Duration: 5 Days
Difficulty Level: Easy
Highest Altitude: 3,962 m / 13,000 ft.
Trekking Distance: 27 Kilometers
Temperature: In summer- Daytime temperature: 13°C to 18°C and Night time temperature: 7°C to 12°C. In winter- Daytime temperature: 5°C to 11°C and Night time temperature: -5°C to -3°C
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek is a gorgeous trek in Uttarakhand that takes you through Deoriatal Lake, Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila peak. You may embark upon this short trek to revitalize yourself with some of the elegant offerings of nature in the form of soothing climate, numerous species of birds, dense forests with maple, rhododendron and oak trees, and captivating views of all the major summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand. Standing on top of the Chandrashila summit is a blessing. This five-day plan is unmatched in nature’s beauty, exhilarating challenges, time-efficiency, and convenience.
The Deoriatal Lake would mesmerize you with its charm and here you’d get to see animals and birds drinking slurping its shimmering water. While the trail to Chopta is all about luxuriant meadows and mountainous dwellings amid the Himalayan ranges, the further trail takes you to the Tungnath peak which sits at a height of about 12,073 feet. Tungnath also features the highest Lord Shiva shrine in the world. Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is recommended for the post-monsoon season where the snow-clad mountains would let you admire and experience the bliss of eternity.
For the level of difficulty, the trek is considered as a quite easy, although some suddenly climb and rugged terrain may test your trekking skills from time to time. The trek to the summit of Chandrashila at about 13,000 ft. and marks the last leg of your uphill journey, whereupon it would be a return to Baniyakund. This five-day trail would involve trekking almost 27 km and with salubrious weather in this region, one can always expect a great time here.
Best Time to Visit: Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek is best for all the year to visit. Best time to visit Chandrashila is in summers (April-May) and winters (October-December). Best time to trek on Snow to Chandrashila Peak is from January to March.
Day 1: Reach Sari (6,601 ft.), 230 Km drive from Rishikesh
Reach Sari, the base camp of the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Zostel, Tapovan, Rishikesh (Yoga Capital of the World and sacred town) at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 6,500/- per vehicle. During the drive, you will be surpassing Devprayag where the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi to form river Ganges. The river will keep you company throughout, reaching you at Sari by 04:00 in the evening where you will have an overnight stay at a Guest House/Camp/Home Stay. Roam the village, learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience. Ask for permission before taking pictures from the respect of local people. Enjoy the areas you go to, but if possible, try and leave in a better state than you found them in.
Day 2: Sari (6,601 ft.) to Deoriatal (7,841 ft. appx)
The first day is easy and the shortest day of the trek with mixed ascends and descends which involves 3 km hike; this is about to take 2-3 hours to reach Deoriatal. Pass through the dense thickets thriving with abundant bird species and continue climbing upwards. As soon as the lake comes into your sight, you could see some beautiful reflection of the entire surroundings in the clear water of this lake. A splendid vista of Chaukhamba massifs is unveiled in the background of the lake. Deoriatal Lake is also referred to as ‘two worlds at one place’, the first one being the real world and the other one being the reflection of the beautiful surroundings on the lake. Settle down right here in the comfort of your camps and get a very good night time’s sleep.
Day 3: Deoriatal (7,841 ft. appx) to Chopta (8,790 ft.) via Rohini Bugyal
This is the longest day of the trek has rolling terrain beginning with initial gradual ascends and then rapid descend which involves 14 km trek; it takes about 7-8 hours to reach Chopta village. Today’s trail will familiarize you more with the Mount Kedar and Chaukhamba massif Summit, rising closely as you process. It will be through dense forests of oldest oak, maple and rhododendron trees of the Kedarnath Sanctuary and trail moves to Chopta through the meadow of Rohini Bugyal may be quite an experience amid the enchanting weather. At the same time, the surrounding beautiful mountains are snow-clad that will provide a pleasing background to this captivating adventure. You may find yourself lucky enough if you manage to spot a local stunning bird named Monal. After a long day, overnight stay here that would rejuvenate you for the next days’ trek.
Day 4: Chopta (8,790 ft.) to Chandrashila Peak (13,000 ft.) via Tungnath (12,073 ft.) and back to Chopta
The final day of trekking would mark the last leg of this eventful trek. Get up early morning preferably before sunrise, so that you can treat yourself to a sunrise view from Tungnath and the Chandrashila peak. Beginning from Chopta, you would be reaching a sacred place named Tungnath which has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch Kedar. It also features the highest Lord Shiva shrine in the world. Once you reach Tungnath Temple, take some time to admire the beauty of architecture and hard work put in by those Artisans who built it a millennium ago when there had been no modern tools and facilities available in the remotest part of the world. To get the 360° view of snow-clad peaks of Chaukhamba, Bandarpoonch, and Kedar, then go ahead and climb to Chandrashilla which forms the backdrop of Tungnath Temple on the eastern side. It takes an hour to reach the peak from here and the distance is around 1 Km. The climb is not so steep however the altitude makes is little difficult to make quick advances to the summit. The entire trek is mesmerizingly beautiful and the views are simply breath-taking. This pretty easy trek would allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of the Himalayas while having a great time in the homestead of nature. This fateful day ends as you return to your base camp at Chopta for night stay.
Day 5: Drive to Rishikesh from Chopta
Depart from Chopta to Zostel, Rishikesh early in the morning. Expect to reach Rishikesh by late evening. Transport will be arranged at an additional cost from Chopta at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 6,500/- per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 26 kilometers from the city, serving to the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. From there Rishikesh is 26 Km far away and you have to come Rishikesh Bus Station via Ola/Uber Cab/Private Taxi.
