Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek

3 D / 2 N 


About The Trip

Uttarakhand is known for its breathtaking flora and fauna. It offers a variety of larking treks with sights to behold. It’s a common misconception that most Himalayan treks here are of difficult intensities and the Deoriatal and Chandrashila Trek proves our point. With a difficulty level of easy to moderate, this trek gives you more than what you actually work for. It definitely has something to offer for everyone- this trail will enthrall the soul of any birdwatcher for it as some of the most exquisite breeds of birds to watch. The snow makes the trek picturesque as ever alongside being an easy trek. The view gives you a peek at the most breathtaking peaks of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand 

This trek is considered to be one of the most fulfilling ones in Uttarakhand. If you are a new trekker, this must be your first Himalayan trek.  Read on to find out more about the trek. 

Brief Itinerary

Day 0: Drive from Delhi to Chopta via Rishikesh (450 KM drive)

Day 1: Reach Chopta and Check in to Camps

Day 2: Trek from Chopta to Tungnath Chandrashila (Trek Distance 14 km )

Day 3: Chopta to Sari to Deoriatal and Back to Delhi (Trek Distance 4 km )

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • 2 Night accommodation in Swiss Camps in Chopta

  • Meals ( All Veg): from Lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 3 ( 6 Meals in total, 2 Lunch + 2 Dinner + 2 Breakfast)

  • Bonfire (optional)

  • Trekking guide for trekking.

  • Exclusive Non-AC Vehicle dedicated for the Group during entire Tour

  • Vehicle type: Tempo Traveler / Taxi

  • Driver Allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes.

  • Forest entry fees

Exclusions

  • Any meals during travel from New Delhi to Chopta and vice versa.

  • Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.

  • Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc

  • Any Entry Fees

  • Any additional expenses caused by a disturbance in the trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots, etc.

  • Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.

  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

  • Any kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.

Detail Itinerary


Meals Not Included


Details

Chopta is a small town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 2,680 metres (8,790 ft) above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Chopta is known for its natural beauty and is a popular tourist destination. The town is surrounded by pine forests and includes the Chopta Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also home to the Tungnath Temple, which is one of the highest temples in the world. Chopta is accessible by road from Rishikesh and Dehradun. The group will assemble at the pickup point at 09:00 PM and we’ll start for Chopta via Rishikesh around 09:00 PM. 




Details

We’ll be reaching Chopta by the Afternoon. Chopta is a beautiful town, with plenty of things to see and do. Upon reaching Chopta, we’ll check into our campsite and freshen up. After that, lunch will be served. The rest of the day is at leisure and you’ll be free to explore local markets and more. Dinner will be served in the evening followed by an overnight stay at Chopta Campsite. Chopta is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenic views.



All Meals

None

Tents


Details

We begin a rather early day this time in order to catch the sunrise by the summit. After driving to Chopta, we shall begin trekking toward Tunganath Temple and Chandrashila. The trek to Tunganath is approximately 3.5km in distance and 1.5km of trekking will bring us to the Chandrashila peak, the whole journey taking us about 4 hours. Interestingly, Tunganath Temple, one of the Panch (five) Kedar, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva. One the other hand, the Chandrashila peak is 4000m above the sea level gives us a panoramic view of the magnificent Uttarakhand peaks – Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda Gunti, Hathi, Ghodi, Nanda Devi amongst many others.

Initially, the trail to Tunganath is rocky but eventually changes to traditional high altitude trek terrain. Reaching the Chandrashila peak will mark the end of exploring beautiful destinations during this trek. Nonetheless, a beautiful journey doesn’t end here. We further descend to Chopta through the same route. 

Enjoy a hot dinner, indulge in some talk and pose against a starry night sky. Take adequate rest and relax your muscles.



Breakfast, Lunch

None

Stay Not Applicable


Details

We’ll start our day with an early breakfast, followed by checking out of the campsite. Afterwards, we’ll drive to Sari Village, which is the starting point for the Deoriatal Trek. Upon reaching Sari Village, we’ll begin our trek to Deoriatal Lake. The trek will take us through some beautiful scenery, including the Chopta meadows. Once we reach Deoriatal Lake, we’ll have some time to enjoy the views and take some photos. After spending some time at the lake, we’ll begin our trek back to Sari Village. Upon completing the trek, we’ll be back at Sari Village late in the afternoon.
We will start our return journey back to Delhi and reach early morning


