Yoga & Trekking Tour Chopta – Chandrashila- Deoriatal Trek

Region: Uttarakhand, India
Start/End: Rishikesh
Duration: 6 nights/7 days
Altitude: 12,083 ft/3683 m

Grade : Moderate
Approx Trekking Km : 30 Kms.
Trail Type : Round trail. The trek starts and ends at Chopta
DATES:
7th April – 13th April
19th May – 25th May
Price: $ 599 USD

ABOUT THE TOUR

On the trek you are learning yoga by the program of a yoga retreat: you will have daily yoga lessons, pranayama practice (yogic breathing exercises) and evening calming meditations. Your Indian yoga and meditation teacher on the Tour is Mahatma Yoga Ashram’s Yoga Master Yogi Ji .

HIMALAYAN TREKKING

The trek to the Chandrashila peak is moderately easy but still among one of the most beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas. In the spring the Chopta forest will be blooming with magical pink and red Rhododendron trees, making the area look like a fairy-tale. The region is home for abundance of rare Himalayan birds, beautiful wildlife and some of the rich flora of the Himalayan region.

Chandrashila that literally means “The Moon Rock” is a summit of Tungnath, part of Himalayan mountain range. It’s located 12,083 feet (3683 m) above the sea level and offers a famous 360-degree view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, including Nandadevi (25,643 ft / 7816 m), Trisul (23,360 ft, 7120 m), Kedar Peak (22, 770 ft, 6940 m), Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.

The trail offers splendid views from green meadows with livestock to fertile valleys and fields of the Himalayan foothills. The trek will take us along an ancient pilgrim trail that on the 3rd day of the trek will lead us to Tungnath - the world highest Shiva temple.

SPIRITUALITY

Just 1.5 km before reaching the Chandrashila peak we arrive at Tungnath Temple. On the altitude 11,352 ft (3460 m) it is the world highest Shiva temple. We will attend puja, daily worship of Shiva in this magical ancient Himalayan stone temple. Our spiritual guide will tell you all about Shiva, also known as the God of Yoga! This will be one of the highlights of the Tour, adding some profound spirituality to your beautiful Himalayan yoga and trekking experience!

MAHATMA YOGA ASHRAM IN RISHIKESH

We start and finish the Yoga and Trekking Tour in Rishikesh, India. You spend the first night of the Tour at Mahatma Yoga Ashram on the banks of the holy river Ganges. You will have a bright private room with attached bathroom, free WIFI and join a group dinner with useful information exchange before the trek. The cosy group dinner is an excellent change to get to know your fellow trekkers from all over the world. It will give you the opportunity to tune into the upcoming yoga and trekking holiday in India in a calm and comfortable way. We also finish the Yoga and Trekking Tour at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, where we will have a good rest after returning from the mountains. The last evening and the following morning at our Rishikesh Yoga Ashram gives you an appreciated time to reflect on everything you have achieved in the last week and the memories you have made with your new friends from all over the world. On the last morning along with a delicious breakfast we will say farewell to the group.

  Highlights

Enjoy your perfect yoga holiday with trekking in the Mighty Himalayas! Our Tours packages are all inclusive. From the moment you arrive in Rishikesh in Mother India we at Mahatma Yoga will take care of everything for you! The transportation, accommodation, food, trekking permits, spiritual guide and yoga lessons is all organised for you!

All inclusive Spiritual Yoga and Trekking Tour package
The Tour starts from Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India.
Private transportation throughout the Tour
Trekking in Himalayas with expert trek leader/spiritual guide
Quality trekking equipment
360-degree view of over 7000 meters high Himalayan peaks on the Sunrise
Yoga retreat program: Yoga, pranayama & meditation
Nice & clean accommodation in guesthouse/camping on the official campsite with all equipment
Tasty vegetarian meals 3 times daily
World highest Shiva temple (Tungnath), Indian culture and tradition
Group of travellers from all over the world, max group of 15 persons

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Transportation
Our own private transport throughout the Tour (starting from Rishikesh).

Accomodataion
Two nights (first & last nights of the Tour) at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh with private room, attached bathroom and free WIFI

Nice & clean accommodation in village guesthouses or camping in official campsites with all the necessary camping equipment.