Take the train from Delhi to Haridwar overnight
• Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 03:52
After reaching Haridwar, take the bus/cab to reach Rishikesh.
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Rishikesh Bus Station. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
There is no direct bus to Sari run by the Uttarakhand Government, so you have to share a cab with Trekkaro co-trekkers.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• Two Water Bottle (one litre each)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreeen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Q1. When is the ideal time to visit Deoriatal-Chandrashila?
A1. Except during the monsoon season, it is open all year (July and August). There will be more snow throughout the winter months (December to April).
Q2. How tough is the trek to Deoriatal-Chandrashila?
A2. The difficulty of the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek varies from easy to moderate depending on the snow level; otherwise, it is a simple walk.
Q3. What level of fitness is required of the participants?
A3. Optimum level of fitness is usually necessary for any trek in order to enjoy it.
Q4. How cold does the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek actually get?
A4. The temperature is average for the first two days as you don’t find snow. After that, you can see the snow, but the sunshine is bright and the weather is clear throughout the day, but you must wear in layers at night. The temperature will range from 10 to -8 degrees Celsius.
Q5. How far do we walk every day?
A5.The average daily walking distance is 4-5 kilometres, and trekkers finish in 5-6 hours. Walking will not be an issue for anyone due to the ease of the trek.
Q6. Who will take the lead and who all will go along with us?
A6. Treks are always led by a professional trek leader who has completed a basic and advanced mountaineering course and is trained in first aid, as well as one local guide, chef, assistant, porter, and other personnel.
Q7. What is the size of the groups?
A7. Normally, we accept maximum 20 trekkers in one batch, including men and women. We require a minimum of 6 persons to execute a fixed departure, however group size is unimportant for private treks.
Q8. I am the only girl in trek, is it safe?
A8. Yes, the safety of the females is of the utmost importance to us. On treks, we constantly strive to provide a friendly environment. All of our guides and other support personnel are carefully selected for your travels. They are trustworthy and reliable, however we would urge you to protect your personal items.
Q9. I am a female trekker who is travelling alone. Is it necessary for me to share a tent with a male?
A9. No, female trekker share tents with other female trekkers, and the same is applicable for other trekkers.
Q10. How many trekkers will be sleeping in a single tent?
A10. We have three men's tents, however two persons will share one tent.
Q11. What do we need to bring?
A11. Once you have booked your reservation, our team will give you the trek necessities list based on the trek.
Q12. I am unable to carry my luggage; can someone carry it for me?
A12. Yes, however you must notify us 15 days in advance so that we can provide for a porter or mule.
Q13. What kind of shoes and jacket should I buy?
A13. At Trekkaro, you don’t need to buy or rent expensive trekking shoes as we are World’s only Free Trekking Gears Company. In Free Trekking Gears (FTG), we provide Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoe, SH 100 Jacket (-10°C), Trekking Pole/Stick, Gaiters and Micro Spikes.
Q14. What kind of food is given on a trek?
A14. We always serve Simple nutritious vegetarian food and eggs during the trek.
Q15. Where can I find clean drinking water while trekking?
A15. Himalayan water is considered pure and mineral water, however to be on the safe side, we use boil water / chlorine tablet in our camps. During the trek, ask the trek leader or guide where to fill water bottles once.
Q16. What kind of ground transportation do you employ on your tours?
A16. We have Bolero, Max, Tempo Traveller or equivalent to that.
Q17. Will a doctor join the trek?
A17. No, however our trek leaders are trained in "Wilderness First Aid" and are aware of high attitude issues, and we carry a full first-aid kit and essential medications with us. Check your medical status before embarking on a trek, or get expert guidance if you believe you are unable to evaluate your own abilities.
Q18. Do you think I should bring any medications?
A18. Yes, it is always advisable to bring your own medication on any trek, regardless of whether the organisers provide it.
Q19. Is Diamox is advisable?
A19. NO, but if you do, please consult your doctor because there are many MYTHS about Diamox.
Q20. What is the minimum age to participate this trek?
A20. The minimum age requirement is 8 years old, while the maximum age depends on the trekker's fitness.
Q21. How can I make a reservation for a trek with you?
A21. After selecting the trek you want to go on, the first step is to fill out the booking form. A payment is required to finalise the reservation. To make it easier for you to book, all details will be emailed to you.
Q22. Can we modify the itinerary?
A22. However, regardless of the circumstances, the date of trek completion should always correspond with the planned schedule. Keep in mind that this is an adventure tour into the most remote location, where numerous unanticipated occurrences may need a change in schedule. In such instances, we or your trek leader would provide the best alternate schedule that is similar to your original itinerary.
Q23. Do you provide trek customization?
A23. Yes, if you want to travel independently, you are welcome to select any of the treks at your leisure and for any number of individuals. The cost of a private trek is determined by the number of people in the group, the location of the trek, duration, and the type of trek.
Q24. Should I book my travel plan after registration?
A24. No. You should wait for booking confirmation from the Trekkaro executive after registering. When you get it, complete your registration by paying the cost and booking your trip at the same time.
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess and Kitchen tent. Stay from Day 1 to Day 4 (Sari to Baniyakund). In Sari and Baniyakund, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Homestay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (2 person per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 5. (Simple Nutritious Vegetarian food)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C) and Pole.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxi for trekkers from Rishikesh Bus Station to Sari and drop you back from Baniyakund. This will cost approx. Rs. 6,500/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1,000/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sari.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeemed it within a year on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.