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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Chopta Tungnath Trek

by Geetika Gautam

If you are looking for an adventure that is different from the regular, then Chopta Tungnath trek in Uttarakhand will be a treat. What makes it stand out is that as soon as you reach the mountain, you get to experience a different world. What’s more is that, it doesn’t matter where your journey takes you, the mountains remain beautiful and captivating all through. So if planning for a trek in Uttarakhand, do explore our blog to know about this thrilling experience.

An Illustration of a Beginner’s Trek

Climbing the hills of Uttarakhand is no rocket science but it does require a good amount of patience. It also requires an undying soul to complete the journey. Bhuvan Vihar, also known as Tungnath or Chopta tungnath, is a hill station located at an altitude of about 13600 feet. It lies in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The best time to visit the place is from June to September when you can enjoy pleasant weather.

This trek which is only 5 days long will help you experience the true natural beauty in this place. The trek begins from Chopta ghat, a hamlet. On the first day, you will be able to feel the natural beauty of this place with its beautiful forests and a calm atmosphere. You will also see some different types of flora and fauna during your trip here. And as soon as you reach your overnight campsite, you can enjoy some traditional Indian food.

The second day of the trek takes you to Tapovan Lake which has both spiritual and religious significance. The route is really beautiful as it takes you through a waterfall, deep forests and meadows. You can see different types of birds as well here. And once you reach your destination, you can take a dip in this small beautiful lake. The place is also surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Chopta Tungnath trek

Things to Know Before Going for Chopta Tungnath Trek

As much as we would like to believe that trekking is a walk in the park, the Chopta Tungnath Trek is no joke. It can take up to two days for most people to complete this trek and it showcases some of the best views of Uttarakhand. If you are planning to trek Chopta Tungnath, read up on these things before starting the trek:

What is Chopta?

Chopta is one of the most beautiful villages in Uttarakhand and is located at an altitude of 1720 mts. It is a perfect combination of lush green terrains with the snow-covered peaks and glaciers. The beauty of this place attracts lots of trekkers and tourists every year. The Tungnath peak is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Chopta and hence, the trek is named Chopta Tungnath.

It is believed that Chopta was a part of Garhwal kingdom, but when Almora was the capital of Garhwal in 1803, Chopta became its own princely state. The state had its own army and forts. The rule ended when the princely states were merged with the India Union in 1947 after independence.

Itinerary of The Trek

Departure from Delhi

  • Start your journey by boarding a traveler/Sedan car/ SUV car (depending on the group size) from Delhi 
  • Do overnight journey in the bus

Arrival at Chopta

  • Wake up to the mountain morning, and get enjoy a good breakfast (on your own) in the laps of nature
  • Reach Rishikesh by next morning and begin to chopta
  • Relax and enjoy near the campsite of chopta with captivating views of nature.
  • Dinner and stay overnight in chopta

Trek To Tungnath & Chandrashila

  • Rise early & enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise.
  • Have breakfast.
  • Start your trek to Tungnath.
  • Reach Tungnath & pay your respect at the highest abode of Lord Shiva.
  • Enjoy your breakfast & start your journey to the most surprising Chandrashila peak 
  • You can head back to your stay by evening, & sleep overnight.

Deoria Tal Trek | Departure

  • Wake up next morning & have breakfast.
  • After having breakfast, start the journey to Sari Village 
  • Start your trek to astonishing Deoria Tal.
  • Reach Deoria Tal & enjoy the amazing view.
  • Trek back to sari village & leave for Delhi.
  • Reach Delhi next morning by 6 AM

End of Journey

  • Reach Delhi by early morning.

The Best Season to Visit Chopta Tungnath Trek

Chopta-Tunganth Trek, which is one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand and is often called ‘Little Tibet’, offers a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The trek starts from Chopta in Joshimath district and goes up to Tunganth after crossing over Hangrang Pass. It is a combination of the best trekking routes in the Valley and the picturesque valleys and stunning Himalayan beauty of North Garhwal. 

The trek has many moderately difficult and strenuous portions. It has the covering of some snow-cap peaks between Chopta and Kedarnath. Apart from being arguably one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand. Chopta-Tunganth Trek also offers plenty of reasons to go on this trek. This article will provide more details about this popular trek.

Chopta Tunganth Trek is open for the trekkers all throughout the year. But it is best to visit the trail during winters and autumns. The best season to climb Chopta and Kedarnath is September and October. The trail is closed in late October when heavy snowfall begins. The weather during this period remains pleasant with cool winds all around, which makes it an ideal time to visit Chopta Tunganth Trek.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • A day pack.
  • Water bottle
  • A sun cap and a woollen cap
  • UV protected sunglasses
  • At least 1 pair of inner thermals
  • One cotton long sleeves and 2 short sleeve shirt
  • A fleece jacket
  • One heavy Thick jacket/down jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • At least 2 long pants 
  • Set of undergarments
  • 2 pair of socks
  • A small towel
  • A rain jacket 
  • Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good grip
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Personal medication
  • Glucose powder
  • Take Medicines for headaches, loose motion, diarrhoea and altitude sickness
  • Dettol
  • Sprain relief spray
  • Bandages
  • Cotton
  • Crepe bandage
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Paper soap, or sanitizer
  • Carry Sunscreen, lip balm , cold creams
  • Led torch light
  • Body spray

What Are The Accommodation Options at Chopta?

When visiting Uttarakhand, a popular tourist destination in northern India, you may want to stay at a hotel or resort. However, Chopta is an excellent location for outdoor enthusiasts and those who seek tranquility. There are a variety of accommodation options with varying levels of amenities available in the vicinity. In order to help you make an informed decision when planning your trip. However, you can plan the following ways:

  • You can stay near Chopta. There are many hotels, homestays, and campsites in the area.
  • You can also stay at Tungnath after the trek. As there are some basic accommodations available. If you stay at Tungnath, the next morning you can quickly hike up to Chandrashila Top. 


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