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Not all the mountains call you, rather, some are hiding kilometres away, waiting for you to come along the roads and enjoy the adventure with them. And one such amazing peak is held back in the Himalayas and is famously known as Chandrashila peak. The meaning of the name Chandrashila is 'moon rock' that signifies its true potential. Chandrashila is located at a height of about 4000 meters above sea level with a breathtaking view that you have never seen before. The Himalayas, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Dome, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks, are seen from Chandrashila peak. It is a must-do hike for all types of trekkers, from beginners to professionals. The whole trek is covered with enticing attractions like uncommon Himalayan birds, blooms, and a tranquil location.

 

The Most Colourful Trails

The trail will let you experience the spring colour vibe of the mountains. In the summer, the journey is ablaze with blossoms, particularly red and pink rhododendrons, while the winters are a hazy shade with plenty of opportunities to play in the snow. This journey is thought to lead to all the fabled heroes in the history. Some believe that this is the same spot where Lord Rama meditated after slaying Ravana. Tungnath temple, the highest Lord Shiva shrine, can be visited on the same walk. Every generation is drawn to this location because of its historical significance.

 

One of the best Himalayan treks for bird watching

The ideal area for bird watchers is on this hike. Yes, you read that correctly. Birds may be found practically anywhere, and if you try to film a video of the location, all you will hear is the birds tweeting. You may come across almost 30-40 varieties of birds. Monal is the state bird of Uttarakhand and is believed to be prettier and more astounding than a peacock. And if you haven't seen its beauty yet, then another reason is added to your list to come on this trek.

 

The Reflecting Deoria Tal (Lake)

Deoriatal is a famous lake surrounded by lush green forest and mountain peaks reflecting on its water, at the height of 8,000 ft. It is believed that goddesses came and took a dip in this lake. That's how the name was coined Devariyatal (Deoriatal). Our trek for Deoriatal starts from basecamp which is located in a village called Tala. The trail from Tala to Deoriatal is just a 6 km walk. As you climb up on the trail, the views get better and better.

 

Experience a pahadi lifestyle during your stay

For this amazing trek, your stay with us will be at a premium base camp. The base camp is located at the centre of Chopta valley and it is a 400 meter walk from the main Chopta-Ukhimath road. As you walk through the village, you witness the pahadi culture all around you; the people, houses and even the resort is based on Uttarakhand’s culture and art. The folk cuisines provided here are organic and highly nutritious. With great taste, you get splendid views from this base camp.

 

Star Gazing at Syalmi Bugyal

The most important and unexplored destination of this trek plan is visiting Rohini Bugyal and camping at Syalmi Bugyal. Rohini Bugyal is an alpine meadow surrounded by the thick green forests located between Deoriatal and Chopta. Syalmi is a beautiful village and one of the best places for camping at night. The bugyal or meadow offers breathtaking views of Chopta valley and is a perfect destination for stargazing and birdwatching.

 

Chopta: A Winter Wonderland

No doubt, In winters you will get to experience the best trek of your life in Chandrashila Deoriatal trek. So if you are a snow lover, you should put your steps on its trail in winter. The snow is perfect for your snowball fight that won't form any bruise on your body.

 

But if you desire to experience the real beauty of nature, you shall never miss a chance to walk under the blossoming red Rhododendrons in the springs. Chandarshila trek trails shower a different kind of beauty on everyone during this time of the year. The canopy of flowers, chirping of different varieties of birds and the golden hour of the sun takes you on a trip to heaven.

 

Not just spring and winters but even the autumns show you the clearest view of mountains from the Chandrashila peak.

Overall, the lovely Chandrashila walk may be enjoyed at any time of year. And the vista it will provide you with will never disappoint you.

 

The starry heavens and visual ecstasies will fill your heart with such much love and joy that you won't believe it.

Included

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Trekking permits
  • Trekking equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Services of an expert Trek Leader
Excluded

  • Food during transit
  • Porter or mule for carrying personal luggage
  • Stay on the last day
  • Personal expenses & goods of any kind
  • Anything apart from inclusions
  • Unscheduled stay due to unfavourable conditions
  • Cost Escalation due to ‘Force Majeure’ and evacuation charges
Tour Plan

Day 1
Drive from Rishikesh to Chopta (Tala Basecamp)

Drive: 192 km | Base Camp Altitude: 6000 ft. On your first day, you have to reach Tala (Chopta) basecamp which is about 7 hours drive from Rishikesh. Midway you will cross local towns like Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath. To reach basecamp you have to walk 400 meters from the main Chopta-Ukhimath road.

