Trekkers also do their Chopta-Chandrashila trek, with Sari village and Deoriatal lake as their starting point. Deoriatal is a small, but beautiful lake, flanked by the Kedarnath and Chowkhamba massif in the backdrop. On a clear sunny day you can get beautiful, sharp reflections on the lake, making for some nice pics. From Deoriatal you can reach Chopta through the forest, via Rohini Bugyal and Bhrujgali. A local guide is mandatory here since people have lost their trail in past. Its almost 13-14 kms to Chopta from here, but under thick forest cover with gorgeous views from Rohini Bugyal. I'll be back one day just to complete the whole trek via Rohini Bugyal.
Whom to Contact?
Below are the contact numbers I was able to collect during my trek. Do note internet is filled with many other contact points, and choose the one depending on your style and budget.
Stay at Chopta: Like I mentioned we had put up at Moksha cafe. Decent rooms and great food. Paid 1000 per head including food, but during off season it may be lesser. Contact Tarun @ 82229-09200
Stay at Deoriatal: Deoriatal also has a forest guest house, but in case if you want to make a booking before only than contact Umeed Bhatt @ 94589-48010, he can arrange tent stay for you.
Trek Guide: The trek from Sari village-Deoriatal-Rohini Bugyal-Chopta-Chandrashila I believe is still the one to go for if you want to do the complete trek. For the same you'll need a local guide from Deoriatal to Chopta as it goes through a jungle. You may touch-base with Mr. Bharat Puspwan, who is a trek leader and will also organize your camping. Contact him @ 94561-08780, 97198-75326, 94561-08780, email @ email@example.com, and his FB id is this.