The hike 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 mesmerizing views of the imposing Himalayan range. On this trip one can see many famous peaks including the Gangotri and Bhagirathi group of peaks, Kedar Dome, Chaukhamba, Hathi Parbat, Dunagiri and the Nanda Devi group of peaks. It is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons with an altitude ranging from approximately 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 ‘Kedar Dome’ (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.