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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Chopta Chandrashila Trek (3 Nights / 4 Days)

Tour starts from : ex - Ukhimath
Destinations covered : Chopta, Deoria Tal, Ukhimath
Theme : Trekking Tours In India
Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Devariyatal Chopta Chandrashila trek combines the best of Uttara... more

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  • Deoria Tal
  • Ukhimath
  • Kedarnath
  • Madhyamaheshwar

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Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Deoria Chopta Chandrashila trek combines the best of Uttarakhand in one journey. Apart from being an exhilarating adventure trail, it discloses the most invigorating traits of the Himalayan region.

From the snow-blanketed summits of Garhwal Himalayas to the richly green forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pines and picturesque meadows and pastures, every frame is just picture perfect.

Then, there are waterfalls, rivers, lakes and bountiful biodiversity consisting of alpine flowers, Himalayan birds and high-altitude animals. Not only that, you get the opportunity to seek blessings of Lord Shiva at his highest temple-abode at Tungnath.

In short, you have all great opportunities to bring out the adventurer, nature lover, photographer and peace-seeker within yourself. There’s nothing better than walking through the pristine crowd-free, pollution-free environments and camp in the laps of Mother Nature. Devariyatal Chopta Chandrashila trek is perfect if you have only few days in hand, but a reviving break is much-needed.

Itinerary Details

Day by Day itineraryDay 1: Arrive at Ukhimath

Deoria Chopta Chandrashila trek begins at Ukhimath, which at a height of 1,311 m. is famous for its Omkareshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. When heavy snowfall occurs in the region, cutting routes to high-altitude temples, idols from the famous shrines of Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar are brought here for worship. Ukhimath is well-connected by road with the nearest railheads of Rishikesh (181 km.) and Haridwar (204 km.) and the closest airport of Dehradun (196 km.). On arrival, check in at the campsite near the town and stay overnight.

Day 2: Ukhimath – Saari (12 km. by road) – Devariyatal (3 km. trek) – Saari – Chopta (18 km. by road)

Have to breakfast and begin to drive to Saari Village, the starting point of the trek to Devariyatal. At a height of about 2,377 m., Saari (or Sari) is blessed with picturesque orchards of peach and apples. It is a pleasure to admire the beauty of dense woods of oaks and rhododendrons all around the place. Begin the trek from the village after a short rest. Trek to Devariyatal (or Deoria Tal, height 2,438 m.). Soon, the mighty Himalayan peaks dressed in white and dwarfing everything around comes into view and your excitement escalates. You may stop at a small Shiva Temple on the way.

Please Note:

Horses are available (INR 200-250) for carrying people/luggage, though you are advised to enjoy the route by trekking only. Small eateries are available within 1 km. of a trek and near the lake too. These shop owners charge about 20% more than the normal rates for every item. If you plan to return here for camping in future, the charges include INR 150/600 as entry fee and INR 50-500/ 100-1,000 for camps for Indians/foreigners.

Legends state that the lake gets its name from the belief that Devas take bath here. It is also believed to be the lake where the eldest of the Pandava brothers, Yudhishtra, answered Yaksha’s questions. Apart from the mythological significance, it is the unbeatable splendor of the lake that mesmerizes one and all. Dense forest canopies on one side and verdant meadows on the other, while hoary peaks of Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch and others peeping into the water – everything is extremely overwhelming.

After spending some quality moments near the lake, descend back to Sari and drive to Chopta for overnight stay.

Day 3: Chopta – Tungnath (3.5 km. trek) –Chandrashila (1 km. trek) - Chopta

Set amidst meadows and evergreen forests, Chopta boasts of unspoiled and explored charm at an elevation of 2,680 m. Popular as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, it provides incredible views of pine, rhododendron and deodar forests with the backdrop of sky-reaching peaks. You would be lucky if you spot the state bird monal or high-altitude species musk deer over here.

Post breakfast, we begin the trek to Tungnath, one of the five Panch Kedars that are homes to shrines of Lord Shiva. Mythology states that when Shiva disguised as a bull to hide into the ground from Pandavas, his body appeared in parts at these five locations. It was at Tungnath that his arms appeared and Pandavas built a temple here.

