Chandrashila Peak is one of the most popular easy treks in Uttarakhand, and rightfully so. Commonly done during the summertime, the third week of May will be a perfect option to explore the beauty of the trail with the rhododendron flowers in full bloom and the snow from the winters giving a beautiful contrast to the flaming red of the flowers. These flowers, also locally known as buransh are used to make chutneys, jams, and juices to prevent from the oncoming heat of the summers.
A window to the mighty peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, snowclad mountains accompany the trekkers throughout the trail. This trail is also much loved by bird watchers as different types of birds can be seen during springtime here including the Blue Throated Barbet, Long Tailed Minivet Female, Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush, Himalayan Bulbul, and the Yellow-Billed Blue Magpie. From the summit of the Chandrashila Peak, one also gets to see all of the Himalayan peaks starting from West to East Uttarakhand, which are the tallest in India. This trek is truly blessed with colourful flowers, stunning vistas of the Himalayas and numerous colourful species of birds, making it an absolutely delightful trail!
We begin our drive in a tempo traveler from Delhi (5 am) towards Chopta early on in the morning and halt at Saari village for the night, a village located close to Chopta, the base camp for our trek. We spend the night in a comfortable guest house, with stunning views of the Chandrashila Peak!
After rising early morning for breakfast and sunrise, we start our short drive towards Chopta and begin our 6 kilometres trek towards the summit. 4 kilometres into the way, we land up on the Tungnath Temple, famously known as the highest Shiv temple in the entire world! We then proceed to finish the remaining 2 kilometres uphill and once at the top, we take on the astounding views of the Upper Himalayas that Uttarakhand is most famous for. Try to spot several high range peaks like the Chaukhamba Massif, Mandani Parvat, and Janhukut. After taking in the majestic panoramic views, we begin our 6 kilometres descent back to Chopta, and further drive down to Saari to spend the night.
The next morning we start our short 2.5 kilometres hike to Deoriatal Lake after a hearty breakfast. The lake is famous for its magical views of the Chaukhamba Massif looming in the backdrop of the grand lake. We spend the night by the lake at a campsite, under a billion stars above us!
On our final day, we hike back down to Saari and start our drive back to Delhi with a heavy heart full of warm memories!