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Chopta, a small hamlet located in Uttarakhand, is a trekker's heaven. The base camp of treks like Tugnanath, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila, Chopta is an ideal destination for intermediate trekkers to go on a guided trek and brush up their skills. Chopta promises a life-altering expansion of your boundaries.

The third temple of Panch Kedar is located in Tugnanath, around 3.5 km away from Chopta. Camping in the open grassy meadows of Chopta that slopes on softly, among alpine, pine, deodar and rhododendron trees is soul-fulfilling. The snow-covered peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhambha dominate the panoramic views seen in Chopta.

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Tungnath Trek

  • The Tungnath temple near Chopta is one of the most famous attractions in the region, and for good reason too. This Hindu shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer. Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world, at the height of an astounding 12000 feet above sea level! This sacred site is where Lord Shiva is said to have placed his divine bull.
  • The only way to reach this majestic shrine is through an arduous trek through Chopta and Chandrashila, but the destination is truly worth it. As you pass through forests of oak, pine and rhododendron, take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas and make your way to Tungnath. The Apex offers a panoramic view of the mountain range, where you can spot more than twenty peaks including Mt Meru, Mt Sumeru, Mt Nanda Devi, Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt Bandarpunch, Mt Nilkanth and Mt Chaukhamba. You can catch the Himalayan eagle and Monal bird in action as well. 
  • The Tungnath trail is easy to manoeuvre as the path is paved. The Chandrashila trek is relatively steeper, so if you’re a novice, take a guide along with you. Read more here.

Suggested Itinerary for Chopta

Day 1 - Start your trip by enjoying the local cuisine. Walk around Chopta and explore Deoria Tal and the wilderness after.
Day 2 - Start your day early with a trek to Tungnath Temple. Camp there for the night and enjoy the majestic view, surrounded by flora and fauna.
Day 3 - Trek up from Tungnath to Chandrashilla. Enjoy and take pictures of the view from there. On your way back, you should definitely visit Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary. 

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What is famous about Chopta?

Chopta has a raw beauty with almost no human alteration. Naturally beautiful and starting point of two famous treks - Tungnath Mandir and Chandrashilla. It offers a splendid view of many snow covered peaks.

What is not so good about Chopta?

Chopta can be very cold and chilly. It can rain anytime and if you are on a trek and do not have a guide you can get lost.

Who should visit Chopta?

The place is meant for people who are looking for naturally beautiful places that have no interference of mankind. Young people looking for adventure and exploring the unexplored areas will be pleased to be here. This place is not for the elderly with joints problem. City dwellers like people from Delhi, Noida or Rajasthan will find this place amazing.

What is the best time to visit Chopta?

The summer months see the largest crowds that Chopta faces, as the main trekking routes reopen. Hence, the best time to visit Chopta is during Summer from March to May. The climate is temperate and the terrain is deciduous, which means that Chopta experiences drastic changes through the seasons. The same area that looks lush and fertile in summer is arid and snowy in winter. This limits travel options to some places but promises a brilliant time in the snowy cold.
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What is the local food in Chopta?

You'll be disappointed if you are out looking for formal and standalone eating out joints in Chopta. But basic regional cuisine is available throughout the city in the hotel and/or guesthouse you choose to stay in.
Breakfast and lunch meals are available throughout the city at all joints, since they have a lighter calorie value and the terrain does not all support car rides around with a heavy stomach. But the food aspect of the trip is very pocket friendly, considering the town is small and moderately tourist friendly.
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What is the best way to reach Chopta?

Chopta is a small town, so there are no airports or train stations over there. You can either reach there via buses or taxis or private cars.
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What are the places near Chopta?

The top places near to Chopta are Auli which is 54 km from Chopta, Valley of flowers which is located 68 km from Chopta, Lansdowne which is located 66 km from Chopta, Nainital which is located 115 km from Chopta, Madhyamaheshwar which is located 34 km from Chopta

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Q. It will b worth visiting chopta in winter around mid January?

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
Heavy woollens should do the trick as Chopta will be sub zero in January. If you're planning to go to Tungnath and camp, you should enquire in Chopta first. In case locals are not there at Tungnath i (Read More)n mid January, you may have to carry a tent and all other things that you will require.
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Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
- One should be carrying anti travel sickness tablets if a steep terrain doesn't suit them.
- Carry a lot of woolens when travelling in winters.
- Carry dry foodstuff with you for longer journe (Read More)ys around the town.
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