Trekking and Camping holiday in Chopta, Chandrashila and Deoria Taal
This trek is a great introduction to people who want to graduate to multi-day trekking and camping trips slowly and gradually from normal sightseeing tours. This trek covers Tungnath, Chandrashila, Chopta and Deoria Taal with treks of varying duration and intensity. But neither of the treks are too difficult and can be enjoyed by travelers in reasonably fit physical condition. The charm of staying in camps under clear night skies of Himalayas of Gharwal is a big attraction of this trekking tour.
DAY 1: Rishikesh to Chopta by road
Early morning drive from Rishikesh to Chopta campsite in car. The drive takes around 7 hours and we’ll stop once or twice for lunch, tea and stretching legs. After reaching Chopta, we’ll walk around enjoying the sights. We have the option to spend the night in tents or in spare guest room of a small eating joint.
DAY 2: Chopta to Chandrashila via Tungnath Temple
Day two will begin with trek to Chandrashila and we’ll visit Tungnath Temple (altitude 3860 m) on our way. Chandrashila is the name of mountain peak on which Tungnath temple is situated. The peak itself is around 1 km walk from temple, half of which is sharp climb. The trekkers are rewarded by the amazing views of Himalayan mountains with the famous Nanda Devi peak in distance. The trek is around 4.5 km long and takes about 3 hours normally. We’ll enjoy lunch near the temple while coming back. We’ll reach our camp site in evening and rest.
DAY 3: Chopta to Deoria Taal Trek
We’ll wrap up our camp site and begin the trek to Deaoria Taal, a small but beautiful lake nestled on top of mountain in between green forests. This lake has a lot of legends and mythology associated with it and the locals consider it holy. The trek itself is around 16 km long and passes through some exceptionally beautiful meadows, forests and mountain streams. Most of it is easy except for a few steep climbs. We may be able to meet some local villagers once in a while in certain seasons. We’ll either stay in camp near the lake or stay in one of the small guesthouses run by locals nearby.
DAY 4: Back to Rishikesh
After breakfast, we’ll climb down the mountain ( 3 km walk) to reach village where we’ll board the car to take us back to Rishikesh.
This trek can also begin from Deoria Taal to Chandrashila via Chopta. As Chandrashila is at higher altitude compared to Deoaria Taal, it’s slightly more difficult , but not too much.
- TRANSPORT : Trek on foot and car for long distance.
- ACCOMMODATION: Campsites, small guesthouse.
- ENDURANCE LEVEL: Low to Medium.
- ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Camping, Mountain climbing, Bird watching, Meditation, Hiking
- DURATION: 4 Days
- MEALS: All meals
- COST: INR 6000 (US $ 100 ) onward (At 1 US $ = INR 60)