Tungnath temple bells
Tungnath temple bells; PC: Arnab

Chopta trek is known for its scenic beauty all-season. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of snow clad peaks. The trek gives one the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva in the world. It is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. According to legend, the arms of the bull form of Lord Shiva appeared in Tungnath. The five temples (panch-kedars) designated in the usual pecking order to be followed for pilgrimage for worship are the Kedarnath (3,583 m), the Tungnath(3,680 m ), Rudranath (2,286 m), Madmaheshwar (3,490 m) and Kalpeshwar (2,200 m)

Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.



Trekkers' safety and comfort are of the utmost priority to us at Himalaya Shelter. This is reflected in conduct of our treks, through our curteous and experienced staff, our equipment standards, hygiene, and respect for the nature and outdoors. We equally value the fragile nature of biodiversity and thus indulge in organizing minimum impact treks, while ensuring an authentic and complete experience for our trekkers.
  • Our Equipment: We use 4 season tents on all our treks to ensure an added layer of safety. We have high quality tents from premier mountaineering equipment companies such as Simond, Vango and Alps Mountaineering.
  • Our Sleepings bags are high altitude ready and ensure comfort during cold weather. We take into account hygiene and thus ensure the cleanliness of our sleeping bags.
  • Our Conduct: Our guides are experienced in the outdoors and always put guest safety first, even if that means making tough decisions.
  • We emphazise on localization as being integral to sustainable growth and thus try to the extent possible to use local food products, which in turn provides trekkers an added experience of getting familiar with local cuisine and culture.
  • At Himalaya Shelter we employ locals while organizing treks, and support their training from institutions such as Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, thus contributing towards rural development through empowering local people.
  • Himalaya Shelter never indulges in setting up of fixed camps which work as achilles heel for the fragile environs of meadows. We urge trekkers to trek responsibly and always raise these concerns with their organizers.
  • Dehradun to Chopta

    We drive through the towns of Devprayag, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath to reach Chopta. This is a reserved forest and the nip in the air is easily felt due to the omnipresent oak trees. We pitch tents in Chopta and spent the night in the forest with hot dinner.

  • Chopta to Tungnath temple (3,680 m) to Chandrashila (3,950 m) and back to Chopta (2,680 m)

    We start early today. From the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. Along the way, one may be able to spot a monal bird in the forest towards left. Himalayan Monal is the state bird of Uttrakhand. Tungnath is a short 2 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred metres. It opens only in early summer and remains closed in winters. There are a few shops before the temple. We head up past the temple to the peak. According to a legend, Chandrashila is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance. Stories apart, one gets to see a wide expanse of the most famous peaks of Garhwal from here. Soaking in the beautiful 360-degree views of the Himalayas we begin heading down to Chopta and reach by late afternoon.

  • Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath
    Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath, the winter abode of Kedarnath; PC: Bachan Rana
    Chopta to Dehradun

    On this day, we can visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath. It is the winter abode of the idols of Kedarnath and Madmaheshwar temples. The idols are brought here in palanquin when the Kedarnath temple closes in autumn. We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening.

    Mammals

  • Langur
  • Wild Fox
  • Indian Crested Porcupine
  • Wild boar

    Birds

  • Himalayan Swiftlet
  • Monal
  • Crested Goshawk
  • Besra
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Red-headed Vulture
  • Mountain Hawk Eagle
  • Common Kestrel
  • Golden Eagle
  • Lammergeier
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Black Kite
  • Speckled Wood Pigeon
  • Snow Pigeon
  • Spotted Dove
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Hill Partridge
  • Snow Partridge
  • Kalij Pheasant
  • Koklass Pheasant
  • Black-throated Tit
  • Bar-tailed Treecreeper
  • Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
  • Winter Wren
  • Hill Prinia
  • Striated Prinia
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Ashy Drongo
  • Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Black-headed Jay
  • Maroon Oriole
  • Long-tailed Minivet
  • Yellow-bellied Fantail
  • Yellow-breasted Greenfinch
  • Common Rosefinch
  • Dark-breasted Rosefinch
  • Rock Bunting
  • Black-and-yellow Grosbeak
  • Red-headed Bullfinch
  • Asian House Martin
  • White-capped Water Redstart
  • Little Forktail
  • Verditer Flycatcher
  • Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  • Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
  • Blue Whistling Thrush
  • Rufous-bellied Niltava
  • From Chandrashila peak, one can see peaks like Thalaysagar (6,904 m), Kedar Dome (6,832 m), Kedarnath (6,940 m), Sumeru (6,350 m), Kharchakund (6,612 m), Neelkanth (6,596 m), Janhukut(6,805 m), Chaukhamba (7,138 m), Dunagiri (7,066 m), Kalanka (6,931 m), Nanda Devi (7,816 m), Trishul (7,120 m). Kedarnath peaks are clearly visible even from Chopta.
  • During first day's drive, from Rishikesh we follow Ganges river upstream till Devprayag, where Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet. Then we drive along Alaknanda upstream till Rudraprayag, where Mandakini merges with it. Now we follow Mandakini river upstream till Ukhimath. The course is reversed during last day's drive.

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 3.

Guide and cook fees.

Rent for camping equipment.

Forest entry charges.

Porter and mule support to carry camping equipment. Please note that personal luggage can be carried by mules and/or porters on chargeable basis.

All veg meals starting from day 1 dinner to day 3 lunch.

Tented accommodation throughout the trek.

Transport to reach Dehradun from hometown.

Personal expenses like tips, personal medicines, phone calls etc.

Any transport support during the trek apart from what is included above.

Rent for trekking shoes is Rs 200 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the shoes are worn or not during the trek. Availability of shoes need to be confirmed with us.

Rent for walking stick is Rs 50 per trekking day. The charges are applicable irrespective of whether the stick is used or not.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 250 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 1-2 t-shirts/shirts - preferably quick dry
  • 2 trousers (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
  • Warm Fleece, Alternative: a woolen sweater
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Waterproof Rucksack or Rucksack with rain-cover
  • Water Bottle
  • Slippers/Sandals/Floaters: Non-slippery
  • Hat or sun protection cap
  • Woolen cap/scarf
  • Head Torch (hand torch would be an alternative)
  • Identitiy cards
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush,toothpaste etc)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet and dry tissues
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Towel
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sunscreen cream/moisturizer/lip balm
  • Thermal inner wears
  • One pair of woolen socks
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Hot water bag if needed
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • Diamox - to prevent AMS
  • Crocin - fever
  • Avomine - (motion sickness)
  • Avil 25mg - (allergies)
  • Combiflam - (Pain killer)
  • Disprin - (headache)
  • Digene - (acidity)
  • Norflox TZ & Lomofen - (diarrhea)
  • ORS
  • Omez/ Rantadine - (antacids)
  • Crepe bandage - 3 to 5 meters
  • Gauze - 1 small roll
  • Band aids - different sizes
  • Cotton - 1 small roll
  • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  • Moov/Volini spray (aches, & sprains)
  • Knee caps
  • Hot water bag in winter if needed

Deepa Trivedi 02 May 2018

Had an amazing experience at the Chopta Chandrashila deoriyataal trek. Special thanks to the Himalayan Shelter team. They took real good care of us. Bachhan ji is a very experienced guide . The food they provide is nutritious and delicious. The tents and sleeping bags are also very comfortable. Looking forward to more treks with them.


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