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About the Destination:
Although a short trek Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Trek with Chopta offers you the sight of the spellbinding peaks in Garhwal district. On your first bit of the trek, you will reach Deoria Tal where one can relish the charming beauty of its lake standing at 2438m. Marvel at the sight of the mirror like waters of the Deoria Tal Lake from the Chaukhamba Peak. Enveloped with lush green meadows nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, the trail leading to Chopta offers some of the best sights.
Your trek will lead you to the Tungnath temple, which stands tall at 3680m and is regarded the highest Shiva shrine in the world. Get a chance to encounter with the exotic flora and fauna of this region as also marvel at the sights of the majestic peaks namely the Bandarpoonch, Kedar and Chaukhamba. You will arrive at the summit of the Chandrashila peak at about 4000m, after a kilometre long walk from Tungnath.
One can also find some additional experience of lodging at the Himalayan Eco Lodges and Camps at Kund which forms the base for the Deoria Tal and Chandrashila trek and overlooks the Mandakini River gushing below the Kedar peak. This thrilling trek takes you through the journey of some of the enchanting view of the major summits like the Western and Eastern Uttarakhand. Another best thing about the trek is that you get to witness the enchanting valleys and villages of this region.
About the trek:
Blessed with the verdant beauty of nature, Deoria Tal Chandrashila trek, this one of a kind trek is known for its amazing beauty. This exotic trek starts from Haridwar and from there you will be passing by the views of the Ganga and Alakananda Rivers. You will also come across the pilgrim centres of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. Another highlight is that you will pass through the Mandakini valley before reaching the Kund. Another best part of the trek is that you will be camping in some of the most amazing sites in the region.
Marvel at the sight of the dense forest covered by snow here and there. This moderate trek of Deoria Tal will take you through the quaint hamlets and the temple of Ukhimath. Pass through the thickets which are filled with the abundant bird species and gradual ascents. Each day of the trek will give you some of the best experience you could ever wish for. You will reach Chopta and pass through the rhododendron forests and the steep trails.
At a height of 4000 meters, Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila Peak will lure you away to explore it more and more. Behold the mesmerizing views of hued meadows and pastures as you reach the top. Catch the glimpse of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba. After that, you will continue your trek back to Haridwar.
Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Trek Highlights:-During this trek, get a chance of camping by the shimmering water and under the billions of starts just above you.
Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-3°C
Trekking Distance: 30km
Maximum Altitude: 12,083 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station
Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Base Camp: Sari Village (7-8 hrs drive from Haridwar)
ATM: Ukhimath has the last ATM point 13 km before Sari
On your first day arrive at the Haridwar Railways Station by 7:00 AM and then board a vehicle to take you 200kms to Kund.
The ride will entail meandering by the Ganga and Alaknanda Rivers and surpassing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag till you enter the Mandakini valley.
Reach Kund by evening and then take a short hike to practice for the next few days’ trekking journey.
Settle by the riverside and camp here in a lodge for the night.
Overnight stay at the lodge.
After breakfast, set off on a trekking journey from the lodge through cosy hamlets and the temple township of Ukhimath.
Cut through the dense thickets thriving with abundant bird species and continue climbing upwards.
Upon arriving at Deoria Tal Lake by afternoon, take some time to uncover the gorgeous environs.
Settle down here in the comfort of your camps and get a good night’s sleep.
Overnight stay at the camps.
Begin the day with breakfast and a walk on a ridge as well as a series of ascending trails.
You will even come across mixed forests of oaks, pines and Rhododendrons.
Arrive at the campsite in Chopta by afternoon and spend the rest of the day unearthing the natural treasures of the place which are enhanced by snow-capped mountainous landscapes.
By nightfall, put up your camps here and retire for the night after a hearty dinner.
Overnight stay at the camps.
Start off the day by ascending to the slopes to reach Tungnath temple.
Your trek will take you through several hued pastures here along with the beautiful mountains and valleys serving as the backdrop make for a remarkable sight.
Post stacking up on refreshments, resume your trek uphill towards the Chandrashila Peak at 4000m.
Enjoy the enchanting views of the peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba. Trek down to the base camp at Chopta and the drive up to the lodge where a hot dinner awaits you.
Retire here for the night.
Overnight stay at the lodge.
Post breakfast, you can partake in an exciting session of rafting on the Alaknanda River or unwind at the base camp.