Day 2
Trek from Tala Basecamp to Deoriatal

Altitude: 6,000 ft to 8,000 ft | Trek: 6 km | Trek gradient: Easy. Gradual followed by a steep ascent. Your trek will start from Tala basecamp. The first views of farmlands turn into a beautiful pine forest and then a dense oak forest. After a 6 km trek, you reach the reflecting lake of Deoriatal. Carry at least two litres of water.

Day 3
Trek from Deoriatal to Shyalmi Bugyal via Rohini Bugyal

Altitude: 8,000 ft to 7,600 ft | Trek: 9 km | Trek gradient: Moderate. Gradual ascent. As you climb from Deoriatal you see the beautiful forest ridge walk is ahead of you. Following the trail, you see the splendid views of Madhyamaheshwar valley on your left and the Chopta valley on your right. This trail is quite famous for birdwatching; you can see some rare species of birds. Trekking further you reach a beautiful meadow called Rohini Bugyal and then trek down to Syalmi Bugyal and rest here overnight. This is a unique place for stargazing. So keep your cameras ready.

Day 4
Trek from Shyalmi Bugyal to Dugalbitta Camp

Altitude: 7,600 ft to 8,500 ft | Trek: 6 km | Trek gradient: Easy-moderate. Gradual descent followed by a steep ascent. You will descent from Syalmi Bugyal. From here, one trail goes towards Tala basecamp and the other one towards Dugalbitta. After crossing a small river you will climb towards Dugalbitta. This is also a famous spot for birdwatching.

Day 5
Trek from Chopta to Chandrashila and back to Tala

Altitude: 8,500 ft to 12,000 ft and back to 6,000 ft | Trek: 8 km each way | Trek gradient: Gradual ascent for 3 km followed by a steep ascent to Chandrashila. Today your trek will start from the main Chopta. It is the same route to visit Tungnath. Tungnath temple can be visited only from April/May till Diwali. After three kilometres of gradual ascent on a paved trail, you reach Tungnath temple. From the right side of the temple, the trail goes towards Chandrashila which is 1 km from Tungnath. After reaching the summit you get 360-degree views of the Himalayas. You will trek down to Chopta and head back to the basecamp.

Day 6
Drive from Chopta (Tala Basecamp) to Rishikesh

You will drive down to Rishikesh on day sixth. Leave early morning from Chopta and join Ganga Aarti at Rishikesh or head back to your station.

Basecamp

Tala is located in the Chopta valley surrounded by a beautiful forest. As you get off your vehicle, you experience a village walk towards the basecamp and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the valley. The splendid views of lush green fields, waterfalls and pahadi houses made of stones and straw let you forget all your stress during the journey. To reach basecamp you have to walk 400 meters from the main Chopta-Ukhimath road.

 

How to Reach Tala (Chopta)

Tala (Chopta) does not have direct rail or air connectivity and can only be reached via roadway. Below you can find the important details of the nearest airport and railhead for the convenience of your journey.

 

Reach Tala (Chopta) by Air

The nearest airport to Chopta is Jolly Grant Airport at 205 km away between Rishikesh & Dehradun. The airport is well connected with direct flights from Mumbai, Delhi and some other major cities of the country. From outside of Jolly Grant, you can get cabs and taxi services to hire for a trip to Chopta. The journey takes about 7-8 hours from the airport to Chopta.

 

Reach Tala (Chopta) by Train

The nearest railhead to Chopta is Haridwar at 212 km away. Being an extremely popular site and tourist destination, this station is well-connected with the rest of India. Cabs are available to cover the distance to Chopta.

 

Reach Tala (Chopta) by Road

If you travel by road, you have to first reach Rishikesh. There are direct buses to Ukhimath. Otherwise, you have to break your journey to Srinagar and Rudraprayag. Taxis and buses are available from these stations. Tala (Chopta) is 13 km further from Ukhimath.

Things To Pack

The following things are required for a winter trek.

 

Trekking Shoes 

You need a sturdy trekking shoe with ankle support & having a good grip is required for this trek. This is a winter trek and wearing trekking shoes are very important to handle slippery sections and cold weather.

 

Backpack

You need a 50-60 litre backpack for this trek. Make sure your backpack has good support for the hip and the shoulder. It must have quick access pockets.

 

Clothes

Carry at least 3 T-shirts. Full sleeve dry-fit T-shirts are good. You can take a hooded T-shirt which covers your neck.

