A Complete Chopta Tungnath Trek Guide
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The Chopta tungnath trek is one of the easier treks in the Himalayan region.The peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth and Kedarnath are all clear during the course of the trek and make for a majestic sight. This trek encompasses a large area starting from Haridwar and ending at Chandrashila with a number of other interesting areas falling on the way. It is a perfect opportunity for first-timers who are looking to get a hang of the general basics of trekking in the Himalayan region and is recommended highly by us for the same. The major attractions of this trek are the Tungnath Temple and the Chandrashila peak which provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the valleys below. Here is a detailed Chopta Tungnath Trek Guide to prepare yourself for a perfect trekking expedition.
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How To Reach
Haridwar is the preliminary point of the Chopta tungnath trek which is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. Take a road trip through the motorable roads of National Highway 58, which connects metropolises and other towns to this beautiful city. Several buses ply between Delhi and Haridwar on a regular basis making Haridwar a well-connected destination. Railway networks from major cities like New Delhi (4-5 Hours) and Dehradun (1 Hour) connect to the Haridwar Junction Railway Station, which is located at a walking distance to numerous hotels. Board a flight to the Jolly Grant Airport, located 36 kms from Haridwar with daily flights on this circuit from Delhi. Taxis are conveniently available from this airport to reach Haridwar.
Popularly known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ among travelers, Chopta is a hill station nestled amidst the mountains of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2600 meters. The initial point of this Trek is the famous Tungnath Temple, Chopta boasts of enchanting views of the Himalayas with plentiful flora and fauna to admire. Being an unspoiled and non-commercialized location has endowed Chopta with the bliss of beautiful meadows and excellent trekking trails throughout the year. This is the Base Camp for the Tungnath Trek, which will enchant your senses and bestow upon you an exhilarating trekking experience.
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Most travellers believe that Chopta is the ideal trekking destination all year round. However, we recommend you to engage in this amazing experience between the months of March and May, when the weather is pleasant with crisp picturesque views. With flawless skies and a revitalizing breeze, this trekking expedition will allow you to breathe in its stunning landscapes at its best.
About The Locals
Haridwar is a saintly city located at the base of the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. It lies in the flow trail of the divine River Ganga, which holds a pious value. The local residents are very welcoming given the fact that thousands of devotees gather in this blessed city to offer their prayers and take a dip in the Ganges. The locals follow their religious sanctity methodically and are very courteous towards visitors. Compassion lies in their kinship and their pride of the city’s holiness reflects in their behaviour.
The trek takes you from the holy city of Haridwar towards Devariyatal Lake, located at an altitude of 2440 m. This gorgeous locale offers a stunning panorama of the Chaukhamba ranges. Further ahead on your trek, you will pass by Chopta that stands tall at a height of 3000 m with gorgeous tranquil settings. Continuing on your trek, you will encounter the destination of Tungnath at a majestic elevation of 3680 m and eventually arrive in the mystical Chandrashila Top at 4130 m.
The required entry fees at certain checkpoints, permits for the trek and obligatory forest camping charges in the region for the entire length of the trek will be included as part of the package. Please check with the organizers before booking.
A well-equipped first aid kit will be available with the guides during the trek. Yet, it is advisable to carry your own personal supply of first aid items such as antiseptics, insect repellents, prescription drugs etc. Although all precautionary measures shall be taken, it is always recommended to learn the general know-how of healthcare in case of emergencies. These include emergency resuscitation or CPR and other common medical knowledge about altitude sickness. A very common disorder known as Acute Mountain Sickness is associated with trekking beside symptoms ranging from headaches, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, lung problems, ataxia and the like. Please consult your doctor before your expedition to acquire prescription drugs for such possible situations and only consume them if required, as they are powerful and has strong effects.
As the nearest city of this trekking expedition is Haridwar, please keep with you at all times the following emergency contact details.
