Itinerary | Chopta – Tunganath – Chandrashilla – Deoria Tal

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Time has come for yet another journey to the Himalayan ranges. This time we will be venturing into the Uttarakhand or previously called Uttaranchal. Our plan is to visit Chopta – Tunganath / Chandrashilla – Deoria Tal in Gharwal region of the state. Primary attraction of the journey will be snow trek to Tunganath / Chandrashilla since there will be plenty of snow and an early morning trek to Deoria Tal.

Chopta is situated at an altitude of 2600 Mtrs in Rudraprayag district of  Uttarakhand and is well known as a base point for a trek to Tunganath Temple and further to Chandrashilla peak. But, Chopta itself offers a beautiful snow meadow in winters locally called as Chopta Bhugyal (bhugyal meaning meadow).

Tunganath temple, at an altitude of 3680 Mtrs, is considered to be the highest temple of Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch (Five) Kedars. One can reach it by trekking around 3.5 KMs from Chopta… Madhmaheshwar, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form the Panch Kedar, the five most important temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.

Chandrashilla, at an altitude of 4000 Mtrs, is highest point of the mountain on which Chopta is situated and  offers 270 degree views of Himalayan range. It is located 1.5 KMs further of Tungnath Temple which makes it a 5 KMs trek from Chopta.

Ukhimath is located 31 KMs from Chopta, where deity of Kedarnath is shifted in winters. There are locale temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati which we will be visiting too.

Deoria Tal, at an altitude of 2438 Mtrs, is a lake which offers mesmerizing reflections of Chaukhamba Range in its crystal clear water. One needs to drive about 12 KMs to Sari Village from Ukhimath and from Sari Village one can reach Deoria Tal by a trek route of 2 KMs.

Guptkashi is 13 KMs from Ukhimath. The ancient Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnik Kund, where the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are believed to meet, are the main places of attraction in Guptkashi.

Here is our itinerary for the journey for which we all are very excited… 🙂

Day 0 | 8th March, 2011

Delhi to Haridwar (210 km / 4-5 Hrs)

Day 1 | 9th March, 2011

Haridwar to Ukhimath (206 km / 6- 7 hrs)

  • Bhagirathi River and Alaknanda River confluence at Devprayag (Delta)
  • Mandakni River and Alaknanda River confluence at Rudraprayag (Delta)
  • Panorama to capture between Srinagar & Rudraprayag of river Ganga (Alaknanda) bending in U-Shape near Khankra bend
  • A cup of tea at Syal Saur between Rudraprayag and Kund
  • Overnight stay at GMVN Guest House, Ukhimath 01364-264236

Day 2 | 10th March, 2011

Ukhimath to Sari Village (14 KM / drive) to Deoria Tal (2 KM / trek) to Sari Village (2 KM / trek) to Duggalbitta

  • Leave early morning to Sari Village and capture the essence of the Deoria Tal trek around Sunrise
  • Overnight stay at Mayadeep Guest House, Duggal Bitta, Chopta 09412029486,01364-233463

Day 3 | 11th March, 2011

Duggalbitta to Chopta to Tunganath (3.5 KM / trek) / Chandrashilla (1.5 KM / trek) to Chopta to Duggalbitta

  • Leave early for the trek to Tunganath Temple / Chandrashilla, if possible.
  • Overnight stay at Mayadeep Guest House, Duggal Bitta, Chopta 09412029486,01364-233463

Day 4 | 12th March, 2011

Duggalbitta to Mandal to Gopeshwar to Chamoli to Rudraprayag to Rishikesh (193 KM)

  • Visit Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary enroute for a short time, if required
  • Or visit, Guptkashi to see Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnik Kund
  • A cup of tea at Syal Saur between Rudraprayag and Kund

Day 5 | 13th March, 2011

Rishikesh to Neelkanth to Rishikesh to Delhi (234 KM)

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  1. Swati ghosh on

    We(9person) want to go tunganath with deoriatal and chandrasila from haridwar. Plz suggest a tour plan and ni8 halt place of this location.thank u.

  2. Hi Dheeraj,

    I’m planning the Deoriatal – Chandrashila trek in the second week of August. My query is, and I will be very thankful of you could tell me about this, Is it feasible to do the Deoriatal – Chopta part of the trek without a guide, as I’ve heard that trails are not clearly marked on that path and there is a possibility of getting lost.

    Thanks for your time.

    Raghu

    • Yes Raghu in August since there will not be any snow, you can do both Deoriatal trek and Tunganath trek without a guide. However, if you planning to trek from Deoriatal to Chopta through inner forest route, then I will recommend taking a guide or local along with you.

