Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak

The Best Trek For Summit Views
Trek Fee : 8,250 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
6 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
12,083 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Haridwar/Rishikesh
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Sari
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Mar-May, Sept-Dec

Deoriatal- Chandrashila Trek: The best trek for summit views

All summit climbs are rewarding. You trudge up a mountain for hours during the wee hours. You reach its highest point like the rays of the sun lighten the sky. Everything is below you – the clouds, the hills, the tiny specks of civilization. On a Himalayan trek, you usually see mountain ranges in the distance.

Now, this is where Deoriatal-Chandrashila is special. It is not a section of Himalayan ranges that you see. You see all the major summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand from the summit. By all, we mean all.

You see Nanda Devi, the highest mountain entirely in India. Then, there is Mt Trishul, Mt Nanda Ghunti, Mt Kamet, Mt Dunagiri, Mt Chaukhamba, Kedar Dome, Kedarnath, Mt Thalaysagar, the Gangotri ranges, and more! It is a 270-degree view of all the tallest mountains in India that you can think of. Nowhere on a trek that is so easily approachable do you get to see all these summits so close.

Mt Nanda Devi and surrounding peaks seen from Chandrashila summit at sunrise. Picture by Gautam Paradke

What to Watch Out For

The best forest trails

It’s a strong statement to make, but Deoriatal has the best forest trail amongst all our treks. If you take the section between the Deoriatal lake and Bhrujgali, it is sometimes stunning to imagine how much variety jungles can be in. There are sections with thick, dark woods; there are moss-covered trails through tall canopies; there are trails that weave through clearings in the jungles. Pines, oaks and maples are few of the trees you see in abundance. And then the rhododendrons! These trees set this entire trek apart from most of the treks in our country. These trees bloom once a year in spring and they’re a treat to the eyes!

The setting of Deoriatal campsite

Two hours after you climb out of base camp Sari, you will enter your first campsite Deoriatal.  The sight of Deoriatal is sure to make your jaw drop. The campsite is a sprawling meadow, rising up to form dunes. On your right, you will see the Deoriatal lake surrounded by trees along its outer periphery. Reflecting on the lake’s surface is the staggeringly huge Chaukhambha. You look up, and it looks like the mountain just lies just beyond the cluster of trees and hillocks bordering the lake. The four pillars of the mountain look like they hold up the sky. It is an awe-inspiring sight. This campsite is the first sign of rewards to come on this trek.

Camping in Himalayas
The Deoriatal campsite in all its glory. Picture by Sudipto

Bird-watching

Thanks to the trek being inside the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary, there are thousands of birds to sight and photograph. If there was a birders’ trail, then it has got to be Deoriatal. There is the state bird of Uttarakhand – the monal, one of the most vibrantly colourful birds you will ever see. You see snow partridges, griffins, Himalayan woodpeckers. It is often a mystery why people travel to Sikkim, to Goechala, to photograph birds. Deoriatal has more birds to show in one day than the entire Goechala trek. Click here to see the many birds you can spot on the trail.

Banner image by Bharghavi N

A short itinerary of your trek

Day 1: Reach Sari; 7-8 hours drive from Haridwar. Transport will be organized from Haridwar Railway station at 6:30 am. Cab costs approximately Rs.5,500 per vehicle (shared among 5-6 trekkers)
Day 2: Sari (6,601 ft) to Deoriatal (7,841 ft);  2 hours, 3 km
Day 3: Deoriatal (7,841 ft) to Syalmi(7,710 ft) via Rohini Bugyal; 10 km, 6-7 hours
Day 4: Syalmi (7,710 ft) to Baniya Kund (8,562 ft); 6 km, 4 hours
Day 5: Baniya Kund (8,562 ft) to Tungnath and Chandrashila (12,083 ft) and back to Baniya Kund; 5-6 hours, 8 km
Day 6: Drive from Baniya Kund to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. Cab costs will be approximately Rs 6,000 per vehicle on the way back as the drive from Chopta increases the distance by another 20 kms.

Please note that you will be staying at a guest house in Sari and Baniya Kund

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek.

Long Itinerary for the Deoriatal Chandrashila peak trek is as follows:

Day 1: Reach Sari

Sari, the base camp of the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek, is an 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. A quick tip: Pick the window seat on the right to enjoy the views!  Sari is a small village with around 100 houses. If you reach Sari when the sun is still out, go down to the village and walk around. The paddy fields are so prettily laid out that they almost beckon to you. There is a small school amidst the fields. This school was built in 1947 and is the only school at Sari. The views around the village are gorgeous.

  • Altitude: 6,601 ft (2012 m)
  • Time taken: 7-8 hours drive from Haridwar. Transport from Haridwar Railway station at 6.30 AM.
Devprayag confluence of Alkananda and Bhagirathi
Devprayag, the confluence of Bhagirati and Alaknanda. Picture by: Vishwas Krishnamurthy

Day 2: Sari to Deoriatal

  • Altitude: 6,601 ft (2012 m) to 7,841 ft (2,390 m)
  • Time taken: 2 hours, 3 km
  • Trek gradient: Easy. The day starts from the village with climbging a few stairs, followed by a gradual climb on a well-defined rocky trail. It becomes steeper after the first 20 minutes. A short walk on even terrain after an hour of climbing takes you to the campsite.
  • Water sources: None. Carry around 1 litre of water from Sari.

