Chandrashila Trek Overview

Chandrashila Trek, in Uttrakhand is one of the most suitable and renowned treks amongst the beginners in India. The trek is short, and takes you through different kinds of trails with enchanting scenic natural beauty. The journey to the Chandrashila Peak, Nanda and Kedar peak starts at the base camp of Chopta and would last upto 5 days. The trekkers would garner a wholesome experience of himalayan culture during the trail through the himalayan villages like Sari, and can visit sacred places like Tungnath temple, the highest Shiva temple located 3,680 metres above sea level. The expedition is tailored such that trekkers don’t feel exhausted at any point of the journey and get a good time to spend in nature's laps around the different sites they pass by. During the trek while passing through its shaded trails, rough and steep terrains you’d get to explore the beautiful sunrise and sunset views at the majestic Chaukhamba peak and the pristine Deoria Tal lake. The expedition would take a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of trek to complete the journey to the destination point of Chandrashila. The leftover hours of the day could be well spent in discovering the place of your stay such as in exploring local markets and sightseeing locations.

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Highlights
  • Visit the highest Shiva temple amongst the Panch Kedar on your way to the Chandrashila top.

  • Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Himalayas from the Chandrashila summit, admiring some of the most significant peaks like Kedar and Chaukhamba.

  • Delve into the magnificent views of trails lined with pink, mauve, and white Rhododendron trees in the Spring and Summer seasons.

  • Make your way up the easy trekking trail, and indulge yourself in lakeside picnics as well as bird-watching on the Chandrashila trek.

  • Interact with the locals of Chopta and get to know about their lifestyle, culture, and heritage.

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Persons travelling from the states namely; Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab. Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan by road, air and train to Uttarakhand are advised to carry negative RT-PCR test reports (test should be done 72 hours prior to the time of arrival to Uttarakhand state).
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • The management reserves all the right to modify the trek during any emergencies or natural calamities.
  • Consult a physician before undertaking the trek. Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the trek.
  • It is recommended to carry enough warm clothes and the right kind of shoes for the trek.
  • Pay heed to the trek guides and instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound trek.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicants during the trek.
  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites. Travelers littering may be fined.
  • Water is very precious, so conservation is appreciated.
  • Do not encourage trekking during the night unless it is a part of the itinerary and a guide is with you; this might lead to unforeseen mishaps.
  • Avoid using earphones during the trek; this might hinder your audibility.
  • Avoid using plastic bags and maintain the ecological balance of the destinations.
  • Guidelines issued by the State-Government are to be followed. Social distancing to be maintained. Frequent hand sanitization and use of mask is recommended.
  • Please provide a valid ID at the time of check-in.
  • The exact location will be shared with you post-booking.
  • Professional guide(s) are available to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek.
  • Neat and clean vehicle for the journey with experienced driver especially for hilly terrains available.
  • Permit charges are not included in the package.
  • All the activities depend upon the weather.
  • Camping is very basic in nature. One must not expect luxuries. Electricity may be available only at a few locations.
  • Mobile & laptop charging points may/may not be available on campsites at a common point.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature, meals not mentioned, etc. will not be in part of the package.
  • Carry dry snacks/food from home (you will save a lot of money). Carry water bottles with you, so that you can refill.
  • Keep your luggage minimum; the more you carry, the more you hassle.
  • Children below the age of 7 years are not recommended for this trek.
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Quick Facts for Chandrashila Trek

Quick Facts for Chandrashila Trek

Maximum altitude - 12,100 feet

Duration- 5 days and 4 nights

Trekking distance- 9 kms

Trail type- Easy to moderate

Rail head- Rishikesh Railway Station

Airport- Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Snow Season- During the months of January and February

Service from: Delhi to Delhi

Base camp- Chopta is the base point to the trek to Chandrashilla peak situated at 2608 m.

Best season- April to June & January to March

Region- The trek would begin at Chopta, where you’d reach by a car/taxi from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The trek would take you up to the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, Kedar peak and Sari village.

Who can participate- The minimum age required to embark on the trek is 7 years and the maximum age 65 years.

Chandrashila Trek Itinerary

Itinerary at a glance/ Quick Itinerary

Chandrashila Trek is a 1 day long expedition while the itinerary of the trek is about 5 days long which has been meticulously planned. Therefore, it’s advisable to read the layout of each day plan while choosing for the programme.

Day 1: Start your journey from Delhi at night and travel overnight to reach Haridwar.

Day 2: From Haridwar, move towards Rishikesh by early morning. Here onwards you would reach Chopta and stay there overnight.

Day 3: Begin your trekking journey to the Chandrashila Peak and Tungnath temple from Chopta. You would also get to admire other Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba, and Kedar Peak. You return back to Chopta.

Day 4: It would be a long and mesmerising day, when you walk to Sari village from Chopta and later ascend to Deoria Tal at an altitude of 2438 metre. At night, you’d head back to Delhi.

