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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

If one is looking at a short 5-day trek in the Himalayas then look no further. This is one of the most enchanting short treks and lies in the Garhwal region of Himalayas. This hike is in a protected area and hence there are minimal signs of civilization and abundance of flora & fauna, which adds to the beauty of the place.

In the first leg of the trek we hike up to Deoriatal. This is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 m and has captivating surroundings with forests all around. The Chaukhamba peak feels like it is an arm’s length away and the reflection of the mighty peak in the crystal clear waters of the lake creates a beautiful effect. Here we will camp by the lakeside and enjoy the star spangled sky in the night.

Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India because of its undulating green meadows (carpets of snow in winter!!) and a breath taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Camping here is a totally enjoyable experience. From here we will trek up to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. All along the route, in addition to the abundant flora and fauna, one gets wonderful views of the Himalayan giants including Bandarpoonch, Kedar, Chaukhamba peak and may more. From Tungnath you can trek up a further 1 km to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000 m. The 180 degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make this trek well worth it.

Another interesting and beautiful part of this trip is the opportunity to spend time at Himalayan Eco Lodges & Camps at Kund. This lodge overlooks the Mandakini River and is in the shadow of the Kedar peak and is a beautiful base to begin and end the trip.

 

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TRIP VITALS
Location: Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Duration: 05 Days
Maximum Altitude: Chandrashilla Peak (4000m)
Grade: Moderate+
Season: Round The Year
Accomodation: Deluxe Room Or Standard Tent
Group Size: Maximum Of 12 People In A Group

Activities : Trekking
 
Eligibility : 18 years above

Please Carry : Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

-    T-shirts (half/full) – 2/3
-    Trekking or  Lower Pants - 2
-    Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
-    Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
-    Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
-    Woollen cap
-    Woollen gloves
-    Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
-    Scarf/muffler (optional)
-    Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole with proper grip are recommended)
-    Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
-    Raincoat / Poncho
-    Small light weight towel
-    Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
-    Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
-    Sun glasses
-    Walking stick / Trekking pole
-    Sunscreen Lotion
-    Lip Balm
-    Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
-    Personal medicines
-    Personal toiletries
-    Book, if you like reading
-    Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
-    Carry rain cover for your bags
-    Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which, if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
-    Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items : Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Equipment Rental/Purchase :

EQUIPMENT RENT
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250
Down jacket (for additional warmth) 300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day
*Taxes extra

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Disclaimer : Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

Dates : Any date between November to March. Make your own safe group in your convinient date.

We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Haridwar/Dehradun/Rishikesh and drop them on the last day of Trek.

Rates: (Per person)

Standard

Package

1 PAX

2 PAX

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20700

14000

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11000

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10100

9900

Deluxe 

Package

1 PAX

2 PAX

3 PAX

4 PAX

5 PAX

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26700

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Transport Cost from Dehradun/Haridwar& back
Non Ac Bolero -   15000
Non Ac Innova -    18500
Non Ac Tempo Traveller -  20000

Registration : Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey. Reservation is done on first come first served basis. Cheques, NEFT/RTGS should be in favour of ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD., payable at Ahmedabad only.

Cost Includes :

Accommodation: On double sharing basis. In case of odd numbers, that person will share the room on triple sharing.

    Standard Package
•    Day 01: Standard tents with attached washroom at Jayalgarh
•    Day 02: Standard tents with attached washroom at Kund
•    Day 03: Standard tents with attached washroom at Kund
•    Day 04: Standard tents with attached washroom at Kund

   Deluxe Package
•    Day 01: Deluxe tents with attached washroom at Jayalgarh
•    Day 02: Deluxe room with attached washroom at Kund
•    Day 03: Deluxe room with attached washroom at Kund
•    Day 04: Deluxe room with attached washroom at Kund

Meals -  We provide simple, hygienic veg meals on all days of the trek
•    Day 01: Dinner
•    Day 02: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 03: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 04: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
•    Day 05: Breakfast

Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

Basic first aid for the group

•    Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee for Indians only
•    First Aid Kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

•    Transport of any nature
•    Forest entry charges paid by the guest directly
•    Any meals/services not mentioned above
•    Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
•    Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
•    Personal expenses like tips, etc.
•    Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, bad weather, etc.
•    GST 5%

High quality Camping arrangements We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping  bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising

Meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping.  Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek.

