This time it was a another long journey into the Gharwal Mountains in Uttarakhand. But this time we witness awestruck, breathtaking and most refreshing morning from Deoria Tal with the view of Massif Mt. Chaukhamba in the backdrop after a short little hike of 2.3 Km from pretty & calm little hamlet known as Sari Village. After this on a same day, we went towards another hike from Chopta to Tungnath Temple & Chandershila Peak.
Therefore this day became the longest and tiring day as we started Deoria Tal Trek at 5 am and returned back around 10 am then head towards Chopta by little walk (4 Km) + Cab (22 Km) around 12 pm in the noon then had our lunch after this left for the TUNGNATH – CHANDRASHILA (4000 m altitude) Trek of 7 Km at 1.30 pm and came back at 8.30 pm while struggling with black ice in the dark. We fall many times although we had good snow hiking shoes and torch due to darkness & black ice but reached back safe.
We found no food or shelter places open in the trek as Temple was closed for winters so keep that in mind if anyone planning for the same and also don’t take the risk of doing any such trek with black ice in the dark without guide.
After this long day we went to Joshimath via Chopta to Gopeshwar (35 Km), Gopeshwar to Chamoli (50 Km), Chamoli to Joshimath (100 Km). We reached to Joshimath around 2 pm and took a rest for the day after lunch.
Next Morning we took a cable car to Auli of 3 Km long approx. which started 9 am. Auli was a snow paradise with lots of fresh snow and remote wilderness with no one around except serenity and magical vibes of mountains.
We did another little hike of 3 Km to Gorson Bugyal from Auli to experience the complete 360 view of around with Mt. Nanda Devi. We came back to Joshimath 2.30 pm and took a rest for the day. Next day we head back to home. In the end we want to urge every traveler take all precautions with plastic and your waste to keep the Himalayas beautiful and awesome forever. All the details about this trip and places we have mentioned below……Thank you so much.
It was a five day long trip into the Mountains in Nov 2020 with following Itinerary :-
Day 1:- Haridwar to Sari Village (218 Km)
Day 2:- Sari Village to Deoria Tal to Sari Village to Chopta to Tungnath to Chandrashila Peak to Chopta
Day 3 :- Chopta to Joshimath (185 Km)
Day 4:- Joshimath to Auli to Joshimath (Cable Car)
Day 5 :- Joshimath to Haridwar (277 Km)
1. Deoria Tal is a lake about 2.3 km from the Sari Village on the Ukhimath-Chopta road in Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 2,438 meters, it has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow-covered mountains in the backdrop.
2. Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys.
3. Chandrashila is summit of the Tungnath. It literally means “Moon Rock”. It is located at a height of about 4,000 metres above sea level. This peak provides views of the Himalayas, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. There are various legends associated with this place.
4. Auli is a Himalayan ski resort and hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand at a height of about 2800 metres above sea level. It’s surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, plus the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. A long cable car links Auli to the town of Joshimath. North of Auli are the colorful Badrinath Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and the Valley of Flowers National Park, with its alpine flora and wildlife like snow leopards and red foxes.
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