Today's morning 8 hour drive from Haridwar. The journey is picturesque, as you pass through Devaprayag, the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi to form river Ganga. The entire journey traverses the mountain side, with the river flowing below you.
Reach Sari village, Sari has only 100 houses and it is a beautiful small village, if you reach there on time you can go to the village and have a glimpse of local life of villagers and their traditional values,
Roam the village, learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience. Ask for permission before taking pictures from the respect of local people
There are paddy fields in this village, explore this area if you want or you can rest in your tents. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Start your trek after having breakfast, the trail from Sari is well defined, it is maintained and is made up by rocks when you go further you can see some houses and a temple on the way.
A well-defined rocky trail is laid here. This trail begins with a gradual climb up the mountain. After approximately 15 minutes, you will come across village houses and an old local temple. Take in the pretty view of vast farmlands from here. Ten minutes into the hike, the trail starts to become steeper. The forest has been cleared here, so you will get a good view all around
Now, the trail is covered by Rhododendrons and Maple trees, walk under the shade of trees, continue walking, you will get some valley views as you come nearer to your destination. Walk downhill and you will reach Deoria Tal, you can see the flowers blooming, birds chirping as there are a variety of Himalayan birds there. Alluring greenery will relax your mind.
There’s a watch tower close to the lake that gives you grand views of the surrounding mountains. Camp beside Deoriatal for the night. The beauty of the view generally intensifies in the morning, when the clouds have cleared to offer unreal views of the hills.
The final day of trekking would mark the last leg of this eventful trek. Get up early morning preferably before sunrise, so that you can treat yourself to a sunrise view from Tungnath and the Chandrashila peak. Beginning from Chopta, you would be reaching a sacred place named Tungnath which has a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch Kedar.
In the winters, you will find snow from here. The 11th bend marks the entryway to Tunganath above which the splendid Chandrashila peak towers at 12, 083 ft. The route to the peak bends from behind the temple complex. Beware of thick snow on this summit stretch after December till the end of April. Crampons and gaiters are highly recommended for the snow climb and your trek lead is expected top make the path through the cover of snow sludge with the help of an ice axe.
Now, climb to Chandrashila it is a gradual ascent, it will take 1 hour to reach there, but when you reach there you will get panorama view of mountains of Kumaon and Garhwal. Some extremely beautiful mountains are visible from the top they are- Gangotri ranges, Jahankut, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Dunagiri and many more ranges, they look so beautiful all together that it becomes tough to get eyes off from them.
There is one more Lord Shiva’s temple which was built by Rama. Now, trek back to Chopta from the same route. It will take less time to descend.
Depart from Chopta to Haridwar Railway Station early in the morning.
We usually schedule a ride back to Haridwar directly from Chopta. It takes around 8 hours for the journey through the mountains and valleys. If exhaustion permits, you can soak in the view of the regions and reminisce on climbing through these rocky hills. WE expect to reach Haridwar by evening. You may choose to continue your trip at Haridwar.
Alternately, you may also board an overnight bus that will take you straight to Delhi.