The adventure starts at Sari. There is a sign-board indicating the trek route to Deoriatal in the heart of the small market in Sari, next to Hira and Murali Singh Negi Tourist House. The sign board says Devariya Tal, which is an alternative name for the lake. It’s called so because it’s believed that devis (Goddesses) once came to the lake to take a dip. Alternatively, one can also start the trek from Ukhimath by taking another trekking route over the mountain for an 8 km steep incline trek to Sari. However, if you are short of time, this can be avoided. You can instead proceed to Sari via road.

The picturesque village of Sari. Picture by Samitha Vivek

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. At the valley facing end, you can see the summit of Chandrashila and below it, the holy Tungnath temple. You may need binoculars to spot the temple. The trail is well-defined all the way to Deoriatal. Ensure that you take the trail towards the left. From here, you will need to follow the trail that winds up the mountain ridge. After a steady uphill trek for about 20-30 minutes, you will reach the first view-point. The Forest Department has constructed a hawa ghar for the travellers here. This spot is ideally located to relax and feast your eyes with a grand view of the mountains and the valley.

Deoriatal in snow - Indiahikes
The Deoriatal Lake surrounded by snow.

From here, take the trail that goes by a beautiful rhododendron and maple forest. After a steady hike of ten minutes, you will reach the second view point. Now, at 7,434 feet, Sari is no longer visible. With only a kilometre left, you will find yourself at the backside of the mountain and you will get a view of the Ukhimath side of the valley, though only for a while. You are now nearing your destination. Another 20 minutes later, you reach a dhaba. Deoriatal is just two minutes away from here. After a very short downhill trek, your surroundings open up to a grand view of Deoriatal, with Mt. Chaukhambha massifs looming in the background.

A clear night at the Deoriatal campsite. PC: Parimala Dawara

You have almost the entire day to yourself. You can go around the campsite and explore the trails around. The forests around here are lovely. You’ll be able to see and hear several rare Himalayan birds. 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.

Day 3: Deoriatal to Syalmi via Rohini Bugyal

  • Altitude: 7,841 ft (2,390 m) to 7,710 ft (2,350 m)
  • Time taken: 6-7 hours, 10 km
  • Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial 15 minutes of gradual ascent followed by 45 minutes of steep descent, easing off after an hour of ascent to reach Rohini Bugyal. After 10 minutes of graduate ascent, comes the steep descent for 90 minutes to Siyalmi campsite.
  • Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from Deoriatal. No water sources along the way

Walk along the left side of the lake towards the Forest Guest Lodge. Pass by a watch tower and proceed from behind the Forest Lodge from your right. A lovely forest trail awaits you. Full of rhododendron and maple trees, the trail is a picturesque one. Every now and then, the Kedar Dome and Chaukhamba peaks peek at you through the trees on your left.

The forest section is an absolute visual treat with tree tops sprinkled with snow. In early March, rhododendrons are in full bloom. Picture by Yogesh Shinde

After 15 minutes of forest walk from the guest house, look for a small clearing as you exit the forest. In front of you, the Chandrashila peak is visible. Below, towards your right, you can see Sari village again. Observe the open expanse and a view of the forested ridge. This is the logical route of the forest ridge trek to the base of Chandrashila Peak. Take the ascending trail ahead of you as you get much better views from both sides of the valley. Towards your left, you can see the mountain ridge, from where a trail to Madhmaheshwar and Nandikund trek passes. After 15 minutes of climbing the ridge, look out for the highest point of the ridge nearest to you. This hill-top has a flag post. This is Jhandi Dhar (N 30°31.580, E 079 °08.515). In the month of March and April, the trail is blazing with red and pink flowers of rhododendron. After 15 minutes of following the laid trail, you reach the top of Jhandi Dhar. The ridge has a small flat ground with unobstructed views from all sides. The forest continues to thicken throughout the trek. If you thought the forests until now were dense, you haven’t seen the start of it. From here, proceed and take the trail that descends rapidly and connects with the forest ridge below. The descent is sharp, but pleasant. After 10-15 minutes, the trail takes an eventful turn as you enter the forest ridge from the left. The flora of the region is stupendous. Every now and then, you might come across small shrines with bright yellow flags tied to them. These are all made by tourists and locals. You can use them as landmarks to ensure you’re on the right trail. Also, keep an eye out for wild animals such as foxes and leopards. Keep walking on a leisurely downhill trail inside a generous cover of the forest, which will give you respite from the late morning sun. This is a quiet section of the forest with an abundance of birds. The Himalayan woodpecker and Verditer Flycatcher can easily be spotted here. Walk for another 20 minutes, until you see three trails branching out.

The Verditer Flycatcher can easily be spotted in the forests from Deoriatal to Syalmi. Picture by Bird Watcher Ajit Hota