Upon completion of rafting, depart for Haridwar through the spiritual township of Rishikesh.
Arrive Haridwar by 3-4:00 PM and then continue onward with your journey to home.
Your Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Trek comes to an end.
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When is the best time to do Dodital Trek?
The best time to do the trek is when the climate is pleasant. Only when the climate is pleasant will you be able to enjoy the amazing natural wonder is this area. The best months to do this trek are from April to November. It is always better to avoid the monsoon as there are chances of landslides on the way during those rainy months.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This difficulty level of trek is easy. But it makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and flexible. You must be comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days of the trek. It is advisable to do some breathing exercises to keep your breathing levels on higher altitudes manageable.
What all things I should carry for Dodital Trek?
It is absolutely important to carry necessary essentials on your trek. You cannot run in between your trek to get anything you need. So pack in advance and carry all your essentials with you. Trekking shoes Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks, spare laces. Trekking trousers, Waterproof overtrousers, Underwear Thermal baselayer - leggings Baselayer shirts, Shirts or T-shirts, Fleece jacket or warm jumper Waterproof jacket. Sun Hat, Warm hat, Sunglasses Gloves or mittens and Daypack 30 litres Sun protection. Headtorch with spare batteries, Water bottles, Wash Bag and toiletries, Antibacterial handwash, Small towel, Basic First Aid Kit which had antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment, altitude painkillers, plasters and blister treatment essentials.
What kind of shoes I should have?
Well, the most important accessory when trekking are the shoes. It is important you have the right shoes to make your trekking comfortable. You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick soles will perfect to climb the altitude.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek to Dodital?
Proper nutritional meals will be provided for the Trekkers by the trek organizers. Hygienic water facility will also be made available. There are proper meals with the necessary amount of nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. From breakfast to dinner, all meals will be provided by the organizers from time to time. This would include nutritional vegetarian meals with the addition of tea and coffee during breaks. Non-veg meals will be provided request depending on the availability.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take Diamox?
Medications are mandatory while trekking anywhere in the world. It is important that your medicinal kit contains all the precautionary medicines needed during your trek. During the trekking you may not have access to pharmacies. So it’s better to have medications ready. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as Loperamide. Yes, you can carry Diamox and can be taken too if having sickness or nausea. Basic Paracetamol is also a must.
Will there be mobile connectivity?
Mobile connectivity is poor on the trek. Indian mobile networks do not work for most part of this trek. The connection improves in base camps. Best is to carry a BSNL sim as you might be able to get some connectivity on trekking to greater heights.
How to reach Uttarkashi? Where is Dodital Trek Located?
A drive from Dehradun will take you to Uttarkashi. Dodital is a freshwater lake at an elevation of 3085 meters is a famous trekking destination in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Located in the border district of Uttarkashi, this 30 Km trek takes you through dense forested areas and deep valleys. This trek in Uttarkashi concludes at Darwa Top at an elevation of 4200 meters.
What will be the Dodital trek temperature?
The temperature varied as you go on higher altitudes. And it depends on the climate of the area. The maximum temperature can go upto 20 degree Celsius. The lowest temperature on the Dodital Trek can touch about -2 degree celsius.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
Yes, this trek is good for beginners and first timers. But you need to keep your body fit and strong as this trek begins easy but gets moderately difficult as you keep going higher. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and flexible. You must get your breathing regulated t doing breathing exercises regularly. You should also be comfortable with walking up to 7 hours on some days.
How much do we have to trek each day?
There is a total of 30 kms to trek to reach the Dodital Lake in the top from the base camp. A total distance of 8-15 kms a day can be covered. This is excluding the time spent for sightseeing, travelling and other tourist activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
This trekking is extremely safe for girls. Their safety is given high priority. Organizers have highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they are completely safe during the entire trek. If there is only one girl in the trip, then she will be provided with single tent to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent.
What are nearby tourist places to Dodital?
There are so many places to visit and enjoy near the Dodital. Dodital in Uttarkashi is a very religious place. There are many temples for to visit in this area when not trekking like Shakti and Vishwanath temple. There is another lake by the name of Nachiketa Lake that is beautiful for you to visit.
Where is the maximum elevation of this trek?
The maximum elevation of this Dodital trek is about 4150 mts.
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