After floods and disaster in Uttrakhand in June 2013 this was my first trip to Uttrakhand. All of our tours to Valley of Flowers got cancelled. A family of four from Paris showed interest in going for a trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal. We were to start on 4th August but since 5th August was Shivratri and Haridwar was too much crowded. Moreover the National Highway – 58 was closed between Delhi and Haridwar due to Kawarias. Kawarias are people who take water from Ganges at Haridwar and bring it to their native places by foot. They occupy full National Highway for about a week. We postponed our trip from 4th August to 6th August.
Trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal – Day 1
We started at 6.00 am on August 6, 2013 from Haridwar. Today our aim was to reach village Sari by evening. Sari is the base point for trek to Deoria Tal. By 11.30 am we reached Srinagar. We saw some evidence of the flood. There were houses full of mud. You can see in following pictures.
We encountered with a land slide at 2.00 pm but it was soon cleared.
In the evening we reached at Nandprayag where a massive boulder blocked the road and it was declared by BRO (Border Road Organization) Officials that the road will be cleared by tomorrow only as a blast is needed to clear the road.
Nandprayag is the confluence of Alaknanda and Nandakani. We decided to stay at Nandprayag and in the evening we went up to the confluence.
At around 9.00 pm we heard a huge sound of blast and the road was clear.
Trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal – Day 2
Next day we started at 7.00 am after breakfast from Nandprayag. From Chamoli a road separates to Ukhimath. Village Sari and Chopta are on the way. This road is generally used by pilgrims for going from Badrinath to Kedarnath.
After the disaster we did not see a single tourist apart from our group during our whole trip.
We had tea at a small teashop somewhere 15 kilometers from Chamoli. After taking tea we again started our journey to Sari village. Following are some of the pictures taken on the way.
By 3.00 pm we reached village Sari and had lunch in local house. After lunch we started our trek to Deoria Tal.
We reached Deoria Tal in the evening and erected our tents near the lake (Tal). Soon our dinner was ready and after dinner we straight way went to sleep.
Trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal – Day 3
Next day we went for local trekking in the nearby forest. We saw some foxes near our tents.
Trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal – Day 4
Next day we started for Chopta. We had breakfast at Deoria Tal and lunch in home at village Sari. At Chopta we stayed in swiss tents it was very beautiful location.
Next day after breakfast we started Tungnath Temple. The trek to Tungnath starts from Chopta it is a very beautiful trek following are some of the pictures taken on the way.
Trek to Chopta, Tungnath and Deoria Tal – Day 5 and 6
By 3.00 pm we came back to Chopta and after lunch we started our journey backward by road. We had night halt in a hotel somewhere 15 kilometers before Chamoli. Next day early morning we started and reached Haridwar by evening.
After the June disaster this was my first visit to Uttrakhand. There were almost no tourists in Uttrakhand. Almost everyone is scared of going to Uttrakhand, but I did not find anything of which one should be scared of. Moreover, all of my trek members, myself and my wife all reach back safely without any harm. The disastrous event like this happen very rarely at I do not hope it to happen again in my life time. The Television Channels show only the negative part. I accept that the road in Kedarnath Valley is damaged badly but the road for Chopta, Valley of Flowers is OK. The natural beauty is intact at these places.
In September I will be going to Kuari Pass If you are interested you can come with me.
I will be posting another post soon as I have been to Ghangaria recently.