The trek to Chandrashila Peak and Deoriatal Lake is a weekend trek in Uttarakhand. The trek offers opens the abundant treasure of nature, the soothing climate, mountain birds, dense forests with maple, trees of Oak and rhododendron, and the magnificent views of peaks like Trishul, Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi.
Chopta (2,680 metres), which is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, is a small region of evergreen forests. Chopta is also the base camp of Trek to Tungnath (3680 meters) temple, which is the third temple of the Panch Kedar. The trail further extends to Chandrashila Peak which offers a great view to the splendid peaks of the Himalayas. Chopta is also a very good choice for bird watchers. Beautiful birds like Monal can be easily seen at Chopta-Deoriatal Trek. It is also home to other rare Himalayan species like Musk deer and Pika Mouse.
Tungnath is the highest and the oldest Shiva Temple. Tungnath is also the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples in the Tungnath Range.
Deoriatal (Deoriya or Devaria), is a beautiful lake at a distance of 3 km and can be easily trekked from the village of Sari, which is around15kms drive from Panger Campsite. Though to keep the lake and the surroundings clean, camps are not permitted near the lake, still trekking to the lake for a day visit is open. As per the stories of Mahabharat, Deoriatal is the where the Yaksha questioned the Pandavas. Some local stories also state that the lake was built by Bheem as by the instructions of Yudhishtar.
How to reach:
Chopta is well connected and can easily be reached from Rishikesh which is at a distance of 162 km. Chopta can be easily reached from Rishikesh via Rudraprayag, Kund, Ukhimath or another route via Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Chamoli, Gopeshwar is also a good option. The distance to Chopta from Delhi is only 450 km.
To reach Chopta pre-booked private Taxis are the best mode to reach from Rishikesh. Though if you are starting from Delhi, you can take an overnight journey from Delhi to Rishikesh and further take a Taxi. Though on the route to Chopta few buses are also available.
Weather and the temperature:
Chopta has a pleasant temperature of 10 deg C to 30 deg C from March to June. After which there is rainfall from the months of July to Sept. And from October onwards, Chopta starts witnessing mild snowfall and which significantly increases by every winter month. The temperature in the winter goes to even minus 15 deg C in the night and around 10deg C in the day time.
Best time to visit
The Trek is a beauty throughout the year except for the monsoon. But the best time to visit Chopta is the winters during the snowfall. The Place is completely covered with snow in the months of December- January, and February. The temperature at Chopta campsites can go up to minus 10 degrees. The temple of Tungnath, Chandrashila Peak is covered with snow in the winters. Deoriatal offers magnificent views of completely covered snow peaks. The snow surrounded lake surroundings are very charming.
Winter is the best time to visit Chopta. From June to September, the sky is cloudy and the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas are not available. In winters, the sky is crystal clear and the amazing panoramic views of the Himalayas make your trek worth it.
Health and Safety
- For any Himalayan Trek, Ideal BMI for a trekker should be 18.5 to 24.9
- To keep a check of this please calculate BMI here
- Below given Safety checks should be done to get prepared for any Himalayan Trek.
- Balance : As well said a balanced mind and body gives out best in every condition and that too works in Himalayan treks as well.
- Legs Strength : Body and Legs Strength is required to carry body weight as well as the backpack while trekking in uneven multi terrains. Generally, a good strength on legs works out good in any Trek. One can gain legs strength by doing simple Squats.
- Muscle Flexibility : While trekking in Trans Himalayan region with a flexible body one can easily achieve full range of movement and this can be really helpful for trekkers as well as trek leads. A good flexible will be an advantage while walking on trails, climbing and river crossing etc. Flexibility can be achieved by simple stretching, yoga etc.
- Cardiovascular Endurance : Cardiovascular endurance is defined as the ability of lungs and heart to transmit oxygen to the body muscles. All Himalayan treks are basically ascending descending the slopes and for this trekkers should be having a good cardiovascular endurance. Anyone planning for a Himalayan trek can attain this capacity by doing any cardio exercise like running, swimming, cycling etc.