Chopta Valley


  • Season:
    October - December, April - May
  • Trip Type:
    Overland Roadtrip & Trek
  • Trek Level:
    Beginner - Easy
  • Trip Duration:
    6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Distance by Road / by Trek:
    540kms / 18kms (approx.)
  • Maximum Altitude:
    4060mts / 13320ft
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels / Camps
  • Start point / End point:
    Rishikesh
  • Featured Destinations:
    Rishikesh - Chopta - Tungnath - Chandrashila - Sari - Deoriyatal

Chopta Valley

The trip in the Chopta Valley, located in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand, is set to walk one through picturesque villages, forests and ‘Bugyals’ (meadows) to highlight serene locales like ‘Deoriyatal’, ‘Tungnath’& ‘Chandrashila’. The valley is home to the rare and the beautiful ‘Monal’ (pheasant), ‘Kastoori Hiran’ (musk deer) and the elusive leopards along with a variety of other wildlife.

The locale offers amazing views of the imposing Himalayan range. On this trip one can see many famous peaks including the Gangotri and Bhagirathi group of peaks, KedarDome, Chaukhamba, Hathi Parbat, Dhunagiri and the Nanda Devi group of peaks. It is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons with an altitude ranging from approx 2400 mts – 4060 mts.

Chandrashila, at the summit of Tungnath, is a trekking peak at a height of about 4060mts above sea level, with a spectacular view of the Himalayas. As per popular legend, this is the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana. Another legend says that moon-god Chandra spent time here in penance.

A lake, Deoriyatal faces a snow clad range with some prominent peaks like the ‘KedarDome’ (6970m), ‘Mahalaya’ (5970m), ‘Mandani’ (6190m) and the mighty ‘Chaukhambha’ (7140m). Morning and evening golden hour views of the mountain range with their reflections in the lake are a highlight here.

  Trip Highlights

  • Chandrashila, with its fantastic views and mythologically said to be a meditation spot of Lord Rama.
  • Visit Tungnath, among the revered 'Panch Kedars', also among the world's highest Shiva Temples.
  • Option to ride into the Himalayas on Royal Enfields, an unforgettable experience.
  • Hike to Deoriyatal, pristine lake in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Option to extend the trip with a stay at Camp Ganga Riviera and white water rafting in Rishikesh.
  • In April the valley blooms with red and pink rhododendron flowers. A great time to plan this trip.

  Daywise Itinerary

Overview
  • Day 1:
    Trip starts in Rishikesh
  • Day 2:
    Rishikesh - Devprayag - Rudraprayag - Chopta
  • Day 3:
    Chopta - Deoriyatal - Chopta
  • Day 4:
    Chopta - Tungnath - Chandrashila - Chopta
  • Day 5:
    Chopta - Rishikesh
  • Day 6:
    Departure from Rishikesh


Days on Trip
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Total Distance Traveled
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View Detailed Itinerary
DAY 1: Arrive RISHIKESH
(Elevation: 372m/1,220ft)

The trip starts in the morning at Rishikesh, with all the participants expected to arrive by the afternoon.
We spend a leisurely day, preparing for the trip ahead and exploring the Ram and Laxman Jhula areas, with ashrams, yoga and massage centres, temples and small cafe's along the banks of the Holy Ganga.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: RISHIKESH - DEVPRAYAG - RUDRAPRAYAG - CHOPTA
(Distance: 70km / 65km / 85km - 220km, Travel Time: 7-8 hrs
Elevation: Chopta – 2,800m/9,200ft)


Departure from Rishikesh at 6am, begin the first day of riding. Crossing the small settlements of Shivpuri-Byasi-Kaudiyala, we reach Devprayag, where the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers meet to form the starting point of the river Ganga! Then we proceed to Srinagar and Rudraprayag, where the Mandakini river flowing from the glaciers around Kedarnath meets with the Alaknanda river.
After Rudraprayag, we take the road to Ukhimath and enter the Chopta Valley. This last stretch of the drive will be the most beautiful, through winding roads and thick lush forests to Chopta, a pristine high altitude location with its mesmerising views of the range of peaks around Kedarnath.
Overnight at Camp. Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: CHOPTA - DEORIYATAL - CHOPTA
(Distance: by road - 20km / trek – 6km, Travel Time: 7 -8 hrs
Elevation: Deoriyatal – 2,438m/8,000ft)


Leave from our camp post breakfast to Sari village for the first of our hikes - to Deoriyatal with its mesmerising views of the range of peaks around Kedarnath. We spend the day up at the lake coming back down in the evening watching the sunset colors on the mountains around.
Overnight at Camp. Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: CHOPTA - TUNGNATH - CHANDRASHILA - CHOPTA
(Distance: 12km, Travel Time: 6-7 hrs
Tungnath: 3,680m/12,073ft, Chandrashila: 4,060m/13,320ft)


Start the hike from Chopta early morning to Tungnath, highest of the Panch Kedars, and then to Chandrashila, the pinnacle of the trip with panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. On a clear day, one can see a whole view from the Nanda Devi to the east to the Gangotri group of peaks on the west. We spend the rest og the day at the top, a treat for photographers and nature lovers, then hike back to Chopta by the evening for our overnight stay.
Overnight at Camp. Meal Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: CHOPTA - RISHIKESH
(Distance: 220km, Travel Time: 6-7 hrs)

Start the ride early morning from Chopta, downhill back toward Rishikesh. We stop at Devprayag to visit the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers where the Holy Ganga is formed and head on to the Laxman Jhula area in Rishikesh for our overnight stay.
Overnight at Camp. Meal Inclusions: Breakfast

Day 6: RISHIKESH - Departure

A leisurely morning to end the trip at Rishikesh. Open option to extend with an overnight stay and white water rafting at camp or proceed for onward journey back to Dehradun/Delhi.

  Pricing and Inclusions

  with 4 participants with 8 participants with 12 participants
Solo Rider Plan INR 33,700 INR 28,300 INR 26,500
SUV Plan INR 23,800 INR 21,300 INR 20,900
** All pricing mentioned is subject to change as per the total number of participants in the group.

Inclusions:
  • All accommodation in a good hotels at Rishikesh.
  • Camp accommodation at Chopta for 3 nights.
  • Meal inclusions as specified in the plan.
  • A dedicated vehicle for all SUV participants.
  • Trip leader traveling with the group for the entire duration of the trip.
  • One Royal Enfield bike per rider.
  • Fuel for bikes.
  • For riders - A pickup jeep as backup vehicle for entire duration of the trip.
  • Mechanic included for the trip along with spare parts backup.
  • Wireless communication support and backup oxygen with the crew.
  • All permits and fees as required.
   Essentials:
  •    T-Shirts (preferably dry fits)
  •    Tracks / Riding Lowers / Cargos
  •    Thermal Inners (Upper and Lower)
  •    Rain Suit (Upper and Lower)
  •    Sweat Shirt
  •    Shorts
  •    Sun Cap and Balaclava
  •    Toiletries
  •    Towel
  •    Flashlights (preferably a head torch)
  •    Extra Batteries
  •    Sunscreen (minimum 50spf)
  •    Sunglasses
  •    Down Jacket / Riding Jacket
  •    Personal Medication - if any
  •    Backpack - Large and a Daypack
  •    Pen Knife
  •    Socks - Cotton and Woollen
  •    Gloves
  •    Some Identification

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