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We cross Rishikesh early in the morning and amidst the way to Chopta, don't forget to take pictures at the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers at Devprayag. From Rudraprayag, we take the route to Kedarnath and drive towards Chopta village via Agastyamuni and Ukhimath.
We reach Chopta around Lunch. Relax at the campsite for a while and get ready for the next day of trek to Tungnath Chandrashila.
Dinner and overnight stay in Camps in Chopta
Wake up and gear up for the most important day of the Deoriatal Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek. If weather permits, we try to start our trek by 5 in the morning to see the sunrise from the summit. Firstly, we drive to Chopta and then we start the trek to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is 3.5 km in distance and a further 1.5 km steep trek leads to the summit of Chandrashila.
The trail till Tungnath is rocky and well paved and further from Tungnath, there is no rocky trail. You can also notice a change in the landscape due to an increase in the altitude. The tree line ends at Tungnath and after that, you may find only bushes. It normally takes around 3 hours to reach the Tunganth temple and another 1 hour to reach the Chandrashila summit from the temple.
The Tungnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedar temples and is considered the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the world. The summit of Chandrashila is standing at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. It offers perfect panoramic views of remarkable peaks of Uttarakhand such as Kedarnath, Mandani, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi, Ghodi, etc.
After clicking photos at the summit, we start descending back to Chopta through the same route that we took while ascending. It takes 2-3 hours to come down and we stay at Camps near Chopta.
Dinner and overnight stay in Camps
Sari is a small and quaint village situated at a height of 6,601 feet. We reach the village post breakfast, we start our trek to Deoriatal. Trek to Deoriatal is a short trek of about 2.3 km.
The trail is mildly steep and completely paved with stones. The trek is not tiring as the distance is less and it usually takes 2 hours to reach the lake. We start our trek from the gateway on which it is written: "Welcome to Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary".
We start our walk through the trail and reach a temple and a few houses. We continue our trek and after about 1 km, turn around and enjoy the bird’s eye view of Sari village. There are few shelters available on the trek where one can relax.
Though the trek is easy, it can be a bit tiring for first-timers. The trail passes through the scenic forest of Rhododendron and Oak. After reaching the lake, you see a forest check post and green pastures of land. Enjoy the views and the starry night if the weather is clear. The lake is girded by forest and meadows.
Trek down to Sari and start your return journey to Delhi.
Reach Delhi early next morning.
End of Deoriatal Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek