Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak

January

It is peak winter at Deoriatal-Chandrashila. There is heavy snowfall, making this trek inaccessible in January.

February

It is peak winter at Deoriatal-Chandrashila. There is heavy snowfall, making this trek inaccessible in February.

March

Snow begins to melt on the trail in March. There will be snow on the trail but it is manageable. Mid March is also when rhododendrons begins to bloom. This makes the trail very colourful.

Deoriatal in snow - Indiahikes
Deoriatal surrounded by deep snow in winter

April

There is very little snow in April, if at all, near the Chandrashila summit. Whatever you miss in terms of snow is made up for by the rhododendrons. The other reward of trekking on this trail in March and April are the several species of birds. The forests on the trail provide them with rich food options and they flock here to escape the cold of the higher mountains.

Rhododendrons on the trail in April. PC: Partth Jaain

May

There is no snow on the trail. The Garhwal mountains are now shrouded in clouds.

June

There is no snow on the trail. June sees the onset of monsoon. Trekking in the rains can get quite tricky.

July

There is no snow on the trail. Trekking in the rains can get quite tricky in July.

August

There is no snow on the trail. Trekking in the rains can get quite tricky in August

September

There is no snow on the trail. With clouds dispersing after the rains, September is a good time to get clear views of the mountains.

Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek - Indiahikes - Milind Tambe - Chaukamba from Deoriatal
Autumn colours on the trail with Chaukhamba in the background. PC: Milind Tambe

October

There is no snow on the trail.  With clouds dispersing after the rains, October is a good time to get clear views of the mountains.

November

There is no snow on the trail.  With clouds dispersing after the rains, November is a good time to get clear views of the mountains.

December

There will be snow at Tungnath and Chandrashila in December.

Sneha Rao

Sneha Rao

Sneha is an erstwhile HR professional from Bangalore, now living in Mumbai. She has trekked several trails in Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Meghalaya. She holds the Green Trails idea close to her heart and enjoys researching and writing about the environment.