Medical Facilities : First aid would be available throughout the programme. All emergences would be treated by the nearest available doctor/medical facility.

Payment terms & Condition All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.

Cancellation Policy In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:

We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)

Cancellation charges will be as follows

  • Minimum: 10%
  • between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
  • between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
  • Last 15 Days: No refund

Cancellation charges will be applicable on total programme cost.

Please Note : Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.
Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.

 

SKETCH ITINERARY
DAY 01: DEHRADUN AIRPORT/HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH – JAYALGARH (550M) (DRIVE/90 KMS/ 3.5HRS)
DAY 02: JAYALGARH – KUND (1350M)&ACCLIMATIZATION WALK TO KAKRAGAD FALL (TREK/2-2.5 HRS)
DAY 03: KUND(1350M)– SARI (2000M) –TREK TO DEORIATAL (2438M) - SARI - KUND (DRIVE/1.5 HRS & TREK/4-5 HRS BOTH WAYS)
DAY 04: KUND - CHOPTA (2800M) - TUNGNATH (3680M) - CHANDRASHILA PEAK (4000M) - KUND (DRIVE/2 HRS & TREK/4-5 HRS BOTH WAYS)
DAY 05: KUND – DEHRADUN AIRPORT/HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (DRIVE/200 KMS/6-7 HRS)

DETAILED ITINENARY
DAY 01: DEHRADUN AIRPORT/HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH – JAYALAGARH (DRIVE/90 KMS/3.5 HRS)
You will start your drive from Dehradun airport/Haridwar/Rishikesh to reach Jayalgarh by late afternoon. You will, for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga River. En route you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh & Dev Prayag. Jayalgarh is a beautiful campsite with cottage tents, each having attached toilets/showers. The camp is set on the banks of river Alaknanda and has open views of a few villages set scenically in the nearby mountains. One can go for a small walk by the river, if wish too. Overnight at Jayalgarh.

DAY 02: JAYALGARH – KUND (1350M) & ACCLIMATISATION HIKE TO KAKRAGAD FALL (TREK/2-2.5 HRS)
Today after a leisurely breakfast, we will drive to Kund which will be a 3 hr drive. Check in to the lodge & relax for some time. Post lunch, we will drive to Kakragad, from where we will start our trek. This is an acclimatisation day for other coming days. The trail goes through beautiful stream & forest. This place is also famous for birds. After exploring, we will trek back to the point from where we started the trek & board the vehicle. Reach Kund where hot cup of tea awaits for you. Overnight at Kund

DAY 03: KUND – SARI (2000M) – TREK TO DEORIATAL (2438M) - SARI - KUND (DRIVE/1.5 HRS & TREK/4-5 HRS BOTH WAYS)

Today we drive to Sari village via Ukhimath which is the commencement point of the trek.  From Sari we begin the hike to Deoriatal, a high altitude lake. This beautiful lake has meadows and forest all around it and some big mountains in the backdrop. Spend a couple of hours by this majestic lake, reflecting the Chaukhamba peak in its still waters. You can take pictures and enjoy the wonderful scenery. After having packed lunch by the lake side, we will walk back to Sari Village and further drive to Kund. Overnight stay at Kund.


DAY 04: KUND - CHOPTA (2800M) - TUNGNATH (3680M) - CHANDRASHILA PEAK (4000M) - KUND (DRIVE/2 HRS & TREK/4-5 HRS BOTH WAYS)
We start the day by climbing up the slopes of the meadows in Chopta. This extremely scenic hike will take a couple of hours to reach Tungnath temple. After a brief stop for refreshments we trek further to the summit of Chandrashilla peak. The view from the summit is outstanding with one getting almost a 360 view of Himalayan ranges. Many of the famous summits like the Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Kedarnath & Bandarpoonch are visible from here. From the summit we descend to Chopta & be driven to the lodge in Kund. Overnight stay at Kund.

