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About the Destination:
Uttarakhand, or ‘The Land of Gods,’ is replete with some of the most unique and picturesque hill stations across the length and breadth of the state. One such hill station that's waiting to be explored and discovered is Chopta. Prettily cradling in the lap of the Himalayan ranges, it is also a small hamlet filled with quaint charms of village life. A trek to this untouched paradise hold the promise of an opportunity to reconnect with nature as well as with the rich local lives of the villagers.
A haven for nature lovers, Chopta is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, most of which are endemic to this region. Further lending the perfect marquee to this destination are the dense forests of pine and deodar. Adorned by rich and varied views of the Himalayas all around, this destination is blessed with diverse range of beautiful panoramas!
About the Departure:
Although Chopta Chandrashila trek is considered to be one of the simpler ones in the Himalayas, it nonetheless spectacular. In the shade of the Garhwal Himalayas, it will take you from bliss giving valleys of Ganges to crystal clear Lake of Devriyatal. The blessings that we ask for at the Panch Kedar temple Tungnath will strengthen us throughout the hike.
While the Chopta trek itself is spectacular, what makes this experience even more priceless is that it gives you the chance to go mountain biking! Zoom past the forests of alpine and rhododendron, in the august company of the Himalayas!
Activities: Trekking, Camping, Sightseeing, Mountain Biking, Cycling
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
First Day of Trek, 1-2 Hours Trek, Lakeside Camping
Your trekking and biking expedition to Chopta begins with your arrival in Rishikesh. Munch on a fortifying breakfast to prepare for the day ahead and drive from Rishikesh to Sari Village, our starting point on the Chandrashila trek. From here on, we will progress towards Devriyatal, which is a picture perfect place for trekkers and nature lovers. Marvellous variety of birds and the great views of the Himalayas will greet you as you arrive here. As you look around, you can see the marvellous peaks of the Himalayas that surround you; relax on the shores of Devriyatal in camping tents.
12km/4-5 Hours Trek, Tali, Mountain Biking, Chopta
After breakfast, start on the trail that takes you from Devriyatal to Chopta, which is a 12km walk, that will take you about 4- 5 Hours to complete. This is a gentle climb on the ridge connecting to meadows of Chopta and other northeast meadows towards Madhmaheswar. The trail rollicks through dense semi alpine forest of Rhododendron and oak and after a few ups and downs, takes you witness the gorgeous sunset at Chopta, where you will camp for the night.
Chandrashila Peak, Tungnath Temple, Cycling Exploration
After breakfast embark on a trek from Chopta to Chandrashila Peak! The views of the trail are fantastical at best! The pathway is gentle with few zigzag climb till the Tungnath, which is one of the five holiest temples in India. A steep climb will lead you to Chandrashila Peak (4,130m), which best known for its sweeping views of the Himalayas with sights of the Nanda Devi, Trisul, Dunagiri, Hathi peak, Neelkanth, Choukhamba and all connecting peaks towards Gangotri. On descending down to the base, overnight stay will be at Chopta.
42km Biking, Downhill Biking, Rishikesh, Trek Ends Here
Today is the day that you get an entirely different taste of adventure as you start biking downhill from Chopta till Tilwara. This 42km trail will take you through some of dense alpine and rhododendron forests, majestic Himalayan views and land you in the lap of nature at Tilwara. Post lunch, you will be departing on the drive that will take you back to Rishikesh, signalling the end of this spectacular expedition!
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