Chopta Tungnath trek is considered as the most beautiful and easy trek in Garhwal Himalayas. This is ideal trek for beginners, Families and students. We can see all major peaks of Uttarakhand from Chandrasilla summit. Tungnath is worshiped as third kedar (One of the five Holy Shiva shrines in Uttarakhand). This trek is doable any time of year.The region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Our first camp at Deoria tal is near a pristine lake ringed with forest. The view of Chaukhamba peaks is one of the most prominent in the entire journey.
Tungnath Temple- It is believed that Tungnath temple is 1000 years old, and it was founded by Arjun from Mahabharat. One of the highest of the Panch Kedar, standing at an elevation of 3860 meters above the sea level, the way to Tungnath temple is well marked and quite pretty.
Trek to Tungnath in winters is totally doable. Offcourse its gonna be a bit tough, but that's why we trek to get out there, out of our comfort zone. It'll be a snow trek, expect knee deep snow walking will a tiresome experience for the one who leads the rest can follow his steps in snow. Its the fun part, really hard to lead so gotta keep rotating turns.
Day 01: Rishikesh to Siyalsaur
Arrive at Rishikesh station early in the morning. After breakfast drive to Siyal saur.The entire drive today is along the Ganga, Alaknanda, and Mandakini river. We stop at Devparyag,the historical town situated on the banks of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda river to see the confluence .later we stop at Rudraparyag for lunch. After lunch we drive through the Mandakini valley along the river. Arrive Siyal saur(840mt)and camp. Later you can walk around the villages around the camp area. In the evening after tea and snacks, dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 02: Siyal Saur to Ukhimath to Deoriyatal
Early morning after break fast 1 hour drive to Okhimath (1370 mts/4500 ft), Okhimath is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath, as well as the winter home of the priest who presides over his worship. After the Kedarnath temple closes for the winter, a movable image of Kedarnath is brought in procession to Okhimath, where it resides until the Kedarnath temple reopens in late April or early May. Visit temple and trek to Deoriya tal(2360mt). Initiaiiy the trek goes through the village trail giving you a chance to have a close encounter with the settlement pattern, dress jwellery and life style of mountain people, Latter the trek goes through the thick forest , one the last stretch we come close to the tree line to reach the lake. Enjoy the outstanding view of great Himalayan peaks in the lake. In the evening after tea and snacks, dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 03: Deoriyatal to Chopta
In the morning enjoy the sun rise and you can see snow clapped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Chopta through dense forest of Rhododendron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 5- 6 hrs to reach Chopta. Upon arrival at Chopta set out the tents & explore the area for overnight stay. In the evening after tea and snacks, dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 04: Chopta to Chandrasilla to Chopta
n the morning after breakfast trek to Lord Tungnath. The entire trek is a gradual ascent through the dwarf Rhododendron bushes. One encounters Mt.Chukhamba (A mountain with four pillars) from different angles. Arrive Tungnath (3650mt) the highest Hindu pillgrimisetemple in the Himalayas. Those who are fit enough can climb up to Chandrasilla (4200 mt). Arrive Chandrasilla and enjoy the 360 degree of panoramic view of Greater Himalayan peaks as wall as the valley behind. Experience the godly vibrationas and trek back to Chopta. In the evening after tea and snacks, dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 05: Chopta to Talli to Rishikesh
After an early breakfast trek down to Talli, The entire trek today goes through the thick forest and chances of encountering rare Himalayan flora are very high Enjoy the rare species of Himalayan birds in the forest. Later drive to Rishikesh. Departure to your next destination.