Chenap Valley Trek Guide
Chenap is a lush green Valley situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 3,900 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains deep in the heart of the Himalayas. This valley spread upto Sona-Shikhar, which is last trekking point of this trek.
Chenap Valley can be easily considered as having one of the widest varieties of flowers in Indian Himalayas. Many varieties of Himalayan wild flowers bloom here. A plethora of colorful species such as primulas, orchids, poppies, Brahma kamal, marigold, anemones and daisies accompany the trekkers. Snow clad peaks, waterfalls, streams and glaciers surround the trails. The valley has some of the best meadows which are still unexplored and offers great views of Dronagiri, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot from a height of 13000 feet. The trail also allows you to acquaint the crystal clear waters of the Swanu and Nandu Lake. It has a natural verdure and cool ambiance that tempts trekkers to camp at the site. Another major attraction is the ancient Rajrajeshwari Mohan Nanda Temple.
How to Reach Chenap Valley
Chenap Valley is located 28kms from Joshimath. Joshimath, in turn is at distance of 396kms from Delhi. Once you reach Joshimath, You can trek to Chenap Valley. There are various modes of transportations that are available to reach Joshimath.
There is no motor-able road to Chenab lake and can only be reached via trekking. Vishnu PRAYAG, located 10kms from JOSHIMATH, is the last point which is well connected via motor-able road.
By Road: joshimath is well connected with major Uttarakhand cities via motorable roads. There are various bus services available from Delhi to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar from Kashmiri Gate ISBT. Taxis and local buses are readily available from all major cities of Uttarakhand
By Rail: The nearest rail head is Haridwar, which is 299km from Joshimath. There are numerous trains connecting Haridwar Junction with other major cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to Haridwar is quite high as it is one of the most revered and religious place in India.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is approximately 20kms from Rishikesh and 285kms from Joshimath, and offers daily connectivity with New Delhi.
Chenap Valley Trek Details
One has to reach Joshimath in Chamoli Garhwal and from Joshimath, one has to drive to Vishnu PRAYAG which is just 10kms away. The journey to the Chenap Valley starts at Thaing Village which is at an altitude of 8000 ft. After an overnight rest, one continues uphill towards Dhar Kharak, from here the Chenap valley is only 4kms away. This trek is graded easy to moderate and can be done by beginners as well. A moderate amount of fitness is needed. Chenap Valley presents a different look each day when it becomes accessible from May to September. Oak and Cedar forests, lush meadows and undisturbed campsites are some highlights of the trek.
Gather at Rishikesh ISBT in the morning, after that, we start our journey from there. Joshimath is 215 km far from Rishikesh and it takes around 10-12 hours to reach there. We drive through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and Joshimath. The drive is scenic and it goes along the Alaknandariver, which is one of the tributaries of Ganges. The interesting thing about the drive is that you will be crossing all five confluences of sacred rivers (also known as PanchPrayag in local language). These five confluences take place at Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, and Vishnuprayag. By evening, we will be able to reach at Joshimath. Check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight stay.Day 02: Joshimath - Vishnu Prayag (10 kms by road) - Thaing Village (8 kms trek)
Today, we will drive to Vishnu Prayag, from here we will be trekking to Thaing Village. To enter the valley you will have to cross the bridge at Vishnuprayag. Motorable road is being constructed to connect the Thaing village to joshimath. At present its motorable up to a few kms ahead of Chai village. Thaing village is beautiful legendary village, full of many stories about the king of this village & relics of it. Night stay in tent or home stay with cultural food of this village.
Day 03: Thaing Village - Dhar Kharak (6 kms trek)
Wake up early to start trekking to Dhar Kharak or Baidwa Kharak. Packed lunch will be taken to serve you on the way. The trek will go through thick woodlands and along the course of a few streams. We shall set our camp at Dhar Kharak for an overnight stay. Overnight stay in the camp at Dhak khar
Day 04: Dhar Kharak - Chenap Meadow (4 kms)
Post breakfast, we shall trek to Chenap Valley. This is the day we will make the much anticipated short ascent to the valley. There are around 300 species of flowers and several medicinal plants in this valley. The day is free of any activities. So explore the region. If you are lucky then you can enjoy bird watching and occasionally a couple of wild animals too.
Optional: One can Trek towards Sona Shikhar which is 8 kms via Fulna and Maskyani Bugyal. In Sona Shikhar one can see the Braham Kamal and Fan Kamal.
Day 05: Chenap Valley – Thaing Village
After breakfast, trek down to Thaing Village. Overnight stay in tent or homestay.
Day 06: Thaing Village - Vishnu Prayag - Rishikesh (160km/5-6 hours)
Wake up early and have your breakfast. Trek down to Vishnu Prayag and from there drive to Rishikesh. Once you reach check in to the hotel.