Chopta is a tiny hill station and a part of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, which houses green meadows and dense forest. Situated at a height of 2680 meters above the sea level, the place is considered one of the best locations for camping in the state of Uttarakhand. Chopta is also the starting point of treks to Tungnath, which is the world's highest Shiva temple and Chandrashila peak.
Often called as the Mini Swtizerland, Chopta is known for its serene beauty of its evergreen meadows and majestic views of valleys and snowcapped peaks. The place is girded by dense forest of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is famous for musk deer and rare species of birds such as Monal.
The other scenic camping destination that we are covering in this trip is Deoriatal. Deoriatal is a pristine lake situated at a height of 2400 meters. The site is best known for the breathtaking views of Chaukhamba peaks and its reflections in the lake.
Drive from Delhi to Sari village
Reach Sari and Trek to Deoriatal (3 kms)
Trek down to Sari and Trek from Chopta to Chandrashila via Tungnath and back to Chopta.
Drive back to Delhi.
We leave Delhi in the evening by 21:00 hrs. We take the route to Rishikesh and then continue our mountain journey to Sari village.
We travel through Kedarnath-Badrinath highway and pass Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath. Amidst the journey, enjoy the views of Alaknanda, Bhagirathi and Mandakini river valley.
We take a small break at Srinagar and enjoy a piping hot tea. After the break, we continue our journey until we reach our destination, which is Sari.
Sari is a small village located near Chopta and is the starting point of the trek to Deoriatal. After reaching Sari, we take rest for about 1 hour, do little stretching and get prepared for the trek. The trek to Deoriatal is a small hike of about 3 km and takes around 2 hours to reach the lake. The trail is easy and is less tiring. While trekking one can have a look at the peak of Chandrashila. After reaching Deoriatal, enjoy the alluring views of meadows and lake. Have your dinner while gazing at the stars. Overnight stay in dome tents.
Wake up early and enjoy the magnificent views of Chaukhamba and Kedarnath massifs while sunrise. After breakfast, start your downhill trek to Sari. It hardly takes 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the village and then drive to Chopta.
Wake up and after breakfast. We start your trek to Tungnath & Chandrashila summit with our packed lunch. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is 3.5 km long and further to Chandrashila is 1.5 km. It takes around 4 hours to reach the summit.
Amidst the way, explore the world's highest Lord Shiva temple and also one of the panch kedar temples, which is Tungnath. The temple of Tungnath is situated at an altitude of 3680 meters. The trek till Tunganth is easy and the trail comprises of paved path. After Tungnath, the trail gets little tough and steep and it continues till Chandrashila peak, which is the highest point in that vicinity.
We retrace the same route and reach Delhi by evening. Trip Ends.
The summit of Chandrashila is standing at an altitude of 4000 meters and offers one of the best views of peaks such as Chaukhamba and Kedarnath. One can also have panoramic views of other remarkable peaks such as Trishul, Nanda devi, Shivling, etc. Later, start your downwhill trek to Chopta and overnight stay in guest house at Ukhimath.
Accommodation at Hotel and Camps
Meals during the stay (6 meals :2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner)
Trekking guide for trekking.
Exclusive AC Vehicle dedicated for the Group during entire Tour (depending on group size)
Vehicle type: Tempo Traveler / Bus
Any Entry Fees
Driver Allowances, toll taxes, parking, state taxes.
All Applicable Taxes
Any meals during travel from New Delhi to Chopta and vice versa.
Any expenses for optional activities or tickets, unless quoted in Inclusions.
Insurance, Items of personal nature like porterage, tips, laundry etc
Any additional expenses caused by disturbance in trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
Any additional expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like cancellation / roadblocks / landslides / strike or any other natural causes out of human control or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
Any kind of Expense for Loss / Misplaced / Theft of personal belongings.
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum 12-15 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certified mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.