Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek
Best time: December, Janauary, February & March

At a glance
Duration: 4 days
Places covered: Deoriya Taal, Sari village, Chopta, Tungnath temple, Chandrashila Peak
Getting there: Drive from Dehradoon to Chopta and back
Difficulty level:Moderate (good fitness required – snow trekking)
Be prepared for: Cold weather and snow


GoMissing Expeditions invites you to explore the stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges on our Chopta-Chandrashila trek. The trek itself is an easy to moderate (minus) level and goes through lush rhododendron, wild flower, fern forests, alpine meadows, lakes and shows stunning views of snow covered peaks like Kedarnath and Chaukhamba. The Chandrashila peak at 3,620 meters offers stunning views of the entire Himalayan range.

 

Chandrashila Trek Itinerary

We’ll drive through the lush green slopes & forests of Uttarakhand to Sari village and trek to the beautiful Deoriya Taal where we will camp for the night. En route, keep your eyes open for breathtaking vistas and photography opportunities.

7 to 8 hours drive + 3 kms of trekking from roughly 2000 meters to 2,400 meters.

We’ll hang around the the Deoriya Taal for some time in the morning and then trek downhill to Sari village. From Sari village, we will drive to Chopta and do a short hike to the Bhujgyali meadows where we will camp for the night.

Overnight camping in the wilderness

Today the group will start early for the trek to Chandrashila peak. The trekking distance to the peak is roughly 4.2 km and the altitude gain is 600 – 700 meters.

After spending some time at the peak, the group will trek back to Tungnath temple and take a short break there. You are most welcome to visit the temple and relax at the temple. The atmosphere is serene and the views are spectacular.

Trekking distance: Roughly 8.5 kms (half uphill, half downhill)

Overnight: Bhujgyali meadows

After breakfast at the campsite, you will drive back to Dehradoon. The departure from the camp will be timed so that the group arrives at Dehradoon in time to catch the Shatabdi express to Delhi.

Trip ends at Dehradoon.

 

Trip Price of the Chopta Chandrashila Trek

INR 9,950/- per person (4.5% service tax applicable)

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Be prepared for

  • 5-6 hours of trekking each day
  • There are good chances of snow in the area, so be adequately prepared (Rain suit, poncho)
  • Unexpected weather conditions and patterns. In case of any unexpected weather, we might need to turn back
  • In case of landslides or unexpected circumstances, there may be a change in the itinerary and a consequent rise in costs (this will be on actual)
  • You will be required to sign a liability waiver
  • Easy grade trek, no prior experience required. That said, you need to have good fitness levels to walk at the altitudes and for the duration mentioned and you must be prepared for walking in the snow

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Simple pleasures – on the Chopta Chandrashila Trek

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Chopta chandrashila Trek

This is a picture from our recent trek to Chopta Chandrashila peak. We arrived at the camping ground, which is some distance ahead of Chopta en-route to Chandrashila peak, after a short trek, and started setting up the camp. Within 2 minutes of setting up the first tent, it starting raining and in a few minutes the rain gave way to hail. By now, the entire group was huddled in one small tent trying to stay dry and away from the hail. The weather was simply incredible. Low clouds covering snow covered peaks in the distance, beautiful meadows with trees scattered all over, green grass which changed into a blanket of white within minutes, and a bunch of travelers inside a tent enjoying the unadulterated sights and sounds of nature… perfection.

This is a picture of GoMissing traveler Gagandeep Singh who was a part of the trekking group. Simple pleasures of life as Gagandeep enjoys the view and experiences on his first trek. While he is blissfully in a world of his own, he unknowingly brings a big smile on the GoMissing team’s faces.

Here is what Gagandeep has to say about the trek and the GoMissing Experience…

“Gomissing”. Fell in love with the name when a friend recommended it to me. Had never done an overnight camping/treking before but was keen to try it. The experience is difficult to put down in words, in short- “it was truly Magical”. The trip was very planned and everything was taken care of. All one needed to do was just be there and be open to adventure and meeting new people. Will never forget the camping site near Chopta and the hail which came down when we had just set-up one tent and all of us sat there for an 1 Hour enjoying the view. There were enough Maggi Moments to double Maggis market share. My favorite though has to be having Hot Chicken curry and rice, in the middle of nowhere at near freezing temperature, next to the bonfire.

Would definitely recommend to first timers and experienced trekkers. You can decide your own pace as the agenda was very flexible and it seemed as if it was my own holiday. Met some very like-minded people and that made the trip complete.

Would love to go-missing with Gomissing again 🙂

A heartwarming moment for us to see a happy smile on our traveler’s face. Simple pleasures of life which make everything worth it.