Take the centre trail that ascends gradually. This is the trail to Rohini Bugyal. After 20 minutes of gradual ascent, you’ll walk on level land for around 10 minutes. From here, the trail opens to small pasture land. You exit the forest even as the view of Chandrashila peak greets you up front. Just before you, you see the second forest ridge that needs to be traversed. Take the trail from the right side of the connecting ridge. It passes by a small grassland. The trail ascends sharply as you re-enter the forest once. This part of the forest has some of the oldest oak, maple and rhododendron trees of the Kedarnath Sanctuary. Another 20 minutes of trekking will have you reach the next landmark of the day, which is next to a small temple. This is known as Bhagdwal by the locals. By now, you have trekked approximately 5 km. There are three trails branching out from here. The one towards the right descends sharply and reconnects with Sari Village. The one that descends from the left goes to a local village near Ukhimath. Take the center trail and walk for 15-20 minutes till you reach a small meadow. From here, you can see Kala Parvat, which is a peak located on the right of Chandrashila peak. Below Kala Parvat is a small glacial lake, called Bisuri Tal. As the legend has it, the Pandavas hid their weapons here. The trail from here is a leisurely walk ahead for about 30 minutes as you pass a small rivulet. The stream is the only source of water and it is advisable to fill your bottles here. Rohini Bugyal is now only a 40 meter climb up from your right side. Rohini Bughyal (N 30°31.026, E 079 °11.702) is a small meadow surrounded by beautiful rhododendron forest and view of the Kedar dome and the Kala Parvat peaks. The sunset view from here is incomparable! The Syalmi campsite is across the small valley that’s just in front of the Rohini Bugyal campsite. It takes another 20-30 minutes to reach the campsite.

Day 4: Syalmi to Baniya Kund  6 km

  • Time taken: 4 hours, 6 km
  • Altitude: 7,710 ft (2,350 m) to 8,562 ft (2,610 m)
  • Trek gradient: Easy-moderate, an hour of descending till Akashkamini river, followed by a steep ascent through dense forest. And after an hour of climbing, you will see the first chaniya and from there, it’s a series of ascent and descend till Baniya Kund.
  • Water sources:  Lots of water sources on the way.

Next, you traverse the ridge of Rohini Bughyal to enter the meadows of Bhrujgali. From Rohini Bughyal, proceed towards the connecting forest ridge from your right. Observe a tall rhododendron tree, which is just a five-minute walk from the camp site. Enter the forest of upper Rohini Bugyal and reconnect with the old trail to Chopta. Follow the trail that ascends gradually all the way to the top of the forested ridge. It takes 30 minutes to reach the ridge top, which is covered in dense forest cover. The locals call this spot as Tikidi Khal. From here, there are two trails. One goes straight ahead towards Kala Parvat. This trail goes all the way to Bisuri Tal and Nandikund. The other trail takes a sharp right turn and descends rapidly all the way to Akash Kamini, a rivulet coming from Chandrashila. Take the second trail and descend 500 ft to reach the stream crossing. It takes 20-30 minutes to reach the stream. It’s a good idea to refill your water bottles here. There is a small bridge that needs to be crossed.

Baniya Kund in winter is a whole new experience. Picture by Avijit Jamloki.

From here, take the trail that now ascends gradually with a series of three scissor bends. As you climb up, the view of the valley gets better and better. Around 20 minutes of the steady climb will take you to a small meadow. There is a series of shepherd huts here made of stones. In summer, you will find locals occupying the huts with their livestock. As you enter the meadow, look for a path that diverts towards your right and around 20 minutes of descent through a jungle trail, you would come upon a road head. Walk for about a kilometer to reach the Baniya Kund campsite.

Day 5: Baniya Kund to Chopta by car. Trek to Chandrashila Peak via Tungnath and back to Baniya Kund

  • Altitude: 8,562 ft (2,610 m) to 12,083 ft (3,683 m)
  • Time taken: 5-6 hours, 8 km
  • Trek gradient: Gradual ascent to Tungnath (3 km) followed by a steep climb to Chandrashila for about 60 minutes. The descent on the same path takes around 90 minutes.
  • Water sources: None. Ensure you are well hydrated and carry 2 litres of water while starting from Chopta

Start the trek early, preferably before sunrise, so that you can treat yourself to a sunrise view from Tungnath and the Chandrashila peak. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is accessible via a cemented pilgrim trail. From your campsite, take this trail. It ascends sharply via a series of 11 scissor bends. The walk is pleasant but is a very steep climb. The trek up to Tungnath temple is approximately 2 km. After you reach the 10th scissor bend, look for a flag and a small open temple towards your right side.

Tungnath temple - the highest abode of Lord Shiva shuts after Diwali
Tungnath temple – the highest abode of Lord Shiva shuts after Diwali

You can now see Chandrashila peak and Tungnath temple complex at the base of the peak. The views from here onwards are incredible. A connecting peak leading to Chandrashila, known as Ravanshila, is visible to your right. Tungnath temple is only half a kilometre away from here. Towards your left, overlooking the valley is a section of Birch trees (Bhojpatra). This is a haven for birds like Monal and Griffin vulture. Take the 11th and last bend to reach the famous and holy Tungnath temple. The temple is closed in winter and you will find snow here from late December until around April. Tungnath temple is the third of the Panch Kedars. These are 5 temples believed to have been built by the Pandavas to atone for the sins of killing their kin and Brahmins in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. Lord Shiva, whose forgiveness they sought, disguised himself as a bull. Parts of this bull appeared in 5 different places, each of these identified as a Panch Kedar. Tungnath is where his hands and chest are said to have appeared. This place has the distinction of being the only temple in the world to be located at such a high altitude (12,083 ft). Chandrashila peak is 1.5 km above the temple complex. The route to Chandrashila peak is from behind of the temple complex. Pass by the local dormitories and take the trail that winds from the right side of the base of Chandrashila peak. A trail goes by from here and takes a series of scissor bends. During winter, expect this trail to be completely buried in snow. Those planning to do a winter trek here are strongly advised to carry crampons/micro-spikes and an ice-axe. The climb from Tungnath to Chandrashila is a 600 ft ascent and is a very steep climb. After you negotiate a series of switchbacks, you will reach the upper base of Chandrashila Peak. From here, the summit of Chandrashila is visible. The climb up to the summit takes 30-45 minutes.

