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Tungnath & Deoriatal Trek
Janurary to December
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
The Tungnath and Deoriatal Trek is a popular trekking route in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It offers a combination of natural beauty, panoramic views, and cultural significance. Here is a brief overview of the trek:
Trek Duration: The trek usually takes around 4-5 days to complete.
Trek Difficulty: The Tungnath and Deoriatal Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. However, it is important to be physically fit and have basic trekking experience.
Tungnath Temple is an ancient and highly revered Hindu temple located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,680 meters (12,073 feet), making it the highest Shiva temple in the world. Tungnath is one of the Panch Kedar temples, which are five sacred temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
The temple holds great religious and mythological significance. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be the place where the arms of Lord Shiva emerged during the Pandava brothers' journey to seek forgiveness after the Kurukshetra war. The temple is also considered a part of the famous Kedarnath temple pilgrimage.
The trek to Tungnath Temple starts from Chopta, which is often called the "Mini Switzerland of India" due to its breathtaking beauty and scenic surroundings. The trek is relatively moderate in difficulty and takes around 3-4 hours to reach the temple from Chopta.
The path to Tungnath Temple is adorned with lush green meadows, rhododendron forests, and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. Along with the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, there are also smaller shrines dedicated to deities like Ma Parvati, Vyas Gufa (cave), and Adi Shankaracharya.
Visitors to Tungnath Temple not only seek blessings but also admire the serene and spiritual atmosphere. The temple offers magnificent views of the snow-clad peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba.
Tungnath Temple remains open during the summer months, usually from May to November, as heavy snowfall during the winter season makes it inaccessible. The temple attracts devotees, trekkers, and nature enthusiasts who wish to experience the divine presence and natural beauty of the Himalayas.
It is advisable to check weather conditions and plan the visit accordingly. Trekking with a local guide, carrying essential supplies, and respecting the temple's religious significance are important aspects of visiting Tungnath Temple.
Chandrashila Peak is a prominent summit located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an elevation of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.
The name "Chandrashila" translates to "Moon Rock" in Hindi, and it is believed to be the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon king Ravana in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. The peak holds immense spiritual significance and is visited by devotees, trekkers, and nature lovers alike.
The most common way to reach Chandrashila Peak is by undertaking the Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek. Starting from Chopta, the trek takes you through picturesque meadows, dense forests, and rocky terrain. After visiting the Tungnath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world, you continue trekking to reach Chandrashila Peak.
The trek from Tungnath to Chandrashila is relatively short but steep, requiring a moderate level of fitness. Upon reaching the summit, you are rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedarnath, Bandarpunch, and others. The sunrise and sunset views from Chandrashila are particularly enchanting, casting a golden glow on the surrounding mountains.
Apart from its spiritual and scenic appeal, Chandrashila also offers opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. The region is known for its diverse avian species, including the Himalayan Monal, Koklass Pheasant, and more. During the winter months, the area receives heavy snowfall, transforming it into a winter wonderland and attracting snow enthusiasts.
It is important to note that the trek to Chandrashila Peak is best undertaken during the summer and autumn months (May to November) when the weather is favorable and the trekking trails are accessible. It is advisable to be well-prepared with proper trekking gear, including sturdy footwear, warm clothing, and sufficient water and snacks.
Chandrashila Peak is a captivating destination that combines natural beauty, spiritual significance, and adventure. Whether you are seeking solace in nature, pursuing a spiritual journey, or indulging in outdoor activities, the summit offers a memorable experience amidst the grandeur of the Himalayas.
Deoria Tal, also known as Devariya Tal, is a serene and picturesque lake located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an altitude of approximately 2,438 meters (7,999 feet), it is surrounded by dense forests and offers stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
The name "Deoria Tal" translates to "Lake of the Gods" in Hindi. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be the place where the Yaksha (nature spirit) questioned the Pandavas during their exile in the Mahabharata epic.
Deoria Tal is a popular destination for nature lovers, photographers, and trekkers. The trek to Deoria Tal usually starts from the village of Sari, which is accessible by road from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The trek is relatively easy and takes approximately 1-2 hours to reach the lake.
