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CHANDRASHILA SUMMIT WINTER EXPEDITION (JAN. TO MARCH)

 

 

Though this is a high altitude moderate trek in summers but turns in extremely strenuous trek in winters due to heavy snowfall on trek and all around Chopta valley, Uttarakhand where the trek located. This is the only one short trek in Garhwal Himalaya which gifts an opportunity to climb over 10 feet of snow on alpine slopes of Chopta valley in winters. In snow fall season Chandrashila expedition becomes extremely exciting and highly challenging due to its snow covered path and steep ascending which pull our feet back. Snow advents in Dec and lasts up to March end in the entire valley. We need extra enthusiasm and well physical fitness to climb up to Chandrashila summit in Jan and Feb but it becomes easier in March. Due to extremely adverse climatic and trekking conditions in snow season, this expedition is recommended for youngsters and hot blooded old age people only. The trek takes you in deep seclusion of middle Himalaya just close to Greater Himalaya. A glimpse of any rare wildlife species like Musk deer, Snow leopard, Monal, Thar etc, during the expedition doubles the excitement.

We offer proper knowledge, adequate assistance and essential snow trekking gears to make your trekking expedition absolutely safe and immensely recreational.

All snow trekking expeditions are conducted by local youngster’s team who are certified from “Nehru Institute of Mountaineering” and have long experience in adventure sports activities.

Tungnath-Chandrashila winter expedition is a great opportunity for trained snow skiers since it provide a ‘kilometres long’ snow skiing trek with 45 degree slope on Tungnath Mountain. Magpie Jungle Camp Chopta is used as a base camp for all snow trekking expeditions in the region.

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ITINERARY I :- EASY SNOW TREK / WINTER TREK PACKAGE

Day -1 – Arrival at Magpie jungle camp (in the afternoon and go for acclimatization walk in the evening).

Day -2 – Snow Trekking up to 2 to 5 Km  and return at Camp in the evening.

Day-3 – Departure to home.

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ITINERARY II :- MODERATE SNOW TREK / WINTER PACKAGE

Day 1 – Arrival at Magpie jungle camp (in the afternoon and go for acclimatization walk in the evening).

Day 2 – Trekking to Devariyatal (2.5 km ) one side or Rest day.

Day 3 – Snow Trekking up to 2 to 5Km  and return at Camp in the evening.

Day 3 – Departure to home.

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ITINERARY III:- SNOW ADVENTURE TREK PACKAGE (Minimum member should be 6 in group to do this trek )

Day 1  – Arrival at Magpie jungle camp (in the afternoon and go for acclimatization walk in the evening).

Day 2  – Snow trek start – Today we will do trek up to Chopta station (3.5km trek).

Day 3 – Today we will do Trek up to Tungnath Temple  (3.5Km trek)Night stay at Tungnath .

Day 4 – Today we will do trek from Tungnath – Chandrashila (1.5 km ) and back to Chopta or Directly to Magpie Camp (about to 6km down trek), Night stay at Magpie Camp

Day-3 – Departure to home.

 

We also organize snow trek where we experience  the snow cave.

INCLUDES:-

  • Night stay in spacious all weather proof DELUXE TENTS with fully furnished carpet, Mink blanket, mink bedstead and good quality quilt for winter.
  • Hot water bottle in the night in the bed.
  • Welcome refreshment
  • All Three Veg. meals
  • Evening Snacks with Beverages.
  • Unlimited Tea & Coffee
  • Games (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Small Bonfire
  • Acclimatization walks around camp Site.
  • Snow trekking.
  • EQUIPMENT FOR SNOW TREK– waterproof  climbing boot, climbing stick/pole, gaiter , snow trouser(If size will available).
  • GOVERNMENT SANCTUARY VISIT CHARGES.

EXCLUDES :-

  • Government sanctuary visit charge
  • Personal Expense
  • Any Transportation
  • Room heater charges 700/night Extra (limited) .
  • Travel Insurance

TRANSPORTATION CHARGES FORM HARIDWAR TO HARIDWAR (The exact price will be declared at the time of booking):-

Days  Indigo           Inova Tempo 12 Seat  
3 Days 8500 10200   12300
4 Days 10200 12200 14300
4 Days 11700 13800 16200
  • Chandrashila Peak (4000 mtrs height) :- It is extremely challenging to climb Chandrashila peak above temple region because of its steepness and huge amount of snow on route. But with proper snow gears, equipment and with experienced instructors one can enjoy elevation of Chandrashila peak. A huge amount of snow remains up to March end in Chopta region. It is bit difficult to access above Tungnath temple in January and February but becomes easier in March.
  • Kedarnath wild life sanctuary ( 975 km sq ):-As wild animals of Kedarnath wild life sanctuary migrate to lower regions from upper Himalayan regions in snow fall season so the event offers an occasion to view rare an  engendered wildlife species during trekking in Chopta region. And if someone is  immensely fortunate can come across musk dear, snow leopard and other species.
  • Devariya tal:-Devariya tal trek is remained easily accessible even in snow fall period and all age people can easily trek up to Devariyatal. Combination of snow around the beautiful lake and Himalaya present an amazing views.
  • Tungnath Temple:- In snow fall season Tungnath temple region go under about 6 feet of snow. Many trekkers reach up to Tungnath region because heavy snow on route to Chandrashila.

TRANSPORT OPTIONS (DELHI – HARIDWAR – DELHI):-For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet.  Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs. 300-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.

WEATHER DETAILS :- This snow trek is organized between Jan & Mar when the region has had good snowfall. Contrary to popular belief, winter is a good time to be in the mountains if one is equipped properly. Most locals inhabiting higher reaches of the mountains don’t mind the problems associated with snowfall and seem to have a good time during these months. In these months weather is generally clear most of the days. Day time is pleasantly warm with one getting to enjoy sitting out in the sun and temperatures would be around 12-17 °C. Evenings are quite cold and one would need to be inside a tent/room or sitting outside next to fire with proper winter clothes. The evening temperatures will be around -5 to -3 °C. Nights can be very cold with temperatures in the range of -8 to 0 °C.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.

LIST OF ESSENTIALS :- Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Shirts/T-shirts – 2/3
  • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  • Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent & having inside lining for extra warmth) – 2
  • Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality with a proper hood
  • Down jacket (with min 600 fill power rating)
  • Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woolen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woolen cap (Balaclava)
  • Inner fleece gloves
  • Outer waterproof gloves
  • Thick woolen socks & regular socks (4-5 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended) (we provide shoes too)
  • Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
  • Gaiters (we provide gaiter in package)
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  • Cap / floppy hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
  • Sturdy walking stick / Trekking pole (we will provide)
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Book, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

How to Reach Chopta:-

  1. By Flight:-Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Chopta situated at a distance of 221kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Chopta.
  2. By Train :-The nearest railway station to Chopta is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 202kms before Chopta on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath and Chopta.
  3. By Road :-Chopta is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttrakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Chopta are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand like Rishikesh, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Gaurikund, Srinagar, Gopeshwar etc. Chopta is situated on the road connecting Guptkashi with Gopeshwar.

 

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