Today our plan is to deoriatal trek which was near Chopta at Sari village. After deoriatal trek we would move to Rishikesh. We checked out the guest house around 9 am and moved to Sari village. The adventure starts from Sari. There is a sign-board indicating the trek route to Deoriatal in the heart of the small market in Sari, next to Hira and Murali Singh Negi Tourist House.
Complete Guide of deoriatal trek
The signboard says Debriya Tal, which is an alternative name for the lake. It was called so because it was believed that devis (Goddesses) once came to the lake to take a dip. A well-defined rocky track was laid here. We finished our heavy breakfast with aloo paratha, pickle, double egg omelet and coffee in the entry point roadside dhaba, which was really yummy.
The deoriatal trek began with a gradual climb up the mountain. After approximately 15 minutes, we came across village houses and an old local temple. We have taken a few snaps of Sari village from here. Ten minutes into the hike, the track started to become steeper. The forest has been cleared here, so we got a good view all around. The track was well-defined all the way to Deoriatal. From here, we followed the trail that winds up the mountain ridge. After a steady uphill trek for about 20-30 minutes, you reached the first viewpoint. The Forest Department has constructed a shed for the travelers here to take rest. This spot is ideally located to relax and feast your eyes with a grand view of the mountains and the valley. Then after a steady hike of ten minutes; we reached the second viewpoint. Now, at 7,434 feet, Sari is no longer visible. Deoriatal was just two minutes away from here. After a very short downhill trek, our surroundings opened up to a majestic view of Deoriatal, with Mt. Chaukhambha approaching in the background.
Situated at a good height of 7, 800 feet, the lake was wrapped up with forests all around. At a short distance ahead, the Chaukhamba sparkles and the reflection of it are caught in the crystal-like waters of the lake. The effect is striking. The site is immersed in myths. The silence was clear. The chill in the air felt more welcome than anything else could. There is no electricity in Deoria Tal. There are no hotels. There is no fine dining and resto-bars. There are few people in Deoria Tal. There are camps to spend the night. There is food prepared by the locals. There are the stars at Deoria Tal. There are the mountains. There is a calm lake to sit beside and stare into the unconsciousness. The total deoriatal trek has taken 2.5 hours. We came down to Sari around 2 p.m and finished our lunch. Then we started for Rishikesh.
For deoriatal trek one can arrange tent accommodation with Mr. Hira Singh Negi, an elderly local well-regarded and refer by those having traveled here. He can be contacted at +91-9410241543. Other options are
Bharat Puspwan: 09719875326, 09456108780
Mr. Hira Singh Negi (09410241543)
Mr. Surendra (09410367921, 08958329376)
For your information Sari village has electricity.
How to reach
From Haridwar to Rudraprayag (160 km Cab. 5 hours), Rudraprayag to Ukhimath (45 km cab 2 hours), Ukhimath to Chopta (65 km by cab. 2½ hour), Chopta to Sari village (20 km 1 hour).
Best time to for deoriatal trek is March to May and October to November. In winters i.e. December – January, when the snowfall starts the nights at Deoria Tal are extremely chilly and is only advisable if you are compatible with the temperatures well below freezing point. Even June – July is hot when the sun is out but shades and night are a bit cooler though. Monsoon season is generally not a suggested time period to visit the region.
Dos & Don’ts
1. A trekking stick is a must, never move in mountains without a trekking stick.
2. Wear light and quick dry clothes. Avoid jeans and other skintight clothes.
3. If you don’t have much idea of the place never roam around without a guide, mountains are unpredictable.
4. Carry sufficient water with you before commencing the trek and keep yourself hydrated.
5. Never move without a raincoat in the mountains.
6. A good trekking shoe is a must.
7. Walk across and flat-footed while descending. Mainly in rainy season always dig in your heel first while ascending.
8. Never take any medicine without consulting a doctor.
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