Best season: March to June and September to December.
Maximum height gained: 4,000m (13,123ft)
An easy four days trek to Chandrashila can be a great experience for amateurs. Chandrashila top is the place from where one can get a perfect 360 degrees view of the Himalayas. The trail begins from a small village Sari and takes us to a beautiful lake called Deoria Tal, which gives perfect sightings for the mountain peaks as Choukhamba and Kedarnath. It is an easy trek full of spectacular views of majestic Himalaya and forests.
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RISHIKESH / SARI VILLAGE / DEORIA LAKE – 2,438m (7,999ft) / 7-8hrs drive, 2hrs trekking
Morning, after breakfast we drive for a good 7-8 hours to reach village Sari. The drive, though long is very scenic as we drive along the Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakani rivers. Enroute we stop at Deoprayag which is another important Hindu site, known for the confluence of two rivers: Bhagirathi and Alaknanada, which then flows down as the Ganga. After arrival at Sari village, the 3km (1.6mi) gentle trek starts till the beautiful Himalayan Lake, Deoria Tal at the elevation of 2,438m (7,999ft). Explore the surroundings. Dinner and overnight in tents.
DEORIA LAKE / CHOPTA – approx. 2,700m (8,858ft) / 5-6hrs trekking
The mornings in the Himalayas are one to look forward to. We see very close view of Mt Chaukhamba 7,138 m (23,419 ft), Mt Kharcha Kund 6632m and some more mountains which not named yet. After breakfast we start hike to Chopta. This is a gradual trek and takes 5-6 hours to complete, which however pass relatively quickly as we pass through the dense, cool forests and beautiful alpine meadows. Arrive at Chopta camp site. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
CHOPTA / CHANDRASHILLA TOP / CHOPTA – 4,000m (13,123ft) / 5-6hrs trekking
Today we reach the summit of Chandrashilla in early time so that we can catch the panoramic view of the high Himalayan peaks in good light. The trek is mostly a gradual ascent through the dwarf rhododendron bushes. At the summit one can enjoy the unforgettable view of the peaks surrounding from all directions. Almost every prominent peak of the Garhwal Himalayas can be spotted from here. To one side is Nanda Devi 7,816m (25,643ft) – the highest peak of Indian Himalayas, the other side is Mt. Kedarnath 6,940m (22,770ft), Mt. Trishul 7,120m (23,360ft), Mt. Bandarpunch 6,316m (20,722ft) and many more! One can feel as sitting in the ocean of mountain peaks. Explore the area and then easily trace your steps back to base camp at Chopta. On the way visit 1000 years old Shiva temple situated at an elevation of 3,680 m (12,073 ft). Overnight in base camp at Chopta.
CHOPTA / RISHIKESH – 7-8hrs drive
Drive back to Rishikesh.