DAY 05: KUND – DEHRADUN AIRPORT/HARIDWAR/RISHIKESH (DRIVE/200 KMS/6-7 HRS)
After an early breakfast you will start your return journey to Haridwar/Rishikesh. Trip ends here.

Reporting : Participants have to report at Haridwar on the first day at given time and will be dropped back to Haridwar on the last day of the Trek.

Food : Wholesome & Hygienic vegetarian Food will be served, including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.Special Jain / Swaminarayan food is also served at the campsite if mentioned in the application form.

Please Note :

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons we will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons we will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund.

Optional Charges :

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
  • You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

Transport Options (DELHI – HARIDWAR– DELHI)
For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 200-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

Weather Condition
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (April – Jun) days are going to be sunny and warm (18-26 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 5-13 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) the days are sunny and clear with temperatures hovering around (14-22 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (2-10 °C). Mid-December onwards it gets cold with onset of snow. This region experiences heavy snow which melts only by mid-March. During winter months if the day is clear, then it’s sunny with very comfortable weather. Evenings and nights are cold with temperature going down to about –8 °C. In winters we avoid camping and base ourselves at the lodge in Kund to the maximum extent.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

When is the best time to go Chopta?
The best time for Chopta  is September to June.

Group size?
Anala Outdoors has a strict policy on Responsible Travel and keeping this in mind we do only small groups on any of our treks(max 12 people). This also means extra safety & personal attention for our guests.

Solo lady trekker?
They are as invited as anybody else and as safe as anybody else, which is absolutely safe. Also single women get to share the tent/room with other women only unless they have opted to take rooms/tents on single basis. If there is no other lady on the trip then they get to stay in the room/tent on single basis. Even if there is a single lady on our trip we will have a separate toilet tent while camping, only for ladies. Every trek is lead by two highly skilled and experienced mountaineering guide with good experience of travelling with groups so they ensure that within the group also a certain decorum is maintained
 
Drinking water?
Natural mineral water is present all over the trail. You have to carry water bottles.

Medical emergencies?
In case of any emergency one of our guides along with the porters and support staff will carry/accompany the guest back to the starting point of the trek from where he/she will be driven to the near hospital for treatment. We carry first aid arrangements and basic medicines with us on the trek.

Fitness level?
The difficulty level of Hampta Pass trek is easy to modrate. and meant for everyone, right from fit/adventurous to seasoned hikers.

Type of Footwear?
Although we recommend a high quality waterproof hiking shoes with good grips under them.

Loads of Enthusiam!! And a  pledge to leave no trace.
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.
 

  • Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of ‘ANALA OUTDOORS PVT. LTD.’
  • Outstation cheques shall not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonoured cheque/s shall have to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If the balance payment is not made on time, it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Camp may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the camp will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • No refund shall be given if the participant terminates the camp at any point due to any reason.
  • Anala outdoors reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant on camp in event of unreasonable behavior at any time and no refund will be given in this regard.
  • The amount paid once is not-transferable to any other programme or to any other person.
  • Jain food may be served on specific request, subject to availability.
  • In case the camp duration is extended due to unforeseen circumstances, each participant will have to pay Rs. 400/-per head, per day to the group leader.
  • It shall be the participant's responsibility to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
  • The organisers or any individual connected with the camp shall not be held responsible in case of any accident or any unforeseen natural calamity.
  • In any case of injury or severe illness where upon the participant has to be admitted to the hospital or sent back by flight or any other means of transport, then those charges shall be entirely borne by the participant .
  • Organisers will not be responsible towards any internal disputes arising with fellow participants.
  • We are not bound to provide name address or any other personal details of other participants.
  • The organisers shall not be held responsible for loss/theft of the participant’s luggage and belongings.
  • Anala outdoors has the right to use the participant's name, information and photographs in promotional materials, brochures and press releases.

Disclaimer : Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Anala Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.


ANALA OUTDOORS PVT.LTD.reserves  the unconditional right to refuse a booking/terminate a participant during the camp/eco-tour in event of unreasonable behaviour in such cases no refund will be given.
 

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