Deoriatal Chandrashila is the best trek for beginners. This is because you get to see everything you are looking for in an Himalayan trek in this Deoriatal Chandrashila trek.
There are so many little things that makes this trek so beautiful. Anybody will fall in love with it's wintery snowy settings, oak forests, alpine meadows, reflecting lake and what not.
The literal meaning of Chandrashila is, ‘the moon rock’. It is located in the Uttrakhand state of India. The parent range of Chandrashila is the Garhwal Himalaya.
Altitude and distance
It is situated at an elevation of 13,420 feet. It is a 18 km trek.
Highlights of the trek
- The campsite
You climb up to Deoria Tal and there is a very beautiful lake. Himalayan peaks are right standing on the edge of the lake. They are towering over the lake and the camping vibe there is just beyond beautiful.
Himalayan peaks standing at the edge of the lake
- Rohini Bugyal
The lush green meadows right in the middle of the forest are mesmerizing to another level.
Bhrujgali is a clearing likely to be covered with snow. It's the first snowline in this trek right after the Rohini Bugyal. It is one of picture perfect spots which one can never get tired of seeing.
- Jungle trail from Deoriatal to Bhrujgali
There is so much of variety on the kind of vegetation and the forests present there. Jungle trek on Deoriatal-Chandrashila is something outstanding. It's something to look out for.
- Summit climb to Chandrashila
The summit climb on snow is worth everything. The view from the top is amazing, the sunrise at that height seems so impeccable.
Grand Summit Views
You see all the major summits from the top, eastern Garhwal, Western Garhwal middle summits. Right there on the summit, you see -
- Mt. Chaukhamba
- Mt. Neelkanth
- Mt. Bagirathi
- Mt. Nanda Devi
- Mt. Trishul
- Mt. Maiktoli
Mt. Nanda Devi
Mt. Nanda Devi is India’s highest summit elevated at 25,643 feet.
Not only you see all these summits, you see them up close. Nowhere in our country you get to see such fabulous summit views as you get to see from Chandrashila top.
Variety of birds
Deoriatal is a home for a number of birds. There are a thousand of birds to see and photograph. Over 50 different kinds of birds can be seen in a day. Deoriatal birds to showcase in one day than the entire Goechala trek in Sikkim. People often travel to Sikkim, to Goechala to photograph birds but personally, I would give this Deoriatal trek a better rank in the variety of birds it inhabits than the Goechala trek.
Top three birds that you can see on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trail are as follows :
- The Himalayan monal
Best time to visit
If the trek is fabulous in non-winters, it is multiplied many times in winters. There is knee-deep in the months of December and January and undoubtedly it is a brilliant experience.
More precisely, the best time to visit Chandrashila is mid of December to end of December and then mid of March to end of April. Leaving January and February because the snow level is very high during that time which can increase the difficulty level.
Deoriatal Chandrashila in March-April
Chandrashila peak in spring season
Forest bloom with Himalayan Rhododendrons in the spring months of March and April. Deoriatal has the best forest trail amongst all our treks. There are section with thick wooden tress, there are moss-covered trails through enveloping tunnels and there are there are waves that weave through clearings in the jungle. Mine, oak and maple are few of the trees you see in abundance.
The Rhododendron tress bloom once in a year in spring and they are a treat to the eyes. It's hard to believe that they are real.
How to reach?
- Reach Haridwar from New Deli:
By road : It will take approximately 5-6 hours via overnight buses.
By railways : It takes 4 hours to cover the distance.
By air : It takes about an hour to reach Haridwar from New Delhi.
- It is a 7-8 hour drive from Haridwar to Sari. Sari is a small village in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. Sari is at a distance of 2 km from Deoriatal.
- Sari to Deoriatal is at a distance of 3 km which takes about an hour to reach via road. Cabs are available which cost around 600-700 INR per person.
- Deoriatal to Chopta via Rohini Bugyal. It is a 14 km trek between these two spots. It takes about 7-8 hours to cover.
- Chopta to Tungnath and Chandrashila and back is a 4 hour trek.
- Cost : Trek packages to Chandrashila will cost you around 7,000 INR to 10,000 INR per person.
- Inclusions : Stay in a guest house in Sari, stay at tents during the trek.
- Duration : 5 days
View of the trail during winter months
- During winter months of December January and February, the temperature ranges between 4 degree celsius and -8 degree celcius. The surroundings are completely covered with snow.
- During spring months, the forest and the flowers bloom at their best. Temperature ranges between 8 degree celsius to 18 degree celcius.
- During the monsoonal months of June and July, the temperature remains between 5 degree celcius and 11 degree celsius. The weather is generally pleasant and clear in June. One would fell cold throughout the day.
View of the trail during summer months
Things must-to carry
Following is a list of things to carry before going on a trek to Deoriatal Chandrashila. You should be well prepared beforehand for any situation or for all the difficulties that can come your way :
- Trekking pole
- Hydration pack
- Energy snacks
- Personal medical kit
- Sun cap
- Woolen cap
- Trek pants
- Fleece jacket
- Wind and waterproof layer to cover your body with
- Thermal inners
- Trekking shoes
- Woolen socks
- Sunscreen cream
- Lip chapper
This was all about comprehensive trekking guide to Deoriatal Chandrashila trek. No matter, how many treks you have already been to, I assure you’ll fall in love with this one. Neither does it matter if you haven't been to any, it will still have the equal charm for you. The trek is not much difficult based on physical endurance. So, there's nothing that can stop you from planning a trek to Chandrashila as soon as possible. Get ready for the most beautiful sites and a wonderful experience altogether.