The trail to Deoria Tal winds through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and coniferous trees. Along the way, you can spot a variety of bird species and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the surroundings. As you reach the lake, you are greeted by its crystal-clear waters reflecting the surrounding peaks, including Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, and Bandarpunch.
Camping by the banks of Deoria Tal is a popular activity, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the area. The calm and serene atmosphere of the lake is perfect for meditation, yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature.
Deoria Tal is accessible throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the summer and autumn months (April to November) when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear. During winter, the lake is often covered in snow, creating a surreal landscape.
It is advisable to carry appropriate trekking gear, warm clothing, and camping equipment if you plan to stay overnight. Since there are limited accommodation options near the lake, camping is the preferred choice for experiencing the true essence of Deoria Tal.
Overall, Deoria Tal offers a peaceful retreat amidst natural beauty, providing a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The combination of the scenic lake, surrounding forests, and magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks make it a must-visit destination in Uttarakhand.
Itinerary of Tungnath & Deoria Tal Trek
Here is a detailed itinerary for the Tungnath and Deoria Tal Trek:
Day 1: Haridwar/Rishikesh to Sari Village (Drive) and Trek to Deoria Tal
On day 1 of the Tungnath and Deoria Tal Trek, you will start early in the morning from Haridwar or Rishikesh and embark on a scenic drive to Sari village. The drive takes approximately 7-8 hours, covering a distance of around 200 kilometers. Enjoy the picturesque views of the countryside and the Ganges River as you ascend into the Garhwal Himalayas.
Upon reaching Sari village, begin the trek to Deoria Tal, a beautiful lake situated at an altitude of around 2,438 meters (7,999 feet). The trek from Sari village to Deoria Tal takes around 1-2 hours, covering a distance of approximately 3 kilometers. The trail meanders through dense forests of oak, rhododendron, and coniferous trees, offering glimpses of the surrounding peaks.
Arrive at Deoria Tal and be mesmerized by the tranquil atmosphere and the stunning reflection of the mountains in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. Set up camp by the lakeside and enjoy a peaceful evening amidst nature. Relax, take photographs, or indulge in some birdwatching around the lake. Dinner and overnight stay in tents near Deoria Tal.
Day 2: Deoria Tal to Chopta via Rohini Bugyal
On day 2 of the Tungnath and Deoria Tal Trek, you will wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over Deoria Tal. After breakfast, start your trek from Deoria Tal towards Chopta, which is approximately 14 kilometers away.
The initial part of the trek descends through the forest trail, offering glimpses of various bird species and lush greenery. As you descend further, you will reach the village of Baniyakund, where you can interact with the locals and get a glimpse of their lifestyle. From Baniyakund, the trail gradually ascends through a mix of forests and meadows, known as Rohini Bugyal. Rohini Bugyal is a vast expanse of meadows adorned with blooming flowers during the spring season, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Continue trekking towards Chopta, passing through serene meadows and enjoying the refreshing mountain air. Reach Chopta, a small scenic hamlet located at an altitude of approximately 2,680 meters (8,793 feet). Set up camp in Chopta and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings. Enjoy the evening views of the majestic Himalayan peaks and the peaceful atmosphere of Chopta.
Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Chopta.
Note: It is advisable to carry enough water and snacks for the trek. Stay hydrated and maintain a steady pace while trekking. Respect the environment and do not litter. Follow the instructions of your trek leader or guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Day 3: Chopta to Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak
on Day 3 of the Tungnath and Deoria Tal trek, you will start early in the morning after breakfast for an exciting day of trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak. Begin the trek from Chopta towards Tungnath, which is approximately 3.5 kilometers away.
The trail ascends gradually, passing through dense forests of rhododendron and oak trees.
Reach Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world, situated at an elevation of approximately 3,680 meters (12,073 feet). Take some time to explore the ancient temple and soak in the spiritual atmosphere.
From Tungnath, continue the trek towards Chandrashila Peak, which is around 1.5 kilometers away. The trail becomes steeper as you ascend toward Chandrashila.
Reach the summit of Chandrashila at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).
Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba, and many others.
Spend some time at the summit, enjoying the serene surroundings and capturing memorable photographs. After taking in the magnificent views, begin the descent back to Chopta.
