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Exploring Uttarakhand's Beauty: A 4-Day Chopta Tungnath Trek

  • Uttarakhand, India
  • 4 Days, 3 Nights
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₹6,000 Per Person


 Exploring Uttarakhand's Beauty: A 4-Day Chopta Tungnath Trek Highlights

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek offers stunning views of the Garhwali Himalayas, including misty landscapes, lush forests, and snow-capped peaks. It's a visual delight.
  • Ideal Time: The best time for this trek is from April to November when the Himalayas are at their most enchanting.

  • Rhododendron Forests: The path is adorned with pink, red, and scarlet rhododendrons in full bloom, creating a stunning visual experience.

  • Tungnath Temple: The trek towards Tungnath Temple, considered the world's highest Lord Shiva temple and part of the Panch Kedar temples.

  • Chandrashila Summit: Reach the Chandrashila summit for breathtaking panoramic views of the Garhwal and Kumaon mountain ranges.

  • Local Culture: Experience the local culture as you start the trek from the rustic Sari village and encounter small shrines along the trail.

  • Wildlife: The trek passes through the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, offering a chance to spot wildlife and a variety of Monal birds.

  • Safety and Comfort: Safety and comfort are a priority, with courteous staff, high-quality equipment, and hygienic accommodations.

  • Delicious Meals: Enjoy delicious meals, including local Garhwali dishes.

  • Memorable Experience: Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a nature enthusiast, this 3-day adventure promises a memorable experience amidst Uttarakhand's natural beauty.

 Exploring Uttarakhand's Beauty: A 4-Day Chopta Tungnath Trek Overview

The Chopta Tungnath Trek is a fantastic weekend trek in the serene Garhwali Himalayas, reaching an elevation of 13,000 feet. It offers breathtaking views of misty landscapes, coniferous forests, and snow-covered peaks. The best time to embark on this trek is from April to November when the Himalayas are at their most mesmerizing.

The trek to Tungnath and the Chandrashila summit features beautiful deodar and rhododendron forests, making it a picturesque journey. Chopta is a scenic destination, especially during spring and summer when it bursts with vibrant vegetation. In winter, it transforms into a winter wonderland with a thick blanket of snow.

Here are some quick facts about the Chopta Tungnath Trek:

Tungnath Trek Temperature: Daytime temperatures - 8°C to 15°C, Night Time Temperatures -5°C to 3°C.

Maximum altitude reached: 11,154 ft.

Distance from Chopta to Tungnath: 5 Km

Base Camp: Sari Village (a 6-hour drive from Haridwar)

ATM: The last ATM is in Ukhimath, approximately 13 KM before Sari.

Purpose of the Chopta Tungnath Trek

Our purpose in this article is to guide you through a memorable 3-day trek to Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila. We'll provide you with all the information you need to plan and embark on this journey of a lifetime. Whether you're a seasoned trekker seeking a new challenge or a nature enthusiast looking to connect with the serene beauty of the Himalayas, this adventure promises to be an experience you'll cherish forever.

In the following sections, we'll delve into the details of planning your trek, the breathtaking landscapes you'll encounter, the cultural richness of the region, safety precautions, and much more. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your bags, and get ready to unveil Uttarakhand's beauty as we embark on this remarkable 3-day trekking expedition.

About the Chopta Tungnath Trek 

The Chopta Tungnath trek commences from the rustic Sari village, offering insights into the local culture. As you approach Deorital, you'll be greeted by the shimmering waters of the lake, though they are quite chilly. The trail is adorned with small shrines adorned with red and yellow flags.

Upon reaching the Tungnath summit, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Dronagiri, Chaukhamba, and Kedarnath. Since the trek passes through the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, you may also spot wildlife and a variety of Monal birds.

Safety and comfort are top priorities during this trek, reflected in the courteous and qualified staff, high-quality equipment, hygiene standards, and respect for nature. Accommodations include comfortable alpine/dome tents on a double/triple/quad sharing basis, equipped with necessary amenities and maintained for hygiene.

Delicious meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are included in the Chopta Tungnath trek package. Don't miss the opportunity to savor some local Garhwali dishes while you're here.

  • Day 1 - Journey from Delhi to Chopta through Rishikesh

    Our adventure begins in Delhi, where we recommend that travelers convene at Mayur Vihar Extension Metro Station (gate no.2). Chopta is approximately 450 km away from Delhi, and the journey takes around 14 hours. Our chosen route leads us through the towns of Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, and ultimately, Ukhimath, where we will arrive the following day. 

    The overnight journey to Rishikesh is followed by another 8 hours of a slightly challenging yet visually stunning mountain drive. Along the way, do take the opportunity to capture some memorable moments at the confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers in Devprayag.

