Chopta is place of wonderful meadows, lower chopta, ronnie bugyal, the list is endless. There are so many stunning spots where one can camp. The most excellent way to explore the splendor of Chopta is to undertake a trek for 4-5 days and experience complete isolation and pure bliss. We pitch the tents at predestinated spots which offers total intimacy with nature. Since, this requires hiking it is best suited for groups who are willing to walk. This is not a purely comfort journey, though there will be enough facilities during these temporary camps that will make your stay comfortable. Camping in Chopta is the best mode to experience the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the whole Garhwal where the breathtaking view of the Himalayas is a natural treat for the eyes as well as the soul. The region of Chopta is being stretched from 2000 mtr elevation to 4000 mtrs and a link road passes through the dense forest region to connect through the valleys of Mandakini and Alaknanda making an easy access to the upper Himalaya regions.
Chopta is the base camp for the trek. It is also referred to as 'Mini Switzerland' by many. It is located at an altitude of nearly 2600 meters. From here you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the region and mountains covered with dense foliage.
Day 01: Delhi - Haridwar (By Night Train)
Board Dehradun Nizamuddin AC Special train for Haridwar at 23:30 hrs from Nizamuddin railway station. Overnight journey.
Day 2: Haridwar - Ukhimath
Arrival at Haridwar by early in the morning at 04:00 hrs. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer to Ukhimath via Rishikesh, Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi, from Devprayag the Holy river Ganges started), Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini River). Breakfast and lunch enroute. Arrival at Ukhimath by evening. Check into TRH. Dinner and overnight stay. Ukhimath (1370 mts/4500 ft) is on the other side of the Mandakini River Valley from Guptkashi a relatively short steep walk by foot, or a much longer way by road. Ukhimath is the winter seat of 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 Ukhimath, where it resides until the Kedarnath temple reopens in late April or early May. This picture shows the outer gateway to the temple complex, which is not only brightly painted and decorated, but two full stories tall (the wall also serves as the back wall of buildings inside). The stones piled at lower left were for some sort of construction project, which was in full swing when I visited (since summer is the "slow" season ritually speaking, it made sense for the place to be torn up them. And the nearby buildings are clearly residential, since a young girl is visible at upper right.
Day 3: Ukhimath - Deoriatal
In the morning you can see snow clapped Himalayan ranges. After breakfast start your trek to Deoriatal through dense forest of Rhodendron and lots of wild flowers and ferns. The trek will take 3- 4 hrs to reach Deoriatal. Upon arrival at Deoriatal set out the tents for overnight stay.
Day 04: Deoriatal - Sari - Chopta
In the morning trek down to Sari village (3 kms) and from here drive to Chopta through dense forest and meadows. Its 30 kms drive from Sari Village. Upon arrival at Chopta set out your tents for overnight stay. In the evening explore the magnificent view of the Himalayas.
Day 05: Chopta - Tungnath - Chopta
After an early breakfast trek to Tungnath with packed lunch. Tungnath is situated at the height of 3680 mts from the sea level the highest in India. The trek is three kms upward. Enroute you will find lush green meadows and you can see the entire range of snow clapped Himalayas. Upon arrival at Tungnath Temple and visit the temple. After relax one further one kms trek to Chandrasila peak. Later trek back to Chopta for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06: Chopta - Haridwar - Delhi
After an early breakfast drive to Haridwar. Breakfast and Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer to railway station to catch Dehradun Shatabdi express train for Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.