 

The Tungnath temple is beleived to have been built by the Pandavas. Picture by Shradda Tamore.

Once at the top of the peak, you get a 360-degree view of the mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon. Walk past a temple and see some great mountains of Uttarakhand, like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut and more. The sunrise view from this spot is the best you will get to see in all of the Himalayas. At Chandrashila, you find another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is believed to have been built by Rama to atone for the sin of killing Ravana. This temple is open from April to October. The deity is moved to Ukhimath in winter. The trek back to Chopta is via the same route taken to reach here. It takes 20-30 minutes to reach Tungnath and another 60 minutes to reach Chopta from Tungnath.

Day 6:  Depart to Haridwar/Rishikesh

Chopta also has a few private guest lodges. Board your jeeps from here for a drive back to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6.00 and 7.00 pm. Cab costs will be approximately Rs 6,000 per vehicle on the way back as the drive from Chopta increases distance by 20 kms. You can also opt to alight at Rishikesh as it lies on the way back to Haridwar.

Banner image by Subhashis Pal


How to reach the base camp of the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek

Delhi → Haridwar → Sari

The Deoriatal trek starts from Sari, 224 km from Haridwar.  Sari is a small sleepy village with around 100 houses, lovely paddy fields and a small school.

Indiahikes organises transport from Haridwar to Sari. The pick up is at 6.30 am from Haridwar Railway station on Day 1.  The cost is Rs.5,500 per cab. This is not included in your trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver. 

The drive to Sari is beautiful, beside the River Ganga. You pass through Rishikesh, Devaprayag and Rudraprayag. You will reach Sari at around 6.00 pm. To reach Haridwar
The best way to reach Haridwar is to take an overnight train from Delhi. There are two trains available from Delhi to Haridwar.

  • 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 3.55

If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Haridwar on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.

Nearest Airport

Dehradun is the nearest airport to Haridwar. It is connected by direct flights from Delhi and connecting flights from all other big cities. Dehradun is around 2.5 hours away from Haridwar and 1.5 hours from Rishikesh. If you decide to fly to Dehradun, make sure you reach at least one day before your pick up.

Pick up from Rishikesh

Since the route to Lata from Haridwar is via Rishikesh, it is possible to pick up trekkers on the way from Rishikesh. The pick up point will be Tapovan – Lakshman Jhula.

Getting back

Chopta → Haridwar → Delhi

The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek ends at Chopta. Chopta is a small town with a few houses and dhabas. From Chopta, it takes around 8 hours to drive back to Haridwar. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs. 6,000 per cab. This is to be shared by trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Haridwar by 6.00 pm. 

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If you are travelling further from Haridwar, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Haridwar post 8.00 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express (23.15) or Nanda Devi Express (00.55).

If you want to get to the basecamp by yourself

Haridwar → Dehradun/Rishikesh → Ukhimath → Sari

From Haridwar, take a bus to Dehradun. It will take an hour and a half to reach Dehradun. Alternatively, you can get off your train directly at Dehradun. From Dehradun, take a bus to Ukhimath. the bus leaves Dehradun at 8.00 am. It goes via Rishikesh, so you can choose to take the bus from Rishikesh as well, but it will be crowded by then.

You will reach Ukhimath by around 5.00 PM. There is a connecting bus from Ukhimath to Sari (23 km). Generally the Sari bus waits for this bus to come before leaving.

Alternatively, you could hire a shared jeep from Haridwar or Rishikesh to Ukhimath or Sari. If need be, you can stay overnight at Ukhimath or Sari Village.

As the last option, you could also catch a bus from Haridwar to Rudraprayag. Then catch a shared jeep to Agastyamuni and from there, another shared jeep to Ukhimath. This option makes sense only if you miss the direct bus going towards Ukhimath.

Getting back by bus from Ukhimath

Chopta → Ukhimath → Haridwar

There is an early morning bus from Chopta to Ukhimath. The bus is very irregular. In case buses are not available then you will have to hitch a ride to Ukhimath. From Ukhimath there are buses and shared jeeps available to Haridwar.

Network Connectivity
The following carriers receive signal – Vodafone, Airtel, and BSNL. You will receive signal at Sari. There is also a chance of receiving signal at Dayara View Point.

network at Sari and slight in Deoriatal view point.

Visiting Kedarnath after the trek

Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlings of India is easily accessible from Ukhimat.
You can plan a visit to Kedarnath from Ukhimath after the trek and book your return train or flight accordingly.

How to reach Kedarnath from Ukhimat using public transport:

You can hire a jeep from Ukhimath to Sonprayag. It’ll cost you around Rs. 2500 to Rs. 3000. From Sonprayag, you can hire a jeep to Gaurikund, which is the last roadhead, about 4.5 km away. However, the roads in this stretch were washed away in the last monsoon.

  1. You can walk all the way to Kedarnath from Sonprayag via Gaurikund,  a distance of 20 kms.
    Mules are also available from Gaurikund to Kedarnath and they’ll cost you Rs. 3100 on the way up and Rs. 1500 for the stretch back to Gaurikund.
  2. Hire a helicopter from Sonprayag to Kedarnath. This will cost you Rs. 4800 for a one-way trip.

How to get fit for this trek

The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek but like any other high altitude trek, it comes as with its challenges. The ascent to Chandrashila can be challenging, especially if you are trekking in snow (December, March and early April). You need to keep your body in fairly good condition before you begin the trek.

