Trekking at Chopta Chandrashila Summit, Uttarakhand

White Magic
  • 5 days
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

For first-timers this trip is a great way to discover the joys of trekking in the Himalayas. Start with an overnight camp along the beautiful Devariyatal lake, trek through lush forests to Chopta, then climb a pilgrim trail to the famous Tungnath temple.


Then if you feel up to it, go for the nearby Chandrashila peak which is the highest point in the area, and enjoy some spectacular 360 degree views with the stunning Kedarnath range to the north. After a short but steep walk across an escarpment which lies behind Sari, we arrive at the beautiful lake of Devariayatal, surrounded by forests, with the mighty Chaukhamba in clear view. The next day we trek across the intervening ridges clothed in thick forests to Chopta (3000m) where we camp in a lovely open meadow. The climb from Chopta to Tungnath goes along a concrete pilgrim pathway with thickets of rhododendron on all sides and clear views of the Kedarnath range all the way. After exploring the famous Shiv Temple of Tungnath, one has the option of climbing to the nearby summit of Chandrashila before returning to Chopta.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Overnight train to Haridwar

Day 02: Drive Haridwar to Sari and trek to Devariyatal

Day 03: Trek Devariyatal to Chopta (3000m)

Day 04: Trek Chopta to Tungnath (3470m) and then onto Chandrashila Top (3700m) and back

Day 05: Drive Chopta to Haridwar. Board evening train to Delhi


  • Day 1

    Overnight train to Haridwar Catch the overnight NDLS DDN AC Express (11:55pm) from New Delhi to Haridwar where we arrive early in the morning (4:00am).

  • Day 2

    Drive Haridwar - Sari and trek to Devariyatal Board our vehicles waiting at the Haridwar station and drive straight to the village of Sari high up the Mandakini valley. A steep 2 hour climb to Devariyatal Lake (2440 m). Overnight Camp.

  • Day 3

    Trek Devariyatal - Chopta (3000m) We start early walking through a dense green forest and crossing a couple of ridges. After having a packed lunch at a forest clearing, we descend to cross a stream where we enjoy a drink from its crystal waters. We then climb up a steep path to reach Chopta (3000 m), located in an idyllic setting with beautiful alpine meadows and surrounded by dense forests. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 4

    Trek Chopta - Tungnath (3470m) - Chandrashila Top (3700m) Start early in the morning and climb up the cemented pilgrim path up to the Shiva temple of Tungnath (3470 m), with blossoming rhododendron bushes all around and the mighty Kedar range in full view throughout. Another climb of 45 mins leads us to the summit of Chandrashila peak (3700 m) above Tungnath and later back to Chopta. Overnight Chopta.

  • Day 5

    Drive Chopta – Haridwar and take a train to Delhi Starting early, drive to Haridwar station to catch the evening Shatabdi Express to Delhi where we arrive at 10:45 pm.


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