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THE TUNGNATH-DEORIATAAL-CHANDRASHILA TREK:

The ideal trek for beginners, that doubles up as a full-blown trek for true enthusiasts, too.

And a spellbinding one at that!

Mild to moderate, it’s a picture perfect trek trail. When you first hit DeoriaTaal, you would be

left to wonder if a child can paint a better scenery!

Dense, virgin forests, world’s highest Shiva temple, snow/ice, beautiful campsites, full of

mythological stories, this trek is ideal for beginners or for those who want a mild-moderate trek which

has it all.

From 6000 odd feet to the highest point at about 13000 feet, at Chandrashila.


THE TREK IN DETAIL:

DeoriaTaal

Deoria Taal, at an altitude of 7,841 feet, is a calm and serene lake famous for its mesmerizing reflections of

Chaukhamba Range in the crystal clear water.

The mountains & jungles of Uttarakhand are full of stories from the Mahabharata. These are the lands where the

Pandavas spent a large part of their 14 years of exile.

DeoriaTaal is believed to be the lake from where Yakshya asked Pandavas the questions on life.
 

 

Chopta

Chopta, an unspoiled natural beauty destination lying in the laps of 

Uttarakhand Himalayas, offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan 

range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba.

​It is located at an elevation of 9,734 feet above sea level.

Chopta village is surrounded by forest of pine, deodar and rhododendron,

and is rich in variety of flora and fauna.

​This place is popularly known as 'Mini Switzerland' in Uttarakhand. The 4 km trek to Tungnath, at an elevation of 11,440 feet, starting from Chopta, is a moderate (and sometimes steep) climb.

The trek path provides for the beautiful views of the Chowkhamba, Nanda 

Devi, Neelkanth and Kedarnath peaks.

 

 

Tungnath

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five, 

and the highest, Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of 

Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the state of Uttarakhand.

​The Tungnath (Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys.

Located at an altitude of around 12,000 ft, and just below the peak of 

Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to 

Lord Shiva.

The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the 

pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked

to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharata epic. Tungnath is at the top of 

the ridge dividing the waters of the Mandakini River (raising from Kedarnath) from those of the Alaknanda River (raising above Badrinath).

The Tungnath peak on this ridge is the source of three springs, which form the 

Akashkamini River. The temple lies a km below the Chandrashila peak.
 

 

 

Chandrashila

is summit of the Tungnath . It literally means "Moon Rock". It is located at a height of about 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, 

especially Nandadevi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpoonch and 

Chaukhambapeaks.

There are various legends associated with this place. According to one of 

the popular legend, this is the place where Lord Rama

meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravan. Another legend says 

that moon-god Chandra spent time here in

penance.

Incredibly beautiful, Chandrashila is at an impressive vantage point

offering 360 degrees’ panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. Chandrashila treks 

are one of the most popular treks among Indian trekking enthusiasts. The trek to 

the peak is 5 km. The trek route that starts from Chopta takes one to Tungnath, from

where it is a kilometer long, and steep. Though shorter in distance, steep climbing 

makes this trek rigorous.

This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as road to chopta gets closed.

This trek is undertaken throughout the year although during winter season due to snowfall this trek becomes hard as road to chopta gets closed.​


THE TREK ITINERARY:

OPTION 1:

Day 1:

Leave after midnight from Delhi in a Traveller/cab.
The drive will cover a distance of around 220 kms till Haridwar, and then another 170 odd kms to Chopta(Sari Village), the base-camp.

(You could also reach Haridwar on your own/by train and a cab can pick you up from the Haridwar railway station early morning).

Have breakfast at a restaurant/dhaba in Rishikesh.
Enjoy the ride.
Stop by at the divine, holy river confluence  of Devprayag(Alaknanda & Bhagirathi), and RudraPrayag(Alaknanda & Mandakini) en-route:

Reach Sari Village late-afternoon. 
Relax. Have tea/snacks.