Spiritual & Cultural experience
Visit of local Indian mountain villages
Visit of historical spiritual sites (temples, mythological places).
Puja ceremony at Tungnath temple

Food
3 delicious vegetarian meals daily

Yoga teachings
Morning Yoga lessons in the nature
Pranayama practice
Evening Meditations
Living discussions of Yoga Philosophy

Mountain trekking experience
Trekking up to the altitude 12,083 ft/3683 meters
Chandrashila peak with 360-degree view of over 7000 m Himalayan peaks
Expert trek leader/spiritual guide
Quality trekking equipment
All government taxes and permit fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Flights
Pick-up service from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) to Rishikesh – 70 USD extra
Pick-up service from Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport (DED) to Rishikesh – 15 USD extra

NOTES

For the trek you should have good health, normal physical condition and some previous hiking/trekking experience
Yoga for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
Trekkers must carry with them a photocopy of visa and passport throughout the tour
Last ATM point in Ukhimath, 13 km before Sari village
No WIFI after Rishikesh. No reliable mobile connection after Sari village.

Name Dates Status Price
➢ Trekking to the World Highest Shiva Temple 7th April – 13th April Booking Open USD $ 599
➢ Trekking to the World Highest Shiva Temple 19th May – 25th May Booking Open USD $ 599

Reservation:To reserve your seat, you need to pay 20% of the fee as non-refundable advance deposit. Remaining fee is also non-refundable and it needs to be paid upon arrival before starting of the retreat.

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SHORT ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arriving at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India. Group dinner. Night stay at the Ashram.

DAY 2: Rishikesh to Sari village by private car, 8 h drive.

DAY 3: Sari (6,601 ft/2012 m) to Deoriatal (7,841 ft/2390 m). 1 h trek, 3 km. Night at the Deoriatal campsite/guesthouse.

DAY 4: Deoriatal (7,841 ft/2390 m) to Chopta (8,790 ft/2679 m). 7-8 hours trek, 14 km. Night at the Chopta campsite/guesthouse.

DAY 5: Chopta (8,790 ft/2679 m) to Tungnath and Chandrashila (12,083 ft/3683 m) and back to Chopta. 4 hours trek, 8 km. Night at the Chopta campsite/guesthouse.

DAY 6: Drive from Chopa to Rishikesh. We’ll reach Rishikesh around 6 pm -7 pm. Group dinner and night stay in the Ashram.

DAY 7: Breakfast. Farewell to the group.

THE CHOPTA & CHANDRASHILA TOUR DAY-BY-DAY

Day 1: Arriving at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh.
On the first day of the Tour you arrive and settle in at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India. We gather 8 PM for group dinner and exchange information about the Tour. The group dinner at the Ashram is a nice opportunity to meet everyone from your group before the trek. We chat, eat tasty vegetarian food and get all the necessary information about the upcoming Yoga and Trekking Tour. Night stay at the Ashram in private room with attached bathroom and free WIFI.

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Day 2: Rishikesh to Sari. 7-8 hours drive
We depart from Mahatma Yoga Ashram at 6 AM in the morning. Today we will reach the Himalayas, enjoy the beautiful mountain views from the windows of our private car. It will be an 8 hours journey to the traditional Himalayan village Sari, the base for our Chopta and Chandrashila trek. On the way we will have a breakfast and stop in Devaprayag – a unique place where rivers Alakananda and Bhagirath join to form river Ganges. After admiring the beautiful confluence of the Indian holiest river, we will have lunch break in a nice restaurant on the way.
We reach our destination Sari around 3-4 PM, have free time to settle in to the guesthouse and admire the pristine nature around us. At 5 PM we gather for Yoga lesson in the nature – a nice opportunity to get your body to move after the long day drive. The Yoga lesson is followed by a peaceful and calming meditation on the hills of the Sari village. We will stay the night at Sari guesthouse.

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Day 3: Sari (6,601 ft/2012 m) to Deoriatal (7,841 ft/2390 m). 1 h trek, 3 km.
Today we start our trek! But before putting your trekking shoes on, we meet on a yoga mat to get a proper wake up with a nice asana class in the midst of the morning fresh nature! After the yoga class, we make some purifying breathing exercises and have a delicious Indian breakfast in the village. Finally it’s time to start hiking in the mighty Himalayas!
The trek starts gradually easy; with a beautiful forest hike passing some village houses and a temple along the way. After the forest ends, we will have beautiful views of the Himalayas! If the weather is clear, we will see our trek destination – Chandrashila peak in the distance and below it the holy Tungnath temple. The trail continues through a beautiful forest, blooming with pink and red rhododendrons in the spring.
On the way we will rest and relax on some viewpoints with good views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Soon we reach our destination of the day – Deoriatal Lake campsite. After the lunch you will have free time to spend how you wish. It is a perfect time to enjoy the surroundings and soak in some of the powerful energies of the Himalayas! There are lots of nice forest trails around the lake where dense maple forests, blooming valleys and wildflowers greet you along with some rare birds of great Himalayas.

