Since childhood I had a dream to chase the mountains closely, to feel the serenity of mountains, to breathe fresh air under open sky and at least once in a lifetime to trek somewhere. Last year I have gifted myself a treat ; a snow trek to chase the mountains in December to fulfill my dream. After coming back from that trek so many people from different age group with different fitness level keep asking me how to do the complete snow trek to the highest Kedar with the serene lake of Deoriatal. So being a beginner and a first timer trekker here is my complete trekking guide of Deoriatal and Tungnath for beginners. ( Read : Complete trekking Guide for Beginners )
Deoriatal Tungnath is a perfect Winter trek for Beginners
Deoriatal is a dazzling trek for first timers because of its forest trails and georgaus lake. Ice on cake is the snow fall with mesmerizing bird chirping all along the way. There are thick wooded trees, there are small huts , there are well defined path through out this trek. Pines, oaks, maple and rhododendrons are few of the trees you see in abundance.
I did the snow trek , so unfortunately I did not find them in my way and may be I will take another spring trek to visualize them. Deoriatal , is a stunning lake with its pristine waters captivating the eternal beauty of Chaukamba 4-3-2, Kedar and Neelkanth peaks.
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I dreamt of ending my year in the bone-chilling weather of Deoriatal and did my first winter trek to Tungnath <3 and I can’t be more happier when I admit: I have lived my last dream of 2017. As I was standing beside the surreal Deoriatal and was enjoing the view of Mt. Chaukhamba the first ray of sun drift away the dark, my resolution in 2018, I’m going to be more positive about life and what it deliver at me… and let go off the feelings that eat away at my happiness. More Travel, more fitness …life I am accepting you :* :* #resolution #positivevibes #selfie #deoriatal #sunrise #morningstar #mountains #himalayas #uttarakhand #pink #me #bonechilling #everycornerofworld #lake #tungnath #wintertrek #endoftheyear #2018goals #2018 #travel #fitness #fitnessgoals #colorful #lovelife #wanderlust #blogger #photographer #onboardtheworld
The most surreal view for this location is Mount Chaukhmba view at sunrise and at sunset time from the lake side. The more you cherish the view , the more you fall for that place.
Tungnath and Chandrashila are just perfect combo trek with deoriatal. As you hike more up to Chandrashila , all of the major summits can be viewed very closely. A very extensive range of the snow capped Himalayan peaks and meadows can be seen from Chandrashila peak. Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kedar, Chaukhamba Peaks, and other popular peaks are clearly visible from Chandrashila. Nature has showered this pictorial views with sheer munificence and it gives you a heavenly feeling.
Route from Delhi
Start from Delhi – Risikesh (night halt)- Sari (enroute via Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag) – Deoriatal (trek and night halt) – Chopta (night stay) – Trek to Tungnath , Chandrashila and back to chopta for night halt – Back to Delhi
The Journey started from Delhi with a bunch of unknown people. That was my very first group trip and at first it was difficult to initiate the conversation with them but after time we gradually made that bonding….
Picturesque Hamlet Sari
Sari village is the starting point of the Deoriatal Trek , is almost 6 to 7 hours journey from Risikesh. The journey was surreal, as we saw Devaprayag, the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi to form river Ganga and Rudraprayag , the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Mandakini. The entire journey traverses with mountains and the river flowing with you.This journey was one of my favourite memorable road journey and we came across some beautiful bhugyals (meadows).
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The beauty of travel is, its throughout journey the places, not the destination. The seer joy to discover new places, to cherish the surreal nature and to visualize the pollution free pure mountain. I had a wish to do a winter trek to #tungnath #chandrashila in December and so as per my plan with #himalayantalkies I had started my journey towards the highest kedar and #deoriatal . On the way we crossed #devprayag , #rudraprayag and then came across this scenic meadow of #ukhimath .. I was surprised to see the innocent beauty of #uttarakhand and once again I left my heart… Once again I fell in love with #himalaya and once again I have found myself, my values in #mountains … The end of 2017 was not that bad and I am sure 2018 also brings lots of surprises and loads of travels for me. Share your last trip of 2017 🙂 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ @everycornerofworld @everycornerofworld @everycornerofworld
Sari has covered with paddy fields with small houses surrounded by mountains. The welcoming gesture of villagers are just as pure as their hearts.