Cardiovascular endurance
This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

  • –>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • –>Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 40 mins.
  • –>If you are 45 years old and above and are comfortable with long distance walking than jogging, then before you go on the trek, you should be able to walk at least 10 km at a stretch. Target completing this in 90 minutes.
    If jogging is fine for you, your target should be completing 5 km in 50 minutes initially, and 5 km in less than 47 minutes before you go on the trek.
  • –>If you are somebody who prefers cycling over running, your target must be to cover 20 km in 60 minutes.

 

Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 15 in each set
This is another area you should work on. Carrying your backpack and ascending will require core body strength and also strong legs. For this, add squats to your routine. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.

Flexibility
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek

The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is organised in summer and winter. Despite the time of the year, make sure you carry a poncho, as there might be unexpected showers.

If you’re trekking in winter, five layers of warm clothes are mandatory (2 sweaters, a fleece jacket, a padded jacket and thermals).

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: You trekking shoes need to have a good grip so that you can manage slippery trails. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
  3. Day pack (20 litres): On the climb to Chandrashila on the fifth day, you will be leaving your bigger backpack behind at the Chopta campsite. So you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack. If you’re coming in a group, two of you can share a daypack.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially at the higher campsite, Chopta, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-5 degrees in Summer and about -5 degrees in winter. There might even be snow at Chopta. You will need at least three warm layers (two light layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Two trek pants: Two pairs of pants should suffice for this trek. You can carry tights to wear inside your pants for the summit climb, as you’ll set out at 4 am. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Let one of these be a dry-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their t-shirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals for use at night. Keep them fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. They are mandatory.
  2. SuncapHigh altitude sun is very harsh and will zap out your energy. So you will need a suncap during the day.
  3.  Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woollen hand gloves. One pair of waterproof/resistant, windproof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs):  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
  8. Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and hence it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet.

Indiahikes offers rentals on this trek. You can now rent trekking shoes, trekking pole, padded jacket and poncho instead of buying them. You can collect these directly at the base camp and return them there after the trek. Get the details here.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
  3. Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  4. Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
  5. Two water bottles: 1 litre each.
  6. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

  1. Diamox – 1 Strip
  2. Crocin – 10 tablets
  3. Avomine (optional, in case of motion sickness)- 1 Strip
  4. Combiflam- Half Strip
  5. Muscle relaxant – Half Strip
  6. Digene – Half Strip
  7. Avil – 1 strip
  8. ORS – 6 packs
  9. Knee Cap (If you are prone to a knee injury)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

Here’s a guide to help you pack for the trek – 

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

How safe is the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek

The Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek is a moderate one. Frankly, out of all our high altitude treks, Deoriatal-Chandrashila is the safest one. It gains altitude slowly so your body has enough time to acclimatize. We have seldom seen any cases of altitude sickness on this trek. Nevertheless, it is a high altitude trek that climbs up to 12,083 ft. At Indiahikes, we don’t let our guard down at high altitude, no matter what the altitude is.

While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. In order to have a safe trek, here is some information that you must know if you have registered for this trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety:

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below.

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Deoriatal trek.

If you want to register for the Deoriatal trek, you have to meet the fitness requirements – the upper limit is 28. Although the ideal BMI is in between 18.5 and 24.5, we have kept a big margin for those who are unfit, giving them room to work on their fitness. You can take a look at the criteria on the registration page.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately

On the Deoriatal trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring three aspects everyday.

-Oxygen Level (Thrice a day – Upon reaching the campsite, at night and in the morning)
-Pulse Rate (Thrice a day)
-Blood Pressure (once a day)

This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.

To keep an eye on these numbers, every trekker will be issued a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health. It also contains details of what symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.

3. High Altitude Medical Kit

Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek

4. High Altitude Trek Equipment

To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will lead the way on difficult terrain, where there might be too much snow.  

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly and intensify the effects of AMS. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on high altitudes.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

You will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you need to know if you’re going on the Deoriatal trek

Slippery terrain

If you’re off on the Deoriatal trek any time between December to mid-April, there will most likely be snow on the trail. There are chances of slipping and falling down. While most times these falls are harmless because there is soft snow, sometimes, you could get injured.

You may notice that even the smallest cut or wound takes longer to heal the higher the altitude. Reasons for this are increasing stress hormones and lower overall oxygen delivery to the tissues. Wounds tend to get infected more easily as well.

Keeping your wounds clean and covered will prevent infection. Often applying a triple antibiotic ointment regularly will keep the wound from overly drying and aid in healing. 

Our trek leaders will always be around to assist you with injuries. Their medical kit will take care of it.

While this is the most likely issue you might face on the Deoriatal trek, you must also be aware of altitude sickness. Even in the rarest of the rare cases exist, you must be prepared to tackle it.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS.

Where on the Deoriatal trek is AMS likely to affect you:

On the Deoriatal trek, if at all AMS hits you, it will most likely be at Bhrujgali on the way to Chopta, or beyond it, on the climb to Chandrashila. We haven’t seen such cases, but high altitude is unpredictable.

What to do if you feel symptoms of AMS:

ams-symptoms-indiahikesIf you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.

As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour. If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage.

The increased dosage of Diamox usually takes care of the Acute Mountain Sickness. If it doesn’t then he will make you descent immediately.

Exit points on the Deoriatal trek:

The safest point on a trek where a trekker can descend to and rest is considered an Exit Point. Exiting the trek at any point is very easy. You can descend to either Sari or Chopta within around 4 hours from any point in the trek.

