Deoriatal Chandrashila Peak
Day 1 (a night before): Started from Delhi in an open Gypsy (it’s an old model 4 wheel drive) that has accompanied us in countless treks and off roading trips. Your drive does make a lot of difference. Not to say that taking other mode of transport in anyway impacts your travel. But for us it was fun right from the start.
Day 1: We reached Rishikesh in the early hours. Had a cup of tea by the side of beautiful Ganga River at a dhaba (local shop.) It was an easy drive till here. Our next stop will be Devprayag for a quick bite. Had some Paranthas with curd on the way and we were ready to roll for a next few hours. To our surprise the roads throughout were extremely smooth making it an extremely comfortable drive on an amazing bright day. Driving and listening to good music we reached Srinagar (Uttarakhand) and had quick lemonade and kept moving.
Enjoying the drive, we drove through Rudrprayag. This is the last town if you need to buy stuff (medicines, groceries, energy bars or alcohol) From Rudrprayag, we take the Unkhimath road that finally brings us to Guptkashi. From Guptkashi easily following the signs we reached Sari. Sari will serve as the base for Deoria Tal. After parking the car and having a cup of tea, we were ready to trek. It is small village and has a few home stays and a couple of shops.
We took Anil (our compass) for next 3 days and started the trek. One can also take a Pony for a ride up till the last point but we trusted our legs and started.
We were carrying our camping equipment, drinks and eatables to survive the night. There are 2 eating joints but with just a couple of things to offer (Paranthas, Chapati and Daal) After a moderate 60-90 minute hike, we reached Deoria Taal. The view was absolutely breath taking and the meadows were an absolute delight. We paid the forest official the night charges required to be paid for maintenance of the place and camped. The next couple of hours were spent exploring the meadows, jungle and the Taal.
Day 2: Got up early and after getting ready for the next day, we were lucky to get a hot cup of tea from Surender Singh Negi (who owns a shop at Deoria Taal) followed by a hot breakfast right outside our tents which gave us energy for our trek back to Sari and drive to Chopta.
Coming down was extremely easy and we covered it in 30 minutes flat (thanks to the feast by Surender) and were ready to drive to Chopta. We had to take the same road back and take the Chopta road from Rudrprayag. The roads were without any damage anywhere (even on the connecting roads.) We had a quick stop 10 kms before Chopta for a meal and continued after that. Reaching Chopta and without wasting any time, we started trek to the base. We planned to camp (with Anil’s help) in Bungyal Meadows. 3 Kms trek from Chopta and it took about 1 hour or so to reach and site. We left the rest of the day to unwind and enjoy the nature.
Right next to the meadows, we had our eating joint (a tea shop of Chetram – only operational in summers.) we had drinks with Chetram, had our dinner and after having a chat went off to sleep.
Day 3: We planned an early start. Suggested always is that one should be at the Summit before the Sunrise. It wasn’t possible for us as the weather wasn’t clear so we thought it’s better to catch good sleep and then start. We started for the Chandrashila Summit top after having breakfast. This is a moderate hard trek of 4 Kms. It just goes straight up and it takes a couple of hours to cover this distance. The view is majestic and while one is running out of breath, one can’t stop. The last stop of this trek is the Tungnath temple. Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples. Located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district. So as part of Chandrashila Trek Summit, one completes one part of Panch Kedar. There are home stays and some small eating joints for refreshments here. One sees a lot of ”wanderers” here mostly for the Tungnath Temple. The next 300-500 Meters are not easy as they take you to the top of summit. This peak provides a spectacular view of Himalayas, especially Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.