Uttarakhand Helpline: 0135 – 2710334, 0135 – 2710335, 0135 – 2710233
Surya Medical Emergency Helpline: 18001805558, 18004190282
Army Control Number: 0135 – 2716201, 0135 – 2710925, 0135 – 2716201, 0135 – 2710925
Army Medical Emergency Numbers – 18001805558, 18004190282, 8009833388
If you are a first-time trekker, then this is the perfect expedition to enjoy the thrill of the Himalayas. Prepare thoroughly with regard to clothing and other protective gears to endure the unpredictable mountain weather. Keep your trekking gear safe and always keep essentials such as a wind-proof jacket, dry socks and caps at hand. Make sure you choose correct and good quality footwear and engage in previous walking training before departure. Wear the right kind of socks with sweat wicking properties or waterproof linings, if available. Build enough leg strength and ample gym training, anything that can equally replicate the actual trek. Practice using your backpack and choose wisely with adjustable straps when buying. Use a good quality-walking pole and remember to enjoy yourself while hydrating yourself frequently.
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Things to Carry
– Good condition trekking boots
– Camp shoes for crossing rivers and for visiting Devariyatal
– A pair of thick woolen socks never hurt when trekking in the Himalayas
– Keep a thick winter jacket for dealing with the cold
– Trekking Pants are a must for scaling the peaks
– Keep a woolen cap to protect yourself from the biting cold
– A pair of sunglasses to avoid the glaring sun
– Sun Screen
– A 2 ltr. water bottle
– Trekking pole
– A first aid box is a must have on this trekKeep a swiss knife with you at all times.
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Haridwar– Haridwar is considered as one of the major religious landmarks in the Uttaranchal region. Nonvegetarian food and alcohol is not permitted inside Haridwar. There are various points of interest in the city with the major ones being Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple etc. It is considered to be one of the seven holiest cities in Hindu mythology, with Varanasi generally being considered the holiest of them all.
Devariyatal – It is a lake located 3 kms uphill from the village of Mastura on the Chopta road. The lake is known for its beautiful panoramic views of mountains like Chaukhamba in its backdrop. Devariyatal holds religious significance in the Hindu Mythos as the fabled Indra taal where Pandavas were queried by the yakshas. There are trekking routes to both Chopta and Tungnath available from this point.
Chopta – Chopta, an unspoiled natural beauty destination lying in the laps of Uttarakhand Himalayas offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is popularly known as the base camp for the Tunganath trek. Chopta has a very cool and pleasant climate from March to May which invites a lot of tourists to enjoy this unexplored hill station. During this time, the sky is clear and the peaks are clearly visible and thus it is the perfect time to visit Chopta for the Tunganath trek.
Tunganath – Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in the mountain range of Tunganath in Rudraprayag district, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3680 m (12073 ft) and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be a 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas.
Day 1: Overnight train to Haridwar
Day 2: Drive Haridwar-Sari and trek to Devariyatal
Day 3: Trek Devariyatal-Chopta
Day 4: Trek Chopta-Tungnath (3680m),Chandrashila Top (4130m) and back to Chopta
Day 5: Drive from Chopta to Haridwar and take a train to New Delhi
Tips And Tricks
– Hydrate your body two days prior to the trek, which means you must triple your water intake to avoid Dehydration.
– Choose a SHOE SIZE HALF A NUMBER BIGGER THAN YOUR NORMAL NUMBER. It would be really uncomfortable if one chooses a shoe size which is one number smaller than their actual shoe size. One can end up with sore fingers and blisters at the end of the trek. To avoid BLISTERS, one can wear double socks – wear a thin nylon one first and then wear a thick Turkish sock which will definitely prevent blisters.
– In case you are carrying your Camera or Mobile phone with you, make sure you carry enough supply of plastic waterproof bags.
– Once you start trekking along with the entire group, try and get your NATURAL RHYTHM of walking. Never attempt to walk too fast or too slow as this can lead to premature fatigue.
– It is advisable to carry a WINDCHEATER but it is not advisable to wear it while trekking. During trekking, our body produces solid heat and to regulate that, the heated muscles of our body sweats profusely. In a humid atmosphere, it is a hot and perspiring situation and we aggravate it by wearing windcheaters. All in all, it leads to a suffocated feeling, so our advice is to keep a windcheater in your sack and wear it only when you take a long halt.
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