 

You will need 1 pair of inner thermal, 1 light sweater and 2 light fleece layers. Try not to get any woollen sweaters, which can be very heavy. You have to keep sweaters and fleece jackets that can fold into compact rolls.

 

A padded jacket is necessary for this trek. You don’t need a water-resistant material but you need an outer padded jacket that keeps the wind and cold out. Ensure the padded jacket has a hood as well.

 

Three pairs of trek/track pants should be enough for this trek. Wear one pair and carry the others. Zippered cut-offs trek pants at the thighs are very suitable for treks. Always choose quick-dry pants over cotton.

 

  • Keep a Water bottle, Sunglasses, Suncap, Woolen cap, 3-4 pairs of socks, Trekking Pole, Rainwear, Rain cover for the backpack, A 10 ltr. daypack, 2 plastic covers, Toilet kit, Sunscreen (SPF 50+).

 

Personal Medical Kit: Diamox-mountain sickness, Crocin-fever, Avomine-motion sickness, Avil 25mg-allergies, Combiflam, Disprin-headache, Norflox TZ and Lomofen-diarrhoea, Digene-acidity, omez/rantadine antacid, crepe bandages, bandaids, ORS, betadiene or antiseptic cream, Moov spray/volini, cotton, gauze.

 

Mandatory Documents

These documents are required for legal purposes by Tripotude and the Forest department. Without any of these documents, you will not be allowed to trek.

 

  • Original and a photocopy of government-issued photo identity card. Anything such as aadhaar card, driver’s license, passport will work. This is mandatory for your identification.
  • A COVID vaccination certificate (double doses) is required or a COVID negative certificate is required. Make sure your RT-PCR/RAT test should not be older than 72 hrs.
Fitness and Safety

This trek needs a pretty good amount of endurance. So you must be focused on your cardiovascular activity. Start the cardiovascular exercises 30 to 40 days before your trek date. You can begin with jogging every day. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day or you can start with running. Make sure each day you are increasing the distance of running. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of speed and distance targets. Also do some breathing exercises such as Pranayama, Nadi Suddhi etc.

 

Fitness Routine 

  • Target completing the running 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • Gradually increase your pace bring down the time of running.
  • If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in less than 50 minutes. 
  • If running is not possible daily 2 times Jogging or stair climbing is required. Keep your pace increasing day by day.
  • Do the muscle exercise for Quadriceps, Hamstrings & Calf Muscles.
  • Do 3 sets (10 repetitions) of Squats, Lunges & Calf raises.
  • Do breathing exercise - Pranayama.

 

Safety

Tripotude promotes safety protocols during a trek and also follow the basic minimum standards for adventure tourism. Microspikes for walking on snow, Emergency bottled oxygen, pulse oxymeters to test pulse and oxygen saturation levels are available at all our campsites. At Tripotude, our trek leaders are trained and equipped to take care of any emergencies related to AMS.

FAQ

The Chopta valley is located in Uttarakhand's Garhwal area at a height of 2,600 metres above sea level. It has a variety of flora and animals and is bordered by snow-capped mountains. The valley is a well-liked tourist destination because of its breathtaking scenery and serves as a starting point for treks to adjacent Himalayan peaks.

One of the most challenging and adventures treks in the world is the Chopta Valley Circuit Trek. It is only reachable by foot and situated in the Himalayan Mountains. The journey is very mesmerizing and takes around 6-7 days to complete. If you love adventure and you are a seasoned hiker then you must try this excursion.

In the Indian Himalayas, the Chopta Valley Circuit Trek is a well-liked trekking path. The trip, which takes place in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, is renowned for its breathtaking vistas of the surrounding valley and Himalayan mountains. The walk is well-known for its difficult terrain and for providing a chance to see uncommon animals like the Himalayan black bear.

The Chopta Valley Circuit Journey is a secure and straightforward trek that passes through some of the Himalayas' most breathtaking vistas. There are many opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery along the well-marked route. There are plenty of helpful and kind locals to assist you along the way, and the walk is ideal for all fitness and experience levels.

The Chopta Valley Circuit is renowned for its pristine scenery and natural beauty and is situated in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. In addition to meandering rivers, lush green valleys, and gorgeous meadows, the circuit provides breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Both lovers of nature and those looking for adventure will find it to be the ideal location. The circuit is conveniently accessible from the adjacent town of Rishikesh and offers a wonderful opportunity to discover the Himalayas' untouched splendor.

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  • Duration:
    6 Days
  • Min. Price: ₹ 8000
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Location Chopta
  • Altitude 12,000 ft
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