Things To Carry

  • Day backpack (20–30 Ltrs): You will leave your larger backpack at your intended stay because you will only need to carry a few essential items when you are on a local sightseeing tour.
  • 1 pair of thermals: Thermals are clothing items that keep your body warm in cold weather. You must bring it with you when visiting cold climates.
  • Outdoor Shoes: When travelling outside, especially in the mountains, you need to wear comfortable shoes. Instead of being heavy and bulky, they should be light and robust.
  • Sandals or Floaters: A good pair of sandals or floaters will allow you to move easily while you are enjoying a leisurely day.
  • 1 down jacket / main jacket: It's important to carry the right layers to prevent getting cold, so you should also carry an insulated jacket you can wear on top of your other clothing.
  • 3 Quick Dry Tees: To ensure proper hygiene between stops, you must always have three or more pairs of quick dry tees on hand.
  • 3 Pairs of Cotton Socks: You can always rely on a good pair of cotton socks while travelling because they are lightweight and incredibly comfortable to move around in. However, if they are wet, remember to change them and don't wear them.
  • 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: Good woolen socks, particularly merino, are cozy, keep odors to a minimum, and offer enough insulation from the cold to be worn at night.
  • 1 Poncho: A poncho is a more advanced version of a raincoat that completely protects you from the rain by covering both your body and your bag.
  • Quicky Dry Towel: A towel that dries quickly will aid in maintaining good hygiene. The fabric needs to dry quickly because staying wet will only increase the likelihood of bacterial growth.
  • Gloves: Insulated gloves aid in keeping your hands at the proper body temperature.
  • Sanitizer: Make sure you always have hand sanitizer on hand to reduce the risk of infections and to maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Sun Cap: On a hot day, a lightweight sun cap with side flaps is ideal for keeping your head cool and preventing sunburns.
  • Lip balm: It's important to keep your lips moisturized because the chilly winds can cause them to become chapped.
  • Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+): Cold cream and sunscreen are both necessary to prevent sunburns and chafing.
  • Water bottle (1 litre): Staying hydrated is crucial when travelling. You must always have a water bottle on you that you can fill up with Himalayan water.
  • Bag for all Your Toiletries: You should carry a zip lock bag with all your necessities, such as paper towels, toothpaste, sanitizers, and soap.
  • Personal Basic Medical Kit: It is necessary to travel with a medical kit that contains bandages, Dettol, and medications for headaches, nausea, etc.
  • People who wear glasses or sunglasses (Use photochromic glasses rather than contact lenses): When exposed to sunlight, photochromatic eyewear is intended to change into anti-glare sunglasses. They are effective for protecting the eyes, but one can also choose clip-on glasses, etc.
  • Mobile charger or power bank: Even though most places have electricity, it's always a good idea to have one with you in case of an emergency.
  • Documents: Identification documents such as a driver's licence and an Aadhar card.
  • Extra Polythene: You can carry your clothing in polythene in case it gets wet or doesn't dry. However, be sure to take all of the plastic that you brought with you into the forest. Avoid leaving behind trash.
  • Camera: This ought to be clear. to ensure you get to record all the memorable moments from your journey. Check to see if you have enough storage and extra batteries.

Policy and Terms

 

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

30 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 15-29days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-14 days

90% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.

  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

 

 

 

FAQ's

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded. Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails have a washroom facility during the trek.

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

In 4 days, the Deoriatal Chandrashila travels around 27 kilometres. (6 days if you count the drive there and back). The height varies from 6,381 feet in Sari to 12,083 feet at Chandrashila summit.

All seasons are suitable for the Deoriatal Chandrashila hike. But without a doubt, the months of March and April are the ideal for the walk. On the journey during this time, you'll still see snow, but you'll also witness Himalayan rhododendrons in bloom.

You are welcome to leave your additional bags at the base camp. You can pick up the bags after the voyage is through. We'll make the necessary arrangements. Don't store any valuables at the base, please. You cannot keep here any vital stuff like laptops, cell phones, cash, or valuables.

You'll have access to a reliable mobile phone network and internet connection during your adventure. Even at Chandrashila Top, you may get a 4G network! As far as having power, Sari Campus is the last location. However, there is no electricity until you leave the base camp. For the duration of the journey, we advise you to pack a power bank with a capacity of at least 10,000 mAh and extra batteries for your cameras.

There are a several routes to reach Chopta. However, you must first travel to Haridwar or Rishikesh. By Air Dehradun has the closest airport. By Road You may take buses and taxis from Dehradun to Haridwar and Rishikesh. You may take buses and shared vehicles to Ukhimath from Haridwar or Rishikesh. From Rishikesh to Ukhimath, we had boarded a bus. You may either reserve a taxi or take shared jeeps from Ukhimath to Chopta. By Rail The closest train station is at Haridwar, which has good rail service to most of India's main cities. You may travel overnight by rail from Delhi to Haridwar and arrive there the following morning. Haridwar and Rishikesh are separated by 20 kilometres.

From December to the end of April, the Chandrashila trek is covered with snow. By mid-December, the first winter snowflakes start to fall, and the path is often still usable through the end of the month.

Additional Information

 

  • How is the Trip /Trek Organised?
    For the proper organization of Backpacking Trips and Himalayan treks, Plan the Unplanned team is associated with a local experienced team that’s registered with ATOAI (Adventure Tour Operators Association of India)

    Moreover, we have been working with them for 10 years. Their highly skilled staff with 20+ years of experience, professional local guides and BMC certified trek leaders are the reasons for our continuing partnership with them. The team shall manage all operations, medical and mechanical backup starting from the base location.

    Only when we have over 8 bookings from Bangalore, do we send our leaders from Bangalore.

    Note: To properly utilize resources, a batch from PTU is clubbed with trekkers who originally book with the local team. This is how all trekking organizations manage their treks. An exclusive PTU batch is only formed when we have a majority of bookings ( over 8 and above ) from PTU

 

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