Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar.
Tungnath trek is short and easy in the Chopta Tungnath trek which runs parallel to the sky-scraping Himalayan Treks. Tunganath is the highest temple of Garwal. During this hiking, one can enjoy clear view of majestic peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath. Chopta gives a picturesque view of the Himalayas. In the early spring the Rhododendron forest glow red as the flowers bloom.
Our journey for the Chopta Tungnath trekking will start from Haridwar, in Haridwar will visit the famous Mandakini Valley, the river and lake. Then we will visit Chopta, which is surrounded by dense forests. From Chopta, we will start for Tungnath and Chandrashilla Top (Our last destination).
Day 1 -Drive Haridwar-Sari (7 hours)
- Once you reach haridwar, our coordinators are waiting for you to take next step. On the way to sari from Haridwar you can cherish Rishikesh and Devpryag enroute, if you have the time. Your drive to the trek destination will take around seven to eight hours including a comfortably timed break for breakfast and lunch. Overnight stay in sari Guest House/Camping.
Day 2 -Trek to Deoriatal (3kms)
- After having breakfast, the amazing trek will begin and will be around 3kms long. You can have a small sightseeing tour around the campsite if you wish. Once you start your trek, you can see the reflection of amazing surroundings in the crystal clear lake. Therefore it is often called as ‘two worlds at one place’. Your trek to Deoriatal will be lined by the holy rivers Ganga and Alaknanda.
Day 3 -Deoriatal to Chopta through Rohini Bugyal (14 km, 7-8 hours trek)
- Third day will start with a breakfast and start the trek to Chopta. While walking along the ascending trails you can feel the fragrance of mixed forests which include oak trees and pine as well. The snowy surrounding will let the clock go round easily. The snow filled hills will make you forget every worry and you experience serenity in the snowy white surroundings. You will be lucky if you spot the beautiful bird of this place named as “Monal”. A number of trekkers also spot deer’s in the vicinity. Once you reach Chopta you can take rest for some time and get re-energised after a refreshing cup of tea and snacks.
Day 4 -Chopta Circuit
- Visit Chopta Circuit.
Day 5 -Trek Chopta-Tungnath (3680m),Chandrashilla Top (4130m) and back to Chopta (7-8 hours)
- After having morning breakfast you can proceed with your trek towards Tungnath. After enjoying the beautiful scenery at Chopta and spending cozy time in the lapse of landscapes, Tungnath will offer you some spirituality and peace. This hike will lead you to the holy temple named as Tungnath temple. Enjoy one of the most breathtaking and beautiful vistas in the Kedar, Chaukhamba and other peaks in the vicinity. Though in this area, you may also get to see a few rare species of eagles. You can also see the amazing forests around the temple and also the peak of Bandarpoonch as well. On both the sides of Chopta you can see green slopes and feel the cool breeze. You can have a tea break while trekking and rest on the bulky stone shaped dining tables in between the path while returning to Chopta. Back at Chopta basecamp, you can relax completely as trekking comes to an end.
Day 6 -Chopta to Haridwar (Drive 7 hours)
- On day six, after breakfast all you’ve to do is drive to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar by evening.
Things To Carry :
Chopta is, in all its essence, the base camp for the Tungnath – Chandrashila trek. Hence, there is only handful of budget accommodation options available. However, few resorts are available in and around Chopta. Another option is to find place to stay at Rudraprayag which is only 23 kms apart or Ukhimath which is only 17 kms afar. One can also bring their own tents to stay at Chopta.
Being a small hamlet, Chopta doesn’t offer many dining options. However, the place is does have some local eateries and roadside food stalls (dhabas) that offer some of the popular North Indian and Chinese dishes. Although, some resorts may have in-house restaurants that serve all kinds of delectable cuisines.