  3. Nikhil Dhyani on

    Good to find this particular trip details on DoW forum. The place is a beautiful place, both the drive as well as the trek. We took a longer route from delhi > kotdwar > pauri>srinagar>rudraprayag>ukhimath>baniyakund (second last point where cars can reach easily) but it was a scenic drive with few rough patches near rudraprayag. Rest of the roads were amazingly smooth all through. Plenty of photography points en route.

    We went there in January 2016 with very less snowfall but the trek was filled with snow and ice. Do make sure that you plan for tungnath trek keeping in mind that it will not be easy with snow and if you start early, you can plan chandrashila also which is about 45-50 mins from tungnath temple.

    Plenty of accommodations available depending on your budget and requirements. During winters very few dhabas / hotels will be open. Do plan for really cold winter nights. We saw a -7 Degrees temperature at night. Summers should be beautiful here

    and last but not the least PLEASE PLEASE KEEP THE PLACE CLEAN, its a holy shrine being polluted by us as we visit the place. Please leave something for the next generation too 🙂

  4. Yogesh Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning in Nov’16 to Tunganath on Bike, kindly confirm about the road conditions and facility!

  5. samridhi sukhani on

    hey dheeraj

    Can you please share how much did it cost you, the stay at ukhimath and deoriatal and dugalbitta seperately?

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    You have a very informative blog and i have been following it for quite some time..i will be doing a Deorital-Tungnath-Chandrasila trip in the last week of May..(mostly 29-31). I havent touched snow my entire and im dying to in this trip…Any chance i can find snow at Tungnath or Chandrasila ?

    Thanks in advance

  7. Is mid to late May good time to visit Deoria and Chandrashilla? Budget wise, how much do you think per person would need from Haridwar and return if done Deoria – Tunganath – Chandrashilla and Chopta? using local transport mostly (or shared jeeps).

    • Mayhem, late may shall be good time to visit Deoria Tal and Chandrashilla too. I think ex. Haridwar, it can be done in 2-2.5K at max. with local transport or shared jeeps.

  8. Dear Dheeraj ,
    Can u suggest me Itinerary for ranikhet kausani and chopta. we are taking kathgodam route.

  9. Hello,
    We 03 friends planing to visit uttranchal in 23 aug 2013 so may i request Senior Members to guide me,

    23-8-13 day 1- Start from Rajkot (Gujrat) at 12 .30 pm in Okha – Dehradun Exp full day journey in train.

    24-08-13 day 2- arrival Haridwar at 5 pm. After arrivel we have to search indica for further journey. rest/night stay in hotel (Gujrati samaj).

    25-08-13 day 3- Start journey at 6 am to 1 pm in taxi for Dearoi Tal (10000 ft), journey near about 206 km to reach sari village may be covered in 7 hrs, after then trek for 3 km to reach dearoi tal it will take about 1 hr so we supposed to reach at 2 or 3 pm, enjoy evening and night stay in tent.
    ?? Night stay option at dearoi tal ? and charges for night stay and food ?? contact No ??

    26-08-13 day 4- watch morning view of lake, after breakfast trek 3 km and start journey for chopta 25 km by taxi at 10 am. Plan to reach chopta at 1 pm so we can enjoy green meadows during journey. after lunch at chopta trek for tungnath (12000 ft) 3.5 km from chopta will take 3 hrs so we will be at tungnath at 4 or 5 pm, enjoy sunset, night stay at tungnath.
    ?? Is any local guy from tungnath to go Chandrashilla peak at evening to watch sunset view because of after sunset return to tungnath will be risky in dark ??
    Tungnath night stay option, contact No, tariff also ???

    27-08-13 day 5 – Wack-up early morning at 5 am and trek 1.5 km for Chandrashilla (13120 ft ) peak to watch sunrise and back to tungnath at 9 am after breakfast trek for chopta 3.5 km will take 2 hrs and may be we will at chopta at 12 pm. Move for auli (10000 ft) 100 km may be we reach auli at 5 pm. Check in hotel and rest.

    28-8-13 ay 6 – Rest and short trek near auli if any.

    ??Is any cheep option in auli then GMVN, if any contact no ?? can I get easily room in GMVN in this monsoon season ??
    Is their any short trek in auli or any other activity (any sunrise or sunset point) ??

    29-8-13 day 7 – wake up as early and reach 50 km from auli to govind gath at 8 am submit luggage and get pony to go Ghangaria (9150 ft) 14 km will take 5 hrs in pony so may be will will at Ghangaria at 2 pm. After then rest. And night stay.

    30-8-13 day 8 – Judgment day, wake early and have breakfast and take pack lunch and start trek of 4 km for VOF at 9 am enjoy dream and return back 4 km to Ghangaria at 5 pm.

    31-8-13 day 9 – Wake up early and after breakfast start trek of 4 km for hemkund at 8 am and reach at 11 am at hemkund (14000 ft) and return by 2 pm to Ghangaria after lunch hire pony and back 14 km to govindgath and reach to joshimath at 7 pm 17 km, night stay at joshimath.