Closest hospital:

Ukhimath, which is around 12 km from Sari and 60 km from Chopta has a dispensary. The closest hospital is in Rudraprayag, which is accessible by road from Sari and Chopta in 1.5 hours and 1 hour respectively. Gopeshwar and Srinagar, which are a few hours away will be your other options for a hospital.

Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks

If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take. You should be able to recognize symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.

Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.

If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.

Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.

You can watch this video to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.

Acute Mountain Sickness

If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.

For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.

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Click on the AMS Manual to open and download

 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under:

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee that you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If in the unlikely case of a trek being called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount of the trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Your trek feee includes –

  1. Accommodation – Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Sari to Baniya Kund). Sari and Baniya Kund have guest house accommodation. You will camp on the trek (3 per tent).
  2. Meals – All meals from Dinner at Sari on Day 1 to breakfast at Baniya Kund on Day 6 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
  3. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  4. Trekking equipment – High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters, etc. as required.
  5. Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers, etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.

Your trek fee does not include –

  1. Transport to and from the base camp – We will arrange shared taxis for trekkers to pick you up from Haridwar Railway station and drop you back there from Baniya Kund. This will cost Rs.5,500 per 5-6 seater vehicle on the way to Sari and Rs.6,000 per 5-6 seater vehicle on the way back from Baniya Kund. You will have to share this cost with the other trekkers
  2. Food during transit to and from the base camp
  3. Backpack offloading charges – Rs 750 for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Raithal.
  4. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel.
Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

Fitness

Fitness

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. The trek has gradual climbs and steep descents on the summit day. As a measure of your fitness, we require you to be able to run at least 5 km in 40 minutes by the time your trek starts. If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5 km in 47 minutes. This is a minimum requirement.

If you prefer cycling over running, then try to cover 20 km in 60 minutes.
Unable to do so can make your trek difficult.

In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.

Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Backpack Offloading

Backpack Offloading

Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,000 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.

Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.

Discount Policy

Discount Policy

Discount for a group of 10 and above

If there is a group size of 10 trekkers and above, then we will waive off the trek fee charges for one person.

Note - There is no discount available if the group size is 9 or less than that.

You can register the entire group and send us an email. If the group is registering individually, then the primary participant needs to send an email to the Trek Coordinator with the list of trekkers from the same group.

If you want to make the payment individually, then individual registrations have to be done.

This will be the case for a group of 10 trekkers. So if you have a group of 20 trekkers, then we will waive off the charges for 2 trekkers.

Repeat Trekker Policy

Repeat Trekker Policy

At Indiahikes, we believe that the mountains hold all the aces. The weather could play spoilsport, the altitude could mess with a trekker, the unpredictability of nature itself could turn against him. Whatever the reason might be, it is never nice to turn away from a trek midway.

In the event that a trekker has to come down without completing your trek, they can always head back to the mountain and do the same trek again. If this happens, trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee. They have to just make the optional payment for the insurance amount.

On another note, it could also happen that you love a trek so much that you want to go back time and again. Trekkers don’t have to pay the trek fee for repeating a trek.

Note – The Repeat Trekker Policy holds good only for Indian Treks.
It is not valid for treks we run in Nepal.

Transport

Transport

Indiahikes organises transport from Haridwar to Sari on Day 1. It takes about 7-8 hours to reach Sari. The cost is Rs.6,000 per cab.
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek ends at Chopta. From here, it takes around 8 hours to drive back to Haridwar. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.6,000 per cab.
Both the above costs are not included in your trek fee. It is to be shared by trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp of Sari?

Can I keep extra luggage at the base camp of Sari?

Yes, you can keep your extra luggage at Sari.

Once the trek ends, you will be able to collect your bag at Baniya Kund.
Our team will arrange for this. We do not charge you any fee for this.

Ensure you do not keep any valuables at the base.
Laptops, mobile phones, cash or any important items cannot be kept here.

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?

Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack (have a porter carry it for you). This will cost Rs 750 + 5% GST if you book it in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Sari, the amount will be Rs 350 per day inclusive of tax.

The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to five days prior to the trek start date. You can opt for this from your Trek dashboard directly.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

Is there a mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?

You’ll find Vodafone/Airtel/BSNL network at the basecamp, Sari. There will be an intermittent signal at the first campsite. There’s also network at the view point at Deoriatal. But do not depend on it.

Finish all your important calls before reaching Sari. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity. There will be no electricity charging points anywhere on the trek.

What is the type of accomodation my trek?

What is the type of accomodation my trek?

You will be staying at a guest house in Sari and at Baniya Kund.
The rest of the nights, you will be camping in tents.
Each tent will be accommodating 3 trekkers

Can you arrange pickup from Rishikesh?

Can you arrange pickup from Rishikesh?

Yes, trekkers will have the option to stay at Rishikesh and get picked up as well.
The same vehicle will come from Haridwar and pick you up at 7.30 at Rishikesh.
The pickup location would be in front of Zostel, Rishikesh

Will I get snow on this trek?

Will I get snow on this trek?

You should find snow during the winter and summer season, from December to April is when you can expect snow. After this, you will not have snow on this trek.

Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak

Rupali Shah

Batch of
November 2019

I loved everything about the trek. The trek leader Jaya was very supportive and a pure combination of teacher and friend. I liked how our first trek day was a warm-up and not too heavy so that everyone got charged up for the rest of the days. The food was just amazing. It's quality, simplicity and taste. The entire trail was beautiful and the summit day was just mesmerizing. The guide and co-guide, Manoj and Manish were very approachable and knowledgeable. The places of stay were very clean. I am looking forward to come for more treks with Indiahikes. Thank you for such an incredible experience.

