Chopta is a hill station situated amidst the mountains of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2600 meters. It is also known as the Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand, which is still unknown to travelers that lie 29 km from Ukhimath and 162kms from Rishikesh on the road from Gopeshwar to Guptkashi. Chopta is a small region of plains and evergreen forest area, which is a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary located in Uttarakhand state, India, and a base for Tungnath, the third temple of Panch Kedar, which is 3.5 kilometers (2.2 Miles) away. The whole area is a center of beauty, especially for those who are looking for a suitable place to relax without the hustle and bustle of a tourist destination.
Among five Panch Kedar temples, Tunganath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world, located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district. The literal meaning of Tunganath is- 'Lord of peaks' that connects with the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys located at an altitude of 3680 m (12,073 ft) just below the peak of Chandrashila. The trek of a temple from Chopta is at a distance of about 4km (2.5 miles).
Chandrashila is the summit of Tungnath. It directly translates to Moon Rock. Located at the height of about 4,000 meters above sea level, Chandrashila offers a 240-degree view of all the major mountains of Uttarakhand, including Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks. There are various legends associated with this place. According to one of the mythological legends, Chandrashila is the place where Lord Rama performed penance after killing Ravana.
Deoriatal is a small lake amidst green meadows (Tal means lake). The main charisma of this place is the reflections of the snowy peaks during sunrise. The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is an extension of the popular Chopta Chandrashila trek. The Deoriatal Chandrashila trek begins at a small village called Sari, which is 12 km away from Ukhimath town in Rudraprayag district. Sari lies about 195 km away from Rishikesh. The road drive takes about 8 – 9 hours.
The famous trekking destination for the trekkers is Chopta to Tunganath to Chandrashila and Deoriatal. The Chopta region has many treks and trails through forests and grasslands. Chandrashila, Tunganath, and Deoriatal are the most popular trekking routes in the Chopta region.
Camping and trekking
Photography of occasional Himalayan species of Monal Bird, Musk Deer, and Pika Mouse
Day 1 Departure from Rishikesh | Chopta Arrival
● Start the thrilling journey from Rishikesh at your suitable timing (as it will take around 5 hrs 16 min to arrive at Chopta) on a private cab or your own.
● Take a stop at Devprayag to witness the beautiful Sangam of Bhagirathi & Alaknanda.
● Head out of the vehicle windows and invigorate with the cool wind on the way to Chopta.
● Lunch halt will be at Srinagar, which is the most popular place in the Garhwal region.
● Reach the campsite & enjoy the welcome snacks.
● Take all the time to soak into the beautiful wild surroundings, followed by a bonfire.
● Have Dinner at the campsite and retire for the day.
Day 2 Trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila Visit
● Wake up early & witness the beautiful sunrise rising between the mountains.
● After breakfast, head towards Tunganath Chandrashila trek, which is the highest Shiva Temple in the world.
● Reach Tungnath after trekking 5 km on the snowy mountains & pay your respect at the highest abode of Lord Shiva.
● Enjoy a packed lunch & start the journey to the most stunned Chandrashila peak.
● Come back to the campsite by evening and trek to Sari village for a night stay in the guest house, followed by dinner.
Day 3 Deoria Tal Trek | Departure
● Wake up early morning in the laps of the mountains.
● Have breakfast and start a 2.5 km trek to Deoria Tal.
● A beautiful lake surrounded with lush greenery & snow-covered mountains in the backdrop.
● Trek back & reach Sari village at 10:00 AM.
● Packen up the luggage & depart back by 10:30 AM in a car to Rishikesh.