    ?? What charge may be this year of pony from govindgath to Ghangaria in this season ??
    can I get easily room in Ghangaria GMVN in this monsoon season ??

    1-8-13 day 10 – After breakfast start journey at 8 am for haridwar of 275 km may be we reach at haridwar at 8 pm. Check in at Gujrati samaj room for night stay.

    2-8-13 day 11 – half day rest at bank of Ganga and start for Rajkot (Gujrat) in train at 3 pm night journey in train.

    3-8-13 day 12 – train will drop us to Ahmedabad at 5 pm. Ahmedabad to Rajkot by bus, may be we reach world last destination home at 11 pm.

    Approximately Expance per person (In group of 3 person)

    Train and bus Ticket – 1500
    Taxi for 8 days (per day 1800/3 prs ) – 4800
    Hotel for 10 days in tripal sharing (per day 1800) – 6000
    Food for 13 days 300 x 13 – 3900
    Pony two times – 1500
    Other Exp – 2300
    ————–
    20,000/-
    —————

    ??Any contact No for taxi ? and what should be tariff for indica ???
    I calculation of expanse is proper or it need any amendments ??
    Is our Itinerary is in proper manner as it will monsoon session, if not then suggest amendments ??

    Waiting for your suggestion and advices………..

    Manish

  10. Dheeraj
    I am planning to vist this place b/w Dec 25 to Dec 31, my son is 3yrs old & my mother is 65. Would you still suggest me to follow this itinerary. I mean if I cut the trek part & would like to relax at some place, what should be my itinerary.

    • Hi Lalit,

      Well, in that case you can go over there and relax. Start with

      Day 1 | Haridwar/Rishikesh
      Day 2 | Haridwar/Rishikesh – Syal Saur/Ukhimath
      Day 3 | Syal Saur/Ukhimath – Guptkashi – Duggalbitta
      Day 4 | Duggalbitta (hike towards Chopta, enjoy there)
      Day 5 | Start back home via Rishikesh again

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any query or doubt.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

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  13. hi dheeraj,

    if u need only the place where you can stay than it is good for you . if u need the natural things and very good view and knowledge about the place and flora and fauna and many more thing which were price less than you will surly search the place like magpie camp . all charges are with meal not like other . so thanks to suggest us but please try the magpie camp if u need so many thing or if u want more less price then i can share with u some other hotel from where you will feel price free.

    • Hello Suresh,

      I feel that the information that you have clarified now must be useful for the readers of my blog in deciding the place for stay. I know the place is rich in flora and fauna. If someone is interested in getting more details on the same they may surely opt for a stay at your place and I feel this should be your "USP" and you should "clearly" highlight it in your references. As far as views are concerned, for me views are bound to be explored in the day, not from the hotel unless you are on honeymoon but still nothing can beat the views from Deoria Tal camps in that region…

      May be when we come back again to the place we shall go for your place as well and I will provide the reference to your place in my upcoming travel guide for Tungnath – Deoria Tal 🙂 … but the price option would always be in my mind although now with your USP because like me most of the adventure travellers seek economic (not cheap) and decent stay :)… May be you can provide there the links for pictures of your accomodation options and readers can better decide which place to go :)…

      Best wishes for your endeavours.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj Sharma

  14. MAGPIE CAMP MAGPIE CAMP MAGPIE CAMP CHOPTA CHOPTA
    Our prime intention to step in tourism sector is a proper, Steady, organized and extensive development of tourism in Uttarakhand. We assume that in this beautiful and holy state tourism is extremely unorganized and in dormant state. So it became our moral obligation, since we have taken responsibility to give tourism a proper, organized and steady motion in Uttarakhand.

    Since U.K. has huge potential in these sub sectors of tourism like – pilgrimage, adventure, natural and ecotourism. Gradually we are paying attention towards all these sectors of tourism in Uttarakhand. We are studying and we will have to study a lot of things about tourism in Uttarakhand.

    Our aim is to become trekking and eco-tourism specialist in U.K. In this process we have developed a little eco tourist village as a base camp amidst dense temperate forest adjacent to “Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary” at the height of 2350 meters from where we can properly organize all known and unknown (undiscovered) trekking routs present in the zone.

    We are trying to create a model of eco-tourism activities in Kedarnath (Mandakini) valley for the development of local community and Environment conservation. After target achievement of the project we would plan to circulate this model for other valleys of the state.

    To achieve success we need every one’s best wishes and moral support.

    Thank you,
    Magpie Group, Magpie Camp-
    An Eco-Tourist village,
    Ganaya, Dugalbhita, Chopta,
    Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand,
    India.
    Activities which will be provided by an Eco-Tourist village to develop tourism in the zone.