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Saurabh Dasgupta

Batch of
November 2019

My 4th trek with Indiahikes confirms my trust with the trekking community. Its wonderful philosophy of giving back to mother nature is very appreciable. Fitness is given high priority. The local staff is very dedicated to the hospitality of the trekkers. Awesome food and interactive activities make it even better.

Green trails is a unique initiative in today's world. The trekkers making an effort to clean the environment are a great realization for the passer-by and locals. Each hand makes an effort to make the environment cleaner and greener.

Overall, Thank you IH for the extraordinary experience once again!

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Gayatri Hegde

Batch of
October 2019

This is so true. As working adults living in cities, there is an abrasion of the deep values that connect us to nature and our own selves. It has been a few years since I really tried to achieve something that seems impossible at first. DC was one such challenge, and I felt so refreshed to work up the dormant determination and actually stretch to achieve something (reaching the peak!!). 
I also realized that we need very few material things if we can find other natural ways of fulfillment (or pass time). I didn't use half of the things carried in my bag, and the phone was switched off for 6 days. It was really a different way to live. Seeing the simple and yet difficult lives of the local villagers were also eye-opening - how they walk long distances, work hard to maintain their land and crops, and live in harmony with nature. 

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Kamalakshi Sithanandan

Batch of
October 2019

I had a very great time and the over experience was mind-blowing.  I was a person who was obsessed with cleanliness and hygiene. The trek did bring a huge change in me. I would definitely tell that I am trying to be a better human being. Also, this trek experience did show me where I stand in fitness and how much harder I need to work to stay healthy.

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Ramesh Krishnamurthy

Batch of
October 2019

Trek went very well. Starting out with a low bar for a 4-day trek, I was able to go through the four days of enjoyable treks and with a lot of support, encouragement and best-of-class company with the gung-ho youngsters, I achieved way more than my own expectations. Logistics and arrangements were well taken care of, setting the right expectations about the convenience and comfort at the campsites. Healthy, well-planned meals - even though 4 of them a day felt an overkill, and timely setup and close-downs were very well done. Preparedness for rain and adverse climate were communicated early enough that we were neither surprised nor inconvenienced. Pleasant and helpful trek lead (Adi is a phenomenon, by the way) and the guides (Manoj and Mayank) were always in the thick of things and made me feel I could climb Mt Everest...

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Deoriatal and Chandrashila Trek with IndiaHikes

Thorough preparation is required for any trek. This blog begins on Day 0. Read on to know how Mayank and his daughter's Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek went.

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Drawn to Scale – Deoriatal Chandrashila Trek

Anakan writes about his first trek experience on the Deoriatal Chandrashila trek. He writes about what he calls "the mystery of the mountains." Read on to unravel this mystery.

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39 thoughts on “Deoriatal – Chandrashila Peak

  1. I am 70 years old but I’m in good health. am I too old for this trek? I still run half marathons.

    1. If you’re running half marathons, then you’re not too old for any trek. 🙂 That’s fantastic fitness. You’re welcome to join us on the trek. 🙂

    1. Absolutely! It’s a very good trek for first timers, and you’ll meet many other beginners on the trek too. 🙂

    1. Hi Nimisha, the Chandrashila slope sees way too much snow in these months, which blocks large sections of the trail. This is why we won’t be running it in January and February. We reopen it in March, when there’s still snow, but not so much to block the trail.

    1. Hi Jayesh, December is not really a good time to see flowers. The flowers at Deoriatal bloom in March and April — those are rhododendrons, that grow in a few forests in the Himalayas. It’s a good time to see birds though. Birds are out in October, November and early December, and then in March and April.

    1. Hi Sravan, if you’re trekking on your own, then yes, you’ll surely need microspikes (not crampons) to trek on snow. You’ll also need an ice axe to cut steps to the summit if you’re going at a time when there are no other teams around. If you are trekking with Indiahikes, we’ll be providing you with microspikes and gaiters. We’ll have a technical team that will clear out a route to the summit in heavy snow.

  2. Hi, we are a group of 3 people we were planning to book on dates 24 December we are students(22yrs) and we wanted to know about how to build up our fitness in 1 month
    And can we book for the same dates around 20th December.

    1. Hi Priyanka, Deoriatal is one of the easiest treks out of all our Himalayan treks. You should be able to get fit in a month without issues. If you’re looking to sign up for 24th December, you should do it soon. I don’t think we have too many slots left!

  3. Hi Swathi,

    First of all, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart to see my trek blog live on the page. My trek was absolutely phenomenal in March with the correct mix of rhododendrons and snow ( although it might be a bit risky) , but that’s thrill. Thanks to Kunal for accompanying us all thorough to the peak and all my fellow trekmates!!

    Lastly, hats off to the entire team there at IH for helping us create such unbelievable memories

  4. Hi Swathi,
    I like to join the group on the 24th Nov.
    I am from Sri Lanka. Can you please let me know the best way to get to Haridwar/Rishikesh.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Don, good to see you travelling to the Himalayas all the way from Sri Lanka! 🙂 To get to Haridwar, your best option would be to fly to Delhi and take an overnight train to Haridwar. You could take the Nanda Devi Express (overnight train) or the Shatabdi (day train). I would choose the overnight train if I were you. That’s the fastest, simplest option.

