- CHOPTA TREK
- 5 Days
- 8 to 55 years
- Difficulty : Easy-Moderate
- Tour guide
Marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba peaks from the summit.
Embark on a trek to the picturesque Chopta, known as the 'Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand,' reaching an altitude of 13,000 feet.
Discover the renowned Tungnath Temple, one of the highest Shiva temples globally, nestled amidst the stunning surroundings.
Enjoy the convenience of comfortable transfers from either Rishikesh or Delhi, tailored to your preferences and convenience.
Begin this thrilling trek with the support and guidance of a friendly and experienced guide.
Day 1 - Drive Rishkesh to Sari
Day 2 - Trek to Deoriatal
Day 3 - Deoriatal to Baniyakund through Rohini Bugyal
Day 4 - Baniyakund to Tungnath, Chandrashilla Top and back to Baniyakund
Day 5 - Baniyakund to Rishikesh
Day 1: Drive Rishkesh to Sari
Our tour guides will be awaiting your arrival at the Rishikesh bus station today at 6:30 AM. You have the option to either take an overnight bus journey from Delhi, arriving in Haridwar in the morning, or you can arrive a couple of days earlier before the trek begins. Haridwar-Rishikesh, situated along the banks of the sacred Ganges, is a renowned destination on the pilgrimage route of Uttarakhand. While in Rishikesh, you can immerse yourself in cultural activities and engage in thrilling adventure sports in the energetic waters of the Ganges.
The journey from this point to Sari village will take approximately 7-8 hours. As you ascend, be sure to soak in the breathtaking vistas of the lower Garhwal Himalayas. Along the way, one of the most visually striking stops is Devaprayag, where the magnificent confluence of the Alakananda and Bhagirathi rivers takes place. The presence of the river will accompany you throughout the drive, leading you to reach Sari by 6:00 in the evening. The village itself is a picturesque sight, with quaint houses scattered against a backdrop of mountains and adorned with lush green agricultural fields. If you happen to require any last-minute essentials for the upcoming journey, you can explore the market area in Sari, where you might find something useful.
Day 2: Trek to Deoriatal
The first day of the trek offers a manageable challenge, featuring a combination of ascent and descent. You'll follow a well-defined rocky trail that leads to a clear vantage point where the magnificent Chandrashila summit comes into view, while the vibrant Tunganath temple appears as a colorful speck. From this point onward, you'll face a steep uphill climb along the ridge at the back of the mountain. Be prepared for a demanding ascent that will test your stamina. Eventually, you'll arrive at a resting spot constructed by the Forest Department. Your Trek Leader will ensure a timely break of 20 minutes, allowing you to catch your breath. Here, you'll be rewarded with a splendid view of a cascading mountain waterfall along the way.
As you arrive at the lake, a magnificent view of the Chaukhamba massifs unfolds in the backdrop, creating a breathtaking vista. By the time you reach this spot, it will be mid-noon. However, the true spectacle awaits the following morning when the clouds disperse, and the radiant sunlight illuminates the contours of Chaukhamba, creating a truly captivating sight. With the entire day at your disposal, take the opportunity to explore the enchanting depths of the surrounding forests, a haven for bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts. Upon reaching our lakeside camp in Deorital, a delightful hot lunch will be served, offering a comforting respite amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Day 3: Deoriatal to Baniyakund through Rohini Bugyal
As you embark on today's trail, you will become even more acquainted with the majestic Chaukhamba massif and the prominent Mount Kedar summit, which loom closer as you progress. The forest path will be adorned with the vibrant colors of rhododendron and maple trees, creating a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere.
The trail was dotted with small shrines, their red and yellow flags standing out against the green foliage. After crossing a clearing in the forest, we were greeted by a sight of scarlet blossoms. We then began to ascend a steep path towards Rohgini Bugyal and Chopta. The trail became more level for a while, giving us some respite from the uphill climb. On the other side of the forest, we could see the resplendent peak of Chandrashila. After the level area, we entered the forest again. This time, the trees were mostly old oaks and maples, with a few rhododendrons. This area is part of the Kedarnath Sanctuary, and with some luck, trekkers can spot red foxes and other small wildlife.
More 25 minutes of trekking in the Kedarnath Sanctuary trail and you will reach the Bhagdwal temple. This is a junction point for three trek routes. One connects to Sari village, another towards Ukhimath, and the central one descending to the meadows of Rohini Bugyal. Along this line, Chandrashila and flanked by the adjoining Kala Parvat Peak gain prominence. You can find the way bending from here to Bisuri Tal lake and a small tarn named Nandikund, situated at the base of Kala Parvat. Further down as you progress, a silvery rivulet coming from Chandrashila meets your way. Here, you can fill your water supplies and move on taking a small wooden bridge on the stream.
As you continue your ascent, you will soon enter a picturesque meadow. Here, you will come across a cluster of huts, where local shepherds bring their livestock to graze. A short distance away, you will reach a road head situated at the edge of a jungle trail. It is in this vicinity, near Chopta village, that our campsite is nestled amidst a serene forest clearing.
Day 4: Baniyakund to Tungnath, Chandrashilla Top and back to Baniyakund
We will begin our hike early in the morning, just as the sun is rising. This timing will allow us to witness a breathtaking sunrise from the top of Tunganath. The trek follows a well-defined and concrete-bound trail from Chopta to the temple. Today's hike will present us with steep climbing challenges, featuring sharp turns along the way. As we progress, we will come across several other shrines, one of which is particularly notable for its flagpole. This temple is located after the 10th bend of the road and offers a magnificent view of Chandrashila, as well as a clear vision of a connecting peak named Ravanshila.
In the winters, you will find snow from here. The 11th bend marks the entryway to Tunganath above which the splendid Chandrashila peak towers at 12, 083 ft. The route to the peak bends from behind the temple complex. Beware of thick snow on this summit stretch after December till the end of April. Crampons and gaiters are highly recommended for the snow climb and your trek lead is expected top make the path through the cover of snow sludge with the help of an ice axe.
At the end of a steep and arduous climb, the summit will be reached with a 360 degree view of the Garhwal and Kumaon mountains welcomingly lying ahead. Notable peaks in this panorama of grandeur are—Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, and Kedar. Glimpses of the Thalaysagar and Gangotri ranges too could be made out at the edges.
The downhill journey is relatively less time consuming and smoother. It will take you about 3 hours to climb down to the Baniyakund campsite.
Day 4: Baniyakund to Rishikesh
A ride back from the Chopta road head to Rishikesh is scheduled for day 5. After this 7 hour journey full of mellow reminisces of the hills, you will be reaching Rishikesh in the evening. An overnight journey to Delhi will hopefully work out best.
- Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
- Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
- Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
- Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff
- Porters/mules to carry central equipment
- Transport Rishikesh to Sari and Chopta to Rishikesh
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Food during the transit
- Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
- Mules or porter to carry personal backpack
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Note : Normally BM expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 700/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 900/- if you inform us after reaching Sari village
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.