    Commercial Activities

    1- Camping
    2- Trekking
    3- Mountaineering
    4- Bird watching/Animal (Wild) Watching.
    5- Yoga/Sanitary activities
    6- Providing knowledge about Flora and fauna.
    7- Snow and grass skiing.
    8- Cultural activities
    9- Paragliding/gliding
    10- Spiritual and religious knowledge
    11- Rafting.
    12- Promotion of Local handicraft activities like wool and Ringal items.

    Social Activities

    13- Campaign against garbage pollution.
    14- Campaign against water pollution/Air Pollution.
    15- Providing knowledge of forest conservation.
    16- Providing knowledge about ecology, ethnology and ethology.

    CAMPING-: To promote eco-tourism in this region we have developed An Eco-Tourist Village into dense temperate forest of “Kedar (Mandakini) valley” just adjacent to “Kedarnath Wild life Sanctuary” which is one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in world and the sanctuary is renowned for its huge bio-diversity in the world. Its international importance is attributed to the diversity of its flora and fauna (particularly of ungulate species). The sanctuary is impressive with spectacular natural assets of snow covered mountain ranges, lakes and glaciers, scenic valleys with remarkable landforms and famous river systems with climatic diversity in "varied several transitional environments". The sanctuary is also reputed as one of the world’s richest bio-reserves.

    From 44.4% to 48.8% of the sanctuary is forested, 7.7% comprises alpine meadows and scrub, 42.1% is rocky or under permanent snow and 1.5% represents formerly forested areas that have been degraded.

    Our camping site is situated approximately 200kms from Rishikesh Haridwar. Approach is very smooth and convenient. The 200kms drive along with great river ‘Ganga’ is just mesmerizing and it is impossible to divert sight from enchanting views of beautiful sores of the river. Camp site is surrounded by more than 100 species of huge trees and the forest is full of wild animals and birds. There are more than 125 species of major mammals, more than 520 species of birds, innumerable species of flowers and insects in this temperate forest.

    The meadow where we have pitched tents is a wide grass land (lap of nature) in high
    Altitude is one of the most beautiful places in the valley. The view visualized from the site is unexpectedly unforgettable. On one side you can see panorama of great Himalaya consisting Kedar peak, Kedar dome, Chowkhama and many more which are some of the most beautiful peaks of the great Himalaya. And on another side you can visualize dense alpine forest, extensive alpine meadow slops, several patches of grass land and many rivulets. From December to February this place is covered by two feet thick snow layer. It is not possible to live without sweaters or jackets even in the month of May and June. Morning and evening at this place are gentle and pleasant which make you feel like heaven. Eventually this place is perfect for nature lovers. We cordially suggest that every one must visit this place at least once in one’s life.

    Amenities at Camp-: Though there is no need of amenities at this “lap of nature” even then we have tried our label best for a convenient and comfortable accommodation.

    We have-:
    • Swiss tents with attached bathroom and English styled toilet, running sweet mineral water facility direct from a nearby water source and hot water facility.
    • 12*12 feet specious rooms with comfortable bedding.
    • Well maintained a canteen where you can enjoy your own loving food with local traditional cuisine.
    • To pass leisure moments you can play volleyball, badminton, football, cricket, chess, carom, and many more.
    • First aid facilities are also available at camp site.
    • STD/ISD facility.

    Camping package:

    Camping charges:
    1500/ per person per night
    Including -:

    • Welcome refreshment –tea/coffee with snacks/local beverage like burans and malta juice
    • Veg dinner- one seasonal veg, one dal, sweet dish, salad, chapatti, rice, pickle, papad, milk product (if some demand non -veg would have to pay Rs 150 extra/person).
    • Morning bed tea-
    • Breakfast – parantha (four types of paranthas),/ bread-butter , jam,/ bread omelet,/ boiled egg, /noodles/ poori bhaji,/soup, tea/coffee/local beverage
    • If you demand lunch you have to pay Rs 200/ person
    Note-:
    • Single occupancy per tent 2500 with same facilities
    • Camping for 4 person Rs 1450/night/person.
    • Camping charges for 10 people Rs 1350/person/night
    • There are no hidden charges in our camping package.

    • HI Suresh,

      Thanks for the details. We stayed at GMVN Ukhimath and our stay was very decent and economic too as compared to your prices.

      At deoria tal , we contacted Mr. Hira Chand Negi (09410241543) who provded us two extremely comfortable tents with two beds in each of them and lots of quilts to beat the chill in the night. All this with two meals again at very affordable prices which helped us pay handsome tip to Hira Chand Ji. We had agreat time with him and will be visiting him again.

      I am not sure about how much more comfort you can provide but it seems that prices are a bit steep at your end. Even Mayadeep at Duggalbitta does offer nice and economic accomodation. Unless you provide some ultra-luxury I feel the prices are too high when one can easily avail extremely nice accomodation in the region at much cheaper rates.

      Regards,

      Dheeraj Sharma

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