At 6 PM we gather for evening meditation followed by a group dinner and chat around the campfire. We will spend the night at the Deoriatal campsite next to the lake. There is possibility to overnight in a tent or in a guesthouse next to the campsite. You have the possibility to choose between tent and guesthouse throughout the trek.

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Day 4: Deoriatal (7,841 ft/2390 m) to Chopta (8,790 ft/2679 m). 7-8 hours trek, 14 km.
We wake up 6 AM ready and willing and welcome the raising sun with a sets of Sun Salutations on the yoga mat. In the fresh morning air we practice pranayama – purify our lungs with some yogic breathing exercises. After some hearty Indian breakfast we start the trek that today will be moderately longer and challenging then yesterday. To reach Chopta – our destination for today, we need to trek 14 km and it will take us around 7-8 hours. The trek is moderate with gradual ascents and rapid descents. We hike in some lovely forest trails in the midst of blooming rhododendrons and dense maple forest. On the forest ridges the trail offers some beautiful viewpoints with unobstructed views from all sides. We get the glimpse of Kedar Dome, Kala Parvat peaks and Chandrashila peak among other grand peaks of the Himalayas. On one of the viewpoints we will have our lunch.

Hiking in the Chopta forest offers a rich experience – you hike in the midst of powerful oak, maple and rhododendron trees, followed by a beautiful bird song while passing some meadows with old shepherd huts. If we are lucky we might spot some tracks of wild animals, like foxes and leopards.

In the afternoon we will reach the Chopta campsite, have a meditation and a dinner. We will stay the night at Chopta campsite in a tent/guesthouse.

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Day 5: Chopta (8,790 ft/2679 m) to Tungnath and Chandrashila (12,083 ft/3683 m) and back to Chopta. 4 hours trek, 8 km.
Today we will reach our trek’s destinations - the holy Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak. As the temple and the views from Chandrashila are just magnificent on the sunrise, we start todays trek early, before the sunrise! The ascent to the Tungnath temple is steep but relatively short, about 2 km. It is an old pilgrim trail and the views from here are just wonderful. From Tungnath temple it is another 1,5 km ascend to Chandrashila. On the top of the Chandrashila peak you will be awarded with unbelievable 360-degrees views of over 7000 m peaks on the raising Sun. Witnessing the sunrise from Chandrashila will remain as one of the most unforgettable moment you will ever experience on any Himalayan trek. The view is truly magical.

After the time to enjoy the spectacular views we will slowly descent back to Chopta where we will practice yoga and have our much-deserved delicious vegetarian lunch! The afternoon gives us ample time to explore and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the Chopta village. We will stay the night at Chopta campsite in a tent/guesthouse.

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DAY 6: Drive from Chopa to Rishikesh
We start our morning today with a stretching yoga and some relaxing pranayama practice that will cure the sore muscles after yesterdays trek! With a yummy breakfast in your belly, we will start the drive back to Rishikesh. We will reach Mahatma Yoga Ashram around 6 - 7 PM, relax after the drive and have a cosy group dinner at the Ashram.

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DAY 7: Farewell to the Group
Breakfast at the Ashram and farewell to the group. Time to reflect on everything you have achieved during the week. You leave Mahatma Yoga Ashram totally relaxed, refreshed and richer by a beautiful experience of a yoga and mountain trekking holiday in the powerful Indian Himalayas.

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THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU

Backpack with rain cover
Warm waterproof jacket
Warm cap
Comfortable trekking shoes
Thermal long underwear
Extra pair of socks
Sleeping bag (possible to rent in Rishikesh)
Personal medication
Sunglasses
Sunscreen SPF 30-50+
Torch or headlamp
Camera power bank/portable charger

The best trekking clothing is warm, light, quick dry and breathable.
Make sure you have good trekking shoes (brake in your new shoes before the trek!).
As nights can get cold in the mountains, thermal long underwear and woollen socks are perfect for sleeping.
We provide water, snacks and first aid medication during the hike.
We provide trekking equipment like trekking poles and sleeping bag (if you don’t have your own).

CHOPTA WEATHER BY MONTH