Chandrashila Trek - Shantanu
It was my second trip to Chandrashila Summit Trek Peak simply because I like that trek and one of my friends
wanted to do it. We started from Delhi at midnight for our destination Dehradun. From there we were
with Wanderers (an adventure travel company). There scheduled pick up time from Dehradun was 7 am
in the morning. We met them at the railway station and were looking forward to the trek. There were 7
more folks with us from different locations. The trek leads got us in a tempo traveler for our destination
to Sari (for Deoriya Tal) via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Rudrprayag, Ukhimath). It is definitely one of those
drives you really enjoy. It is beautiful and serene. With Ganga on your left, it makes and incredible view
especially at Devprayag where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet to become Ganga.
We reached Sari which a beautiful small town with a few guest houses and some small shops. It serves as a base location for Deoriya Tal. One can also take pony if needed otherwise it take not more than 2 hours on an average to reach the beautiful meadows and experience Deoriya Tal. It is serene and also offers a magnificent view of Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Kedar Range, Kalanag peaks. By the time we reached, our tents were already pitched. We were served hot tea followed by nice freshly cooked food. It was a beautiful evening with clear sky. We had a chat with fellow members for long and later called it night.
We had an early start next morning. Everyone was up around 6 am. After getting fresh in makeshift arrangements, we were served hot breakfast (paranthas, breads and eggs) and were asked to have our fill for our trek to Chopta. We started from Deoriya tal and through the jungles made our way towards Chopta Trek. The trek is beautiful through the meadows and the jungle. I think one can call it a moderate trek with mostly flat terrain. We reached Chopta by afternoon. Our lunch was already packed and so it was a quick bite. Some of our fellow trekkers wanted to relax and have some drinks (which they were carrying) so we all had a relaxed evening talking about how beautiful nature is. At Chopta Trek, the camping site is simply amazing. They are not big meadows but the view it offers is incredible. Wanderers team is always proactive. Everything is ready before time so that the trekkers don't face any kind of inconvenience. The guides from Wanderers are also very accommodating. This wasn't my experience the last time I went. Next morning, we started at around 4 in the morning (this was because we requested for a sunrise view at Chandrashila. With some of the trekkers including both of us, were fast, 3 of us were a little slow. So we picked up our pace along with our cameras and guide Jai and reached Tungnath. Tungnath (highest hindu shrine for Lord Shiva) is a beautiful small temple. There are some shops and home stays right before the temple as well. We spent a few minutes praying at the temple and then moved on. Once we cross the temple, Chandrashila summit is in sight and looks beautiful. It was our last stretch, so without wasting time, we kept moving ahead and reached Chandrashila in 30 minutes from Tungnath.
Chandrashila Peak (has its mythological reference as well)- it is here Lord Rama meditated. The summit offers an incredible view of Trisul, Kedra Peak, Nanadadevi, Bandarponnch and Chukhamba peaks. And if one makes it in time with sunrise, it is just out of the world.
We spent some time at the summit. I put my prayer stones and also got some picture clicked. After that, feeling a little hungry, I started the descent. It took no time in reaching Tungnath temple so I grabbed a bite at a small eatery. We all met at the camping site a few hours later and enjoyed talking about Chandrashila, Tungnath and Wanderers experience. We surely made friends for life Next morning from Chopta Trek, we boarded our traveler and continued our drive back to Dehradun. It was the same feeling of "why I have to go back" but then again we are all bound to our crazy routines.
It surely was a great experience and one I will remember always.