Deoriatal trek with a Bang start
Altitude: 6,601 ft (2012 m) to 7,841 ft (2,390 m)
Time taken ( For me as I was a complete non trekking person with average fitness level): 3.5 hour, 3 km
Trek gradient: Easy to moderate. Gradual hike on a well-defined rocky trail, which becomes steeper after the first 10 minutes. Short descent to the camp site after two hours of climbing.
When I started trekking to Deoriatal, as a novice, it was tough. It was tough to step ahead, it was tough to breathe, it was tough to believe that I could complete the trek. But I did. I tried, took baby steps, took rest and lastly I completed but I missed the sunset from lake side. I skipped the view of mountains range at evening time. So, I decided to wake up at early morning next day and would give myself the privilege to chase my dream.
The next day around 4 am I woke up when it was too dark to step ahead out of the tent but I stepped ahead. I was fortunate to see the shades of mountains and how sun was playing with sky and kept changing the color combinations from Orange to golden and so on.
Christmas and the highest Kedar – Tungnath with Chandrashila
Altitude: 8,790 ft (2,679 m) to 12,083 ft (3,683 m)
Time taken: 7 to 8 hours, 2.5 km
Trek gradient: Easy to Moderate. A well maintained path is there and the track is well defined that no guide is needed.
Note : Carry Water, juice and chocolate for energy and hydration purpose.
The most beautiful and snow covered trek I ever did in my life. We started the trek early morning on the Christmas day so that we could celebrate our evening with cake. The walk was little steep as there was pile of snow covered on the path and I did slip so many times.
Tungnath temple is the third of the Panch Kedars. These are 5 temples whispered to have been built by the Pandavas in harmony for the sins of killing Brahmins and relatives in the Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata. Lord Shiva, whose pardon they were seeking, 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 characteristic of being the only shrine in the world to be located at such a high altitude (12,073 ft).
The evening well spent with the group members and celebrated Christmas evening at top of the mountain on snow covered meadows. It was bone chilling weather with a perfect gift for myself nd the very first snow trek which I never forget .
The next day was bid adieu for all of us and came back Delhi at midnight.
FAQs to prepare your trek smooth
Who can do this trek ?
Anyone can do this trek with average fitness. Make sure you will take medicine (if feel AMS) , drink water much and intake sugar when required.
Best Time to visit
Any time of the year can opt the trek . Those who are keen for snow trek can visit within December to April first week. March to early May for rhododendron blossoms and one can do trek this time to access the easy way to the forest trail with lots of birds.
How to reach there
By Air– The nearest airport to Chopta is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. It is situated 226 kms from Chopta. You can easily hire cabs available for Chopta.
By Rail– The nearest railway station is Rishikesh from Chopta. Situated at about 209 kms and can easily access bus or taxi services for Chopta from Rishikesh.
By Road – If you plan to visit the neighboring towns in Uttarakhand, then a road journey would be most convenient. We hired tempo traveller from Delhi.
- A rucksack bag almost 50 liters weight .
- Warm clothes: windproof jackets, fleece/full sleeve sweater, thermals, woolen cap and socks and scarf
- Comfortable clothes: tee-shirts, trousers and sleeper
- Trekking pole
- Personal toiletries and towels
- Comfortable trekking or hiking shoes
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen lotion, lip balms and basic medications (or prescribed if any)
Is it good for solo trip
Yes, Absolutely. Anyone can easily do it solo as the treks are well defined .
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trail is closed for night halt. Trekkers are not allowed to camp at Deoriatal or Chopta. If you would like to visit, you can visit to Deoriatal and come back to Sari. Similarly, you can visit Chopta and climb to Tungnath, Chandrashila and come back. You can stay at Sari and Chopta but not at Deoriatal.
The trails of Garhwal Himalayas summon excite and experience. Lofty terrains prompting the summit make for a mind boggling background and the encompassing excellence abandons you captivated. Chandrashila Trek with Chopta and Tungnath is a standout among the most energizing and testing trails you can step in Uttarakhand. Soaring up at 13000 feet, enhanced with fogs, coniferous, and snow, this is one hell of a trek you should take.