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Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek
The Best Trek For Summit Views
Seeing great mountain views on a winter trek is not easy. You have to get to a high vantage point to catch such a view. In winter, most such vantage points are rare and even if accessible, they are usually buried under deep snow.
This is why at Indiahikes we treasure the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek so much.
The Chandrashila summit is a vantage point that stands unparalleled among our treks. From the top of the summit, you see perhaps the greatest mountain views of our Indian Himalayas. It is like a grand feast — there is so much to take in that you cannot take all of it in. It is an experience many trekkers cannot forget.
What do you see? From your left is the Gangotri range of peaks, Mt Thalaysagar, the Kedarnath and the Kedar dome. Mandani Parbat and Janhukut. The imposing Chaukhamba is right in front. Most of them are over 7,000 meters tall.
On your right are the Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat and Dunagiri. And then right ahead standing against the skyline in India’s tallest mountain, Mt Nanda Devi. Trekkers find it hard to believe that they are seeing Mt Nanda Devi.
If that’s not enough, to Mt Nanda Devi’s right, etched against the skyline are Mt Nanda Ghunti and Mt Trishul. Two of the most beautiful mountain summits in our country.
It is not just the grand views. In winter, the trek in itself is special. The trail snaking through soft snow under the canopy of oak and rhododendron trees is almost dream-like. The Deoriatal lake is surrounded by snow, but looming over the lake is Mt Chaukhamba.
For us, just to catch the sight of Mt Chaukhamba from the shores of the Deoriatal is worth doing the entire trek.
Besides Deoriatal, camping on snow at the campsite of Baniya Kund is a delight. The dense forests leading to the campsite are something that we don’t get on other treks. And everything changes with the canopy of white everywhere.
Having said all that, the biggest thrill of the trek has to be the climb from Chopta to the Chandrashila summit. In winter, with snow all around, climbing to the summit is an adventure that people do not forget in a lifetime. We have noticed trekkers breaking down in tears at the summit, such as the feeling of elation and a sense of accomplishment.
There are only a handful of winter treks in our country. Deoriatal Chandrashila would be one of the better ones on our list. Do not miss out on this opportunity.
Deoriatal Chandrashila Videos
Watch these videos to prepare well for your trek.
A route map of the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek
Drive from Rishikesh to Sari (6,381 ft)
Drive Distance: 190 km | Drive Duration: 7-8 hours | Pick up point for Indiahikes trekkers: Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh
Transport will be arranged at 7.30 am sharp. This cost has to be borne by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. The cost of the cab is Rs 6,500 per vehicle (5-6 seater) and Rs 9,000 per Tempo Traveller (12 seaters) for the transport one way.
Note: The process of your registration, health screening, and document verification starts at 4 pm. Ensure you reach Sari on time if you are travelling on your own.
Trek from Sari to Deoriatal
Trek Distance: 4.1 km | Trek Duration: 2.5 hours | Altitude Gain: 6,381 ft to 7,950 ft
An easy day with a gradual climb on a well-defined rocky trail. It becomes steeper after the first 30 minutes. A short walk on even terrain after about two hours of climbing takes you to the campsite of Deoriatal.
Trek from Deoriatal to Syalmi via Rohini Bugyal
Trek Distance: 9.10 km | Trek Duration: 6-7 hours | Altitude Loss: 7,950 ft to 7,602 ft
A moderate ascent through a lovely forest trail full of rhododendron and maple trees. The trail is a picturesque one, to begin with, and eases off after an hour of ascent to reach Rohini Bugyal. Once you reach Rohini Bugyal, descend for an hour and a half to the Syalmi campsite.
Trek from Syalmi to Baniya Kund
Trek Distance: 5.40 km | Trek Duration: 6 hours | Altitude Gain: 7,710 ft to 8,520 ft
An hour of descent till Akash Kamini river, followed by a steep ascent through dense forest. After two hours of climbing, it’s a series of ascents and descents till Baniya Kund.
Trek from Baniya Kund to Chandrashila via Tungnath and back to Sari
Trek Distance: 8.70 km | Trek Duration: 7-8 hours | Altitude Gain: 8,520 ft to 12,083 ft
Gradual ascent to Tungnath on a well laid out path, followed by a steeper climb to Chandrashila for about an hour. The descent is on the same path. Note: Tungnath temple opens only in summer and closes by Diwali.
