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This all-season trek is known for its scenic beauty. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of the snow-clad peaks. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is one of the panch-kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.
We also visit the picturesque Deoriatal which is famous for mirroring the Chaukhamba peak in its waters. A lake shrouded in legends, it is believed the Devas (Gods) bathed in this lake and hence the name. Some say that it was the place from where the mighty Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata were asked queries by Yaksha. The lake is also believed to be the “Indra Sarovar” referred to in the Puranas by wandering Sadhus.
Haridwar(UK) – Haridwar(Uttarakhand)
The future of Trekking in the Himalayas looks uncertain, at least for the moment. Ever wonder all the people who are trekking in the mountains throw their garbage, what do they do with the waste? Why so many popular treks are getting banned? & what impact do we make on the mountains after having our adventurous trip there? Many adventure clubs lure corporate professionals with attractive trek packages. They bring big groups and are seen violating the rules. There is a restriction on the number of people who can enter the forest trail. The number of people allowed depends upon the sensitivity of the eco-zone.
Step to Himalayas is trying to create a change for the trekking community. Let’s not just take photos for social media accounts, before coming back from the mountains.
With our small initiative, we are working towards ‘Responsible Trekking’. Not only we are conducting clean-up drives but also helping the locals who are always there to help us in our journey to the Himalayas. Generate greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities.
Our tour guides will expect you at Haridwar railway station at 6:30 in the morning today. You can arrange an overnight bus journey from Delhi, reaching Haridwar in the morning or reach a couple of days earlier to the starting day of the trek. We start early and drive through the towns of Devprayag and Rudraprayag to reach Sari village. The route follows the river Ganges till Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From here, we follow Alaknanda till Rudraprayag, where Alaknanda and Mandakini merge into one. Rudraprayag has been mentioned in the book ‘The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag’ by the famous big cat hunter Jim Corbett. He managed to hunt down the leopard which had killed about 125 people in the area. The river Mandakini is followed upstream from here. We reach Sari by early evening.
Briefing about the trek in the evening at tea time.
Overnight stay at local guest house.
A very much characterized rough trail will indicate you to the end, from where the Chandrashila summit is unmistakably noticeable and the Tunganath sanctuary is a bit of shading. After this point, it’s a lofty tough twist on the edge back of the mountain. Prepare for an intensely arduous climb, giving you the principal taste of test. Before long, you will achieve the Forest Department assembled resting stop. A brilliant view the method for the mountain fall holds up here.
In the evening small briefing about the surrondings.
The present trail will acclimate you more with the Chaukhamba massif and Mount Kedar summit, rising intently as you process. Rhododendron and maples overshadow the woodland way, spreading a cool and reviving vibe. In these bushes you will discover two noticeable assortments of rhododendrons—red and pink, the centralization of them thickens as you move pass the principal woodland extend.
We start early today. Form the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. The path is a paved one having handrails at places. At times, one can catch a glimpse of the monal bird in the forest on the left side of the path. Monal is a type of pheasant and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is a short 3 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred meters. After a visit to the age-old temple, we head up to the peak. Soaking in the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas from Chandrashila, we begin heading down to Chopta and reach by late afternoon.
On this day, we can visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. It is the winter abode of the idol of Kedarnath temple. We drive back to Haridwar and reach by early evening.