How frequently do you get the chance to navigate a simple trail in the Himalayas that has a great deal to offer? Deoria Tal – Chandrashila Summit Trek is the response to that. A wide assortment of scenes, emerald lake, thick rhododendron woodland, sacred Tungnath Temple and all encompassing perspectives of the Himalayan reach from Chandrashila Summit are key highlights of this trek.
Places to Visit During Drive: Rishikesh – Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Kund – Ukhimath – Sari Village.
Drive to Sari Village from Rishikesh, the starting point of the 3km trek to Deoria Tal. Gradually ascending trail through the forests of rhododendron, alpine and oak trees will end up at Deoria Tal. The path is well made and broad too. It just takes one and a half hour to reach Deoria Tal from Sari Village. Deoria Tal is a gorgeous lake nestled amidst elevated meadows with few huts nearby that provides accommodation.
Deoria Tal is situated at an elevation of 2,400mts above sea level with picture perfect location and backdrop of the mighty Chaukhamba peaks. The reflection of Himalayan range on the pristine waters of this lake is a view that will be etched in your minds forever.
The trail to Rohini Bugyal doesn’t involve much steep climb and there are several ups and downs during this stretch. The route passes through some of the most beautiful forests rich in a wide variety of flora. Red and pink colored Rhododendrons will greet you at every step.
You need to cross Jhandi Dhar while trekking towards Rohini Bugyal. Jhandi Dhar (2,650mts) is a ridge top that offers clear views of Kedar Dome and Chaukhamba Peaks. Chandra Shila Peak also becomes visible after trekking for a few kilometres. There are very few water points at this stretch so do carry extra water. It is advisable that you carry two water bottles for this trek. Perched at an elevation of 2730mts above sea level, Rohini Bugyal is a small meadow but a beautiful campsite which offers stunning views of Himalayan peaks.
A short hike of 6kms from Rohini Bugyal ends up at Bhrujgali. It takes around 3 hours to complete this stretch. Initially the route climbs up gradually to Tikdi Khal (2,800mts) where you’ll encounter two diversions in the route. The straight trail leads to Bisuri Tal, a high altitude glacial lake whereas the trail on the right with steep descent goes towards Akash Kamini stream coming from Chandrashila.
Continue walking towards the Akash Kamini stream. After crossing the stream continue walking uphill to reach Lower Bhrujgali meadows surrounded with forest. It is a good camping spot but it is better to continue trekking towards Bhrujgali. In less than an hour you’ll reach Bhrujgali meadows with visible well made trail to Tungnath that starts from Chopta.
Start early in the morning in order to see the sunrise from Chandrashila. This entire region comes under Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary so there are chances that you might spot wildlife in the morning including Wild Goat and Himalayan Monal. The trail from Bhrujgali to Tungnath temple is broad and well maintained. During today’s trek, you will be gaining altitude in very short distance and thus the climb is steep.
During the final stretch to reach Tungnath you will reach a rocky cliff on the right which is known as Raavan Shila. Continue walking towards Tungnath Temple. Magnificent in its style and architecture Tungnath is considered more than 1000 years old. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and other small rock temples in the vicinity are dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple remains closed during winters.
Another 1km steep hike from Tungnath temple will lead you to Chandrashila Summit. The trail becomes narrow as we climb up the meadows of Chandrashila Peak. Chandrashila is the summit of the mountain on which Tungnath temple is situated. A beautiful small temple is situated on the summit along with several unique cairn structures. Chandrashila is perched at an elevation of 4,000mts above sea level offering splendid views of the majestic Himalayan peaks including Kedar Dome, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Kamet, Gangotri Ranges & more.
Spend some time at Chandrashila Summit witnessing the heavenly horizon and then start descending towards Bhrujgali. Chopta is another 1km downhill hike from Bhrujgali that just takes around 20min to traverse. Chopta is an emerging hill station that acts as another commencement point of the trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila. Chopta is situated at an elevation of 2,680mts above sea level, 12kms further from Sari village. Accommodation facilities are available at Chopta.
Enjoy the morning in Chopta with breakfast. Tour ends, drive back to Rishikesh.