  5. What will be the range of temperatures we will face in March based on the past history?
    We are planning to go in March 2020.

    1. Hi Sachin,

      March is one of the best months to do the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. You’ll see rhododendrons in full bloom, and Deoriatal is our best rhododendron trek, hands down. So good choice of a trek! 🙂

      As for the temperatures, during the day, the temperature will be in the range of 10C to 18C degrees. At night you can expect temperatures to fall upto -4C degrees. There will be snow as well. Please carry at least 3 warm layers for this trek.

  6. Hi Swathi,
    What is the temperature and weather condition like in late March and early April ? Is there a lot of snow on the trails during these months ?

    1. Hi Gunjan, March and early April still have snow. The temperature during the day is quite pleasant. You can trek wearing just one jacket. After sundown, it does get cold. Drops to zero as well. You’ll need at least 3 warm layers for any treks in March / April.

  7. Hi Swati, can two nearby located treks be done together, with one or two days break inbetween ? Like chandrashila with brahmatal or may be doing Pangarchulla base(khulara) and than chandrashila in return ? The reason for this is getting chance to leave once in a year, from long distance @1300 km from dehradun.. what your view ? Pl guide

    1. Hi Mallu, it’s not a bad idea to do two treks back to back, as long as you have at least 2 days of rest in between. Kedarkantha and Har Ki Dun are good treks to do back to back. You could also combine Phulara Ridge and Har Ki Dun. They have the same base camp and won’t involve a strenuous travel in between. Even Dayara Bugyal and Mukta Top are good treks to do back to back. Again they both have base camps very close to each other.

      (Deoriatal and Brahmatal are not close to each other and will involve travel from one base to another. If you’re alright with that day’s travel, then you can do these back to back. As for Pangarchulla, we are currently not running it.)

    1. Hi Chandana,
      For Deoriatal Chandrashila, our only pickup point in Haridwar is the Railway station where you’d meet your fellow trekmates. In case you are travelling by bus, I would suggest reaching the city early and making the short commute to the pickup point 🙂

  8. Hi Swathi, I’d like to go on a trek if there are slots available immediately after 27th Nov 2019. I’m a beginner but I’d like to think I’m fit for a moderate to difficult trek. Hope to see some snow and forest trails. Are there any option other than the Chandrashila trek?
    Thanks in Advance,
    Deepak

  9. Hi Swathi,

    Could you pls let me know whether intermittent cellular network in available during the trek? Also, I wear specs so whether is it absolutely necessary to wear clip-on polarizers because I get headaches from them?

    1. Hi Onkar, if there’s snow on the trek, then it’s mandatory to wear sunglasses. If the clip-on polarizers hurt you, you could try some other options from here – https://www.indiahikes.com/sunglasses-spectacles-trekkers/
      Without sunglasses, you could get snow blindness as snow is a very reflective surface, and the sun is harsh at high altitude. So there’s no way out of it.

      As for network, there’s network at a watchtower in Deoriatal. AFter that, you get very intermittent network at Chopta. Not anywhere else on the trek.

    1. Hi Anurag, we have seen that the trail from Chopta to Chandrashila usually get blocked with too much snow in Jan and Feb, which is why we don’t run the trek in these months. We have the Dayara Bugyal and Brahmatal treks running in January though. So you should go for them. You’ll find all our January treks here – https://www.indiahikes.com/month/january

    1. Hi Himanshu, there are quite a few home stays at Sari and Chopta. So you can easily do the trek on your own. You can go there and then book your stay.

  10. Hi,
    I n my 2 other frnds are planning for trek on March end. Confussed between dayara bugayal and Deoriatal. Plz help.

  11. Hi, we are planning to do the deoriatal chandrashila trek with a group of six school children who are of 11 to 15 years of ages. Two adults would come along. As we initiated this from our school, it’s taking a while for the parents to consent. Our school vacation starts from Dec 20th. We can start after that. We have come from amalapuram, andhrapradesh. It takes about fourty hours to reach haridwar.
    So what dates could you suggest for us?
    Also what would be the pricing for us?
    Thanks
    Rajesh

    1. Hi Rajesh, it’s wonderful that you’re planning to take students on a trek. Amongst us, we think that’s the best way to spend holidays and to learn from the outdoors at the same time. If you’re planning to go post December 20th, you should be booking your trek right away and planning your travel. We have enough slots available in the December 25-30 batch for your team. All other dates before that have very few slots left, not enough to accommodate your whole team.

      As for the trek fee, we have a discount for groups of 10. If you’re a group of 10, one person can trek for free.
      On the other hand, we have a 50% scholarship available for a maximum of 3 children per batch, for students between the age of 8 and 12.
      As of now, there are no other children in the December 25-30 batch, so three of your students between the age of 8 and 12 will be eligible for this scholarship.

      If you need help, and if you’re more comfortable talking to us on the phone, please give us a call on 080-468-01269. We’ll be available at any time of the day.

  12. Hey Swathi,
    I am a 19 y/o travelling from the South and I have never travelled solo before, do you arrange pick up from any of the Main cities like Bangalore, Pune or Mumbai?
    Travelling solo to Haridwar seems like the only problem.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mrunmayee,
      We arrange pickup for Deoriatal from the Haridwar railway station where you’ll also meet your trekmates.
      Our treks have a lot of solo females who travel to the pickup locations on their own. You can check if someone from the batch is travelling from the same region and coordinate with them to travel together 🙂

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