Drive from Sari to Rishikesh
Drive Distance: 190 kms | Drive Duration: 7-8 hours | Drop off point for Indiahikes trekkers:: Live Free Hostel, Rishikesh
You will reach Rishikesh between 6 and 7 pm. The cab costs will be Rs 7,000 per Bolero and Rs 10,000 per Tempo Traveler
- It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id along with the mandatory documents of the Medical Certificate and Disclaimer form. This is required for trek permissions.
- There are no facilities at Sari. Do not leave this or any other gears till the end.
- Please note that you will be staying at Indiahikes Campus at Sari. At the Deoriatal campsite, it would be a Swiss Tent and has to be shared according to the number of beds in each tent.
- On our campsite of Syalmi and Baniya Kund, you will be staying 2 in a tent.
- We have a Cloak Room facility at the campus for excess luggage. You can collect this after your trek at Sari. Do not leave behind any valuables in the cloakroom.
Please note: Twin sharing tents may not be available in May, June, July and August. This is because raw materials for making tents are sourced from different countries. But their export has been affected due to international unrest. This has led to a global shortage of tents. Having said that, you'll still have comfortable space as these tents have been designed to accommodate three trekkers.
A route map of the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek
The journey is picturesque, as you pass through Devaprayag, the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi to form river Ganga. The entire journey traverses the mountainside, with the river flowing below you.
The return journey takes you through the same places which you had taken during your Onward journey to reach Sari. If you reach Rishikesh early, then you can go through these tips on things to do around Rishikesh - https://indiahikes.com/8-things-to-do-rishikesh/
Campsites at a Glance
At Indiahikes, we are very particular about choosing terrific campsites. For the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek too, after a lot of back and forth, we have settled on these terrific campsites, which trekkers have come to love.
The beautiful campsite of Baniya Kund in a forest setting. Picture by Jothiranjan
Syalmi Campsite is in a field overlooking the hills. You are the only team camping at this location. You get the freedom to explore around and be with yourself. Picture by Jothiranjan
Banniya Kund campsite comes after a good day's climb. Don't miss walking barefoot or sitting on this lush green grass near the campsite. Picture by Vinayak Oak
Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder
Trekking transforms lives. It has changed my life completely. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible.
I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and start new projects. These are life-changing experiences.
I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.
In the mountains new professions, new economies and new businesses have opened up. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.
Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine.
What I Like and Don’t Like About the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek
What I Like About the Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek
Deoriatal Chandrashila is Best Discovered Through Pictures
A blooming Rhododendron tree on the way from Chopta to Tungnath. The contrast between the white snow and the pink rhododendron is simply stunning.
Picture by: Yogesh Shinde
Rhododendron Show in Spring
Know Your Trek
We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a superficial experience.
Use this section to learn about the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Trekkers find that extremely useful.
Things Nobody Tells You About Deoriatal Chandrashila
Did you know Deoriatal Chandrashila is one of the best treks for birders?
Given that the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is in the heart of the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, it has a few of the most heavily forested trails. Along with the forests, come a plethora of birds!
Most of our birders choose this trail to catch sight of a few rare birds -- including the gorgeous Himalayan Monal! The section from Chopta to Chandrashila is especially well-known for monal sightings.
Watch the video here, where we interview expert bird photographer, Ajit Hota, who shares tips on when and where to spot these birds!
Lord Rama’s Meditation on the peak
An interesting myth is the story of Lord Rama meditating on top of the Chandrashila peak.
After defeating Ravana in the battle of Lanka, Lord Rama was finding a way to atone for his sins. It is believed that he decided to meditate on the Chandrashila peak.
This was Lord Rama’s way of engaging in severe penance after the Ramayana.
Origin of the Tunganath temple
Another fascinating legend is that of the Tunganath temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world.
After the Mahabharata war, Lord Shiva was upset with the Pandavas for their gruesome killing. The Pandavas found a way to please, venerate and celebrate Lord Shiva; they built the blissful Tunganath temple.
The Pandavas were thus freed from their sins.
Story of the Deoriatal Lake
Anyone on the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek would notice the captivating Deoriatal Lake which has a unique story of its own.
As the legend goes, four brothers of the Pandava clan once visited the pristine lake during their exile. The lake was then a bathing spot for gods, guarded by a crane - Yaksha. Despite Yaksha’s warnings, the brothers decided to sip water. As a consequence, Yaksha punished them, leading to their immediate death.
The four brothers were then resurrected back to life, only when the fifth brother, Yudishtir, arrived and apologized to the crane.
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