Chopta Trek Uttarakhand
Today we will go to Chopta trek, one of the most beautiful places in India. Affectionately called Mini Switzerland, Chopta is less explored. It is a pristine beauty located in Uttarakhand, just a short distance from the Deoria Valley. The 4 km hike to Tungnath starts from Chopta.
What do you need to know
Commonly referred to as the ‘mini Switzerland’ of Uttarakhand, Chopta (approximately 2,608m above sea level) is a hidden paradise in the Garhwal Himalayas. Surrounded by Bugyal or velvety meadows and pristine snow-capped mountains, Chopta is a wonderland with pleasant summers, crisp monsoons and snowy winters. Chopta is at the center of Panch Kedar, his five holiest Shiva temples in the state. On the left are the temples of Kedarnath and Madh Maheshwar, and on the right are Rudranath and Karpeshwar, just above the Tungnath Temple. Chopta trek is a bird paradise, with over 240 species of birds including native and migratory birds such as the Himalayan monal, Himalayan swift, Himalayan griffon, scarlet finch and partridge.
Nearby locations such as Dugalbitta, Mandal village, Makkkumath and Tungnath trekking routes are perfect places to find our feathered friends. Chopta has been designated a Key Bird Sanctuary by national and international conservation and biodiversity organizations.
What do you need to know
Chopta (approximately 2,608 meters above sea level), commonly referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of Uttarakhand, is a hidden paradise in the Garhwal Himalayas. Surrounded by Bugyal or velvety meadows and pristine snow-capped mountains, Chopta is a year-round holiday destination. It is a wonderland with pleasant summers, fresh monsoons and snowy winters.
Chopta is at the center of Panch Kedar, the state’s five most sacred Shiva temples. On the left are the temples of Kedarnath and Madh Maheshwar, and on the right are Rudranath and Karpeshwar, just above the Tungnath Temple.
Chopta is a bird paradise where you can see over 240 species of birds, including resident and migratory birds such as Himalayan monals, Himalayan swiftlets, Himalayan griffons, scarlet finches and partridges. Nearby locations such as Dugalbitta, Mandal village, Makkkumath and Tungnath trekking routes are perfect places to find our feathered friends. Chopta has been designated a significant birding site by national and international conservation and biodiversity organizations.
Popular as Mini Switzerland
Quiet hill station with lush green valleys
Bird watching and camping paradise
Popular for trekking
Surrounded by revered Shiva temples
As you can see in the pictures , the whole trek is really green. It was built of stone and cement to make it easier for tourists and ponies to walk. The slopes are very comfortable for hikers and can be classified as an intermediate hike. Carry a water bottle and some items as you will need it for the 4km uphill. However, if you can’t walk to the top, you can also take a pony ride. The first stage of the route has a rhododendron forest. After walking about 600-700m the meadows start and cover the whole route to Tungnath.
You can see green meadows in both directions and it’s very pleasant. Life seems so beautiful and rich. I left my job and my worries behind when I was there
The sight and spectacle captured my heart and soul. It was very refreshing to be there and I didn’t find the hike there difficult at all. Enjoyed every part of the trip. It’s always a happy happy ride when you’re with friends 🙂 .
We continued our journey step by step, taking breaks along the way to rest our weary souls. Our guide, Mr. Rakpat Rana, the same person who arranged everything at Deoria Thar, also accompanied us here. He is a very nice person. He took care of our every need from accommodation to food. We are forever grateful to him. I wanted to stop along the way and contemplate the perfect landscape in front of me without worrying about time. But yeah we had to darken it so I clicked on some pics and continued. rice field. He at Panchkedar, just
below the summit of Chandrasila, at an altitude of about 12,000 feet, is one.
The weather was very erratic during the trip
The sun comes and goes. It looked like it was about to rain, and the clear blue sky was covered with clouds. But the next moment, the clouds broke. It was very interesting to see the clouds playing hide and seek :D.
We’ve finally reached our destination… Tungnath. We were able to get enough room for 6 people in a 3 bed cabin. Be careful… There is no electricity in Tungnath either, so you’ll have to make do with candles or emergency lighting…but as a traveler it was all fun :). Food was available at the same location, which was a bit overpriced given its height and the unavailability of the items we needed, but it’s understandable.