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Chandrashilla, Tungnath, Chopta Trek
The Tungnath temple in Chopta is the highest temple in India dedicated to Lord Shiva

TEMPERATURE

 -4°C and 7°C 

DURATTION

5 Days 4 Nights
(Dehradun to Dehradun)

LEVEL

 Easy
Altitute -  3,682 metres

BEST SEASON

April to November

COST

8,500 ₹
(Include all taxes and Transportion)

Trek Highlights

The Tungnath temple in Chopta is the highest temple in India dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This beautiful and spotless hill station is a true paradise tucked away in the far corners of the country. Whether you are looking for a break from city life, or want to go on an adrenaline-filled adventure,

The Pandava dance, performed during the winter season after the harvesting of crops, is also an important part of the culture of Chopta and is a wonderful sight to experience if you want to see the true spirit of the town.

Deoria Tal is a small lake with a meadow beside it. The view of the mountain ranges from here are fabulous.

There are two camping options, either camp short of Chopta near a stream, or at the meadows below the shops at Chopta.

The Tungnath temple in Chopta is the highest temple in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located just below the summit of Chandrashila and is one of the five highest temples located in the mountain range of Tungnath. The temple is believed to be over a 1000 years old and is the third most important among the Panch Kedars. It is believed to have been an important part of religious and cultural history as it is linked to the Pandavas and holds an integral place in the story of the Mahabharat epic. It is said that Lord Shiva went into hiding in the Himalayas to keep away from the Pandavas and soon after his body reappeared in the form of a bull’s different body parts in five different locations.

 

 

These five locations are now known as the Panch Kedars. The temple at Tungnath is supposed to be the place where the hands were once seen. The hill station of Chopta in the state of Uttarakhand is that and more, offering all travelers beautiful views of the snow-clad Himalayas, lush expanses of green meadows and dense forest covers. This beautiful and spotless hill station is a true paradise tucked away in the far corners of the country. Whether you are looking for a break from city life, or want to go on an adrenaline-filled adventure,

Chopta is the ideal destination to visit with family as well as friends. With scenic locations, striking temples and exciting trekking routes, Chopta is becoming a popular destination among travelers who wish to explore the far sights of India. Being a dense forest area, there were initially not a lot of people living here in Chopta. It was most frequented by shepherds who would bring their sheep, goats and cattle up to the thick pastures to graze, and this was the primary source of earning livelihood.

However, with more and more travellers beginning to notice the beauty of Chopta, the tourism in Chopta grew, and locals began to establish hotels, restaurants and accommodation facilities that would provide shelter and food to tourists, making tourism an important occupation in Chopta today Due to its proximity to the Tungnath temple, pilgrimages were prominent in Chopta, making it an important part of the town's culture.

Other cultural events in Chopta include their vivid celebrations of many festivals, such as Basant Panchami, Dussehra and Diwali, which are celebrated here with great joy and pomp. The Pandava dance, performed during the winter season after the harvesting of crops, is also an important part of the culture of Chopta and is a wonderful sight to experience if you want to see the true spirit of the town. Locals dress up in bright, colourful costumes and depict stories from the Mahabharata through their dances.

Geographical Information:

Temperature: -4°C and 7°C

Trekking Duration :5 Days (Dehradun to Dehradun)

Maximum Altitude:  Altitute - 3,682 metres

Level:  Easy

Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Dehradun

Railway Station: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Best Season:April to November

Day 1 : Dehradun to Sari (2,000 m) 7-8 hours' drive  232 km

We start early and drive through the towns of Devprayag and Rudraprayag to reach Sari village. The route follows the river Ganges till Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From here, we follow Alaknanda till Rudraprayag, where Alaknanda and Mandakini merge into one. Rudraprayag has been mentioned in the book 'The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag' by the famous big cat hunter Jim Corbett. He managed to hunt down the leopard which had killed about 125 people in the area. The river Mandakini is followed upstream from here. We reach Sari by early evening. Overnight in tents near the village.

Day 2 : Sari to Deoria tal (2,430 m) 2-3 hours' trek : 2.3 km.