Day 5: Finally, the journey would be concluded as you reach Delhi by early morning.

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  • You would start the journey with a road drive from Delhi at around 10:00 PM in the night to Haridwar.

  • The first day is reserved for leisure activities when you’d get to spend some time in the scenic environs, and enjoy your stay in swiss tents/homestay and brace yourself up for further trek.

What To Pack For Chopta Chandrashila Trek?

What To Pack For Chopta Chandrashila Trek?
  • The preparations for an outing in the mountains have to start with finding a suitable pair of trekking shoes, and a backpack with a capacity of 5-6 litres with good hip and shoulder support.

  • You must pack extra clothes, choose synthetic clothes over cotton shirts/tops and it's advisable to keep a pair of thermal inner clothes if you’re prone to cold. Choose a padded jacket as your outer layer, make sure it has a hood as well.

  • Keep one or two extra pairs of trekking pants, pants with zip-off thighs and quick drying would be ideal for treks.

  • The other must-have items are (especially if you're trekking during winter seasons)- sunglasses, suncap to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays during the day, Hand gloves while handling snow , a woollen cap to keep yourself warm, at least 3 to 4 pairs of socks for cushioning and warmth.

  • The daypack you carry must be stuffed with water bottles, rainwear and emergency medicines.

Essentials

  • Keep a light toilet kit handy with you consisting of a toothbrush, a roll on deodorant, moisturiser for skin, lip balm, toilet roll and toothpaste. Make sure that you carry miniature size products and don’t overload on shampoos or soaps.

  • A personal medical kit is advisable to be carried by the trekkers, it should contain the most readily available medicines like Dolo 650 mg, Avomine, Combiflam, Digene, ORS, Knee brace. Take advice from your trek leader before taking any medicines.

  • Don’t forget to put essential documents- original photo identity card like aadhar, voter id, etc. At the camp all foreign nationals are required to share their passport and visa details during registration as well as upon arrival.

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  • It is advisable to the trekkers to not bring any non-biodegradable material along, and thereby, contribute to sustainable tourism.

  • While following the Chandrashila trek, all the participants must follow the instructions of the trek leader and guide for their own safety.

  • All the participants are required to carry enough money in hand because you won’t find ATMs during your trek at frequent distances. The last ATM is located in Ukhimath which is about 13km away from Sari village.

  • Tea is a warm beverage and is usually consumed in hilly areas, but it gets very expensive on moving upwards. Therefore, you are suggested to carry tea bags to use during the trek.

  • Pack an efficient daypack with all the essentials like warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, socks, woollen caps, medicines, rainwear, water bottles and other essentials.

  • The weather conditions are the most unpredictable on the mountains; for it might be sunny during the first half, and it might get thundurus and rainy post the first half. Therefore, embrace yourself for frequent weather changes and pack clothes accordingly.

  • Take a note that sunburn at higher altitude might happen quicker, so keep your skin and eyes safe with moisturiser and sunglasses.

  • Keep extra batteries for torches and other electronics handy as the batteries in cold might die quickly.

  • Don’t forget to carry water bottles along, and keep yourself hydrated throughout the trek.

Why to Go for Chandrashila Trek?

Chandrashila trek is one of the most sought-after trek routes amongst the beginners, wherein trekkers from across the nation arrive to escape the fast city life, and gain a valuable soul stirring experience. As they climb up the camp to Chandrashila peak located over an impressive 12,083 feet height, not only do the trekkers overcome obstacles of the journey but also enjoy the serene splendid beauty of the mighty mountains, sacred places like Tungnath temple and calm valleys. It would be a beautiful journey on which you’d also get some exposure to the rustic valley culture and lifestyle. You also witness the Deoria Tal, and the majestic views of the Chaukhamba peak are visible as well. While following the trail one gets to enjoy the magnificent sights of sacred temples and Sari village, the highlights of the trek would also include Nanda Devi, Bandarpunch, Chaukhamba, and Kedar Peak.

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FAQ's of Chopta Chandrashila Trek

How Difficult is the Chandrashila trek?

    Chandrashila Trek is amongst the most suitable treks for beginners in India with its difficulty level varying from easy to moderate . The trail of the trek passes through villages like Sari and through the scenic beauty of Nanda Devi and Bandarpunch which are located at an altitude of 2,000 m from the sea level. The passage is diverse, sometimes quite steep but other times a smooth flat terrain, therefore the trekker won’t require any expertise and past experiences in trekking for joining in. You would be walking 5 to 6 hours on an average, for upto 2 days to finally mark your summit at the Chandrashila Peak. Therefore, it’s advisable to add a good exercise schedule in your daily routine as well, to keep yourself in physically good shape to not face any problem during the trek like cramps and fatigue. Basic activities like walking, jogging, squats, and stair climbing would be sufficient though you may add other exercises as per your requirements. Try to be consistent with the exercise schedule, and keep repeating the same for longer duration

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