DAY 1 : Dehradun – Utkimath (1350m) (Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs)
DAY 2 : Utkimath (1350m) – Deoriatal (2438m) (Trek/4-5 hrs)
DAY 3 : Deoriatal (2438m) – Sari (1900 m) - Dugalbitta (2550 m) - Chopta (2800m) (Trek/2 hrs)
DAY 4 : Chopta (2800m) – Tungnath (3680m) – Chandrashila peak (4000m) – Utkimath (Trek/4-5 hrs & Drive/1 hr)
DAY 5 : Utkimath – Dehradun (Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs))
For the mountain lover, the winters are a great time to be travelling in the Himalayas because of the clear views and sunny days. This winter trek gives you the opportunity to scale a small trekking peak in the Garhwali Himalayas, Chandrashila peak (4000m). On the trek, you pass through undulating grass meadows in summer, but in winters this terrain forms the perfect base for a snow trek with undulating meadows of snow. With the close proximity of this trek to the road head, the trek is ideal for beginners wanting to experience the joys of snow trekking in a safe and relatively comfortable manner. In the first leg of the trek we hike up to Deoriatal. This is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 m and has captivating surroundings with forests all around. This trail would not have much snow and it forms an easy start for the trek ahead. From Deoriatal, the Chaukhamba peak feels like it is an arm´s length away and the reflection of the mighty peak in the crystal-clear waters of the lake creates a beautiful effect. The story associated with this scenic place is that when the Pandavas were in exile and were hiding from the Kaurava king, Duryodhan, they stopped nearby for a rest. When their mother Kunti felt thirsty, one by one four of her sons went to fetch water from this lake but died, as they could not answer the question put forth to them by the Yaksha Devta who resided here. When the eldest son´s Yudishtra´s turn came, he answered all questions correctly and with the result the dead brothers also came back to life. Here we will camp by the lakeside and enjoy the star-spangled sky in the night.
Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India because of its undulating green meadows (carpets of snow in winter!!) and a breath-taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. We will start getting into big snows on this trail and once in Chopta would have a lot of snow all around. Depending on the snow conditions, we will either decide to camp or we would stay in some homestays that dot this place. Staying in here is a totally enjoyable experience with the excellent views and beautiful valleys all around. Next day, from here we will trek up to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. There would be thick snow all around and we would have a totally enjoyable experience trekking through this terrain. All along the route one gets wonderful views of the Himalayan giants including Bandarpoonch, Kedar, Chaukhamba peaks and many more. From Tungnath you can trek up a further 1 kilometer to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000 m. The 180-degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make this trek well worth it.
DAY 01: Dehradun- Utkimath (1350m)- Drive 200 kms (6-7 hours)
We meet at Dehradun railway station at 7 in the morning and from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Utkimath. This is an interesting drive along the Ganga and Alaknanda river before turning into the Mandakini valley. Enroute you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. In the evening, we could go for a short hike around to stretch our leg muscles and spend some time by the river. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 02: Utkimath (1350m) – Deoriatal (2438m) Drive 1 hour |Trek/2-3 hours
After a healthy breakfast, we will drive for an hour to reach the starting point of Deoriatal. Today’s hike is mostly uphill. We will reach Deoriatal lake by afternoon and spend rest of the day exploring the serene surroundings. This is a fine place for photography and bird watching. From here one gets a gorgeous mirror view of Chaukhamba massif in the lake. In the evening, there is a chance to explore around in the woods. Overnight in tents.
DAY 03: Deoriatal (2438m) – (Sari 1900 m) - Dugalbitta (2550 m) - Chopta (2800m) Trek/2 hrs
What a lovely morning by the beautiful lake. After exploring the beautiful surroundings in the morning, we will trek down to the village Sari. From here we will board the vehicle and drive to Duggalbitta. We will reach the campsite by afternoon and spend rest of the day exploring the area. The views towards the evening are going to be great so keep your cameras handy. Overnight in tents.
DAY 04: Chopta (2800m) – Tungnath (3680m) – Chandrashila peak (4000m) – Utkimath Trek/4-5 hrs & Drive/1 hr
We start the day by climbing up the slopes of the snow meadow. The climb is demanding but short and extremely scenic. It will take about a couple of hours to reach Tungnath temple. Religious or non-religious does not matter, just sit by yourself for a few minutes in the courtyard of the temple with eyes closed you will feel very light! After a brief stop for refreshments and rest carry on with your climb to reach the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000m. The effort is going to be rewarded multiple times with views which are surely unparalleled. From the summit, you can see big Himalayan peaks (Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba and many more) and surrounding valleys in all directions. After capturing the views in your camera start walking down to Chopta and from there get onto your vehicles and drive down to the lodge in Utkimath where a refreshing shower and hot dinner awaits you. Overnight in the lodge. On this day, we will take a call as in to summit the peak Chandrashilla or not. Those who want to summit Chandrashilla peak will start at 5 am in the morning. If you want to just trek towards Chandrashilla summit and Tungnath will start at 8 am in the morning.
DAY 05: Utkimath – Dehradun Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs
Post breakfast, we drive back to Dehradun. Our trip ends here.
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