Trek to Chandrashila Top

Our favourite short trek

This is the best trek to do if you're living in Delhi and have limited time for travel. Here are a few reasons:

  • A 4000m peak to conquer/enjoy
  • 360 degree panoramic mountain views to soak in
  • A night’s camping by a Himalayan lake
  • Moderately easy trekking - no prior training required if you’re reasonably fit.
  • It’s pretty short so you only need to take a couple of days off work
  • Donkeys will carry your stuff, so you’re light and free to enjoy the trek

Here are some photos from the last time we did this trek.


Sample Itinerary 

Day 0: Overnight drive Delhi to Rishikesh

Set off at midnight and drive 6 hours through the night to check in at at Rishikesh. 

Overnight in cars

Day 01: Thursday 27th June: Drive Haridwar to Sari (8 Hours), Trek Sari to Deoriatal Lake(2300m, 1hr)

Arrive at Rishikesh at about 6am, check in, have a nice hot chai and hop into our jeeps for the spectacular drive to Sari (8 hours) along the Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. Reach Sari village and from here trek to the beautiful Himalayan lake Deoriatal. The trek is steep through the forest and gives a great view of the surrounding villages. Arrive and camp near the lake.

Overnight in tents

Day 02: Trek Deoriatal Lake to Chopta (3000m): 5 - 6 hrs

Wake up to a sunrise view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks. After breakfast we trek start to Chopta. It’s a gradual trek and the views are well worth the effort. Pass through the dense forest and alpine meadows dotted with flowers. Arrive at Chopta and camp at outskirts.

Overnight in tents

Day 03:Trek Chopta to Chandrashilla (4000m) to Chopta Trek: 6-7hrs

Get up early to reach the summit in time to see the panoramic view of the high Himalayan peaks. The trek is mostly a gradual ascent through dwarf rhododendron bushes. You can see most of the prominent peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas from Chandrashilla Top: Nanda Devi (7817m - the second highest peak in India), Kedarnath, Trishul and Banderpoonch are prominent peaks visible from here. Explore the area and trace our steps back to the camp at Chopta.

Overnight in tents

Day 04: Chopta /Rishikesh Drive: 8-9hrs. Train to Delhi.

After breakfast we board our cars and drive back to Rishikesh, change vehicles and return drive to Delhi. If we can manage train reservations in time, we will go to Haridwar to catch the Dehra Dun Shatabdi (Train no. 12018), departing from Haridwar at 18:13 and arriving at New Delhi Railway Station at 22:45 (4 ½ hours journey).

End of trip


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