Geat a view on Chopta Chandrashila Trek.
It appeals to him. And he’ll explain why in this narrative by taking you through every detail you need to know about the journey.
The Deoriatal Chandrashila hike in Uttarakhand’s Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife lover’s dream. It’s also an excellent summit climb (12,083 feet) for individuals just getting started trekking in the Himalayas.
Summit climbs, you see, are satisfying, even if you have to slog up a mountain for hours in the small hours of the morning. As the sun’s rays illuminate the sky, you reach its highest height. The clouds, the hills, and the specks of civilisation are all below you. Mountain ranges can frequently be seen in the distance on a Himalayan trip.
Deoriatal Chandrashila is unique in this regard. You do not see a portion of the Himalayan ranges. From the summit, you can see all of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand’s prominent peaks. We mean all when we say “all.”
I had read a handful of trek journals about the trek before we started. I knew there was a pilgrim trail from Chopta to the Tungnath temple, which was about 4 kilometres away.
Tungnath Temple is only open during the summer and closed by Diwali.
I had heard that people would camp out on the grounds of the Tungnath shrine. They would go to Chandrashila early in the morning to see the dawn.
Chandrashila was a two-kilometer hike from Tungnath in my imagination. There were some nice views, but that was about it. Yes, I’d heard a lot about the lovely fields surrounding Chopta Chandrashila Trek. I wasn’t sure how this counted as a hike.
I still have an old video from Deoriatal that I recorded. That footage was never made public. Because you can’t hear me at all in that video. The chirping of birds has drowned out my voice. For that video, we attempted a few other sites but eventually gave up. The birds were all over the place!
Many of our birder trekkers went on this trek after we talked a lot about the birds on this trek. They just have one comment about this journey. This is where you’ll go to see birds.
Birds can be found on other hikes. None of these, however, will compare to the sights you’ll witness on the Deoriatal Chandrashila walk. On this hike, you’ll observe at least 30–40 different types.
Although I am not a birder, I have completed this walk three times – in all four seasons. Monals have always been close to the trail when I’ve observed them. Monals, Uttarakhand’s state bird, are, in my opinion, more beautiful and colourful than peacocks.
Seeing the Monals would be a good cause for me to return to the trail. On past hikes, I’ve only seen Monals a few times.
The entire massif of Mt Chaukhamba was directly in front of me, as though rising from the lake’s margins. I took a look around. Everyone was staring at the same thing. No one could look away from Mt Chaukhamba.
You can ask me to go on a variety of hikes. But the view of Mt Chaukhamba from the Deoriatal shoreline is something I wouldn’t trade for anything else.
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