Why This Trek?
The Chopta Chandrashila Trek takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas. We start from Haridwar, and pass through Deoriatal, Chopta and Tungnath to reach the summit of Chandrashila for a great view of the Indian Himalayas. Maximum altitude reached on the ChoptaTungnath trek would be around 4000m at the summit of Chandrashila. This region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Tungnath is famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On top of Chandrashila we will be able to see Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi and Trishul peaks.
Maximum altitude reached on the Chopta Chandrashila Trek would be around 4000m at the summit of Chandrashila Trek. This region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Tungnath Temple is famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On top of Chandrashila Peak we will be able to see lofty mountain peaks of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi and Trishul peaks.
Destinations Covered in Chopta Chandrashila Trek : Chopta, Deoria Tal, Tungnath, Chandrashila Trek.
What’s Included :
- Accommodation (Guest House, Camping)
- Meals(during trek)
- Trekking equipment (Sleeping Bags, Tents, Mattresses, Kitchen Utensils)
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
- Transport from Haridwar to Chopta Uttarakhand and Transport from Chopta to Haridwar
What’s not Included :-
- Any Meals During Transit.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- All fees and permit for Non Indian Residence are excluded
- Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
- Anything not mentioned explicitly in the above program.
- Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
Brief Chopta Chandrashila Trek Itinerary:
Day 1: Haridwar to Chopta Uttarakhand via Ukhimath
Day 2: Trek starts from Chopta Uttarakhand to Tungnath & Chandrashila and return to Chopta
Day 3: Drive from Chopta to Sari Village and trek to Deoria Tal ( 3 hrs approx)
Day 4: Trek from Deoria Tal to Sari Village and Drive to Haridwar.
Detailed Chopta Chandrashila Trek itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Haridwar to Chopta Uttarakhand
We depart from Haridwar in the morning for Chopta Uttarakhand. The drive is alongside The Ganges. Devprayag and Rudraprayag are two towns which are confluence of River Bhagirathi and Alaknanda, Alaknanda and Mandakini. Reach Chopta Uttarakhand and setup Chopta Camp. Overnight stay at Chopta Uttarakhand.
Day 2: Trek from Chopta to Chandrashila via Tungnath
We start early for Chandrashila trek from Chopta Uttarakhand. At Chopta we get to see the lofty peaks of greater Himalayas. Chopta, Chandrashila and Tungnath are the famous on Kedarnath route and Chandrashila trek is a famous trek for beginners. After trekking for about 4 hours you will reach Tungnath temple till where the proper trail is there and from Tungnath onwards there is no cemented trail. Chadrashila Peak is around 2 Kms from Tungnath temple and takes around 2 hours to reach. Return to Chopta camp by lunch time. Overnight stay in Chopta Camps.
Day 3: Drive from Chopta to Sari Village and Trek to Deoria Tal.
We drive for around 30 minutes we reach the picturesque Sari Village. We start the trek to Deoria Tal which is a small pond where it give the breathtaking views of Chaukhamba Mountain and surrounding peaks. Overnight camp at Deoria Tal.
Day 4: Trek from Deoriatal to Sari Village and Drive to Haridwar
Get up early morning and enjoy the majestic views of lofty Himalayan peaks including Chaukhamba and if there is now wind then the reflection of these peaks in Deoriatal is awe inspiring. After sumptuous breakfast trek down to Sari village and drive back to Haridwar with mosaic of memories.
Fitness Required for Chopta Chandrashila Trek
At Chopta Chandrashila Trek we go upto an high altitude of 4000 meters. At high altitude as the air gets thinner because of low atmospheric pressure. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila Trek is an easy trek suitable for first time trekker with basic fitness
Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for a beginner.
Fitness Required: The Chopta Chandrashila Trek falls in the category of easy treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to get for Chopta Chandrashila Trek
Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Chopta Tungnath Trek?
Chopta Tungnath Trek is an easy high altitude trek done throughout the trek and is particularly enjoyable during winters. The trek is situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
When is the best time to go to for the Chopta Chandrashila Trek?
The best time for Chopta Chandrashila Trek is during the during the months of December,January,March, April and May,September and October. But this trek can be done and is enjoyable throughout the year
How difficult is the Chopta Chandrashila Trek?
Chopta Tungnath Trek is considered by comparison an easy high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek.
What are the temperatures during the Chopta Chandrashila Trek ?
During the Chopta Chandrashila Trek temperatures vary between -15 to 10 degree celcius during winters and 0 to 20 degree celcius during summers.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-8 Kms each day and it takes around 6 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team we will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can follow the list at things to carry
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the valley of flowers Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Chopta Tungnath Trek. This is an ideal trek for a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kits and oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker. Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize the Chopta Tungnath Trek?
Yes Chopta Tungnath Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if a trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Getting There Chopta Chandrashila Trek
Haridwar is the base location for our Chopta Tungnath Trek. Our meeting point in Haridwar is railway station. We will pick you up at 6:00 AM in the morning and start the drive to Uttarkashi. The entire drive from Haridwar to Uttarkashi takes around 8 Hours.
Reaching Haridwar by Flights
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Haridwar and is situated 36 Kms from Haridwar. Taxis are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Haridwar.
Reaching by train
Haridwar is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major pilgrim centre.
Following is the list of useful trains to reach Haridwar from Delhi:
12017 DEHRADUN SHTBDI
19565 UTTARANCHAL EXPRESS
22659 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14309 UJJAINI EXPRESS
14317 IND DDN EXPRESS
12055 DDN JANSHTBDI
12687 DEHRADUN EXPRESS
14041 MUSSOORIE EXPRESS
12205 NANDA DEVI EXPRESS
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching Haridwar by Road (Bus)
Haridwar is well connected with comfortable Volvo buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to Haridwar which are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.