  • Day 2 - Arrival at Chopta and Check-in to Camps/Homestay

    After covering significant ground from Delhi, we reach Chopta around lunchtime. This early arrival allows ample time for relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration of the captivating campsite. The surrounding forests create an ambiance akin to scenes from a movie. We strongly recommend getting a good night's rest in preparation for our exciting ascent to Chandrashila, also affectionately known as the Moonpeak, on the following day.

  • Day 3 - Trek from Chopta to Chandrashila through Tungnath

    Today, we embark on an exhilarating trek, aiming to conquer Chandrashila, one of the most enchanting peaks you may ever have the privilege to witness, weather permitting. According to one, it is the spot where Lord Rama meditated after vanquishing the demon-king Ravana, while another legend connects it to the moon-god Chandra's penance.

    The trek from Chopta to Tungnath spans approximately 3 km, featuring a well-paved cemented trail. Beyond Tungnath, the trail becomes somewhat rugged during the 1.5 km steep ascent to Chandrashila. Tungnath Temple holds historical significance as one of the Panch Kedar temples and is renowned as the world's highest Lord Shiva temple. 

    The Chopta Tungnath trek is a pleasant one, though the final climb is quite steep, and as you ascend, you'll notice a shift in the landscape as the tree line recedes. Typically, it takes around 3 hours to reach Tungnath from Chopta and an additional hour to reach the Chandrashila summit. At the peak, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Garhwal and Kumaon mountain ranges, including sights such as Kedarnath, Mandani, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Hathi, Ghodi, and more.

     After capturing the awe-inspiring scenery, we retrace our steps back to Chopta, following the same route, which takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Tungnath and another 60-90 minutes to descend to Chopta.

  • Day 4 - Chopta to Sari to Deoriatal and Return to Delhi

    Our day begins in Sari, a charming village situated at an elevation of 6,601 feet. We depart from Chopta early in the morning at 8 am and reach Sari after enjoying a hearty breakfast. The trek to Deoriatal spans about 2.3 km, with a moderately steep trail that is fully paved with stones. Along the way, we encounter a temple, a few houses, and, after covering about 1 km, we are treated to a breathtaking bird's-eye view of Sari village. 

    Although the Deoriatal trek from Sari is relatively manageable, it can be a bit challenging for first-time trekkers. The trail winds through scenic Rhododendron and Oak forests. Upon reaching the lake, we come across a forest check post. 

    The lake itself is enveloped by lush forests, and on a clear day, the pristine waters mirror the surrounding mountains, creating a truly stunning spectacle. After trekking back down to Sari, we embark on our return journey to Delhi, arriving early the following morning, with hearts and souls full of cherished memories.

 Exploring Uttarakhand's Beauty: A 4-Day Chopta Tungnath Trek Terms & Conditions

  • Booking and Payment:
    • A non-refundable deposit is required for booking.
    • Full payment must be made by the specified deadline.
  • Cancellation and Refunds:
    • Cancellation policies apply, varying by time frame.
    • Review specific refund terms with the organizer.
  • Health and Fitness:
    • Ensure you're physically fit for the trek.
    • Disclose medical conditions and seek professional advice.
  • Itinerary Changes:
    • The itinerary may change due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Safety and Conduct:
    • Follow safety guidelines and respect others.
  • Equipment and Gear:
    • Bring appropriate gear as advised.
  • Travel Insurance:
    • Have comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Liability:
    • The organizer is not liable for injuries or losses.
  • Force Majeure:
    • Unforeseen events may affect the trek.
  • Agreement to Terms:
    • Your booking implies acceptance of these terms.

Please read and understand these terms before booking. Your participation signifies agreement with these conditions.

 Exploring Uttarakhand's Beauty: A 4-Day Chopta Tungnath Trek Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy for the Chopta Tungnath Trek is as follows:

  • Cancellation by Participant:
    • If you wish to cancel your trek, you must notify us in writing.
    • The following cancellation charges will apply based on the number of days prior to the trek start date:
      • 30 days or more: A non-refundable deposit will be retained.
      • 15-29 days: 50% of the trek fee will be charged.
      • 0-14 days: No refund will be provided.
  • Cancellation by the Organizer:
    • In rare cases, we may need to cancel the trek due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather, natural disasters, or insufficient bookings.
    • In such instances, a full refund of the trek fee will be provided to participants.
  • Refund Process:​
    • Refunds will be processed within a reasonable timeframe after cancellation.
    • The refund will be made to the same payment method used for booking.
  • No-Shows:
    • If you fail to join the trek without prior notice, no refund will be provided.
  • Incomplete Trek:
    • If you leave the trek for any reason after it has commenced, no refunds will be given.
  • Please note that the specific cancellation policy may vary depending on the trek organizer. It's essential to review and understand their cancellation terms before confirming your booking.

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