Travel is to find the places where you have not been and trekking in the Himalayas will give you such unexplored places. One such amazing and peaceful tourist place in Uttarakhand is Deoban. 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 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 a glimpse of British Era. Most of chakrata is inaccessible due to army restrictions and 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.
2 Days 1 Nights
You will begin this amazing winter trek of Uttarakhand with a 4 km trail that leads to the forest Chowki. The trail will take you through dense forests of Deodhar trees. The birdlife here includes thrushes, babblers, nut-thatches who reside in these forests. This weekend gateway trek also gives you glimpses of the tiger falls, Mohna village, the Army Rock Climbing Institute (also known as Spider Colony).
You will set on the Chakrata-Tuini road to Kanasar, a magical open field set among large deodar trees. The campsite at Kanasar is filtered by tall fir and pine trees that keep people protected from the not so good cold winds.
Post breakfast, you will begin the trek through forest trails to the Forest Resthouse of Deoban. Packed lunch will be provided for the journey. During winters, due to very little sunlight reaching the forests, the snow is found to be 1-2 feet deep. The trail ends at the main entrance to the Forest Rest House with views of beautiful meadows and green fences around it.
You will also indulge in some hot cup of tea at the rest house and set on a walk to Vyas Shikhar (3000 m)with promising views of the Himalayan peaks of Kandariya Mahadev, Swargarohini, Ranglana, Banderpoonch to name a few. After lunch, you will be heading back to the campsite at Kanasar and leave for Chakrata.
And after all, this, if we get some spare time, you could go on a short exploration of Chakrata - visiting the Tiger Falls, the Chintan-Haran temple, and even the Sadar Bazaar which is also important highlights of Chakrata trek.
2 Days 1 Night
Day 01: Dehradun to Chakrata drive and trek to the campsite - (Drive 89 km /3 h + 3-hour trek)
Day 02: Trek from campsite to Devban FRH and back to the campsite – drive to Dehradun