On this day, we embark on the trail, up the hill to Deoria Tal. The pretty walk through rhododendrons takes one to the ridge above the village. Deoria Tal is a small lake with a meadow beside it. The view of the mountain ranges from here are fabulous. The Chaukhamba massif gets reflected on the clear water at times. Since, the trek is short, one can spend the day soaking in the peaceful forest environment and can also go for short walks around the lake.

Day : 3 Deoriatal to Chopta (2,680 m) 7-8 hours' trek: 15 km.

The walk on this day is fairly level and through some beautiful forest and meadows. The trail starts from the forest department cottages near Deoriatal. It enters the forest and soon reaches close to a ridge from where the village of Sari is visible far below on our right. We enter the forest again from here. The rhododendron flowers here bloom in spring and one gets the feel of walking through a park. The colors range from red to various shades of pink. If we are trekking in the winter months, some snow can be present in the shadowy areas. There are two camping options, either camp short of Chopta near a stream, or at the meadows below the shops at Chopta.

Day 4 : Chopta to Tungnath temple (3,680 m) to Chandrashila (3,950 m) and back to Chopta (2,680 m)7-8 hours' trek 8 km

We start early today. Form the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. The path is a paved one having handrails at places. At times, one can catch a glimpse of the monal bird in the forest on the left side of the path. Monal is type of pheasant and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is a short 2 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred metres. After a visit to the age old temple, we head up to the peak. Soaking in the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas from Chandrashila, we begin heading down to Chopta and reach by late afternoon.

Day 5 : Chopta to Dehradun 7 hours' drive: 203 km

On this day, we can visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. It is the winter abode of the idol of Kedarnath temple. We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening.

Packing Refuge Based Keep it simple and minimal “A heavy pack is a pack filled with anxiety.” Freud.Keeping your pack weight to a minimum is the key to a successful trek. We recommend people joining any of our treks where you will be sleeping in gites (hostels) or refuges be equipped with the following:

 

Technical equipment Comfortable walking boots or shoes (3 or 4 season)

Walking poles (definitely two) Clothing suggestions

Fleece Waterproof jacket (or big plastic poncho)

Waterproof over trousers

Lightweight puffer jacket for evening comfort in the higher refuges

Warm gloves and hat (for early starts)

Sun hat or peaked cap

Sunglasses

One pair shorts

One pair lightweight walking trousers

Two T-shirts

Good quality walking socks

Other essential items

40 – 60 litre Rucksack

Light weight towel

Waterproof ruck sack cover or waterproof bags to keep your things dry

Sun block for face and lips (Factor 50)

Personal First Aid kit (plasters, Compeed for blisters, paracetamol)

Roll of toilet paper

Water bottle or Platypus type hydration system – 1.5 to 2 litres

Penknife

Head torch for use in refuges

Survival blanket (light foil blanket to keep injured people warm).

Optional items Change of clothing to include:

underwear, tracksuit bottoms, dry shirt, spare socks (think of things that you can wear to both dinner and bed so you don’t need to change)

Camera Paperback novel (light!)

Snack bars/dried fruit/chocolate

Waterproof map case

Ear plugs (there will inevitably be snorers in the refuge)

Buff – good for blocking out light and noise while sleeping, keeping your neck warm, holding your hair etc.

Additional items for Independent Groups

Compass, Altimeter, GPS or Mobile phone with GPS

Day 1 : Dehradun to Sari (2,000 m) 7-8 hours' drive  232 km

Day 2 : Sari to Deoria tal (2,430 m) 2-3 hours' trek : 2.3 km.

Day 3 : Deoriatal to Chopta (2,680 m) 7-8 hours' trek: 15 km.

Day 4 : Chopta to Tungnath temple (3,680 m) to Chandrashila (3,950 m) and back to Chopta (2,680 m) 7-8 hours' trek 8 km

Day 5 : Chopta to Dehradun 7 hours' drive: 203 km

INCLUDED

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

Food as per menu on the trek.

Forest Camping charges

Safety Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Trek guide,

cook,

helpers

mules for carrying common luggage

Transportation if Specified in Itinerary

ACTIVITIES

Trekking

Camping

NOT INCLUDED

Meals during road Journey

Any kind of Insurance

Any expense of personal Nature

Any expense not specified in the inclusion

list Carriage of personal luggage during the trek

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Cancellation Policy

If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees. If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.

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