Chopta Tungnath Trek

Chopta Sari
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Duration

4 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

30 people

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Chandrashila is the summit of the Tungnath. It means “Moon Rock”. It is located at a height of about 4,000 metres above sea level. This peak provides views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. Chopta Tungnath trek is considered one of the best family treks in Uttarakhand. It is an ideal trek to start if you are a beginner,  offering not much difficulty, and it gives spectacular views of the mountain ranges.

One of the highlights of the trek is ‘Tungnath Temple’.  It is the highest Shiva temple standing at an altitude of 12000 ft. After the climb to the top, you can enjoy the views, and stroll around and the best part about this trek is camping in the open meadows of the valleys. You can enjoy the views of the snow-capped mountains while sipping your hot tea.

Region: Uttarakhand

Difficulty level: Moderate

Duration: 4 Days

Best Time: Round the year except for monsoon

Accommodation Type: Camps/Home Stay

Meals: Veg+Egg

Max Altitude: 13,100 ft

Trekking distance: 30 km approx.

Departure: Haridwar.

Chopta Tungnath Trek Difficulty Level

Chopta is an easy trek and good for first-timers. Sometimes the steep gradients and amount of snow on the trek during peak winters make trekking a little challenging for beginners. Read moreFitness preparation for the Himalayan trek.

How To Reach Chopta Tungnath Trek:

By Train: The nearest best railway station is Dehradun. You can board Dehradun Nzm Ac Express(2205), Nanda Devi Express or Dehradun Express from Delhi. People usually prefer trains over flights because it is more economical. Take a bus or cab to reach Rishikesh.

By Bus: There are regular buses from Delhi to Haridwar/Rishikesh, Delhi (ISBT Kashmiri Gate ).  You can easily rely on government buses as they are also safe.

By Flight: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant Airport – Dehradun. You can take a bus or local cab to reach Dehradun/Rishikesh. It just takes 30-40 min to reach Rishikesh from Dehradun Airport.

Note:  Always book your return flight/train tickets after including the buffer day in your itinerary. Buffer days are kept for unforeseen conditions in the mountains, if not used; you can use them for sightseeing in Haridwar/Dehradun.

Fixed Departure Dates in 2023:

March – 28th

April – 15

Things to Carry on the trek?

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering on the Chopta Tungnath trek. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation, and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose the proper equipment. Try to bring only what is necessary; this will help you and the field staff.

Required

  • Thermals – Tops and Bottoms
  • Day Pack (20L-30L) and Rucksack 50-60L
  • Bag Rain Cover
  • Fleece pants
  • Woollen gloves and Woollen cap
  • Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries
  • Hiking Pants (Warm, Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Woollen Socks (2 -3 pairs)
  • Trekking poles
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (Synthetic, Lightweight)
  • Rain-Coat/Poncho
  • Sport Sunglasses and Sun cap
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sun Block and Lip Balm
  • Water Bottles

Highlights

  • Chopta is a part of the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary which is home to some of the rare species of the rare flora and fauna.
  • Offer prayers and meditate at one of the highest Shiva temples - Tungnath.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Peak, Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks from the top of the mountain.
  • You will find many sunrise and sunset viewpoints, making it a haven for shutterbugs.
  • Relax and unwind at a crystal clear lake: Deoriatal.

Day 1: - Haridwar to Sari

Altitude: 6,601 ft. Distance: 210 km (8-9 hrs drive). Trekking distance: 4 km. Altitude: 7,841 ft. Accommodation: Tents. Pick up time 06:30 am at the parking of Haridwar railway station.

Day 2: - Deoriatal to Chopta via Rohini Bugyal/Taxi

Trekking distance: 14 km. Altitude: 8,800 ft. Accommodation: Tents.

Day 3: - Chopta to Chandrashila Peak via Tungnath

Trekking distance: 9 km. Altitude: 12,083 ft. Accommodation: Tents/Guest house.

Day 4: - Chopta to Haridwar

Distance: 210 km (9-10 hrs drive). Will reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm.

  • Food as per menu on the trek.
  • Tents, Sleeping bags, mats.
  • Forest permits and camping fee.
  • Trek guide, cook, and support staff
  • Porters/mules to carry trekking equipment.
  • First aid medical kit, oxygen cylinder and UIAA certified safety equipment.
  • Trek Certificate
  • Experience that you will gain.
  • Any kind of personal expenses on the trek.
  • Transport from Haridwar to Hardiwar
  • Meal during road journeys.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Any kind of travel insurance.
  • Anything not specified in the inclusion list.
  • Note* If you don't want to carry your backpack ? you can give it to porter/Mules?, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay Rs. 1200/- extra per bag for the whole trek.

Autumn (Sept-Oct)
Monsoon (Jul-Aug)
Spring (Mar-Apr)
Summer (May-Jun)
Winter (Jan-Feb)

Tour's Location

Chopta Sari

Will there be water sources on the way? Will two liters of water be enough?

Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two liters of water should be enough. You will find water sources on the trek to refill your water bottles. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek.

What is the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the trek, toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. This is the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not biodegradable.

What if it rains while trekking?

If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.

When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores, making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Nomad Adventures treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Nomad Adventures treks.

What all do I need to carry on the trek?

Please visit the 'Things to Carry' tab to check the essentials required for the trek.

Are trek poles, jackets and other equipment available for rent from Nomad Adventures?

No, but there are shops on the base camp from where you can rent shoes, jackets and trek poles, headlights etc.

Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?

You don’t need special snowshoes. A good waterproof trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.

Why is the trekking pole necessary?

A trekking pole gives you stability and balance and helps reduce fatigue.

What is the age limit?

The minimum age limit is 8 years. However, minors aged between 8 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. The maximum age is 60 but please follow the fitness regime before coming on the trek.

Can I take my child along on this trek?

Chopta is an easy trek but requires trekkers to be physically fit. The minimum age eligibility is 8 years. As a parent or guardian, if you feel that your child can adapt to the conditions of the mountains and would be able to walk every day as required, then certainly, yes!. It is recommended to maintain good physical stamina before coming on the trek.

Is there a mobile network on this trek? And, what about charging points?

The last electricity charging point would be in Sari. You’ll get only Bsnl, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea network in Sari and Chopta. However, come prepared for the possibility of power cuts. It is good to carry your power banks and extra batteries for your camera.

What places I can visit before or after the trek?

You can spend time exploring tourist attractions around Haridwar and Rishikesh like Laxman-Jhula, Ram-jhula etc. Note that these are suggestions and Nomad Adventures does not make any arrangements for visiting them.

I am solo female trekker. Do I need to share a tent with a male?

No, Female Trekkers share Room/Tent with female co-trekkers and the same applies to others.

Is it safe to trek with Nomad Adventures?

All high-altitude treks come with their share of risks. We pay utmost importance to the safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

Is there any chance of offloading the backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to inform us in advance so that the necessary arrangements are made. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. If you decide on the spot then the charges are higher than usual.

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