Reach Chopta and relax at the campsite, savoring the accomplishment of trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak.
Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Chopta.
Note: The trek to Chandrashila Peak involves a steep ascent, and the altitude may pose a challenge. It is important to stay hydrated, take regular breaks, and listen to your body. Carry necessary warm clothing, water, and snacks for the trek. Follow the instructions of your trek leader or guide for a safe and enjoyable experience.
Day 4: Chopta to Haridwar/Rishikesh
After breakfast, bid farewell to the serene surroundings of Chopta and board the vehicle waiting for you and embark on the drive back to Haridwar or Rishikesh. Enjoy the scenic journey as you descend from the mountains, passing through picturesque landscapes and quaint villages.
Reach Haridwar or Rishikesh by evening and check into your accommodation. Take a refreshing shower and relax after the trek. Spend the evening exploring the local markets, indulging in local cuisine, or simply relaxing by the banks of the Ganges River.
Overnight stay in Haridwar or Rishikesh.
Note: The drive from Chopta to Haridwar or Rishikesh takes approximately 7-8 hours. Plan your departure time accordingly to reach your destination before nightfall. Take breaks during the journey and stay hydrated. Reflect on the wonderful memories of the trek and cherish the beauty of the Himalayas.
Toilet paper & wipes
Fleece jackets and thermals
Led torch (with extra batteries)
Mosquito & insect repellent
Included in the package
We promise our travellers to provide delicious, hygienic & nutritious meals during the trek that includes morning tea, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks & dinner).
All forest permits and camping charges.
Not included in the package
Transport to and from Sari/Chopta – Walking The Himalayas will arrange shared taxis for trekkers. These shared taxis will pick you up from Haridwar Railway Station Airpot. Taxi from Haridwar to Chopta costs around Rs. 6000 - 8000 per taxi and Rs. 9000 - 11000 per tempo one way.
Food during transit to and from the base camp – Walking the Himalayas doesn't include meals purchased during the journey to Sari and Chopta.
Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 2100 - 2500. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 - 10 kgs. Walking The Himalayas does not allow Suitcases/Strollers/Duffel bags during the trek, so if you are bringing these then you have to take care on your own. These charges can vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Sari (Rs.350 per day inclusive of taxes).
Personal expenses - Your trekking package doesn't include any kind of personal expenses.
If your trek gets called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.) we will not refund your money. Instead of money, Walking The Himalayas will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. You can easily redeem that voucher for the same amount for any of the treks available at the same price.
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Cancellation charges are based on the total trek fee, irrespective of the amount paid either full or partial.
The cancellation policy of Walking The Himalayas is based on the original booking time and the original start date of the trek.
If you cancel a trek before 30 days of trek start date and get a full refund after deduction of 1.99% payment processing fee.
If you cancel a trek before 15 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 20% of the total trek fee.
If you cancel a trek before 10 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 40% of the total trek fee.
If you cancel a trek before 5 days of the trek start date and get a refund after a deduction of 60% of the total trek fee.
The Trek fee is non-refundable if you cancel within 4 days before the trek start date.
Trek cancellation due to weather:
In case of an incomplete trek due to weather conditions, you can opt for the same trek again throughout your lifetime on all our fixed departures for the same trek.
This attempt only covers the trek fee and will not include any rentals or the transportation amount paid earlier.
This is non-transferable.
This Place Is Just Like A Heaven On Earth
Place Where U Can feel like Walking On Clouds heading To Highest Peak Chandrashila where U ll Feel Like Top Of The World.
Witness Shiva's Highest Temple In the World Named Tungnath Ji.
Must-Visit This Place Once In A Lifetime.
U ll Feel Like More Energetic and Refreshed here with Spiritual Air And On the laps Of Our Mother Nature
Very scenic and calm walk in the higher altitudes.
Once you reach the top, the Chandrashila Peak, you get mesmerising views of hilltops and clouds beneath you.
Must go once at least
First time experiences are the most special ones, a little nervous, a little excited. That's what makes a journey memorable. For the people who say Tungnath trek is difficult neither life nor treks are difficult. You only need a good company to accomplish anything in life.