers highly recommends that one should arrive a day before the trek at village Sari.
Post breakfast, start the 3 km trek from sari village to Deoria Tal. You also have an option of a small sightseeing tour near the campsite. After a short while on the trail, you start getting view of the crstal clear Deoria Tal lake which shows reflections of surrounding Himalayas. Your trek to Deoriatal will be lined by the holy rivers Ganga and Alaknanda.
After an early breakfast, start the trek to Chopta. As one walks along the ascending trails, one appreciates the soothing scent of oak & pine trees from the mixed forests. The snow capped scenery will revitalize you & make the long trek look like a nature walk. You will be lucky if you spot the beautiful bird of this place named as “Monal”. A number of trekkers also spot deer’s in the vicinity. Once you reach Chopta you can take rest for some time and get re-energised after a refreshing cup of tea and snacks. If lucky, you might even spot beautiful & rare Himalayan bird called “monal” & some deer near Chopta. Reach the campsite at Chopta to enjoy evening meals around bonfire.
Take an early breakfast to start the trek towards Tungnath temple where you will experience mental calm, peace & spirituality. Besides dense forest scenery around the temple, one can also see mountain eagles here. Hike about 1.5 km further on a challenging gradient to reach the Chandrashila summit (4,130 m) which offers breathtaking Himalayan views. Enjoy & photograph at the summit for 30-45 mins & then start to trail down and reach Chopta by 2 pm.
Getting There & Out
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)
By Road: Haridwar / Rishikesh is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH 72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and there on to Panchkula, Chandigarh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehradun, which is at 54 km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH 72A links Haridwar to NH 58 at Roorkee (35 km) and there on south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar / Rishikesh from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can do Chandrashila trek ?
Chandrashila is an easy trek which can be done by any physically active 5+ years kid. This trek requires a very basic fitness level so its a great trek for beginners, kids, even senior people.
Why Chandrashila trek ?
Chandrashila trek is the best beginner level Himalayan trek which involves just 5 km of hiking on an easy-moderate gradient and still takes you to an altitude of 4,130 m at Chandrashila peak where you get breathtaking views of higher Himalayan peaks.
What are the best things about Chandrashila trek ?
– Best Himalayan beginner level trek
– Highest of the Panch Kedar, Tungnath temple (3,660m)
– Chandrashila peak (4,130m) which gives magnificent views of higher Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Bandarpoonchh, Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Gangotri, Neelkanth and several other peaks
– Witness the rich & rare Himalayan flora & fauna. Many rare bird species like Golden Bush Robin, Himalayan Griffon etc.
Can it be done as a weekend trek ?
Yes, Chandrashila trek is one of the best weekend treks especially if you are coming from Delhi-NCR region. The fact that you can travel overnight to Chopta on Friday, do the trek on Saturday / Sunday and get back to work on Monday makes it an ideal weekend trek near Delhi.
What is the ideal duration for this trek ?
Ideally Chandrashila trek is a 1 night & 2 days trek which involves trek to Tungnath (3,660m) & camping there on Day 1 and climbing the Chandrashila summit (4,130m) & back to Chopta on Day 2. However, Chandrashila trek can also be done as a day trek from Chopta as the distance from Chopta to Chandrashila peak is just 5 km.
Which is the best season to do Chandrashila trek ?
The best season to do Chandrashila trek is from Sept to Dec and from April to June. Avoid the months of Jan to March (due to heavy snow) and July-Aug (due to heavy rains).
What are the trekking options from Chopta ?
Well if you have extra day, you can head to the scenic Deoria Tal which gives amazing view of Chaukhamba peak in the background. You can camp at Deoria Tal on Day 2.