The adventure starts from here.
Embark on the trademark Daju n Baini night-trek to DeoriaTaal(around 2.5 kms), something that you are likely to cherish forever.
The trail to Deoriatal is a constant ascent to the top, with an altitude gain of around 1,300 feet.

The trail climbs out of the village and enters the Rhododendron forest.

 

It’s a breathtaking sight the moment you hit DeoriaTaal.
Camp by the lakeside.
Soak in the egolessness of the Himalayas, surrender to the divine.

Dinner.
Sleep well by the lake that is witness to the legends of the Mahabharata.


 
Day 2: 

Wake up early to the miracle of the Divine.
Lend an ear to the chirping birds, watch the rising sun lending the white, snow-laden Himalayan peaks a golden hue.

If you are lucky and the weather is clear, capture the famous reflections of the Chaukhamba peak in the waters of Deoritaal.
Relax. Meditate. Or take a parikrama of the taal.

Have a leisurely, sumptuous breakfast.
Spend more time at the camp, if you wish to.
Trek down/back to Sari Village.

Get into your Traveller and drive down to Chopta, 20 odd kms away.
This is the base-camp for the Tungnath & Chandrashila trek.
Trek for approx. 800 mts, and you are at your Bhrujgali camp.
It’s an expansive, beautiful bugyal.

Relax, have fun.
Do your thing. Play Frisbee. Or a game of badminton.
Or just chill out.
So, end the day at leisure, doing nothing and listening to the sounds of the forest and the mountains.


Day 3: 

Wake up at leisure.
Have breakfast, and begin the raison d'etre of the trek.
Tungnath, world’s highest Shiva temple...a trek of approx. 3 kms.

It’s a gradual ascent along a paved pathway.
Soak in the energy of Lord Tungnath.
Perform puja, if you wish to. Seek His & Maa Parvati’s blessings.

 

Have lunch.
Head to Chandrashila, those of you who wish to give it a shot.
This is a steep ascent of around 900 metres, but worth every penny.
Those who want to relax at Tungnath can do so and wait for the others to return.
Look out for the divine Himalayan peaks from the summit of Chandrashila.
The sun-set & sun-rise here are not only famous but divine.
People descend here for sun-set hunting, in particular.

Trek back to the Bhrujgali camp at leisure.
Relax, leisurely dinner over bonfire.

 

Day 4: 

Early, sumptuous breakfast.

 

Trek down(800 metres) to Chopta.
Drive back to Hardwar/Delhi.

Get lost in the memories forever J



                                                        OPTION 2:

 

Day 1:

Same as Option 1.

 

Day 2: 
Wake up early to the miracle of the Divine.

Lend an ear to the chirping birds, watch the rising sun lending the white, snow-laden Himalayan peaks a golden hue.
If you are lucky and the weather is clear, capture the famous reflections of the Chaukhamba peak in the waters of Deoritaal.

Relax. Meditate. Or take a parikrama of the taal.
Have a leisurely, sumptuous breakfast.
Leave around 9 am, and trek to the Bhrujgali camp(14 kms).

This is what we call the real ‘getting lost, finding yourself’ trek!
The day’s trek covers a distance of 14 kms in about 9 hours, with an altitude gain of 1,000 feet.
The trail goes past the lake, and then leads to the ridge right over Sari village.
After descending from the ridge, the trail takes you through five different varieties of forests.
Oaks, Maple, Rhododendrons are the prominent variants impossible to miss.

The trail downhill inside the forest is perfect for bird watching. The Himalayan woodpecker and Verditer Flycatcher can easily be spotted here. You may also spot foxes and langoors here.

Take a break in the middle of the jungle and have your packed lunch.
Stretch your legs, relax.
Cross the ridge of Rohini Bugyal to enter the meadows of Bhrujgali.
The trail is through a dense forested ridge, down to a stream that needs to be crossed and finally into a beautiful meadow of Malyadhar.

Camp overnight at Bhrujgali.
Relax, enjoy the campsite, walk around, play.
Do your thing.
Dinner over bonfire.


Day 3: 
Same as Option 1.

Day 4: 
Same as Option 1.

Get lost in the memories forever!