Do you know?

At the elevation of 3,680 m., Tungnath is the world’s highest Shiva temple.

During the trek, you would be enchanted to view terraced fields, alpine meadows, blooming rhododendrons and serpentine journeys of Rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda. On arrival, pray at the temple and continue the trek to Chandrashila Peak.

Chandrashila (meaning moon rock), at the height of 4,000 m. is a wonderful vantage point with fascinating views of Nanda Devi Peak (elevation 7,816 m.; highest in Uttarakhand, second highest in India) and many other peaks like Bandarpunch, Kedar, and Chaukhamba. It is believed that Lord Rama and Moon God performed penance over this peak. Enjoy the panorama all around and start the trek back to Chopta. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 4: Departure

Check out from the camp in the morning and begin your journey back to home.

What to Carry

  • Backpack (preferably with waterproof lining)
  • Thermal inners, waterproof trekking pants and gloves
  • Woollens, jacket (rainproof)
  • Scarf/cap (prefer woollen), muffler, socks (carry both regular and woollen)
  • Raincoat, bag cover
  • Waterproof trekking shoes (prefer high ankle with great grip)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens, moisturizers, lip protection
  • Water (in adequate quality)
  • Basic medical kit; if possible carry hydration pack
  • Torch and batteries
  • Extra bag for collecting waste

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    Room Sharing Basis
    • 2 Persons – 1 Double Room
    • 3 Persons – 1 Double Room with extra bed
    • 4 Persons – 2 Double Room
    • 5 Persons – 2 Double Room with extra bed
    • 6 Persons – 3 Double Room
    • 7 Persons – 3 Double Room with extra bed
    • 8 Persons – 4 Double Room
    • 9 Persons – 4 Double Room with extra bed
    • 10 Persons – 5 Double Room
    • 11 Persons – 5 Double Room with extra bed
    • 12 Persons – 6 Double Room
    Special Terms Related to Vehicle
    • Transportation as per itinerary only (not available at disposal).
    • For upto 3 persons, AC Indica Car or similar vehicle shall be provided. In case you wish to upgrade to Innova car it can be done by paying extra cost.
    • For 4-6 persons AC Innova car or similar vehicle shall be provided.
    • For 4 persons in case they wish to take AC indica, extra charge per person shall be less in the per person price.
    • For 7-12 persons AC Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle shall be provided.

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    Travel Tips For Chopta Chandrashila Trek

    Travel Tips For Chopta Chandrashila Trek


    • The Chopta Chandrashila Trek is a moderately easy trek and is one of the most beautiful trekking trails in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is also home to many sites of great religious importance so that you can also quench your spiritual thirst. You can pray at the Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath and also enjoy the majestic scenic beauty of the Chopta valley, lying unspoiled in the lap of the Himalayas.
    • First-time trekkers are urged to carry a trekking pole and buy hardy trekking shoes to protect your feet from the rugged terrain of the Chopta Chandrashila Trek and snakebites. Also, try to exercise regularly so that you are accustomed to the continuous walking and climbing that you have to do on this trek.
    • Carry energy bars with you as a snack if you get hungry on the Chopta Chandrashila Trek as there very few shops. There will be a few shops near the Ukhimath campsite, so don’t forget to load up on supplies there!
    • The general temperature in this region is fairly low, even during summer, so make sure to pack adequate clothing.
    • The Chopta Chandrashila Trek is absolutely beautiful in terms of sheer photographic value. The best time to undertake this trek is during April-May when the rhododendrons lining the trail will be in full bloom. Elusive birds like the Mountain Hawk Eagle and the Himalayan Griffon will also be nesting, so bird-watchers make sure to carry your binoculars, as you do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity.
    • The trek to Deoriya Taal is lined with beautiful apple and peach orchards. The produce here is very cheap and of very high quality. Do not miss a chance to get some for your loved ones back home.
    • Always keep extra photocopies of your identification documents like Aadhaar Card/Driver’s License etc. on hand. These areas have constant military patrolling and you may be asked to produce proof of identity.
    • Drink only boiled water. Carry a well-equipped first-aid kit with you at all times.