Chaukhambha peak as seen from Deoriatal- Chopta Trek
Chaukhamba as seen from Deoriatal; PC: Hari

This all-season trek is known for its scenic beauty. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of the 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. It is one of the panch-kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.

We also visit the picturesque Deoriatal which is famous for mirroring the Chaukhamba peak in its waters. A lake shrouded in legends, it is believed the Devas (Gods) bathed in this lake and hence the name. Some say that it was the place from where the mighty Pandavas of the epic Mahabharata were asked queries by Yaksha. The lake is also believed to be the "Indra Sarovar" referred to in the Puranas by wandering Sadhus.

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  • Dehradun to Sari (2,000 m)

    We start early and drive through the towns of Devprayag and Rudraprayag to reach Sari village. The route follows the river Ganges till Devprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi. From here, we follow Alaknanda till Rudraprayag, where Alaknanda and Mandakini merge into one. Rudraprayag has been mentioned in the book 'The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag' by the famous big cat hunter Jim Corbett. He managed to hunt down the leopard which had killed about 125 people in the area. The river Mandakini is followed upstream from here. We reach Sari by early evening. Overnight in tents near the village.

  • Deoriatal with Chaukhamba peak in backdrop
    Deoriatal with Chaukhamba peak in the backdrop
    Sari to Deoria tal (2,430 m)

    On this day, we embark on the trail, up the hill to Deoria Tal. The pretty walk through rhododendrons takes one to the ridge above the village. Deoria Tal is a small lake with a meadow beside it. The view of the mountain ranges from here are fabulous. The Chaukhamba massif gets reflected on the clear water at times. Since, the trek is short, one can spend the day soaking in the peaceful forest environment and can also go for short walks around the lake.

  • Deoriatal to Chopta (2,680 m)

    The walk on this day is fairly level and through some beautiful forest and meadows. The trail starts from the forest department cottages near Deoriatal. It enters the forest and soon reaches close to a ridge from where the village of Sari is visible far below on our right. We enter the forest again from here. The rhododendron flowers here bloom in spring and one gets the feel of walking through a park. The colors range from red to various shades of pink. If we are trekking in the winter months, some snow can be present in the shadowy areas. There are two camping options, either camp short of Chopta near a stream, or at the meadows below the shops at Chopta.

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

    We start early today. Form the picturesque environs of Chopta, we take the path through the arch leading up to the temple. The path is a paved one having handrails at places. At times, one can catch a glimpse of the monal bird in the forest on the left side of the path. Monal is type of pheasant and the state bird of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is a short 2 km trek from Chopta. The temple is only visible in the last few hundred metres. After a visit to the age old temple, we head up to the peak. Soaking in the stunning panoramic view of the Himalayas from Chandrashila, 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 idol of Kedarnath temple. We drive back to Dehradun and reach by early evening.


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


  • 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), Neelkanth (6,596 m), Janhukut(6,805 m), Chaukhamba (7,138 m), Dunagiri (7,066 m), Kalanka, Nanda Devi (7,816 m), Trishul (7,120 m). Kedarnath peaks are clearly visible even from Chopta.
  • One of the best views is that of Chaukhamba from Deoriatal. The peak gets reflected in the water of the lake too.
  • During first day's drive, from Ristreksh 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.
  • Har Ki Dun Map

Transport support from and to Dehradun: starting from pickup on day 1 to drop on day 5.

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 6 breakfast.

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.

Accommodation in Dehradun.

Personal luggage with mass not exceeding 12 kg per bag per person can be carried by porters/mules @ Rs 300 per day per bag.

  • Trekking Boots: Waterproof, high ankle with good grip.
  • One Raincoat/Poncho
  • Windproof Jacket
  • Wind & waterproof pant
  • 2-3 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)
  • Sunglasses (it should be UV protected.) or use Photo chromatic glasses.
  • 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
  • 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

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