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If you are looking for an unexplored weekend getaway in hills then your search ends at Deoban in Uttarakhand. A part of a forest in the Kanasar forest range bordering Himachal Pradesh. Deoban is one of the major places to visit in Chakrata with a fine-looking forest rest house located at an altitude of 2865m built-in 1963.
The forests are generally broad-leaved oak, coniferous pine, fir, and Deodar as well thorny shrubs especially near the rocky outcrops. The closest road-head is Chakrata which is 16kms away. Chakrata is an ancient British cantonment town. This tourist place of Uttarakhand will give you a glimpse of the British Era. Most of Chakrata is inaccessible due to army restrictions and the presence of dense forest.
There is a motorable road all the way ahead to the forest rest house but in winters the snow makes the place inaccessible by road. This gives a chance to trekkers to walk along the old forest trail through the dense oak and Deodar forests of this area. Chakrata is at an altitude of 2200m and the trekking route till Deoban can get to almost 3000m.
Day 01: Dehradun – Chakrata – Campsite.
Day 02: Campsite – Chakrata – Tiger Fall.
Day 01: Drive from Dehradun to Chakrata and trek to the campsite - (Drive 89 km /3 h + 3-hour trek)
Day 02: (Campsite to Chakrata and then trek to tiger falls)
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Chakrata which is about 125kms from Deoban. You can easily get a cab from the airport to Chakrata.
By Train: Dehradun is the nearest railway station to Chakrata and is about 100kms away. You can easily get a cab for Chakrata from the Dehradun railway station.
By Bus: Chakrata is well connected by road and one can get buses from Dehradun for Chakrata which is about 100kms away.
The perfect time for Deoban trek is in the months of May, June, September and October. In this time Uttarakhand is really very pleasant and you will be seeing some beautiful sceneries. Also in these months the weather is not humid, not making the trekkers uncomfortable.
Yes you can definitely go to the Deoban trek if its your first time of trekking. You will have an amazing journey. You will be witnessing some difficulty at the beginning in some trails but its okay if you rather don’t mind.
If you are a beginner then you are expected to be really fit as you don’t have any kind of experience of trekking, but if you have already gone to some treks earlier then you know how much efforts and strengths needed for the entire trek.
You should be well aware of the place. you should do your own research from the internet regarding the temperature and the difficulty level of the entire trek. Do shopping of some of the things like some warm clothes and some of the necessary things for the trek.
Deoban trek is a very short trek. It is of normally 2 days and 1 night trek. So you can carry a small rucksack for the trek. The rucksack should be waterproof in case there is any in between your stuff don’t get destroyed.
There will be no porters to carry your things. You need to carry your own things. You can always take only necessary things for the trek rather than putting a lot of things for such a short trip. You should always take backpacks as they are easy to carry.
You should carry shoes which have a good grip, which are actually made for trekking. You should not have shoes that are slippery and are not water proof. Apart from wearing shoes you shl=ould also carry an extra pair in case of an emergency.
There should be someone who should know about the paths of the trek and is a well trained mountaineer. Guides will help you with any sort of thing needed in the trek. They will let you know the small small things which are valuable.
The Deoban trek is graded as a moderate trek and you should be well prepared in advance for the trek. There can be some steep ascents and descents in the trek. So you should prepare yourself for that as well. There can be some unsmooth sections as well.
The Deoban trek could prove to be one of the best treks of all. It is a very short one yet an adventurous one. If you are a fun loving and adventurous then you should definitely prefer going to the Deoban trek. You can get everything you want in this trek.
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